L-r: Helen Newton (Stuart Line Cruises), Dave Frost (Exmouth Cycles), Albie McMahon (Hands-on Health), Becky Smith (Deli on the Strand)

Shop local with a difference

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To help people ‘shop local’ for their Christmas presents this year, four independent Exmouth businesses have linked up to offer gift vouchers with a difference. Hands-on Health has got together with Stuart Line Cruises, the Deli on the Strand and Exmouth Cycles to make sure residents can buy their gifts right here in Exmouth. They […]

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Join in the fun at Exmouth’s Christmas Cracker

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Hands-on Health will again be fundraising alongside its adopted charity, Stallcombe House, the residential community for adults with learning disabilities at Woodbury when the medieval-themed Christmas Cracker event hits Exmouth on Saturday, 1 December. A wealth of art and craft items produced by the Stallcombe residents, as well as Stallcombe’s eggs and other farm produce, will […]

Jinty practising Ashtanga yoga in the studio

Making your new year’s resolutions sustainable

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In the positive days after Christmas, everyone resolves to be fitter and healthier. But now, by the beginning of February, things have often gone a bit pear-shaped. Miserable winter days can make it difficult to keep up a fitness routine or healthy eating programme when all you want to do is hibernate. Even if you […]

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An end to arachnophobia

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An end to arachnophobia – and many other fears and phobias – is in sight for Exmouth sufferers. A quick and simple technique used to treat victims of post trauma stress disorder (PTSD), and proven to be effective for fears and phobias, is now available at Hands-on Health. Practitioner Marcia Fletcher joins the Hands-on Health […]

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Seasonal back pain?

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Summer. The weather’s relatively warm, the evenings are long and it’s time for holidays, gardening, games on the beach, picnics and having fun with the kids. You were planning on spending less time hunched over a computer, slouched in front of the TV, tensed-up in traffic and stressed-out at the supermarket. So why have you […]

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Massage works – new research on low back pain

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New research from America shows that massage can help chronic low back pain more than the usual treatments – and yoga, acupuncture and exercise are all good too! The study, A Comparison of the Effects of 2 Types of Massage and Usual Care on Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized, Controlled Trial, involved 400 patients who […]

Exmouth's mayor, Sandy Sutton, tries out seated massage from Albie McMahon. Nutritionist Lesley Harper looks on.

What a team!

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We had ‘a bit of a do’ last Monday. Our official opening, complete with ribbon cutting (yes, of course it was a green ribbon) by Exmouth’s Mayor, Sandy Sutton, was attended by over 60 guests who enjoyed local food and drink, watched demonstrations by our team of local therapists and teachers and met some of […]

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Lending a hand at the Show of Hands show!

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Hands-on Health ‘had a gig’ on Saturday, when massage therapist Albie McMahon represented the team at the Show of Hands family festival in Abbotsbury’s glorious sub-tropical gardens, near Weymouth. Show of Hands, the award-winning acoustic roots duo Phil Beer and Steve Knightley, based in Topsham, headline this incredibly popular day-long festival every July, and invite […]

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Eco-friendly exercise?

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We had the builders in again on Friday. They added some very important kit to our exercise studio. Not big, heavy, power-hungry machines with built in TVs. Not racks of weights, or bikes that don’t go anywhere. No, the builders fixed a chunky wooden beam to the ceiling, and to that they attached three simple […]

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Before and after

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I love these two pictures, because they show how far we’ve come since we first embarked on the Hands-on Health project in August 2010. We started off with a wreck of a building, in chaos, mess and confusion but with a dream of something calm, peaceful and healthy. Like all ‘before and after’ pictures, these […]