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Twilight and Downton Abbey actress MyAnna Buring told the Daily Mail’s glossy magazine that Earthzest products helped her adult acne.  Earthzest is a micro-company that makes specialist vegan & organic skincare, and the wave of traffic from the mention in YOU Magazine crashed the website, wrecking the owner’s carefully laid plans for the week – and organic beauty entrepreneur Jackie Callow could not be happier!

It’s every beauty professional’s dream – to be mentioned in the mainstream press by a bona fide star.  But what happens when a celebrity unexpectedly name drops a small company?  Is it time to get the champagne out, or more trouble than it’s worth?  Would you be able to capitalise on an unexpected Tweet or mention in the press, or would you wish that you had been better prepared?

It costs a reported ten thousand dollars for the likes of Kim Kardashian to Tweet about a product or service, which will often sell out instantly.  A lot of time and resources are invested in the fallout of a seemingly off the cuff celebrity Tweet or mention – from making sure the website can handle the traffic, to having enough staff to deal with the sheer volume of enquiries.  Most of the time these PR plugs are carefully planned and timed, but if a celebrity likes your products enough, it might just happen unexpectedly!

When Jackie Callow, 48 from Southend-on-Sea set up her specialist botanical business in 2014, she had only one aim: To create the highest quality, most effective skin formulations, without using any synthetics, filler or animal products whatsoever.

The result was a highly concentrated product that felt and behaved differently to conventional skin creams.  With no fancy packaging and marketing, and set against hundreds of well-marketed skin products, Jackie had her work cut out trying to sell it!

The converts to Earthzest products began to grow, particularly as customers would rave about certain products to their friends.  Jackie quietly carried on producing and refining the products, until her skin soothing formulations caught the attention of a famous beauty.

MyAnna Buring is an accomplished actress, having starred in the Twilight franchise, as well as appearing in primetime BBC dramas such as Ripper Street and Downton Abbey.  She was the subject of a six page interview by the Daily Mail’s glossy YOU magazine, having recently returned to our screens in the latest series of Ripper Street, and to top it all off she has a glowing complexion, and obviously knows what works for her skin.

Unusually for an actress, she was very candid and honest when asked about her beauty must-haves.  She opened up about suffering from adult acne, and told the Daily Mail reporter that Earthzest products had cured her skin issues.

Although Jackie knew that MyAnna was pleased with the products, she had no idea that she was going to be mentioned in a huge feature in a mainstream publication.  In fact, that was beyond her wildest imagination, and when her ‘phone started pinging with more notifications that usual for a Sunday afternoon, she couldn’t understand where the traffic to her website was coming from.

It became clear that Earthzest had appeared in the Daily Mail, and a quick Google confirmed that Earthzest products had been personally recommended to deal with adult acne.  The emails were from people wanting to know what products MyAnna was using, and how they could buy them immediately.

Jackie answered the emails as they came through, and then decided that she needed a glass of wine to deal with the shock of it all!  Unfortunately, she then got an email through from a customer, telling her that the website was down.

The unexpected traffic to the modest site had crashed it, and it remained offline for 90 minutes.  There were more visitors in an hour than there had been all week, and this continued for several days.  After a frantic ‘phone call the site was eventually back up and remained online.  Jackie didn’t manage to open the wine until half past two the following morning.

The products that MyAnna used soon sold out, and a new batch of ingredients had to be urgently ordered.  Jackie noticed that her hand was shaking ever so slightly when she pressed “send” on an email for more labels.

Jackie describes the whole experience as “Intense but wonderful” and feels that it has given her the validation she didn’t know that she was missing, after several years of hard work and research, not to mention her personal financial investment into the company, including giving up her well paid job as a legal secretary.

“I am such a shy person, and I would never dare to ask someone to mention me in the press or pay for that kind of publicity, as I’m very much a believer in the products speaking for themselves.  So this whole experience was a bit like winning the lottery – such a wonderful surprise but at the same time a real game-changer.  I am extremely happy about it, but I nearly had kittens when the website crashed!”

Holistic Therapist Magazine asked Jackie some key questions about her Holistic business …

What is your passion?

My main passion is filler and synthetic free products, which goes against conventional wisdom, costing, and the emphasis the beauty industry puts on packaging and marketing. On paper, many experts would say I have it the wrong way around, but to have one of my customers tell the national press that I got it right – I must be on to something!

I am also passionate about animal welfare, and I have been certified by the Vegan Society, to ensure that my products are kind to animals.  Not all of my customers have exactly this passion, but the ones that do, are delighted that they are also animal free and cruelty free. If you are very passionate about something, chances are others will be too.

How can you remain authentic in such an aesthetic world of beauty?

I am not a multi-million-pound beauty guru that lives in a mansion.  I don’t live a glamorous lifestyle and I’m quite well known locally for delivering my products personally, on my old bicycle, in my dog-walking jeans!

The beauty industry is of course image-led, and customers want to feel pampered and luxurious.  I certainly wouldn’t turn up to an event or treatment looking a scruff.  But I firmly believe that being the most down to earth and authentic version of yourself that you can be, truly attracts like-minded and lovely souls, and sometimes you can help one another along the way.

What is your business advice?

It is my personality to go completely overboard with any aspect of my business that I feel is important. The very best ingredients, 100% organic rather than compromising on cheaper or more stable formulations, and even choosing jars that don’t leach chemicals into the contents. Who buys face cream based on how chemically stable the jar is? Nobody that I can think of! But to me it is important, and I am sure to the readers of HTM it is too. You only get one face, after all. So, this minute attention to detail is not noticed by everybody, but that is not the point. This is about being the best that you can be, and knowing that your stuff stands up to anything else on the market, and I think that’s a universal truth, whether you run a restaurant or a beauty salon, or whether you make submarines or face cream.  It’s all in the detail.

What is the most important part of your marketing? When I ask my customers to please recommend me, I genuinely want them to be so happy that they absolutely rave about them to everybody. This is more important to me than any volume of sales.  That’s where my confidence to ask comes from, and I think if you’re feeling that positive about it, you’re going to inspire confidence in others.

Thankyou Jackie!

Visit: https://www.earthzest.co.uk

As people in the helping profession, it is highly likely that you have been faced with situations involving mental ill health… But if you were asked to define mental health, what would you reply?

Many of us have heard or used the terms; stressed, OCD, Anxiety, schizophrenia for example, but do we really know enough about #MentalHealth? And more importantly, would we be able to recognise the symptoms of mental ill health and feel confident in managing such situations?

Generally, people can explain what physical first aid is… but there are also first aid courses available for mental health…

Mental Health First Aid courses are recognised in 25 countries, and the overall purpose of the courses are to offer an equivalent to physical first aid. You can find out more by reading our interview with the CEO Poppy Jaman, and of course on the MHFA website, which states:

We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Mental ill health can strike at any time and can affect people from all walks of life. We know that 1 in 4 British adults will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives.

I attended the Mental Health First Aid two-day adult course in London at the end of last month… And here are my thoughts:

If you do a Mental Health First Aid course, it is likely that after the two days you will recognise early signs of mental health issues, that you will feel confident in approaching somebody experiencing a mental health issue, and be able to provide first aid, using the models that are learnt on the course.

Various models and statistics are shared throughout the two days, and it is one specific model that is reinforced because it offers a systematic, straightforward way to deal with somebody showing signs of mental ill health, be it somebody at your work, one of your clients or a loved one.

If you are an experienced therapist, then you will be adept at dealing with sensitive issues, and aware that much dis-ease is a result of something underlying… some of you may be qualified in a talking therapy too. This course strengthens existing knowledge, reminds us that we also need to demonstrate self-care in a helping profession, and provides up-to-date statistics, as well as offering an easily applied action plan.

This Action Plan will enable you to help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others, help stop a mental health issue from getting worse, help someone recover faster and guide someone towards the right support. And whilst you are likely to have an idea of what the condition a person has, it is not the role of a Mental Health First Aider to provide a diagnosis. All of this is made clear during the course.

If you have your own business or practice, it is certainly worth your receptionist or other staff going on the course too, and for any new practitioners or students, this course will support your learning. On the days, I attended there were a variety of people, working in different fields; from the construction industry to business psychology, those attending from corporations, charities, medical professionals and those for personal reasons.

Below is a statement from a past attendee;

“Gaining more up-to-date knowledge about mental health has given me more confidence in myself. The information given and discussed has certainly made me look at how I can improve my practice to best support others… I have personally benefited from the training and will continue to look at changes that can be made when meeting with my line manager”
The above is taken from the following paper which has a range of quotes from people who have trained as Youth MHFAiders (see p16-19) – Borrill, J. & Kuczynska, P., Evaluation of Youth Mental Health First Aid Training in the North East of England. University of Westminster (December 2013)

My experience of the two-day course:

The experienced and trained instructor delivered content pretty much to the book, referring to a thick manual that is supplied as part of the course fee. Alex, was the facilitator for the course I attended; she was professional and experienced (including working in Health and Safety, training, and as a qualified yoga instructor). Alex clearly had sound knowledge of the course content and her delivery was calm and engaging… she ensured that there was variety in group set-up, level of physical activity and allowed all members to ask questions and share experiences… however, this course is not intended to be therapeutic, and Alex managed the group delicately if the subject steered off track, bringing it back to the material and the overall course purpose.

Day 1 was quite intense content wise, and the atmosphere in the room was dense at points, but this is expected for some of the subject matters dealt with, including depression, and suicide.

Day 2 included more case study discussion in groups, and interesting practical sessions to break-up the talking, as well as revisiting and discussing any parked questions from over the period of two days.

The best thing about the course was that it highlighted some areas of mental health that are not often discussed or considered, and it also shatters myths surrounding certain conditions. The video content and work booklet were effective ways to break-up the listening and learning sections, and the group work created a space for shared views. Alex is very approachable, yet stuck to timings and content, which allowed for fluid learning.

The only thing that I would change about my experience on the course, would be to have had two ten minute slots of actual stretches, and focused breathing… to allow any stiffness to dissipate… but I understand that due to the nature of the timed course, and the limited space this isn’t always easiest, and I believe that Alex balanced the days very well overall.

Mental ill health can affect our clients, our loved ones or indeed ourself; so the more awareness on the subject, the better for everybody’s overall health and wellbeing. I am really pleased I went on the course, even though I am trained in various modalities, as well as having personal experiences of mental ill health with loved ones… so I certainly recommend the course for other therapists too.

For more information on any of Mental Health First Aid courses, visit their website: http://www.mhfaengland.org

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Q&A with Poppy Jaman, CEO of Mental Health First Aid England, non-executive director of Public Health England and Programme Director of the City Mental Health Alliance

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What is the main difference between physical first aid and mental first aid? And are there any crossovers?

“Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who is experiencing a mental health issue. A physical first aider is trained to stop an injury or a life-threatening condition from getting worse – a mental health first aider is the same but for a mental health issue or crisis. Mental Health First Aid also teaches people the importance of wellbeing and how to look after their own mental health or support others to do the same; and in this regard, it could be considered quite different to physical first aid. We know that 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health issue during our lives, so it stands to reason that we should have mental health first aiders, as well as physical first aiders.”

You offer various courses for those working with adults, youths and for the armed forces, do you think you will do a course specifically for young people, or is the aim to get the message out to the younger generations via Youth Mental Health First Aiders?

“We’re currently working hard to engage younger generations in three key ways. The first is through our Youth in Schools programme – in January the government committed to equipping every secondary school in the country with a Mental Health Champion. We’re now in the early stages of coordinating training on our one day Youth MHFA course which by 2020 will reach over 3,000 secondary schools in England. This will mean staff in these schools will be trained to provide mental health support on a first aid basis to pupils aged 11 to 18…

The second is via our brand new Higher Education Mental Health First Aid course. This is a course we have recently launched that is tailored to students, higher education support staff and academic staff. And finally, we are also working on developing a peer-to-peer course that will be specifically for young people – we expect to launch this at some point in 2018.”

Do you believe your courses to have a positive ripple effect across the country? And are there any statistics that support improvement due to mental health awareness?

“As a rapidly growing network organisation, we have over 1,200 instructors delivering courses to communities all over the country and training an estimated 10,000 people every month. By empowering so many people to understand mental health issues and in giving them the skills and the confidence to start conversations about mental health, I think it’s undeniable Mental Health First Aid has a positive ripple effect. My hope is that the work we, and many others, are doing is contributing to a culture change when it comes to our society’s approach to mental health and wellbeing…

A core component of Mental Health First Aid training courses is obviously increasing awareness of mental health issues and knowledge and confidence around how to support those who may be experiencing a mental health issue. From academic evaluations we know that up to 88% of course attendees report using Mental Health First Aid skills to support someone experiencing mental ill health after attending a course.

Mental health awareness also aims to support early intervention to help reduce the impact of mental health issues in the long term. In a way, we can think of taking steps to support our own mental wellbeing as the earliest form of intervention there is. Learning about this is an integral aspect our course and research shows that up to 74% of participants report a positive impact of the course on their personal mental health. The hidden impact this has on preventing mental health issues developing is difficult to quantify, but important to bear in mind when thinking about the impact of mental health awareness efforts.”

As an internationally recognised course, why do you think that MHFA is so popular compared with other mental health courses in the world? 

“There are a wide range of mental health training courses available and I think we need to understand that, in different ways, they all play an important role. We hope that Mental Health First Aid is now being seen as a core part of this and I’m proud that Mental Health First Aid now has a presence in 24 countries. I think the fantastic enthusiasm that our movement has been greeted with by established mental health campaigners all over the world has helped us to achieve this. For example, the 2016 World Mental Health Day theme was ‘psychological and mental health first aid for all’ – a fantastic indicator of its popularity and desire by the World Federation for Mental Health to see it become more widely available.

Personally, I’d like to think that it’s the balance between education around mental illness, learning skills to hold conversations around mental health and learning how to support your own wellbeing that makes our courses so impactful.”

For those professionals who are already in the caring industry, why is the MHFA a good choice for them to add to their existing skill-set and qualifications?

“As an example, we have trained frontline and back office staff at Public Health Dorset in Mental Health Frist Aid and this had a real impact in the way they felt they could support their client base with their housing and social needs. A six month follow up with this organisation found that 83% of those trained said it had helped them in the workplace, 90% said they felt confident to respond to a mental health issue and 73% said the training had helped in their personal lives.

These statistics indicate that we need to be careful in assuming that just because people may work in caring, or even more specifically mental health related roles, that they already feel confident in offering support to those experiencing a mental health issue. These figures are also testament to the impact Mental Health First Aid has from a personal perspective, not just in terms of supporting others. We know that the emotional labour that comes with working in caring industries can be a contributory factor to suffering work-related stress. For this reason, I believe the emphasis our courses place on how to look after your own wellbeing is invaluable to this demographic.”

Why is mental health awareness so important within modern businesses?

“For me, it’s the scale of mental health issues among our working age population and the impact this has both on employee wellbeing, and to a lesser extent the bottom line, that make mental health awareness important for modern businesses. Survey results published this month (April) by UK health and benefits business Aon Employee Benefits showed that 55% of UK employers have seen an increase in the number of mental health-related illnesses. This has a damaging impact on businesses – a report by FirstCare identified mental health issues as a major contributor to increased levels of absence, something that is estimated to costs £18bn in lost productivity every year. Our evidence shows that organisations who train line managers in mental health awareness reap the rewards in terms of reduced sickness absence, increased referrals to Employee Assistance Programmes or inhouse counselling and an improved culture around treating mental and physical health issues equally.

In this post-recession era, people are often working longer hours, with fewer resources, and are under greater personal financial pressures. It’s therefore important that HR professionals and employers recognise the impact this has on their workforce’s mental health and take steps to improve workplace wellbeing. Our Line Managers’ resource, available on our website, is a great starting point for businesses interested in doing this.”

Do people ever recognise symptoms themselves when on a course? And how is this dealt with?

“Our instructors are themselves experienced Mental Health First Aiders and so are well placed to support those who may recognise symptoms while on our courses and to direct them to the appropriate support as required. In my experience, stress is one of the most common symptoms that people report identifying through our training and I find it’s something we can all relate to. The group dynamic of our courses also provide a safe and confidential forum for people to voluntarily share their experiences and, in the case of stress, this in itself can be a useful way for people to learn from each other and explore different coping strategies.”

What tools can you provide for anyone reading this?

“As I mentioned, our Line Managers’ resource, hosted on our website, is ideal for HR professionals and employers who are interested in improving their workplace’s approach to mental health and wellbeing…

Our Take10Together toolkit is also available to download from our website – this includes a whole host of resources such as images, quotagraphics, videos and infographic posters that are designed to support mental wellbeing in workplaces, schools or community settings, while showing the importance of Mental Health First Aid training. These can be used on social media or blogs, shared with colleagues via office intranets, newsletters or public spaces in your workplace. This toolkit also includes content specifically for schools and those who work or live with young people.”

Thank you so much for your time Poppy, and for the wealth of information. 

For those interested in finding out more about Mental Health First Aid visit: mhfaengland.org 

And check back on Holistic Therapist Magazine website soon, in the featured and reviewed section for a review on the two-day Adult MHFA course

 

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£25,267 – £29,282 FTE per annum (Band 3)

28 hours per week

London, Enfield

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Blenheim is an established charity that provides support to drug and alcohol users, their family and carers. We support people to make lasting changes to their lives. We believe in people’s capacity to change. Blenheim provides recovery services across London and is working in partnership with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust to provide a new integrated service in the London Borough of Enfield.

We will offer support for individuals to make positive, healthy changes to their lifestyle, particularly relating to their drug and alcohol use.

Blenheim are seeking a Complimentary Therapist Co-ordinator to join our new service. We are seeking an experienced and dedicated individual who will be responsible for delivering and co-ordinating a range of therapies to our service users. You will be qualified in one or more disciplines and be responsible for recruiting, inducting, supervising and co-ordinating a group of volunteer complimentary therapists, to ensure a comprehensive timetable covering a range of treatments is offered to service users.

In return, we offer a competitive salary, generous annual leave, a wide range of training and other benefits.

Please note that we do not accept CVs. You will need to complete an application form to be considered for this role. We regret that late applications cannot be accepted.

Full details and an application pack can be downloaded from our website www.blenheimcdp.org.uk or requested by email from [email protected] Alternatively, please telephone 020 7840 0099 to request a pack. Please ensure you quote reference number ENF04 on your application.

Closing date: 9.30am, Tuesday, 18 April 2017.

Interview date: Tuesday, 25 April 2017.


We value diversity in our workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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4 – 6 November 2016, NEC Birmingham (10am – 5pm daily)

MIND BODY SPIRIT BIRMINGHAM TO FEATURE UK’S FIRST ‘ASPECTS OF HEALING’ EXPERIENCE

Fascinating presentations by UK and global authorities on Healing

Live Healing available on site

For the first time ever, an extensive showcase sharing the remarkable power of Healing will be the focus of Aspects of Healing – a completely new experience for visitors to the Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Festival at Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 4 – Sunday 6 November 2016.

Visitors can discover latest intriguing insights from local and international thought-leaders covering all crucial areas of Healing; its benefits, uses and relevance in the world today.

This collaboration between Mind Body Spirit Festival Ltd and The Confederation of Healing Organisations (CHO), the charity advancing the practice of Healing, will give visitors access to a captivating series of talks in addition to on-stand live healing.

Highlights include:

The incredible power of remote healing across distance: Paul Dieppe, emeritus professor of health and wellbeing, renowned for being at the global forefront of research into Healing.
How the mind and body affect wellbeing: Neville Hodgkinson, one of the UK’s great minds on medical science and acclaimed journalist and academic on the subject
Understanding and implementing energetic protection: Diane O’Connell, founder and director of education at the College of Healing, and a leading voice on Healing for more than 40 years
Social healing, how is it possible?: Eva Hamilton MBE and founder of Key4Life, a charity that has brought the power of celebrity and healing to help those most vulnerable in society
Discover the powerful collaboration between nature and healing
The power and potential of group healing

Explore these presentations and more among a superb panel of speakers, all leaders in their respective fields.

Sue Knight, chief executive of the CHO, commented: “Aspects of Healing is about increasing the understanding of Healing, about how it is used, and celebrating its immense benefits to health and vitality. For too long this subject has been viewed as esoteric yet we live in exciting times where science now recognises and appreciates the valuable role Healing plays in individual and societal wellbeing.”

Aspects of Healing, created and hosted by the CHO, takes place daily at the Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Festival at Birmingham’s NEC from 4 – 6 November 2016. Doors open daily at 10am closing at 7pm on Friday and Saturday, and 5pm on Sunday.

Visit:
www.the-cho.org.uk/events/

Ticket information
www.mindbodyspirit.co.uk/birmingham

       Congratulations to all winners!

The Holistic Business Awards took place at Olympia Beauty Shows Wellness & Nutrition live stage in Kensington, London on 2nd October 2016. These Awards were conceived to recognise all those people in the industry, who have experienced inspiring journeys and to recognise their achievements.
Holistic Business Awards would like to thank all high skilled participants who have entered the 2016 awards; picking the winners was a real challenge for our judges.
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On a personal note, I would like to say how proud I am of each and every one of you who entered the awards. It was always one of my dreams to recognise those who do not usually get recognised due to social media reach, budgets, “who you know” and other factors that unfortunately dictate so many of our industry awards. You are amazing, and as I have said before…”behind every successful person there are a lot of unsuccessful years.
Just wanted to remind you that todays failures may eventually leat to tomorrows triumphs so please sort ever downgrade your dreams to match your reality, upgrade your faith to match your destiny.  Jayson x

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Inspiration Award 2016

Winner – Nina Dungey www.ninadungey.com

Second – Linda Thursby – www.barntherapy.com

Third – Sarah Bryan – www.sbholistic.co.uk

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Star Product 2016

Winner – Lumbacurve – David Pegg (www.lumbacurve.com)

Second – Sam the sleepy sheep – Rory Z Fulcher & Dr Kate Beaven-Marks The book is available on amazon

Third – Kneadsmust – Una Tucker (www.kneadsmust.com)

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Best New Business 2016

Winner – Etie’no Skincare – Jason Presious (www.etieno.co.uk)

Second – The children’s Reflexology programme – Susan Qualye (www.kidsreflex.co.uk)

Third – Waves – Sonia Russo (www.wavesmindfulness.com)

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Best practitioner 2016

Winner – Allison McQueen-Luzar (McQueen Clinic) www.mcqueenclinic.com

Second – Stephen Truelove – www.lovelifeloveyou.co.uk

Third – Rima Shah – www.calmandclear.co.uk

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Best Training a school 2016

Winner – The British Academy of Sound Therapy – Lyz Cooper www.britishacademyofsoundtherapy.com

Second – the complimentary therapy school – Melanie Bell www.thects.co.uk

Third – balanced approach – Mark Peters www.balancedapproach.co.uk

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Winner – Zoe Warner – Therapies 4 Forces www.therapies4forces.org

Second – Tom Rigby

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Finalists (no particular category or order)

Beet it

TheraH2O

Altrient

Highland Wax

Revive Active

Accredited Massage

The Successful Therapist

Quest Institute

HypnoTC

Shared Beauty Secrets

Clifton practice

Mary-Anne Thompson

Zoe Warner

Sammy Byrne

Carole Williams

Una Tucker

Karen Mellers

Anikka Burton

Gareth Stubbs

Katarina RhodesSarah Thompson

Joanne Adler

Cathy Harland

Allison McQueen-Luzar

Mark Sheilds

Sue birdied

Yevette Taylor

Katrina Beath

Natasha Richardson

Katherine Criegton-cook

Sarah Bryan

Malminder Gill

Bryon Saunders

Natasha Aspin

Kate Berridge

Roger Daniels

Russell Davis

Trevor Eddolls

Hazel Gale

Linda Thursby

J’adore Mamma

The Massage Company

Azenti Organics

Nurture 4 Life

 

Like many of you reading this, we too are a small business trying to make a big difference in the lives of others. If you want to support in our continued efforts to make a difference to the lives of practitioners….Then please subscribe to our magazine so we can keep helping you grow. Thank you.

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With thanks to Vicky Killick who was instrumental in the awards process,  Ian at Olympia Beauty Exhibition, David, Josh, Joe and Claire at Balens insurance for sponsoring the awards, & Neals Yard Remedies.

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1Sarah ­Jane Mayhew (British Wheel Yoga accredited), invites yoga practitioners of all levels to join her for a long weekend yoga retreat this October at a historic spa hotel in the glorious Tuscan hills. Bagno Vignoni, Val d’Orcia, Italy Friday to Monday, 10th October 2016

Accommodation has been reserved at Hotel Terme in the village of Bagno Vignoni not far from Sienna. Classes will be held daily in the hotel’s great reception room overlooking the thermal pool, with prices for accommodation and tuition starting at €370.

Sarah‐Jane, who has been teaching yoga for nine years, will lead the group each day with yoga asana and pranayama classes in the morning, then in the late afternoon and yoga asana and yoga nidra. There will be ample opportunity to explore the local area, relax in the thermal waters and enjoy local hospitality.

This yoga retreat provides an opportunity to explore and develop your yoga practice and to enjoy walking in the country. Providing the experience to enjoy the soft air of the region, the healing waters of the earth, and have some time to be.

The surrounding region of Val d’Orcia is a UNESCO world heritage site, in an area South of Siena where nature predominates. It is an open land of rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves.

Small towns perch on hilltops and quiet roads wind their way across the landscape. Most of the villages and towns nearby have Roman and Renaissance origins to explore such as Montepulciano and Pienza. For those who choose not to participate in the yoga program, Autumn is the perfect time of year to visit the region.

The view from the reception room at Hotel Terme, an ancient medieval house that Pope Pius II had built in order to enjoy the waters back in the 14th Century which directly overlooks the ancient hot pool. In the hotel are indoor pools to submerge in the thermal waters and there is also a beautiful room that looks out on this ancient rectangular water basin where the yoga practice will take place.

View of the hotel spa area and countryside beyond

There will be yoga practice in the morning with meditation, asana then pranayama followed by breakfast. After that there will be time to enjoy the water or explore the countryside. The hotel restaurant serves local cuisine and there are a few places to eat in the villages nearby. There will be time for walking during the middle of the day. Then in the late afternoon practice resumes at 17.00. This will be more restorative. Supper will be at 19.30 and afterwards, for those who want it there will be yoga nidra.

Accommodation & Tuition:

  •   Accommodation prices including breakfast for the three days start at €270 per person sharing.
  •   Various types of single occupancy rooms are also possible starting at €345 for three nights.
  •   Lunch and supper are available at the hotel. Lunch is approximately €20 and supper is €30
  •   Flat‐rate tuition fee of €100.00

    Arrival & Departure

     Arrivals from 3pm on Friday, departure from lunchtime on Monday

    Journey to Bagno Vignoni

     Fly to Rome or Florence airport
     Trains from both these cities go to the nearest station Chiusi  There is a local taxi service to arrange collection

    Enquiries

Val D’Orcia

The hot waters of this source contain the healing properties from Sulphur, calcium carbonate, and magnesium and are helpful for overall physical, emotional and mental relaxation, and specific illnesses such as rheumatism, arthritis, and neuralgia. The hot springs in the hotel are open until 23.00 therefore there is plenty of time to enjoy them throughout the day. There is also another hot spring facility in the village to try out as well as some others in the region.

 Email Sarah‐Jane at: [email protected]  Phone +44 (0)7799766931
 Twitter: @Inyogalight

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HTM Awards Update

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that entered our Business Awards 2016!

Please note that due to the quality and quantity of applications we will now be announcing the short list on Friday 2nd September 2016.

We have been so overwhelmed by the volume of applications that have been received and apologise for the delay. We thank you for your patience and wish you all the very best of luck.

From everyone at Holistic Therapist Magazine

Please feel free to contact us should you need to discuss anything further

Telephone: 01795 479957

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Following a successful Holistic Business Awards ceremony in October 2015 the time has come to welcome applications for Holistic Therapist Magazine’s Business Awards 2016!

We want to find the best the industry has to offer and we’d like you to help. You may know a star student, or have a colleague who’s a constant inspiration. Perhaps you’d like to nominate a great training provider or college, or an outstanding new business that’s already making amazing progress? Maybe you’d like to nominate yourself or someone you know as our best Practitioner, or you offer an amazing product?

Why not enter the Holistic Business Awards? The online entry process is simple.

There is only one week left to enter so please hurry,  good luck.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

 

 

Healing practitioners and other complementary therapists from around West Sussex, Surrey and beyond, have the opportunity to learn how to transfer their skills, to care for animals with a range of health and behavioural problems. Sue Newport, a renowned healer from Horsham, particularly well known for her work in treating horses with a variety of conditions, is holding a one-day workshop in Billingshurst, where she will teach complementary practitioners of all modalities how to extend and transfer their skills to domesticated animals of all types.
The workshop, certified by the Confederation of Healing Organisations (CHO), the charity that advances the practice of Healing, will cover subjects ranging from the legal aspects of healing animals to understanding how emotions affect energy fields around humans and animals alike.

Newport, who has a diploma in Craniosacral Therapy and Animal Healing has co-written a BTEC Professional Diploma in Animal Healing (Level 4) and currently runs Asentia College of Animal Healing, dedicated to teaching and training animal carers and those who want to be professional practitioners in Animal Healing.

Sue commented: “Having the ability to heal animals is now more important than ever because of our increasing cohabitation. We sometimes forget animals are sentient beings like us; therefore they suffer emotional, physical and mental issues just as we do. They share our experiences and energy fields, and, as much as we need to take responsibility for feeding and sheltering them, we need to give consideration to their emotional wellbeing alike. We all know of cats and dogs who have been subjected to abuse, neglect and trauma, so my message to therapists is to learn how to transfer your skills to provide a level of care that our animals, who bring us so much joy and companionship, so justly deserve.”

This workshop coincides with the recent release of groundbreaking scientific research from the University of Northampton, which has ruled out the ‘placebo effect’ as a reason for Healing’s effectiveness. The peer-reviewed research, which was commissioned by the Confederation of Healing Organisations (CHO), tested healing on animals, plants and human beings, with a positive result recorded in each instance.

Taking place at Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre (Roman Way, Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 9QW) the Animal Healing Toolkit will commence on Saturday 6 August 2016, between 10.00am – 4.00pm at a cost of £60 (non-members), £48 (CHO members). Refreshments available throughout the day – delegates are asked to please bring their own lunch. To book your place, please visit: www.the-cho.org.uk/events or contact Nicola on [email protected] Tel: 0300 302 0021

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About the CHO:

The Confederation of Healing Organisations is the leading charity advancing the practice of Healing: promoting its benefits as a recognised complementary therapy by providing education, research and information to a wider audience of Healing and healthcare practitioners, and society as a whole. The CHO’s website is an information hub of news, case studies and insights about Healing within the UK and internationally.

http://www.the-cho.org.uk
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https://twitter.com/ConfedofHealing

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