What Is Yoga? Sarah Silver explains

yoga informationYoga has become increasingly popular. While many people consider it as a form of exercise, Sarah Silver explains how yoga offers so much more than that.

“Be faithful in small things because is it in that your strength lies! – Mother Theresa

Yoga is the union of mind, body and spirit. The ultimate goal is to attain enlightenment to find meaning in this world and how we fit into it. The original yogic system is more spiritual than physical and the first yoga texts do not emphasis postures. Traditionally there are four paths of yoga Karma-Bhakti-Raja-Jnanana. Yoga we practice today has evolved from these teachings. Modern day yoga (1850 to the present) descends from Raja yoga. It is a comprehensive method that embraces meditation while encompassing the whole of yoga dealing directly with the thoughts of the mind and follows all the preparation of hatha yoga (yoga postures).

The breath

Our breath is directly linked to the central nervous system. t is an important indication of our physical, mental and emotional well-being. We can use it to induce feelings of calm by taking conscious control which changes the neural pathways within our brain and nervous system (flight/fight). It teaches us to become aware of the quality of our breath and through yogic breathing you begin to notice how the body experiences it. it is the key to unlocking your body in your yoga practice.

Yoga Postures

These are tried and tested, they have been developed over thousands of years to purposely exercise every muscle, nerve and gland within the body. Practising once or twice a week increases body strength, flexibility and grounds you spiritually. No special equipment is needed, you just come on to your mat with your breath and some resolve. This makes it suitable for all age groups and those with mobility problems. There are several yoga centres in the local area that provide classes for all levels.

Meditation and spirituality

Meditation is a flow of mental awareness which we directly experience by emptying the mind. Several methods are used: Breathing, Visualisation, Mantras and Chanting and Gazing to ground and help us to focus the mind. Love is the highest state and final goal of spiritual realisation, having an open heart is the key in moving your lie forward. Love is your inner source, your potential and your true nature. Meditation helps to clear and mental attachments – anger, greed and fear in order for us to move forward and grow a compassionate people.

“The answer my friend is blowing in the wind” – bob Dylan.

Om Shanti Namaste

Back Safe Air Travel Advice

back saef air travle advice from our southend chiropractorThere’s one thing that can put a damper on a holiday and that’s back pain. If you are one of the many people who are taking to the skies this summer to reach their holiday destination, Arif has put together some timely advice for you.

Arif’s Back Safe Air Travel Advice

To minimise backache and to keep in good spinal health when flying for over an hour I recommend these brief points and gentle mobilising exercises.

  •  When handling your baggage keep the case as close as possible into your body and avoid jerky movements when lifting the case
  •  Pull a case off the carousel with both hands, this will spread the load and lessen the chances of twisting as you lift
  • As with most lifting bend always remember to bend your knees

On board:

  • Sit higher up on the seat with your bottom against the back of seat, raise your  height by placing the blanket and cushion provided on long haul flights under your bottom.
  • Every one to one and a half hours take a break from your seat and do some gentle mobilising exercises:
    • Find an area to stand with your back against a wall and pull one knee up to your chest with both hands holding below the knee cap. Gently tug the leg 10 times. Repeat this for each leg 3 times so that’s 10 tugs 3 times per leg.
    • Next stand with your feet just beyond hips width apart with your hands on your hips and swing gently and rhythmically from side to side for 2 minutes or longer.  This mimics the act of walking and is good for circulation too!
  • On returning to your seat, sit upright and clench your buttocks firmly, holding for 10 seconds, release and repeat 10 times. This will help to keep your circulation flowing (and provide a giggle to the passenger next to you and laughter is always beneficial:)!).
  • Use a horse shoe pillow to stop your head rolling if you fall asleep.
  • Avoid looking down to digital devices for more than a few minutes to avoid neck strain and possible headaches.

Whether you are jetting off or taking a staycation this summer we hope you have a relaxing holiday and safe travel.

Help Celebrate 25 Years Of Cliffs Chiropractic This August

25 Year Anniversary of Clifs Chiropractic Clinic In Southend

Wow can’t believe it’s been 25 years since we started to serve the good folk of Southend and beyond! It has been a privilege to care for thousands of patients over this time, developing our skills, innovating, adding services and building a passionate and dedicated team. BUT our work is ongoing, every day we hear of those who are suffering, putting up needlessly with pain or enduring a limited life.

This August we wish to enlist your help and reward you for sharing our vision.

You will receive a £20 ‘THANK YOU‘ off a treatment* when you recommend a friend or loved one and we’ll give them a Full Consultation for ONLY £15. 

The offer is valid through until 31st August 2019.

*Applied after the new patient has attended their Report of Findings visit.

Do You Have A Story To Share?

feedback for cliffs chiropractor southendWe love to hear how chiropractic helps change our patients’ lives. Reading these experiences also helps others with similar problems to realise that there is a way for them to feel better and regain their life.

If you have a story or have had a great experience at our clinic then please share it.

Adding a review to our Google My Business Page is one way to do this. Click here and you’ll be taken straight to our Google My Business Page.

Get On Your Bike For Less At Les’s Cycles

Les’s Cycles are offering our patients an amazing 10% discount on sales of bikes and accessories. All you need do is present an appointment card at the time of purchase.

You may not know this but Les’s Cycles are the main dealers for E-bikes and have a qualified E-bike technician for repairs and service.

No excuses now for not getting on your bike!

Chiropractic Following Neck Surgery

chiropractic after neck surgery at cliff chiropractor southendIt is not unusual for some people to be nervous of visiting a chiropractor for the first time. Recently, Arif has started treating one such lady. She took some persuasion to come and see him with problems that she had been suffering with in her neck and head for many years.

Arif wants to show you one of the reasons why she was nervous about coming to see him. You’ll understand why when you see her X-rays.

Watch the Video Below.

In the video, Arif explains the X-rays that were taken of the patient. As you’ll see, the patient has had neck surgery and Arif explains the consequence the surgery has had on her.

Barbara shares how she has suffered horrendous headaches permanently along with back pains for about 33 years. The neck surgery that she underwent did help in the beginning, but the pains got worse and worse again over time.

After visiting Arif, she learnt that her neck was worse than she was originally told and that her condition was worse than she ever thought. However, Arif explained to her that he may be able to do something to help her.

The good news is that a week after her first visit with Arif, she has had 3 days of no headaches, which is very unusual as she was suffering almost continuous headaches.

When asked how this makes her feel, her words are simple – “It makes me feel good”.

She is very excited about her next stage of her treatment and we look forward to helping her on her journey.

NO JOKE! We Can Put A Smile On Your Face

April Offer at Cliffs Chiropractor SouthendIt may be April Fool’s Day but this is NO JOKEl

Receive a £10 ‘THANK YOU‘ off a treatment when you help heal a friend, family or  stranger with a  £15 initial Full Consultation and examination from April 1 to 15.

T and Cs do apply:

  1. Payment at time of booking and is not refundable should you wish to cancel or alter an appointment time.
  2. Applies only to New Patient appointments before 5pm.
  3. Referring patient will receive £10 off treatment received before 30 April 2019 on condition referred patient is accepted for care and received their Report of Findings.
  4. If x-rays are recommended they are now only £45 per area!

Feel Less Stress And Feel Better

Stress is the bodies way of helping us avoid a potentially life threatening situation. In order to cope the body goes through some major changes which include:

  • stress hormones being released
  • an increased heart rate
  • rapid and shallow breathing
  • glucose flooding the body
  • brain activity changes
  • tensing of muscles
  • reprioritisation of bodily functions

These changes are appropriate to help get us out of danger, however, being continually in this state is not good for our health.

If you experience stress on a frequent basis here are 6 techniques you can use to reduce it:

  • ensure you get good quality sleep
  • eat a healthy diet
  • participate in relaxation techniques such as yoga
  • practice mindfulness
  • spend time with people you love
  • take regular exercise

Take the above on-board and feel less stressed and feel better.

Poor Enzo But He’s Such A Brave Boy

Poor Enzo hurt his paw while running around on a long walk. Being a very brave dog, Enzo, had some acupuncture to help him. He was a very good boy throughout and had a lovely liver treat at the end of it all

Watch Enzo be a very brave boy here.

At Cliffs you can receive acupuncture treatment as a stand-alone treatment or combine it with chiropractic treatment. Arif and Paz are happy to discuss the best treatment options for you. Be sure to ask them if Medical Acupuncture maybe of benefit to you.

But what if you have a phobia of needles and injections? Katie Goodwin was faced with this dilemma. In fact, she thought she’d have to live with her lower back pain until she eventually faced up to her biggest fear with Arif’s help.

Read Katie’s story here.

Have A Happy And Healthy Christmas & New Year And Receive A Free Treatment On Us

All you have to do is fill in the Christmas Card Cracker and hand the entire card to a relative or friend. We’ll give them a consultation and assessment for only £36 and a FREE set of x-rays (one area – if needed).

As a ‘thank you’ you’ll receive a FREE treatment with our compliments.

The Offer runs from 3 December 2018 – 1 February 2019.

Click on the image below to download your Christmas Cracker card