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A day in the life of a personal trainer

16
March
2012
A day in the life of a personal trainer

Need a little motivation to kickstart your exercise regime? We don’t know about you, but we often wonder how the professionals manage to do it, day in, day out...

For today’s instalment of ‘A day in the life of...’, we've delved into the daily routine of Justin Way - Personal Trainer and Fitness Expert at Pure Gym. From making sure he has time to have a training session himself each day, to ensuring he eats all the right foods, Justin is dedicated to setting a good example for his clients - just follow his tips and you’ll soon start to see the difference...

How do you make sure you get the day off to a good start?

Preparing the night before is always a winner. Preparing food, paperwork, clothes and getting a good night’s sleep – as well as waking up in plenty of time to get breakfast...

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A day in the life of a Bollywood Dance instructor

13
March
2012
A day in the life of a Bollywood Dance instructor

It’s always fascinating finding out more about what health, beauty and fitness professionals do – so when we were given the chance to have a peek at dance instructor Shalini Bhalla’s daily routine, we jumped at it. Founder of Just Jhoom! (www.justjhoom.co.uk), a dance school offering Bollywood-inspired fitness classes, Shalini also has training in folk dance and classical Indian dance. We caught up with her to learn about life as an instructor and find out about her love for soaps, Indian food and her cat, Tabasco...

How do you make sure you get the day off to a good start?

I start the day with some gentle stretching. In Just Jhoom! we have developed some Body Stablilising and Flexibility Exercises that are yoga-inspired, and I use those to get the body moving. Just Jhoom! requires a...

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A day in the life of a life coach

05
March
2012
A day in the life of a life coach

We’re always amazed by how much the therapists we talk to manage to juggle in their day-to-day lives – and the subject of our latest ‘Day in the life of...’ instalment, Caroline Carr, is no exception. A life coach, hypnotherapist and author, Caroline has appeared on TV and radio and written for a number of different newspapers and magazines. She is also founder of www.MyPartnerIsDepressed.com, a source of support for those who are going through difficult times. With so many different things on her plate, we wanted to know how she managed - and being the nosy folks that we are, we went ahead and asked...

How do you make sure you get the day off to a good start?

Lipstick! Once I have my lipstick on, I’m ready to go. Of course, I have to do a few things first, such as having breakfast –...

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A day in the life of a hairdresser

28
February
2012
A day in the life of a hairdresser

So far in our 'Day in the life of...’ series, we’ve had a peek into the lives of a variety of different wellbeing therapists. This week, we’re taking a foray into the world of hair and beauty to see what goes on behind the scenes in the life of a hairdresser.

We’ve interviewed Vas Kesta, celebrity hairstylist and salon owner, to find out how he goes about his working day. No stranger to hard work, Vas has appeared on Channel 4’s The Salon and 10 Years Younger – but he’s most often to be found working his magic at his Bromley-based salon, Hectik. Wahanda caught up with him to see if we could steal a bit of his motivation...

How do you make sure you get the day off to a good start?

I make sure I get a good breakfast in the morning and a good cup of coffee to get me going. I like to be in...

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A day in the life of an aromatherapist

16
January
2012
A day in the life of an aromatherapist

Been enjoying our 'Day in the life of...’ series so far? Today we’ve got a real treat in the form of a peek at the life of Susanna Lewis, aromatherapist and director of natural skincare company Karma Beauty (www.karmalifearomatherapy.co.uk).

Whether she’s performing a massage on one of her clients, working on her recipes in her beauty workshop or answering questions on our community page, Susanna is always working hard to help others experience the benefits of natural ingredients. We asked her a few questions about her daily routine, and luckily she was only too happy to share...

How do you make sure you get the day off to a good start?

When I wake up, the first thing I do is take two cotton wool pads and soak them in very cold water. I then apply a pad over each eye (with eyes...

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A day in the life of a yoga teacher

10
January
2012
A day in the life of a yoga teacher

Ever wondered what professional yoga teachers get up to on a daily basis? For Laura Knowles, who is a yoga teacher, nutritionist and kinesiologist at the Balanced Wellness Centre, no two days are ever the same. Whether she's sharing her knowledge of Kundalini yoga, running a clinic or writing for her blog, Balanced, Laura is always on the go. We asked her a few questions to find out how she manages to stay on top of so many different things...

How do you make sure you get the day off to a good start?

One of the best things I ever did was get rid of my noisy alarm clock. Now Classic FM whispers me awake - lovely. I love to deep breathe first thing in the morning, also known as pranayama. I open a window (if not too chilly or blowing a gale), I do some sun salutations (love a bit of...

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A day in the life of a kinesiologist

06
January
2012
A day in the life of a kinesiologist

Continuing our 'Day in the life of' series, we've asked kinesiologist Claire Snowdon-Darling to tell us a bit about her daily routine. Owner of the Balanced Wellness Centre in Havant, Claire practises a variety of different therapies alongside kinesiology, including aromatherapy, massage, reiki and nutritional advice. Claire also regularly blogs for Wahanda - you can see her posts over on her blog, A Balanced View. Over to Claire...

How do you make sure you get the day off to a good start?

As soon as I wake up, I have about 30 minutes of quiet contemplation and centreing myself and focussing in. I use this time to positively manifest outcomes in my life and I like to think about the day ahead and reflect on the clients I am seeing and mentally prepare for their sessions. Sometimes I...

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A day in the life of a hypnotherapist

03
January
2012
A day in the life of a hypnotherapist

Following on from last month's inspirational peek at the life of massage therapist Paola Bassanese, we've got an interview with another of our Wahanda experts - hypnotherapist Claire Benson. Ever wondered what the day to day routine of a qualified hypnotherapist involves? Read on to find out...

Specialising in weight management, fertility and confidence, Claire is also the brains behind the Hypnogogo series of downloads, designed to encourage positive thinking whilst running. As if that wasn't impressive enough, she also takes time out from her busy schedule to write regularly for Wahanda on her HypnoBlog. Needless to say, we were curious to learn how she manages it all...

How do you make sure you get the day off to a good start?

I always start my day by setting a positive intention....

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A day in the life of a massage therapist

22
December
2011
A day in the life of a massage therapist

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a beauty or wellbeing therapist? We’re excited to be launching a new series of blog posts which take a peek at the everyday lives of some of our favourite practitioners. After all, if anyone knows how to set a good example, it’s our experts...

From what they eat to how they relax after a long day, we’ve asked our trusty therapists to divulge all. Luckily, they’re a friendly bunch, and were all too happy to let us in on some of their secrets. The best part? Many of the therapists who we’ve interviewed also blog for Wahanda – meaning that you can take advantage of their specialist advice on a regular basis.

To kick off the series, we’ve interviewed award-winning massage therapist Paola Bassanese, a familiar face in the Wahanda community. When she’s not...

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The Treatwell wishlist

14
December
2011
The Treatwell wishlist

We all know that Santa’s making his list and checking it twice – so we thought we’d just give him a bit of a hint. After all, we’ve been really good this year...

As you can imagine, working in the Wahanda office, we come across all sorts of health and beauty treats on a regular basis – so when it comes to making our wishlist, we don’t even need to think twice. From massages to facials and even a hula hoop session, we know what we want – and hopefully Santa does, too.

Without further ado, here’s a quick peep at what the team would like to find under the tree this year:

Elly

Hello Santa,

Please may I have a weekly massage and facial at Metta Urban Retreat – that woman is AMAZING. The best massage I have ever had.

Thanks Santa!


Angharad

This Christmas, I’d love an aromatherapy...

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Inside Treatwell HQ - Madeleine's wellbeing secrets

20
October
2011
Inside Treatwell HQ - Madeleine's wellbeing secrets

Today we continue our peep into the lives of the Wahanda team with some great advice from our lovely Head of London Sales, Madeleine. Whether she's dancing or dog walking, Madeleine believes that the key to health is happiness. Hear, hear!

Name: Madeleine

Role at Wahanda: Head of London Sales

What’s your favourite way to stay in shape?

Anything involving dancing as it doesn’t feel like a chore! I hate the gym but have danced for years, so love ballet classes, which are great for flexibility, body tone and stamina, and fun group classes like Zumba, which, although it's really high energy, just doesn’t feel like hard work as it’s so much fun and the music is great!

If you were on a desert island and could choose to indulge in one treatment, what would it be?

Mmm, I think I’d have to...

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Inside Treatwell HQ - Angharad's wellbeing secrets

18
October
2011
Inside Treatwell HQ - Angharad's wellbeing secrets

Curious to know more about what the Wahanda team gets up to out of hours? From dyeing our hair to painting our nails or getting stuck in to a yoga class, we're always busy bees when it comes to health and beauty. Today, blogger Angharad shares her advice on how to stay in tip top condition.

Name: Angharad

Role at Wahanda: Blogger and content writer

What’s your favourite way to stay in shape?

It used to be running, but I’ve had to give that up for health reasons – instead I’m trying to get into yoga. I’ve got a great book on Kundalini yoga by Maya Fiennes which is really inspirational – the only difficulty is finding the time to practice!

If you were on a desert island and could choose to indulge in one treatment, what would it be?

A yoga/pranayama class to keep me nice and calm. If...

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Inside Treatwell HQ - Judy's wellbeing secrets

17
October
2011
Inside Treatwell HQ - Judy's wellbeing secrets

What with spending all our time writing about the latest health and beauty news, you'd expect the Wahanda editorial team to have a good few wellbeing tricks up our sleeve. We asked fabulous site editor Judy to share her fitness fixes and pampering preferences - needless to say, she didn't disappoint.

Name: Judy

Role at Wahanda: Content & Site Editor

What’s your favourite way to stay in shape?

I love WaterCrew – it’s a class that’s based on rowing machines and it gives the whole body a really good workout. Unfortunately there aren’t many places offering it so I am looking to get a machine at home so I can do it whenever I want! I also use Power Plates as they are great for toning – I usually go to Fitness for Every Body in London Bridge as the instructors are lovely.

If you were on a...

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Inside Treatwell HQ - Marisa's wellbeing secrets

17
October
2011
Inside Treatwell HQ - Marisa's wellbeing secrets

At Wahanda, we all have a favourite form of exercise - although we have to admit that some of us have more of a brief flirtation with the gym than a proper relationship. Lovely Product Lead Marisa is amongst the dedicated, exercising regularly to stay in shape. Read on to discover more about her routine - we're sure some of her enthusiasm will rub off on you...

Name: Marisa

Role at Wahanda: Product Lead

What’s your favourite way to stay in shape?

I think running is the most effective way to trim down and stay fit. Whenever I feel really out of shape, like after a gluttonous winter, I sign myself up for a half marathon and stick to a training plan and usually feel fit after a month or so.

For general maintenance, I like going to group classes at the gym. Depending on my mood I will...

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Inside Treatwell HQ - Reshma's wellbeing secrets

14
October
2011
Inside Treatwell HQ - Reshma's wellbeing secrets

Everyone in the Wahanda office has their own health, beauty or fitness speciality - which means we like to get together to share tips and tricks. Our gorgeous Account Executive Reshma really knows her stuff when it comes to make up and skincare - and she has some great nutritional advice to share, too. Here's how she stays looking and feeling good:

Name: Reshma

Role at Wahanda: Account Executive

What’s your favourite way to stay in shape?

Was running, but I don't do much of it now - so I will choose dancing.

If you were on a desert island and could choose to indulge in one treatment, what would it be?

I would say a massage! It’s truly relaxing, especially when you’ve had a long day - or in my case a long night dancing!

What health or beauty products would you recommend?

I would...

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Inside Treatwell HQ - Julian's wellbeing secrets

13
October
2011
Inside Treatwell HQ - Julian's wellbeing secrets

Beauty and wellbeing doesn't just mean make up, manicures and Pilates - the men at Wahanda love their health and grooming as much as the ladies. Our resident King of tech Julian talks us through his favourite fitness and relaxation treats:

Name: Julian

Role at Wahanda: CTO

What’s your favourite way to stay in shape?

Rock climbing. That's not quite enough though, so I also enjoy running.

If you were on a desert island and could choose to indulge in one treatment, what would it be?

For indulgence: a body wrap.

To keep fit: rock climbing.

What health or beauty products would you recommend?

This is a tricky one - I don't really use that many. I do quite like Fat Hed hair styling stuff.

Which spa/gym/salon do you head to first when you need a wellbeing fix?

Castle Climbing Centre....

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Inside Treatwell HQ - Mike's wellbeing secrets

11
October
2011
Inside Treatwell HQ - Mike's wellbeing secrets

Whilst some of us change our minds as often as Lady Gaga changes outfits, others know the tried and tested health and fitness tricks which work for them, and are happy to stick to them. Lovely UI Developer Mike was happy to share with us his favourite fitness fixes - and there's not a fad in sight.

Name: Mike

Role at Wahanda: UI Developer

What’s your favourite way to stay in shape?

Running

If you were on a desert island and could choose to indulge in one treatment, what would it be?

No idea I'm afraid.

What health or beauty products would you recommend?

Boots No. 7 range for men.

Which spa/gym/salon do you head to first when you need a wellbeing fix?

My local health and beauty salon, Zeena.


'Top tip for keeping healthy:

Everything in moderation, even exercise.

Are you,...

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Inside Treatwell HQ - Charley's wellbeing secrets

10
October
2011
Inside Treatwell HQ - Charley's wellbeing secrets

Our copywriters spend all their time writing about the latest health and beauty deals and offers - so it stands to reason that they have a fair bit of knowledge when it comes to wellbeing tips and tricks! We asked our wonderful Head Copywriter Charley to impart some wellbeing wisdom, and happily she obliged...

Name: Charley

Role at Wahanda: Head Copywriter (and CEO of the Birthday Committee)

What’s your favourite way to stay in shape?

I go to Power Plate sessions each week with the Site Editor, Judy, which really helps with muscle toning. I’m not a huge fitness fanatic (I much prefer to be lounging around in a spa) but I do try yoga at home and have just started meditation classes to keep my mind in shape too.

If you were on a desert island and could choose to indulge in one treatment...

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Inside Treatwell HQ - Emma's wellbeing secrets

06
October
2011
Inside Treatwell HQ - Emma's wellbeing secrets

It would be very boring if everybody liked the same things in life. At Wahanda, although we are all passionate about health, beauty and fitness, we have very different ways of approaching our wellbeing. Fabulous regional account manager Emma has shared with us her top tips, which include ice skating, manicures and caviar shampoo...

Name: Emma

Role at Wahanda: Regional Account Manager for Manchester and Liverpool

What’s your favourite way to stay in shape?

Anything with a fun element like zumba, ice skating, dance classes or just participating in a gym class. Being with my group of girlfriends makes exercise more bearable.

If you were on a desert island and could choose to indulge in one treatment, what would it be?

It would definitely be a manicure. Despite working for a health,...

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Inside Treatwell HQ - Megan's wellbeing secrets

05
October
2011
Inside Treatwell HQ - Megan's wellbeing secrets

Wondering what form of exercise to take up next, or what beauty products to invest in when pay day rolls around? At Wahanda, we're here to inspire you. We may not be perfect all the time, and we are known to have chocolate cravings every now and again - but we do know our stuff when it comes to health and beauty. Here are lovely account manager Megan's favourite wellbeing tips:

Name: Megan

Role at Wahanda: Account Manager

What’s your favourite way to stay in shape?

At the moment - Zumba! I am always trying to find something to get into and am quite bad at keeping it up as I get bored quite easily... I really hope that I stick at the Zumba classes!

If you were on a desert island and could choose to indulge in one treatment, what would it be?

Probably a super moisturizing massage.....

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Inside Treatwell HQ - Mel's wellbeing secrets

04
October
2011
Inside Treatwell HQ - Mel's wellbeing secrets

We're sure you occasionally stop to wonder whether we practise what we preach - so we've decided to let you in on some of the health and beauty secrets of the team at Wahanda HQ. It turns out that we could all go on for hours about our favourite treatments and products - but we know you haven't got all day, so we've tried to keep it brief. Without further ado, here are some top tips from fabulous copywriter Mel:

Name: Melanie

Role at Wahanda: Copywriter

What’s your favourite way to stay in shape?

I’m a big fan of fitness pole dancing (not to be confused with the g-string swinging sort). It combines cardio and weight training, using your own body as the weight, so you tone up and increase your fitness at the same time. Results are visible very quickly, especially in the upper arm and...

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Inside Treatwell HQ - Koulla's wellbeing secrets

03
October
2011
Inside Treatwell HQ - Koulla's wellbeing secrets

We're a nosy bunch at Wahanda, and we love to learn about other people's health and beauty habits. Although they say that curiosity killed the cat, we think that it can also be a good thing - so we've decided to share some of our wellbeing secrets, in case you're feeling inquisitive too. Here's how our gorgeous Head of Regional Sales, Koulla, keeps herself looking and feeling great:


Name: Koulla

Role at Wahanda: Head of Regional Sales

What’s your favourite way to stay in shape?

Going to the gym when I can and my Rapid Results Pilates DVD

If you were on a desert island and could choose to indulge in one treatment, what would it be?

For me it would have to be a ritual - they are my favourite as you usually get 2 or 3 treatments in one go. My ideal ritual would have a foot petal soak...

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Inside Treatwell HQ - Ryan's wellbeing secrets

03
October
2011
Inside Treatwell HQ - Ryan's wellbeing secrets

The Wahanda team is always bringing you the latest in health, beauty and fitness - but have you ever wondered how we stay in shape ourselves? We tore lovely customer service advisor Ryan away from the phones just long enough to impart some of his wellbeing secrets. Here's what we learned:

Name: Ryan

Role at Wahanda: Customer Service Senior

What’s your favourite way to stay in shape?

I try to work out every morning - some free weights for my upper body, normally arms & chest, no longer than 5 – 10 mins. Then I tend to ride or walk to work most mornings, which I enjoy as it helps to clear the mind for the day ahead.

If you were on a desert island and could choose to indulge in one treatment, what would it be?

I think it would have to be a massage so I could at least relax for a short...

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Tried and tested: highlight slicing at Lisa Shepherd

16
September
2011
Tried and tested: highlight slicing at Lisa Shepherd

Bored of my boring brown colour and wanting a lift (but nothing too heavy or obvious), I needed a subtle hair pick-me-up. So, I opted for highlighted slicing at Lisa Shepherd in the West End. This is a new technique bringing highlights into the hair starting in the mid sections and through the length, giving a flash of colour to the ends.

The venue

I was so eager to get there I walked into the salon nearly taking the door off its hinges, not realising there’s an auto-lock system operated by the receptionist - oops. She could’ve made me feel a bit silly for my Incredible Hulk show at such a glamorous salon, but instead she put me at ease and welcomed me in. There’s a gorgeous ‘hang out’ area with a coffee/tea machine, more herbal teas than you could shake a ginger stick at, a fridge...

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Body image, swimwear and shopping

05
July
2010
Body image, swimwear and shopping

Earlier in the year, we teamed up with swimwear experts Speedo and gave two lucky winners a swimming costume from their Sculpture Shapeline range, a unique body-shaping swimwear collection providing the nearest thing to a made-to-measure cossie.

Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos is a Speedo Sculpture ShapeLine ambassador and on 1st March, she released a series of motivational, downloadable podcasts to coincide with the launch of the collection. In addition, as the holiday season rapidly approaches, the body image expert sent us some words of wisdom about body shapes and why shopping for swimwear shouldn't be a nightmare.


Body Image, Swimwear and Shopping

There is no denying that we live in a world obsessed by beauty and glamour and there is no denying that negative body image has...

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Think spa, think Austria

29
June
2010
Think spa, think Austria

Last year we teamed up with the Austrian Tourist Board to bring you some amazing wellness offers that were too good to miss – and you loved it. Well, we’ve only gone and done it again.

This summer not only can you buy invigorating spa experiences in AUSTRIA’S FINEST Spa Hotels and Resorts with Wahanda style discounts applied, but you can also enter for your chance to win a spa break for two worth a whopping £2,000.

Why Austria?

If you’re looking to really unwind this summer – rather than booking a holiday and stressing out before, during and after, like so many of us do – then Austria is the place to be. They know spas. They know wellbeing. They have the natural resources needed to make your spa break experience a unique one. Quite simply, they have it all…

The treatments

Austria...

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In and Out Beauty with Dr. Linda Papadopoulos and Lisa Butcher

19
February
2010
In and Out Beauty with Dr. Linda Papadopoulos and Lisa Butcher

The times, they are a-changing, and the In and Out Beauty Programme is here to help. Health and fitness is always a keen topic at the start of a New Year but now the focus is entirely on holistic approaches, taking a look on the inside as well as the outside. A positive outlook on life, more confidence and making sure your wellbeing is top of list are just as important as physical exercise, so now it’s time to take a look at both aspects and revamp yourself inside and out!

Headed by body expert Dr. Linda Papadopoulos and style expert and former presenter of ‘What Not To Wear’ Lisa Butcher, the In and Out Beauty Programme sets out to explain that beauty is not just skin deep and how you feel about yourself is often how people will then perceive you. Beauty products and slapping on the...

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Lowri Turner – You are what you eat

11
January
2010
Lowri Turner – You are what you eat

Lowri Turner, fashion-journalist-turned-interior-designer, has ditched the paint buckets and found a new way to transform people’s lives at an even more personal level – with their health. After years of battling with weight and health problems, Lowri’s found what works for her and is helping others with Va Voom Health – a combination of hypnotherapy and nutritional advice which puts mind over matter so that the faddy diets and short-lived resolutions are well and truly over. Wahanda caught up with Lowri to find out why she’s swapped cushions for a couch...

You’ve admitted to struggling with your weight since a young age – what diets have you tried?

I’ve been dieting since I was 15 – it started with calorie counting, to the point that I would only eat 600 calories a day. Of course this...

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Treatwell tries...the KRANKcycle

21
December
2009
Treatwell tries...the KRANKcycle

There is a brand new machine in town that’s taken the US fitness world by storm and it looks set to repeat its success in the UK. The KRANKcycle is the first fitness apparatus developed to build cardio fitness through focusing on the upper body, building aerobic capacity and upper body strength whilst burning calories. Wahanda was invited to its launch in London’s Covent Garden to find out more and try it for ourselves.

What is it?

The KRANKcycle could be best described as “spinning for the arms”. Created by Johnny G, the man behind the spinning phenomenon, the KRANKcycle uses only the arms to create a cardiovascular workout that will have you sweating in no time. Equipped with handle cranks for greater variety of movement, a resistance dial and a removable seat, the machine can be...

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Make-up items you simply can't live without

03
December
2009
Make-up items you simply can't live without

A fabulous outfit can work wonders but often make-up is an essential weapon every woman needs to transform themselves from office chic to after work vixen. But, which ones are the most essential for achieving that glamorous look? We asked just that, and results suggested that mascara was the product our cosmetic bags cannot afford to be without. Of course, there are plenty of other must-have beauty items we love.

Mascara: A popular choice and a firm staple in any woman’s make up bag, mascara comes in various different shades from dramatic black to electric blue. Even mascara on its own can create dramatic, wide eyes that will hold anyone’s attention.

Foundation: A godsend for women with troublesome skin! Whether you're cursed with skin flaws or are suffering from a breakout, foundation...

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Burning off your Christmas treats

24
November
2009
Burning off your Christmas treats

Christmas for most of us means parties, eating and drinking far too much and cosying up in front of the TV. Exercise is the last thing we want to do during the festive season – and according to LA Fitness, our attendance at the gym declines by a staggering 35%.

There’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence this Christmas, but it might help to keep on top of your exercise regime and avoid that guilty feeling and panic on the scales come January. If you can’t get to the gym, why not do ‘snack-tivity’ snippets of exercise that add up to at least 30 minutes a day, such as turning the music up and speed cleaning the house or hitting the sales for a walk round the shops.

If you don’t fancy piling on the pounds and want to start the New Year feeling refreshed rather than sluggish, LA Fitness...

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Liz Earle's new fragrance

20
November
2009
Liz Earle's new fragrance

The Wahanda team were lucky enough to pop down to Liz Earle’s flagship store and treatment rooms in Chelsea on Thursday for their exclusive event in association with the Telegraph. Celebrating the launch of Liz Earle’s first ever fragrance, fans of the expert beauty brand were invited to enjoy a talk from Liz Earle herself as well as having a sniff of the wonderful new scent, Botanical Essence No1.

Liz Earle’s philosophy is all about the ingredients; much like when cooking a recipe, she explained, the finest ingredients will bring out the finest dish – and it’s the same for beauty products. The sparkling citrusy fragrance is derived from over 98% natural ingredients with lavender from France, damask rose from Turkey, Italian bergamot and patchouli to name but a few; the light and zesty...

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Pure skin, pure beauty

16
November
2009
Pure skin, pure beauty

The Sunday Times reported on a new study this week, which has found that a woman’s skin tone is the key factor used when judging beauty and attractiveness. Unlike previous beliefs that facial symmetry was the ideal in attractiveness, scientists have found that the radiance of a woman’s complexion and the evenness of her skin tone are far more crucial to another’s perception of her beauty.

Dr Bernhard Fink and Dr Paul Matts photographed 170 women’s faces between the ages of ten and seventy, and applied their skin to an idealised, symmetrical computer model before asking people to score them for their attractiveness. This meant that they were only judging on skin quality rather than facial features – and higher scores were given to the most even skin. Experiments showed that some would...

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Food for thought

16
November
2009
Food for thought

When it comes to food we usually think about weight loss rather than winter woes but a new study shows that in terms of your emotional wellbeing you really are what you eat. New research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry suggests that there is a link between eating the wrong food and developing depression – perhaps bad news for chocoholics.

Two groups were studied in the research – those who consumed whole foods such as vegetables, fruit and fish, and those who ate mostly processed food. Those who consumed the most processed food were found to have a 58% higher risk of depression five years later, whereas the whole foods group had a 26% lower risk.

This latest development is supported by previous reports that green vegetables protect against low folate levels which can...

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The Brazilian permanent & semi-permanent blow dry

12
November
2009
The Brazilian permanent & semi-permanent blow dry

We at Wahanda love to hear about new treatments that can revolutionise the way we look. The latest trend isn’t in cosmetic surgery or injecting fillers into our faces, instead it’s a treatment which is sure to transform your locks from lank and lifeless to bouncy and sleek. The Brazilian Permanent and Semi-Permanent Blow Dry is here to help you pamper your mop into an A-lister’s fierce mane.

Why?If you’ve always wondered how you can get luscious locks like Cheryl Cole, or for those with shorter hair a sleek bob like Danni Minogue, then a Brazilian Blow Dry might just be the best thing to bring your hair to life. Not only will it ensure your hair looks fabulous without a lot of effort on your part, it’s perfect for those of us who run on a tight schedule but still want to give a great...

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Celebrate National Eye Week with Treatwell’s free deals and offers

11
November
2009
Celebrate National Eye Week with Treatwell’s free deals and offers

Give your peepers some pampering. It’s National Eye Week from the 9th-15th November and here at Wahanda we’re celebrating by giving you the gift of good sight and great eyes with our fantastic deals. Even celebrities are getting involved, with Philip Schofield announcing on Twitter this week that he is going to look into getting his eyes lasered. So whether you’ve decided to take the plunge with laser eye surgery or you just want luscious lashes to show off the windows to your soul, we’ve got eye-opening offers galore. Blink and you’ll miss them!

Clear Sighted

For those who dream of being able to wake up with clear vision laser eye surgery could be the answer. It’s a big decision to make, so why not book in for a consultation to find out what it’s all about?


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Bloodsucking beauty

10
November
2009
Bloodsucking beauty

To regain the smooth, glowing skin of our youth it seems we’re willing to try out anything: Botox, 24 carat gold facials or oxygen facials… you name it, we’ll try it. And the next treatment on our wishlist is the most extreme yet: Dracula Therapy.
With vampires cropping up all over our screens, from the swoonsome Robert Pattinson in the Twilight movies to new television series True Blood, it was only a matter of time before we took a little bit of vampire lust and incorporated it into our beauty regimes.
What?Not quite as extreme as sacrificing your life for immortality, the treatment involves removing a sample of blood from your arm then mixing it with amino acids and vitamin C to create a serum, which is then re-injected back into the problem area.
Why?Pioneered by beauty expert...

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Cheer up and tone up

10
November
2009
Cheer up and tone up

In the current economic climate, many feel there isn’t a lot to laugh about these days. If this is you, then this new yoga craze could leave you in a fit of giggles. Hasya Yoga – also known as “laughter yoga” - is a combination of yoga breathing techniques and hearty chuckles, giving your mind and soul a stress-busting workout that leaves you feeling happier, healthier and full of life. Laughing yourself silly, all in the name of fitness? Sounds good to us – and even funny-man, Monty Python star John Cleese has spoken about the wonders of laughter yoga in a documentary for the BBC.

The first laughter yoga group began in a park in Mumbai, India in 1995 with only five people, and its popularity has since spread worldwide. Now over 60 countries hold classes that practice this form of...

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Exclusive Liz Earle reader evening with The Telegraph

09
November
2009
Exclusive Liz Earle reader evening with The Telegraph

Where: Liz Earle, Chelsea, London

When: 19th November 6.30 – 8.00pm

Price: £20, redeemable against any products you purchase

Click here to book your place

To celebrate the launch of Liz Earle’s Botanical Essence No.1, the Telegraph are holding an exclusive reader evening full of pampering and offers. Pop along to the flagship store in London on the 19th November for an evening of treats and insider information. With complimentary hand and arm massages and champagne, you will enjoy a talk from Liz Earle herself on how the fragrance was created, plus hear from fragrance expert Lorna McKay and botanical expert Jennifer Hirsch so you know all the beauty secrets first hand.

What’s more, you can enter a competition to win a Liz Earle Signature Facial and spoil yourself silly, plus start...

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Christmas spa shopping events – the fun way to shop

05
November
2009
Christmas spa shopping events – the fun way to shop

Ho, ho, ho-ly moly it’s that time of year again – the Christmas lights are dazzling and the shops are bursting with gifts galore. Wahanda is no exception, and we have stacked our online shelves with spa vouchers, pampering gifts and festive spa breaks to make your Christmas sparkle like no other. If online shopping isn’t enough to get you into the festive spirit, we’ve also found the best Christmas shopping events at top spas so you can pamper while you pick the perfect gifts.


Christmas Shopping Spectacular
Where: Nutfield Priory Hotel Spa
When: 17th November
Price: £10

Head south to Surrey for a night of mince pies, mulled wine, beauty demonstrations and Christmas capers on the 17th. Tickets cost just £10 and are redeemable against any products you buy on the night – so whether...

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Winter skin SOS

04
November
2009
Winter skin SOS

The summer tan has faded, oily skin has turned to dehydrated skin and those pedicured toes are well and truly hidden – yes, winter is coming. Central heating, harsh winds and lack of sunshine can mean dull, dry skin, particularly on the face. But don’t fret – Wahanda have found the best products and people in the beauty industry to make sure you’re glowing all year round.

Try before you buy

Saving up for Christmas presents and no money to spend on yourself? Then look no further for your beauty fix than Ark Age Aware Skincare in London; with five skincare centres around the capital and a brand new product range, they are the experts in what your skin needs. Thanks to Wahanda you can take advantage of their great products first hand and enjoy a fifteen minute facial using their latest...

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UK cosmetic clinics exposed in bogus VASER scam

02
November
2009
UK cosmetic clinics exposed in bogus VASER scam

A warning to those thinking about forking out for the VASER liposuction treatment; get it for a cheaper price and you might not get what you asked for. Patients are being warned that clinics could be giving them the cheaper laser lipolysis in place of the VASER treatment without their knowledge.

Dr. Ravi Jain, Medical Director at Riverbanks Clinic, is encouraging people to be more vigilant when it comes to shopping around after it was revealed that a high percentage of patients who paid for the VASER at other clinics in the UK had instead been given the lower value laser-based treatment. So what is the best way to tell if you are not getting VASER? If you are asked to wear protective goggles, according to Dr. Jain:

“With genuine VASER, you do not need to wear eye protection during...

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Lightening up

30
October
2009
Lightening up

This week saw two programmes investigating the trend for those using cosmetic and medical treatments to ‘Westernize’ their appearance. Channel 4’s Bleach, Nip, Tuck on Tuesday explored ethnic minorities who go to great lengths to change their height, shape and skin colour to look more ‘white’. Meanwhile, BBC1’s Anita Rani looked into the sometimes risky skin-lightening products in Make Me White, discovering an in illegal trade and finding out why Western culture sees paler skin as the fairest of them all.

Learn more about skin lightening treatments on Wahanda and see our reading suggestions for links to the two programmes in case you missed them - would you have it done?

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Thigh high boot lipo

23
October
2009
Thigh high boot lipo

It’s been over ten years since everyone’s favourite rom-com, Pretty Woman, hit our screens. But it seems the film’s heroine Vivian was ahead of her time in the fashion stakes, with everyone from Madonna to Rihanna taking her lead and donning a pair of thigh high boots this winter.

Seeing the A-listers strut their stuff is enough to give anyone shoe envy, as their legs seem to go flawlessly on forever. But for us mere mortals the boots can look unflattering as they focus on the thigh and often cause excess fat to spill out the top of the boot.

Thankfully, it’s not just the celebs that have caught on to the trend - plastic surgeons have too. The London Medical and Aesthetic Clinic have pioneered a treatment which will transform your legs into the slim and shapely ones needed to pull off...

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Tried and tested - acustaple

23
October
2009
Tried and tested - acustaple

When we were given the opportunity to try out the new revolutionary Acustaple, we jumped at the chance. It has been brought over to the UK from the States, and we were more than happy to test it out, especially if it helps us to lose a few pounds for those Christmas parties that are looming over the next few months.

Acustaple is a combination of auricular therapy, acupressure and acupuncture. Rather than having scary needles pin cushioned on your body, a tiny staple is placed on a pressure point in both of your ears. The staple placed on the pressure points help to target stress and curb those pesky cravings for that crafty cigarette or cheeky chocolate bar.

The Clinic

We headed off up to Crosby Physiotherapy Clinic, where we were met by a therapist who was very friendly and welcoming...

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Soldiers give thumbs up to alternative therapies

15
October
2009
Soldiers give thumbs up to alternative therapies

The very mention of alternative therapies is often met with a great deal of scepticism, but Wahanda are big fans of alternative treatments and it looks as though many of you are beginning to feel the same way. As complementary medicine becomes more and more popular, Bowen4Veterans have found that soldiers are now successfully treating their injuries with the help of the Bowen Technique.

The BBC's recent 'Wounded' programme followed two soldiers receiving alternative treatments to help them recover from their crippling injuries sustained whilst on duty in Afghanistan. It showed that alternative therapies such as Bowen Technique are proving to be more beneficial and are producing noticeable results, complementing existing rehabilitation programmes.

The Bowen Technique is a powerful but...

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Tried and tested: the Hypoxi Therapy trainer

15
October
2009
Tried and tested: the Hypoxi Therapy trainer

Are you dreaming of a quick way to lose unwanted cellulite and inches from your bottom, hips and thighs without resorting to liposuction or six days a week at the gym? Well, we at Wahanda also feel your pain, and that’s why we jumped at the chance to try out the latest piece of fitness technology that is taking the exercise world by storm – the Hypoxi Therapy Trainer. Its aim is to target the fat stored in your hips, thighs and buttocks helping you to lose inches and reduce cellulite whilst firming your skin within a short space of time. Sound too good to be true? We went along to the City Point Club in Moorgate, London to put it to the test. Tempted to give it a go yourself? Why not book yourself in for a free session with our special offer?

What does it do?

Whether you’re...

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The Sunday Times Style in the City event – sweet skincare

28
September
2009
The Sunday Times Style in the City event – sweet skincare

Fashion and beauty go hand in manicured hand, so when Wahanda heard about the Sunday Times Style in the City event in Birmingham, we hotfooted up there to see what the stylistas were talking about in the land of beauty.

Dubbed a city-wide fashion and beauty festival, the event brought together the latest fashion trends fresh from the runways at London Fashion Week with innovative beauty treatments and products. The catwalk shows featured big, wispy crimped hair courtesy of the Francesco Group while makeup was set for the party season with glitz and glamour galore.

Our best beauty find was a sweet treat like no other: Collagen Marshmallows. The company behind them, Eat Yourself Beautiful, specialise in nutraceuticals – foods with added benefits – and have come up with a beauty tool in...

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Strictly go dancing

24
September
2009
Strictly go dancing

Good news, you no longer have to go back to the boring gym and pound the treadmills to keep in shape, as the new way to get fit is dancing. It’s sociable, exciting, different and perfect for making the hard job of keeping fit something fun to do.

The rise in the popularity of dancing lessons is largely due to the BBC’s hugely successful celebrity reality show, Strictly Come Dancing. Fitness fanatics are following in the dance steps of previous Strictly contestants such as Claire Sweeney, Darren Gough and Alesha Dixon to use dancing as a fun and energetic way of getting exercise without the monotony of treadmills and aerobics. Plus with the untimely passing of Dirty Dancing’s Patrick Swayze, dancing is in the spotlight more than ever before.

Dance studios offer Strictly-style classes by...

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Guybrows - the latest beauty trend for men

22
September
2009
Guybrows - the latest beauty trend for men

At Wahanda we don’t think there’s anything wrong with men plucking and tweezing every now and then to tidy up unsightly bushy eyebrows, but when it comes to full-on waxing or threading to shape, define and create what’s now known as ‘guybrows’, we’re not so sure.

According to Debenhams, men now make up 40% of visitors to their in-store brow bars – that’s double last year’s figures. Probably taking example from celebs such as Russell Brand and Danny Cipriani, men are now catching onto the idea that a good brow shape can be beneficial to a face. Noel Gallagher, take note.

The most popular way of de-bushing those brows is threading, a very simple method that’s been used in India, Turkey and Egypt for years. It carefully removes unsightly fuzz in a quick and painless manner, ensuring that no...

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Tried and tested - Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa

18
September
2009
Tried and tested - Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa

When it comes to Wahanda’s tried and tested advice, we’re only too pleased to don our spa slippers and robes all in the name health, beauty and wellness. So when we were offered the chance to try out Rookery Hall Spa in Nantwich, we stepped up to the mark and headed straight to the Cheshire countryside - it’s a tough job but someone has to do it.

If you fancy a day of pure luxury in scrumptious surroundings, Rookery Hall should be top of your Wahanda wish list. After all, it's where celebrity couple David and Victoria Beckham got engaged so if it’s good enough for the Beckhams it's good enough for Wahanda.

The Spa

Driving up the long sweeping drive in the beautiful Cheshire countryside, we already felt our stress and tension floating away and our excitement bubbling up inside us. The...

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Complementary Healthcare regulator

18
September
2009
Complementary Healthcare regulator

Complementary therapists such as aromatherapists can now register with the UK Complementary Healthcare regulator which is backed by the Department of Health. The voluntary register aims to protect the public and give them the knowledge that their complementary and natural healthcare practitioners now have to meet the national standards set by The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

By registering with the CNHC, practitioners will be seen as meeting the ‘gold standard’ within their field and will be entitled to display the quality mark which is given to practitioners upon registration.

Reflexologists are now included in the register. Maggie Dunn, CEO of the CNHC said: "The public who use or are interested in using reflexology will be able to check whether the...

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The natural look breast enlargement

15
September
2009
The natural look breast enlargement

Forget that amazing non-surgical facelift, lunchtime liposuction and quick tummy tuck over the weekend, because there’s a new op in town. The announcement of a new two-in-one cosmetic surgery treatment has hit the news this week, making that ‘too good to be true’ idea of taking the fat from your hips and putting it back in places you’d much rather have filled out, a reality.

You can soon, in one single operation, get unwanted fat removed from parts of your body you’d like to be slimmed out and use it to enhance your breasts by up to three cup sizes the natural way. The new procedure hopes to overtake implants to dominate the cosmetic surgery market, providing a more natural looking and longer lasting breast enlargement while making women feel doubly confident by reducing fat from areas...

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Bannatyne Spa teams up with Collagenics

11
September
2009
Bannatyne Spa teams up with Collagenics

Turning back the clock doesn’t always have to mean going under the knife, thanks to the launch of a new range of non-surgical cosmetic treatments at Bannatyne Spas.

To celebrate the new-found friendship of Bannatyne Spas and the UK‘s leading provider of non-surgical treatments Collagenics, the cosmetic giant will be offering special clinics at the spa chain in the coming months. What’s more, with treatments being made available at nine sites up and down the country, including Birmingham, Cardiff, Darlington, Edinburgh, Essex, Manchester, Mansfield, Solihull and York, you’re sure to find one close to home.

Treatments on offer will include skincare procedures such as skin rejuvenation peels and injectable treatments such as dermal fillers, line relaxing, thread vine removal and lip...

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Anne Semonin launches at The Verbena Spa

10
September
2009
Anne Semonin launches at The Verbena Spa

Here at Wahanda we’re always keen to bring you the very latest in all things spa so when we heard about the launch of a new beauty brand, at The Verbena Spa at the Feversham Arms in North Yorkshire, we just had to tell you all about it.

The luxury new brand by Parisian experts Anne Semonin, which is due to hit the Yorkshire based spa on 13th October, uses only natural ingredients at their maximum concentration. What’s more the cleverly designed brand can be combined to enable clients to put together their own beauty prescription according to their skin and lifestyle needs. Sounds good to us...

As part of the launch of the Haute Couture brand, clients can now enjoy a whole new range of spa treatments and beauty products, such as the ‘Verbena Black Sand Exfoliation Experience Massage’,...

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Beat the afternoon slump: top Alexander Technique tips

03
September
2009
Beat the afternoon slump: top Alexander Technique tips

Here at Wahanda, we're always on the lookout for ways to bring wellness to your everyday life so why not start with the basics - the perfect posture.

Are you sitting comfortably? Or are you slumped over a computer trying to wade through the day’s work? This ‘afternoon slump’ posture could be causing underlying damage to your body in the long term, says GP Dr Debbie Street.

“Years of unconscious habits of movement place strain on our skeleton aggravating pain, anxiety and distress. The Alexander Technique empowers us to choose to alter these habits thereby eliminating the original problem.”

The Alexander Technique is a hands-on method that teaches people to become aware of their bad postural habits and how to correct them.

Dr Street’s Alexander Technique teacher Susanna Scouller says...

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Tried and tested: Lava Shell massage

12
August
2009
Tried and tested: Lava Shell massage

Here at Wahanda we’re always keen to try out the very latest beauty treatments. We brought you the four hands massage and then the no hands massage, so when we heard about a revolutionary massage treatment, we were only too pleased to don our spa gear, all in the name of health, beauty and wellness.

If you fancy a massage with a little difference, the Lava Shell Massage at the City Point Club should be your first port of call. This new type of massage, which uses heat from lava shells, will not only leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated but will also soothe away aches and pains and leave your skin looking firmer and healthier – sounds good to us.

Wahanda customers can get great deals on lava shell massages at super spas nationwide including the luxurious HandPicked Hotels, with up...

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