Understanding Movement

Movement is a natural animalistic skill practiced by all of us during the course of our lives. For this reason, stretching exercises play a big part in improving and maintaining our overall health and wellness. Exercise in general is performed for various reasons, including increasing muscles strength and stamina, muscle toning and conditioning, maintaining healthy joint mobility and muscle flexibility, preventing the signs of aging, maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system, weight loss or maintenance, managing stress and depression, and also for enjoyment. Stretching your body frequently and regularly also acts to boost the immune system and aids in the prevention of joint restriction and “diseases of affluence” such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, carpal tunnel and obesity.

Simple upper body stretches to do at home or in the workplace.

To understand why this is,  it is importance to take a look at the development of exercise through history. Since the dawn of humankind, physical development has followed a natural path that was determined by the practical demands of life in a wild like avoiding threats to survive. Primeval times presented harsher environments full of natural and human obstacles which meant that early man had to know not only how to run, but also walk, balance, jump, crawl, climb, lift, carry, throw, catch, and fight. Between 4,000 BC and 476 AD, civilizations rose and fell through war and conquest imposing physical training on boys and young men in preparing for battle. Later, civilized populations valued the physical culture for sports – seeing the birth of the first Olympic games created by the ancient Greeks. These early sports were all based on practical, natural movement skills and were fundamentally related to the preparedness needed for war. Later, the Romans celebrated the body’s beauty and strength embracing physical training as a philosophical ideal, and an essential part of a complete education; they celebrated the idea of having a sound mind in a sound body. Physical culture started to rise beyond practical necessities to become a means to an end — an “art de vivre”!

During the dark ages (5th – 15th century), education was centered around the Church, focusing on cultivating the mind rather than training the body. It is in this period that the body was seen as sinful and unimportant, spreading the belief that the primary concern of one’s lifetime was preparing for the afterlife. In 1553, the first book to exclusively address the benefits of physical exercise  was published classifying, analyzing, and describing exercises, games, and sports from a medical standpoint. Advice was also offered on how to prevent and recover from injuries resulting from these physical pursuits. Over the years, the more civilized populations saw the introduction of modern gyms and workout programs.

The advancements in technology over the course of the last century has majorly impacted the modern lifestyle, making fitness an accessory to the modern man and woman through a luck of motivation; it is up to each of us to exercise or not! Generally most people don’t, and being out of shape has become both ubiquitous and commonly accepted. Despite the plethora of health and fitness methods, programs, and resources we have today, the general population has never been so physically sedentary and out-of-shape resulting in a decline in health today.

“A pattern that had been familiar throughout history is that after a war is fought and won, the tendency is for society to relax, enjoy life, and exercise less. … It appears that as societies become too enamored with wealth, prosperity and self-entertainment, fitness levels drop. In addition, as technology has advanced with man, the levels of physical fitness have decreased.” –Lance C. Dalleck and Len Kravitz

With today’s modern working lifestyles and demands, we find ourselves glued to our desks more frequently, spending longer hours at our desks and in the workplace with a luck of a wide range of movement. This also relates to the cultural changes we have seen and experienced through the advancements in technology where some of us may find ourselves spending long periods of time using mobile phones, watching television or driving for long hours at a time. Our luck of movement generally creates stresses on certain muscles groups that should be stretched and exercised more frequently. Below is a video I found that I feel explains different types of movement and training programs that help us increase our range of movement for a more resilient and balanced body.

As a holistic therapist, I have had the opportunity to experience and treat some common ailments that many of us live with on a daily basis such as neck ache, backache, headaches, shoulder pain and fatigue through the lifestyle choices we all make. Today, stretching and exercising comes in many forms as we have seen in the video above. Through physical exercises like Pilates, Yoga, Ballet and Martial Arts, we can rip some of the many benefits to be experienced from these activities to gradually improve our physical postures for an improved mental and spiritual well being. Practicing these exercises for at least 15 minutes a day may also help increase quality of sleep and act as a non-pharmaceutical sleep aid to treat diseases such as insomnia, help promote or maintain positive self-esteem, improve mental health, maintain steady digestion and treat constipation and gas, regulate fertility health, and augment an individual’s sex appeal or body image, which has been found to be linked with higher levels of self-esteem.

A stretch for hamstrings, posterior obliques, teres muscles and lats – great for toning the upper and lower body.

I have demonstrated some stretching exercises above that I feel work quite well in keeping the upper body flexible and well-balanced. These exercises relieve tension pains caused by being stationery and using the hands when typing at a computer desk or using mobile phones for long periods of time. I recommend practicing these particular exercises for at least 3 minutes every 2 hours to keep neck ache, shoulder pain and backache at bay. Massages are also a great way to stretch and elongate the muscles to prevent and relieve the body from aches and pains that arise from lifestyle and injuries. For further advice on safe stretching exercises that can help improve your flexibility and general physical condition, please feel free to get in touch. If you are considering taking up an activity like Pilates, Yoga or Ballet, simply get in touch with Cherry’s Fitness Suite for more information on individual or group classes.


Source: Wikipedia, Art of manliness, Youtube


Hair Removal – Pros and Cons

Hair Removal is a widely popular service, not only in the beauty world but also across different cultures and professions with a plethora of benefits to be experienced.

Hair removal techniques today are available in many forms offering temporary or permanent hair removal, to include, depilatory waxing and machines, sugaring, depilatory creams, abrasive mitts, shaving, plucking or tweezing, threading, and electrical current methods like Intensed Pulsed Light (IPL) and laser hair removal, to name a few.

Hair Removal Across the World

Forms of hair removal are practised for various and mostly cultural, sexual, medical or religious reasons – here are some we managed to dig up:

  • Culture – In Middle Eastern societies, removal of the female body hair has been considered proper hygiene, necessitated by local customs, for many centuries. An increase in women wearing shorter dresses and swimsuits over the years has raised the practice of women removing unwanted body hair, such as on legs, underarms and elsewhere. People also remove some or all of their pubic hair for aesthetic or sexual reasons. Many men in Western cultures shave or wax their facial hair to achieve a clean-shaven or hairless look. Some men shave or wax because they cannot grow a “full” beard (generally defined as an even density from cheeks to neck), because their beard colour is different from their scalp hair colour, or because their facial hair grows in many directions, making a groomed look difficult. Some men shave or wax because their beards are very coarse, causing itchiness and irritation. Some men are known to eliminate or trim pubic hair, a practice that is referred to as “manscaping” (a portmanteau expression for male-specific grooming); this custom can be motivated by reasons of potentially increased cleanliness and hygiene, heightened enjoyment during fellatio and analingus, and/or the desire to take on a more youthful appearance.
  • For professional footballers, road cyclists and swimmers – The absence of the leg hair means the injuries (usually skin rash or scarring) can be cleaned up more efficiently, and treatment is not impeded in the case of a crash or tackle. Professional cyclists, as well as professional footballers also receive regular leg massages, and the absence of hair reduces the friction and increases their comfort and effectiveness. It is also common for competitive swimmers to shave hair off their legs, arms, and torsos, to reduce drag and provide a heightened “feel” for the water by removing the exterior layer of skin along with the body hair.
  • In the military – A close-cropped or completely shaven haircut is common in military organisations preventing the infestation of lice, ticks, and fleas. It is also more difficult for an enemy to grab hold of a soldier’s hair in hand-to-hand combat. In addition, short hair makes fitting gas masks and helmets easier. The practice also serves to cultivate a group oriented environment through the process of removing exterior signs of individuality. In many military, head-shaving is mandatory for males when beginning their training. Armies may also require males to maintain clean-shaven faces as facial hair can prevent an air-tight seal between the face and breathing or safety equipment, such as a pilot’s oxygen mask, a diver’s mask, or a soldier’s gas mask.
  • Medical reasons Surgical patients are required to have no hair in areas to be treated before surgery in attempts to eradicate lice and minimise body odour due to accumulation of odour-causing micro-organisms in hair. It is common for cancer patients to shave their heads even before starting chemotherapy as it often causes severe and irregular hair loss. In extreme situations people may need to remove all body hair to prevent or combat infestation by lice, fleas and other parasites. Such a practice was used, for example, in Ancient Egypt. Waxing offers expectant mothers an excellent hair removal method that acts as a preparatory step before child-birth with results that last for weeks after for peace-of-mind.

With permanent hair removal methods, regular visits are encouraged to effectively destroy the hair roots which are responsible for the growth of the hairs in the treated areas. Although permanent hair removal treatments like IPL provide faster permanent hair results, a course of treatments is usually recommended and can be quite expensive however competitively priced, with some salons and dermatologists requiring that hair is shaved or shortened in the areas to be treated.

Outback Organics Opal Wax for facial, underarms and intimate waxing.

Temporary hair removal treatments such as waxing and threading are the most widely available services on the high street offering cost effective treatments and convenience of use. Waxing and threading treatments remove hairs at their roots so the regrowth is of completely new hairs with soft, fine-tapered tips. Regrowth of hair can be expected again between 4-5 weeks.

Waxing and threading can also appear to reduce the quantity of hair growth due to the natural cyclical regrowth of the hair – this only means that the hair will not all grow back at the same time. Certain bodily changes such as ageing can result in permanent hair removal with waxing and threading.

We, at Endulge Therapy, aim to make your waxing experience as natural, and as pleasant as possible. We use award winning Outback Organics products for all our threading and waxing treatments, not only for their efforts in supporting the Australian Indigenous people, but because their entire product range is free from parabens, mineral oils, artificial fragrances, animal by-products and other harmful chemicals. We use the deliciously scented plum-based Opal peelable wax when waxing the face, smaller areas of the body, and for the hair down under. Freshly scented True blue gel wax is used when waxing larger areas of the body for speedy and clean waxing results.

Shavers, depilatory creams and abrasive mitts come in a variety of forms offering other cost effective methods of temporary hair removal that can be performed at home. These methods of hair removal involve the removal of unwanted hairs at the surface of the skin.

When using depilatory creams at home, we recommend not to use these on sensitive areas, like the groin and underarms as these creams are usually heavily alkaline based which can result in an instability of the natural pH level of the skin, giving rise to severe breakouts and skin discoloration. If you have thick course hairs in these sensitive parts, we strongly advise against shaving in these areas as you are most prone to suffering with these conditions as a result from friction to the areas – consider waxing instead please and be kind to your skin!

Things To Know Before Booking Your Waxing Appointment

Receiving a wax for the first time can be a little daunting and painful at the beginning but becomes less painful when you keep up with your appointments. It is useful to know that some slight soreness, small bumps and redness are common and perfectly normal temporary reactions, especially if this is your first wax experience. These symptoms usually subside over the 24-48 hours following your treatment. We advise that you get in touch with us if you experience any persistent redness or irritation. We usually advise that you allow at least one week, preferably two, between any home shaving or other depilatory service to let the hairs grow to a length sufficient to be waxed.

A woman’s pain threshold is at its lowest immediately before and during her period as the hormones which stimulate the regrowth of hair are also at there most active during this period. For these reasons, we advise to avoid waxing at this time if possible.

Preparation before a wax is of the utmost importance! Exfoliating your skin before your wax treatment also ensures that any trapped hairs are exposed for a better wax. Dead skin cells are also removed from your skin, promoting better hydration levels for your skin. Book in for a Shaping Body Peel treatment before your wax appointment for an invigorating yet relaxing skin smoothing body treat with an added anti-ageing effect. Other gentle ways to exfoliate at home are by using exfoliating mitts or gloves up to 3 times a week prior to your waxing appointment. For a 2 in 1 wash and skin exfoliator, Outback Organics do a great Face and Body creamy scrub, enriched with Bergamot orange, sandalwood, patchouli, rose and organic cucumber extract combined with jojoba micro-beads to give a gentle yet effective exfoliation that leaves your skin soft, hydrated and deeply cleansed.

If you use retin-A products or are taking a course of tetracycline medication, we advise that you wait at least a month before after to attend a waxing appointment as these products are known to cause more sensitivity to the skin making it more prone to irritation and tear.

Bush Balm 250ml £22.00, Face and Body Scrub 100ml £8.99, Post Wax/Shaving Spray – 100ml £10.00 / 250ml £15.98.

On the day of your wax appointment, we recommend that you wear loose fitting clothes to prevent friction and allow for proper circulation and healing for the areas to be waxed – this means no sport, gym or other vigorous exercises after your appointment! It is also important to keep the waxed areas clean, avoiding heat from hot baths or showers, saunas or hot tubs, and tanning of any kind. To cool and calm the skin after a wax treatment, we recommend the use of Aloe Vera or Outback Organics Post Wax Spray to the legs, arms, chest and back twice daily for 5 days. For sensitive areas such as the face, underarms and bikini area, we recommend using a small amount of Outback Organics Bush Balm 2-3 times a day until all redness and soreness has subsided – don’t let us leave you without your complimentary Bush Balm sample after your underarm and intimate wax treatment!

Showering daily using an antiseptic skin wash such as Outback Organics Tea Tree Skin Wash is a perfect way to cleanse the pores, helping to eliminate bacteria that cause spots without stripping or drying the skin. This skin wash double-up as an excellent facial wash for anyone who prefers using a facial wash than a cream cleanser; oily skin is controlled and vitality is restored revealing fresher and more vibrant skin without leaving it feeling taught and dry.


Face and Body Wash – 100ml £7.50 / 250ml £9.99, Tea Tree Deodorant 30ml £4.99, Hand and Body Lotion – 100ml £7.50 / 250ml £12.50.


A great wax is never complete without some added moisture! Follow-up your wax with a good moisturiser enriched with vitamin E such as Outback Organics Hand and Body Lotion. This lotion is rich in anisata and macadamia oil that acts to quench and sooth dry, itchy skin even after hair removal leaving the skin silky soft, supple and deeply hydrated enabling the new hairs to grow through easily.

You may notice a small amount of regrowth after a week or so; please bare in mind that it can take up to 4 treatments for the hair to get on a cycle that gives the best results. In some cases, an angled follicle may cause the hair to break off at the angle during waxing which also causes hairs to reappear at the skin’s surface within a few days of a wax treatment. This can result to the regrowth of hairs to be frizzy or curled where previously they were straight. We advise that you avoid shaving, tweezing or use of hair removal creams between appointments as this interrupts the hairs removal growth cycle. To maintain your smooth appearance, we recommend regular waxing treatments every 4-6 weeks.

Take advantage of our 3 for 2 waxing special offer and save money on your waxing treatments with us throughout June! To book your wax appointment, or for more advise on our waxing services, call us on 02380 111 621.

Sources: Wikipedia, Beauty Therapy – The Foundations (The Official Guide to Level 2 5e) Lorraine Nordmann, Outback Organics.