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21 Jul 19
KENNEDY STREET

    THE FLAWLESS RISE TO GREATNESS THE SHADES OF GREY   This has not been the year for Kennedy Street and even though she has had some key wins, she’s also suffered some key losses. That on top of her cousin Kelcey Wallace going into a coma. The death of Ricky Octavius which she […]

20 Jul 19
The Irish Sun
THE world of wellness is forever looking for the next new thing, but it might be time to open your eyes to something a little more ancient. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), once the preserve of specialist clinics, is becoming more mainstream. Some NHS hospitals now offer acupuncture as an effective tool for pain relief, while YouTube videos demonstrating the ancient Chinese remedy of cupping are racking up millions of views. Here’s how to get started on Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM has been around for thousands of years, so why are we only waking up to the possible benefits now? Emilia Herting, TCM practitioner and co-founder of Escapada Retreats, says: “After all the wellness fads and trends of recent years, people are turning back to the old ways of healing. “Chinese medicine views the mind and body as interconnected, and the self as connected to the environment, so it chimes with the current thinking about treating our mind and body as one, because they affect each other.” Here’s how to get started. Acupuncture What is it? Inserting micro-needles into the body’s pressure points to stimulate the self-healing process and regulate the flow of the body’s energy or qi (that’s pronounced “chee”, FYI). What is it good for? Practitioners claim that it is good for treating everything from depression and arthritis to migraines and fertility issues. Acupuncture facials have become an alternative to Botox, with celebrities such as Millie Mackintosh and Jennifer Aniston being big fans. Kim Kardashian West even ‘grammed a selfie of her face turned into a pin cushion. Can you do it at home? “If you have a specific issue to treat I’d recommend seeing a trained acupuncturist,” says Deborah Warden of London’s Goose Green Clinic. Acupuncture helps the body to heal itself and its energy – or qi – to flow better “But applying [needle-free] pressure to the acupuncture points on your own hand can promote the self-healing process. For example, the hand valley point can be found in the tough skin between the thumb and index finger. Applying firm touch to this pressure point may help reduce stress, as well as encourage feelings of relaxation.” What does it feel like? Even if you’re scared of needles, these are so tiny you barely feel a scratch. Any evidence it works? It’s complicated. Studies have found that acupuncture offers a greater benefit in pain relief than placebo, but the evidence isn’t considered to be strong. Plus, there is no reliable evidence that it improves fertility. However, a 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that of 300 people in China treated with facial acupuncture, 90% had improvement in the elasticity of facial muscles. Cupping What is it? Cupping involves lighting a match inside a silicone or glass cup to create a vacuum, then placing it quickly on to the surface of the skin where it is left for up to 20 minutes. The resulting suction pulls the skin away from the body and into the cup, which causes red – and later purple – spots. The idea is that it promotes blood flow and prevents the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles, hence its popularity among athletes at the Rio Olympics (and Gwynnie P on the red carpet in 2004). What is it good for? It’s been used to treat everything from migraines and weight loss to resolving back pain and lowering cholesterol. Cupping promotes blood flow and prevents the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles Can you do it at home? For obvious reasons, we wouldn’t. What does it feel like? Kind of like having a hot vacuum cleaner applied to your back. Not exactly painful, but definitely not relaxing either. The bruises can take a couple of weeks to disappear. Any evidence it works? A 2015 review of the evidence found that cupping might provide some relief for chronic neck or back pain, and more research is underway.* As with acupuncture, there’s currently no evidence it can help with fertility issues. Reflexology What is it? This treatment is based on the theory that the feet provide a map of the whole body, so the toes reflect the head, the ball of the foot reflects the chest and the arch of the foot mirrors the digestive organs. Reflexologists apply pressure to the different zones of the feet to energise the body and encourage it to heal. Celebs including Emma Stone and Holly Willoughby swear by regular reflexology sessions. What is it good for? It may be helpful for people experiencing back pain, stress-related conditions, hormone imbalances and sleep disorders. Reflexology is based on the theory that the feet provide a map of the whole body Can you do it at home? Reflexologist Hannah Adams advises anyone suffering from a long-term problem to book a session with a professional, you may need as little as three sessions. “The effects can be profound,” says Hannah. Try this DIY method to induce sleepiness: on the bottom of each foot, “walk” your thumb up from the base of the heel to each toe (imagine your thumb is a caterpillar inching its way up your foot), then press these reflex points with the outer edge of your thumb or tip of your forefinger. What does it feel like? Seriously relaxing. You’ll have your eyes closed so will likely fall asleep, and you might even see colours or images as you feel sensations in different parts of your body. Any evidence it works? Due to its non-invasive, complementary nature, reflexology is widely recognised by the NHS and there’s anecdotal evidence of its positive effects in a variety of health conditions.** However, there’s no hard evidence to suggest it’s more effective than a simple massage. Gua Sha What is it? Seen everyone rollering their skin with a crystal on Instagram? That’s gua sha. “This ‘skin scraping’ self-care technique is used to unblock the body’s meridian lines – also known as the energy highways,” says gua sha facialist Su-Man Hsu. “Using a smooth tool such as jade roller, you apply pressure to your skin to stimulate microcirculation, or energy flow, so that toxins can be released from the body.” What is it good for? Practitioners claim it can help migraines, neck pain and symptoms of perimenopause, such as hot flashes. It also has aesthetic side effects, Su-Man explains. “It can have a detoxifying effect on the face and neck, reducing puffiness and draining the lymph glands, while also minimising the appearance of wrinkles and leaving your complexion tighter and brighter.” Gua Sha is a ‘skin scraping’ technique used to unblock the body’s meridian lines Can you do it at home? Yes, with practice. “Watch tutorial videos to get a feel for the technique, and use a lot of product such as cleansers or facial oil so that the roller glides on the skin and doesn’t scratch,” says Su-Man. What does it feel like? The rollers feel cool and smooth, and the rhythmic strokes are super-soothing. Any evidence it works? Studies have found that gua sha improved circulation and reduced neck pain, but more research is still needed.*** Many testimonials say it defines your cheekbones and brightens your skin. [article-rail-section title=”most read in fabulous” posts_category=”24″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Add Chinese remedies to your diet He Shou Wu This ancient Chinese herb has been used for centuries to nourish skin and hair and has anti-inflammatory properties. £26.50 for 45g, Glow Bar. Ginseng This herb is energy-boosting and regenerative. £9.95, Vitabiotics.com. Millet Millet may reduce feelings of bloating or heaviness. Eat it like porridge. £1.99, Holland & Barrett.   [bc_video video_id=”6054365299001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Chinese medicine practitioner Katie Brindle teaches Gua Sha facial method”] Sources: *Shanghai Jiao Tong University **Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine ***Kliniken Essen-Mitte, Germany For more information visit Escapadaretreat.com, Goosegreenclinic.net, Lullreflexology.com, Su-man.com
20 Jul 19
The Scottish Sun
THE world of wellness is forever looking for the next new thing, but it might be time to open your eyes to something a little more ancient. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), once the preserve of specialist clinics, is becoming more mainstream. Some NHS hospitals now offer acupuncture as an effective tool for pain relief, while YouTube videos demonstrating the ancient Chinese remedy of cupping are racking up millions of views. Here’s how to get started on Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM has been around for thousands of years, so why are we only waking up to the possible benefits now? Emilia Herting, TCM practitioner and co-founder of Escapada Retreats, says: “After all the wellness fads and trends of recent years, people are turning back to the old ways of healing. “Chinese medicine views the mind and body as interconnected, and the self as connected to the environment, so it chimes with the current thinking about treating our mind and body as one, because they affect each other.” Here’s how to get started. Acupuncture What is it? Inserting micro-needles into the body’s pressure points to stimulate the self-healing process and regulate the flow of the body’s energy or qi (that’s pronounced “chee”, FYI). What is it good for? Practitioners claim that it is good for treating everything from depression and arthritis to migraines and fertility issues. Acupuncture facials have become an alternative to Botox, with celebrities such as Millie Mackintosh and Jennifer Aniston being big fans. Kim Kardashian West even ‘grammed a selfie of her face turned into a pin cushion. Can you do it at home? “If you have a specific issue to treat I’d recommend seeing a trained acupuncturist,” says Deborah Warden of London’s Goose Green Clinic. Acupuncture helps the body to heal itself and its energy – or qi – to flow better “But applying [needle-free] pressure to the acupuncture points on your own hand can promote the self-healing process. For example, the hand valley point can be found in the tough skin between the thumb and index finger. Applying firm touch to this pressure point may help reduce stress, as well as encourage feelings of relaxation.” What does it feel like? Even if you’re scared of needles, these are so tiny you barely feel a scratch. Any evidence it works? It’s complicated. Studies have found that acupuncture offers a greater benefit in pain relief than placebo, but the evidence isn’t considered to be strong. Plus, there is no reliable evidence that it improves fertility. However, a 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that of 300 people in China treated with facial acupuncture, 90% had improvement in the elasticity of facial muscles. Cupping What is it? Cupping involves lighting a match inside a silicone or glass cup to create a vacuum, then placing it quickly on to the surface of the skin where it is left for up to 20 minutes. The resulting suction pulls the skin away from the body and into the cup, which causes red – and later purple – spots. The idea is that it promotes blood flow and prevents the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles, hence its popularity among athletes at the Rio Olympics (and Gwynnie P on the red carpet in 2004). What is it good for? It’s been used to treat everything from migraines and weight loss to resolving back pain and lowering cholesterol. Cupping promotes blood flow and prevents the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles Can you do it at home? For obvious reasons, we wouldn’t. What does it feel like? Kind of like having a hot vacuum cleaner applied to your back. Not exactly painful, but definitely not relaxing either. The bruises can take a couple of weeks to disappear. Any evidence it works? A 2015 review of the evidence found that cupping might provide some relief for chronic neck or back pain, and more research is underway.* As with acupuncture, there’s currently no evidence it can help with fertility issues. Reflexology What is it? This treatment is based on the theory that the feet provide a map of the whole body, so the toes reflect the head, the ball of the foot reflects the chest and the arch of the foot mirrors the digestive organs. Reflexologists apply pressure to the different zones of the feet to energise the body and encourage it to heal. Celebs including Emma Stone and Holly Willoughby swear by regular reflexology sessions. What is it good for? It may be helpful for people experiencing back pain, stress-related conditions, hormone imbalances and sleep disorders. Reflexology is based on the theory that the feet provide a map of the whole body Can you do it at home? Reflexologist Hannah Adams advises anyone suffering from a long-term problem to book a session with a professional, you may need as little as three sessions. “The effects can be profound,” says Hannah. Try this DIY method to induce sleepiness: on the bottom of each foot, “walk” your thumb up from the base of the heel to each toe (imagine your thumb is a caterpillar inching its way up your foot), then press these reflex points with the outer edge of your thumb or tip of your forefinger. What does it feel like? Seriously relaxing. You’ll have your eyes closed so will likely fall asleep, and you might even see colours or images as you feel sensations in different parts of your body. Any evidence it works? Due to its non-invasive, complementary nature, reflexology is widely recognised by the NHS and there’s anecdotal evidence of its positive effects in a variety of health conditions.** However, there’s no hard evidence to suggest it’s more effective than a simple massage. Gua Sha What is it? Seen everyone rollering their skin with a crystal on Instagram? That’s gua sha. “This ‘skin scraping’ self-care technique is used to unblock the body’s meridian lines – also known as the energy highways,” says gua sha facialist Su-Man Hsu. “Using a smooth tool such as jade roller, you apply pressure to your skin to stimulate microcirculation, or energy flow, so that toxins can be released from the body.” What is it good for? Practitioners claim it can help migraines, neck pain and symptoms of perimenopause, such as hot flashes. It also has aesthetic side effects, Su-Man explains. “It can have a detoxifying effect on the face and neck, reducing puffiness and draining the lymph glands, while also minimising the appearance of wrinkles and leaving your complexion tighter and brighter.” Gua Sha is a ‘skin scraping’ technique used to unblock the body’s meridian lines Can you do it at home? Yes, with practice. “Watch tutorial videos to get a feel for the technique, and use a lot of product such as cleansers or facial oil so that the roller glides on the skin and doesn’t scratch,” says Su-Man. What does it feel like? The rollers feel cool and smooth, and the rhythmic strokes are super-soothing. Any evidence it works? Studies have found that gua sha improved circulation and reduced neck pain, but more research is still needed.*** Many testimonials say it defines your cheekbones and brightens your skin. [article-rail-section title=”most read in fabulous” posts_category=”30″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Add Chinese remedies to your diet He Shou Wu This ancient Chinese herb has been used for centuries to nourish skin and hair and has anti-inflammatory properties. £26.50 for 45g, Glow Bar. Ginseng This herb is energy-boosting and regenerative. £9.95, Vitabiotics.com. Millet Millet may reduce feelings of bloating or heaviness. Eat it like porridge. £1.99, Holland & Barrett.   [bc_video video_id=”6054365299001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Chinese medicine practitioner Katie Brindle teaches Gua Sha facial method”] Sources: *Shanghai Jiao Tong University **Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine ***Kliniken Essen-Mitte, Germany For more information visit Escapadaretreat.com, Goosegreenclinic.net, Lullreflexology.com, Su-man.com
20 Jul 19
The Sun
THE world of wellness is forever looking for the next new thing, but it might be time to open your eyes to something a little more ancient. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), once the preserve of specialist clinics, is becoming more mainstream. Some NHS hospitals now offer acupuncture as an effective tool for pain relief, while YouTube videos demonstrating the ancient Chinese remedy of cupping are racking up millions of views. Here’s how to get started on Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM has been around for thousands of years, so why are we only waking up to the possible benefits now? Emilia Herting, TCM practitioner and co-founder of Escapada Retreats, says: “After all the wellness fads and trends of recent years, people are turning back to the old ways of healing. “Chinese medicine views the mind and body as interconnected, and the self as connected to the environment, so it chimes with the current thinking about treating our mind and body as one, because they affect each other.” Here’s how to get started. Acupuncture What is it? Inserting micro-needles into the body’s pressure points to stimulate the self-healing process and regulate the flow of the body’s energy or qi (that’s pronounced “chee”, FYI). What is it good for? Practitioners claim that it is good for treating everything from depression and arthritis to migraines and fertility issues. Acupuncture facials have become an alternative to Botox, with celebrities such as Millie Mackintosh and Jennifer Aniston being big fans. Kim Kardashian West even ‘grammed a selfie of her face turned into a pin cushion. Can you do it at home? “If you have a specific issue to treat I’d recommend seeing a trained acupuncturist,” says Deborah Warden of London’s Goose Green Clinic. Acupuncture helps the body to heal itself and its energy – or qi – to flow better “But applying [needle-free] pressure to the acupuncture points on your own hand can promote the self-healing process. For example, the hand valley point can be found in the tough skin between the thumb and index finger. Applying firm touch to this pressure point may help reduce stress, as well as encourage feelings of relaxation.” What does it feel like? Even if you’re scared of needles, these are so tiny you barely feel a scratch. Any evidence it works? It’s complicated. Studies have found that acupuncture offers a greater benefit in pain relief than placebo, but the evidence isn’t considered to be strong. Plus, there is no reliable evidence that it improves fertility. However, a 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that of 300 people in China treated with facial acupuncture, 90% had improvement in the elasticity of facial muscles. Cupping What is it? Cupping involves lighting a match inside a silicone or glass cup to create a vacuum, then placing it quickly on to the surface of the skin where it is left for up to 20 minutes. The resulting suction pulls the skin away from the body and into the cup, which causes red – and later purple – spots. The idea is that it promotes blood flow and prevents the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles, hence its popularity among athletes at the Rio Olympics (and Gwynnie P on the red carpet in 2004). What is it good for? It’s been used to treat everything from migraines and weight loss to resolving back pain and lowering cholesterol. Cupping promotes blood flow and prevents the build-up of lactic acid in the muscles Can you do it at home? For obvious reasons, we wouldn’t. What does it feel like? Kind of like having a hot vacuum cleaner applied to your back. Not exactly painful, but definitely not relaxing either. The bruises can take a couple of weeks to disappear. Any evidence it works? A 2015 review of the evidence found that cupping might provide some relief for chronic neck or back pain, and more research is underway.* As with acupuncture, there’s currently no evidence it can help with fertility issues. Reflexology What is it? This treatment is based on the theory that the feet provide a map of the whole body, so the toes reflect the head, the ball of the foot reflects the chest and the arch of the foot mirrors the digestive organs. Reflexologists apply pressure to the different zones of the feet to energise the body and encourage it to heal. Celebs including Emma Stone and Holly Willoughby swear by regular reflexology sessions. What is it good for? It may be helpful for people experiencing back pain, stress-related conditions, hormone imbalances and sleep disorders. Reflexology is based on the theory that the feet provide a map of the whole body Can you do it at home? Reflexologist Hannah Adams advises anyone suffering from a long-term problem to book a session with a professional, you may need as little as three sessions. “The effects can be profound,” says Hannah. Try this DIY method to induce sleepiness: on the bottom of each foot, “walk” your thumb up from the base of the heel to each toe (imagine your thumb is a caterpillar inching its way up your foot), then press these reflex points with the outer edge of your thumb or tip of your forefinger. What does it feel like? Seriously relaxing. You’ll have your eyes closed so will likely fall asleep, and you might even see colours or images as you feel sensations in different parts of your body. Any evidence it works? Due to its non-invasive, complementary nature, reflexology is widely recognised by the NHS and there’s anecdotal evidence of its positive effects in a variety of health conditions.** However, there’s no hard evidence to suggest it’s more effective than a simple massage. Gua Sha What is it? Seen everyone rollering their skin with a crystal on Instagram? That’s gua sha. “This ‘skin scraping’ self-care technique is used to unblock the body’s meridian lines – also known as the energy highways,” says gua sha facialist Su-Man Hsu. “Using a smooth tool such as jade roller, you apply pressure to your skin to stimulate microcirculation, or energy flow, so that toxins can be released from the body.” What is it good for? Practitioners claim it can help migraines, neck pain and symptoms of perimenopause, such as hot flashes. It also has aesthetic side effects, Su-Man explains. “It can have a detoxifying effect on the face and neck, reducing puffiness and draining the lymph glands, while also minimising the appearance of wrinkles and leaving your complexion tighter and brighter.” Gua Sha is a ‘skin scraping’ technique used to unblock the body’s meridian lines Can you do it at home? Yes, with practice. “Watch tutorial videos to get a feel for the technique, and use a lot of product such as cleansers or facial oil so that the roller glides on the skin and doesn’t scratch,” says Su-Man. What does it feel like? The rollers feel cool and smooth, and the rhythmic strokes are super-soothing. Any evidence it works? Studies have found that gua sha improved circulation and reduced neck pain, but more research is still needed.*** Many testimonials say it defines your cheekbones and brightens your skin. [article-rail-section title=”most read in fabulous” posts_category=”363″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] Add Chinese remedies to your diet He Shou Wu This ancient Chinese herb has been used for centuries to nourish skin and hair and has anti-inflammatory properties. £26.50 for 45g, Glow Bar. Ginseng This herb is energy-boosting and regenerative. £9.95, Vitabiotics.com. Millet Millet may reduce feelings of bloating or heaviness. Eat it like porridge. £1.99, Holland & Barrett.   [bc_video video_id=”6054365299001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Chinese medicine practitioner Katie Brindle teaches Gua Sha facial method”] Sources: *Shanghai Jiao Tong University **Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine ***Kliniken Essen-Mitte, Germany For more information visit Escapadaretreat.com, Goosegreenclinic.net, Lullreflexology.com, Su-man.com
20 Jul 19
Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Chapter Fifteen Summer: The Piglet races It was now August, and the long summer days in the palace and the surrounding garden were filled with laughter and parties. The Storyteller introduced the court to another interesting activity that delighted them. Whilst the humans in the Emerald Island were devoted to the sport of horse-racing… the […]

20 Jul 19
The Love of Tange 100

But, suppose i told you you can’t do so? What if your friend rings up and tells you she’s going live in half an hour and could use a spot-check of her toss. Is there a period of time a live review could be useful? There numerous different methods for doing that, including wearing mink […]

20 Jul 19
Danganronpa: Magical Murder Spell

The smoke hung thick in the red night, forcing the two of us to breathe it in with every staggered breath. Although we had made it out of the fire, the heat still burned our skin and made our eyes water. We stared wordlessly at the wreckage in front of us for a few minutes […]

20 Jul 19
Jingle Translations

Boyfriend’s Circumstances 5 ◇◇◇ “Here” I was led to the inner part of the castle. The room is probably the King’s office. Although I found it strange it wasn’t the audience room, I nodded. “Enter. I’m not allowed to go beyond this point” “I understand” No matter the country, royalty is absolute. Urged by the […]

20 Jul 19
oh! Orlando

Shopping in Orlando – what can we say except IT’S GOT EVERYTHING!! And then some…… Mall at Millenia  Let’s start at the top and work down to the bargains.  Mall at Millenia is one of our favourites.  It’s a super pretty shiny Mall – some regular American stores and department stores and also some high […]

20 Jul 19
Volpe

STOP the presses: Perseus fresh from a sojourn in Ibiza visited moi to try a pair of stretch cotton chinos… Now I’m not saying he is high maintenance, but he was soooo tired after a rigorous session in the gym, that he flopped into the leather chair in the basement and beckoned me to pull […]

20 Jul 19
StyleCaster

Before you ask—no one is Rihanna.

20 Jul 19
THE FUTURE LEGENDS

Between red carpets and IRL sightings, here are the best dressed celebs of the week.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW1 OF 12 GETTY IMAGES Who: Beyoncé When: July 14, 2019 Wearing: Cong Tri Why: It’s safe to say that if Beyoncé steps out on a red carpet, she’s making our best dressed list. We barely noticed her […]

20 Jul 19

Post CDXV Here’s the story of a different Romeo, my birthday, and a porno Blockbuster. I’M 29 YEARS OF AGE! I have literally 12 months left to lose my virginity at a respectable age. Any takers? Teesside area, early 20s, other than that, I’m easy. Very. Blind would be preferable. Completely desperate and lost the […]

20 Jul 19
UnsophisticatedArticles

I loved being one of your girls. I wasn’t your favorite, but I didn’t need to be. What we had was different. I found you on that hiking trip to the Spanish mountains. At first I was wary — at our all-girls’ secondary school you were never alone. But in the thin air we climbed […]

20 Jul 19
Gharib ul watan

There had been a terrible accident at an overhead crossing, the newly built overhead had collapsed and crashed into oncoming traffic killing more than thirty people and injuring several others. The chief officials of the department responsible were gathered around a table in heated discussion how best to deal with the media and police. The […]

20 Jul 19
Archy news nety

Khloe Kardashian could never "hate" her ex-boyfriend Tristan Thompson, because she helped "create an angel" in her 15-month-old daughter True. The 35-year-old reality star separated from the NBA player when she kissed Jordyn Woods at a party in February, but insisted that, despite her infidelity, she could never hate him because she had helped him […]

20 Jul 19
The Astonishing Tales

Written by Angela Miconi, contributing columnist for The Astonishing Tales Digital Magazine and Founder of Hot Mess Memoir For more from Angela, visit her website at http://www.hotmessmemoir.com or visit her on Instagram @hotmessmemoir or on Facebook @hotmessmemoir This article was originally published here. I couldn’t resist the Frank’s Red Hot slogan of “I put that […]