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Banish cellulite with VelaShape

12
April
2010
Banish cellulite with VelaShape

Hailed by A-listers as a life savers for squeezing into form-fitting gowns at the last minute,
VelaShape™ is becoming a fixture in many women’s beauty regime.

An FDA-approved non-surgical treatment for body-shaping and the reduction of cellulite, VelaShape treatment is virtually painless and delivers real firming and tightening results after only one session.

How does it work?

VelaShape uses Elos, a combination of Bi-Polar Radiofrequency, Infrared Light Energy, plus Vacuum and Mechanical Massage.The precise heating ensures a safe, effective and fast treatment, while the vacuum and the special rollers for the Mechanical Massage smooth out the skin.

Results include increased metabolism, better lymphatic drainage and reduction of the size and number of the actual fact cells in the...

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Sun Salute with a twist dazzles Hollywood

12
April
2010
Sun Salute with a twist dazzles Hollywood

Get ready to grab your yoga mat and join in the latest Hollywood fitness craze which combines yoga and astrology, apparently. Named Yogalosophy, the new ‘it’ fitness regime is the brain child of Mandy Ingber, personal trainer and yoga guru to the stars. Hailing from California (where else?), it’s an innovative combination of two ancient disciplines, a challenging exercise routine combining traditional yoga techniques with toning exercises and poses.

A typical workout starts with 30 minutes of yoga practice to ‘align the mind and the spirit’, relax and get in a welcoming frame of mind for wellness, and continues with 55 minutes of poses designed to aid weight loss and increase muscle definition.

The full workout is available on a DVD introduced by Jennifer Aniston. The former Friend, one...

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Life-changing Botox

18
March
2010
Life-changing Botox

Botox is often credited with changing people's lives, or at least their expression, thanks to the wonders it works on wrinkles. But not everybody opts for the injections for younger looking skin; a new treatment successfully used in clinics such as DrBK Clinic in Reading helps people get rid of debilitating headaches and teeth tapping, improving your looks at the same time. Have you noticed your jaw line is more tense and masculine? You might want to look into it, like a Reading woman did.

Afflicted with a condition known as bruxism, Katie, 32, would tap her teeth together while sleeping, resulting in her waking up most mornings with excruciating pains in her jaw and a terrible headache - similar to what people who grind or clench their teeth in their sleep go through. She had also...

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Hands clean?

12
March
2010
Hands clean?

We know you love to paint your talons, but do you keep them spic and span? A scary research study shows how the love for extensions and false fingernails could lead to an increase in potentially dangerous germs across Britain.

Experts claim false fingernails are more likely to harbour harmful bacteria than shorter, natural nails because their length makes them more difficult to properly clean; as the average person carries more than 10 million bacteria on their hands every day, it's not hard to imagine this worrying figure rising when it takes into account people with long false nails, said the research by anti-bacterial hand gel brand Cuticura.

Looking at the issue from the financial side, hand hygiene could be costing the economy a staggering £10 billion a year in sick days due to the...

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Shake your tail feathers

10
March
2010
Shake your tail feathers

You've probably heard a lot on the grapevine about burlesque - in recent years, there's been a surplus of good and bad artists resuscitating what seemed to be a long lost art. So, out with the truth about burlesque dance classes - what to expect and what they can do for you.

You're thinking Dita Von Teese and Immodesty Blaize already, aren't you? Well, while we think you might have an untapped talent pool just waiting to be tickled by big feathers, a burlesque course won't turn you into a 50s icon; it will, however, reward you with a fun way to move your body, learn some dancing routines and build body confidence.

So, what should you expect?

A common source of confusion is about the level of nudity during the classes: well, fear not, because a burlesque course won't ask that you remove...

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Restorative dental treatments cutting into Brits' budgets

27
January
2010
Restorative dental treatments cutting into Brits' budgets

Recession victims postponing or cancelling dental appointments in an effort to save money risk a shocking bill when their choppers let them down and they can't delay a restorative treatment.

Both NHS and private practices are outlining a six times increase in cancelled check ups and appointments in the last two years. Manor Dental Practice in the Northwest alone has seen the amount spent on preventable treatments rise from £52,600 to £162,000 in three years.

It’s easy to see how quickly the bills pile up when the average cost of a restorative treatment is £458 per visit, over three times as much as yearly maintenance. A common misbelief has people avoiding the dentist in order to save money, without realising the long term damage to their finances, not to mention their health.

Dr Anjali...

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Brace yourself

27
January
2010
Brace yourself

Dazzled by the Hollywood-perfect smiles of the likes of Cheryl Cole and Angelina Jolie, the number of adults resorting to braces has shot up by a dramatic 560% in the last four years.

Now ranking just behind Botox, fillers, veneers and breast enhancements, braces are no longer the bane of awkward teenagers. Research compiled by Turret Orthodontic reveals that 935 adults have undergone orthodontic treatments at the Manchester practice between 2005 and 2009; compare these figures with the data for 2001-2005 (165 adults) and it’s easy to see a trend.

The celebrity culture is most definitely the root cause of this rush to get braces; we can’t turn a TV on or flick a magazine open without being flashed more perfect teeth than there are gorgeous shoes or trim bodies.

The impact of a winning...

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Out of your head, on to your next journey with Shirodhara

27
January
2010
Out of your head, on to your next journey with Shirodhara

Need a little boost towards your New Year resolutions, or just trying to beat the January blues? Look no further - give Ayurveda treatment Shirodhara a try.

One of the oldest wellness treatments known to mankind, Ayurveda is much more than a relaxing massage: a valid holistic approach to health, this Indian wellness system is based on the five Elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether) and emphasises prevention of disease, rejuvenation of our body systems, and extension of life span. The premise and promise of Ayurveda is that through certain practices, not only can we prevent heart disease and make our headaches go away, but we can also better understand ourselves and the world around us, live a long healthy life in balance and harmony, achieve our fullest potential, and express our...

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Francesca is a writer and a wellness junkie if there ever was one. She will try anything under the sun, including several kinds of muds and the strangest smelling ointments. She is particularly obsess...knowledgeable in hair colouring/cutting, manicures, yoga and massages, while also on the eternal quest for the perfect figure, the right sleeping pattern and the healthiest diet. Being healthy and looking good is serious business!

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