Bed of Nails
Acupressure has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to support wellness, reduce stress and manage aches and pains. Offering these benefits straight from your own home, this game-changing mat is made with over 8,800 (non-toxic and recyclable) plastic ‘nails’ and over 200 acupressure plates to release endorphins, immediately releasing tension and leaving you relaxed and energised. Bed of Nails’ mats are also made with biodegradable linen and a coconut fibre filling for a plush, luxurious feel that will last you for years. Sit, lie or walk on it for 15-30 minutes every day to reap the rewards.
If you’re struggling with sleep, confidence or stress, Clementine is the app to download. Going one step further than your average mindfulness app, it offers hypnotherapy sessions to gently change thought processes to put you in a happier frame of mind. A combination of self-hypnosis, mantras, and coaching, the app is designed for women and serves up a method that actually works – one major study recently found hypnotherapy, even when done virtually, is 93% effective after just six sessions. We particularly love Clementine’s sleep solutions – whether you struggle to fall or stay asleep, the team has you covered.
Camden Boxing Club
If boxing’s your thing, The Boxing House’s latest outpost in Camden is worth knowing. Forget boxing-inspired classes – here, it’s all about the real deal. Technique-led sessions take place in one of two bespoke, double-boarded boxing rings and are overseen by professional boxing coach Adam Booth. Suitable for all fitness and skill levels, this is the spot for serious boxing. Start with a fundamentals boxing class, ideal for beginners – hone your skills, perfect your footwork and build fitness levels. Rumour has it a Tower Bridge club is also in the pipeline – you heard it here first.
The perfect addition to your home gym, Technogym’s latest bike is more compact in size than its previous iterations but still has all the functions you’d expect from a top brand – think sleek design, a luxe, cushioned saddle, fast track controls and space at the front of the bike to hold a tablet for a live or on-demand workout. Get the most out of the bike by using Technogym Live, where you can tune into an outdoor scenic cycle or sign up for a trainer-led session on days when you’re feeling a bit competitive.
Being pressed for time and eating on-the-go doesn’t have to mean sabotaging your health goals. Form Nutrition – whose protein powder is an SL stalwart and recommended by countless dietitians – has just released Peakblend, a nutritionally complete meal replacement. A blend of vegan protein powder, gluten-free oats, flaxseed, fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics and 26 vitamins and minerals, it provides the perfectly balanced meal when time is of the essence. Each serving also contains an impressive dose of ashwagandha, an adaptogen prized for its ability to reduce stress levels.
If your snack drawer needs an update, Protein Bakeshop’s healthy truffles are worth stocking up on. Working alongside a nutritionist, Protein Bakehouse discovered a winning formula for chocolate-based truffles that tick all the nutritional boxes without the guilt. With around 80 calories, 4g of protein and just 3g of carbs per serving, the truffles are made without grains, gluten or preservatives, and are perfect for those looking to cut back on refined sugar. Flavours include peanut butter, cashew caramel, coconut, hazelnut, and our favourite, almond butter.
At the end of a long day, trust us when we say there’s almost nothing better than curling up with one of Sensory Retreat’s warming eye masks. Oxygen activates the cotton masks almost immediately to gently heat it up so that when pressed on the eyes, you experience a warm, soothing sensation along with the subtle scent of lavender, rose, jasmine or chamomile. Leave the mask on for 30 minutes – and we defy you to part with it any sooner. Each mask also comes with an 85-minute sound bath track and a guided meditation for peak relaxation.
A great way to mix up your exercise or a virus-friendly way to commute while burning calories, this could be the time to invest in a bike. If you’re looking to update yours or invest in a new one, Velobello, based in Wandsworth, is the name to know. Their stylish bikes tick the boxes when it comes to form, function and practicality, and are all handcrafted in Europe. Plus, they’re surprisingly affordable and you can even have a test ride before buying. Velobello recently opened a pop-up in Selfridges, too, so if you’re not based south, head there to discover the range for yourself.
The Wellness Breakdown
Is a glass of wine in the evening really such a bad thing? Is tracking your macros worth it? And can ditching caffeine help your sleep? These are just some of the questions wellness experts Eve Kalinik and Rosemary Ferguson aim to unpack in their new podcast. With years of industry experience between them, the duo tests the latest wellness trends and separate fact from fiction. Ideal listening for those interested in improving their health but unsure where to start, each episode is just 30 minutes in length, perfect for commuting and morning walks.
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Women, Food & Hormones
New York Times bestselling author Dr Sara Gottfried has spent her career demystifying hormones, and her latest book, Women, Food & Hormones, is exactly the book you need if you’re struggling with low energy but have a few pounds to shift. A female-friendly plan that fuses the ketogenic diet (i.e. high-fat, low-carb) with intermittent fasting, Dr Gottfried’s method will help you rebalance hormones and turn your body into a fat-burning machine. The book will be released in October, but you can pre-order it now.
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