Dealing with Migraine: How Magnesium Helps

One in 4 women and one in 12 men in the UK suffer from migraine, according to the NHS. But migraine is more than a severe headache. It is a chronic neurological condition that causes intense pain usually on one side of the head, and is accompanied by other debilitating symptoms such as vomiting, nausea and extreme sensitivity to light. A single migraine attack could persist for 2 hours to 3 days.

There are two types of migraine: with aura and without aura. A migraine with aura often starts with visual problems, dizziness, and stiffness of neck and limbs. This is usually followed by extreme headache. About a third of people have this, according to the NHS. The second type, or the one without aura, is also called common migraine which skips the visual problems and begins with dull pain that gets more painful. It comes with nausea and vomiting that persist for hours, and worse, days.

People experience varying severities of migraine. Some have attacks frequently (several times per week) whilst others only have it occasionally. It is possible for a migraine attack to occur after several years. Furthermore, there are people who experience migraine after being exposed to triggers like stress, polluted air, fluorescent lighting, strobe-like intermittent lighting, hormonal changes, and certain foods. 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...

Shirodhara, Meditation and the 4 states of consciousness

A good daily routine includes 2 sessions of Mental Silence of about 20 minutes. Let us compare the physiological and psychological states during our normal three states of consciousness, with those states during Mental Silence:

Waking State: during the waking state, we have thoughts, we are conscious and our metabolism rate is high.

Dreaming State: during the dreaming state, we have thoughts, we are conscious and our metabolism rate is lower.

Deep sleep without dreams: during deep sleep, thinking process stops, we are not conscious and our metabolism rate is lower still.

Mental Silence: during mental silence, thinking process stops, we are fully conscious and our metabolism rate is still lower than during deep sleep. More...

The effects of repeated Mental Silence

Mental Silence is a unique experience.  We have seen that physiologically, metabolic rate is lower during Mental Silence than during deep sleep, and that the activity of the mind comes to a complete stop.
Mental Silence is a privileged moment in your day, an oasis of peace in your life, twice a day whether you induce it with Shirodhara or Meditation. Both are available at al Covo. Visit, or call 07968065885 or 023780639913 for more details.
With these two means, you are always certain to have your holidays twice a day.
The repeated experience of mental silence will produce the following effects, systematically observed with my patients who had daily Shirodhara and/or Meditation:

A decrease of:

⇓ Stress
Both physical and mental stress.
⇓ Sensibility to stress
Not only the amount of stress decreases but also our sensibility to it.
⇓ Anxiety
Anxiety decreases in intensity, frequency and duration. More...

Psycho-Physiological Effects of Shirodhara

Shirodhara is an ancient Ayurvedic technique to relax the mind and enter a medititative state or panchakarma (cleansing) state. It is rarely available in the UK and remains a strong practice in india and Sri Lanka. It is available at al Covo suite, Southampton, along with other Ayurvedic well-being practices. Please call 07968065885 or 02380639913 or visit for more details.

Kazuo, Uebaba et al., a Japanese team, published a scientific study on the effects of Shirodhara therapy, using a "healing robot" to control for temperature, flow and sweeping of the liquid used. It is the only scientific controlled study on physiological effects of Shirodhara therapy we know of in relation to anxiety and altered states of consciousness (ASC).

Fifty-seven healthy volunteers (ages 22-46, 33 ± 8 years) participated in this study with the healing robot after signing informed consent. In this experiment, the treatment was regulated automatically by the computerized system using the healing robot. The temperature (39.0 ± 0.5 ◦C) and flow rate (2.3 ± 0.2 L/min) of the oil were kept constant.
Summary of Results More...

10 Natural Ways to Induce Deep Sleep

Sleep is essential to good health. Poor quality of sleep has been linked to a wide range of problems, including heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It is also a risk factor for mental health problems such as depression and anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, according to statistics, 25 per cent of the UK population suffer from some form of sleep problem which usually results to excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue and the big word: STRESS.

While sleeping pills are always available, these medications are addictive and have side effects. Long-term use of sleeping pills has been found by experts to be potentially harmful to health. Good thing, there are natural sleep-inducing ways that are safe and effective! Here are some of them:More...

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...

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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