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EL Magazine MAR-APR 2018 PROOF SINGLE 13.2.18

Essentially Local offers a directory of local businesses and services which encourages the community around Milton Keynes, Stony Stratford and Wolverton to shop local. You'll find articles, useful information, reader offers and a competition. There is something for every age group. Read on to find out more.

Well-Being Climb your

Well-Being Climb your Mountain Snowdon is a truly magnificent mountain but it can be more dangerous to climb than Mount Everest. The steep ascent as well as changeable weather cannot be taken on lightly. Stuart, Holly and their team at Alchemy have decided to climb it on 21 April. It’s part of their main challenge - to show their customers, friends and family that anyone can exercise to stay healthy and promote well-being. It doesn’t have to be vigorous marathon running, simply going for a daily walk is a great way of staying well. As they hike up 1085 metres of the highest mountain in Wales, they’ll also be raising funds for Willen Hospice. Show them some encouragement by donating a few pennies to: justgiving.com/fundraising/alchemytherapycentre Alchemy Therapy Centre Unit C Falcon Drive, Milton Keynes MK19 6FG 01908 567766 Yoga for Men Q. What do Gareth Bale, LeBron James, Novak Djokovic, Robert Downey Jr and the All Blacks have in common? A. They all practice yoga to improve all aspects of their mental and physical performance. The benefits of yoga for men include: • Increased flexibility • Greater muscle strength • Improved digestion • Reduced stress • Greater relaxation Is it Really Organic? ‘Yoga for Men’ run by The Heart Yoga Space in Wolverton Park will appeal to men who want the benefits of yoga, but feel hesitant about joining a mixed class. The trend for using natural products is increasing as we become more aware of the harmful effects of certain products on the environment and our health including skincare. Organic products are not only good for your body but tend to promote sustainable agriculture and avoid environmentally damaging chemicals. Beware of products where names suggest they are more natural than the reality. Truly organic products are inspired by natural plant extracts and companies like Neal’s Yard Remedies have gone further banning silicones, mineral oil, parabens and GM ingredients. They also have Fair Trade and cruelty-free credentials and were recently awarded 100% ethical practice. Speak to local consultant Karen Waugh to find out more 07876 495712. Other organic skincare products such as Dr Hauska and Weleda can be bought from Boutique Organic, Stony Stratford. Teacher David Ellard of Mind and Body Movement explains: “This course offers men a relaxed male only environment to learn about techniques and benefits.” Course Details: 8.30pm Wednesday 11 April for six weeks. The Heart Yoga Space 01908 579264 Wolverton Park MK12 5FJ theheartyogaspace.co.uk 14 Please mention Essentially Local when responding to advertisers

Well-Being It’s our 5th Birthday! Save the date! Come along to the Happy Bodies Open Day On Saturday 21st April help us celebrate our 5th birthday between 8am and 1pm. You can give the gym a try out for free, and there’ll be fantastic birthday offers available on the day! See our website and Facebook page for full details. Furtho Court | Towcester Road | Old Stratford | MK19 6AN www.happybodies.co.uk | info@happybodies.co.uk | 01908 477 066 | @HappyBodiesMK PILATES in Old Stratford Classes Tuesday at 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. Thursday at 9.15 a.m. & 10.20 a.m. Beginners welcome Increased Flexibility Toned Abdominals Improved Posture, Breathing & Balance Lowers Stress Call, text or email to book your place. Lisa - 07729 608960 lawileswb@googlemail.com Experienced (12 years), Qualified Pilates Instructor & Specialist in the Management of Lower Back Pain To advertise please call 01908 380777 15

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