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I (Phil) am often asked "are there any exercises that I can do for my back pain?"

The short answer is yes, while I am NOT one to prescribe PT style exercise and work outs there is a super easy and very effective stretching regime anyone can do. It will take 15 mins of your day, maximum.

It is known as the "Magic 4"

Four floor and chair based stretches that will open you hips, pelvis and spine, a great method of maintaining flexibility and function within your spine.

So So Simple, SO SO SO effective.  Give them a go and let me know how they help you.

Please click here for a simple to follow run through of them.

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Hi I am Bonita McCarthy I am a Qualified Bodywork Therapist at ‘Hands On’ in Braunton (See my Bio for more information!) I am now the regular #HolisticHealth blogger for Phil’s and Ellies beautiful Braunton Health Clinic in #NorthDevon to name just a few of my skills!

Good quick healthy soup, for a winters day.

Cauliflower, Cashew and Coriander.

Chop up a cauliflower, fry gently with some olive oil,  a chopped onion, 4 or 5 cloves of garlic, 1 tablespoon of turmeric and 100g of cashews in a pan, cover with a lid and cook of a low heat for 15 mins, stirring so it doesn't catch.

While it cooks, dry fry some cashew nuts to toast them, then chop them and set aside to sprinkle on the top of the soup for serving.

When the veggies are soft, pour in 1 litre of stock (veggie or chicken), bring to boil and blend.

Then stir in bunch of chopped coriander (about  30g) and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, season to taste !


Serve and the toasted nuts sprinkled on top. (Maybe with some home made spelt bread and butter)



Enjoy x


[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][dt_fancy_title title="Dorn Method has arrived in North Devon" title_align="center" title_size="h3" title_color="default" title_bg="disabled" separator_color="default"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][vc_single_image image="36596" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="medium" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][dt_fancy_title title="The Dorn Method" title_align="center" title_size="normal" title_color="default" title_bg="disabled" separator_color="default"][vc_column_text]The Dorn method comes from a German healer called Dieter Dorn, who when suffering from a bad back went to the local “Bone Setter” whom cured him within 2 sessions.

Dieter Dorn practiced this technique himself in is kitchen and lounge for free, whilst maintaining his job as a farmer. Then he started to pass it on to others around him, teaching many in Germany, inc. Bridgette, whom I learned off,  he sadly died a few years ago. It is now a very popular therapy in Germany that has been practiced for more that 40 years.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]The Dorn method is a gentle technique which re-aligns pelvis, sacrum, spine and all other joints, with gentle movements performed by the therapist whilst the client also moves in a gentle rhythmic way.  This movement by the patient allows the muscles to de distracted (relaxed) whilst the joint is gently re-positioned whilst it is moving. This makes it incredibly gentle, safe and effective.

During the treatment “selp-help” exercises are given to the patient for them to take home and practice / self treat. The aim of these are, as it takes 5-6 weeks for the body to totally re-align, is to be able re-enforce the treatment at home, Thus, if the patient practices the self help exercises it removes the need to rely on a therapist, after the second or third treatment, and will be their for all future niggles.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="32px"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_single_image image="36572" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="large" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][vc_facebook type="standard"][vc_tweetmeme type="horizontal"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][dt_button el_class="Book Now !" link="http://handsonclinic.setmore.com" target_blank="true" size="big" style="default" button_alignment="default" color_mode="default" color="#888888" icon_align="right"]Book Now ![/dt_button][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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New Products at Hands On

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Ellie and I have been searching for quite a while now for a couple of new ranges of products for us to stock.

Ellie has been looking for  beauty based skin care products, we have, no she has, tried samples from quite a few companies be fore we found Belenos Skin care. Beautiful products made by hand in Wales, that Ellie rates as amazing. So we have a lovely range in stock, click this link to see what we stock and see whats in them.

Then pop in in to give the samples a try to see if you, like Ellie love them!


[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="36480" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="medium" alignment="center"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="36482" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="medium"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][vc_message message_box_style="standard" style="rounded" message_box_color="info" icon_type="fontawesome" icon_fontawesome="fa fa-info-circle" icon_openiconic="vc-oi vc-oi-dial" icon_typicons="typcn typcn-adjust-brightness" icon_entypo="entypo-icon entypo-icon-note" icon_linecons="vc_li vc_li-heart" icon_pixelicons="vc_pixel_icon vc_pixel_icon-alert"]We like them so much that we have decided to use the "Repair Elixir" as the massage oil for the facial aspect of our Bliss Treatment.[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][dt_fancy_title title="Osean74" title_align="center" title_size="big" title_color="title" title_bg="disabled" separator_color="default" separator_style="double"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][vc_column_text]I have been looking for a high quality, super easy to digest Multi Mineral for ages now, after loads of research and trials I am really happy to recommend and to stock Osean74[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="32px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="36505" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="medium" link="https://www.handsonclinic.co.uk/product/osean-74-natural-mineral-supplement/"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]This multi mineral is extracted from Red Algae that grows in clean atlantic waters near Iceland, because it comes from a seaweed it easy for our body to digest and absorb all of the 74 trace minerals that are in it. Unlike lots of mineral supplements that are extracted from rocks, not so easy to digest![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Thank you's are worth everything!

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="32px"][vc_column_text]Bowen is a wonderful powerful treatment that can treat so many conditions, there really are no limits to the vast array of conditions that can be treated with it.

As a father the health of my children is the most important thing to me. I am blessed to understand and see how this simple non evasive treatment can transform lives.

Most people have never heard of it (but that is now changing as Bowen stands up next to Physiotherapy, Osteopathy and Chiropractic work) let alone understand the way it works.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="32px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][vc_single_image border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" image="35798" img_link_large="yes" img_size="medium" alignment="center"][vc_column_text]A thank you for helping a boy with hyper mobility syndrome. He went from not being able to walk up hills, let alone running around, to running around with all his friends[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="32px"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_empty_space height="32px"][vc_column_text]When working on children it is gentle, very quick (a matter of a couple of minutes) and devastatingly effective. The thought of not being able to help people because of financial constraints, really upsets me. (Bowen should be on the NHS ! )

Not being able to help children is too much so if your child id 11 or under treatments are free![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" image="35797" img_size="large" img_link_large="yes"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]All I want to do is help, and when I get little thank you's like this it makes everything wonderful, How blessed to know I am lucky enough to help people, kids most of all!!


This letter made me cry, I know I'm a softy, but for a teacher to take the time out of their manic jobs to write a letter is amazing.

This was helping a child with behavioural / anger / anxiety issues.

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Dreaded lurgy or healthy healing crisis? Either way, osteopathy can help!

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]Having just emerged from a bout of the most debilitating lurgy myself, I felt inspired to reflect on these periods of illness, explore what it means to have a cold, and what we can do to facilitate a speedy recovery!

Some people seem to suffer regular colds or flu while others are able to claim they never get ill! But is having a cold always a bad thing or could it actually be a sign of a healthy functioning immune system? There are of course serious medical conditions which can compromise the immune system, but lifestyle factors play an important role in our ability to defend ourselves from the bugs that we are in constant contact with. High stress or emotional strain, lack of sleep and poor nutrition are some of the most common factors which can lower our defences and leave us vulnerable to frequent infections. However, a cold or two a year could actually be a sign of health! The body’s natural cleansing mechanisms kicking into action to eliminate unwanted matter that has accumulated over time, aka, a “Healing Crisis”.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="20px"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row margin_top="20" margin_bottom="50" padding_left="40" padding_right="40" type="1" bg_position="top" bg_repeat="no-repeat" bg_cover="false" bg_attachment="false" padding_top="50" padding_bottom="20" parallax_speed="0"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

Reaching for the drugs.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="24px"][vc_column_text]So often we reach for the Lemsip, Night Nurse, or Paracetamol to reduce the unpleasant symptoms of a cold, but in doing so we are actually inhibiting the healing process. The rise in body temperature is an important part of the immune response that helps the body rid itself of unwelcome residents; while the cough reflex, the increase in mucus production and frequency of bladder and bowel movements are all efficient mechanisms the body sets into action to eliminate pathogens and toxins. All this requires a great deal of energy, which is why we feel tired, the body is working hard! But when we suppress all these wondrous natural processes with pharmaceuticals and try to keep up with our usual work or exercise regimes, we could be setting the stage for a more serious condition later down the line. Of course sometimes life forces us to carry on and we turn to the medicine cabinet for a little relief... everything in moderation! The more we can listen to our bodies and respect our natural processes of healing, the faster we can recover and the more resilience we will have to disease in the future.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="16px"][vc_column_text]Perhaps the relentless coughing has left your chest and back feeling sore and tight? Or your neck is

grumbling at you for sleeping with an extra pillow to reduce nasal congestion at night! Osteopathy and other forms of body work can gently and effectively facilitate healing and speed recovery after illness by releasing tension, improving circulation and relieving sinus pressure through lymphatic drainage. Specific techniques, such as the “thoracic pump” can speed up the elimination of left over mucus on lungs, and manipulation of the joints in your neck or spine can rapidly reduce pain and tension.

So, some top tips to speed recovery and boost your immune system!

  • Eat natural unprocessed whole foods
  • Increase your intake of vitamin C with supplements and fruits (orange, lemon, kiwi)
  • Home made natural lemsips (include things like root ginger, black pepper, fennel seeds, propolis, raw/manuka honey, Echinacea, Astragalus)
  • Get plenty of rest, mindfulness or meditiation, as well as getting out for some fresh sea air!
  • Support your body’s healing with massage, osteopathy or other forms of body work

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