Just to let you know that Sandy Lane will have reduced access during the above dates.

CityFibre are working to install a fibre network.

Because of the width of the road they will have to close the road temporarily, but access to the Centre will be maintained.

They ask that you factor in additional time to your journey, because you may have to access Sandy Lane from Woodbridge end or Martlesham end depending on where the work is being done.

And they may have to move equipment out of the way for you to get through.

Thank you for your patience.


Introducing Alix Murland, our new therapist who will be working at the Centre on Monday afternoons.


“I trained at the Alison Rostron School of Massage in Norwich in 1998 and practised massage on a part time basis, alongside working as a dental nurse for many years.  In 2021 , I decided to devote myself totally to my love for holistic massage therapy.  I qualified in Deep Tissue Massage in London and more recently in Manual Lymphatic drainage massage.


Manual lymphatic drainage is being recognised more and more in the complementary and medical world.  It has numerous benefits which include helping with lymphoedema, boosting the immune system, removing excess waste and toxins and increasing the blood flow.   It can also help conditions like headaches, insomnia, cellulite, sinusitis, depression-the list is endless.  It is also a very relaxing and therapeutic form of massage.


I prefer to use a wax for massage, as opposed to an oil as wax gives more friction and control.My favourite is Songbird Orange Spice wax which is all natural and is a great moisturiser, as it gets absorbed by the skin.  It also has a great aroma which all my clients love(I do offer an unscented alternative just in case! )


I look forward to meeting new clients on a Monday afternoon”


Alix Murland ITEC (MFHT)

Telephone 07909 673198

Email alixm@live.co.uk

You can contact the Centre if you would like an appointment.

Phone: 01394 388234 or email: info@wchc.info


Purple sprouting broccoli, beetroot, orange and caraway salad

By Riverford


Nicky says………….

“This is a delicious salad. I’ve never been a big fan of caraway seeds but I made the salad at the weekend and the seeds went very well with the beetroot and oranges.

Caraway seeds are rich in antioxidants and are associated with digestive health; helping to reduce abdominal bloating and indigestion.

Broccoli contains a compound called Sulforaphane which is also found in other brassica vegetables. This has been found to neutralise toxins in the body, protect against cancer and be important for optimal liver health.”


Serves 4



4 medium sized beetroot

2 tsp caraway seeds

2 oranges

Olive oil

200g purple sprouting broccoli

2 -3 handfuls cooked Puy lentils ( buy precooked lentils or cook in plenty of water for 25 minutes)

Salt and pepper




Prep time 10 minutes

Cooking time 50 minutes

1.      Preheat oven to 200 C /gas 6. Wrap each beetroot in foil and place on a baking dish and roast until tender. This can take about 40 minutes for small beetroot and up to an hour for large ones. Remove from the oven and leave to cool before rubbing their skins off and cutting in to wedges.

2.      Zest the oranges and then peel them. Cut the segments, removing the pith and catch any juice in a bowl to add to the salad later.

3.      Cook broccoli in boiling water for 3 minutes until tender. Drain and refresh in cold water. Then drain again.

4.      Add the caraway seeds to a large dry pan. Heat gently for a minute or two until you can smell them. Add a good glug of olive oil, the orange juice and the zest. Warm this gently and then add the broccoli, beetroot, orange and lentils. Stir all ingredients together and season well.






The benefits of yoga are well known – releasing tension, focussing your mind, developing physical and mental wellbeing are just some of them.    We are all different though, and we look for something more personal from our yoga practice.  From beginner to athlete let’s see how yoga can help!


I am a beginner who has never done yoga before

You can expect to experience the joy of simply stretching away tension, which may have been building up over time.  Learn how to be more aware of yourself and to observe when tension is building in your body and in your breathing.  Use the simple techniques you learn in yoga to help you relax and release.


I did yoga years ago but I’m far too stiff to go back to it now!

You’ll find that much of the knowledge you had when you used to practise yoga is still in your body and with a little patience your mobility will begin to return.  I can’t promise that you will regain your previous flexibility – however you will be surprised how much better you feel both physically and mentally!


I’m an advanced yogi but the classes I go don’t challenge me enough

This is often the case.  When we teach group sessions we need to ensure the safety of everyone and it’s sometimes hard for teachers to keep group members safe at the same time as stretching the more experienced members.  If Chakrasana, Dhanurasana and arm balances are on your radar I offer a masterclass where I share with you the techniques you need to develop and move your practice on.


My balance is terrible these days so practising the tree is out!

Balance changes with the ageing process and other things which may be going on in your life can affect it too.  It can be due to a change in hearing, eyesight, sensitivity in the feet, strength and overall confidence.  I get everyone who comes to me to try and balance and there is a secret to it.  Make sure you hold on and support yourself until you build the strength and confidence to gently let go for a second or two!  Come and have a chat with me about balance before you start to practise at home!


I’m an athlete – can yoga help me improve my performance?

Yes!  Tuning into your body so that you can release unnecessary tension is a great start and will save your energy.  Add to that some simple stretches to support a freer style of movement and discover how to benefit from a better balance your strength and flexibility.  And let’s also mention breathing – how efficient is your breathing in supporting your sport?  Yoga is well-known for improving lung capacity and breath control.


I went to a yoga class and it was too quick for me and I couldn’t keep up!

A few one-to-one yoga sessions with me will help you establish the basics of yoga and prepare you to find a yoga class which will suit you better!



 I’m not bothered about complicated postures – I just want to feel more relaxed!

Sitting quietly or standing well and with attention and awareness can be deeply relaxing.  Finding those moments when you are in tune with your body/mind is precious in a busy life.  Meditation is an aspect of yoga which can sometimes feel a bit mysterious.  The process starts very simply – by finding a way of holding your attention.  There are similarities with mindfulness techniques so if this is the aspect of yoga which interests you, why not come along and see me?


I attend a yoga class regularly and feel I need a bit of extra help!

Several of my one-to-one clients attend regular yoga classes.  They find that the one-to-one sessions enable them to focus on tricky areas.  By breaking down a posture into manageable stages, they feel able to progress and benefit from their classes.  If you are struggling with a particular posture or sequence do come and see me!


Izzy Ixer


June 2024


I hope you enjoy this recipe. It is low in carbohydrates, high in fibre and the garlic and turmeric in curry powder both have good anti -cancer properties. It could be served with a small portion of rice or be a good side dish with roast lamb if you want to keep the carbohydrate content really low. I’ve just been reading about the dramatic rise in Type 2 Diabetes in the under 40’s and this brings home again the importance of eating healthily and spending a little time in the kitchen cooking from fresh ingredients.

Enjoy!…….from your Nutritionist, Nicky Seabrook at the WCHC


Masala Roast Carrots with coconut red lentils

Taken from Riverfords Recipes

Serves 2




500g carrots peeled and chopped at angles

1 onion cut into wedges

1 tblsp Garam masala

Oil for frying and roasting

1 chilli deseeded and finely chopped

3 garlic cloves peeled and finely chopped

1 tsp black mustard seeds

1 tblsp curry leaves (optional)

2 tblsp medium curry powder or paste

150g red lentils, rinsed

400ml tin coconut milk

2 tomatoes roughly chopped

1 bunch coriander, leaves and stalks chopped

Salt and pepper




Preheat the oven to 220C /Gas mark 8

Place the carrots and onions in a roasting tin, add the garam masala and 2 tblsp of oil.

Season well and roast for 25 minutes until the carrots are tender without being too soft. Turn once or twice during cooking.

Heat 2 tblsp of oil in a saucepan and add the chilli, garlic, mustard seeds and curry leaves. Fry gently for 1 minute until the mustard seeds start to pop.

Tip in the curry powder, lentils, coconut milk, tomatoes and 150ml water. Bring the lentils to the boil, spoon off any scum that rises to the surface and simmer for about 25 minutes, until the lentils have softened. Add more water if they start drying out. You want a porridge – like consistency.

When the lentils have cooked season well to taste. Fold in half the chopped coriander.

Serve the lentils in a shallow bowl and spoon the roasted carrots and onions on top. Garnish with the remaining coriander.


Serve with Naans or flat breads.



After suffering strong pain from my hip, due to osteoarthritis, my lovely Daughter in law recommended Acupuncture. She very kindly looked up the best qualified in my area and suggested the Woodbridge complimentary health centre in Sandy Lane, Martlesham. After meeting with the lady who was to administer my treatment, I felt very relaxed and felt more confident that help was available in this caring and peaceful environment,and this she certainly accomplished. When I leave the centre, not only do I leave relatively  pain free but totally relaxed also. As my sessions have progressed, I find my pain diminishing even more. I’ve walked in hobbling on a crutch and walked out pain free to enjoy my day without any aids to support me.


Client Testimonial from May 2024

Quite a lot actually.  Most people associate acupuncture with pain relief, though it can be used to treat a whole range of conditions because of the way that it works. Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture takes a look at the whole person, so you will be asked about your health & lifestyle as a background to the symptoms that you are experiencing.


The aim of TCM Acupuncture is to re-balance the whole being, so there are many benefits to be gained.  Typically feeling more relaxed, ability to deal with stress, being able to sleep better can all be experienced through a course of acupuncture.


This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and TCM Acupuncture works on both a physical and emotional level, since one affects the other, a factor which is becoming more acknowledged now in mainstream healthcare.   So, whatever you are experiencing, acupuncture could help to make that shift for you.


As an acupuncturist, I have treated many conditions over the last 15 years.  For example, this week I have treated the following:


Neck pain     Hay fever     Digestive issues     Lack of energy     Tennis elbow

Anxiety & Depression     General health & wellbeing     Eye health     Knee pain

Hormonal balance     Tension & stress     Fertility     Back pain     Skin issues


It is not necessary to have a medical diagnosis in order to receive acupuncture, since we look at the presenting symptoms in terms of TCM patterns and treat accordingly.  I once treated a patient for knee pain and her chronic constipation (which she had forgotten to mention) also cleared up in the process.  You never know where treatment may take you due to its holistic approach!


So, if you would like to feel better, why not give it a try?


Appointments can be booked at reception with me, Helen Riddington, Acupuncturist or you can contact me on 07724 169106 or enquiries@acusattva.co.uk     www.acusattva.co.uk

Sweet Potatoes with Walnuts and Quinoa


Serves 4


I’m not sure where this recipe comes from but it ticks so many boxes. It is a quickly prepared supper dish that has a very low glycaemic index – that is, it will keep you blood sugar levels stable – and that is essential for all of us if we are to keep a healthy body weight.


It also contains walnuts which are a good source of Linolenic acid and high in antioxidants – a winning combination to protect your heart.


Quinoa is a gluten free grain, ideal for anyone who is Coeliac or intolerant to gluten. It has a lovely chewy texture and contains all the essential amino acids we need.


Cooking Time 20 -25 minutes




3 sweet potatoes peeled and cut into wedges

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tblsp Olive oil

1tsp grd. Cumin

4 spring onions

50g chopped walnuts

A handful of fresh coriander leaves, chopped

Salt and pepper




60g chopped walnuts

3 tblsp olive oil

2 tblsp water

1 garlic clove

Juice ½ lemon

Salt and pepper




Preheat the oven to 190 degrees centigrade/gas mark 5

Put the potato wedges into a bowl and toss with the cumin seeds, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Transfer to a baking tray and roast for 20 – 25 minutes or until they are soft in the middle and slightly charred on the edges.

Meanwhile cook the quinoa with the ground cumin in 400ml of water for about 14 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Blend all the ingredients together in a blender until fluid enough to coat the quinoa.

Combine the quinoa, sweet potato, spring onions and walnuts. Drizzle with the dressing and sprinkle with the coriander leaves.




Acupuncture with Helen Riddington is now available at the Woodbridge Complementary Health Centre from Friday 19th April. Appointments can be booked at reception by contacting us on 01394 388234 or email us: info@wchc.info


Helen can be contacted on 07724 169106 and her email is: enquiries@acusattva.co.uk


Here is what Helen has to say about acupuncture.




Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture is an effective therapy based on thousands of years observation of cause and effect and is backed up by scientific research. These days’ people will often be referred for acupuncture by medical professionals when conventional treatments are not working and those people often say they wish they had tried it first!


Acupuncture is suitable for a range of conditions. Some of the most commonly treated are headaches and migraine, arthritis, back pain, digestive problems, sports injuries, infertility, menopausal and menstrual issues, anxiety, stress-related problems and many more. It is not necessary to have a diagnosis to receive acupuncture. This is because TCM works on the basis of typical underlying patterns that produce symptoms and aims to restore equilibrium in the body to relieve those symptoms and bring the body & mind back to optimum health. Most people who receive acupuncture additionally tend to report improvements in their sleep, general wellbeing and ability to relax.



About Helen


I am often asked how I came to be an acupuncturist. There are probably two main reasons: I am also a Yoga teacher and both acupuncture and yoga have their basis in energy movement. I felt that I wanted to go further to be able to assist people more with this and decided that acupuncture was the most thorough system of energy medicine with research to back it up. The second reason is that my Mum swore by it, so the theory and practice were proven!


A Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncturist has to complete at least a three year degree in Acupuncture – I qualified in 2009 and have been practising ever since. I am a member of and insured by the British Acupuncture Council, the largest professional body of acupuncturists in the UK.


I have also spent time in Harbin, China attached to two different hospitals where I observed the work of the Chinese acupuncture doctors there. Besides keeping my skills and knowledge up to date throughout my career, I have found that my patients are often the best source of learning and reinforcement of the effectiveness of acupuncture.


Having recently moved to Suffolk, I also have a clinic in Essex, and previously provided acupuncture cover at a local fertility clinic there. Whilst I regularly treat a range of conditions, my specialisms tend to be fertility, women’s health and emotional health generally.


I am also a menopause yoga teacher, life coach and have a background in people skills development. As a yoga teacher, I am also able to support treatment with appropriate exercises/practices.


In my spare time, I enjoy walking, cycling and spending time in nature. I also love to travel, read and sing in no particular order!


I look forward to sharing acupuncture with you soon.

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