We are very pleased to announce that chi yu is open!
To make an appointment please call our main number on 02074860304. Our reception is back and ready to take your call (in business hours). Or alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the enquiry form on the website here as usual. (We hope to be able to take WhatsApp enquiries soon, watch this space).
As you may know, we actually reopened on 12th April but we didn’t want to announce it fully until we had a chance to get back into the swing of things after such a long hibernation. Needless to say, all the team of therapists is glad to be back and looking forward to seeing their clients and, of course, to welcoming new ones.
As is becoming the norm, we continue to exercise the necessary precautions to ensure that your visit will be as safe as possible. You should not visit us if you have COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days. As per guidance, you are still required to wear a face covering (we can provide one) at all times and santitise hands and even the bottom of your shoes just to be sure. As before, all the team will be wearing the appropriate PPE and all contact surfaces will undergo extra cleaning and sanitising after each visit (even more than usual!). Despite these necessary measures, we do hope your visit will be a beneficial and pleasant experience.
We are hoping to reopen in April, all being well, on or after 12th April in accordance with Step-2 of the government’s roadmap to take us all out of lockdown. Given the current uncertainty we are not yet taking appointments but, hopefully, we can do so towards the end of March if indications are positive. All the support we have received so far should enable Chi Yu to restart when the time comes. But that is just the start! We thank all our clients for their continued support and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to the centre soon. Please stay safe and well.
We just wanted to let you know what to expect when you visit chi yu for your appointment. Since all our services are close proximity we have implemented extra measures to make your visit as safe as possible. We have followed guidelines from the government and relevant trade associations, such as the acupuncture council, to implement best practice – which continues to evolve depending on the risk level.
What we have done
All the treatment rooms have been redecorated and deep cleaned, we have left no surface untouched (except for the ceilings)
Other areas have been cleaned and sanitised
Protective “sneeze” screens have been installed around the reception desk to make payment safer
Increased the time between bookings to allow more time for cleaning/sanitising between treatments
Trained all therapists with additional cleaning and sanitising requirements
Provided the PPE required for the therapists
What to expect when you book
We will ask for your contact details if you are a new client (as usual) but may also confirm your contact details if you are already a registered client (for test and trace)
We will ask a couple of screening questions
We will ask you to fill in a COVID-19 screening questionnaire to determine if it is safe for you to visit and to make you aware of the potential risks. It also includes your consent for treatment.
We may not have the time slot you normally like because we may have to adjust our opening times
What to expect on your visit
We will take your temperature with a non-contact thermometer to check for fever
We will provide you with a mask if you did not bring your own
We may ask you to sanitise your hands with sanitiser at chi yu
Hopefully, your visit to chi yu will be a safe and enjoyable experience. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Chi Yu remains open for treatments until further notice. However, during this pandemic we are even more aware than ever of maintaining high levels of hygiene. To help reduce the risks of infection all therapists and staff will be asked to wear face masks at all times (and not just as usual for some treatments). Hand washing and sanitising will be more frequent even though it is already the norm to wash hands before and after a treatment. All other hygiene practices will be adhered to along with any precautions prescribed in NHS and government guidelines.
If you present with cold or flu like symptoms please follow the current UK guidelines. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment then please do so without concern. During this pandemic we are suspending cancellation penalties such that you will not be charged for cancelling with less than 24 hours notice. If you arrive at chi yu with obvious symptoms then, regrettably, we may ask you to return home for isolation and reschedule your appointment.
Thank you for your understanding and we appreciate your support during this unfortunate time.
The coming of August 2019 marks the 10th year of Chi Yu Wellness Centre. It’s hard to believe that we opened our doors to the first clients 10 years ago! Every client, old and new, is precious to us and we would very much like to thank all of you for your wonderful support and for entrusting us with your continued well-being. We look forward to taking care of you for many years to come.
To help us celebrate and express our gratitude, we are giving away 10 x 1 hour Integrated Therapy treatments in a prize draw. You’ll be automatically entered every time you complete an appointment* at Chi Yu during the months of August and September 2019. So, the more times you visit, the more chances you have of winning! Good luck!
Terms & Conditions: Winners will be notified on 1st October 2019. The prize is given as a gift voucher code and will be emailed to the winners. Only one prize per client will be awarded. There is no monetary alternative. The prize is transferable and must be redeemed before 23rd December 2019. *Only appointments of at least 30 min or longer will be included in the draw.
Water comprises as much as 60% of our bodies, making it a critical component of health and wellbeing. While we’re often advised to drink six to eight glasses of water a day, or 1.2 to 1.5 litres, we don’t often hear about the health benefits of being in or around water. Just spending time around rivers, lakes, and ocean banks can have just as significant an effect on your mind and body as increasing your water intake.
Using water as a healing element isn’t a new idea. Both the ancient Egyptians and the Greeks used bathing rituals to help cure physical ailments, while Native American tribes believed in the purifying power of sweat lodges. Now, people around the world use hydrotherapy to treat everything from poor posture to anxiety and depression. Here are just some of the benefits of embracing the healing power of water.
Lift Your Spirits
In addition to helping build physical strength and stamina, swimming has been shown to have an overall positive benefit on mental health. Swimming in a pool, river, or ocean can improve mood in both men and women, decreasing the risk of depression. Warm water therapy can also help to reduce anxiety, especially in fibromyalgia patients and for expecting mothers.
Swimming can have a particularly profound effect on aging minds and bodies. Hydrotherapy can be ideal for frail or older adults who are looking to stay active. Regular exercise can help to reduce the risk of chronic illness and disability in the senior population, improving longevity and allowing them to live independently for longer. A routine can drastically improve the quality of life for older adults living across the UK, leading to fewer mental health issues.
Get in Touch With Your Natural Roots
Being near a great expanse of water, whether travelling on the sea, or relaxing next to a riverbank, can help to renew your appreciation for the world around you. Water helps to connect us to something bigger than ourselves, invoking deep feelings of awe and purpose. Spending time around water can also help to feed our creative side, inspiring some of the most iconic art, theatre, and music that humanity has created.
Revitalise Your Skin
Spending time in water doesn’t just help to clear the mind. Saltwater is also good for the skin, helping to smooth and hydrate it. Going for a dip in the ocean, especially somewhere such as the Dead Sea can help to bring a healthy glow to your skin. The salt also helps to kill bacteria, making it an ideal treatment for acne.
Water does much more for us than just keep us hydrated. It helps to sustain us, healing both our minds and our bodies alike. Spending time in and around water can help to improve your mood, reconnect you with nature, and give you softer, more supple skin.
There’s never a better time to quit smoking than the present moment. New data from the University of College London found that the UK has seen its highest smoking quit success rate in decades, a figure partly attributed to new efforts to offset nicotine withdrawal symptoms with holistic wellbeing therapies for mind/body relief. If you’re about to make the leap, holistic well-being will keep your prepared for the challenges with a fresh perspective at mind.
Know What To Expect
It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the mechanisms of nicotine withdrawal at every stage in the process, especially if this is your first major attempt to cut out smoking from your daily routine. Even though your body will crave nicotine initially, you should start to see improved oxygen levels and improved taste/smell within two days of quitting. Nicotine cravings reach their peak at day three, but begin to subside shortly afterwards. That’s why it’s important to push yourself in the first few days: each day grows easier as you start to see the positive effects quitting has on your health and body.
Consult Your GP
This step is particularly important if you have diabetes, or another long-term medical condition that complicates efforts to quit smoking. Your GP will be able to advise you on treatment and medication options relevant to your condition. For people looking for added support networks, GPs can also connect you with a local NHS stop-smoking service, which offers resources and advisors to coach you through the process.
Manage Your Stressors
Most people start to see increased levels of anxiety within eight hours of quitting nicotine, which means it’s key to minimise stress during the transitional period. Several peer-reviewed studies suggest that acupuncture is effective for lowering anxiety levels during nicotine withdrawal. This is thought to be the case because acupuncture promotes blood circulation without the side effects of conventional anti-nicotine medications. Other popular stress-reducers for nicotine withdrawal include increased exercise, yoga, and deep-pressure massages to relax tensed muscles in the body.
Quitting is daunting, but any ex-smoker will tell you that the future really is bright. It’s important to take stock of the physical benefits you notice in your body as you quit: changes such as increased taste, oxygen circulation and oral health are permanent, and will leave you feeling healthier for life.
Research suggests that chronic pain affects around 43.5% of people in the UK, which has led to an increased interest in medication-free therapies. Massage therapy, a wellness therapy first described in China during the 2nd century B.C., has long played an important role in quelling pain, including lower back pain, shoulder pain, headache pain, and neck pain. When additional wellness therapies such as Shiatsu, holistic aromatherapy, acupressure, or acupuncture are added to the equation, benefits can rise exponentially, since all these therapies have their own positive effects on pain.
Why does acupuncture help?
In a recent study published by scientists at the University of York, it was found that acupuncture can boost the effectiveness of medicine, lowering the severity of chronic pain and depression. The researchers found that when acupuncture was added to standard treatments, there was a big reduction in headaches, migraines, neck, and lower back pain in patients surveyed. Acupuncture also reduced the pain of osteoarthritis, so patients were able to rely less on medication for pain. This ancient therapy can help in another way, says a British Medical Journal study. It can calm highly anxious dental patients, thus helping them receive necessary treatment for tooth decay, gum infections, and other oral problems. Pain is a matter of perception; stress exacerbates it, which is why wellness therapies can help.
Acupressure and shiatsu to reduce pain
Studies have shown that acupressure can relieve many types of pain. Studies have also been carried out on shiatsu, a traditional Japanese massage that relies on pressure to stimulate the body’s natural energy, known as Qi. It is calming yet dynamic, working on acupuncture points with pressure via kneading or effleurage using the thumbs or palms. One study published in the BioMedCentral journal found that acupressure may be beneficial for pain and sleep. Another study published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine showed that shiatsu (even when self-performed) could help manage pain and help people with sleeping problems fall and stay asleep.
Aromatherapy for deep relaxation
Aromatherapy, which relies on healing essential oils to improve the body’s energy, has been found in numerous studies to help relax the mind and quell pain. One study published in Pain Research and Treatment concluded that “aromatherapy can be effective in treating pain for a variety of medical conditions.” These include lower back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic neck pain (potentially), menstrual pain (significantly), and pain related to labor and childbirth.
Wellness therapies that heal the mind and spirit as much as they do the body can help reduce chronic pain. By tackling stress as well as physical pain, they can reduce the perception of the latter. Pain is a subjective notion; it is made worse when we worry about it or feel imprisoned by it. Wellness therapies can help relax, soothe, and motivate you to soldier on, even on days when you aren’t feeling your best.
Unemployed people are twice as likely as employed people to experience psychological problems (34% compared to 16%). Job loss often ranks among the highest in stress on a list of life-altering events such as a family bereavement, divorce, and serious illness, and for a good reason. Many people tie their work into their sense of purpose and identity within a community. However, losing a job doesn’t have to be completely negative. There are many ways to use the situation to your advantage, and by incorporating wellness techniques into your life, you can find yourself feeling better than before.
Mindfulness & Meditation Promote Well-Being
One study found that one in five Americans without a job for a year or more report that they have been or are currently undergoing treatment for depression. The onset of depression can be caused by and enhanced by various life factors, but mindfulness is one of the most impactful ways to treat it. Meditation, for example, has been shown to increase brain performance, enhance creativity, alleviate stress, and help calm anxiety, all of which are symptoms of depression and the stress related to losing a job. Incorporating just 30 minutes of meditation daily could improve these symptoms while also giving you time alone to speak kindly to yourself and process the emotions you are feeling towards your current financial and professional situation.
Using a Job Loss to Your Professional Benefit
Rather than looking at a job loss as a negative thing, view it as an opportunity to reassess your professional situation, skills and overall desires in your career. Take time to work on your resume, learn a few more marketable skills, and look for the job of your dreams. Ask yourself questions such as whether or not you want to stay in the same occupational field, how you can make yourself a better employee, and where you see yourself a few years down the line. Understanding the answers to these questions will not only help you gain a better perspective on why you might have lost your job, it will help you use the experience to your benefit and come back as a stronger, more marketable employee.
Losing a job is never easy, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be hard. By incorporating wellness techniques such as meditation and mindfulness into your daily routine, you can alleviate some of the stress and other emotionally-related symptoms you might be experiencing. By quieting your mind you are giving yourself space to process the life change while also assessing what you want professionally. Take time to improve your resume, surround yourself with positive people, and prioritize self-care and you’ll find yourself feeling better in no time, and likely land the job of your dreams.
We are delighted to be featuring the cute and innovative 3DSK key rings by Made by Man (the same creators of the Original Origami greeting cards) at chi yu wellness centre. 3DSK stands for 3DSelfie Keyrings and as the name suggests they are personalisable with a selfie image using 3D printing, but that’s not the best thing about them! The best thing is how the selfie image is revealed by light. By holding the 3DSK up to a light source (phone, window etc) and the image is suddenly revealed as if by magic! Watch the video below or see for yourself at chi yu. Visit made-by-man.co.uk to find out more and to buy.
If you are living life with a purpose, then your are likely to live a longer, happier life. That’s according to a study carried out by researchers at Carleton University, Canada and University of Rochester, USA. They followed people over a 14 year period and found that those who revealed a purpose in their lives at the beginning of the study were more likely to be healthier and happier by the end. A purpose gives a sense of grounding and certainty in the world and motivates you to stick to fitness routines, eat healthily and generally live life to the full. Read on to learn why a purpose matters and how you can find yours.
The Symptoms of a Life Without Purpose
Across the world, an estimated 900 million are unfulfilled by their work, despite the fact that 74% of UK job applicants want employment where their input is valued. A career is your opportunity to provide value to your community and it takes up a huge chunk of your time. Living without a purpose will leave you lacking motivation and feeling enslaved to your work, rather than excited and passionate. If you regularly wonder what the point is, then you probably need to find your life’s purpose.
What is a Purpose?
A purpose is a motivating reason to do something; in this case, it is the reason to live. Each day you will wake up and have to carry out certain obligations. A purpose is the thing that drives you. Workers need to find a purpose to feel fulfilled at work, while retirees need to overcome the struggles of being less able to contribute to society. A purpose comes when you feel that you are helping others and living your passion.
How Can You Find Your Purpose?
Spend some time thinking about your passion and start to dedicate your time and energy on those things that excite you. Build up skills and knowledge is this area, so that you can offer something valuable to society. This way, you can focus on what excites you and the income will take care of itself. Accept that there will be pain and effort involved, but as long as your ultimate goal is joy, you will find that purpose drives you along.
A meaningful life is the key to wellbeing. Some would say that it is even more important than happiness, while others believe it is a key component. Whatever your belief is, scientific studies have shown a correlation between purpose and a long life, meaning it could be the best way to boost your health.