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Superflashy newsflash: wellbeing special!

It's Wellbeing Month here at Muddy so here's all the best things to do for mind and body in Suffolk & Cambs, from yoga classes to spa treatments to running clubs. On your marks, get set, read!

Feeing inspired to get off the couch and start running? Best to join a club for motivation and, er, more motivation. Check out Let’s Run Girls Cambridge which operates in the city as well as lots of other locations, like Ely, Cottenham and Fen Drayton. Joining together likeminded women wanting to (you’ve guessed it) run, everyone’s welcome, from beginners to improvers and this month sees Couch to 5K courses starting. It’s free but donations are welcomed and if you can’t attend a session don’t panic, there’s a podcast to support you.

Stretch into Jan and beyond with lovely Claire at Cambridge-based Body Sculpt Pilates who’s celebrating seven years in business (woo hoo)! To spread the joy she’s offering a 50% discount code (7yearstoday) for access to her website which has 80 workouts to try. Offer runs until 1 March and there’s also a free seven-day trial if you’re new to pilates.

There’s a new sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi at The Gainsborough Health Club & Spa, so if you’re looking for some R&R this month book yourself in. We’re thinking Relax Day (£85), which includes full use of the facilities plus a luxe treatment (EPSA glow facial for the win).

Cambridge Country Club also has a Jan offer that’s hard to resist – a Mindful Spa Day (£100) with a 30-minute Elemis back, neck and shoulder massage, half-hour Elemis facial, Champagne lunch and use of the spa facilities from 9am-5pm.  

This could be the year to get it Om. If you feel like you want to start yoga, return to it or just try a new style (aerial yoga can’t be that hard, right?), then check out some of our favourite studios including Matspace in Framlingham, Same Star Yoga in East Bergholt, Yoga at The Barn in Bourn and Camyoga in Cambridge, which is offering new members 30 days of unlimited classes for £45 this month. 

Start 2022 as you mean to go on by joining a Wellness Workshop at The Fellows House Hotel in Cambridge on 22 Jan. Yogi Janine Tandy will guide you through a 60-minute vinyasa flow class followed by a nutrition talk on how to stay healthy this winter followed by a plant-based lunch at The Sage of Cambridge restaurant (9am – noon, £35).

Need a New Year reset? Book yourself a place on Paus Cambridge’s Yoga Retreat and New Year’s Intention Setting workshop (15 Jan; 10am-4pm). Includes a cacao ceremony, restorative yoga, breathwork and meditation, veggie lunch, hilltop bathing in a Swedish hot tub and ends with a mindful walking trail. And relax.

If you want a mind AND body MOT, check out The Natural Health Centre in Woodbridge, which offers everything from life coaching to reflexology. We’re intrigued by Bowen Therapy – not an acupuncture technique using darts invented by Jim, but rather a light touch therapy that’s great for stress and joint problems.

Been feeling a bit ‘meh’ lately? It might be food-related, in which case a trip to Fiona Mealing, AKA The Nutrition Detective, for a food intolerance test at her clinic in Framlingham might be in order. It takes 40 minutes and can identify how problem foods affect your body causing inflammatory conditions like digestive issues, irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, arthritis, auto immune conditions and loss of sleep. Plenty of other good stuff on offer too – Muddy likes the sound of a Brain Health Course, much-needed after trying to get two primary school-aged kids out of the door by 8am.

Finally, wellbeing means looking after yourself – so pay a visit to Two Magpies Bakery’s brand new cafe opening in Woodbridge on Monday (17 Jan). It’s on Thoroughfare and open 8am to 5pm seven days a week, so be sure to support local and pop in for a pastry or three (after your run/yoga class/workout).

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