Firstly everyone here, osteopaths, complimentary therapists and receptionists, would like to wish you a very happy healthy new 2018. We hope the festive holidays treated you gently and warmly, and that everyone was with someone cherished. If you have made a resolution this year, we hope it brings you happiness and fulfilment rather than disgruntlement!
We are running a full ship now the holidays are over, and again able to offer osteopathic treatment on alternate Saturday mornings, which I know suits many of you whose work schedules preclude our weekday hours of opening.
We no longer run the Monday Children's Clinic, but of course countless babies and children come to see us, Barbara and Xavier especially. We will always have a changing mat, a supportive place to nurse, and usually a quiet spare room to settle and soothe.
A reminder that parking in Chandos Rd is metered Mon - Fri 9am to 5pm, £1 per hour. The nearest meters are diagonally opposite us. Usually you can park close to the clinic. You can get a half hour free ticket, though please be aware that we cannot guarantee our practitioners run to strict time and traffic wardens around here are vigilant. For those not driving, buses come to nearby Whiteladies Rd, Redland & Clifton train stations are close, and we also have a bike lock on the premises. We are still hoping the council will provide some bike racks, but for the time being, the best place is probably the church railings a few doors down. Please don't prop your bike up against our very large plate glass windows!
If you have any queries, Pat and Deb are always ready and happy to assist; in addition our website is comprehensive and updated regularly.
Initially recommended by Davina, some of us have attended gong meditation in Long Ashton run by the extraordinarily gifted Monika of Rainbow Vibrations. She runs many different classes and workshops and her website is detailed and easy to navigate. Do have a look: http://www.rainbowvibrations.com/events.html
At the end of each session she reads a poem, and on Sunday she chose this one. I'd never heard it before, and was very surprised that it was actually written by Charlie Chaplin. Here it is, wise words I think for a new year. Happy 2018!
Lucy Siegle's "Ethical Living" from 29th Oct Observer had an excellent article on plastic pollution of our waterways, specifically relating to sanitary products. It highlighted the great work of a Bristol based initiative called City to Sea whose videos are certainly worth watching. Have a look! I will certainly be passing it on to my daughter, and encourage my daughter to pass on to her peers.
Move over art trails... The Bristol Yoga Trail is happening this coming Sat 14th October, when six of our city's independent yoga studios open their doors for free sessions, covering many different styles of yoga. From 8am to 7pm, there is a diverse timetable making up 37 classes in BS7 BS6 BS3 and BS2. There is no need to book, so just drop in and enjoy. All the classes are suitable for beginners, so do have a look at the timetable and map on the link below.
This is one of the most compelling articles (from last Sunday's Observer) I have read in a long time. Slightly unnerving, but nonetheless something that we can all address and do something about.
The line, by neuroscientist Matthew Walker: "Without sleep, there is low energy and disease. With sleep, there is vitality and health" seems to me a mantra we should all have on the fridge, if not our bedroom walls. The argument for quality and quantity of sleep is so well argued and articulated, I may even get my children to take it onboard. Here's hoping...
Bike Racks coming to Chandos Rd?... here's hoping, so please sign the petition to help make it happen!
Many of our patients arrive by bike, but where to lock them up is an on-going problem. Most people use the church railings a few yards down, but this isn't great. Finally, after much badgering of the council, a petition is underway to get some proper bike racks installed on Chandos Rd. Please sign the petition link, and spread the word.
And, if you've ever forgotten your bike lock, we keep one in the clinic, which you are always welcome to use, so just ask Pat or Deb on reception.