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Introduction to: Balham

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Balham is an increasingly popular area within the London Borough of Wandsworth.  Located between Clapham, Tooting and Wandsworth the area offers an appealing mix of quiet residential streets, excellent transport links and a vibrant high street.

This part of South West London has long been popular with families searching for space, neighbourliness and great schooling options; the area offers all three.  With stations on the Northern Line and national rail network Balham is easy to reach from Central and outer London, Sussex and Kent.  These connections, plus the status of Balham and neighbouring Clapham as popular social destinations also makes the area extremely popular with sharers and young professionals; in fact recent surveys have shown the area to have one of the highest proportions of singletons in London!

To find out more about property in Balham contact James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Clapham South and Balham office on 020 8673 7777

Best Local Businesses: Tendental, dentists in Clapham

The Tendental team

The Tendental team

When you think of a typical high street business a dental clinic is unlikely to spring to mind.  Nor is a trip to the dentist typically seen as a pleasant sensory experience (if anything, the opposite applies).  Tendental’s two branches in Clapham and Balham go a long way to overturning both assumptions; these thoroughly thought out, attractive clinics bring professionalism, modernity and a touch of class to high street dentistry. James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Clapham South and Balham office on Balham Hill highly recommend this extremely well thought out local business.

The clinics are run by business partners and firmly established dental practitioners Dr Martin Wanendeya and Dr Nikhil Sisodia, both of whom have a string of impressive professional qualifications following their names.  We met Nik at the Balham practice, just down the road from our Estate Agents’ Clapham South and Balham office on a slightly stormy Tuesday for an introduction to the clinic and its staff, and were pleasantly surprised at the advances Martin and Nik are making in reshaping dentistry as we know it.

Tendental’s most radical departure from the gloomy norm relates to the senses.  This practice has created olfactory, auditory, tactile and visual environments designed to ease the nerves and relax the mind.  Our team were particularly taken by the TV screens wired to the ceiling above each dentist’s chair; if they wish to, each patient can choose what television programme to watch (and listen to via wireless headphones) as they recline.  The clinic is also scented at all times with fragrances chosen to soothe and relax – the infamous ‘dentist smell’ may be a thing of the past!  In another clever touch, the trays of sharp instruments which give some patients the shivers have been concealed out of view of the dentist’s chair.

As is clear the emphasis at Tendental is on the patient experience and in the second instalment of our blog on this local practice we’ll be describing in detail one of the free advice sessions the team offers.  As a result of this first meeting the patient is able to make informed decisions about which procedures will be most beneficial without feeling pressured.  As with the treatment room itself, the consultation experience has undergone a wholly positive transformation.

Tendental’s ground-breaking approach to dental care is in part down to its being an independent clinic.  Nik and Martin had the privilege of being able to develop their vision of a dental practice, and judging by their success so far their combination of experience and client focus has certainly paid off.  The clinic has built up an excellent local reputation and is now the largest referral practice in South London; an accomplished team with a variety of specialisms makes for a handy point of contact when another surgery’s waiting list exceeds availability.  Several members of James Pendleton Estate Agents’ Clapham South and Balham team have had positive experiences at the clinic and we’ll be explaining why in our upcoming post.

Tendental have taken their clients’ busy lives into account too.   As Estate Agents in South West London we’re well aware of the area’s family friendly reputation and Tendental have taken this into account, taking on a nationally acclaimed children’s dental specialist and opening at family friendly hours (they’re thinking of extending opening hours at weekends.  There are also plans to extend the business as a whole due to its growing popularity; so you may soon find a Tendental near you wherever you are.

Best local businesses: Cheekaboo Baby Massage and Beautiful Butterfly

Massage and Baby Massge in South West London

Set up by Sophia Jarrett and her cousin Michelle Maliki, Beautiful Butterfly provides a range of therapies and treatments from their base in Balham’s Movers and Shapers gym.  Sophia and Michelle’s combined background marries the scientific with the holistic and Beautiful Butterfly is fast establishing a great reputation throughout South West London, as is sister company Cheekaboo Baby Massage (International Association of Infant Massage certified) which teaches parents how to bond, understand and communicate with their babies though the art of massage.

I met Sophia on a sunny Friday in the delightful setting that is Trinity Stores café and spoke to her about the ambitions driving both companies and the response of local residents to the innovative services they offer.

Cheekaboo Baby Massage

On meeting Sophia I was especially interested in learning about Cheekaboo Baby Massage, the idea of which seemed both fascinating and a little confusing.  Having been assured that the practice does not involve Sophia massaging babies but instead guiding parents in how to do so, I began to learn about the benefits of her 5 week courses.

Baby massage, Sophia explained, has a number of positive physiological effects for babies.  Baby Massage can help with the development of babies nervous system, which is particularly beneficial to babies whose nervous systems are newly developed and sometimes underdeveloped.  What’s more, massage can help to relieve colic and other troublesome digestive problems such as constipation and gas, and encourage a deeper sleep for babies.  Sophia has found since starting Cheekaboo that parents reported that the classes have enhanced the bond between them and their baby and that the classes had boosted their confidence in understanding their baby’s needs.

What makes Cheekaboo unique among parent-baby groups and classes (and there are a number of these) is that Sophia goes out of her way to involve and support parents of premature baby and those who have spend time in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).  This is partly due to her own parenting experiences as she too was separated from her child at birth who spent time in a NICU.

Indeed, Sophia says, parents of both genders find the classes both relaxing and informative; fathers are given a chance to have more of an input into baby’s wellbeing (Sophia is thinking of setting up classes specifically for fathers) and the community that Cheekaboo provides offers both parents, and even older siblings, an opportunity to share and explain their concerns.

Having a newborn can sometimes be overwhelming and for some parents can be an isolating experience; the message Sophia and Cheekaboo , convey to parents. ‘Imagine the warm, safe space of the womb; in class we recreate a cocoon of quietness and calm. We are accepting of our babies as they are, whether soundly asleep or expressing their needs through crying or alert and ready – all expressions of life are welcomed in class. It is a time for you to relax and be in a present state acknowledging what is happening between you and your baby’.

Baby Massage Classes run every 5 weeks at Movers and Shapers, Balham.  The next course starts 28th June from 12.30-2pm.  All babies from newborn up to 12 months are welcome. 

Beautiful Butterfly

The inspiration for Beautiful Butterfly came about while Michelle and Sophia were exploring how their creative ideas and skills could collaborate to enhance the life style and well being of themselves and others.

The emphasis is not simply on providing treatments but on identifying clients’ well being needs and lifestyle goals, thus enabling them to take better care of themselves in the long term.  Beautiful Butterfly is aimed at adults of all ages and genders and treatments are priced according to how long they last; packages of 3, 6, 8 and 12 hours are available and how they’re used is discussed during the initial detailed consultation.

As Sophia explains, the more aware a person is of where their body is currently at and what their body needs, the easier it is for them to understand which treatment suits them best.  “When we first meet our clients at consultation we talk with them at length about a number of factors:  lifestyle, health choices and stress levels, all have different impacts on our bodies and we need to take this into account when deciding which therapies will help the most”

Beautiful Butterfly’s slogan is ‘You are Beautiful, Now Pass it On’ and the impression the team gives off is a friendly, informative and nurturing one.  That said, there’s a formidable skill set behind the friendliness, and this wealth of knowledge informs every decision and consultation.  Michelle has an established background in complementary and holistic therapy while Sophia’s degree in neuro-muscular therapy has given her real insight into the relationship between the muscular and nervous systems.  The two areas of expertise combined can uncover, untangle and treat a vast array of stress related issues.

Both Beautiful Butterfly and Cheekaboo focus on teaching clients how to take better care of themselves and their families.  Sophia and Michelle have a refreshingly honest drive to provide the best service and resources possible; they have not forgotten the importance of self-sufficiency and integrity to well-being. Both ventures are places to check in, take stock and learn gradually how to make relaxation an integral part of life rather than a rigidly scheduled appointment.

Beautiful Butterfly is open Wednesdays – Saturdays at Movers and Shapers Balham. Contact Michelle on 07951 686866 or Sophia on 07939 087698. ubeautifulbutterfly@gmail.com

South West London, home of excellent schools

South West London Super Schools!

South West London Super Schools!

Great news for South West London residents as Hurlingham School on Putney Bridge Road was rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.  According to the Wandsworth Guardian the school received a brilliant report during their last inspection.

Every single category of Hurlingham’s Ofsted inspection report was graded at either outstanding or excellent; a rare and impressive feat.  The school has made significant improvements in the last ten years which the report has recognised.  This undoubtedly comes as excellent news for not only the school and its current pupils but also for South West London residents, particularly those with plans to start a family.

Clapham, Balham, Wandsworth and Battersea are areas well known for their wealth of quality schooling options.  Allfarthing Primary School, Hollywell Juniors and Infants, John Burns Primary School and Clapham Manor Primary School are just a few of the many schools in South West London currently graded as Outstanding.  Moreover, the area plays host to a variety of specialist schools such as Wix School, a bilingual French and English primary, and the Dominie School for dyslexic and dyspraxic children.  With the amount of choice on offer, it’s little wonder that the region is known as Nappy Valley!

Whether a resident or a house hunter, you can search for schools by rating at this useful website.

Good luck and happy searching!