Saturday, August 02, 2014

Protect and Cleanse this summer with D'Adamo Personalised Nutrition

A Healthy Summer - Personalised just for you with our HEALTHY SUMMER PACK...

BREAKING NEWS! - OCTOBER 20, 2014 - Unfortunately, due to EU legislation, we are no longer allowed to sell Hepatiguard in the UK or EU. Therefore the above bundle is no longer available. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.


Protect and Cleanse your body this summer with two of our D'Adamo Personalised Nutrition best selling products, now available in the UK and Europe in a unique money saving pack!

Optimise your metabolism and digestion with Right For Your (blood) Type - Deflect, while supporting healthy liver detoxification with Hepatiguard.

Select your Blood Type Specific Pack by clicking on the relevant link below and purchase securely online at our blood group nutrition website:-

 Healthy Summer Pack O

 Healthy Summer Pack A

 Healthy Summer Pack B

 Healthy Summer Pack AB

Don't know your blood type? No problem. Body and Mind Studio's Personal Wellness Coach, Paul Hopfensperger MIfHI can help you with this. Click on the link below for our range of blood tests. We can ship our kits anywhere in the UK and Europe...

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Christmas 2013 Ideas at Body and Mind Studio...

Gentlemen, if you are looking for the perfect gift for your special lady this Christmas, and of course vice versa, then look no further! At Body and Mind Studio, we only bring you the best personal wellness products and services available in the market place, and this year we are recommending two very special items.

1. D'Adamo Genoma - Skin Care 4 Pack 

Designed by internationally renowned Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Peter D'Adamo, the D'Adamo Genoma Skin Care 4 pack, brings together 4 of his amazing personalised skin care products into one pack:-
At the special price of only £99.95 for all four products (saving £20.55 compared to purchasing individually) it brings you the ultimate in personalised nutrition for the skin, at an affordable price.

2. A Body and Mind Studio Gift Voucher

Our Gift Vouchers can be used for any products and services (including the Skin Care 4 Pack above) currently available at Body and Mind Studio. Prices start at just £5 and our full range of products and serves can be found on the following two websites:-

To purchase your gift voucher, simply click here to visit our Gift Voucher page.

All payments are taken securely through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to purchase online. All business is conducted inline with our Terms of Business.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Body and Mind Studio's Paul Hopfensperger becomes an Institute for Human Individuality (IfHI) Master Instructor

Above: Dr. Peter D’Adamo ND MIfHI (left) with Paul Hopfensperger MIfHI (right) in Canterbury, September 15, 2013.

Following attendance at the first ever Institute for Human Individuality (IfHI) conference in the UK in September, husband and wife personal wellness team Beccy and Paul Hopfensperger of Body and Mind Studio in Bury St Edmunds, are delighted to announce that Paul has become one of only 142 people in the world and 12 in the UK to become a Master Instructor of the Institute for Human Individuality. The institute was setup by the eminent naturopathic physician Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo and advocates that eating the right food for your specific blood type and GenoType® can alter your genetic destiny by turning on the good genes and silencing the bad ones, thus improving your health risks, weight and life span4.
Having been in the diet and nutrition industry since 1987, my clients have had many good health results by changing their diets, and taking good quality supplements, but nothing compares to eating right for your blood type and GenoType” said Paul. “The results I have had not just personally but with my clients also, have simply blown me away! If you are looking for good health with weigh loss as an added bonus, then come and see me. The programme could quite simply change your life”.

Established in 2008 as Body and Mind Studio Limited, but with it’s roots firmly established back in 1987, Body and Mind Studio has a large client base who are treated with Advanced Clinical Massage techniques as well as with diet and nutrition services. To celebrate the milestone of Paul becoming an IfHI Master Instructor, Body and mind Studio have launched a new website at where all D’Adamo personalised Nutrition products and books can be purchased, as well as full Blood Type Diet® and GenoType Diet® consultations with Paul.
1. Dr Peter J. D'Adamo is an eminent naturopathic physician and researcher with a wide international following and has been practicing naturopathic medicine for over 30 years. He is best known for his research on human blood groups and individualised nutrition and is the author of more than 20 books, including the New York Times best-seller Eat Right 4 Your Type®, which is consistently on bestseller lists many years since its publication (1998). It has been translated into 65 languages and has reached over 7 million people worldwide.

For his work on blood type and nutrition, Dr D'Adamo was selected 1990 Physician of the Year by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. In 1999, respected industry analysts named Eat Right 4 Your Type® one of the ten most influential health books ever and Dr. D'Adamo the most intriguing health author of the year. He is also the founder and editor emeritus of the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine.

Dr. D'Adamo is the Distinguished Clinical Professor, University of Bridgeport Health Sciences, Connecticut, USA and a Director of the Centre of Excellence in Generative Medicine. This state of the art teaching, research, and patient care centre is dedicated to better understanding the self-healing behaviours that are the basis of naturopathic philosophy and therapy.

3. The GenoType Diet® Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo with Catherine Whitney, Published by Broadway Books, 2007.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Louise Stratford English Channel Swimmer 2013 uses Body and Mind Studio to assist with her amazing swim!

Above: 2013 English Channel Swimmer, Louise Stratford with Body and Mind Studio's Sports & Clinical Massage Therapist, Paul Hopfensperger, less than 36 hours after her epic 17 Hour 9 minute swim across The English Channel on September 03, 2013.

I first met Louise when she telephoned to book a massage with us on February 20, 2012. We had been recommended to her by multiple channel swimmer and Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation President Nick Adams. Louise told me that she had been training for about 1.5 years and had completed many open water events. Over the past 1.75 years, I have had the pleasure and the honour of treating Louise with both Advanced Clinical Massage and Sports Massage as well as giving her tips, motivation and some advice from my own personal experiences as an open water swimmer.   

At 06: 41 Hrs on the morning of September 03, 2013, Louise set off from Shakespeare Beach in Dover (pictured above) on her epic journey to France. During our last pre-swim Swedish Massage treatment I had given her one of my most important pieces of mental advice for any Channel Swimmer to succeed. Advice which had been give to me in 2007 and most certainly got me across both of my two English Channel solo swims (want to know what it was - then come and see me!). I followed her all day via the Internet and it was a very emotional and exciting experience to watch her progress throughout the day!

12 hours and 26 minutes into the swim and with night starting to fall, having been across this stretch of water quite a few times now as both a swimmer and crew member, I could see exactly what was happening. I could see that the swim was going to go on for a few hours yet! This is where the advice I gave her would possibly help her.

Above: Louise Stratford swimming strongly in the dark of night just off the coast of France near Cap-Gris-Nez.

Eventually, at just before midnight, a comment on her Facebook page read "Has landed! and running up the beach!". I was totally ecstatic for her! An awesome swim by an awesome swimmer in 17 hours and 9 minutes to become a member of The English Channel Swimming Club!

Well done again Louise and if you would like to sponsor her, please do so on her JustGiving webpage:-

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Start the new year with a Total System 10 day Detox!

 Healthy Starter Programme
The Healthy Starter Programme is a powerful and effective cleanse designed to be taken alongside a normal healthy diet and consists of the following three products:-

1) Liquid Chlorophyll is a great tasting ‘minty drink’ which the whole family can enjoy throughout the day. Chlorophyll is the substance responsible for a plant’s green colour. Among its many benefits, Chlorophyll is a good natural cleanser and it helps eliminate body odour. Add Liquid Chlorophyll to water for a great tasting drink that has effective cleansing properties, making it a valued addition to your cleanse programme.

2) Probiotic Eleven is a high potency, multi strain probiotic supplement which provides almost 12 billion bacteria per serving. The eleven strains of bacteria in Probiotic Eleven ensure you replenish your gut with a variety of beneficial flora, and each capsule contains a built-in prebiotic to nourish and spread the bacteria throughout the gut.

Probiotic Eleven contains the Lactobacillus strains: acidophilus, casei, brevis, rhamnosus, bulgaricus, plantarum and salvarius. These release unique enzymes which help to break down larger milk proteins for absorption. The Bifidobacterium strains: longum, infantis and bifidum, which help to create B vitamins, and Streptococcus thermophiles which is commonly used to make probiotic yoghurts.

3) Healthy Starter Pack Plus - a powerful and effective 10 day course of five cleansing herbal products which collectively help to cleanse the whole body of cellular waste. 
Why Cleanse?
Today’s modern world has become a polluted world, and although we may not be aware of it, we are exposed to a cocktail of toxins on a daily basis from our food, water and the air we breathe.

 We are regularly bombarded with toxins from a variety of pesticides in food, food additives, preservatives, air pollution, heavy metals, drugs (including drugs given to livestock) and chemicals in household products.
This highly effective cleanse is designed to be taken alongside a normal healthy diet. Results will be enhanced if you omit red meat, caffeine and alcohol from your diet during the programme. Drink pleny of water whilst using the programme.

Only £55.21p + p&p delivered direcly to your door...

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Important Information - The healthy Starter Programme is not suitable for use:

• During Pregnancy, nursing or when planning to conceive

• Duing illness or convalescence

• By children under 12 years old

The pack contains Black Walnut Hulls.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Spring Special Offer 2012 - 5 treatments for the price of 4!

To celebrate the end of a long cold winter, and the start of spring, we are repeating an offer we last did in December 2010 - 5-FOR-4. Yes, that's 5 of your favourite massage treatments or Nature's Sunshine Products for the price of 4. You get one treatment or product absolutely free!

Simply let us know when you book your treatment or order your products, and we will do the rest for you! 

Just call us on 01284 756 444 or e-mail if you have any questions.

Terms and conditions apply: Offer available from 9:00am Monday February 20, 2012 until 9.00am on Saturday March 31, 2012. Body and Mind Studio Limited reserves the right to withdraw the offer without notice. Full terms and conditions can be found by clicking here.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Treating Sciatica and Herniated Disc with Advanced Clinical Massage Techniques

Through my personal wellness journey which started way back on April 10, 1987 when I originally became involved in the diet and nutrition industry, I am lucky enough to have met some very inspiring people which have in turn helped me to affect people's lives for the better.  Two people in particular should be given a special mention, they are Megan Mari and Rachel Fairweather from the Jing Institute of Advanced Massage Training in Brighton, England, where I have spent 2011 training in Advanced Clinical Massage and am now able to offer the treatments which can greatly help with issues detailed in the article below.

While in Brighton in November, I was given a copy of a magazine article on sciatica and herniated disc treatment by Rachel, which I am thankful to Angela from for allowing me to reproduce here.

Body and Mind Studio

Here is the article reproduced from the Feb/Mar 2010 edition:-

Treating Sciatica
and herniated disc with advanced massage techniques 

'Sciatica is a symptom not a diagnosis'. Over the length of my bodywork career, I have collected a number of great 'soundbites' about massage; pithy little quotes that encapsulate great principles or ideas in a few words. I remember scrawling 'sciatica is a symptom not a diagnosis' on my notes many years ago when dozing off during a neurology lecture and it pops into my head every time I treat a client with this condition.

Quite simply, the term sciatica indicates that there is inflammation of the sciatic nerve. In this sense, it is NOT a diagnosis, as we still do not know the cause of the irritation and inflammation. Being informed about the possible causes can help us to carry out an accurate assessment and provide relief for this common and debilitating condition.

What is the sciatic nerve?

If you are ever lucky enough to have the question "What is the longest and thickest nerve of the body?" in a pub quiz you can be confident that the answer is the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve measures just under an inch in width, similar to the diameter of your finger and runs from the lower spine, through the pelvic area, and down through the hip and back of the leg.

The sciatic nerve performs two basic functions:

1. Sensory: It sends signals to your muscles from the brain.
2. Motor: It collects sensory information from the legs and passes this back to your brain.

Signs and symptoms of sciatica

If the sciatic nerve gets compressed in any way it can cause the common symptoms of sciatica which include:
  • shooting pains from the buttock, down the leg
  • tingling, or pins-and-needles sensations in the legs and thighs
  • a burning sensation in the thigh.
Causes of sciatica

The key to providing an effective soft tissue treatment for sciatica hinges on an accurate assessment of the causes of the nerve irritation.

Common causes for sciatic nerve compression include:
  • lumbar disc herniation
  • spinal stenosis or other degenerative conditions of the spine
  • piriformis syndrome.
Red flags

These are warning signals that the condition is being caused by something more serious, such as an infection of the spine or cancer. If your client is presenting with any of the below they would need to see their GP before treatment if they have not already done so:
  • Age of onset is less than 25 or over 55 years
  • Recent violent trauma, e.g., fall, accident
  • Constant, progressive, non-mechanical pain
  • Bilateral leg pain (numbness or tingling down both legs)
  • Drug use
  • HIV
  • Cancer or previous diagnosis or carcinoma
  • Widespread neurological signs and irritation
  • Systemically unwell
  • Recent weight loss
In addition it is extremely important to refer back to the GP is the client presents with any of the following symptoms. These may indicate that the client has severe compression of the nerve roots exiting from the base of the spine (cauda equna or 'horse's tail').

Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Difficulty or increased frequency of urination
  • Loss of anal sphincter control
  • Saddle anaesthesia around anus, perineum and genitals
  • Weakness in one leg
I find that many massage therapists are terrified about contra indications and can actually go the other way of not providing treatment when it would be appropriate. It is important for massage therapists to realise that the red flags above are warning signals that would warrant further medical investigation. If however, the GP rules out organic causes such as tumours or spinal infection then soft tissue treatment can be highly effective.

Disc Herniation (Slipped Disc)

One cause of sciatica is a herniated spinal disc. The disc is like a water-filled spongy balloon that sits between the vertebrae and acts as a shock absorber to the normal daily forces that impact on the spine. You can also think of the disc as a bit like a jam doughnut with a spongy outer layer and a softer more liquid substance in the middle. In a disc herniation, the spongy outer layer wears down causing the inner disc material ('the jam') to leak out and harden. The spinal nerves therefore get compressed and people then experience the symptoms of pain, weakness and numbness.

How do I know if my client has a herniated disc?

Clients with acute herniated disc often present with extreme pain of sudden onset that is worse when coughing, sneezing or 'bearing down as in evacuating the bowels'. Visually their upper body may be totally shifted away from the side in pain. The following orthopaedic tests can also help determine whether your client has a herniated disc that may be causing their symptoms. If any of the tests below are positive, refer back to the client's GP for an MRI. However, it is important to realise that many of us show signs of degeneration of discs under MRI without having a corresponding pain problem so medical tests are only part of the assessment process.

1. Slump Test Procedure: Patient sitting with knee crease at edge of table and hands behind back. Direct your client to perform the following actions:

(i) Spinal Slump (as if slouching down in your desk when you were at school and wanted to be below the eye level of the teacher!).
(ii) Neck flexion (bringing head to chest as in nodding).
(iii) Knee extension (straightening leg).
(iv) Dorsiflexion may be added (pointing toes to the ceiling).

Positive sign: If symptoms are reproduced this can indicate a lumbar disc herniation.

2. Straight leg raise: Client supine. Passively flex the client's hip, with knee extended, ankle dorsiflexion can be added.

Positive sign: Reproduction of symptoms, indicates sciatic nerve involvement/neural tissue affected.

Piriformis Syndrome

Massage therapists can get extremely good results with this condition. The American College of Physicians found that the weight of the evidence-based medicine is that piriformis syndrome should be considered as a possible diagnosis when sciatica occurs without a clear spinal cause.  

This condition refers to entrapment of one or both divisions of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle in the gluteal region.

Entrapment of sciatic nerve: The sciatic nerve normally runs from the anterior scarum through the greater sciatic notch of the illium, underneath the piriformis and over the top of the five deep lateral rotators. The nerve most commonly gets trapped between the inferior border of the piriformis muscle and the superior border of the sacrospinous ligament (this lies just underneath the piriformis). Cadaver dissections have also shown us that there can be considerable anatomical variations in the path of the sciatic nerve, in some cases the nerve actually running through the muscle itself.

Entrapment of superior gluteal nerve:  The superior gluteal nerve also exits through the greater sciatic notch but travels superior to the piriformis muscle on its way to the gluteals. Tightness in the superior portion of the piriformis can therefore trap the superior gluteal nerve against the sciatic notch. Symptoms usually include aching buttock pain and weakness of abductors of the hip.

  • Tight muscles due to prolonged sitting etc
  • Compression from an external structure ie: wallet in back pocket
  • Acute injury from fall or blow to buttock region
How to treat sciatica through advanced massage techniques  

Once you have ascertained the likely cause of the sciatic nerve entrapment you can provide an appropriate treatment. Entrapment by the piriformis muscle can typically be treated by soft tissue work; a lumbar disc herniation will typically need more sessions and a more gentle approach in the acute stage. Both piriformis syndrome and clients with a herniated disc who are not in the acute stage will respond well to the following treatment protocol:

Acute and chronic pain, and the appropriate use of hot and cold 

The use of hot and cold is a vital tool in the treatment of pain. It should be our first step in treatment. Basically speaking, cold therapy such as ice packs, ice massage, or cold stones are applied in the acute stages of pain. And heat, such as warm moist packs or hot stones for chronic pain conditions.

Fascia: Learning basic myofascial techniques allows you to work and relieve constrictions in the fascial system, which is often the missing link in massage work. The fascia is connective tissue that encases every structure of the body like a 3-dimensional body stocking. If there is a pull or a snare somewhere in this powerful fabric, it causes greater tightening in other areas causing great amounts of pain.

Muscles useful to treat in sciatica

The muscles most useful to treat are:
  • Erector Spinae
  • Piriformis, which when tight can often mimic 'sciatica'
  • Psoas, an anterior deep muscle
  • The Gluteus Group
  • Quadratus Lumborum. According to Travell and Simons "The Quadratus Lumborum muscle is one of the most overlooked muscular sources of low back pain and is often responsible, through satellite gluteus minimus trigger points for 'pseudo disc syndrome' and the 'failed' surgical disc syndrome'."
A stretching protocol for the piriformis, low back and hamstrings can be dramatically powerful in treating and preventing piriformis syndrome. Gentle exercise can also be helpful for the herniated disc.
Paul Hopfensperger of Body and Mind Studio is qualified to perform the above Advanced Clinical Massage techniques and many more on any area of the body where a client is suffering from pain. For more information, visit our main web page by clicking on the link below:-