This is new from our Yoga Practitioner, Izzy Ixer, being offered here at the WCHC, please take a look………..




Practice at home plan – face to face
Introductory session Half hour Tell me about yourself, your goals for your yoga practice, any health issues you feel are relevant and help me to get to know you.   Following this session I will prepare a personalised practice plan for you with illustrations of the postures, ready for your next session.
Introduction to your plan 1 hour Go through the practice plan to ensure that you feel confident to practise the postures and breathing techniques safely in your own home.
Follow up session 1 hour Discuss progress, make any adjustments to the plan ready to continue your home practice with confidence.
Package price £99


And if you would like to find out more, please contact Izzy as below!


Izzy Ixer MCMI

Coach and British Wheel of Yoga Teacher

Blue Pebble Coaching



Personal, executive and workplace coaching and mentoring – individuals and teams – raising performance – improving wellbeing

01473 625115


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Thank you for your custom this year.


Just so you know the Centre will be closed on Saturday 24th December and will reopen at 10.00 a.m. on Monday 2nd January.


If you need to contact your therapist please use their contact details which are on our website:


In the New Year, there will be reception cover on Saturdays from 10am until 1pm. Reception hours on Monday to Friday are 10am to 2pm.


On behalf of all the therapists, reception staff and owners of the Centre, we wish you a very Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.


Warmest wishes.

Our Christmas decorations are up……….our therapists are here to help you………….and most importantly, it’s lovely, warm and cosy here at the WCHC! Please get in touch if you need our advice and/or support about any therapy that we have to offer.


We look forward to hearing from you on 01394 388234 or



Are you suffering from Headaches, Neck Pain, Back Pain, Shoulder Pain, Elbow Pain, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, General Aches & Pains…… might be that you are in need of a Chiropractor? And coincidentally we have our very own Chiropractor here at the WCHC…….Jeremy Evans.
He has an established practice at Saffron Walden, and is now here in Martlesham/Woodbridge…… take a look at his Saffron Walden practice and what he can offer you now here in Suffolk 😄
Our staff member, Petra Risbridger has been suffering from quite a debilitating shoulder injury, and she has been receiving treatment from Jeremy, and is amazed by the results….”Jeremy has really helped with the injury, and after a few treatments, I am, at last, on the road to recovery, I would definitely recommend the Chiropractor, Jeremy Evans”.
Book your appointment today on 01394 388234, or email

A daily yoga practice has great benefits for the mind and body.  Stretching to release tension, strengthening muscles to aid good posture, deepening your breathing to calm your thoughts.  And recent initiatives such as the MacMillan 15 minutes a day campaign are a great way of establishing yoga as part of your daily routine.


There are many resources online to help you with your daily practice and to encourage you to develop your yoga.  Some types of yoga suit people better than others and it’s sometimes difficult to work out what would be best for you.


I’ve been teaching yoga for over 40 years and I believe that everybody can benefit from practising yoga!  I teach gentle chair yoga, I work with groups of people who have been involved in yoga for as long as I have and I also coach individuals to attain some of the more advanced yoga postures such as arm balances and Chakrasana, the Wheel.


During the winter months I’m offering half hour one to one yoga sessions at the Woodbridge Complementary Health Centre in Sandy Lane, Martlesham.  These shorter sessions are intended to help you practise your yoga safely, develop a plan that works for you, ask me for advice or help you to achieve postures you may be struggling with.


Alternatively come along and learn some breathing and techniques, which you can put into practice yourself.   The sessions are £25 for 30 minutes and you can book a one-off appointment or several if you would like.  Call the Centre on 01394 388234 or email on for more information. Reception is opened between 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday.


Do get in touch and find out how yoga can help you!


Izzy Ixer




Email., or tel: 01473 625115 and leave me a message


Autumn is a time to increase our food intake in preparation for the winter and indulge ourselves a little! This chocolate cake is very easy to make and doesn’t contain any of the additives you would find in a shop bought version. It is low in gluten which makes it easy to digest and could easily be made as a gluten free cake if you wanted to substitute the flour for a gluten free flour.

The recipe suggests a mix of milk and dark chocolate but if you make it with 100% dark chocolate this increases the cocoa content and this is nutritionally beneficial.

Scientists are very interested in the nutritional benefits of the cocoa bean which has a high concentration of flavonoids. These may  protect the brain from Dementia and cognitive decline.


Easy Rich Chocolate Cake


Adapted from a recipe by Hugh Fearnley Whittingsall


150g chocolate – a mix of milk and plain

200g butter cut into cubes

4 medium eggs

200g caster sugar or light muscovado

50g plain flour

100g ground almonds





1.    Grease and line a 23cm, ideally spring form, cake tin. Heat oven to 170 degrees centigrade gas mark 3.

2.    Break up the chocolate and put it in a heat proof bowl together with the butter. Melt this over a pan of barely simmering water.

3.    Stir until both are blended.

4.    Meanwhile whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until they are well combined and look creamy; then add the melted chocolate and butter mixture. Stir well.

5.    Combine the flour and ground almonds and then add these to the mixture.

6.    Whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Stir one tablespoon into the chocolate mixture to soften it and then carefully fold in the rest.

7.    Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for about 25 – 30 minutes.

8.    Allow to cool before turning out.




We have good news.  Jeremy Evans, is coming back to work at the Centre on Friday 4th November.


Jeremy completed his Master’s degree in Chiropractic in 2004 at the University of Surrey, Guildford. Chiropractors are specialists in assessing and restoring joint function. They work with all joints of the body and pay particular attention to the joints of the spine. Chiropractors work with their hands using manipulation, massage and mobilisation to improve joint function.


Jeremy treats back and neck pain and headaches arising from the neck, as well as having a specific interest in extremities such as shoulder, elbow, wrist as well as knee and foot conditions.


Jeremy is also interested in the Psychology of Health. He believes that how we live has a substantial effect on our health. Our level of happiness, physical energy, strength and flexibility, and our daily diet and working life all have an effect on both long and short-term well-being. He recommends that by making good choices every day we can make a real difference to how healthy we are for now and in the future. He believes that Chiropractic care is part of that drug-free, prevention-first solution; with a musculoskeletal system working as well as it can, injury is more easily avoided and general good health more easily maintained.


Jeremy will be working at the Centre on Mondays and Friday mornings.


If you would like to book an appointment, please contact the Centre on 01394 388234 or email us on


Our reception hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm.

Liz Veats is one of our Acupuncturists who works here at the Centre. Her style of acupuncture is different and here she explains a little bit about it.


“The idea that all of nature is governed by yin/yang and the 5 elements lies at the heart of Chinese Medicine.  The Five Elements namely, Wood, Fire, Earth, Water, and Metal represent the fundamental qualities of all matter in the universe and are part of every person’s makeup.

Each Element has its own particular quality of Qi. Put simply, when a person’s Qi becomes deficient or too full within an element this is characteristically when there might be an imbalance or disease in either the physical body or in the mind and spirit.

As a practitioner focusing on the Five Elements, I strive to diagnose the dysfunction presented by the patient by understanding how that disharmony is presenting in the Five Elements; namely by asking the question which element is in distress?

Where an Element is out of balance, treatment aims to re-establish balance and restore harmony between the Five Elements.

This style of Acupuncture has always had a resonance with me, but I also recognise that it’s not a style that suits everyone or every complaint, so I always try to integrate this understanding of the Five Elements with TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Having said all that I do believe that a Five Elements’ approach can be particularly effective with problems that may have an emotional root, for example insomnia or mental exhaustion that can often follow on from anxiety or low mood.”


Liz works at the Centre on Wednesdays.  If you would like an appointment, please contact us on 01394 388234 or email us on


Liz can also be contacted by email:

Preventing Dementia


Alzheimer’s now causes more deaths than heart disease and the most common cancers. It is a diagnosis we all fear and it can be heart breaking to watch a relative suffer with a range of symptoms that dementia brings.

 However, pioneers working  in this area of research are hopeful that it can be prevented and the charity Food for the Brain is currently launching a manifesto called ‘Alzheimer’s is Preventable’.

Many of the ways in which we can reduce the risks of cognitive decline are linked to nutrition and so I thought I would summarise them here.


Keeping blood sugar levels stable


Type 2 Diabetes almost doubles the risk for dementia and this reflects the damage associated with having elevated blood sugar levels. Even people who are not diabetic but who have raised blood sugar levels are at an increased risk.

You can ask your GP for an HbA1c test and this can identify whether you have consistently elevated blood glucose levels.  Following a low GL diet can help to keep blood sugar levels stable.



Fish oils


Long chain fatty acids in oily fish have an important role to play in brain health. They keep cell membranes fluid and reduce inflammation.  Population studies show that those who consume large amounts of fish are less likely to develop neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Igennus are a company in Cambridge who offer a home blood testing kit to measure your omega 3 fatty acids.

Phospholipids found in eggs and seafood are also thought to have benefits for cognitive health.



Vitamin D


A large study of elderly people in France found that vitamin D deficiency was significantly linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s. Vitamin D is involved in neurotransmission and protection of brain cells.


Homocysteine levels


Raised levels of Homocysteine  ( an amino acid in the blood)  have been linked to cognitive decline in several large trials but the good news is that lower levels can achieved through supplementation of vitamins B12, B6 and folate.  A homocysteine level can be measured by your GP.




Lastly, a good intake of fruit and vegetables can help reduce our risk of Dementia. These plant foods contain large quantities of vitamins A, C and E which protect our brains from inflammation. They also contain other nutrients including polyphenols and flavonoids. Good sources of flavonoids are cocoa, green tea, red wine and berries.




If you would like a consultation to discuss and find out recommendations for your personal situation please contact the centre to arrange an appointment with Nicky Seabrook BSc.Dip.IONmBANT or email Nicky at






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