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CONGRATULATIONS OUR 2017 HOLISTIC BUSINESS AWARDS WINNERS AND SHORTLISTS.

This years award were held at Olympia Beauty expo’s nutrition and wellness live stages we a huge success.

Hundreds of entrees were narrowed down by our 3 judges Marilyn Glennville,  Jordan Martin and Elizabeth Ashley.  All listed are winners, well done to all and those who did not make it on the list, please do try next year as it would very very close and a tough call for judges this year, however only a certain number can go through.

We would like to thank Cool Herbals for sponsoring the beautiful crystal awards and the IFA for supplying the wonderful goody bags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE WINNERS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

 

Student of the Year

Winner
Joanne Adler

2nd Place 
Carla Pieterse

Star Product

Winner
SB Holistic Magic

2nd Place
Making Sense of Learning Human Anatomy and Physiology

3rd Place
Revive Active

Shortlist

 

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Azenti Organics
English Aromatherapist
Harmony Beeswax

 

Best New Business

Winner
Sacred Willow

2nd Place
The Palm & Sole SkinCare Delicatessen

3rd Place
Therapi Tylino

Shortlist
Every Chance
Sapphire Spa Solutions
The Massage Company
Holistic Beauty School
AH Therapies

 

Best Practitioner

Winner
Nicola Read

2nd Place
Sinead de hOra

3rd PlaceMalminder Gill

Shortlist

Louisa Pini
Katrina Beath
Carrie Vetters
Rima Shah
Denise Christie
Cesar TejedorSarah Bryan
Julie Millington
Daniel Hurley
Lily Lai
Tautvilė Šliazaite
Joanne Adler
Raspreet Sagoo
Lisa Mansell
MaryAnn Francis
Daphne Kaufmann
Kelly Hainsworth
Trevor Eddolls
Lianne Weaver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Training School

Winner  Jing Advanced Massage Training

2nd PlaceHypno TC

3rd
Amatsu Training School Ltd

Shortlist
The complementary Therapy SchoolBoudoir Beauty Academy
Jackie Hamilton School
The Therapy Rooms Teaching Clinic
Olive Training
AH Therapies

 

Inspiration

Winner
Johann Ilgenfritz

2nd Place
Vidhi Sadana

3rd Place
Mellisa Toleman

Shortlist

Linda Witchell
Katherine Beaumont
Lauren Jones
Raspeet Sagoo
Joanne Adler
Renuka Russell
Sarah Bryan
Rebecca Sherratt
Sally Chamness
Jemma Cooper

 

Complementary Therapy Co-ordinator

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

28 hours per week

London, Enfield

Ref: ENF04

 

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.

       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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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.

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Dear Practitioner,

Hypnotherapy, NLP and Life Coaching are often used alongside other therapies as a valuable coaching tool. They are renowned as modalities that can offer rapid, lasting and meaningful change to clients and complement existing therapeutic skills exceptionally well. These skills enable therapists to increase their clinical offering to their clients, in turn improving the profitability of their practices.

Have you ever considered adding these therapies to your existing professional skills? If so, we have an exciting announcement to make…

The Holistic Therapist Magazine has negotiated a wonderful “Reader offer” with The CAM Coach Author www.thecamcoach.com and Master Trainer of NLP, Hypnotherapy and Coaching, Mark Shields of the NLP Coaching Company.

For ten years, Mark has been successfully mentoring therapists and the CAM Coach educational and vocational courses are an integral part of the degree syllabus in many universities and colleges across the U.K.

As the founder of the NLP Coaching Company, Mark is also known as one of the UK’s leading trainers of Hypnotherapy, NLP and Life Coaching.

The NLP Coaching Company will be extending their “Early Bird” course discount to 1/09/16 for Holistic Therapist Magazine Readers only. This discount can be used against all levels of the Integrated NLP, Hypnotherapy & Coaching Diploma course. Full details of this discount can be found at:

http://www.thenlpcoachingcompany.com/nlp-training-courses/integrated-nlp-hypnotherapy-coaching-diploma/

The main theme of this course is to teach delegates how to use Hypnotherapy, NLP techniques and life coaching skills that will elicit fast and rapid change with clients and patients. All courses are fully certified and accredited and each delegate will receive a qualification in NLP, Clinical Hypnotherapy and Life Coaching, which will allow them to go on to join various Professional Bodies such as British Association of Therapeutic Hypnosis and NLP; General Hypnotherapy Register including Membership to the Complementary Natural Health Council (CNHC).

 

Kind regards

Jayson

Holistic Therapist Magazine

 

Like all of us, I woke this morning to a new, and unexpected, political and business landscape. All the polls suggested that we would remain in Europe, but this turned out, rather resoundingly, to not be the case.

As I walked the dog in a coastal fog, low rolls of thunder out to sea – even the weather reflecting the lack of clarity and worry many feel today – I tried to puzzle out what this means for holistic therapists with small businesses, those who work in spas, our students and those in our industry from outwith the UK.  The people have spoken. Now what?

Much of the legislation that affects our industry is formulated in Europe. Will, for example, the Working Time Regulations be dropped in the UK? Will we lose parental leave rights? Will it become easier to employ people without a mass of red tape? What happens to EU regulations that have been enacted, but which have an implementation period, such as the new Data Protection Rules? Should we still implement these?

Most importantly, how will it affect our customers? Uncertainty leads to stress, yet a potential economic downturn means people spend less on discretionary products and services. Will those of us who sell products internationally still have access to EU markets? How do we find new ones? Will those of us who provide services such as Skype consultations internationally be constrained from doing so, or is this a new era of open trade? The fact is, we just don’t know yet.

We do know that things won’t change overnight. Greenland’s exit took three years and experts reckon we will remain members, albeit with less influence, for the next two years. We will be working in a period of uncertainty and this will present both challenges and opportunities.

Whatever happens, there’s one thing you can be sure of.  Holistic Therapist Magazine will be here for you, helping you meet those challenges and make the most of those opportunities – providing what you need to build the business you want and to live a life you love!

Alison, Jayson, Vicky and everyone at Holistic Therapist

Lemon Detox book and can shot (2)I must have been feeling brave. Having decided to embark on my first ever detox during Lent, it felt the right time to pluck up the courage to give it a go. I had not looked up any celebrity endorsement nor had I been challenged to go without food completely for 7 days! I simply wanted to experience how my body and mind would cope in such an alien environment. I admit I wanted to loosen my partners grip on my love handles, whilst testing my resolve. Oh,  and my favourite slim fit black trousers were threatening to fit me in the same way David Banner’s jeans did as he transformed into the Hulk!

So what did I need to know, well the detox was created by naturopath Stanley Burroughs and was originally known as the “master cleanser”.  More recently it’s been dubbed the lemonade diet or lemon detox diet because, quite simply, all you ingest on the regime is a drink made of lemon juice, Madal Bal Natural Tree Syrup (a carefully prepared blend of nutrient-rich maple & palm saps) and cayenne pepper. You are given the option to substitute the cayenne pepper (helps speed up the metabolism to encourage weight-loss) with raw ginger, but I wanted to keep it pure.  A few days before, I cut out the caffeine as recommended by a contact that had recently completed the detox. I also went for the new ‘Free Be’ version which meant when you start your Lemon Detox, your emailed daily affirmations, prepared by wellbeing guru Susie Pearl, and yoga videos designed by Movement For Modern Life fronted by Lucy Bruegger, to support you in your fasting period. So, after a large Mother’s day meal and polishing off some pancakes filled with fruit, at 5pm on Sunday it was on.

Day one saw me take my first glass of the natural tree syrup with half a lemon 300mls of water that I chose to boil as I prefer warm drinks in the morning, with just a dash of cayenne pepper gave it a stir. It tasted sweet and refreshing, so far so good. As the day progressed I had to get my mind straight with the programme and was feeling a little strange.  I reached for ‘The Lemon Detox Diet’ – Rejuvenation Sensation book by Dr K A Beyer for inspiration and assurance and it fell open at page 9 where it reads: ‘The Lemon Detox Diet is for anyone who feels the need to take more conscious control of their life. It is a commitment towards bringing out the best in ourselves; towards exploring our potential and living life to the full’. This is a fantastic concept, yet I was more conscious of the headache I had throbbing in the back of my head! Flip book forward, and it opens at the dreaded ‘Cleansing symptoms’ page and there at the top of the list is headaches! It dissuades the use of chemical painkillers, and instead offers rubbing some lavender oil on the temples – I decided to grin and bear it instead. I tried not thinking about food and just kept drinking water and the odd herbal tea alongside the approved concoction.  The mindfulness words in the morning email you receive revolve around loving your body, accepting yourself and releasing toxic thoughts and feelings that will leave you better, stronger and healthier.  The yoga which I decided to do late afternoon was full of twists that encourage the digestive cleanse, after I had a few more glasses (you are meant to have a minimum 7 per day) of the detox drink I was starting to feel a need to go to bed, earlier than normal but my body obviously wanted me to have more rest. This feeling is in line the main purpose of the regime to regenerate the body. The plan is to help the body dissolve and eliminate accumulated impurities, clean the digestive tract and other organs whilst regulating blood pressure leading to improved circulation. Pondering this I fell asleep.

Day two was about getting my new routine right. The stomach that rumbled continuously on day one was less noisy and the headache was subsiding. I had to take the drink every two hours to achieve the daily amount, oh and there is a need to drink at least two litres of water alongside the preparation! I was fine in the morning, and then something very strange happened. When it approached lunchtime I got the sensation of chicken in my mouth to the point I felt I was or just had chewed some and then came a need for spicy beans – bizarre! This began a chain of food related events, first I put veggie filled pasta into containers which my lovely partner left on the stove, without a cheeky sample.

Then Mr Maker pops up on the box to entertain my baby daughter whilst taunting me with his food themed challenge! It was if he was talking to me through the TV and asking me to try some food, but I could easily resist, it seemed I hadn’t missed it.

I tried the intermediate yoga session which was more posture and breath-work orientated, again assisting with an effective detox process.  I have noticed my energy levels remained steady throughout the day only slowing as the evening turned into night. Okay, there is still a commotion in the gut so something was happening, but I had got used to the strange digestive noises. After a short meditation, wash and read I was feeling good and looking forward to day three.

I awoke feeling lighter and brighter, the last day had been challenging, but I felt that I had turned a corner. My routine as a consultant is early starts and late finishes so I sometimes struggle in the mornings and mid-afternoons. Now I felt ready as soon as I awoke my sleep undisturbed and dreams less intense. I wasn’t worrying about random thoughts and instead felt more present in the moment – absent of hunger. My routine was harmonious and allowed time to have a nap with my daughter in the afternoon as I listened to my body and it felt right. The Lemon Detox Diet book tells us that: ‘After three days, the body starts to eliminate toxins and reduce fatty reserves deposited throughout the body. While this process continues, we don’t feel hungry. Only when the deposits are used up does hunger return as the body tells us it is time to eat again’. However, I did notice my tongue had a white coating which is a sign of the purification process and happens during detoxification. When the tongue reverts back to a nice pink colour the process is complete. Unfortunately, this was not the case for me – probably unrealistic in just one week.

By day four I was actually feeling quite normal weirdly. I only really noticed being on the detox programme because of the drinks. I had got so used to my stomach noise that it wasn’t until I was in a quiet setting with others that I became acutely aware of my intestinal instrumentation. There are subtleties to the Lemon Detox that if you don’t stop to take notice, can easily pass you by. One is a sense of inner harmony which takes the edge off potential stressful situations. Being in balance is a personal goal so experiencing this sensation was massive for me. Most people felt I was mad to even attempt the detox, but this clarity of mind, cleanliness of body and sharpness of spirit meant I had got though the worst. I just had get through the next few days and notice whatever comes up.

Feeling revitalised on a Friday was a completely new for me as I am normally pretty tired, but instead was looking forward to the Serenity Session being held by Leah Bracknell in Worthing later in the evening. Although the journey due to severe traffic was potentially stressful, the session itself saw me flow through the two hours, surprising myself with how energised I was. The closing ceremony was powerful and I expect heightened due to my current cleanse. I left feeling refreshed and soothed gliding home with ease and to a good nights sleep. The final days on the detox were not a problem, getting the body adjusted to actually having solid food again was challenging. Being my very first detox of any sort my mind clicked back to normality within 48 hours of finishing 7 days and although I avoided the recommended meat, fish, eggs, bread and sweets I foolishly had some pasta – big mistake! I had to go back to bed mid-afternoon to recover; needless to say I went back to soups and won’t be doing that again. However, it had been a transformative experience. I had already considered doing it all again later in the year and after watching a documentary called ‘Eat, Fast & Live Longer’ featuring Dr Michael Mosley confirmed a definite life change.

Although I had not weighed myself it was all about the cleansing process rather than weight loss, I decided to put on the slim fit black trousers and…Success! There was no hint of them ripping Hulk like, as they fit me again. I was happy and glad I did the lemon detox and would encourage anyone looking to heal from within to consider it. Novelist Paulo Coelho put it aptly: ‘Be brave, take risks, nothing can substitute experience’.

For more information on The Lemon Detox visit the website: www.lemondetox.com.

Written by Peter Courtney-Fitch

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Do you find yourself mindlessly reaching for comfort food when you’re feeling fed up, lonely or bored?  Can you remember what you ate the last time you felt that way?

Your brain has messages going to and from two main centres – the limbic system, which is the seat of your emotions, and the pre frontal cortex, which is your thinking brain.

When you’re feeling anxious, stressed, tired, bored, lonely or just downright fed up, the same part of your brain that creates those emotions will look for comfort by way of instant gratification.  That part of your brain is the primitive part, the part that doesn’t have logic attached to it, just instinctual, habitual behaviour.  Think about a baby – when she is hungry she will cry, and food and comfort are given.  The baby’s natural urges and instincts are satisfied, the brain knows there is no threat to survival and the baby is ( hopefully !) placated.

The same process occurs when you feel negative emotions as an adult.  Your primitive brain wants to stop the negative feelings, and as food is plentiful in our modern western world, it provides an instant calming effect.  It does this not only because it’s an intake of something tasty ( usually high in sugar and/or fat), but also because by putting it in your mouth you are gaining additional comfort.

Once this cycle starts, the weight piles on, the anxiety increases and you may get to the point of saying “what the heck, I may as well just eat it all”.  You’re not thinking with your thinking brain!

The next time you find yourself reaching for that sugar rush, take a moment to draw in a deep breath, as you say the word STOP! Ask yourself if you’re eating with your head or your stomach – chances are it will be with your head, and by using this thinking process, you are engaging the prefrontal cortex, and quietening the emotional limbic system.  The moment will pass, as the urgency melts away.  Physically move to a different place/chair/room, and be very proud of yourself for taking a step towards healthy choices.

Lynda Roberts Cert Ed. SQHP (GHR. CNHC

Lynda is an established Hypnotherapy Consultant, working from her busy practice in Colchester, Essex.  Lynda specialises in helping clients overcome emotional eating habits, and to lose weight naturally and permanently without the need for dietary restrictions.

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Your 90 minute healing cycle

You sleep at night and are awake during the day (normally). This is the ‘circadian rhythm’ – happening once every 24 hours. And there are many other natural rhythms, often regulated by hormones (like the menstrual cycle).

And then there are healing rhythms.

Every 90 to 120 minutes we all shift into an altered state of consciousness for around 20 minutes.

During this time, your blood pressure lowers, your immune response is refreshed, and there’s a natural shift in brain hemisphere dominance from left to right – from logical to creative.  You might start to daydream, or throw coffee down your throat, or feel like taking a break.

These natural rhythmic cycles receive little or no focus in our modern, fast paced lives.  Stress, caffeine, nicotine, pressures to ‘stay focussed’ – all lead us to ignore these healing rhythms at the expense of our health, our productivity and our creativity.    But the fact is that the more we block and ignore these gentle but powerful rising/ebbing tides of the mind and body, the less genuinely effective we become.  Those who spend their time rushing around, meeting deadlines and filling their diary in an ever increasing need to be busy are missing out on this wonderful, natural healing process we all have access to.

Okay, so we should all chill out sometimes during the day. Now and then going with rather than fighting against your body’s natural rhythms will make you more, not less, productive. When you appear to be doing nothing is often when you are really doing something.  Mindfulness is a relatively new buzz word, but the concept is ancient, and is still practiced as a part of daily life in many cultures.  We should perhaps take a tip from our pets, especially dogs, who seem to sit and stare at nothing in particular in between long snoozes!

We can all utilise this natural trance-like state not just to encourage the body to do what it needs to do, but also when we are studying and learning, or when we have major decisions to make. We can use it to appeal to the quiet inner wisdom that’s so often drowned out by the noise and fast pace of the 21st century.

We make emotional and physical changes on the inside. When we use progressive relaxation or meditation or hypnotic inner work, the ‘inner’ portion of the experience usually lasts around 20 minutes. This fits harmoniously with the natural ultradian cycle. And this is how we can use the natural window of opportunity that these rhythms open for us.

Making  self-hypnosis a part of your daily routine will enable you to notice and go with your body’s natural change in rhythms.  Notice when you seem to be unable to focus, when your brain feels tired – that’s the best time to relax, even if only for a few minutes.

This exercise is a great way to enable your mind and body to relax, and doesn’t take very long – enjoy!

Lie down, or sit in a comfortable chair, where your head can rest in a comfortable position.  Find a spot on the ceiling or opposite wall, and keep your eyes focussed on that spot.  As you begin to relax, notice 3 things that you can see in your peripheral vision, and then 3 things you can hear, and finally 3 things you can physically feel.  Take your time doing this. All the time you are focussing on each sensory input your body is moving into relaxation as the natural rhythms are allowed to flow.  When you’re  ready, close your eyes, and imagine the following:

  • The smell of coffee
  • The shape of a heart
  • The sound of a dog barking
  • The sound of waves lapping against the shore
  • The taste of lemon
  • The smell of freshly cut grass
  • The shape of the letters in the word ‘R E L A X’
  • The feel of a cats fur
  • The feel of soft velvet
  • The pattern of a single snowflake
  • The feel of walking on fresh snow

You can make up your own list of sensory experiences, and your imagination will provide you with the same feeling as if it were real!

Breathe deeply as you relax for a few more minutes, and then allow yourself to become aware of your surroundings, wiggle your fingers and toes and open your eyes.  As your natural rhythms rise again you will feel energised and refreshed.

Lynda Roberts Cert Ed. SQHP (GHR). CNHC

Lynda is an established and experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist and Trainer, helping clients to feel good about themselves from her busy practice in Colchester, Essex.  Skype sessions are available for those clients living outside of the area.

www.hypnotherapysoutheast.co.uk

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Reflexology, Massage, complementary therapy

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Complementary Therapy for a good night’s sleep

A cancer patient who has been experiencing hot sweats at night time as a result of his cancer is now able to get a good night’s sleep thanks to a reflexology treatment at St Oswald’s Hospice, based in Newcastle.

Shaun Fawcett, 67, from Whittingham, Northumberland, has been coming to the Hospice for pain and symptom management since September 2015. He has Multiple Myeloma, which is a type of bone marrow cancer.

During Shaun’s stays on St Oswald’s adult inpatient unit, he sees a complementary therapist to help keep his hot sweats under control and to help him to have a comfortable and relaxing night’s sleep. Shaun’s wife, Nancy, tells us more:

“Shaun’s cancer makes him sweat profusely at night time, sometimes it can be so bad that I have to change his t-shirt five or six times a night. The nurses at St Oswald’s frequently change Shaun’s bedding a couple of times a night too. This obviously impacts severely on Shaun’s sleep and mine too.

“After speaking to a member of the nursing team about Shaun’s hot sweats, they arranged for us to see one of their physiotherapists. For a while, acupuncture worked for Shaun’s condition but as it became more complex, his hot sweats came back. It was at this point we met with Gaenor, a Complementary Therapist at St Oswald’s.

“Gaenor suggested that we try reflexology, and the difference has been extreme. Shaun barely sweats thanks to the treatment, which means we both sleep so much better. This not only impacts on us at night time, but throughout daily life as it means we’re not tired all the time, which no one wants, especially when you’re unwell.”

Gaenor Evans, Complementary Therapy Team Leader, said: “At St Oswald’s Hospice we work holistically with our patients to support and promote their physical, psychological, social and emotional wellbeing. Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary therapy and is based on the theory that feet correspond with different areas of the body. It uses a unique method of stimulating reflex areas on the feet whilst applying gentle pressure with thumbs and fingers.

“Some people find it works and fortunately it did for Shaun. After one aftertreatment, Shaun’s hot sweats significantly reduced and the effects lasted up to three days post treatment. Shaun told me his reflexology treatment reduced his night sweats and improved his quality of life.”

St Oswald’s Hospice offers a Complementary Therapy service to all patients accessing Hospice services. This including Aromatherapy, Massage, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Hot Stone Massage, Reiki and the M technique.

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St Oswald’s provides hospice care to adults, young adults and children from across the North East. No charge is made for the service, ensuring care is available for all. They need to raise £7million through voluntary giving each year to continue their services. To find out more about St Oswald’s please visit www.stoswaldsuk.org, find them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Media enquiries:

Emma Wharfe, Clinical Communications Officer

Tel: 0191 285 0063 ext 328

Email: [email protected]

To donate to St Oswald’s text the word ‘HOSPICE’ to 70300 to donate £10.

PICTURED: A St Oswald’s Volunteer Complementary Therapist and patient

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