How we saved 7 trees – Ashlins as an environmentally friendly business

Here at Ashlins we try to be a responsible and sustainable local business.  A big part of that is managing our environmental impact.

We try really hard to keep waste to a minimum.  We’re reducing our use of paper and we reuse scrap paper wherever possible.    We try to choose equipment that will last and we repair rather than replace whenever we can.


We also recycle as much as we can.  With the help of First Mile we recycle 71% of our waste.  Over the past 12 months this equates to 7 trees worth of paper!  First Mile use non-recyclable waste to produce electricity and during the past year we have produced 138 kilowatt hours of electricity.

Spotlight on Kinesiology

Kinesiology is a fascinating therapy with many uses.  Today we’re speaking to Isabelle and Ed to find out more.

How can kinesiology help you?Plus tips on managing digestive problems

Most Commonly Treated Conditions: 

Isabelle says “Kinesiology is great for maintaining general wellbeing, so it can assist people with many different problems.  My top 3 are probably:

1. Fatigue and chronic tiredness.

2. Digestive complaints most commonly referred to as IBS by clients – which is in fact stress-related digestive imbalances such as bloating, diarrhoea, loose bowels, indigestion and constipation.

3. Stress, anxiety, nervous disorders (including overwhelm and burnout relating to work, relationships and the fast pace of life that we are currently living in).”


What advice can you give to someone suffering with digestive problems?

For those struggling with digestive problems here are Isabelle’s top tips:


When did you last take a good look at your diet and notice what you are really eating on a regular basis?

It’s easy to think you are eating healthily even if you are not. You may start to experience problems if for instance, you are consuming lot of dairy, wheat or other grains, coffee, sugar, meat and processed foods.

Too much of these kind of foods can upset the natural balance of the body. Once there is a build up toxicity in the bowel then you may start to experience irregular bowel movements, bloating, fatigue, low mood and generally feeling out of sorts.



If you feel thirsty it’s best to drink before you eat.

Washing down each mouthful with a glass of water minimises the important function of saliva. Too much liquid in the stomach during the meal will dilute your digestive juices that are supposed to be working on breaking down food.  Sugary drinks or coffee can also really interfere with the digestive process .

Always drink plenty of water between meals: it won’t interfere with digestion and it can help you to eat less and lose weight. Many people confuse dehydration with hunger.


Do you to take time over eating or do you always tend to be in a rush and eating on the go? Are you watching the TV or sitting at your desk when you eat? Are you whizzing down the street with your phone glued to your ear and eating a sandwich at the same time? Are you even tasting your food anymore?

When you rush a meal you miss out on the important first steps of digestion which take place in the mouth.

When we eat slowly and chew our food thoroughly, we create the necessary enzymes that will allow our food to break down. However when we eat in a hurry we don’t chew properly, and therefore these enzymes are not secreted.

We are also more likely to swallow a lot of air with our food. All of these factors can cause gas, bloating and indigestion on a daily basis which is unpleasant and will make us feel unwell.

Sitting at a table to eat and taking the time to chew allows the body to create the enzymes that are needed to break down food in the right way. If you have to eat at your desk when you’re at work, then do not work at the same time – turn the computer screen off, read a book or newspaper. Then take a stroll.


How much exercise are you taking?  Are you allowing the body to de-stress regularly?

Stress and a busy lifestyle can have a major impact on the digestive process and exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Keep your body moving with regular exercise and keep your digestive tract moving with a consistent exercise routine that may help you avoid a sluggish digestion, constipation, gas, bloating and cramps. I recommend regular yoga and walking for optimum digestion.


When you start eating for your body type you will be amazed at how quickly your body will adapt. Your energy will improve and your body will function optimally. If you are overweight you will lose extra pounds. Equally, if you are underweight, you can gain those few extra pounds you need.

Ed adds that you should consider “a course of Kinesiology to help identify more specific changes  or dietary supplements which could help.”


What training do you need to become a Kinesiologist?

To become a practitioner of Systematic Kinesiology you will need to train with an accredited trainer.

Training can take 1-3 years depending on which level you’re looking to achieve. Courses normally run on a monthly basis over a weekend.

In between, you will have homework and will start to practise Kinesiology with family, friends or colleagues. You also need to complete a course in Anatomy and Physiology as well as nutritional therapy .

However, a good Kinesiologist never stop learning and training – there are always new tools and techniques that can be added to the Kinesiology toolbox. All members of the Association of Systematic Kinesiology are obliged to complete continual professional development on an annual basis. This ensures that standards are kept to the highest level for all members.



What happens during a consultation?

During the consultation your practitioner will take a medical and lifestyle history.

You can openly discuss any past and current health and well-being issues, and you can explain what you’re hoping to achieve from the session.

You can remain fully clothed during the session however we recommend that you wear something comfortable – skirts and dresses are best avoided.

Most of the session will be be taken up with muscle testing, which is the primary tool used in Kinesiology. Muscle testing Is a way of identifying imbalances someone may have within the body and mind. Each time the practitioner finds a priority imbalance, then they will establish the best way to remedy it, which can be by a variety of methods including (but not exclusively):

  • Emotional stress release
  • Appropriate Flower remedies
  • Nutritional reward
  • Gentle structural realignment
  • Massage of reflex points
  • Chakra balancing
  • Working on acupressure points and meridians
  • Lifestyle recommendations and changes

Once a priority in balance has been corrected and restored, other related imbalances will disappear. Using this system throughout the session allows the body to rebalance naturally.


You should try Kinesiology if…

….You have tried many other therapies but have not yet managed to find a solution to a specific health problem.

…..You have been feeling out of sorts for some time, maybe you have been to your GP but you are still not feeling quite right

…… You are just looking to improve your life in general.  Regular Kinesiology balancing brings you closer to achieving your goals as well as alleviating any physical symptoms.

 For more information or to book an appointment, call us on 020 8520 5268.

Try Kinesiology for Free this March and April

Kinesiology is a versatile therapy which can help you achieve and maintain wellbeing.  It is easiest to understand in person so we are putting on a series of demonstrations where you can see it in action.

Our Kinesiologist, Isabelle, will show you how she uses Kinesiology to identify imbalances and suggest suitable remedies.

try kinesiology for free in Walthamstow

Wednesday 22nd March 2017 10.30am – 11.30am

Wednesday 5th April 2017 10.30am – 11.30am

Sunday 9th April 2017 11.30am – 12.30pm

At Ashlins Natural Health, 181 Hoe Street, E17 3AP.

Space is limited so book your free place – just call  020 8520 5268.

Meet the Team: Q&A with Kibri, Podiatrist and Posturologist

We have around 30 therapists here at Ashlins so it can be tricky to keep up with who’s who.

Today we’re getting to know Podiatrist Kibri a little bit better.

Q&A with Kibri Dei, Podiatrist

Name: Kibri Dei

What therapies do you offer?

 I’m Musculoskeletal Podiatrist and Posturologist with a special interest in treating patients with musculoskeletal problems related to abnormal gait and poor foot posture.


When and where did you train?

 I have a BSc in Podiatric Medicine from Florence University.  I qualified in 2009.

I went on to gain a PGDip in Lower limb pathomechanics in 2010 and MSc Posturology (Postural imbalance) in 2012, both from Barcelona University.


Why did you decide to become PODIATRIST/POSTUROLOGIST

 I always had an interest to understand how the human body works and adapts itself.  From this I decide to take the medical field to help patients with musculoskeletal issues.

Many musculoskeletal conditions respond very well through a full  gait analysis, biomechanical and postural assessment.  Based on this I  provide a custom supportive orthotics (insole) followed with appropriate strengthening and stretching exercises.

It is always a privilege to help improve someone’s quality of life, and that’s what I really love about my job.


 Describe your therapy in 10 words:

 Identify and treat problems associated with the feet and posture.


Tell us a joke:

How do you make a questionnaire laugh?

You tickle its boxes!


Thank you Kibri!


To book an appointment with Kibri please call us on 020 8520 5268.

 Read the rest of our Q&As.

‘Kiwi’ Mike is back at Ashlins from 2nd Feb

Good news for all fans of Mike Sullivan – he will be back at Ashlins Thurs-Monday every week from Thursday 2nd February.


Phone us on 020 8520 5268 to make your appointment.


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