Welcome to my blog, with news of my Shiatsu massage practice in Suffolk, exercise classes and cooking workshops, some views on events and happenings locally and abroad....and more.....
Trish Dent

Friday, 8 July 2016

Fermentation for Gut Health

Our overall health and wellbeing is intricately connected to the health of our gut, and ultimately to the millions of healthy bacteria that reside there.
Eating fermented foods is a great way to help create good health in your gut.
And the best path is to ferment your own. Fermenting foods and drinks is easy, once you know how. It needn't involve specialist equipment or sterilization and the results taste fantastic, giving your tummy that "feel-good factor". 
Join my Wild Fermentation Class on Saturday 17th September: you'll get to understand how to ferment successfully and you'll create your own ferments to take home. The venue will be in Spexhall, near Halesworth, a charming corner of Suffolk near the Heritage Coast. Email me now for more information and to secure your place (more details also on Cooking Classes page, right).

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Food for Health Cooking Classes

Some news on my forthcoming cooking classes:

Saturday 7th May
Fermenting to transform your health
Fermenting our foods to make them more digestible and improve their nutritional value used to be central to good food-making practice. Easy steps to get fermenting.

Saturday 25th June
Heal your Gut, Heal your Health
How to re-boot your immune system

Our digestive systems are compromised with over-use of antibiotics and lack of beneficial bacteria, weakening our immune system and leading to weight gain. We explore how to get back on track.

Classes run 10am to 2.30pm at my kitchen in Spexhall. More details on the Cooking Classes page (see link on right hand side of page).

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Secrets of a long healthy life

Researchers looking at why the people of Okinawa (a Japanese Prefecture) live long, healthy lives put it down to 5 key factors:
  1. A diet of mainly vegetables, grains and fish
  2. Low stress lifestyle
  3. A close and caring community
  4. High level of physical activity, including a later retirement age and active hobbies
  5. A sense of purpose, including a spiritual belief

Submit your email to this page and you'll automatically receive news of my Healthy Living cooking classes which begin this Spring. Topics will include:
  • Fermentation to boost your gut bacteria, vitality and overall health
  • Gluten and dairy-free cooking share
  • Guilt-free desserts (yes, they're still yummy!)
If you need to address your stress, try Shiatsu or massage as a starting point
If you'd like to improve your activity levels, try my regular class in Theberton or contact me for one-to-one yoga. shiatsutrish@btinternet.com

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Yoga Workshop

My Okido Yoga teacher Tomoko Mori is returning to Suffolk for a spring yoga workshop. The date will be Saturday 9th April.
The workshop will be at the beautifully refurbished Theberton Village Hall. We begin at 10am and finish at 3.30pm.
The morning programme is Exercsie, Breathing, Asanas after which we'll break for a lunch of homemade soup.
In the afternoon we'll share a relaxing ginger compress and finish with meditation.
The cost will be £55.
For more details about Okido Yoga, please visit their UK website
email workshop queries to myself at shiatsutrish@btinternet.com or book online

Monday, 4 January 2016

Exercise Classes

I've just posted details about my new exercise classes that are now running at Theberton Village Hall on Thursday mornings. Check out the Exercise and Stretch Classes page, right. If you haven't come to the class before, but would like to try it out, you're welcome to "give it a go" on 14th January. Everyone is welcome.

New Year, New You?

If it takes 3 years for all the cells in our body to be replaced, then it stands to reason that we can potentially make big changes even within 3 months. Get in touch with me if you're interested in creating real and lasting change to your health and wellbeing. You'll be amazed and delighted by how your life can change before Easter is out!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Autumn Special: Health Coaching

Introductory price £47 per hr

Have you lost your natural sparkle? Do you ever wish you could:

  •   Improve the quality of your health
  •  Triumph over stress and/or anxiety
  •   Enjoy more energy
  •   Lose weight effectively (by that I mean you don’t put it back on again)?

Perhaps you’ve said Yes to one of these things, or perhaps more!

I will assess your current health status, and we’ll agree some simple steps for you to begin to turn your health and well-being around.

These steps may include a series of exercises, changing what you eat and/or some de-stressing exercises such as a simple form of meditation. I may also recommend a Shiatsu treatment from myself or another treatment from a colleague at the practice.

We will develop your personal health plan with a clear guide to re-kindling your “natural sparkle”. Your plan will be backed up with email support and you’ll also receive a discount for my cooking classes.

There is no upper or lower age limit for anyone wanting to engage in their personal health and well-being. However, individuals often find health coaching is helpful at key stages or times of change in their lives.

You are welcome to a free 15-minute consultation to find out whether you would like to take up coaching or any other of my services.
Offer open until 15th December 2015.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Get the Stretch

Now this cool cat knows how to stretch. Log the look on her face. Body, face and attention are truly in harmony whilst she enjoys her stretch. Join us in my classes to find out how to achieve this seemingly effortless approach. See page link on the right to Exercise and Stretch Classes. Hurry, we start this Thursday (17th).

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

New Term, New Classes

At last, details of my Exercise Classes are to be found by clicking the page link on the right. Classes begin on Thursday 17th September, at a new venue: Westleton Village Hall.
I'm also excited to be running more Cooking Classes from my kitchen in Spexhall. I have three classes before Christmas. I'll be offering new food and cooking topics and ideas in the New Year. More on that another time..... 
booking for both exercise and cooking classes is essential. Go to the pages to find my contact details.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Summer Beetroot Dip

This is a fab dip which can be made any time of year, but is best with fresh ingredients. I've given a quick way of creating this using ready-cooked beetroot and tinned cannelloni beans. But, as always, fresh is best, so cook your own fresh beetroot and simmer cannelloni beans until they are soft and almost fall apart.

Serves 4
250g ready-cooked beetroot (1 pack)
1/2 large tin cannelloni beans
1 tbsp Olive oil
Squeeze of lemon juice
Large handful of fresh mint, rinsed and roughly chopped
2 Cloves garlic, crushed
½ tsp sea salt
Grated zest of ½ lemon (optional)

Place all ingredients into a food processor and whizz until well mixed. Adjust flavours to suit your palate/event and serve in a bowl with warm pitta bread, cruditees or lentil chips.

Not sure what to do with the 1/2 tin of beans that are over? Add to a stew or crush them along with some olive oil, lemon juice, a crushed clove of garlic and a handful of chopped fresh basil leaves to accompany more cruditiees or as a side dish the next day.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

At the bottom of my garden....

 ...there are stands of these beautiful wild plants. This British native has many names: garlic mustard, jack o' the hedge and jack-by-the-hedge. Its latin name is Alliaria petiolata and it's a popular food for larvae of the orange tip butterfly. This plant loves damp shade and East Anglia can be a little dry but it likes our garden's heavy clay soil well enough. I have deliberately allowed Jack to seed and spread in my garden, for my own use as well as for those butterflies. 
The leaves and stems are edible and taste somewhat garlicky and have a hot mustard pungence. After picking what is needed, I simply rinse in fresh water, chop finely and add to salads. With the addition of parsley that has also seeded in odd spots around my vegetable garden, it infuses fabulous flavour into a quinoa tabbouli. A little more chopping and, with the addition of olive oil and sea salt, it becomes an instant homemade pesto which brings flavour and spring vibrancy to not only pasta, but buckwheat, sweet potatoes and more.  Don't be tempted to put it in a food processor of any sort; macerating it seems to bring bitter flavours to the fore.
The season for this wild plant is short and by late spring it will have died away. Remember that, as well as being bad form to pick wild plants, it is also illegal; leave all wild plants for our struggling wildlife and butterflies. I can let you have some pods and seeds if you'd like to establish some in your own garden.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Exercise Classes return to Dunwich

Shiatsu Stretch and Exercise 
A refreshing approach to exercise using a combination of Do-in stretches, pressure points, breathing and relaxation to set you up for the day 
at The Old Woodyard Barn, Dunwich
beginning Thursday 16th April 
10am – 11.15am
Series of six weekly classes £10 per class or £50 for the 6 classes
Booking essential
For enquiries/booking contact Trish on 01986 780939/07530 699985
email: shiatsutrish@btinternet.com