The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Berkshire Edition

Category: Health & Fitness

Polish your halo: Mother’s Day sorted!

19 Mar 2017

Ahhhhhh! Just one week to go until Mothering Sunday, and I’m screeching in (as usual) with arrangements for my own Mum (sorry Ma Muddy). Restaurants reservations can be a bit of challenge, but there’s always something you can do to make your mother feel a bit spesh on Sunday 26 March. Here are Muddy’s mega Mothering Sunday picks…

Family Sunday lunch – don’t worry, you don’t have to cook it

There’s nothing quite like that feeling of knowing you don’t have to cook a roast or tidy up.

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13 new things to do or book this week 19-25 Jan

19 Jan 2017

We’re over the hump, Donald gets the keys to the White House and you get a weekend pass – buy the ticket and enjoy the ride: from ballet, to musicals, live music, wrestling and wine tasting (there’s always wine). Happy weekend y’all.

 

Bolshoi Live: The Sleeping Beauty, Corn Exchange Newbury, Sun 22 Jan

Is there anything more lovely than watching the ballet? Apart from a date night with Ryan Gosling, I’m gonna say no.

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Try this: Stress therapy at Haven Wellbeing Hub

23 Sep 2016

Katie Palmer is a hugger. When I turned up for my first session at her holistic therapy centre, Haven Wellbeing Hub in Wokingham, she ignored my outstretched hand and gave me a lovely hug as if we were lifelong old friends. Which, if anyone else had done on a first meeting would have freaked me out, but coming from her, seemed the most natural thing in the world.

I wondered whether my treatment had already begun..

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Mr Muddy Berkshire tries: Nolan Osteopathy

16 Sep 2016

I’m a natural cynic when it comes to the whole holistic gamut, but one of the more established favourites I do believe in, having seen results, is osteopathy. So when Mr Muddy B’s clicky knees and frozen shoulder returned after a gruelling session of golf over the summer (poor lamb) I shuffled/shoved him (ow, ouch, OW!) into the expert arms of Maria Nolan at Nolan Osteopathy.

Maria and her husband Fergus started their business after Maria had been so impressed by osteopathy treatment she’d received for back pain that she retrained as an osteopath.

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Come float with me…

19 Mar 2016

Are you a floater? I wasn’t, but I’ve been converted after a trip to Berkshire’s only dedicated float centre, Floating Point in Pangbourne.

Before my appointment I mentioned my forthcoming float to a few people and I’ve never had such a mixed bag of reactions, ranging from abject horror, ‘Is the water clean?’, ‘Aren’t you frightened about being in a coffin?’ to blissfully on-board, ‘Ohhh, what I wouldn’t do to float away for a few hours’, ‘My sister tried it for back pain and says it’s amazing!’

I’d also read a blog post recently claiming that 1 hour’s float = 4 hours of deep sleep.

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It’s skiing Jim, but not as we know it! Skiplex, Woodley

9 Mar 2016

I am more than a little peeved. My two children have just had Level 5 ticked on their Ski Progress Record by Joe the instructor at Skiplex in Woodley. He takes a sidelong glance at me, then ticks Level 4 on mine. It’s all I can do not to have a John McEnroe moment – chuck down my skis and scream, ‘You cannot be serious?!’ My seven and nine year old now officially ski better than me. 

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