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Monday, 11 June 2018

'Tis the season to be sneezy.

So many of you have been coming in to the Chandos Clinic with eyes and nose streaming. The pollen count has been unbearably high these last few days. Here are some very useful pointers from the BBC. Anyone who suffers from hay fever, myself included, know we can't ever completely eliminate it, but there are some tips here that will certainly help dampen it down.

And we always have tissues in reception!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44381799

As an unrelated aside, I have just read that we should all be washing our hands for 20 seconds, which is how long it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice!

Monday, 21 May 2018

Chandos Clinic.... a few changes!


The Chandos Clinic door is wide open so a sunny hello to all our patients.
There are a few changes coming up, so if any of you have not been to see us recently, here is an update of what's happening at Chandos.

We are saying a fond farewell to our wonderful osteopath Xavier, who is returning to live full-time in France. Xavier is recommending his existing patients see Davina, so rest assured you will remain in her very accomplished and capable hands. Both Davina, and Barbara especially, are very experienced with babies and children.

Likewise Anne Brunton, our long-standing reflexologist, will be leaving us at the end of this month. We will still be able to offer reflexology at the clinic, with both Gosia and Emilie.

We wish Xavier and Anne our very best wishes for their futures.

Giles has slightly reduced his hours so please be aware that appointments with him will require a slightly longer wait than usual, although we are always happy to put you on his cancellation list. Otherwise, Barbara, Mala, and Davina, will always be happy to see you. Until further notice, Giles is no longer taking on new patients.

Thank you to everyone who has signed our data protection update. The form is on the reception desk and Deb or Pat will advise you if you still need to do it.

Our fees will go up on July 1st. This is the first increase since January 2017.

Giles will increase from £67 to £70.50 for existing adults and children.

Existing adults for Barbara, Mala and Davina will go up from £48 to £50.50
New adults for Barbara, Mala and Davina will go from £53 to £56 (first appointment only)

Existing children for Barbara and Davina will go up from £44 to £46.50
New children for Barbara and Davina will go up from £49 to £52 (first appointment only)

Until you come to see us next, we wish everyone good health and happy days in the sun!





Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Two rather wonderful Bristol women!

Last night I met Caroline Gilmartin, who is "everything good". She runs fermentation workshops in Cliftonwood, teaching how to make sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir. She has an amazing website which is well worth meandering http://everygoodthing.co.uk

Then Andrea, who told me about "91 Ways", (named after the 91 different languages spoken in Bristol) which has another splendid website. http://91ways.org

Even though I've lived in Bristol for over 20 years, organisations like this continue to surprise and gladden me. Respect and admiration for all involved.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Donating your air-miles to charity.

Yesterday I donated 6000 about-to-expire Finnair points to Unicef. I had no idea this was a thing until the good people at Finnair alerted me to the fact that I could. Now I can see that most airlines are affiliated to charities and you can donate your unwanted air-miles to them. It's so easy, so why not do same. Read more...

https://www.businesstraveller.com/features/how-to-donate-unused-frequent-flyer-miles-to-charity/

Earth Hour.

From 8.30 to 9.30pm local time tonight, 24/03/2018, across the globe, millions of buildings will actively be going dark. Let's join them and switch off the lights...

http://uk.businessinsider.com/the-world-is-turning-off-its-lights-for-an-hour-2016-3?r=US&IR=T



Friday, 16 March 2018


Prostate Cancer.

Prostate Cancer has been much in the news recently. Most of us will know someone whose lives have been affected by it. Here is an article from George Monbiot of The Guardian, measured, insightful and with gentle humour. I hope you will find it helpful.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/13/prostate-cancer-happy-diagnosis-operation

Monday, 26 February 2018

Hygiene Poverty. From food banks to beauty banks.


When I watched the film "I, Daniel Blake",  I thought one of the most harrowing parts was when the young mother went to the food bank and quietly asked if they had any sanitary products. They did not. Now, there is a new enterprise, Beauty Banks, which makes this possible, and not just for sanitary products but all the essential toiletries that most of us take for granted such as soap and toothpaste. You can read the full article from The Independent below. Donations can either be posted to a central London hub, or for ease, shop online and get them posted direct to Beauty Banks, c/o Jo Jones, The Communications Store, 2 Kensington Square, London W8 5EP

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/beauty-banks-sali-hughes-jo-jones-donate-products-hygiene-poverty-a8223496.html

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

A "Woohoo!" from the WHO. 

A landmark achievement for world osteopathy.


Last month, the World Health Organisation (WHO), which exists to direct and coordinate international health as an agency of the United Nations, voted to admit the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA) into 'official relations' status. This is a privilege which it grant to bodies that make a significant contribution to the advancement of public health and support the spirit, purposes and principles of the WHO's Constitution. This is something that the IOA has been working towards since it's inception and which will help elevate the global osteopathic profession.

To find out more about the IOA, visit www.ioalliance.org

Wednesday, 31 January 2018


Fine Radio!

Listening to "Inside Health" on radio 4 last night, there were 2 fascinating, accessible and highly informative articles on DVT's in hospital, and the optimum dosage when taking iron supplements.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09ply54

Following immediately on from there was "The Life Scientific" on the flu virus. If you've managed to dodge that this winter, hat's off to you!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09plntp

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Dementia Friendly Cinema

As a committed cinema goer, I am also slowly making my way through the wonderfully informative Kermode and Mayo podcasts. I cannot imagine a world where cinema is not accessible to me, and it was here www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lvdrj/episodes/downloads catching up with a podcast from last Sept, that I became alerted to the concept of dementia-friendly cinema, with reduced volume and slightly brighter lighting, amongst other things. Bristol's own wonderful Watershed has a link to it:
https://www.watershed.co.uk/filmhub/dementia-friendly-screenings-a-guide-for-cinemas

On The Alzheimer's Society website there are more dementia-friendly listings for other art related things:
https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20116/making_organisations_more_dementia-friendly/358/making_arts_organisations_dementia_friendly/2

Now in it's 7th year, September is World Alzheimer's Month, with Sept 21st being World Alzheimer's Day. If the life of someone close to you is affected by this condition, may I suggest that you mark your dance-card now.
https://www.alz.co.uk/world-alzheimers-month

Monday, 15 January 2018

Radio Menopause

Barbara has flagged up that Woman's Hour at 10am on Radio 4 every day this week is doing a feature on the menopause. If you would like to hear it, here's the link.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09lw30r

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Welcome 2018


Dear Friends of The Chandos Clinic, Old and New.

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.

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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!

http://www.loveyourselfproject.org/PDF/charliechaplinpoem.pdf