Meditation Helps Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Say War Veterans

Meditation might sound to be a very unlikely activity for people trained to use guns and bombs. But according to experts, this mental exercise could actually help war veterans recover from PTSD.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs in the US, around 11 and 20 per cent of veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, and 31 percent in Vietnam wars developed post traumatic stress disorder – a mental illness that develops after an exposure to any event or situation that results in psychological trauma. More...

10 Natural Ways to Alleviate Pain

Your head is aching – as if it’s splitting into two. Ibuprofen isn’t helping. You’re scared to take stronger medicines and you nauseate in the smell of topical rubs. What can you do?
Fortunately, you have plenty of alternatives. If you want a medication that is effective and doesn’t have side effects, then you must be looking for natural pain relievers! Whether it’s back pain, headache, cramps or fatigue, these natural remedies are sure to give you lasting comfort:
1.    Water, water, water! More...

7 Ways to Stay Optimistic This Christmas

More often than not, the weather affects our mood. The sunlight that breaks through our window can uplift our spirit while a cloudy rainy day can make us feel gloomy and broken-hearted. For some people, transitioning from one season to another (particularly from summer to winter) can be difficult and troublesome. In some parts of the world, the shortening days of autumn mark the onset of clinical depression that usually lasts until spring. al Covo offers SAD Light Therapy for those in need of a Vitmain D and sunlight boost.


7 Fascinating Facts about Meditation

Take a deep breath and relax – this is a simple, yet powerful piece of advice that has been given by yogis for centuries! Meditation is indeed one of the healthiest mind and body exercises that you should incorporate in your daily life. Both anecdotal and scientific evidences can attest to its amazing health effects. If you’re lacking reasons to spare just several minutes of your time to meditate, here are the fascinating facts that will sure get you learning more about this ancient practice:

It Changes Your Brain (for the better!)
For centuries, scientists believed that our brain stops evolving once we reached adulthood. Well, meditation disproves this! Using fMRI scanners, researchers found that people who regularly meditate develop neuroplasticity – a condition wherein the brain literally changes and develops its structure and functions!

It Sharpens Your Mind!
Have problems concentrating? Then this is the time that you consider meditating. A study conducted in 2006 found that people who meditate are more alert than those who took a nap and watched TV. More...

10 tips to get rid of anger

al Covo offers a range of well-being relaxation techniques and training courses including meditation, massage, reflexology, reiki, stretching, aromatherapy, nutritional therapy and music therapy. Visit or call Steve on 07968065885 or 02380639913.

Contrary to the popular belief, anger is a normal, healthy emotion. But as they say – too much of everything can be dangerous. Inability to control anger can take a toll on your physical and mental health, and destroy your relationship with others. The Dali Lama says ‘Anger is like swallowing poison and expecting someone else to die’.

Maybe the customer on the line is being arrogant, or your boss is nagging again. Maybe your child is having tantrums for more than an hour already, or your spouse made you wait for hours in the restaurant. Things like these can infuriate you to the highest level and make you lose control. Fortunately, there are simple ways to get rid of anger and keep your composure even during the most stressful, exasperating moments.

1. Think not just once, but twice. It’s easy to say hurtful words that you don’t really mean in the height of your emotions. But often, these things make us regret in the end. So before you say or do something. Think about it. Think about the outcomes your action will bring. Experts recommend counting 1 to 10 before making a response to prevent an angry outburst.

2. Express what you feel. Once you feel calmer, it’s time that you express what you feel. You will notice that you are becoming more careful of the choice of words at this moment. Tell that person your concerns in an assertive yet non-confrontational manner. Expressing your emotions will make you feel better. More...

Self-Help Relief for Headaches (Meditation)

al Covo offers Meditations to clients as one of a range of well-being treatments. This is one of many techniques used in meditation including visualisation and breathing. Please see or call Steve on 07968065885 or 02380639913 for more details.

Recently it has been on the news about how taking painkillers may actually result in more headaches. So in light of this, I decided to tell people how to get relief from headaches without the use of painkillers. Below is a step by step guide on how to get headache relief. This can be used on most headaches though I have not used this on migraines. I have a specific exercise that I have had good results in getting rid of migraines all together. However prevention is better than cure. So if your headache is alcohol, staring at a screen for too long, being in high or low light/noise, or anything else, please consider what you could do to prevent or lessen the cause.

1: Rate the headache on a scale 1 – 10, 1 being very slight discomfort and 10 being you can’t take any more.

2: Give the headache pain a colour and your relaxation (no pain) a colour as well. More...

Top 8 Back Pain Reducers (You Can Do as Part of Your Everyday Life)

Here at al Covo, massages, meditations, nutrition and other well-being treatments such as Stretching, Reiki and Reflexology can help reduce back pain, as can some of my Neal's Yard products - arnica cream or gel is especially good. Call Steve on 07968065885 or 02380639913 for more details. However, most of us have some habits that are making them more at risk of back pain, particularly lower back pain. Here are some of them, cut them out and you may need less of my professional help:

1. Not observing correct posture. Incorrect posture can add so much pressure and stress on your spine and to your muscles. Moreover, it can change the anatomical characteristics of your spine. When sitting, keep the hips a little higher than the knees and stand with the knees slightly bent, and one foot forward. This takes off the pressure from the lower back and decrease strain in the back.

2. Not getting up from your desk for a long time. If you’re like most office workers who are always chained in their desks, chances are you experience lower back pain on a regular basis. Inactivity makes your muscles weaker and damages your spine. Find time to get up from your chair and take a few minutes walking. If it isn’t possible, do some stretching. Ten minutes of stretching is enough to recharge your batteries and make you energetic for the rest of the day.

3. Smoking. People who smoke and have a sedentary lifestyle are more likely to develop serious diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Also, the nicotine in tobacco prevents the blood from reaching the discs that support your vertebrae, triggering back pain. More...

How to Meditate: Important Steps for Beginners

Mindful or mind full? Although there’s a paucity of data about the history of meditation, its roots travel back to the ancient times. Although Indian monks weren’t the first people to meditate, they were the ones who put in a structured practise.

Recently, a plethora of scientific studies highlighted the amazing health benefits of meditation particularly in promoting well-being. Some studies also found that it does have physiological effects too, and can be effective in helping people manage pain, stress, and other forms of physical and mental distress. Not only that, meditation has been found to increase the size of the brain and enhance the neural activities in regions involved in learning, reasoning, and forming memories.

You don’t have to be a monk to start meditating. This mental exercise is for everyone – young or old. So how do you meditate?

Here are the steps to follow: More...

Managing Worries and Negative Emotions

Just because worrying is hard-wired in our brain, doesn’t mean we can no longer do something to eliminate, if not reduce it. When taken with caution, worrying can be an essential tool that will keep you protected from life’s perils. Here are some things you can do to manage your worries and some other negative emotions:

• Learn to change your emotions by changing your thoughts
Perhaps the reason why cognitive therapy is very effective in helping people address anxiety and other behavioural disorders is because it is centred on changing one’s perspective. Your behaviour is the product of your mind. If you have negative thoughts, it will reflect on your actions. In cognitive behavioural therapy, the rational part of the cortex is trained to take control of the irrational part of the limbic system. Remember, human beings feel before they think. By strengthening the cortex’s natural ability to manage emotions, we can actually change how we feel even before it affects our behaviour. Many people think that the only way to change the brain chemistry is through medication. But the brain is more powerful than what we think it is.  More...

The Major Chakras, Crystals and Gemstones

Chakras are like the power stations of our body, bringing it to life, and keeping it healthy. Each chakra is associated with different parts of us and they need to spin totally in balance for us to feel good. There are 7 chakras that follow your midline from the base of the spine to the crown.

1. Red - is the BASE, situated at the base of the spine. It is like the roots of a tree that bury themselves in the very heart of the Earth.

2. Orange - is the SACRAL, situated about two inches below the navel. A mix of red and yellow, the Earth and the Sun. This is a mixture that benefits both mind (the Sun) and body (the Earth). 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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