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Restore the mind, body and soul at new Wellbeing Lab

Restore the mind, body and soul at new Wellbeing Lab

8th December, 2016

One of Scotland’s most exciting new leisure and retail destinations has expanded its offering with the opening of a new Wellbeing Lab.

Restoration Yard in Dalkeith will now provide “food for the soul” in addition to offering retail therapy and a café and restaurant.

Expert Jen Wood has been brought in to run the Wellbeing Lab which aims to nurture the mind, body and spirit – it will offer a programme of activities including restorative and kundalini yoga, mindfulness workshops, cognitive behavioural therapy, pilates and more.

Jen, a wellbeing consultant, cognitive behavioural therapist, and mindfulness practitioner, said: “Wellbeing Lab was the vision of Restoration Yard’s creative director Amanda Pratt who wanted to make the most of this beautiful setting and ensure visitors get the chance to really slow down, relax and enjoy their surroundings.

“I was moved by her passion for the project and am excited to be involved in this bold and creative venture. When I saw Restoration Yard I felt its amazing sense of place and the Wellbeing Lab will be its heart and soul.

“I have hand-picked a range of fantastic classes and teachers to create a truly inspiring programme that will encourage people to take a step back from their fast-paced lives and take some time for themselves.”

Jen, formerly from Edinburgh but now lives in Dalkeith, brings considerable expertise to the role with a background in event management and programming experience as well as having a successful therapy career.

A qualified teacher with a Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Interpretation, she initially embarked on a career in festival and event management. She was later drawn to a career in therapy after experiencing chronic pain – she found some therapeutic approaches so successful that she trained in them and later ran the complementary therapy service at a local hospice as well as a centre for children with additional support needs.

In addition Jen is a trained massage therapist who plans to further expand the offering at Restoration Yard to include massage using a combination of eastern and western techniques to aid deep relaxation.

Jen added: “I believe we all have the capacity and inner resources to find relief from the anxiety, stress and fear caused by work, life and health issues that can sometimes weigh us down. So many of my clients feel ‘not good enough’, have health niggles, more serious issues or experience low motivation or procrastination that prevents them from living their life with ease.

“My passion is to help others to reconnect mindfully with their inner resources and rediscover who they truly are, allowing them to live life to the full.

“I am excited to help bring this programme of activities and workshops to the beautiful surroundings of Restoration Yard.

“I will also be delivering mindfulness training to the staff at Restoration Yard as part of its commitment to promoting wellbeing amongst staff and customers alike.”

Full information on the programme of activities can be found at and booking enquiries for Wellbeing Lab classes can be sent to

Restoration Yard is open Monday – Sunday between 9.30am-6pm.