Health and wellbeing

Feature interview



Laura Stephens has started to carve out a fine career in the senior ranks, with Commonwealth and then World finals spots building on the European medals she won at junior level. 

Now, with the Tokyo Olympics on her radar, the Plymouth Leander swimmer chats to us about what it would mean to represent Team GB, her gruelling training regime and the health and wellbeing benefits of swimming.


Feel the health and wellbeing benefits of swimming

The overwhelming sense of delight and relief when the pools reopened in April demonstrated how important swimming is to many people’s lifestyle, offering a wide range of both physical and mental health benefits. We take a look at just some of those...

Plymouth Leander

One of the Britain's leading competitive swimming clubs 

We are one of the top swimming clubs in the country and have an impressive track record at all levels of competition from junior meets through to the Olympics. Our dynamic, professional and dedicated team of coaches includes two Olympians. 



Gaia Spa at Boringdon Hall sits on the edge of Dartmoor with the philosophy of Your Wellness, Naturally. New treatment now available – 90 minute Gaia Mud Cocoon.


Enjoy this protective cocooning treatment and emerge awakened. You will experience whole body, face and scalp therapy in this indulgent treatment, including a sea salt exfoliation and natural mud and clay mask. 




Davinia Taylor was overweight, depressed and unmotivated. She couldn't walk around the block, let alone go for a run or do an exercise class, and she struggled to keep up with her four young sons. In desperation she turned to biohacking to sort her head out - the unexpected bonus was that she lost nearly three stone and has kept it off for years through a series of health tricks from cold showers, to MCT oil, to ancestral eating. 

We speak to Davinia about her new book, biohacking and keeping the weight off.

Wellbeing advice

Three key ways that journaling can benefit our lives post-lockdown

Over half of Brits say their wellbeing has been 

impacted by the pandemic, leading to a surge in interest for literary activities. Rutger Bruining, Founder and CEO of biography writing service StoryTerrace, discusses the importance of mindfulness as we return to normality