Winter Wellbeing Festival

By |February 1st, 2016|

Saturday 30th January 2016 saw the Winter Wellbeing festival organised by the ABCD Project.  A celebration and the climax of a 9 month project throughout South Norfolk looking into the wellbeing services available in this part of the region.  The aim of this project was to understand ‘What keeps you well where you live’? […]

A calorie’s a calorie, an’ a’ that. Or is it?

By |January 26th, 2016|

When I was a student, there was a simple mantra in nutrition:  “If the number of calories eaten exceeds the number of calories expended, you will put on weight”.  That was the ultimate equation to life, the universe and obesity. […]

Mindful Eating Workshop

By |January 13th, 2016|

The End to Dieting!
Do you struggle with your weight?  Do you emotionally overeat? Do you rely on high sugar and fatty foods to get you through the day?

If you can answer yes to any of the above questions, have you thought of trying a more mindful approach to dieting?

In this mindful eating workshop, you will try a variety of mindful awareness techniques, including eating exercises, self kindness and guided meditation.  You will learn how to become more aware of your body’s cues of hunger and how to eat the food you like without overeating! […]

Stay relaxed and stress free this Christmas

By |December 15th, 2015|

Make 2016 the year for a more relaxed and stress free you.

With Christmas just a few days away many of us may be beginning to feel the stress of this busy time of year.  Organising, preparing, shopping, budgeting, celebrating and entertaining can pile on the pressure and leave some people longing for 2016.  Why not start 2016 the way you mean for it to go on by trying our top 5 treatments for relaxing over the festive period and starting the new year a stress free way. […]

The secret of a successful resolution

By |November 26th, 2015|

For many of us as soon as the clock strikes 12 on Dec the 31st we make a snap decision to give something up, smoking, drinking or doughnuts perhaps. No doubt we undertake these sacrifices with the best intentions yet 90% of all New Year resolutions fail.

So why do resolutions fail so miserably and how do we go about completing one successfully? The key to success is in the planning. As mentioned above, most resolutions are made on the spur of the moment and the trouble with this is our mind and body dislike shocks to the system. We’re averse to being deprived of something from which pleasure was once gained and so we constantly default back to our previous setting or perhaps even worse find a substitute to bring similar rewards.


Attachment, Bonding & Baby Massage

By |November 5th, 2015|

As a children’s physiotherapist people tend to think the reason I teach baby massage is to help babies who have problems with their muscles and joints.  It is true that I do use some of my skills learnt through baby massage training when working with children with physical problems, but baby massage goes much further than the direct physical benefits of the strokes.

I first experienced the power of ‘positive touch’ when working on a neonatal unit (intensive and special care baby units).  The experience of having a baby born too sick, too small or too early places both physical and emotional barriers in the way of parents and baby touch.  Parents can be fearful and anxious of touching and approaching their baby, which can give them the sense of helplessness and being unable to offer their baby what they need. […]

Why starting a business is like having a baby!

By |October 18th, 2015|

Last weekend saw the opening of our beautiful new centre.  Months of meetings, planning, scheduling and renovations all came together at the final hour.

On Friday evening we welcomed the press, professionals and practitioners from the industry and local businesses for an open evening showcasing our facilities and practitioners.  The evening finished with a warm welcome to the community by Jacky Sutton – Chair of the Parish Council.  Jacky herself is a firm believer of complementary and alternative medicine and spoke of the need for individuals to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing.  Jacky spoke of her understanding of the NHS having limited resources and expressed her delight in Rowan House joining the thriving community of Hethersett. […]

Wellbeing Centre Opens this Weekend

By |October 6th, 2015|

With its new Health and Wellbeing Centre opening this weekend, we look at the history behind Rowan House and how it transitioned from business to wellbeing.

Twenty eight Queens Road Hethersett was bought in 1988 along with ‘Hethersett Stores’.  Originally set up as Norfolk’s first serviced offices, Rowan House’s purpose was to provide small businesses with access to expensive and complex computer and communication equipment.  ‘Hethersett Business Centre’ opened with an IBM compatible P.C. (with a hard drive of 20MB), a Dot matrix Epson printer and Hethersett’s first fax machine.


Wellbeing – What is it?

By |September 19th, 2015|

What is wellbeing and how is it defined? This blog explore one definition of wellbeing and its dimensions.


By |September 19th, 2015|

National Relaxation Day
The last two months have brought us some interesting National Days.

In August we focused on National Relaxation Day, a day for us all to take some much needed ‘you time’  whether that be a weekend away with loved ones, some retail therapy, a relaxing day at the spa to name a few…. Or maybe you were not aware of it even being National Relaxation Day?