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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 154

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 154 - January 2009

DVD: Vertical Reflexology For Hands and Feet

by Lynne Booth, author of Vertical Reflexology and Vertical Reflexology for Hands

DVD: Vertical Reflexology For Hands and Feet

Professional sports persons and sick, elderly people have both been instrumental in the development of a new, profound and very different form of reflexology – Vertical Reflex Therapy (VRT) – over the past 12 years. An injured professional footballer can learn to stimulate a knee reflex on the side of his foot to help restore and maintain the body's natural equilibrium and hopefully accelerate the healing processes. An elderly person can also learn the brief 5 minute VRT techniques on their hands to help arthritic shoulder pain, and young and old can follow the simple Diaphragm Rocking techniques on their hands to aid sleep or prevent jet-lag. Reflexology is an ancient therapy where points on the feet called reflexes are stimulated to help the body restore and maintain its natural equilibrium. The key difference with VRT is that the weight-bearing hands or feet are briefly in a weight-bearing position for no more that 5 minutes. This method appears to increase the therapeutic response and thousands of people worldwide have learnt to help themselves to overcome stress, insomnia or pain.

This DVD offers 60 minutes of high quality instructions that can be used by the general public as well as professional Reflexologists.  

  • Everyone can follow these precise step-by-step instructions  for feet and hands;
  • Professionals can refresh the VRT skills and learn new ones; 
  • Diaphragm Rocking and easy self-help hand exercises for insomnia and jet lag;
  • Basic and Advance VRT foot techniques and sequences to help pain relief.

Further Information
DVD by Wibfilm Ltd available now online on general release January 2009, price £19.99. Tel: 0117 962 6746; contact@boothvrt.com    www.boothvrt.com


 

Marshcouch – Professional Choice for Treatment Couches

 

Marshcouch – Professional Choice for Treatment Couches

Marshcouch is a  real company with real people and a real address and phone number! Marshcouch has been making  and supplying portable couches since 1982.  Not just a cyber-company, Marshcouch actually manufacture couches and  know what they're talking about ! The company was set up by Nigel Marshall, qualified massage therapist, to make couches to fit the needs of the individual therapist for all kinds of bodywork

Marshcouch specialise in custom built treatment couches specifically designed to actually fit the therapists using them. The company supplies couches for every possible application including massage, sports, osteopathy, physio, chiropractic etc and is currently supplying portable blood donor couches to UNHCR for use in war torn Sudan.

  • Custom Massage Tables & Couches
  • Multi Height Treatment Tables & Couches
  • Specialist Tables & Couches
  • Reiki Tables & Couches
  • Alexander Technique Tables & Couches
  • McTimoney Tables & Couches

Marshcouch may be the first and possibly the last of the custom couch companies. Marshcouch is a company you can ring for advice and talk to a real person, visit them at their Factory/showroom and see and test the couches for yourself.  Buying from Marshcouch not only gives you a worthwhile and valid guarantee but also continuing after- sales service, repairs and re-upholstery service. Marshcouch sell on-line too, but with a difference; Marshcouch is not a back bedroom laptop operation, they're available to give advice, let you view the products, pick them up, test the weight, rigidity, ease of adjustment etc and there if you later encounter any problems.

Your couch is probably your main piece of equipment, for peace of mind, choose Marshcouch and they confidently expect to still be here for you, hopefully, in another 25 years !

Further Information
Please contact Marshcouch on Tel: 01442 263199;   Fax: 0844 443 9750;   nigel@marshcouch.com       www.marshcouch.com


 

Pure Fiber Natural Bamboo Massage Sheets

 

Pure Fiber Natural Bamboo Massage Sheets

Pure Fiber Inc has announced that it will include bamboo massage sheets composed of 100% bamboo thread to their 2008 product line. This offers an eco-friendly solution for individuals and spas to utilize the benefits behind an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Pure Fiber's  mission is to produce only the purest of products from the finest materials in the world. Catering to individuals as well as high-end resorts and spas, their standards have always been for high energy efficiency, material innovation, and design sustainability.

Known as the fastest growing plant on earth, bamboo can easily reach maturity within 3-4 years and is readily available for harvest. With a benefit of not requiring the need for replanting, bamboo can continuously grow all year long. Since they thrive naturally, the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides is completely eliminated. Because of its high renewability, Pure Fiber has taken advantage of such benefits and has innovatively created all natural bamboo massage sheets.

Composed of 100% bamboo yarn, these sheets will take massage clients' experiences to a whole new level. Benefits of these sheets include being naturally hypoallergenic and odour-resistant as well as strong when used constantly and continuously. Characteristically soft when compared to the likes of silky cashmere, not only will it keep clients warm and relaxed but is great for sensitive skin-types.

Further Information
Please contact Pure Fiber on Tel: 001 909 931-7310;   info@pure-fiber.com  www.pure-fiber.com


 

The Ultimate Nutrition Guide for Cancer Sufferers, their Family and Friends.

by Zoe Hellman BSc SRD
Published by Emerald Publishing. 2008. Paperback. ISBN: 1847160840

The Ultimate Nutrition Guide for Cancer Sufferers, their Family and Friends.

This book  provides effective and clear advice on nutrition that is based on recent medical research and reliable practice. The book consists of eleven chapters, each one broken down in sub headings, making the text easy to use for quick reference. Every aspect of nutritional issues associated with cancer is explored. From the metabolism-related impacts of cancer, to managing to eat well in hospital and at home, the matters are treated both from a clinical and a practical point of view.

Hellman explains how vital it is for cancer sufferers to evaluate and sustain their nutritional status while they are undergoing treatment, discussing how important the relationship between these two elements is. The Ultimate Nutrition Guide is factual and to the point. Its aim is to provide comprehensive and trustworthy information and pragmatic help. The book helpfully roots all guidance in practical advice, providing examples of how to incorporate important principles into everyday life. Some forms for nutritional status monitoring within the appendices of the book, make it an even more useful tool.

Zoe Hellman is a state registered dietician. She has worked in both the public and private sectors and has worked directly with people who have been diagnosed with cancer, their family and friends. She wrote this first book in the Emerald series, after realising that many patients are not as well informed during their treatment as they could be.

Far more than a simple guide, this book proves to be a clear and concise tool for those who need to increase their practical knowledge on cancer-related nutritional issues; a knowledge that may become a precious tool itself.

Further information
Please contact Roger Sproston: info@straightforwardco.co.uk  or Manuela Mesco:  Manuela.mesco@book-promotion.com    www.the-ultimate-nutrition-guide.com


 

Pukka Herbs Ayurveda Distance Learning Programme

 

Pukka Herbs Ayurveda Distance Learning Programme

Jenni Malsingh (18) is one of the first people to have signed up to the course.

Following a successful pilot last year, Pukka Herbs has launched a unique distance learning course. 

The Introduction to the Ayurveda course was specially developed and written by Pukka's herbal director, Sebastian Pole, based on his lifetime's experience of ancient Indian Ayurvedic principles and practice.

The 100 hour course, made up of 14 modules, can be started and completed at the individual's own pace.  The broad syllabus gives a deep insight into Ayurveda's approach to preventing disease, common health problems, their causes and treatments.  It details Ayurveda's most useful herbs and formulas and explains how they can be most effectively harnessed.
 
"The course will be of interest to practitioners as well as individuals seeking a frame of reference for how to live a balanced life using food, exercise, massage and relaxation techniques," concluded Sebastian Pole.
 
One of the first people to complete the pilot course was Jenni Malsingh, an 18 year old student who lives near Bristol. She said: "I taught myself yoga and really enjoy it and I have always been very conscious of health issues and the importance of eating well.  Given this, and my passion for India, the Introduction to Ayurveda course was perfect for me."
 
Further information
More information about  the distance learning course is available online at  www.pukkaherbs.com  or by emailing learn@pukkaherbs.com


 

Eric Toll, the Managing Director of 123Telecom Limited,  based in Barry, South Wales is helping Tom Offer and his family to raise £35,000 to help fight Tom's bone cancer.


Eric Toll, the Managing Director of 123Telecom Limited,  based in Barry, South Wales is helping Tom Offer and his family to raise £35,000 to help fight Tom's bone cancer.

Tom was diagnosed in July 2007 aged 14 years with bone cancer (Osteosarcoma) in his right tibia, with secondary deposits on his right lung.

Companies across Wales and South West England have raised over £4500 to help 15 year old Tom Offer of Llantwit Major. Tom needs to raise £35,000 to help fight Cancer.

All donations are managed by YesToLife (Registered Charity 1112812) to ensure all money raised is used appropriately. Tom needs 300 donations of £100 (or 600 donations of £50) ASAP.

The family's main priority is to raise enough money for Tom to have life saving treatment in Tijuana, Mexico, where innovative Cancer treatments have a very good success rate even with advanced, incurable Cancers. The family are also aiming to raise enough money to buy specialist equipment that can be used to detoxify the body and remove as many of the toxins as possible that have challenged his immune system.

Further Information
Online Donations can be made at  www.justgiving.com/tomskickcancerfund    www.yestolife.org.uk/index/specialappeal  


 

The Four Elements in Homeopathy

by Misha Norland  Published by Yondercott Press. 2008.  Paperback. £15.50. ISBN: 978-0-9544766-2-5

The Four Elements in Homeopathy

This book is the inspiration for the Four Elements Seminar being held on the 2-3 July 09 (at the School of Homeopathy's new location Hawkwood College, Stroud) with Misha Norland, Jeremy Sherr and David Mundy.

The Four Elements in Homeopathy is an extended update of the popular booklet Mappa Mundi and the Dynamics of Change. It gathers together and fuses ancient wisdom with contemporary ideas to present us with a unique visual tool that will aid healers in perceiving the central dynamics of any case. This book places the homeopathic remedy quest within the wider context of life and nature, and illustrates how this enlarged understanding can be applied to help the student or practitioner view homeopathic philosophy, materia medica and case work from a 'new' perspective. It also illuminates many remedies and provides a clear guide to potency selection.

This book has been written by Misha Norland who has been continually active in the resurgence of homeopathy in the UK since the early seventies. In 1981 he founded the School of Homeopathy. He still runs this and his practice from his home in Devon. He also teaches internationally.

The energetic profile of hundreds of remedies, obtained by considering signature and source and applying the Map's methodology, is given for comparison with the profile of a patient - a match indicating a remedy to consider. Linking the dynamic disturbance in a patient to the remedy source is at the core of this work. It will provide students and newcomers with an inspirational guide, and also provide experienced prescribers with many insights.

Further Information
Order online from the Alternative Training and The School of Homeopathy on Tel: 01453 765956;   www.alternative-training.com/books     www.homeopathyschool.com


 

Sher System for Rosacea

Don't underestimate the power of water to repair & rejuvenate most skin woes – rosacea, acne and even ageing. Rosacea at any age can be hugely distressing and most sufferers end up on long term steroid therapy, the side effects of which can add to their misery. Skin care expert Helen Sher urges us all to go back to basics and give our skin the TLC it needs and deserves with the water therapy Sher System – now available online.



Devised originally for its anti-ageing properties, the Sher System has long been heralded as the cure all for often devastating skin conditions such as teenage acne, adult acne and rosacea. This unique skin care system combines a skin support formula (aids digestion) with topical pH water therapy creating a natural balance that defies the ravages of 21st Century pollutants and hormonal extremes. 

Adolescent acne versus adult; genetic rosacea versus iatrogenic or vascular – each condition has its own particular trigger so the Sher System has been adjusted accordingly and now five different treatment packages are available online.

National and international demand for the Sher System has seen the business adapt and improve its online service.  Clients need no longer visit the central London office for a 1-2-1 skin assessment although Helen still prefers the hands on, tailored approach when possible.

Further Information
Please contact The Sher System on Tel No: 020 7499 4022;   www.sher.co.uk


 

Workout while you Walk

If gym membership is too expensive during the credit crunch era, workout as you walk with Fitflops instead. These high tech slip-on shoes exercise your bottom, legs and feet as you stroll round the park, do the shopping, or carry out everyday household chores. 

Workout while you Walk

A boon for cellulite sufferers, Fitflops have a micro-wobbleboard midsole. This destabilises the sole of your foot slightly as you step, causing an array of foot, leg and buttock muscles to contract as they work to keep you in motion on your chosen path.  As these muscles work, you burn off cellulite-causing fat and increase muscle mass. The result is a trimmer bum, sleeker legs and a general tone-up from buttocks to toes.

Begin by wearing Fitflops for around 30 minutes a day and work upwards as your muscles become accustomed to the exercise. These shock-absorbing shoes are gentle on your joints and flattering for your legs.

Dr Philip Graham-Smith, director of sport at the University of Salford and consultant bio mechanist for UK athletics jump squads, made an independent assessment of Fitflops. Using gait analysis equipment and electromyography (which tests muscle activity), he found that Fitflops perform effectively.
"I was sceptical, but after testing them, we could see the calf, hamstring and gluteal muscles were activated for significantly longer than usual, giving the legs a workout," says Dr Graham-Smith.

Further Information
For more information Tel: 0800 731 4885;   www.lookatmycrazyshoes.com


 

Foundation Bioenergetics Workshop in Miami

January 30, 2009 - February 2, 2009

Foundation Bioenergetics Workshop in Miami

The Alexander Lowen Foundation is pleased to announce a Four Day Winter Workshop from Friday, January 30 2009 until Monday, February 2, 2009 in Miami Beach, Florida. The workshop will be a memorial for Alexander Lowen focusing on "The Vibrant Body". The workshop will follow The Alexander Lowen Foundation tradition of individual Bioenergetic sessions, group Bioenergetic processing, didactic and experiential teaching, and Bioenergetic exercise classes. Participants will have the opportunity to receive several individual sessions. There will be four workshop leaders:

  • Leslie Case PhD
  • Scott Winfield MSW
  • John Yong JD
  • Robert Glazer PhD.

The daily schedule will be exercise class, full group morning session and three smaller group sessions in the afternoon. Participants are welcome to participate in a different group each afternoon, with a different group leader to have the experience of working with each four leaders.

The workshop will include a Memorial Dinner honouring Alexander Lowen's life on Saturday evening. The memorial will provide the opportunity for each participant to speak about their experiences with Al Lowen; a slide show, and video and audio clips of Dr Lowen. Participants are invited to present a tribute to Dr Lowen and to submit material to The Alexander Lowen Foundation that they would like to have presented at the workshop. 

Further Information
Please contact Alexander Lowen Foundation on Tel: 001 386 462-0616;  alexanderlowenfoundation@gmail.com     www.lowenfoundation.com


 

New Cho-Bo Workout DVD

Choi-Bo is a non-combative, non-competitive enjoyable exercise workout routine to music. 
New Cho-Bo Workout DVD

However, behind the enjoyable workout is substance. Choi-Bo has 7 separate, yet integrated components. Choi-Bo uses a meditation and mental preparation time before the workout begins, as using imagination we now know improves performance. 
 
Choi-Bo uses Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Energy Psychology, as well as dynamic stretching which is highly effective at warming up the body before performance. The spine and range-of-motion (ROM) of all major joints are worked well in the Spine and Joint Rotational Exercises component. The Choi-Bo conditioning component uses basic Pilates movements, but also basic compound, yet effective resistance exercises.

The Aerobic component has been designed to raise the heart-rate for 20+ minutes.  It's made up of blocks, kicks and punches that use sequential motion and biomechanics.  Choi-Bo is the first exercise routine in the world to use blocks, kicks and punches using these two principles.

Uniquely, Choi-Bo uses a fully clothed back and shoulder massage to bring the body back to balance and to cool down.  Massage promotes oxytocin production (which is a hormone and neurotransmitter).  Oxytocin balances blood pressure.

Lastly, yoga is fantastic at improving and promoting spine heath, flexibility and overall 'sense of well-being'.  So, Choi-Bo uses a whole-body, yoga-based stretch at the end of the workout.  So, while the participant is warm we stretch-out the entire body gently and carefully.  Deep abdominal breathing is also performed throughout the yoga stretch to help stimulate the lymphatic system to eliminate lactic acid produced from the workout, and also to aid recovery.
 
Further Information
Please view the short trailer and purchase the DVD at   www.choi-bo.com


 

Obituary: Chris Jarmey: November 23rd 1954 – November 9th 2008




It is with great sadness and a huge sense of loss that we have to announce the death of Chris Jarmey on Sunday November 9th, of a heart attack, at his home in Wiltshire. Chris knew he had a congenital weakness and that this was always a possibility and he did everything he could to keep himself fit and healthy, which is perhaps why he managed to stay with us for long enough to achieve as much as he did. 

A deep passion for knowledge, wisdom and truth was his driving force. He studied and read avidly, acquired an encyclopaedic knowledge of subjects relating to oriental medicine, movement, meditation, nutrition, anatomy and was constantly designing new courses to impart his learning to others. He possessed a unique and special talent for making the subjects clear, accessible and fun, which made him such a popular teacher and his books so successful. 

He  took up martial arts in his teens, qualified in 1978 as a remedial gymnast (a profession which later merged with Physiotherapy) and worked for many years within the NHS. At the same time he took up yoga and did a Sivananda teacher training in an epoch when yoga was considered to be the domain of hippies and oddballs. Never conventional, I think he took a certain pride in being the oddball in a mainstream profession, who nevertheless managed to acquire converts along the way, and pioneered the use of yoga and shiatsu in hospitals.

His shiatsu career began in 1970 when teachers were difficult to find in this part of the world, so he became one of the founding fathers of shiatsu in the UK. He went on to practise and teach both in the UK and abroad and opened the Shiatsu School of Natural Therapy in 1985, which then became the European Shiatsu School. 

Chris will be remembered for a very long time by many people for his truly inspirational teaching and ever present sense of humour, with a taste in  puns that ranged from clever funny to groan awful and sometimes flowed almost too thick and fast! One of the brightest lights of the Shiatsu world has just gone out. He touched the lives of so many people through his teaching, practise and his wonderful books, such as Shiatsu: A Complete Guide, Acupressure for Common Ailments, and The Concise Book of Muscles (all of which are available on amazon.co.uk). We were not ready to lose him and he will be deeply missed. In his memory, please tell all those you love that you care about them and ask them to do the same to the people they care about. We never know when someone may suddenly depart forever without saying good bye and Chris would have liked the idea of a ripple of love radiating out from his passing through the veil of separation between life and Oneness.

He leaves four children, Luke, Katy, Max and Tom and a hug hole in all our hearts. Thank you, Chris, for being a part of our lives and may you pass quickly and easily to the realm of liberation.

Further Information
(Abbreviated from the obituary posted by Anna Blackmore on the ESS/Lotus Publishing websites.)
www.lotuspublishing.co.uk    www.shiatsu.net/


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    Turning Point Training in Craniosacral Therapy

    Turning Point Training is offering a certificated training course with CPDs in basic Craniosacral Therapy (CST) and positional release techniques. The course consists of nine Sundays of theory and practical tuition, with some home study.

    Initially discovered by osteopath WG Sutherland, CST is a gentle, effective and non-invasive therapy that allows the patient's body to utilise innate homoeostatic mechanisms for healing. The technique is gentle enough to use on new born babies. A difficult pregnancy or birth can be associated with sleeplessness, colic and glue ear.

    Course Requirements and Award
    Practitioners with an A & P certificate to Level 3 of the national occupational standard, or to have studied A & P as a module in another course such as osteopathy, chiropractic, massage or reflexology, or to have a medical background are eligible to apply.

    On completion, a certificate of competence will be awarded. A minimum of eight sessions will be required for the award of the certificate.

    Tutor is Jonathan Lawrence BA DO Cert Ed, who has practised Craniosacral Osteopathy for 22 years, including treatment of children and babies. Dates for 2009 are April 5th, May 17th, June 14th, July 6th and 26th, September 13th, October 4th, November 1st and 29th.

    Further Information Turning Point Training on Tel: 01769 579079:   info@turningpointtraining.org      www.turningpointtraining.org

    Bodyspace Pulsing Workshops

    Pulsing is movement-based passive bodywork. Movements of stretching, lifting, jiggling, shaking, rotating and swinging are applied within a matrix of soft and persistent rhythmic rocking of a prone or supine body from which no effort is demanded. The message conveyed is that life can be easier. Unlike much natural and complementary therapy,

    Pulsing is not an alternative treatment modality geared to the relief of specific symptoms. On the contrary it is a mode of holistic self-experiencing, taking the receiver beyond average restricted levels of functioning towards the extra, the exceptional and even the ecstatic. Pulsing then can be recommended for stressed people who need to relax, people out of touch with their interior bodyspace and the messages from within, people interested in their self development through a mode of bodily movement and people searching for an undemanding sensuous experience.

    A training group may be attended on a single weekend basis or on a qualifying track of 4 weekends, completion of which leads to certification by Pulsing Associates.

    Weekend Courses at The British School of Shiatsu-Do 10am – 6pm both days. March 21/22, May 16/17 and 3/4 October 2009 and March 6/7, May 15/16 and October 9/10 2010.

    Further information Guy Gladstone on Tel: 020 7272 6672;   pulsing@bodyspace.co.uk; www.bodyspace.co.uk

    Willing Hands by Barbara McGregor

    'Give me a hand' takes on new meaning after experience of the hands-on method of healing known as reiki, Japanese for 'universal life force'. Claimed to be rediscovered from ancient Sanskrit sources a century ago in a Buddhist temple in Japan by Dr Mikao Usui, its practice goes back many thousands of years in Asia.

    Reiki I is the direct contact hands-on way of practising, following a systematic sequence for whole body renewal for yourself or others, as well as emergency first aid responses. 

    Reiki II increases the intensity of the energy flow through the hands and can project the healing over distance, usually accompanied by heightened intuitive perceptions.

    Reiki has been shown to aid the integration of awareness of the mind-body-spirit dimensions; its practice has a meditational effect on brain wave patterns, by inducing the alpha state.

    The Usui Reiki Network has been in operation for more than two decades with over 20,000  graduates in Australia, Asia and England. It was founded by Barbara McGregor in tribute to her teacher Beth Gray. Beth Gray was first apprenticed to Hawayo Takata who in turn sustained the reiki traditions established by Dr Usui. 

    Further Information: Usui Reiki Network and Reiki Seminars Tel: 0870 609 3690;      www.usuireikinetwork.co.uk

    Quadrant 1 International

    Quadrant 1 International is an NLP provider for people wanting to improve performance at work
    They specialize in personal development programmes and high impact coaching for forward-thinking professionals. Trainers have had many years' experience in neuro linguistic programming and are world-renowned authors.

    Quadrant 1's open programmes are designed to stand alone as well as to support your in-house leadership and development agenda. The intention is to maximize both your potential and your return on investment. To this end they use state of the art personal development techniques, focusing on practical transferable skills that you can access instantly both in the workplace and outside.

    Further information Tel: 0870 762 1300;  info@quadrant1.comwww.quadrant1.com

    The British Institute for Allergy and Environmental Therapy

    The British Institute was formed in January 1987 to bring together a group of Therapists who practise a unique system of allergy diagnosis and treatment, a system that had already been used very successfully for nearly ten years. The Institute's members are all qualified health professionals – both mainstream and complementary – with a keen interest in allergic conditions and their causes.

    The diagnostic method is simple and without discomfort. The treatment method is by way of isopathic desensitisation. Diagnosis and treatment are painless, without the side effects usually associated with conventional medicine, and are suitable for infants and children as well as adults

    Training and Courses
    Membership of the Institute is by way of its Diploma in Allergy & Environmental Therapy – Dip AET. The Course is written by practising therapists and is based on nearly 30 years of experience in the successful treatment of allergic conditions. It comprises 10 substantial distance-learning modules together with attendance on two occasions for practical instruction and lectures at the Institute's premises in Wales. All course materials are provided, together with text books.

    Further Information For a copy of the full prospectus and application form, please contact the Course Co-ordinator on Tel: 01974 241376  Fax: 01974 241795;  info@allergy.org.uk      www.allergy.org.uk

    Healthy Eating During Chemotherapy

    Healthy Eating During Chemotherapy by Jose Van Mil will be published by Kyle Cathie on 29 January 2009. This is a cookbook with a mission to help patients and their carers to cope with the eating problems commonly associated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Both treatments can cause side effects such as changes in sense of smell and taste, nausea and vomiting, mouth sores and difficulty swallowing.

    Professional chef Jose Van Mil was faced with these challenges when her husband was diagnosed with cancer. She used her first-hand knowledge of caring for a cancer sufferer with the expert medical advice from Christina Archer-Mackenzie. They have devised a comprehensive plan of over 100 recipes that patients and carers can choose from, depending on the patient's changing likes and dislikes.

    Further information Tel: 020 7692 7215;  general.enquiries@kyle-cathie.com

    Natural Alternatives for Depression

    After the excitement and activity of Christmas, people often find they are feeling down or depressed. Occasionally they find that they are stuck in that depression and can't break free of the gloom. Conventional medicine finds it hard to treat depression other than a prescription of anti-depressants and many people turn to holistic therapies. Dr Stephen Gascoigne has written a good booklet entitled Natural Alternatives for Depression priced at £2.50 from Alternative Training on Tel: 0845 257 8887;   www.alternative-training.com

    Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine that has been in existence for over 200 years. In contrast to antidepressants, homeopathic medicines do not carry the risk of toxicity and are non-addictive and non-suppressive and it has a proven track record. Homeopathy aims to help you feel more in tune with yourself and the world, putting you on the road to good health and well-being.

    Further information contact the School of Homeopathy  www.homeopathyschool.com

    Practitioner Diploma in Nutrition

    The Nutritional Healing Foundation is holding Nutritional Therapist Diploma course in Glasgow starting in January 2009. Enrolling for the course will not break the bank as The Nutritional Healing Foundation guarantees to offer flexible, affordable training that everyone can access. The homestudy can be arranged to fit in your lifestyle and attendance is only one day per month. There is a spread payment scheme available and audio transcripts are available of all the lectures and regular internet classes so that you can catch up if you miss any.

    Further information Tel: 01749 671555;  Nutriheal@aol.comwww.nutrihealfoundation.com

    The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

    The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) register goes live in January 2009.

    All those who meet the CNHC standards will receive the CNHC tick; this is your assurance of quality for professional complementary healthcare practice.

    The CNHC tick will confirm to you – whether you are a member of the public, another healthcare practitioner or a practising complementary health practitioner – that those on the CNHC register are appropriately qualified to practise.

    Further information  www.cnhc.org.uk

    Beautiful Birth by Suzanne Yates

    Suzanne Yates, a leading maternity bodywork specialist has launcher her new book Beautiful Birth: Practical Techniques that can help you achieve a Happier and More Natural Labour and Delivery. The book demonstrates tools that can transform a woman's birth experience: touch, massage, Shiatsu, movement and exercise. Coupled with Suzanne's suggestions for breathing, visualizations, postures and physical preparation, these tools help to relieve pain during labour and delivery. The techniques are easy to learn and can be practised at home with a birth partner. This also strengthens the relationship between expectant parents and ensures Dad feels part of the birthing process. Beautiful Birth goes beyond what an antenatal class can cover suggesting tools to allow partners to respond to the labour, rather than simply the medical environment.

    Further information Tel: 0117 963 2303;  web@wellmother.orgwww.wellmother.org

    Statutory Regulation of Nutrition Professionals

    The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) fully supports the recommendation that all Nutrition Professionals involved in providing advice to the public should come under the strictest regulation.

    Voluntary self-regulation is now under way with the Nutritional Therapy Council and we expect the register will be taken over by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) in January 2009.

    The NTC and BANT met with the HPC in October 2008 to discuss making an application for statutory regulation for Nutritional Therapy Practitioners. The formal submission to the HPC is expected to be made in October 2009 once the NTC Grandparenting process had closed.

    Further information  www.nutritionaltherapycouncil.org.uk

    Music Builds Bridges in Gosport

    A very special community exchange creative project is taking place in Gosport. London-based charity, Music in Detention, is providing a vital link between detainees from the Haslar Immigration Removal Centre and the outside world, through the medium of music, art and dance. In the nearby community, the young people of the soon-to-be-developed Rowner estate, are also enjoying informal creative sessions with Music in Detention. 

    The Haslar detainees and the young people from the Nimrod Centre took place on 12 December.  Music, lyrics, art and dance on the theme of Change, led by the music organisation Drum Runners has been created by the detainees during sessions with Music in Detention and has inspired the young people from Rowner's Nimrod Centre to create their own performances.

    Further information  www.musicindetention.org.ukwww.drumrunners.org

    Cone Therapy for Ear Wax

    If earwax builds up too much, it can lead to problems such as tinnitus (ringing in the ear), temporary hearing loss, vertigo and itchiness. A natural way to keep your ears free from wax build-up is Otosan Ear Cones, based on an ancient therapy used across many civilizations and cultures.

    Lying on your side, a cone is placed into the uppermost ear, and the end of the cone is lit. A silver disc protects your ear and the head from both the heat of the flame and any falling debris. This creates a vacuum of warm air that softens and draws out the wax.

    Otosan Ear Cones are enriched with propolis – a natural resinous substance collected by bees, thought to have natural antibiotic properties, that contain a range of vitamins, minerals and amino acids – they also help boost your ear's natural defence.

    Further information Otosan products are available in Holland & Barrett and other independent outlets or at  www.otosan.co.uk

    Abel & Cole Organic Fruit and Veg

    Abel & Cole do a large selection of organic fruit and veg and mixed fruit and veg boxes. All the produce is completely organic and additive free and it can help people wanting to detox in the New Year. Each box is delivered to your door and are now 20% larger for no extra cost. Abel and Cole has created detox recipes and tips for meals, smoothies and snacks, detailing what fruit and vegetables are best for detoxing and why. The service includes weekly delivery of boxes for one to 12 months. New customers signing up for a weekly box will get their 4th box free.

    Further information Tel: 08452 62 62 62;  www.abelandcole.co.uk

    How to Use Herbs, Nutrients & Yoga in Mental Health Care

    How to Use Herbs, Nutrients & Yoga in Mental Health Care is a guidebook to natural and safe solutions for ADD/ADHD, Depression, Substance Abuse, Alzheimer's Disease, Sexual Dysfunction, PMS and more. Written by Richard P Brow, Patricia L Gerbarg & Philip R Muskin. The book will be launched on 13 January 2009. Many physicians and therapists agree that herbs and mind-body practices enhance health.

    From mood, memory and anxiety disorders to ADD, sexual enhancement issues, psychotic disorders and substance abuse, every chapter covers a major diagnostic category. The authors then present a range of complementary and alternative treatments – including the use of herbs, nutrients, vitamins nootropics, hormones and mind-body practices – that they have found to be beneficial for various conditions within each category.

    Further information Tel: 020 7323 1579;  office@wwnorton.co.uk;
    www.wwnorton.co.uk/book.html?id=1178

    ChiBall™

    The ChiBall Method™ has been taught around the world for the past ten years globally and part of the aims of the company is to combat obesity and stress. The ChiBall Method™ is a unique set of movements and exercises practised with a ChiBall™. The ChiBall™ exercises are based on Tai Chi and Qi Gong, ChiBall*™ Dance, Yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais Method and Deep Relaxation and Meditation. The ChiBall™ is impregnated with a complementary mood-enhancing fragrance or ChiAroma™ . The synergy of colour and aroma in the ChiBall™ is a potent combination for healing our physical imbalances, equalizing emotional highs and lows and nourishing a depleted spirit.

    Further information  info@chiball.comwww.chiball.com

    Goodbye to Acne

    Acne is caused by an inflammation of the pilosebaseous follicles. The outbreak is associated with puberty, and in most people, the condition cures by itself within a few years. For many, those few years can be the worst in their lifetime. Aloeride is made from aloe vera, which has anti-inflammatory properties and has been used as a local analgesic for years. Aloe vera is one of the best cures for acne and Aloeride is the sole aloe vera supplement that has been derived from the most potent species, aloe vera barbadenis miller. It is free from additives or preservatives and is easy to consume. You can either swallow the pill or break the pill into water to make a delicious, nutritious drink. Aloeride has been clinically tested and manufactured according to pharmaceutical standards. It will boost your immune system and help you ward off and fight the problems that cause acne.

    Further information Tel: 01858 464550;  www.aloeride.eu

    Eco-Ball Chemical Free Laundry

    AllergyBestBuys, the anti-allergy website, is pioneering a chemical free laundry with the addition of the Eco-Ball wash kit to its already extensive collection of tried and tested allergy relief products for the home. Eco-Balls work instead of detergent; they produce ionized oxygen that activates the water molecules naturally and allows them to penetrate deep into the clothing fibres to lift dirt away. The hypoallergenic Eco-Balls have been extensively tested by an AllergyBestBuys panel and were rated higher for performance and longevity than Aqua Balls and Wash-It Laundry Balls. The test also found that Eco-Balls are friendlier on the wallet as they are re-useable up to 1000 times. Each Eco-Ball Wash Kit includes one set of Eco-Balls, free refill pellets and a natural, non-phosphate stain remover for stubborn stains.

    Further information:  www.allergybestbuys.co.uk

    Shoulder and Neck Pain Helped by Bowen Technique

    A recent national study shows that nearly a third of people affected by shoulder or neck pain reported a complete recovery after a series of treatments involving the Bowen Technique.  The results show that of 271 clients treated by Bowen practitioners, 86% showed a partial to full recovery after a series of three treatments. Detailed analysis shows that 30% reported a full recovery, while a further 56% said their condition had improved to some extent. Fewer than 10% reported that there had been no change. 122 Bowen practitioners recorded treatments. Each of them invited shoulder and neck pain sufferers who had not experienced Bowen, to try out the therapy for three treatments spread over a month.

    Further information Tel: 0844 561 7173;  www.bowentherapists.com

    Green Guardian Award for Passion for the Planet

    Passion for the Planet has received a special commendation in the Green Business category at this year's Green Guardian Awards. The awards are designed to recognize businesses, individuals, schools and projects that are making a positive difference to their local environment. Passion for the Planet is the only UK radio station focussing on health and environmental issues. Sustainability and caring for the planet and its people are also core to the company ethos. Passion for the Planet's studios are based in London, and they have five radio stations in the group broadcasting in London, Essex, Peterborough, Devon and the Bristol/Bath area.

    Further information Tel: 020 8544 0091/07788 184 649;  chantal@passionfortheplanet.com; www.passionfortheplanet.com

    Dance Movement Psychotherapy Group

    Sarah Woolf, a student from Canterbury Christ Church University who is studying for a Masters degree in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, is running a new Dance Movement Psychotherapy Group at Weston Hospicecare in Uphill, near Weston-super-Mare. Dance Movement Psychotherapy is founded on the idea that body movement reflects the inner state of a person. The therapy aims to integrate mind and body and support physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual needs. It can be helpful in maintaining a sense of dignity, self-esteem and independence. The Dance Movement Psychotherapy Group will be trialled for ten weeks every Thursday for one hour.

    Every year Weston Hospicecare provides free specialist palliative care for around 600 people with cancer and other life-threatening conditions, and their families who live in Somerset and North Somerset. The annual running costs for the Hospice are in excess of £2.4 million and the charity is largely dependent on the generosity and support of the Somerset and North Somerset communities.

    Further information Tel: 01934 423900; www.westonhospicecare.org.uk

    Exercise is Good at Any Age

    Studies support that exercise at any age provides multiple benefits even beyond weight control and weight loss, from preventing osteoporosis, to relieving stress and promoting heart health. In addition, it has also found that exercise may also help improve memory problems. Even moderate physical activity such as walking or raking leaves, can help prevent or delay age-associated conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

    With this in mind Slimtree.com, a leading web TV Channel specializing in free access online exercise videos, advises that people of all ages need to engage in a combination of cariovasular conditioning, strength training and flexibility exercises to maintain overall fitness and well-being.

    No matter how old you are, you should consult a professional health care advisor before beginning any type of physical fitness program.

    Further information:  www.slimtree.com

    Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

    The Prostate Cancer Charity is pleased to announce it is extending Prostate Cancer Awareness Week to a month long event. The inaugural Prostate Cancer Awareness Month will run in March 2009, with a four-week programme of events, partnerships and awareness-raising events. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK. One man dies every hour from this disease. The event will also offer support groups, healthcare professionals and volunteers running their own events more flexibility in timing them throughout the month. Prostate Cancer Awareness Week was launched in 2002 by The Prostate Cancer Charity.

    Further information Tel: 020 8222 7136/7670;  vivienne.francis@prostate-cancer.org.uk; nicola.nagler@prostate-cancer.org.uk
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