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a snowy christmas scene, image by J P Martin

It is that time of year again, when Christmas is upon us, and we are all excited about festivities, food and fun… As a businessperson you may be looking forward to wrapping the year up with a big sparkly bow… but remember January is just a stone throw away, and we need to ensure as professionals that we are prepared for the New Year.

January can be a strange month, with many people taking extended holidays or worrying about how much they have consumed in purchases, food, or alcohol over the festive period. Some of you may have an influx of new clients wanting to get started with their New Year’s resolutions, where as other therapies just may not demand that same custom during the first month of the year… Hopefully you have taken some time to assess what your January is likely to look like…

At HTM we have decided to review a selection of CPD courses for the 2016, courses that may help you in business and with expanding your existing database of clients, or just offering your current clients more.

So check out the blog posts and look out for the reviews… and in the meantime here are five tips for your business this New Year – Merry Christmas…

  1. Refresh your environment: take time out after the Christmas rush to give your treatment room a lick of paint or add a few new vases, or cushions to the waiting area… select a careful choice of colours, that are warm and calming.
  2. Remind your current clients that you are working in January and offer any New Year New You discounts to encourage business.
  3. Check out MOOCs – free online courses to refresh your knowledge or learn a new skill like project management or web development.
  4. Do something new for yourself, perhaps a new hair cut or purchase new work attire in the January sales.
  5. Get a new diary and appointment book that you can be proud of, and visualise those bookings coming in for an abundant 2016.

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Congratulations to Amy, on her first issue as Managing Editor of HTM … Now busy working on a Spring issue for all of you lovely readers, here is her Editor Letter for the current Holistic Therapist Magazine… Subscribe today for more news, business and health in the industry’s No.1 Business Guide.

(Cover credits: Tina and MUA: Jolina O’Hair)

Dear therapist,

Welcome to the latest issue and Happy New Year! It’s my first issue as the new editor and I’ve been absolutely loving working with the fabulous HTM team to bring you the first issue of 2014.

Since I’ve taken the reins from the former ed Jordan (who’s now to be found running the HTM website), I’ve got to know our great regular contributors, discovered some more talented and experienced writers, heard some inspiring stories from readers, tried out some gorgeous new products for healthy holistic living and working, and had an incredible treatment. All of this and more is squeezed into this issue of Holistic Therapist Magazine. 

This New Year issue is all about new beginnings, refreshing your business and your life, embracing change and making 2014 your best year yet. As always, our remarkable team of regular contributors share their words of business wisdom. Rachel Fairweather writes about starting out and staying in business (page 24); life coach Mark Shields shares how to use the principles of teamwork for greater success (page 30); Jonathan Pollinger show you how to refresh your online profiles (page 14) while we also learn how to successfully launch a website in the new year (page 15); David Balens demonstrates how students and newly qualified therapists can safely develop their skills (page 26); Sandy Newbigging shares his teachings on making powerful and positive life changes (page 37); and Dr Stephen Hopwood brings you news of the “anti-cancer effect” for men of wholefood supplements (page 13).

We also celebrate Chinese New Year with features on using its symbolism to promote your business (page 16), as well as sharing tips on staying healthy this winter by using acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (page 54), Karen Watkins’ reveals her ABC of top detoxing foods (page 52), and Charlotte Palmer offers you a winter warming Eastern recipe to make to warm your cockles on chilly nights (age 53). We honour St Valentine’s Day with some beautiful alternative loving gifts (page 45); celebrate Mother’s Day with pampering products (page 42), our new mum’s diary (page 39) and Rosanna’s advice for safely getting back into exercise after birth (page 40), and show you how to make New Year’s Resolution’s work for you (64). The magazine is also packed with inspiring real-life case studies and an interview with a very well known actress, model and mum (page 66).

It’s great to be on board as part of the HTM team. If you have stories, news and events that you’d like to share and see featured in the magazine, please get in touch – I’d love to hear your news so drop me a line at [email protected].

Amy x

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Hello therapists! Winter is well and truly bedded in now – after such a long and glorious summer it’s been hard to let go of the sunshine but the chilly nights are the perfect excuse to wrap up warm, curl your hands around a comforting mug of hot chocolate and snuggle up with a copy of Holistic Therapist Magazine while the wind blows outside. There’s a brand new issue out in the New Year, packed with indispensable business advice from our industry experts, as well as lots of health, nutrition and beauty articles to dive into. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year from all of us at HTM!

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Hello, I’m the new editor of the magazine and I’d like to say it’s great

to be on board! In the short time since I’ve taken the reins from the

fabulous former magazine ed Jordan (still working her magic on the

website), I’ve met some incredible people who write regularly for HTM,

heard some amazing stories from readers keen to share their experiences,

tried out some fabulous new products for healthy holistic living, and

had a mind-blowing treatment, all of which, and more, will be packed

into the January/February/March issue of the magazine, out in the New


It’s good to here…

The New Year issue is all about fresh beginnings, refreshing your

business and your life, and embracing change. We also mark Chinese New

Year with features on using its symbolism to promote your business, as

well as offering you tips on staying healthy this winter by using

Chinese medicine, and giving you a deliciously warming Eastern recipe to

try. We honour St Valentine’s Day with some gorgeous alternative loving

gifts; celebrate Mother’s Day with our new mum’s diary and pampering

products, and meet some inspirational therapists with stories to share.

The mag is also packed with fantastic features from our remarkable team

of regular contributors, and an interview with a very famous model and


I’m so excited about being part of the HTM team. If you have stories,

news and events that you’d like to share and see featured in the

magazine, please get in touch – I’d love to hear them –

[email protected]

Amy x

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HTM cover issue 8

With winter almost here, what better way to spend a cosy warm break from work, than curled up with a cuppa herbal tea on a cosy chair with your copy of HTM?

Find out more about This Issue, and Subscribe, or get your hands on any Back Issues and stock up on your business knowledge for the festive season.


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Holistic Therapist Magazine, smiling baby Jess

We are sure that the HTM readers would like to join the whole team in congratulating the MD and his lovely partner, on the arrival of their beautiful daughter.

Thank you Jessica for your smile, and for the wonder in your eyes; for reminding us that everybody was once a child, and that each and every human-being is beautiful.

Importance: Of family; Of union; Of commitment; Of love; Of the purity and innocence of new life. Children bring the seemingly important things into true perspective – not everything we place effort, or time on is as important as we believe it to be. The wonder of children is grounding, beautiful; the true essence of existence. So whether it is a friend’s child, a family member, or your own child, be inspired by them, and embrace a moment to feel your childlike nature again. Drink in that wonderful feeling of youth. Look at the sky as though it is the first time you have seen it (blues, pinks – and even shades of grey), be engulfed by the beauty in this world, the beauty, which we so-often take for granted. Just for a moment absorb it, maybe a moment per day, and gradually, perhaps these moments will stretch out and alter our perception forever.


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“Camexpo is THE practitioner and therapist event of the year.”  So says top women’s health nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville about the UK’s biggest event for complementary and integrated healthcare professionals – camexpo, which returns for its 11th edition on 5-6 October at Earls Court, London.

A keen support and regular speaker at camexpo for almost ten years – Dr Glenville is known for attracting standing-room-only crowds.  Indeed, such is her popularity with camexpo audiences that she is the only speaker to be hosting two Keynotes (‘Natural solutions to digestive problems and IBS’ and ‘Fat around the middle: Central Adiposity – why is it such a health risk?’) over the weekend show.

“It’s a privilege to be invited back [to camexpo] again this year,” says Dr Glenville, the former President of the Food and Health Forum at the Royal Society of Medicine.  “For two full days everything is under one roof – offering practitioners and students access to top quality seminars, workshops, and a wealth of supplement and natural product companies.”

Another speaker looking forward to returning to the Keynote stage is best-selling author, nutritionist, and founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, Patrick Holford.  Unable to attend last year’s camexpo, he’ll be back with a highly-anticipated bang for 2013 – discussing “cutting edge genetic discoveries that makes the process of losing weight and staying young much easier” in ‘Weight loss – what really works?’ on Sunday 6 October.

“What’s great about camexpo is that you quickly get up to date with the current trends and developments in natural healing,” says Holford.

With 75% of 2012’s visitors citing keeping-up-to-date as their number one reason for attending, camexpo’s exceptional CPD-accredited training and education programme has certainly proved a big annual draw.  Renowned for providing dynamic, inspiration-packed content from some of the biggest and brightest names in the industry, this year’s line-up includes 22 free Keynote Seminars (in two Revital-sponsored theatres).

New speakers for 2013 include:

·        Professor Ingvar Bjarnason – lead gastroenterologist at London’s King’s College Hospital

·        Miguel Toribio-Mateas – chairman of BANT and clinical director of The Optimum Health Clinic

·        Penelope Quest – bestselling author of Reiki for Life, Self-Healing with Reiki, and The Reiki Manual

·        Henrietta Norton – co-founder of Wild Nutrition

·        CAM Coach Mark Shields – founder of The Life Practice Group

·        Dr Jane Buckle – creator of the ‘M’ Technique (a method of gentle, structured touch suitable for those with special needs or dementia)

·        Naturopath Andrea Jacobs – presenting exclusive findings from new clinical research into inflammatory health treatment regimes

“camexpo is an important date in my diary as it is a chance to meet practitioners from all over the country and catch up on latest developments in an industry very close to my heart,” says neurologist and nutritional consultant Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride, who previously appeared at camexpo in 2010.

Perhaps best known for developing the GAPS (Gut And Psychology Syndrome) nutritional protocol, Dr Campbell-McBride’s 2013 Keynote will focus on ‘Autoimmune disease in children and adults’.  Outlining why she believes that autoimmune conditions, including diabetes type one, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, interstitial cystitis, nephropathy, and lupus, are becoming more common (over 200 conditions have been identified to date), she’ll discuss what causes these conditions, and how they can be prevented and reversed.

Having dedicated the past few years of his career to the research and support of individuals with auto-immune conditions, Nutri-Link’s head of technical services Antony Haynes will also be offering his views (backed by case histories) on a ‘Route to Resolution’ from auto-immune conditions. (Haynes and Dr Campbell-McBride will both be appearing on Saturday 5 October at 11.35am and 12.40pm respectively.)

“The audience at camexpo is always a fantastic one,” says Haynes.  “I’m so looking forward to presenting a sequel, as it were, to the auto-immune conditions that I talked about last year, but this time a year on.”

According to Haynes, these conditions are the cause of nearly a third of the world’s illnesses requiring long-term medical treatment.  Describing what some of his patients have done in detail, to achieve freedom from their conditions (which include rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and sarcoidosis), he aims “to show that there may be a complementary route for patients, to their existing medical treatment, and one that can prove to be extremely successful and life-changing”.

Returning speakers include Elke Theuwissen, who’ll be presenting new research into how Vitamin K2 (menaquinone-7) shows benefits for bone and heart health; Dale Pinnock, who’ll be offering ‘Culinary approaches to cardiovascular disease management and protection’; Expectancy’s educational director Denise Tiran; ANH founder Dr Rob Verkerk; the CMA’s president Jayney Goddard; naturopath Daniel Baden; Outstanding Achievement Award winners (at camexpo 2011 and 2012) Meghan Mari and Rachel Fairweather from the Jing Institute of Advanced Massage Training; Margaret Coats and Hazel Russo, with the CNHC’s annual regulation update for professional practitioners; and Robert J Marshall – founder of Premier Research Labs (a leading US manufacturer of toxin free, living-source nutrition and cellular resonance products) – discussing ‘Firing up energy systems in the body’.

“At Premier Research Labs we have long worked under the premise that if you have healthy bio-energetic and musculo-skeletal systems, you will have a solid foundation to get people to a point of optimal health,” explains Marshall, who believes that physical and cellular degeneration and reduced physical activity can age us prematurely.

Focusing on bioenergetic systems in the body and mitochondrial health (mitochondria are structures within cells that convert the energy from food into a form that cells can use), he’ll share insights on biophoton energy, cell frequency, and the impact of toxins and non-nutritive excipients (bulking agents or fillers) gained from over four decades of research and clinical experience.

“I’m confident these [methods] have the ability to really transform how clinicians go about providing healthcare to their clients and patients,” he concludes.

“The seminar speakers are always highly informed, passionate and inspiring – I’m looking forward to camexpo 2013!,” says Michelle Rodrigues from EARTH therapy, just one of thousands of practitioners, therapists, CAM students, and health store buyers  preparing to revisiting camexpo again this year.

To register for a visitor pass to camexpo on 5-6 October at Earls Court, London (which includes entry to the Keynotes), please visit camexpo.co.uk/register  (and use priority code camx599 to register for £6.50).

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Dear Therapist,

Woohoo! Jump for joy at the thought of this beautiful season… It’s summertime! I love the unpredictable nature of the British weather… the anticipation of sunshine is always accompanied by the same warmth in the smiles of people passing by. There is a unique vibrancy and soulfulness in the air and this positive energy is shared with the clouded skies of silver, because we all know that the sun will show itself soon enough.

… And what better way to enjoy the random showers of sunshine than camping with your family (page 50). It is the perfect opportunity to visit a day spa or a retreat, and revitalise your body, mind, heart and soul… check out our great reviews this issue: Jan heads to the Homefield Grange (page 44), Yvonne visits Deer Lake Lodge (page 65), and Kate reviews facial reflexology (page 64). We have plenty more for you and your health as always.

…But as you all know, Holistic Therapist Magazine is the industry’s number one business guide, and so we have heaps of advice and tips for you to continue to flourish in your business, and reinforce the industry as a whole, so that together we can share the benefits of holistic therapies and lifestyles!

We revisit advertising with an article on writing effective flyers (page 24), as well as offering some words of wisdom from Louise Jensen (page 22) and Mark Shields (page 23).  From advertising advice, we head to Marketing on a Shoestring, expertly written by Rachel Fairweather (page 26). Jonathan Pollinger sheds more light on the world of social-networking, focusing this issue on the business website, LinkedIn (page 16)… And one of my favorite news pieces this issue has to be that written by Doctor Stephen Hopwood (page 13).

Enjoy journeying through this issue of HTM, and remember I am just an email away on [email protected]. So if you have a product or book you’d like us to review, or an interesting story or case study please do contact me.

Warmth and love this season

Jordan x

Managing Editor



Cover credits;

Photographer: TinaNikolovski.com

Model: Sarah Parker

Stylist: Daniella Jukic

MUA: Jolina O’Hair

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Mother, yoga teacher, and Birthlight tutor, Rosanna Kalliabetsos provides an exposing article to the world of product advertising in our summer issue of Holistic Therapist Magazine… out now… and below are some valuable top tips of Rosanna’s, for navigating through packaging claims:

1 Look up the ingredients of the products in your home, on ewg.org/skindeep.

Look for alternatives to products with ingredients known to be suspect. Minimise use of toxic products (e.g. use eco-friendly cleaning products regularly and the more hazardous ones every so often).

2 Be weary of supermarket own brands that claim to be environmentally friendly, but also include non-biodegradable ingredients. This also goes for products that claim to have ‘added’ ingredients, but are not in themselves organic, non-toxic or biodegradable. Do support the eco-friendly and non-toxic brands available in supermarkets and local stores, especially with cleaning products.

3 Look into online stores such as ethicalsuperstore.com for brands that do not mislead through their advertising.

4 Buy non-toxic formulas… more easily found in quality independent health food shops and online. Don’t forget that regular toothpaste is toxic too and very harmful if ingested by small children.

5 Educate those you know who are wanting to have a baby, are pregnant, have a new baby or growing child to think about what they put on their bodies. The sooner toxic overload is reduced, the less likely it is that allergies, eczema, asthma, hayfever and more serious long-term dis-eases are triggered. It is especially important to avoid regular cleaning products, nail-polish, standard deodorant and mineral oil-based lotions and oils during pregnancy, or when breastfeeding or around young children. Remember that 50% of a baby’s genes come from dad, so he also needs to de-toxify prior to conception.

6  Consider eliminating from your home all un-necessary products such as plug in or spray de-odourisers; you can burn essential oils or use non-toxic sprays instead.

7 Note that when packaging claims that something is ‘clinically proven to…’ they are usually talking about the appearance or symptoms, not the cause. Something that is intended for shortterm use, can further contribute to the cause of a symptom if used long term.

8 Cerials and juice drinks are fortified with vitamins- this doesn’t mean that a) the body can properly process and utilise synthetic vitamins and minerals, or b) that the other ingredients such as sugar, artificial sweeteners , glucose syrup, corn syrup, aspartmein or E numbers don’t nullify the ‘good’ ingredients in the cerial

9 Formula milk is advertised with added fish oils or probiotics. Dont be fooled into thinking that the quantities are sufficient to make a significant health impact, or that the fish oils are purified first (as with good fish oil brands). Probiotics are pointless if present with sugar (and other sweeteners) in the ingredients list so this also cancels out the reported benefits of ‘friendly bacteria’ drinks.

10 Many multilevel marketing companies (MLM) focus on providing non toxic or organic formulated products. Check that all the ingredients they use are non or low toxic to humans, animals and the environment. These companies also provide you with the opportunity to buy great products and introduce friends and family and earn commission on what they buy so be sure to trust their efficacy.


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This issue we have heaps for you to read on business, including creativity, press release writing, internet security and online DIY PR. We also have a great new book review, and an amazing luxurious competition prize: A break for two at Alexander House and Utopia Spa.  The issue is splashed with colour – Feng Shui, colour therapy, a rainbow diet and so much more for your business and for you and your health.

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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...