Massage is not just a luxury..it is important to health

Generally when people think of the word 'massage' they associate it with 'luxury', 'indulgence' and 'pampering'. It's seen as a treat, and something people may allow themselves once or twice a year. The notion that massage is 'just an indulgence' is not true. The benefits of massage are endless and something very few people are aware of. Massage can help with balancing emotions, anxiety, circulatory issues, joint and muscle pain, insomnia and much more. More...

How to make YOU the Valentine’s gift

Forget chocolates and flowers for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day - instead, YOU be the gift. Show how much you care by turning yourself into a sexy package with a bit of male grooming.

Valentine’s Day can be a source of intense pressure – when it should mean, pleasure? We tend to get overwhelmed with questions about what to do. Should I buy an expensive gift? Should I book a different restaurant? However, as with most things, keeping it simple is most definitely the way to go. So, skip over the clichéd red roses and box of heart-shaped chocolates and instead invest some money on a gift that will really make your favoured one smile…you!

So, follow my easy pre-date 10 point checklist, avoid bad grooming pitfalls and learn how to curb your errant ways and get in there stylishly my son. More...

10 Quick Stress-Busting Techniques

It’s true that stress is always present in our life. It’s there everywhere we look, everywhere we go, and in everything we do. Even sleeping and doing nothing can become stressful at times. But stress doesn’t have to dismantle our life and prevent us from being happy and healthy. With the following easy techniques, you can cope with stress effectively and live life to the fullest!

Stretch it out.

Headache, fatigue, stiff neck, and cramps are all signs of stress. Chronic stress makes our muscles so tensed that they get swollen and become painful over time. This leads to undesirable symptoms, including pain. Stress also undermines blood circulation, which in turn makes your body more vulnerable to disease. Stretching out is a very convenient way to ease stress when you’re in the middle of a paperwork. Getting familiar with basic stretching techniques can significantly improve your blood flow, relax your tensed muscles and give you great relief. More...

Feed your skin organically with Neal's Yard Remedies

 

Feeding your skin...

There has been much research to show that many of the products that modern day men and women use on their skin is toxic, containing carcinogenic substances that are dangerous for the body and harmful to the planet. Many of these products contain chemicals that help preserve shelf life of product and contain unhealthy chemicals with strong floral or other scents that people have become accustomed to. Almost ALL of these synthetic additives are HARMFUL.

Is all this really necessary? Do we need to use harmful products like mineral oil and parabens on our bodies and on the bodies of our children in order to smell good and to stay hydrated? The answer, you guessed it...Absolutely NOT! More...

10 Tips to Beat Those Winter Blues

With winter temperatures now here, it can sometimes feel a bit difficult to keep a happy positive and ecstatic feeling to life. Maybe going to and from work in the dark, freezing bitter wind chill, snow blocking the roads, Christmas shopping needing to be done, it can all get a bit much.

How can you look after yourself? How can you beat those winter blues? How can you achieve a sense of inner happiness that will last you through these months?

Tip 1 – Active Meditation. A really good way to prevent a drop in mood and to help blow away those dark and depressive feelings is Active Meditation. These meditations are an excellent way to keep your mood up and keep you in touch with awareness. I personally recommend the Chakra Breathing Meditation, Garden Visualisation Meditation or the Shabazna. Visit www.alcovo.co.uk to see what I offer here with me, or you can buy a CD to take away on your own from my Shop!

Tip 2 – Meet some people. It’s time to spread your arms and embrace those less fortunate than you. Shine on and brighten the lives of others. Give some! More...

About the author

Steve from AlcovoBorn in Worcestershire, and educated to second (Masters) degree in Geography, I worked in a corporate company before being inspired more fully into well-being from travels to the Eastern and Tropical countries of the Philippines, India, Kenya, the Maldives, Mauritius and Mozambique.

I gained an understanding of spas, treatments and clients along my way, and have developed this into my own practice, al Covo, to which I welcome you warmly. I pride myself on al Covo's warmth, peaceful aura, hygiene and thoroughness.

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