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What Does ‘Wellness’ mean to you?

This is my first blog post and I thought exploring the term ‘wellness’ and what it means would be a great introduction to the exciting venture I am involved with at ‘The Engine Yard’. The picture above is of our lovely ‘Wellness Wagon’, this inviting space has been created  by the Duchess of Rutland and all began with the discovery of an old cart deep in the dooms of Belvoir Castle. The Duchess had a vision to transform the sorry old cart into what you see today, a traditional Romany caravan which would provide a most enticing and unique venue from which a range of holistic therapists could deliver their treatments.

As you can see from the pictures below, the very individual interior, inspired by life at Belvoir Castle, creates a very special, luxurious and cosy treatment space.

The Engine Yard retail village has already become a thriving community hub where a constant stream of visitors come to experience the beauty of the location and eat, drink and shop in the sympathetically restored buildings. What has been created here showcases talented craftsmanship and historical buildings in harmony with a beautiful landscape. Its all about quality goods, local food and luxury items but also about bringing people together to enjoy whats on offer whether that be live musicians or farmers markets.

A venture such as this would not be complete without a quiet little space, slightly out of the way, where healing and relaxation can be found. Every community needs to embrace the buzz word that keeps cropping up in the media, favoured by celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and the inspiration behind sites such as ‘Goop’, that concept being ‘wellness’.

What does the term ‘wellness’ mean to you? We are often asked “How are you? Are you well?” which may cause us to ponder our response for a second or two,  usually resulting in “Not too bad” or “as well as can be expected”, we may reply “I can’t complain”. What all these answers suggest is that as long as we are not actually unwell with a illness as perhaps diagnosed by our doctor then we are reluctant to be seen to complain about more minor health worries such as ongoing tiredness, stress or aches and pains etc. These chronic health worries take their toll and slowly undermine that ideal state of ‘wellness’.

The term ‘wellness’ as defined by the Word Health Organisation is as follows-

“an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life” {which is}”a dynamic process of change and growth”


“a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”

‘Wellness’ is an ongoing, life long process in which we learn the ways in which we can maintain and improve our health. It is multifaceted and holistic, it takes into account every aspect of our lives from our diet and exercise to our emotional well-being, the quality of our relationships and our work life.

The NHS is, in my opinion, a wonderful organisation which we are blessed to have free, life long access too. I worked in community nursing for a number of years and got to experience what an amazing service is provided for those in very poor health and often in dire need. Our NHS is overstretched, often working at full capacity and  frequently facing crisis. I believe by investing in our health and taking  responsibility for making the right choices around our ‘wellness’ we benefit our society as a whole and reduce the burden on the NHS. If and when the times comes, I will gladly put my life in the hands of the NHS, but i’d like to delay that for as long as possible!

When we visit our local GP’s we are aware of the time constraints they have, sometimes we are disappointed by their response to our chronic conditions. Often we have concerns about the drugs they prescribe and have to weigh up benefits versus side effects. I feel we can stay well for longer by visiting holistic practitioners who will give us more time, they will pay attention to all aspects of our well-being and have the tools and training to advise upon changes. These services may cost but the investment in ‘wellness’ is beneficial to the individual and society as a whole.

Come a visit the ‘Wellness Wagon’ and have a look at the treatments we offer and improve your ‘wellness’!

In my next blog I will be discussing the treatments on offer at the ‘Wellness Wagon’ and how to access them.

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