Natural Tips for Hayfever Sufferers


Hayfever can affect up to one in four of us in the UK. Most sufferers – a whopping 95% are allegeric to grass pllen, with 25% also allergic to tree pollen. 

The hayfever season typically runs from March to September, so if you haven’t expereinced 

The common symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose unfortunately there is still time yet.

While many people take anti histamines to prevent allergic reactions, did you know that there is a more natural way?

Have you heard of pycnogenol?

In the case of hay fever, prevention is better than cure and Bio Pycnogenol has emerged as a natural remedy to protect against allergic conditions.

french maritimePycnogenol is a natural plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities which benefit hay fever sufferers. Who would have thought that a solution to hay fever could come from nature itself?

A clinical study (1) has shown that pycnogenol is most effective when taken at least 5 weeks before the start of the hay fever season. Patients with an allergy to birch pollen were treated with pycnogenol (50mg twice daily) and only 12% needed conventional anti- histamine drugs during the study. This compares to 50% of those not taking pycnogenol.

Or what about beta-glucans?

Beta-glucans can be taken throughout the hay fever season to help reduce symptoms. Beta 1,3/1, 6 glucans are naturally occurring in complex sugars obtained from yeasts and fungi. They help to reduce the allergenic response of the immune system, while retaining the ability to identify and destroy infections organisms. We would recommend Pharma Nord’s Bio Glucan Plus 60 tablets at a cost of £19.95.

Other top tips to relieve symptons:

  1. Try to reduce your stress levels. Research has shown a link between stress and the serverity of hay fever symptoms. Alost seven out of ten stressed hay fever sufferes rate their symptoms as unbearable or debilitating.
  2. Take regular exercise. Research has shown that people with hay fever who exercise have the mildest symptoms. Exercise will also help to reduce your stress levesl too. Aim to do at least 2 hour of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, eg cycling, fast walking ever week.
  3. Eat well. People with hay fever who eat a healty diest are less likely to get severe symptons. Eat a varied, balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables.
  4. Alcohol. Try to reduce your alcohol intake during the hayfever season. It can make you more sensate to pollen and alcohol also dehydrates you, making symptoms seem worse.
  5. Sleep well. People with hayfever who get a good night’ sleep tend to have the mildest symptoms.
  6. Limit your exposure to pollen. Keep windows shut at ngiht and first thing in the morning, staying indoors when the pollen count is high and wearing wraparound sunglasses. Wash your hands and face regularly.
  7. Vaseline. Smear the inside of your nostrils with Vaseline or equivalent to form a barrier to prevent pollen from adhering to the nasal lining. 

References: 1. Wilson D et al 2010 A randomised double blind, placebo controlled exploratory study to evaluate the potential of Pycnogel for improving allergic rhinitis symptoms. Phytother.Res; 24(8):1115-1119. 

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A brief bio from stress coach, Lubna Latif

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In this blog, stress coach – Lubna Latif, gives you some information about her, her philosophy about stress coaching and how she works. 

Lubna Latif is a trained stress coach and Managing Director of health and well-being company at One Holistic Therapy. She has been fortunate to have lived and worked in Dublin, Chicago, Sydney and Melbourne and brings her varied life experience to you as a coach.

She discovered her passion for this field when she was in Sydney, whilst giving people therapeutic massages at Bondi Night Markets. Inspired with this knowledge she returned to the UK in 2001 and went on a voyage of self discovery that revolved around health and well being and setting up at One Holistic Therapy.

Lubna also works for Victim Support, supporting domestic violence victims and raising awareness of domestic violence within hospitals throughout Greater Manchester.

She is also a member of the British Psychological Society as well the International Stress Management Association. 

My philosophy

I am passionate about empowering others so that they are able to lead a fuller and happier life. I believe that many of us get into a rut and sometimes we find it hard to find a way to get out of it.

We often feel and know that there must be “something else” but we are unsure about what it is and sometimes we might not even know what is wrong, but that we feel out of sorts.

We struggle on for months and maybe even years, before something clicks in our heads and we decide, that enough is enough and that we want to do something to change.

My approach

I see my role as a stress coach like a guide, working with you whilst you go on your journey of self discovery and change. I will work with you, so that you feel supported, motivated and encouraged so that you feel able to begin to make the changes in your stressful life that you have been aching to change.

I will work with you over a 5 week period, addressing your stress. I will work with you in a way that is focussed, goal orientated and specific. You will be set “homework” each week and for best results, I encourage you to truly throw yourself into the process. I have seen incredible changes with my clients and I know that you will get results as well.

We will address a number of themes each week that revolve around stress. This will allow you to understand your stress better and for you to feel like you are in control of your stress rather than the other way round. My clients have said that they have begun to sleep better, feel more confident and have instigated changes in the way that they work that makes it less stressful.

Stress coaching is about you, your life and making the changes so that you are able to deal with your stress better.

 Who I work with

I work with adults on an individual basis. I will work with you if you are feeling stressed, have difficulty sleeping, experience anxiety, panic attacks, digestive problems, headaches, muscle tension, have difficulty “switching off”, want to learn how to deal with stress and so on. In a nutshell, if you are stressed and want to do something about it, then I want to work with you.  

If you are unsure if this service is for you, want some clarification or just want a chat, then drop me an email with your contact number or call and leave me a message. I will return your call within a working day.

My motivation

I love what I do. I love seeing my clients transform during the 5 sessions that they are working with me. I love seeing them blossom and begin to lead their lives more in the way that they want to.

I love inspiring my clients, guiding them, so that they feel motivated to make the changes in their life so that they feel less stressed.  I get a complete and utter buzz knowing that I was part of that process.

I love that the skills my clients learn whilst they are with me, are skills for life and that they can use them whenever they choose, helping them become more resilient to future stress.

Further information:

I work at the Bridgewater Hospital in Manchester on Tuesday evenings between 5pm and 8pm. To book please call 0161 227 0000. 

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Stress Coach – A Case Study

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I have been working with 3 clients over the past month providing stress coaching and wanted to share with you my experience of this. 

It has been amazing to see the difference in my clients, who I have seen grow, become stronger and more empowered with the changes that they have begun to instigate. 

Stress coaching is not for wimps – you can’t just turn up, talk for an hour and then go home – then turn up for your next appointment. 

Stress coaching is about effort – your effort to put your heart and soul into the sessions. This is the winning formula that will help you instigate positive change and self transformation to allow you to learn how deal with your stress .

On the face of it, the above might sound like some clap trap, but honestly, having worked with clients, I know that it makes a remarkable difference.

So rather than doubting, being cynical about the process, try it out. I can guarantee you will be delighted that you did.  

The below is a case study of stress coaching, with one of my clients. If you have any questions about how I can help you, then give me a call or email me. The 5 minutes you decide to take out of your day, can be the beginning of your change. 

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I first became aware of the stress training during the Mind, Body and spirit week at Manchester Metropolitan University. I attended the session and found it to be very useful as I have been experience stress in the form of Anxiety.

I became a case study For Lubna for 5 weeks.

I particularly found the breathing exercises and relaxation techniques useful.

Rapid relaxation does not take up much time at all when I found I hadn’t got time to do the total relaxation exercises.

It does require effort to do these techniques but the results speak for themselves, so would advise anyone to really make an effort and time to do these.

Aside from this I have found the external reasons for my anxiety more challenging to overcome. However I feel I am making small steps in this direction as I realise there is no overnight solution to these. I am using the cushioning technique to try and ease the anxiety.

Overcoming negative thinking is something which takes time but a little reminder to yourself about possibilities does make you think more rationally.

I became anxious whenever I was in the car a passenger. However since using relaxation techniques I feel I am conquering this slowly, hence I recently was a passenger in a car for 9 hours on a return trip from Cornwall. I found I was able to concentrate on other things other than the long journey.

I did some reading along the way and also some puzzles on a kindle which I found also beneficial. Listening to calming music also helps. I did pity my husband for the  long hours he drove but found my calmness helped him overcome the stressful long journey as at times he felt like he wanted to explode!!

I would recommend  these techniques to others but  stress to them  that you really need some time and effort to get results. 

I return to work at the MMU this week after a long break for summer so will be putting the techniques into practice in times when I am feeling stressed.

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Stress management in the workplace

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Stress management at work

Stress management at work is becoming an essential agenda item for HR professionals, having to address the very real impact of stress in the workplace. 

We find that having a pro-active and positive approach to stress, helps to negotiate the pitfalls that it can create in the workplace. Staff may become irritable, less creative, less productive and may absent themselves from the rising pressures.

at One offer stress management in the workplace as a solution that works.

We will attend your workplace and share with you stress management techniques that are proven to work. We can give a “fast class” during lunch time or attend for a day to give staff full opportunity to learn how they can tackle their stressors. 

stress at work, Stress is a feature of today’s fast paced world. Consequently, it is imperative that businesses begin to initiate stress management in the workplace.

Businesses will reap the benefits from their staff. The stress management in the workplace techniques that we will share with you are proven to work and help with getting a better night’s sleep as well as improving focus and clarity.

You will be impressed that you have booked with at One, who have had years of experience working in this field.

To find out how you can begin to pro-actively begin to change your stress levels and to book your stress management in the workplace course email us today. 


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The Truth about Stress


The truth about stress

When we are stressed, there is a surge of hormones in your body. When your body detects stress, there is a small region in the base of the brain called the hypothalamus that reacts by causing the body to produce hormones that include adrenaline and cortisol.

These hormones help you to deal with any threats or pressure you are facing – which is called the ‘fight or flight’ response.

Adrenaline increases your heart rate, raises your blood pressure and provides extra energy.

Cortisol, known as the stress hormone, also temporarily increases energy by triggering the release of glucose into the bloodstream, to help the person fight or run away. At the same time, other bodily functions which are not immediately needed, such as digestion, are suppressed.

The body’s response to stress usually regulates itself, using the para-sympathetic nervous system. As your hormone levels fall, your heart and blood pressure will return to normal.

We all need a certain amount of stress or pressure to live well. It’s what gets you out of bed in the morning and motivates you throughout the day. However, it becomes a problem when there is too much or too little stress in our lives.

stress coachingWhilst a lack of stress means your body is under-stimulated, stress that is too intense or prolonged, causes your body to release stress hormones over a long period. This increases the risk of a range of physical health problems including headaches, stomach upsets and high blood pressure. It can even increase the risk of having a stroke or heart attack.

More often, stress leads to psychological problems. It can make people feel distrust, anger, anxiety and fear, which in turn can destroy relationships at home and at work. Stress also plays a key role in the development of anxiety disorders and depression.

Long-term stress can play havoc with your immune system, and a recent study suggests it raises the odds of developing viral infections.

Other research found people who suffered from chronic stress at work were at greater risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which is a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

Causes of stress

Many aspects of life can cause stress, such as money problems, work issues or difficult relationships. When a person is stressed, it can get in the way of managing responsibilities, which in turn can pile on yet more pressure. Having to cope with illness can compound these sorts of stresses.

People often feel over-stressed as a result of an event or ‘trigger’. This doesn’t have to be negative, such as the death of a loved one, redundancy or divorce, it can also be seemingly positive like a new partner, new job or going on holiday.

Feelings of stress can occur over a short period of time or can be chronic, for example when someone is coping with long-term unemployment or is stuck in a bad relationship.

People have different ways of dealing with stress. Some situations that may be motivating to one person, could feel stressful to someone else due to their personality type.

Recent research suggests our genes are closely linked to our personalities and may therefore dictate how susceptible we are to stress.

stress coaching,If you are feeling overwhelmed with stress and feel like you are experiencing difficulty coping with your stress, call us. We offer stress coaching solutions as well as stress management within the workplace.

Whatever your needs, all it takes is a telephone call to begin making a positive difference to yourself. Call 0161 865 6488 today for a free consultation. 

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Staff may be in – but are they productive?

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The good news is that the average level of employee absence has fallen compared with last year from 7.7 days to 6.8 per employee per year, according to this year’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)/Simplyhealth Absence Management survey. 

The bad news is that the fall in absence levels coincides with almost a third of employers reporting an increase in the number of people going into work ill.

The threat of redundancies and concerns over job security are shown to contribute to such ‘presenteeism’, with organisations that are expecting to make redundancies in the next six months more likely to report an increase in employees going into work when unwell, than employers that are not expecting to cut jobs.

Stress-related absence also appears to be on the increase, with two-fifths of employers (40%) reporting a rise over the past year and only one in ten (10%) reporting that the problem had decreased.

The truth is that stress continues to feature as the most common cause of long-term absence, for the second year running.

Interestingly, the level of reported mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, among employees is also on the increase. More than twice the number of employers reported an increase in mental health problems in 2012 than did in 2009 (2012: 44%; 2011: 39%; 2010: 38%; 2009: 21%).

According to the survey, organisations who have noted an increase in presenteeism over the past year are more likely to report an increase in stress-related absence over the same period (52% compared with 38% of those who did not report an increase in people coming in to work ill).

Similarly, they are more likely to report an increase in mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression (62% compared with 35% of those who did not report an increase in people coming into work ill).

This suggested link between presenteeism and both stress and mental health problems underlines the need for organisations to take pre-emptive action to address employees’ concerns in times of challenge, uncertainty and change.

stress management, A superficial interpretation of the above results, means that staff are not calling in sick and are at work. However, we should note that this may in fact be masking deeper problems in the workplace.

Staff may be coming into work ill increasing risk of passing illnesses to colleagues. Also ill employees are less productive, less effective and more likely to make costly mistakes and will take longer to recover from their illness.

 The reality is that continuing economic uncertainty and fears of job security does take a toll on employees, suggesting that presenteeism as actually a sign of anxiety. This can in turn, impact morale and commitment and may cause or exacerbate stress or mental health problems.

Employers need to begin to understand the negative impact of presenteeism, offering a more proactive approach to managing employee wellbeing and managing absence. This could include training managers how to manage their stress and their staff more effectively and early access to occupational health services. 

Call us on 0161 865 6488 today and see how we can help you make a positive difference to your work force. 


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The reality of a recession for your staff

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Work-related stress increases by 40% during a recession 

Research published in the scientific journal, Occupational Medicine, also shows that one in four workers experience work related stress during a slump, that the number of staff taking time off due to job stress increases by about 25% and total time off due to these types of psychological problems increases by more than a third.

The Society of Occupational Medicine say the findings are a stark warning to employees and employers at a time when Britain’s economic prospect is narrowly avoiding a “triple dip” recession. They say firms should use occupational health services or risk long term damage to their productivity.

occupational health, ‘Occupational health provision is even more important in times of recession as specialists can help with the stress caused by mounting workloads, organisational change and job uncertainty. We can help businesses look at how they manage stress levels and improve the working environment for workers,’ said Dr Henry Goodall, President of the Society of Occupational Medicine

The research is based on a large study by researchers at the University of Nottingham and University of Ulster of tens of thousands of civil servants in Northern Ireland. It compared the findings of two surveys. The first was conducted in 2005 prior to the recession and the second in 2009 whilst the economy was severely hit.

Scientists looked at areas such as the demands of the job, control over work and the support workers felt they had from managers. They also measured workers perceptions of how stressed they were at work and how much time they had taken off because of work-related stress.

The findings show the importance of focusing on looking after workers’ mental health and wellbeing during austere economic times.

This is one of the largest studies of its type and demonstrates clearly that good health begins at work. MHF CEO Peter Baker says: ‘This study confirms that employers should invest more in occupational health services that support staff during stressful times. MHF has a track record of helping develop occupational health services that more effectively engage men and is willing and ready to help.’

Depression and anxiety

The Society of Occupational Medicine identify BT as one company that has recognized this as an issue and been proactive in this area.

relate at work, Catherine Kilfedder, BT group health advisor, said: ‘BT has a wealth of information and support for its people and families on many aspects of health and wellbeing, including the impact of the recession and stress. When the recession first hit, we partnered with Relate to make additional support available to employees across the UK, in the form of a confidential web chat with counsellors. We continue to promote and develop our resources in these difficult times.’

Depression and anxiety are now the most common reasons for people starting to claim long-term sickness benefits.

The Society of Occupational Medicine say that by investing in occupational health services, senior management teams can play a key role in helping people return to work.

This will improve the overall performance of the organisation and of individual employees and reduce the costs of sickness absence.

Occupational health doctors and nurses are trained to assess whether someone is fit to do their job.

By understanding the nature of the work and the specific tasks that someone does, they can help employers break down some of the barriers that prevent people returning to work.

They are able to look at the context in which someone has become unwell and provide a holistic approach – something which is difficult to do in a short consultation at a GP surgery.

To find out how your company can start looking at your staffs’ health and well being, contact us today regarding our initiatives. 

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How can I help my company can save money?

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The business case for investing in your staffs’ health and well being

has never been so clear 

Sick days are costing UK employers about £29 billion a year as British workers take up to four times as many days off than rival economies, according to research from accountancy firm PwC.

It found UK workers have an average of 9.1 sick days each year, nearly double the amount workers in the US take (4.9 days) and four times more than Asia-Pacific (2.2 days). The Western Europe average is 7.3 days.

OFF SICKPwC HR consulting leader Jon Andrews said sick leave is a significant burden on British businesses.

“At a time when companies are striving for growth it is vital they address this cost by looking for ways to improve employees’ health, morale and motivation,” Andrews said.

“Forward-looking companies will invest in health and wellbeing services to tackle the issue before absence starts to hit their bottom lines. This is particularly relevant for start-ups and SMEs, where the cost of absence can be particularly crippling.

“The stark variation in absence levels among different sectors and across western Europe suggests employee engagement, workplace environment and culture can have a huge influence on the number of sick days employees take.”

The study of 2,500 UK businesses showed sick leave accounts for nearly 90% of a company’s absence bill, which also includes absentees such as compassionate leave and industrial action.

It found while UK employees are taking fewer unscheduled absence days than two years ago (9.8 days in 2013 compared to 10.1 days in 2011), the number of sick days has risen (9.1 days in 2013, compared to 8.7 days in 2011), as well as the associated cost of staff sickness.

Sick days now account for £28.8 billion of the UK’s overall £31.1 billion absence bill.

health and well being pilot, A wellbeing pilot at Legal & General which focused on stress and mental health reduced sickness absence by 15 per cent, it has been revealed.

The insurance giant staged the pilot across two of its sites – Cardiff and Hove – between November 2010 and April 2011, testing three initiatives. 

These were training for line managers on handling cases of stress; an online programme for staff to monitor their health and raise awareness of pressure points; and additional preventative support for those suffering from low emotional wellbeing. 

The initiatives registered a 15 per cent improvement in absence rates compared to the same period in 2009/10 – resulting in an absence ratio of 4 per cent of days lost – saving the company an estimated £68,000 for the pilot group alone. 

Legal & General now intend to roll out the programme across its whole workforce. Nicky Richards, HR Consultant for Legal & General, said: ‘Our own internal wellbeing pilot has demonstrated that early intervention and wellbeing programmes can have a significant impact on absence rates in businesses. Our experiences highlight the importance of early intervention before people become unwell and the appropriate support in place to help people at work when they are ill’. 

Legal & General’s figures show that 29 per cent of its absence is linked to mental health, the highest individual cause ahead of colds and flu (17 per cent) and musculo-skeletal problems (6 per cent).

To find out more about how to get our stress management and on site massage programme incorporated into your health and well being strategy, call us today on  0161 865 6488. 


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Stress tips – top 50 things to get cracking with

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I have compiled a whopping list of 50 stress tips that you can do to help manage your stress, feel better and put a smile on your face. 

Try one of them out and see what a difference it makes – we’d love to hear from you.

Incorporate one and see how you do. 

  1. Get up 15 minutes earlier. 
  2. Prepare for the morning the night before. 
  3. Don’t rely on your memory…write things down. stress management
  4. Repair things that don’t work properly. 
  5. Make duplicate keys. 
  6. Say “no” more often. 
  7. Set priorities in your life. 
  8. Avoid negative people. 
  9. Be prepared for rain. 
  10. Smile more. stress management,
  11. Always make copies of important papers. 
  12. Ask for help with jobs you dislike. 
  13. Break large tasks into bite sized portions.
  14. Look at problems as challenges. 
  15. Schedule a play time into every day. 
  16. Avoid tight fitting clothes. 
  17. Take a bubble bath. 
  18. Visualise yourself winning. 
  19. Believe in yourself. 
  20. Develop a sense of humour. 
  21. Say hello to a stranger. 
  22. Have goals for yourself. 
  23. Look up at the stars.  stress management
  24. Practise breathing slowly
  25. Do it today. 
  26. Do brand new things. 
  27. Stop a bad habit. 
  28. Stop thinking tomorrow will be a better today.
  29. Take stock of your achievements.
  30. Look at a work of art.
  31. Strive for excellence, NOT perfection. 
  32. Maintain your weight. 
  33. Stand up and stretch. 
  34. Plant a tree. plant a tree
  35. Always have a plan B. 
  36. Learn a new doodle. 
  37. Learn to meet your own needs. 
  38. Become a better listener. 
  39. Know your limitations and let others know them too. 
  40. Get to work early. 
  41. Throw a paper aeroplane. 
  42. Exercise every day. 
  43. stress management, Clean out your closet. 
  44. Take a different route to work. 
  45. Leave work early (with permission). 
  46. Remember you always have options. 
  47. Quit trying to “fix” other people. 
  48. Praise other people. 
  49. Get enough sleep. 
  50. Relax, take each day at a time… you have the rest of your life to live.
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Facial massage for hayfever sufferers

hayfeverSummer is here and the pollen is high. We know lots of people who have been suffering with the unusual amount of pollen in the air and so we decided to offer you some natural relief to your hay fever. 

We have lots of acupressure points in the face and with the sinuses often feeling like they are incredibly blocked, the below is a facial massage routine which will give some relief.

You will also be delighted to learn that if you do this routine regularly, it will help to act as  a natural face lift as well! 

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You should also know that if you are pregnant then, you should not do this routine.

Points 1-4 run across the back of your head – called the occipital ridge (find the bony bit where your head meets your neck) and using thumb or fingers massage along the ridge.

Then all you need to do next is follow points 5 – 20 in order (don’t worry too much if you  don’t go in the specific order, just doing it is great!) 

If you are doing this at home, apply some oil  like olive oil almond oil,or whatever else you have handy and enjoy the treatment.  If you are doing this at work, then we would recommend not to apply any oil especially if you have a meeting to go to – a shiny face is not good! 

We have found it ideal to help clear blocked sinuses and stuffy heads. 

A recent report, based on a survey of more than 2,000 people with hay fever, found that lifestyle factors, such as stress and exercise, can have a major impact on hay fever. The NHS guidelines recommend the below.

Follow these tips to stop the sneezing.

calm down1. Calm down

Try to reduce your stress levels. The survey showed a clear link between stress and the severity of hay fever symptoms. Almost seven out of ten stressed-out hay fever sufferers rate their symptoms as unbearable or debilitating. As stress levels drop, symptoms become milder. For more information, read about stress management.

2. Exercise more

Regular exercise can improve your hay fever. The survey found that people with hay fever who exercise most have the mildest symptoms. Exercise will help reduce your stress levels, too.

Aim to do 150 minutes (two and a half hours) of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, such as cycling and fast walking, every week. However, during hay fever season, it’s best to avoid exercising outdoors when the pollen count is high. This is generally first thing in the morning and early evening. Instead, exercise in late morning or afternoon when pollen counts tend to be lowest. If pollen counts are really high, stick to indoor exercise, for example at your local gym or swimming pool.

For more information and practical advice on exercise, read about getting fit.

3. Eat well

The survey suggests that people with hay fever who eat a healthy diet are less likely to get severe symptoms.

Eat a varied, balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, but be aware than some healthy foods can make hay fever symptoms worse. Foods that can worsen hay fever symptoms include apples, tomatoes, stoned fruits, melons, bananas and celery.

For more tips and information, read about eating healthily.

hay fever relief, 4. Cut down on alcohol

Watch how much you drink at your summer picnics! Alcohol worsens hay fever. Beer, wine and other spirits contain histamine, the chemical that sets off allergy symptoms in your body. As well as making you more sensitive to pollen, alcohol also dehydrates you, making your symptoms seem worse.

For more advice on how to cut down on your drinking, read these articles about alcohol.

5. Sleep well

Try to avoid too many late nights during the hay fever season. The survey found that people with hay fever who get a good night’s sleep tend to have the mildest symptoms. Just one in eight (13%) people who had at least seven hours sleep a night reported severe symptoms, compared with one in five (21%) who regularly had five hours sleep or less a night.

For help getting a good night’s sleep, read about sleeping better.

Read about treating hay fever.

We hope that this helps!!

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Stress………whaaaat stressssss?

Stress management at work

Stress comes in all shapes and sizes, we have difficulty defining it, but we most certainly know when we are feeling under stress. Stress management in the workplace is one way in which we can begin to address our stress. 

There are a variety of signs of stress, which you may be aware of. Some of us though, are blissfully unaware that we are experiencing stress and continue in our everyday lives getting more and more stressed, thus impacting our health and ultimately our quality of life. 

We know that once we are aware of a problem, although that may be stressful in itself, we can begin to act upon it and take decisive action in relation to it. 

We all need to find our own ways of coping with stress and they vary from person to person.

We have compiled a list for you of some things that you can do to help manage your stress more effectively. 

stress management in the workplace Share your worries with someone

Don’t keep things bottled up.

Try to make changes to improve your lifestyle 

Avoid smoking completely and drinking too much alcohol, eat healthily and get active. However much you think doing the opposite will help, it doesn’t in the long run.

Remember the positive things in your life

Such as your loved ones, a pet or something you’re looking forward to.

Get organised

Make a list of the things you need to do and do the most important things first. This should allow you to feel more in control of your situation.

Try not to do too many things at once
If you have too much on at the same time you could make mistakes. 

Practise being assertive
If people are asking too much of you, be prepared to tell them how you feel and to work with them to find a solution.

stress management tips Pause and relax
It doesn’t matter if you’ve not finished everything – you need to take a break every now and then.

Try to accept things you can’t change
There’ll always be things you don’t like or find difficult – the key is to change your attitude to them.

Look back at your achievements
Don’t worry about what still needs to be done at the end of the day – you can always carry on tomorrow.

stress management tips

Have fun

Take up a hobby or interest
You can make new friends and do something different to your current everyday routine. 

Make time for your friends and family
They can help you to keep your worries and concerns

in perspective – you can do the same for them too.

Change your scenery

Walking is free and great for your heart health. Look at your and enjoy your surroundings rather than thinking about your worries. 

To find out more about stress management in the workplace, email us and we will be happy to share proven stress management techniques with you. 

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How to relieve back pain

How to relieve back pain

Back pain along with stress, is a primary cause of absenteeism at work, costing industry and the NHS millions every year.

Usually, when we experience back pain it begins as a small niggle in the back, which we may or may not be aware of.

Since we are living more of a sedentary lifestyle, sitting at desks with computers for 8 hours of the day and for the majority, the TV for the remainder, before we go to bed. It is no surprise that our backs begin to take the toll and we experience some sort of back pain.

The small niggle that we had, may develop to excruciating sciatica, extremely painful slipped discs, stiffness and a constant ache in the back that is debilitating. It may impact our mobility, our sleep, our moods and our performance at work.

All is not lost since you can help to reduce the likelihood of injury and learn how to relieve your back pain by taking some simple pro-active and positive steps.

back painFirst of all, let’s have a look at your lifestyle and determine how much exercise, for example, you do weekly.  When you wake up, do you jump out of bed, into the car, sit at your desk for hours at a time, then jump back into the car and then lounge on your sofa until bedtime?

Or have you decided to take a more pro-active step and incorporate some exercises into your routine? This may, for instance include, walking during your lunch break to get some fresh air, helping to relieve your stiff and aching back.

You may even go one step beyond to help learn how to relieve your back pain and decide to invest some money to join a gym, take up a sport, dance, go walking, do some yoga, swim.

We would emphasise that is imperative that whatever you choose to do, ideally you should love it, and you will look forward to doing it.

This will help to maintain your motivation and you will forward to your activity vs. dread it or see it as a chore.

We would recommend that if you do decide to implement a new exercise regime to help relieve your back pain, you should always speak with your GP to clarify your health and ensure you are able.

Another effective technique to help how to relieve back pain is to do some very gentle stretching whilst you are sat down. Usually, when we are sat down for long periods of time, our vertebrae become compacted, which reduces the flexibility of our backs.

Please note that when you do your stretches, always make sure that you do not over stretch yourself in your eagerness, as this can potentially cause you injury. 

The rule of thumb is to stretch to a gentle point of stretch, without it hurting you. If you experience pain, lightheadness, etc then stop immediately.

relieving back painWe find that by raising your arms up into the air, gives a great gentle stretch to the back.

You should note that you are sat comfortably, ideally in an upright chair and always remember to stretch gently.

This is very important and if done correctly, you will feel taller and become more flexible.

To get expert advice on stretching attend a local yoga class, tai chi or chi gong class. You will be taught by a great instructor and you will reap many more physical benefits whilst you stretch.

Alternatively, get on of our onsite massage therapists to attend your office. We will help to relieve stiff backs immediately and provide great advice for you and your staff. 




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Caring for the elderly

caring for the elderly

Caring for the elderly is becoming increasingly relevant due to the increase in the older population.

Care homes are full, hospitals are under extra pressure to perform and so we need to look at ways in which caring for the elderly is for the benefit of that person.

Elderly massage is a unique way in which a member of staff or loved one can create and develop strong bonding and improve their relationship with an older person, essentially through the power of touch.

We know that caring for an elderly person can be stressful not only for the family member, but also for that older person. They may have been forced to re-locate from their home to a care home, as they are no longer able to care for themselves or have been diagnosed with dementia and need to be re-located for their own safety.

It is an incredibly emotional situation and so knowing that they are getting great care and an elderly massage can be of great comfort for all parties involved.

caring for the eldelyA regular elderly massage will help to alleviate feelings of being dis-connected, with a safe and nurturing touch helping to release feel good chemicals in the brain.

We also know that caring for the elderly with an elderly massage will help to de-stress and calm the recipient, which is ideal for anyone experiencing dementia.

An elderly massage is ideal for many since it is a natural treatment – which when we have spoken to our customers, they love. Many older people have to take a variety of pills, and the consensus is that they prefer not to and that they don’t like to take so many tablets.

This is one of the reasons why elderly massage is popular and one that is recognised by progressive nursing homes and the like.

We have worked with a variety of clients who have appreciated the difference that learning elderly massage has made to the quality of care they provide for their clients.

We are passionate about providing care for the elderly and want to share our knowledge with homes, groups and the like so that everyone can benefit from receiving a calming elderly massage.

It does make us feel good, but most importantly it makes an incredibly positive difference to the quality of life for someone who is older.

To find out more about how elderly massage can benefit you or your home or group, call us today on 0161 865 6488 and we will provide you with more information.


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How To Give Your Event Vavavoom by Lubna Latif

event massage services,

Event massage is a great way to add an extra dimension to your event, sparkle and a sure fire way to delight and surprise your guests. 

Event massage therapists from at One, will be able to offer you and your guests a range of gorgeous on site massage treatments, that include, Indian Head Massage, back massage, a stress busting neck and shoulder massage and even a deeply relaxing hand massage. 

We know lots of people who just love being pampered and many of us love to have a massage, helping us to feel more relaxed and it puts us in a better mood. 




What a great way to treat your guests and put them in the party mood at your event, relaxed to enjoy it even more and make it totally memorable. 

We love our event massage services since the therapies that we offer are all natural, we don’t use oils and can be given to you within 10 minutes. 

You will leave feeling refreshed and that your event host really cares about how you feel and that they want you to enjoy yourself. 

When we have attended events, we can provide one or more event massage services therapists that can roam your event or be located in a chill out zone or pamper area. 

You will find our therapists are a friendly bunch, who will give advice to your guests whenever they can. 

This may range from stretching, posture and even how to breathe better. 

When you decide to book our event massage services with us, you can decide how many therapists you want, how many hours you want them to work for and what treatments you  would like on the day. 

Our therapists are trained in several kinds of massage and so have the flexibility to mix it up on the day, so that everyone is kept happy with their event massage. 

To get a quote, contact us today. 





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Elderly Massage and Dementia by Lubna Latif

elderly massage,

Elderly massage is beginning to be recognised by care homes and carers groups, with it being incorporated into care plans and quality of care packages.

Elderly massage is a legitimate form of therapy, particularly for those who experience dementia, have difficulty sleeping or relaxing. 

Although massage has been evident with our Eastern counterparts, dating back several hundered years. Over here in the West, we have been inordinately slower to pick up the ball on this ancient practice.

Unfortunately, the lurid sex industry and sexual connotations have put many of people off from it.

Luckily, the tide is turning, particularly as many countries have become increasingly more accessible and so more people have experienced the delights and benefits of massage.

Elderly massage is a legitimate form of massage therapy and can be used to alleviate symptoms associated with many conditions as well as aches, pains and stiffness.

Lubna Latif, author and founder of at One Holistic Therapy, has found that an elderly massage is of particular benefit  for our growing population, since for many  who may live in care homes and are not touched, may begin to feel isolated and perhaps even depressed.

Touch is an incredibly sense and we sometimes forget the power we have when we touch someone, conveying subtle and infinite messages . Indeed, we can tell instantly how someone is feeling by the way that they touch us – be it a high five, grabbing of the arm or a gentle caress.

It goes then that for someone who is experiencing dementia, may be feeling distressed, stressed out or hyper vigilant, that an elderly massage would be of huge benefit to them. It will begin to help them to feel more relaxed, calm and more peaceful.   

elderly massage to feel good, It is interesting to note that when we are massaged, the brain releases a variety of feel good chemicals, like serotonin, endorphins and an interesting one called oxytocin.

This is the reason why, when an elderly person receives a massage, these natural pain killers and feel good chemicals help to calm and relax the client. Ideal for many people – according to their health condition, but of particular significance if that individual has dementia.

Lubna Latif, a trained Holistic Therapist of over 10 years, has been teaching elderly massage to nursing homes, carers groups and silver students and has seen positive results.

On one occasion, we went to a medium sized nursing home in Leeds to train staff how to give an elderly massage for their residents.  

 It was the Manager, MariLouise, at the home that provided the biggest confirmation about the session.

“I asked Lubna to come in and teach my staff how to perform hand massages on my elderly residents.

The staff really enjoyed it but the biggest benefit was to the residents, especially those who have dementia.

The touch element seemed to calm our quite vocal residents.

I am thrilled with the results and urge care homes to speak to Lubna

about introducing hand massage into their homes”.

The benefits of elderly massage are incredibly positive, with relaxation, better sleep and feeling de-stressed evident.

The most popular elderly massage treatments are hand massage and reflexology.

A hand massage is ideal for the elderly since you do not have to disrobe, whilst with reflexology, you should be asked to take socks/tights off and roll up your trousers.

To find out more about elderly massage, please contact us and we will respond. 

Elderly massage and dementia by Lubna Latif 

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How do I make my exhibition get the X-factor?

exhibition massage

Here, you’ll never guess what…I’ve only gone and found out that at One are offering exhibition massage!!


Exhibition massage

If you want to:

  1. Generate more sales
  2. Create an instant buzz
  3. Increase traffic and retain your crowd
  4. Pamper your potential clients
  5. Create a positive and strong impression of your company
  6. Stand apart from your competitors

If the answer is yes, yes, yes, then you will be delighted that you decided to book our exhibition massage therapists.

We will provide one or more professional and experienced exhibition massage therapists for your exhibition, to wow your potential client base.

Our exhibition massages are an ideal way for you to engage with your clients in a positive and relaxed environment. Your visitors will undoubtedly be impressed and will be treated to a therapeutic back, shoulder, head and neck massage.


It is an excellent opportunity for your business to attract new visitors to your stand and what better way to say thank you to clients who you have worked with over the years.

Our staff will also lend a helping hand by passing out literature, leaflets, business cards, wearing company branded t-shirts, etc, to promote your company during the day.

We can supply one or more exhibition massage therapists to help make your exhibition or event truly successful and worth every penny of investment.

 If you have any special requirements, let us know and we will attend to that detail.

To book your Event Massage or Exhibition Massage please contact us and we will make your day. 


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What’s the hullabaloo about corporate wellness?

corporate wellness,

Tex couldn’t believe that he hadn’t heard of corporate wellness

Corporate wellness by Lubna Latif 

Corporate wellness programmes are being initiated within the work place due to the rising cost and experience of stress and musclo skeletal disorders.

The HSE have indicated that prevalence of stress in 2011/12 was 428,000 cases – an astonishing 40% out of a total of 1,073 000 cases for all work-related illnesses.

The cost to businesses is phenomenal, with increasing costs related to overheads in recruiting and training new staff, reduced profits, increased accidents and increased litigation.

According to the CIPD, it is reported:

  1. The average cost of stress per employee per year is £1900 and costs UK organisations £12 BILLION each year. 
  2. After musculo-skeletal problems, psychological problems are the primary cause of sickness absence
  3. At any one time: 1:6 (1:5 including alcohol & drug dependence) UK workers will suffer depression, anxiety or problems related to stress.
  4. The average employee absence for those suffering from work related stress  = 22.6 days per year for anxiety and 30 days for depression
  5. NICE estimates that effective management of mental health in an organisation with 100 employees could save £250,000 per year


The health and wellness  business case is apparent and evidence from the review of the available literature and case studies provided by the Health Work Wellbeing Executive supports the idea that corporate wellness programs have a positive impact on intermediate and bottom-line benefits. 

The available literature suggests that corporate wellness plans’ costs can quickly be translated into financial benefits, either through cost savings or additional revenue generation, as a consequence of the improvement in a wide range of intermediate business measures.

at One are corporate wellness providers nationally and to find out how your business can begin to save on costs by introducing a corporate wellness plan contact us.


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Benefits of on site massage

Benefits of on site massage:

On site massage benefits

We have compiled a list of benefits of on site massage, that impacts not only your body, how you feel and also you overall sense of well being.

Benefits of on site massage for you

• Relieve physical and emotional stress
• Reduce anxiety
• Improve your sleep

•Reduce muscle fatigue and tension

• Boost your immune system and resistance to illness
• Lower your blood pressure
• Relieve muscle pains and headaches

• Improve thinking,awareness and clarity

• Increase energy and stamina
• Decrease repetitive stress symptoms
• Encourage better posture

• Increase circulation
• Generate more flexibility
• Build awareness of breathing and relaxing

Benefits of on site massage for your office:

The benefits of on site massage are contagious, and can have an effect on your whole team.

• Reduce the pressure absenteeism puts on other team members
• Reduce team stress and encourage relaxation and cooperation
• Provide staff with a feeling of being valued and appreciated
• Improve job satisfaction

Benefits of on site massage for your business

On site massage will:

• Increase morale and company pride
• Reduce stress and promote health
• Reinforce the message that you value your people’s health and wellbeing

• Create an atmosphere of camaraderie, trust and loyalty

• Reward performance
• Reduce sick time and absenteeism
• Attract and retain top-quality employees

• Reduce the high cost of employee turnover

• Increase accuracy, problem-solving and creative thinking abilities
• Decrease repetitive injuries 


Benefits of on site massage for your event
On site massage offers you a refreshing breath of fresh air into busy trade shows, exhibitions, company parties, weddings, or
• Anywhere people can benefit from some relaxaton
• Win the loyalty and appreciation of your customers and guests
• Show your valued guests and clients you care about their well-being
• Reduce stress at busy events with a relaxing break
• Pamper your staff so they can stay in top form
• Relieve the pressure of big days like weddings and performances

Benefits of on site massage

The benefits of on site massage are far reaching and your office can begin to offer staff the many rewards that are available when you book with us.

You will find that our on site massage therapists are friendly, knowledgeable and will offer you an onsite massage that will hit your tension spots.

Our clients have experienced the benefits of on site massage and love our treatments. To find out how your company can begin to obtain the benefits of on site massage, call us today and we will provide you with a quote.

We are also able to price match any quote that you receive, whilst offering great discounts on block bookings.


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Massage at work – what to expect


Massage at work

Massage at work is an excellent way of helping to release stress stored in the body. We have found that a regular massage at work will help to keep staff de-stressed, free of muscular tension and most important – happy at work. 

A massage at work will last anything between 10 -30 minutes. We will bring all on site massage equipment to your office, so you don’t have to hustle your way through busy crowds, cramped tubes and waiting in a salon. 

Our trained massage at work therapists will always conduct a consultation with you, finding out exactly where you are holding your tension and what kind of massage you would like. 

We will tailor your massage at work treatment to suit you, taking into account that we are all different and have unique needs.


You can decide to have your massage at work treatment to the lower back – addressing stiffness in the lower back, relieving tightness and making the lower back feel more flexible. 

Massage at work

The specialised acupressure treatment that you will receive will effectively ease any stiffness that you have, making you feel more refreshed and lighter when you return to your desk. 

Your neck massage will gently work away any tightness and tension in this area, improving flexibility and aiding lymphatic drainage.

We always encourage staff to drink water post treatment to aid removal of toxins stored in this area. 

Our experienced massage at work therapists will also be able to give you a truly relaxing head massage. It will help to ease any tension that you are holding there, making you feel totally relaxed and ready for any challenge that your boss decides to throw at you. 

When you book our massage at work we recognises that time is key. We have found that companies usually book us for a day, giving staff between 10-30minutes of massage time.

Alternatively, we can attend during your lunch break or if you are organising a health and well being day, stress free day, a fun day or even exhibition. 

What ever your reason to organise massage at work, you can be assured that you will love our treatments. Our massage at work therapists are professional, experienced and will happily impart advice on how to stretch whilst at your desk and improve your posture. 

We have found that massage at work is cost effective, it works and staff will feel that your company values their input. It is the ultimate win win situation for your company. 

To find out how your company can begin getting massage at work, in London or nationwide, call or email us and we will bring our ray of sunshine into your office. 





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Stress management London

Stress management London

stress management london

Stress management in London is becoming more prevalent as staff are working longer hours, working from deadline to deadline and increasing pressures from their employers to hit targets. 

It is no wonder that staff are feeling a tad bit stressed and are looking at ways to manage their stress more effectively. 

Stress management London is a package that staff can avail themselves to, learning stress management techniques and what you can do when you are beginning to feel “stressed out”. 

Our stress management course in London is for half a day, whereby you will learn some fantastic ways on how to manage your stress more effectively. 


During our stress management London course you will learn about how stress impacts us, in particularly the long term consequences upon our health. 

This puts into context why it is imperative that we address stress now before it manifests itself into a more troublesome health issue. 

Our stress management London course will allow you to learn some proven stress management techniques. You will also have the opportunity to practice these techniques so that you feel more comfortable and confident in using them post course. 

We have secured a city centre location on Old Street, and will restrict our stress management London course to a maximum of 20 participants. 

We want to ensure that your learning is optimised and that you can ask questions freely. 

Our stress management London course is ideal for staff, since it is for half a day and your office can decide to send one or more key members of staff to learn. 

We are available to attend your office, if you would prefer a more personalised session or if you would like a longer stress management course. 

stress management londonOur stress management London course is available on the below dates: 

22nd July 

16th September

 2 p.m. – 5 p.m






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