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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 186

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 186 - September 2011

Accredited Massage Courses

Accredited Massage Courses is a training school for massage courses, established by Robert Donkers and Justin Johnson in 2009 in London.


Thai Yoga Couch Massage


Robert is an experienced Bodyworker and Massage Therapist who had been teaching his own courses for a few years.  Robert’s courses are mostly 1- and 2-day courses, aimed at qualified therapists who are looking to expand their repertoire of therapies.   In 2009 he and Justin joined forces to set up a company to promote these courses as well as to offer ITEC courses in Holistic Massage, Sports Massage, Reflexology and Aromatherapy.  (Justin is also trained as an Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist.)

As well as the four ITEC courses, Accredited Massage offers about 25 shorter courses.  Most of them are just one day long, but a couple take two days and one (the Lomi Lomi Diploma course) takes five days to complete.

The specific aim is to keep classes small.  The classes have as few as two students if necessary, but our maximum number is usually 8 students.  (By special arrangement we can also set up classes for 10 or 12 students.)  By keeping class numbers small, this ensures that each student receives enough personal attention during the day to help them really understand the course.  Students certainly seem to enjoy this and thrive on the active participation it gives them.

Earlier this year, Accredited Massage was joined by renowned Therapist and Teacher, Julia Williiams, who now teaches add-on courses in Reflexology and Aromatherapy from her new base in Bridport in Dorset. Robert and Justin are gradually hoping to bring on more teachers in other parts of the UK.

Further Information

For more information about all our courses, please contact Accredited Massage on Tel: 020 8340 7041;



High Barn Oils Quality Linseed Pods and Culinary Linseed Oil

At High Barn Oils, owned by Durwin Banks, linseed is naturally grown and cold pressed on the family owned farm in Sussex. High Barn Oils  provide both linseed pods and culinary linseed oil direct to thousands of regular customers throughout the United Kingdom.


High Barn Oils


Linseed oil contains the essential fatty acid ALA, known as Omega 3. Whether you are watching your blood pressure or cholesterol, want clearer skin, shining hair and stronger nails, or are embarking upon a fitness regime to lose weight, build lean muscle or burn fat, Omega 3 from linseed could really benefit you.

Omega 3 can be obtained from fish oils also, but linseed actually contains three times as much Omega 3 as fish oils is natural for us, and is also a strong source of Omega 6, Omega 9 and Vitamin E. In fact using linseed as a food ingredient can improve the function of all bodily systems. From pregnancy and infancy through to maturity and old age, linseed oil will help to sustain you as a healthy human being.

Budwig Protocol

For those using the Budwig Protocol High Barn Oils will supply the freshest Linseed (flax) oil to you, sent within days of being pressed. The freshness of the oil is vital and Durwin am the only farmer supplying the oil direct to you. The linseed meal or seeds for the muesli are also supplied.

Great Linseed Muesli - Life Changing Breakfast

This is a satisfying breakfast and because of the hormonal action of the linseed it can help you maintain a balanced diet. Menopausal systems can be alleviated and with a few changes to the rest of the diet, some exercise (maybe just fast walking) getting those pounds off can be easier and enjoyable.


• 2 Tablespoons porridge oats

• Some nutty muesli, I use Dorset brand

• 2 dessert spoons High Barn Oils linseed meal

• 1 Dessertspoon High Barn Culinary Linseed oil

• Some blue berries and chopped banana apple or other fruit to taste

• I use orange juice because I do not like milk products.


1. Mix and enjoy.


Further Information

Please contact High Barn Oils on Tel: 01403 730326;



1-Week Yoga, Pilates, Qigon, Taiji and Shiatsu Retreat in France

A week of Yoga, Pilates, Qigong, Taiji & Shiatsu with Sue Woodd & Tina Hedrén at: Ferme de Candeloup, Monein, France. October 8th to 15th 2011


This retreat will offer a unique chance to go deeper into the Yin phases of seasonal change and will focus of the periods of late summer, autumn and winter: The focus will be on core stability, balance, re-alignment and rejuvenation on every level and will include:

  • Techniques for Resetting your body clock for Yin phases
  • Seasonal flows for late summer, autumn and winter and how to create your own
  • Qigong used to support the stomach, spleen, lungs and kidneys and maintain your health
  • Seasonal Pilates sessions for and for each of these Yin Phases
  • Chi Ball sessions to relax and unwind, challenge your core and give exercise a seasonal focus
  • Learning a short T’ai Form to martial your immune system
  • Seasonal meditations
  • How to support your Hormones and Adrenals and Immunity
  • Talks and practical skills on how to relieve stress relax and renew
  • Breathing techniques and Pranayama
  • A wealth of knowledge to support your life and share with students, clients and family

Further Information

Please contact Susan Woodd on Mob: 07788 584746;,  Tina Hedrén on Mob: 0046 708 311215;


Blue Herbs Stockists of Colon Cleansing by Blessed Herbs

Blue Herbs supplies colon cleanse and complementary herbal health products, vitamin supplements, acai berry and more. They are stockists of the renowned organic Colon Cleansing Kit & Internal Cleansing Kit by Blessed Herbs. The goal is to help people improve their health and well-being by harnessing the power of nature, using only the best herbal supplements and health products available. The Colon Cleanse kits have been voted the Best Colon Cleanser Kits for the past 3 years and are used by over 200,000 people worldwide.


Blue Herbs products


Colon Cleansing Kit by Blessed Herbs

A complete cleanse designed for your large and small intestine to rejuvenate your digestive system and be a great start to your slimming lifestyle!

Key Benefits

  • Kick starts your weight loss programme
  • Brilliant results in just a few days
  • Makes you feel more alive

Key Features

  • Natural way to cleanse your colon
  • Best cleansing kit available
  • World leading cleansing kit

The Colon Cleansing Kit is the most effective cleanse that for the best results combines cleansing with a liquid-only fast. It contains a herbal blend, Toxin Absorber, which expands and binds to the intestinal walls pulling out the old waste that has built up over time. This waste contains toxins which can make you feel unwell. The herbal stimulant formula, Digestive Stimulator, helps the bowels to move regularly. In effect, the Toxin Absorber helps bind the waste together whilst the Digestive Stimulator helps you have a regular bowel movement (ideally at least three times a day).

Further Information

Please contact Blue Herbs on Tel: 0203 488 3830;



Candida Can Be Fun - A Survival Guide for Yeasties

by Rebecca Richardson

Published by Rebecca Richardson. 2011. Softback. £19.99. ISBN 978-0-948808-14-2.


Candida Can Be Fun Front Cover


Candida Can Be Fun! is a specially tailored survival guide just for you.  This book is a frank and honest account of what it is like to live with Candida from a sufferer's perspective.  This unique A4 colour paperback contains 148 pages of helpful information and advice.  Written with humour, it tells you how to get started, what to expect from this extremely restricted diet and offer brand products that are safe for ‘Yeasties’ and food intolerants to eat, as well as where to source them. 

More importantly, it contains 100 fully colour illustrated savoury recipes to keep you well fed, so that you can actually see what you can eat.  The meals are simple, nutritious and easy to make.  The recipes are free from wheat, dairy, gluten, sugar, fruit, alcohol, yeast, caffeine, nuts and fermented products. 

“You don't even have to have Candida to enjoy this food!”

With the Government’s continuation of the Department of Health’s “Change4Life Programme” and its campaign to encourage the people in Britain to lead healthier lives, this food plan is suitable for everyone, but especially those with certain diet restrictions and food intolerances.  These recipes are ideal for diabetics, coeliacs and ME sufferers and can also help people who experience migraines, recurrent digestive disorders, thrush/cystitis and a compromised immune system, or can just simply be beneficial for the diet conscious.

Further Information

To purchase a copy of Candida Can Be Fun! – A Survival Guide for ‘Yeasties’ please visit: 



Active School of Complementary Therapy

The Active School of Complementary Therapy  (ASCT) (formerly the Loughborough School of Complementary Therapy), Proprietor Tanya Milne, incorporates many techniques and modalities promoted in therapeutic practice into the current and future courses and workshops offered by ASCT.


Active School of Complementary Therapy


As a deep tissue  massage practitioner Tanya Milne has worked with a wide variety of clients, both individually and as part of National Sports Medicine teams.  She has provided massage treatments, First Aid/Injury cover, training courses and workshops for numerous organisations. Through her clinic, she now provides massage for local sports, as well as treatments for non-sporting persons and NHS patients. Tanya trained with one of the world’s foremost authorities in massage therapy, and through her training courses she successfully passes on her skills to many aspiring therapists.  Some of her students have successfully practised massage therapy right through to elite level.

ASCT recruits tutors and visiting presenters who all have experience and are successful practitioners from various fields of  Complementary Health, Fitness, Exercise, and Sport. They teach their students to the same professional standard they employ. All have well-established practices of their own, and have worked at the highest level of human

performance. They all have a great depth of practical knowledge in all aspects of their work and can offer extensive hands-on experience.

ASCT provides a training environment where the emphasis is on self-development. OTraining courses and workshops emphasize the development of an holistic perspective. ASCT courses aim to create a complete practitioner with good career potential.


  • ISRM/BTEC Diploma in Sport and Remedial Massage Therapy
  • ISRM Bridging programme to BTEC Diploma in Sport and Remedial Massage Therapy
  • Basic Anatomy & Physiology
  • First Aid Courses:
  • First Aid for the Clinical Therapist/Personal Trainers/Sports Practitioners
  • Certificate in Lomilomi

Further Information

Please contact Active School on Tel: 01509 556101; Tel: 07908 596673;


Reflexology Bridging Course Qualification - MAR Status

Reflexologists who qualified under the VTCT awarding body organization can now take a new short bridging course to become full members of the Association of Reflexologists (AoR) and attain MAR status.


Reflexology Bridging Course


The prestigious MAR (Member of the Association of Reflexologists) status is widely recognized as the mark of the highest standards and quality. The AoR has teamed up with online learning experts, Essential Training Solutions (ETS), to offer a bridging course to enable more reflexology practitioner’s show that they have the required standards for MAR membership status with the AoR.

The new bridging course, which launches in September 2011, consists of two parts.  Firstly, a set of online refresher modules to review conditions in the core curriculum, complete with access to downloadable reference materials and up-to-date health and safety information where required. The second element is a practical hands-on day with experienced tutors.

Online training is an ideal means to bridge any knowledge gap. Participants can pre-test to evidence existing knowledge and study at their own pace, in their own time. The material is intuitive to use, fully supported and available 24 hours a day. This, combined with the personal, face-to-face element, provides an ideal package that offers a wealth of information but takes into account and respects prior knowledge and busy lifestyles. 

Successful participants can apply for full AoR membership and are then entitled to use the designation MAR after their name. This is an important consideration in the current climate if practitioners want to put themselves in the best position to receive referrals from GPs, Primary Care Trusts and medical insurance companies in the future.

Further Information

Please contact the Association of Reflexologists on Tel: 01823 351010;



Flexibility First A Fitness Approach for Life by Marjorie Brook


Brook Seminars is proud to announce the launch of two new innovative series of Stretching Manuals.


Flexibilty First front cover


Brook Seminars is proud to announce the long awaited release of the Flexibility First A Fitness Approach for Life series. Flexibility First is written by international educator and founder of Brook Seminars, Marjorie Brook. In these two comprehensive sets of manuals, Marjorie shares what her years of experience have enabled her to learn and refine into the latest most effective stretching and strengthening techniques.

The Professional series is designed for bodywork professionals and therapists of all levels of experience while the Personal series provides instruction for the individual. The manuals are  user friendly with great illustrations and comprehensive instructions that clearly lead the reader through step by step instructions on how to achieve the best results for their clients and for themselves. Marjorie also gives specific instructions to ensure proper body mechanics are utilized, preventing injuries, and also provides hints that increase efficacy of treatment techniques.

"Stretching is essential to achieving and maintaining balance in the body," said Marjorie Brook, founder of Brook Seminars. "However, people will not stretch because they find it too difficult or time consuming. The goal was to create a body of work that would provide the easiest, most complete set of information needed to facilitate one's own well-being."

A must read for anyone who is interested in achieving and maintaining the ultimate state of health and flexibility.

Further Information

Previews of both series are offered via a free 12 week e-mail subscription. Available at  and Please contact Marjorie Brook on Tel: +1 (516) 409-1240;



In Case of Spiritual Emergency: Moving Successfully through Your Awakening

by Catherine G Lucas

Published by Findhorn Press. 2011. Paperback. £9.99  ISBN 978 1 84409 546 9

 “This book is a remarkable achievement. The author charts the terrain of moving from breakdown to breakthrough, exploring how surviving a mental health crisis can lead to a new and authentic way of being and bringing a profound message of hope to all sufferers.”

Dr Andrew Powell, Founding Chair, Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group, Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK.


In Case of Spiritual Emegency front cover


The launch of this Title In Case of Spiritual Emergency is on Monday 10 October, World Mental Health Day at 7.30pm GMT. This is an international webinar event. To pre-register readers need to go to 

In Case of Spiritual Emergency is a book of extremes; the terror and the bliss, the danger and the opportunity, as the psyche moves through its very own Hero’s Journey. Personal stories of spiritual crisis are presented alongside practical and effective guidance in this exploration of a fascinating phenomenon.

A spiritual emergency can be triggered by many things: loss of faith or a loved one, intense spiritual practises, even childbirth. When spiritual crises, such as mystical psychosis and dark nights of the soul, are understood, managed and integrated, they can offer enormous potential for growth and fulfilment.

Encouraging, supportive, and life-saving, In Case of Spiritual Emergency is vital for relieving the mental and emotional suffering these experiences can bring. In this guide for mental health professionals, pastoral care specialists, and people going through spiritual crisis or their caregivers, you will find:

  • A clear summary of recent psychological research of the past twenty years;
  • Patterns of spiritual crises through the ages: St. Teresa of Ávila, Carl Jung, and Eckhart Tolle among others;
  • The Three Key Phases for Moving Successfully through Spiritual Emergency;
  • Practical, life-saving guidance for those experiencing spiritual emergency or those caring for them.

Further Information

Available from Findhorn Press and from Amazon

The Key Features of Spiritual Emergency can be read on Catherine's blog site; just click on the link 



Living Nature’s Natural Deep Cleansing Mask

Your Skin Purifier


This intensively cleansing, all-natural mask combines the unique qualities of Halloysite Clay, which naturally absorbs dirt and impurities from the skin, with the nourishing, moisturising and healing properties of Active Manuka Honey and antibacterial Manuka Essential Oil. Totarol is also included for its antimicrobial benefits and its potent antioxidant activity that helps protect against free radical damage of the skin and those tell-tale signs of ageing

All-in-all, Living Nature’s Deep Cleansing Mask does exactly as the name suggests; deeply cleanses the skin, detoxifying it of any impurities and helping to refine pores. Suitable for all skin types, but especially those of us with oily skin that’s prone to spots, blemishes and acne, Deep Cleansing Mask leaves skin balanced, refined and wonderfully soft, smooth and supple.

For best results, use Living Nature’s Deep Cleansing Mask once or twice a week, depending on the condition of your skin, to deeply purify and help restore your skin’s health and balance. Apply a thick layer over your face, being careful to avoid the eye area, leave on for 15-20 minutes and then remove gently with warm water. Alternatively, you can use Deep Cleansing Mask as an overnight treatment if you suffer regularly from troublesome spots. Living Nature’s Deep Cleansing Mask benefits from containing only 100% natural preservatives, fragrances and ingredients and is certified natural by BDIH in Germany, an independent auditor of natural skin care and cosmetics. Additionally, you can rest-assured that the Deep Cleansing Mask contains no genetically modified ingredients, includes botanicals that are sourced only from sustainable sources and is not tested on animals.

Further Information

Stockist Information: Living Nature’s Deep Cleansing Mask retails is available from a nationwide network of salons, pharmacies and health stores, by mail order and online.  For further information, contact Living Nature (UK) on Tel: 0845 2508455;


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