Physical Health

Secrets to rapidly ease back pain. Could it work for you?

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Back Pain

If you have experienced back pain you will know how debilitating, restrictive and uncomfortable it can be. When your body misbehaves it can stop you in your tracks and leave you physically unable to move or it can be a constant irritating pain, a thorn in your side that demands your total attention. To say it is stressful is an understatement, the mind just can’t seem to focus on anything else. Finding ways that work for you, to give you respite, relaxation and ultimately recovery is a search that many of us have had to make at some point in our lives to resolve this all to common condition.

Transformation and Performance

Recently we had the pleasure of meeting the team at The In Oxford Group. As part of our programme we offered them the chance to experience a short Pranic treatment. Pranic healing is a fast growing non touch complementary therapy for physical, emotional and mental health. It is currently used in over 126 countries worldwide and is a key part of the self development techniques we take into the workplace.

Pranic Therapy

The treatments are designed to soothe pain, rapidly reduce stress to help leave you feeling lighter, calmer and with more focus. Lorna Waterfield, Operations Manager at The In Oxford Group told us that she had been experiencing back pain, Lorna was cynical at the start of her session as to the effectiveness but things soon changed.

Given a massage without being touched
— Lorna Waterfield, Operations Manager, The In Oxford Group

Have a listen to what Lorna had to say after she experienced her first ever Pranic Therapy treatment.

Learn more

To find out if Pranic Therapy is a route to recovery for you or perhaps a colleague suffering with muscular pain or backache do get in touch and arrange a workplace session, you may be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

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How Does Exercise Improve Employee Mental Health?

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Physical activity is not only good for your body, ensuring a healthy heart, strong muscles and durable bones, it’s also very beneficial for your mental health and wellbeing. Looking after your health should be a top priority and not something ‘you should do’.


Being active does not have to mean participating in a sport or attending a gym, there are lots of ways to remain active, and it’s important to find one that works for you. The Trainers have put together a guide to show how physical activity can positively impact your own mental wellbeing. We have also included some tips and suggestions to help improve your mental wellbeing in the workplace.

Take care of your body.It’s the only place you have to live
— Jim Rohn

What is physical activity?

Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that require energy expenditure. It is recommended that an average adult should participate in 75 and 150 minutes of exercise per week. Any activity that raises your heart rate and increases your breathing counts as exercise.

What is wellbeing?

Wellbeing is defined as the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy. The World Health Organisation says that ‘Mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.’

What impact does physical activity have on wellbeing?

Physical activity enhances our wellbeing. Even short bursts of exercise can increase alertness, energy and improve our mood. Participating in regular physical activity can increase self-esteem, improve quality of life and can also reduce stress and anxiety.


Increases mood

Physical activity has been proven to have a positive effect on mood. Those who are more active generally feel more content, are more awake and are also calmer than those who are inactive for a long period of time. When exercising, the body releases chemicals called endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling similar to that of morphine. It is also known as the ‘happiness hormone’ or the ‘runners high’. According to mentalhealth.org ‘better mental health support in the workplace can save UK businesses up to £8 billion per year’. Did you know that exercise is thought to be just as effective as antidepressants?

Decreases stress levels

Symptoms of stress can include sleeping problems, sweating, and loss of appetite. These symptoms are caused by a rush of hormones, mainly adrenaline, and noradrenaline which can cause the heart rate to increase. Physical activity can be a very effective way of relieving stress. Research has shown that employees who are highly active tend to have lower stress rates compared to those who are inactive.

Decreases depression & anxiety

Physical activity can reduce levels of anxiety and depression, it is an empowering approach that supports self-management. According to Shoosmiths ‘one in six workers suffer from anxiety, depression and unmanageable stress each year’ and evidence from mentalhealth.org suggests that ‘12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions’.

Where to start?

Becoming more active is great! But, where do you start?

  1. Overcome barriers - Fear, lack of energy and injury can all hinder people from getting started. However, support from colleagues and exercising with companions can help to reduce anxiety, it will increase accountability and motivation.

  2. Make time - Scheduling exercise as appointments which cannot be missed in work diaries is a great way of overcoming ‘I do not have time!’ Make time in your busy schedule.

  3. Convenience - Choose an activity which is convenient and something that will be right for you. For example, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a great way to burn fat, gets the heart pumping and endorphins flowing, and all can be achieved in 30 minutes in your lunch hour.

  4. At work - Move more by taking the stairs or every 30 minutes stretch your legs. Walk or cycle a slightly longer route home. Or have a personal trainer come to your office for a bespoke fitness class.

We hope this article will get you thinking about how you can become more physically active if you are an employee or if you are an employer you may be inspired to find different wellbeing approaches that can enhance your company.

This is a guest blog from Holly at The Trainers and may not represent the views of Emprana.





Soaking up the atmosphere, what are you actually absorbing?

Have you ever felt like you are having a total sensory overload? We certainly did this week.It happened on our way through Spitalfields, in the East End of London on a beautiful blue sky October morning whilst heading to the MadWorld: Mental Health/Workplace Wellbeing Summit. There were people everywhere, ambling, hurrying, running. Snippets of conversation permeated the air, people with coffee in hand, food on the go, probably purchased  from the Old Spitalfields market, joggers dodging the crowds, cyclists weaving through taxis and buses. Noise, hum, buzz, this was London, vibrant and radiating as any Capital city does everyday. Here we were, immersed in an unescapable sea of people going about their daily business, all unwittingly soaking up London life and all of its intoxicating atmosphere.

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“Soaking up the atmosphere”, a common expression, often used to describe how we experience, take in or absorb the vibe of a place or an area. Have you ever wondered what we are really “soaking up” In a positive context we can mean good vibrations, happy thoughts and feelings, however on the flip side we are also “soaking up” or absorbing the stress, congestion and negative energies radiating from people all around us. This is happening without us realising it and is one of the reasons why at the end of the day we can feel fatigued and drained. It’s a bit like taking a tissue and dipping it in red dye, the tissue becomes saturated by the dye. Our energy system is no different, except it’s not absorbing dye instead it’s absorbing stress energy.

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 Understanding that we have an energy system that constantly gets congested and learning techniques to help clean it up can lead us to a healthier, happier, calmer more focused, energised way of living. We clean away grime and dirt from our physical bodies without a second thought but it’s just as important to keep our energy system clean. By increasing our knowledge of the impact of stress energy on our health and how we absorb it we will be able to make changes and begin to transform how we feel and how we ultimately enjoy and experience city life.


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Water cooler chats. Let's talk physical, emotional and mental health.

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Any back pain, tightness in your shoulders or bit of a stiff neck? Are you a headache sufferer? Do you constantly feel stressed, overwhelmed and anxious?

Be honest, what did you say the last time someone in the office asked "How are you? "

Did you say "I'm fine" 

Sound familiar? 

You would not be the only one chatting at the office water cooler, putting on a smile, pretending everything was great. Why can't we be honest, why can't we say, "well actually I ache from head to toe, I am not sleeping well and my head is all over the place"

Not wanting to let the team down, fear of failure and not being kind to ourselves all adds to the Oscar winning performances we put on everyday at work to cover up how we are really feeling.

Relax! The truth is out. It's time for some clear thinking.

Here's the situation.

Your Employer needs you to be physically, emotionally and mentally on top of your game, firing on all cylinders solving problems, efficient and productive, BUT to be productive and performing to the best of your ability you need to feel relaxed. We are not talking Barbados relaxed where you don't have the inclination to lift a finger, we mean the calm sleeping lion relaxed, alert and  ready to jump into action at the blink of an eye. Good health, physically, emotionally and mentally with a state of ready to go relaxed will  give you the mental clarity and focus needed to better  manage workloads and achieve targets and goals quickly. Your success through personal transformation can be very empowering. 

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By introducing simple effective self development techniques such as Meditation and Pranic  treatments into your working day you put yourself into a much better position to transform your overall energy levels, feelings of good health, efficiency and engagement which in turn can  lead to more happiness and  balance in your work and home life. 

Pranic Therapy helped me be more relaxed, focus on my presentation, whilst still maintaining the right amount of energy. A very gratifying experience.
— Helmut Schuster Executive Vice President & Group Human Resources Director BP

 If you like the sound of introducing self development into your life, let's start a new conversation today!

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