Office: 01206 619774 | Mobile: 07734 915417

How To Take Time Out

If you gave yourself as much attention as you give family, friends, colleagues, work, and pets you would make sure that you treated yourself to a daily dose of Me Time! People have a tendency to fill everything up to capacity, whether that be time, diaries or just our minds thinking about everything we need to do, must do, or should do. The result is we end up frantic, when what we should be doing is scheduling in some time out. Taking time out needs to be simple: A walk Meditating Sitting in the sun These activities can be done anywhere, any time, with no preparation, and they are FREE!   The benefits of a bit of Me Time are multiple: Creates the space for us to process our thoughts and experiences Helps us to know what to let go of Creates space for ideas and energy to grow Incredibly cathartic and beneficial   How to make some Me Time: As creatures of habit, well practiced in filling up time with the “needs”, “musts” and “shoulds”, it makes perfect sense for us to schedule in our Time Out activities. Add it to your list, put it in your diary, or set a reminder to just take a break – ideally every day, but at least once a week.   For more insights into improving your wellness and wellbeing join me on Twitter and Facebook!... read more

The Importance Of Taking Time Out

Caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Feeling anxious, tired and like life is running you rather than you running your life? This is exactly how I was feeling before I took a well-earned break and practised the importance of taking time out. It’s not called a well-earned break for no reason. If you are someone that strives for achievement, has a passion for reaching goals, and generally likes to make the most of life – chances are that you forget to take a rest every now and then. For me, life had been incredibly hectic, it had been a full and challenging year both personally and professionally, and I felt like I needed time to catch up with myself and take some time out.   My symptoms: I was anxious and tired. My desires: I wanted time to think, reconnect and catch up with myself. My aim: I wanted to create space to reflect, to stop running on autopilot. My solution: A well-earned break! A holiday in Sicily.   There were a number of themes that emerged from the trip:  Rejuvenation – Quiet time, music, dancing, looking after the body with organic food and great sleep. These activities helped rejuvenate my mind, body and soul. Connectivity – Connecting with myself by coming out of my headspace and going into my heart, I was able to let go of my anxieties. Connecting with others I experienced bonding, feminine energy from the heart. Shared experiences were without competition or insecurity. Time Out – Leaving work behind, and turning off emails and phone calls meant that there was... read more

Healing The Self With Vitali-Chi

The Vitali-Chi system is a product that I use within my clinic and have found it to have profound results not just on my clients but on me too. It is based on the ancient art of acupuncture, but it uses frequencies instead of needles. It is best described as a passive, non-medical health circuit that re-aligns and rebalances the body’s natural energy system. The thing that I love most about this product is that it is so easy to use, which means clients can purchase a system themselves. Having Vitali-Chi at home allows my clients to support the important work done in Inner Sanctuary sessions with additional wellbeing work at home. Vitali-Chi – what is it and what does it do? A natural preventative health care system Revitalises depleted energy Is perfect for meditation Improves sleep patterns Regulates blood pressure Delivers the ultimate power nap Relieves stress and tension Enhances and delivers natural healing substances Increases their potency via their energy field Is a safe method to improve health and wellbeing Releases hidden emotions and memories Clears the aura of emotional debris Facilitates personal change Increases sensitivity to life energy Enhances intuitive abilities Assists spiritual development Is also an invaluable tool for health care professionals   This amazing system is available to buy online. You can find out more about the product and pricing at, or you can come and see me and try before you buy!   Available to Hire and To Buy at Discount Price   Not only do I use Vitali-Chi in my sessions, but I also have systems available to hire so you... read more

Sabotaging your true self

Stop Sabotaging Your True Self Are you a secret self-sabotager? Or do you know full well that you are getting in the way of your own long-standing goals? What might seem like helpful behaviour could well be undermining your future happiness, so you need to learn how to stop self-sabotage in its tracks!     What is self-sabotage? It is often described as any type of behaviour that prevents us from achieving a goal, or something we really want. At first it might seem like a silly sort of behaviour to engage in, but it is often fuelled by lack of confidence, insecurity or fear of failure.   Some of the most common ways people self-sabotage are: Procrastination Self medication (drinking alcohol or taking recreational drugs) Comfort eating Self harm Even when people understand that certain behaviour is self-defeating, it can feel like a massive challenge to overcome it.   6 Steps to Beat Self-sabotage   1: Don’t dismiss yourself if you feel it – People often say it’s stupid but I feel…. Let that thought happen, let the words out. Expressing the truth can give you the power and confidence you need to overcome the negativity.   2: Breathe, keep both feet on the floor, and hold both ESR points* – Fear can provoke strong physical reactions, these simple steps will stop you staying in your emotional limbic brain and encourage you to think with your logical brain   3: Keep breathing – Many people underestimate how powerful calm, regular breathing can be in times of emotional stress.   4: Write down 3 things you would like to... read more

The power of Journal

Keeping A Journal Has The Power To Change Your Life   Writing your thoughts and feelings down can help clarify your goals, simplify your life, build better relationships, and identify behavioural patterns. All you need to do is keep your pen moving, and every so often take time to reflect on past entries.   Why a journal works… Sitting down to write a journal gives us space to think, and it allows us to listen to our inner voice. Quite simply, we stop distracting ourselves, and can start joining the dots of life events and putting things into perspective.   The act of writing down thoughts and feelings makes them somehow real. It is an acknowledgement of what you really think. This release helps people to move forward in life because they can “let go”. It can also highlight repeat behaviour; cycles and patterns that may have been too vague to notice before, but become more obvious once you have written them down.   Armed with this knowledge, it is possible to affect change simply by setting intentions for the day, the week or the year. A journal is a gift to your future self, using the lessons of the past to change your life for the better.   The Challenge: How to keep a journal   Aim for a daily entry – either first thing in the morning reflecting on the previous day and setting a new intention; or last thing at night, summarising your day and setting an intention for when you wake. Try to fill a sheet of A4 paper – this goal will stop your... read more

What I want vs what I should do!

What I Want To Do vs. What I Should Do.   Are you challenged by the conflict of what you want to do over what you should do? Is it a difficult decision that brings you down? Do you want to break the cycle? Let me tell you how… Confronted with a choice of doing what you should do versus what you want to do should be a no-brainer, but for many people it causes torment and anguish as time and time again a lack of confidence and self-worth means they come last.   Relinquishing what would make you happy to do what you feel you should be doing results in frustration, anger, resentment and the feeling that you are leading an unfulfilled life.   But what can you do about it? You need to embrace mindful thinking, and only act after consideration.   • Next time you feel you are faced with this type of challenge ask yourself; do I want to do it or simply feel I should? • If you feel like you are being forced into a “should” situation, consider whether it is a one-off or isolated event, or part of a recognisable pattern. • Ask yourself what really gets in the way of you doing what you want to do.   Identifying your obstacles Finding out what is stopping you from doing what you want is very important. Is it that you don’t have the confidence to say no? Do you feel you don’t deserve to do the things that will make you happy? Either way, if you are reading this, it is time... read more


It Takes The Right Kind Of Rest To Recuperate If you are feeling stressed and tired, you might find moving a little R&R to the top of your to-do list is all you need to do! Rest. Sound familiar? Do you even remember the last time you had some, like really had some? Lack of rest can lead to all sorts of complications, not just tiredness, which is when you are more likely to reach out for a pill,or blame a bigger, more complex situation for how you feel.   In all likeliness, all you need to do is to switch off.   The perils of a rest-less life If you do too much, sleep to little – you can pretty much guarantee you’ll be tired, but the knock-on effects of a life with insufficient rest multiply. You’ll start off by being more susceptible to coughs and colds, and if you don’t listen to your body at that point and get some forced rest, you’ll become prone to more serious conditions. Rest is the only state the body can heal itself in – but what is rest? Rest isn’t watching TV, but sitting daydreaming, being creative, reading, meditating, going for gentle walks.   To fully relax it is a good idea to switch all electronics off, and to feel even greater benefits it is good to meditate. Meditation encourages the whole body to rest, restore and rejuvenate.   Emotional trauma past or present, or anxiety about future events can block our ability to rest. If your emotions are getting in the way of you getting the relaxation you need... read more

How to deal with stress

Stress is a word that is often used but rarely understood and its role in ill health is widely underestimated. When the body takes on stress which isn’t resolved, it begins to attack the weakest area of the body. Over a period of time, this causes the body to be at ‘dis-ease’ in that area, which becomes disease. Stress is now the single biggest cause of sickness in the UK and is the body’s way of telling you it is out of balance. Where we have become ‘detached’ from our bodies and what the body is saying, we tend to reach for easily available solutions, caffeine, sugar etc. They provide ‘pick me ups’, which enhance the problem. Stressors may come from anywhere; something unresolved in our past, a work / life balance that has ‘tipped’ out of control, a personal trauma or event such as bereavement, redundancy, relationship difficulties. All of these can lead to exacerbating this stress by eating the wrong foods for your body. Signs you or someone you know maybe be experiencing stress:  Cognitive Symptoms:  * Memory problems; * Inability to concentrate; * Poor judgment; * Negativity; * Anxious or racing thoughts; * Constant worrying. Emotional Symptoms: * Moodiness; * Short temperedness; * Agitation, inability to relax; * Feeling overwhelmed; * A sense of loneliness or isolation; * Depression or general unhappiness. Physical Symptoms: * Aches and pains; * Diarrhoea or constipation; * Nausea, dizziness; * Chest pain, rapid heartbeat; * Loss of sex drive; * Frequent colds. Behavioural Symptoms: * Eating more (or less); * Sleeping too much (or too little); * Isolating yourself from others;... read more

Great health and wellbeing

When we feel great, we look great and we feel ready to take on the world. However, this doesn’t always happen, as daily stresses and strains take their toll on the body.  This results in us, at best, feeling under the weather or worst, having a serious condition which impacts our health. Signs that your body is out of balance: Physical: pain, discomfort, weakness and illness; Mental: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, fears, negativity, lack of motivation, memory loss and learning difficulties; Spiritual: feeling disconnected from self, other people, your environment. All of these, are the body’s sophisticated, complicated way of communicating with us via a multitude of symptoms. It is the body showing you it is out of balance and is under stress. Modern medicine, will help support the body with the symptoms, but often doesn’t explore what’s causing it. By looking deeper at the body and what’s it telling you, there is a much greater chance that the body will be able to heal. To do this, the whole body needs to be explored: the emotional, physical and spiritual body. To do this, I offer a range of holistic treatments: * Kinesiology; * Indian Head Massage; * Chinese Face Massage. During our sessions together, I begin by completing a thorough consultation form, during which we explore your current position, what’s happened in your past, where you want to get to and what you want from your treatments.... read more

Welcome to Inner Sanctuary

Welcome to Inner Sanctuary Colchester, where alleviating stress and bringing you back to gain a sense of balance is our ethos.  This allows you to lead the life that you want, and we hope to help you find the right path to a stress free life. In our busy, modern lives we can often ignore our bodys’ minor grumbles. We only tend to take notice when our daily life becomes interrupted. Stress is now the single biggest cause of sickness in the UK (HSE) and is the bodys’ way of telling you it is out of balance. There are many signs and symptoms of stress which we often, simply ignore. Signs and symptoms of being out of balance or stressed include: Physical interruption: pain, discomfort, weakness and illness; Mental: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, fears, negativity, lack of motivation, memory loss and learning disabilities; Spiritual: feeling disconnected from self, other people and your environment. Modern (Western) medicine will help support the body with the symptoms, but often doesn’t explore the cause. By looking deeper at the body and what it is telling you, there is a much greater chance that the body will be able to heal. To do this, the whole body needs to be explored: the emotional, physical and spiritual body. Here at Inner Sanctuary Colchester, we work with the whole of you, treating you holistically whilst reducing stress and the impact of this upon your body. PLEASE NOTE: Inner Sanctuary will not “diagnose” a condition, nor is it a substitute for seeing your medical doctor. You can enquire or book a treatment online, by contacting us here.  If... read more

About Me

My name is Tara and inspired by my passion for alternative therapies, I have re-trained and launched a kinesiology based business offering the treatments I truly believe in and have seen tremendous results from.