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hen we say ‘healthy’, we generally envisage something along the lines of eating lots of veg, less


ice cream and doing more exercise. Yet being healthy can actually mean lots of different things. For some it could just be about eating right and shifting the pounds, for others it’s about targeting specific problems, such as low energy levels or a bad back. It’s important to also emphasise that


the routes to good health are varied and diverse. From hypnotherapists to naturopathy, yoga teachers to shiatsu massage, there are plenty of options in Bristol for looking and feeling good.


Fitness, nutrition and relaxation As the name suggests, Bristol City Yoga (bristolcityyoga.co.uk) is the place to go to practice a variety of yoga, from Ashtanga to Iyengar. There are classes just for pregnant women, mums and babies and even a class for cyclists. BCY also provides a large range of therapies, and their special women’s health project designs programmes especially for ladies. If you’re more of a gym bunny,


Berkeley Fitness (berkeleyfitness.co.uk) is a plush personal training facility in Clifton. At their comprehensively equipped gym, trainers can assist with all sorts of things, whether it’s injury rehabilitation, event training or just getting to work on your spare tyres. Bristol Fitness & Wellbeing Centre (nuffieldhealth.com/gyms/Bristol) is staffed with a team of clinically-trained health experts. Upon joining the gym you’ll undergo a 12-point Health MOT, from which you’ll be given a ‘score’ that determines a three-month tailored gym programme. After this there’s a second MOT, and if you don’t maintain or improve your score you’re free to leave with no obligation. As well as this rather attractive offer, you’ll also have access to personal trainers, physiotherapists, nutritionists and other health professionals. If you’d like to combine a health kick


with a luxurious mini break, Cedar Falls Health Farm & Spa (cedarfalls.co.uk) is just the ticket. Set in beautiful grounds in the middle of the Somerset countryside, this 17th-century mansion is home to a gym, fitness classes, swimming pools, a tennis court, golf courses and more. There are lots of holistic therapies to choose from, plus a divine spa with myriad luscious treatments to indulge in.


Stretching those limbs at Bristol City Yoga


Eating right Sometimes, a health overhaul needs the type of trained expert who can assess every aspect of your health, diet and lifestyle to understand the root causes of any problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. This is exactly what naturopath Fiona Campbell does (naturopath-uk.com). “It’s important to really understand the individual, so that we can determine what changes are going to produce the most significant results quickly,” explains Fiona.


She specialises in “body composition and fat loss, digestive problems, and stress- related conditions such as difficulty sleeping, fluctuating energy levels, and difficulty losing weight,” offering both one-on-one and group sessions. She also practices deep tissue and remedial massage. “My clients receive a tailored


plan with dietary, lifestyle and exercise changes, recipes, and a small number of supplements if necessary to address any nutritional


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