Category Archives: Physical Therapies

Physical therapies including breathing techniques, therapeutic massage, aromatherapy massage and more.

Our dream to open a community hub

As Naked Wild and Free we are part of a community interest company called Bohemia Blackpool C.I.C, which also includes The Gathering fields and Elephant creative thinking

Together and separately we have done all sorts of work in and with the community, and last year we was blessed to be awarded funding by the Big Lottery Fund to do an 8 week course with young (under 25) mums to teach them to cook, all about natural living, sewing, knitting, open up their worlds with vision boards, dreaming, yoga and meditation and have a trip to the  farm at The Gathering fields to learn about growing foods and herbs, this went down really well and I am pleased to say one of the mums has totally changed her eating habits, she has ditched her addictions to unhealthy food and has made some massive changes in her life.

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We love that we are linked from our deprived Blackpool town to an 288 acre farm in Dolphinholme, where children and adults have the opportunity to get away from the grey buildings and be totally immersed in nature, and learn practical things to change their lives. When the young mums experienced a sound bath for their first time, some of the children fell asleep they were so relaxed and the mums said it felt out of this world!

Planting herb/fairy gardens to take home went down really well, and story time in the yurt for the small ones was exciting. Sharing life stories and having the experience of older mums to talk to about worries and concerns was a brilliant part of the course, and keeping the network of people going to help and inspire is key too.

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It is our dream to restore this old Quaker meeting house into an alternative community hub, we believe in living without toxic chemicals, eating clean food that nourishes our bodies and minds, living a purer life and sharing positivity to be the best you can be and encouraging optimum health through talks, food and special events.

Combining this with workshops, theatre productions, cinema evenings, mini festivals, encouraging the local elderly to come and share their stories, holding groups for homeschoolers, parents, children, ethnic minorities and those in our community that feel different for not living in a mainstream way.

We want to open a place where we will welcome community members to come and stay a while, be surrounded by like minded people, eat cleanly and refresh the mind and relax the body, make new friends, get a support network and learn new skills.

It will be unlike any community centres that already exist, we will have a faded elegance decor with twists of a travelling circus, there will be a relaxed bohemian vibe throughout the building. Our ethos is all about eco living, upcycling, reusing, bringing joy and happiness through positivity, growing and learning.

The front room will be dedicated to eating wholesome, vegetarian and dairy free food with squishy sofas, mismatched tables and lots of books, a children’s area with bean bags and wooden toys. There will also be a juice bar serving smoothies, juices and raw foods. This will be Blackpool’s only dedicated vegan/vegetarian, dairy free, fairtrade, organic eatery. With gluten free options available too. The nearest one similar is 30 miles away.

The hall will house many projects including workshop space, mini festivals, vegan fairs, craft projects, farmers markets, art gallery evenings for local artists, yoga, meditation, dancing, sound baths and much more plus having a rentable space for other community groups to use. There will be a stage area for performers to come along and share their talents plus we can put on special evening events in this area too.

Sometimes the hall will be transformed into a cinema showing documentaries and wellbeing films. It will be a great educational space too for homeschool groups and other community projects to use.

The garden is perfect for us growing organic foods, for teaching the community how to grow your own too.

This project is needed in Blackpool as it will educate, socialise and bring together community minorities who have no other place they feel they can go in a safe and homely environment. It is also needed to educate people in eating healthily and on a budget as Blackpool has some very deprived areas. We can teach skills in growing veg, crafts, arts, cooking, eating well, juicing, foraging, meditation, alternative therapies, sewing, composting, keeping chickens, self employment, PR and marketing, blogging and social networking, nutrition, eco parenting and many more.

After putting out a survey to local people our findings showed that there was a lack of communal space where people could meet up, eat, talk, share stories and meet like-minded people who didn’t serve alcohol. Also cafes ect close at 5pm and the only other establishments to meet up in are nightclubs, pubs and fast food outlets. Health conscious non drinkers don’t want to go to these places.
There is a lack of a wholesome venue that teens can feel safe in.
There is no venue specifically for vegans/vegetarians/gluten free/organic eating in the fylde coast. Over 60% surveyed said they would like an organic venue.
59% said they would like to see mini festivals, small concerts and workshops available to all ages.
Positivity and healthy living are the subjects people are most interested in.
There is a lack of friendly, safe places for mums with children that are not play areas to meet and make new friends.

We can’t wait for this dream to come true so we can help and serve more of our diverse and wonderful community and give something to Blackpool that it has never seen before.

Learn how to cure Crohns disease naturally

Learn how to cure Crohns disease naturally

Today we had the pleasure to chat to David Donovan Brown who against doctors advice for medication, healed himself naturally from crohns disease.
What an inspirational and positive story, showing how imbalances in your body can be cured naturally.
“I was diagnosed with crohns disease in April 2015 but I had been suffering for much longer without a diagnosis.
By the time I was diagnosed I had already started to change my eating and drinking habits. I gave up smoking and consuming alcohol in June 2014 so I was already 10 months into that journey and I had also gone from vegetarian to vegan shortly before that.
In 2014 I was training for the Paris marathon and I started to notice quite drastic weight loss which ultimately lead to my diagnosis.
It turned out that my Ileocecal Valve had developed scar tissue and was almost closed and I couldn’t absorb nutrients effectively. I was also diagnosed with Pernicious Anaemia and my small and large intestines were covered in ulcers.
I was told that I may need surgery to open the Ileocecal Valve and my specialist recommended that I start a 2 year treatment plan of Immunosuppressants.

Conscious Camp 2016

Feeling so grateful and full of love. I have just returned from Conscious camp.

First time camping at this amazing gathering of beautiful souls in Wales we had fun, dancing, bathing and swimming in the river, going to awesome workshops, attending yoga each morning at 8am, listening to inspiring talks, eating amazing vegan food and having a profound heart opening experience.

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The river, perfect for naked swimming ( I kept my clothes on), paddling and making your skin feel really smooth

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Friday

14:00 – 15:00 Free style Dance with Steve
15:00 – 16:00 Dream Building with Lisa
16:00 – 17:00 Peaceful Warrior Training with Phil
17:00 – 17:30 Opening Ceremony/Speed Meet
17:30 – 18:30 DINNER
18:30 – 21:00 Singing Bowls with Scott
21:00 – 22:00 Chanting round the fire with Suzie

Saturday

07:00 – 08:00 Free space for early meditation
08:00 – 09:00 Yoga with Jessica
09:00 – 10:00 Awakening Dance with Lisa
10:30 – 11:30 Sound Bath with Suzie
12:00 – 13:00 LUNCH
13:00 – 14:00 Red Tent with Jane/Men’s Circle with Stephen
14:00 – 15:30 Red Tent with Jane/Men’s Circle with Stephen
15:30 – 17:00 Sound Bath with Scott
17:00 – 18:00 Tai Chi with Patricia.
18:00 – 19:00 DINNER
19:00 – 20:00 Foraging with Wil
20:30 – 21:30 Meditation with Suzie S
21:30 – 22:30 Open Mic for Music or talks

Sunday

07:00 – 08:00 Free space for early meditation
08:00 – 09:00 Yoga with Jessica
09:00 – 10:00 Awakening Dance with Lisa
10:00 – 11:30 Conscious Connection with Stevi
11:30 – 12:30 Foraging with Wil
12:30 – 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 – 15:30 Ying and Yang with Jessica/ Menarche ceremony with Jayne
15:30 – 16:30 Feng Shui with Claire
16:30 – 18:00 Conscious Party with Steve
18:00 – 19:00 DINNER
19:00 – 20:45 Ecstatic Dance with Sharon
20:45 – 22:00 Open Mic for Music or talks

Monday

07:00 – 08:00 Free space for early meditation
08:00 – 09:00 Yoga with Jessica
09:00 – 10:00 Awakening Dance with Lisa
10:00 – 11:00 Child’s play with John
11:00 – 12:00 Drumming with Alan
12:00 – 13:00 LUNCH
13:00 – 14:00 Qi Gong with Philip
14:00 – 15:00 Closing Ceremony
15:00 – 16:00 Social time and goodbyes.

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The compost loo’s which despite adding sawdust got pretty stinky after 4 days.

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It was 4 days of bliss, being with like minded people, no alcohol, no smoking, no stinky perfume, just free, natural beings who smile. I could of easily lived there, the river was lovely but pretty cold, we bathed in it and washed our hair, had deep chats whilst fish swam by us. The vegan food was so tasty and it was lovely not to cook and not to worry what am I going to eat because I knew it was all lovely food. Stories and songs around the fire at night, chanting and a lovely way to make each single person feel special. We sang to each person “Ruby (or their name) we love you, deep down in our soul, Ruby we love you deep down in our soul, deep down, deep down, deep down in our soul” the feeling of love, friendship and gratitude was palpable. Not having to do anything you didn’t want and knowing you are provided for and cared for was a beautiful experience.

I didn’t miss facebook at all and felt less stressed and my back muscles didn’t ache at all. I didn’t sleep well at night, I was really cold despite a sleeping bag, blanket, pj’s, hat and onsie! But what I did love was waking up naturally to the birdsong and sound of the river, rather then squarking chickens, whinging dogs and traffic noises. I can’t wait to live in the countryside and breathe in the pure air and be surrounded by lush green fields.

A to Z of natural living. Letter B.

Hey lovely people, I thought it would be a great idea to do an A to Z of natural living, including remedies, ailments, healthy tips and idea, alternative therapies etc, I think this could be fun and I want you to feel free to add your own in the comments.

Today I bring you the letter B.

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Backache:

Backache affects so many people now, from sitting in offices most of the day to car journeys, sitting down a lot can increase the lack of moveable muscles in the back and the core is not properly supported. Not being aligned properly, having one leg shorter than the other, throwing you out of balance or an injury can cause back ache too. Sometimes stress and inflammation can make the problem worse. Read More →

A to Z of natural living. Letter A.

Hey lovely people, I thought it would be a great idea to do an A to Z of natural living, including remedies, ailments, healthy tips and idea, alternative therapies etc, I think this could be fun and I want you to feel free to add your own in the comments.

Today I bring you the letter A (I feel like Count von Count from Sesame street!).

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Ageing:
Aging affects us all from the time we hit adulthood until we die, but we have a choice over how we age. I think aging is beautiful and so are the lines on someones face that map their lives to the world, but sometimes its nice to slow down the process a little. There are many things you can do without going to drastic lengths like botox or plastic surgery. I mean who seriously wants botulinum toxin pumped into their face, the warning on the box says ” may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening”, the main reactions that have been reported are itching, rash, red itchy welts,breathing difficulties. – nice, that will improve your glowing skin!

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10 suprising benefits of yoga

Yoga is so good for the mind and body, learning to be mindful and focussing on the breath, calms and relaxes you, your body gets stronger and more toned and flexible – whats not to love!

yoga1. Aids concentration

Poses like the tree pose (balancing on one foot) where you have to concentrate on not falling over and just focus on your breathing also help focus the mind in daily life.

2. Helps your love life

Increase in blood flow with regular yoga to your yoni or lingam and your increased flexibility will help increase arousal and desire according to the journal of sexual medicine.

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21 ways to nourish your body and mind

Love this chart, I found it on Pinterest 

How to nourish your body and mind, the other things I would add are good food and gratitude <3

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Natural Rose petal toothpaste

So after a day of making smudge sticks and crumbling up and jarring my dried herbs, I was looking on Pinterest for more wonderful things to learn and saw a link about rose petal natural toothpaste, this blew my mind! I have been collecting and drying rose petals all summer and have a jar full, just ready to play with, I followed the link and found so much more, I just had to share it with you!

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                                                                              Some gorgeous roses this summer in a local park
Here is part of the blog post by Methow Valley herbs blog:

 

Roses as herbal medicine

It’s easy to fall in love with roses. They offer us beauty and can be an effective source of herbal medicine. This article looks at the many ways we can use roses for our health and beauty. From wild rose salad dressing to decadent facial cream to wild rose petal mead… read on! 

The exotic beauty and alluring smell of roses has enthralled humans for thousands of years. Roses have been found entombed with the ancient Egyptian pharaohs and were highly prized by the Greeks and Romans. 

The Chinese started cultivating roses around 5,000 years ago and in the late 18th century these roses spread to Europe where they were further hybridized.

Josephine, Napoleon’s wife, adored roses and strived to grow every known rose species in her gardens outside of Paris. Many credit her for the popularity of roses today. In the late 18th century Europe the rose was so highly valued it was used as a type of currency.

Wild rose petals about to be infused with honey.
A special treat that is also wonderful for sore throats. Photo belongs to Methow valley blog

Detox foot soak recipe

I love learning new things and I haven’t ever really done much with my feet until I went to a retreat and a lady gave me an amazing peppermint and salt foot scrub and massage. I learned to love my feet and am grateful for all the hard work they do on a daily basis, helping me to get around, supporting my body and taking me to new places, aren’t feet amazing!

I was looking for some new ideas to pamper my feet and I came across this lovely detox recipe by Wellness Mama, I am going to try this tonight, I treated myself last week to some amazing clay from Nurturing Soul an independent maker who lives in Scotland with her lovely family in glorious natural surroundings.

At home detox foot soak recipe

Photo credit: Wellness Mama

Post below taken from Wellness Mama:

I’m a big fan of healing clays. I put them in my own bath and in my children’s bath water. I use them on my face as a face mask and my armpits to help detox and avoid odor.

Another way I love to use them that is much easier than a full bath is a foot detox. This provides many of the benefits as a clay or salt bath without the mess and extra work.

Pamper your feet…

Our feet are a hard working part of our body. Whether we are walking, chasing kids, working at a standing desk, wearing high heels, cooking, or any other daily activity, our feet take a beating.

This is the reason a foot massage or pedicure is so relaxing. Our feet often hold more stress that we realize and relaxing our feet is a great way to help relax the whole body. Even just a regular foot soak in hot water with epsom salt is relaxing, but I’ve found that adding a few additional ingredients can increase the relaxation and health benefits.

I love to add Bentonite Clay which is beneficial to the body in several ways:

Bentonite Clay is a unique clay due to its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals.

Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.”

Bentonite clay carries a strong negative charge which bonds to the positive charge in many toxins. When it comes in contact with a toxin, chemical, or heavy metal, the clay will absorb the toxin and release it’s minerals for the body to use. Bentonite also helps get oxygen to cells as it pulls excess hydrogen and allows the cells to replace it with oxygen instead.

I’ve found that my favorite combination for a soothing detox foot soak is bentonite and epsom salts, but I have an unusual way of making the foot soak…

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A DIY Detox Foot Soak:

To get the most benefits from the clay and the epsom salts, I found an unusual way to start this bath. I began by mixing 1/2 cup of epsom salt into the water for a foot soak. I use a tub like this one, but even a three- dollar dishpan or a bucket will work just fine.

I dissolve the epsom salt in hot (but not boiling) water and set it on a towel.

Then, I mix 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a bowl. Then, I add a little water to thin, if needed. I coat my feet in this mixture and let it dry for 10 minutes.

By this time, the water has cooled enough to put my feet in and the bentonite has dried. I add 10 drops of essential oils to the water at this point if I want to. When I put my feet in the tub, the hardened clay dissolves slowly and the benefits of the epsom salts take effect.

I continue to soak for about 15 minutes before gently scrubbing my feet with a natural brush.

I rinse my feet and pat them dry. Typically, I do this before bed since it is really relaxing, but it could be done anytime.

Foot Soak Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    water to thin mixture (if needed)
  • 1/2 cup epsom salt
  • 6 quarts of hot water (or enough to fill your container)
  • A few drops of essential oils(optional)

read the rest of the article on Wellness Mama

Essential oils for hormone balancing

Hormone balancing is a ‘hot’ topic for women at the moment and myself as I reach 40, hot flushes, night sweats and breakouts abound! so whilst I know some things about how to help I needed to learn more, in this months natural Living Magazine there is an article on hormone hacks

And on Wellness Mama there is this brilliant guide to essential oils for PMT:

Essential oils can be very powerful and effective when used correctly, but because of their power they also carry their share of risks. Check with a qualified health practitioner before using essential oils or any other remedy, especially if you are pregnant or have a health condition.

box-06y_sWhat is PMS?

Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS, is a name that refers to a combination of symptoms that women can suffer from in the week before menstruation. It is estimated by The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that nearly 85% of women suffer from some PMS symptoms. (1) These symptoms can include:

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