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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 166

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 166 - January 2010

Integrated Medical Centre

The Integrated Medical Centre (IMC) is a unique concept in healthcare, the first of its kind in Europe, where practitioners have blended conventional, complementary and traditional medicines, to produce safe and effective treatments for each patient. Unlike conventional medicine, the aim of the IMC is to use allopathic practices only as a last resort. Instead, patients are taught preventative methods and encouraged to participate in their own healthcare and help the body, wherever possible, to heal itself.

Integrated Medical Centre

David Lintonbon DO PG Cert (clin ed) qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 1985 and Brighton University as a Clinical Educator. David not only devotes his time with his private patients and developing IMC; he also teaches Osteopathic manipulative skills worldwide. 


Osteopathy is a treatment aimed at the whole person rather than a specific ailment. In its simplest form it diagnoses structural problems in the musculoskeletal system, which are corrected by corresponding manipulative treatments. Causes of problems include occupational or sport related injuries, repetitive strain injury, emotional tensions and internal diseases.

Dry Needling

This uses the concept of placing acupuncture needles in the site of pain, which stimulates the body's production of endorphin a natural painkiller. This can be further assisted by the use of a TENS machine.

Cranio-Sacral Therapy

Antoinette Phillips has been practising as a Sports Massage therapist for over 10 years. Coming from South Africa, she has combined these skills with dry needling and Cranio-sacral therapy to great effect. Mothers Babies and Children are also her specialist area. Imbalances in the cranio-sacral mechanism often begin before birth, and difficult deliveries can be responsible for imbalances. This is an especially successful therapy for infants and children.

Deep Tissue Therapeutic Massage

Deep Tissue Therapeutic Massage employs a wide variety of gentle yet specific manipulation techniques to ease the body back towards its natural balance. Therapeutic Jatropha and Moringa oils may be to assist the manipulation of muscles and connective tissue.

Raising Funds for Southern Africa TLC Orphanages

A unique health store within Integrated Medical Centre supplies a wide range of health products,  carefully selected for their quality, effectiveness and therapeutic value, especially the Jatropha and Moringa oils and gels. These are sold to raise funds for the TLC Orphanages in Southern Africa, who are developing schools and sustainable agricultural projects for HIV orphans. To donate to this project, please send Cheque made payable to TLC Orphanages, 49 Julius House, New North Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4HG.

Further Information
Please contact Integrated Medical Centre on Tel: 07958 488 784;

Cranio Sacral Reflexology Academy

Cranio-Sacral Reflexology, devised by Osteopath Dr Martine Faure Alderson  specializing in Cranio-Sacral Therapy, is a complete non-invasive treatment in its own right, very effective for all ages. Dr Faure Alderson is also a trained physician in Homeopathy, a Bachelor of Acupuncture, and a Reflexologist, who has been practising and teaching reflexology for many years. In 1974 she set up her first School of Reflexology in Paris. After many years of clinical experience, she has integrated her expertise in Cranio-sacral therapy, Reflexology and other disciplines into Cranio-Sacral Reflexology, which she has pioneered in many  countries around the globe. 
Cranio Sacral Reflexology Academy

When working with Cranio-Sacral Reflexology, the energy is balanced between the feet and the head. Through this homeostasis is achieved, effectively  addressing a large variety of system dysfunctions. By assessing the body, mind and spirit, assessing the primary respiratory mechanisms and  working on the three levels of man, the patient's energy can be renewed.

Training is offered to qualified Reflexologists and takes place over the period of a year,consisting of 8 days of teaching over 2 Levels: Advanced and Third Level. The Training also includes periods of home study and case study preparation. This leads to a post-graduate Diploma in Cranio-Sacral Reflexology with membership into the Cranio-Sacral Reflexology Academy.

Further Information
Please contact Cranio-Sacral Reflexology Academy on Tel: 020-8398 6943; or Christine Hoswell

CranioSacral Therapy Practitioner Courses

Turning Point Training will be running professionally recognized practitioner courses in craniosacral therapy for qualified complementary and conventional medical practitioners.

CranioSacral Therapy Practitioner Courses

Jonathan Lawrence BA DO Cert Ed Osteopath, the course teacher, says students who have undergone the training including Dentists, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Massage therapists have found that the therapy not only complements their skills, but can also be used as a standalone treatment to help with many conditions. These include headaches whiplash, low back pain and physical and emotional trauma. The treatment is not only gentle on the patient but also the practitioners.

The course consists of 5 weekends monthly ending with a final exam. Once passed, insurance and CThA recognition is available. CPD points are awarded. They are held in North Devon close to the moors and sea and accessible from the M5.
Further information
Please contact Turning Point Training on Tel 01769 579079;

The Healing Trust

The Healing Trust is the new working name of The National Federation of Spiritual Healers Charitable Trust Ltd. A registered charity, it is the largest Healer membership organisation in the UK, with over 5000 members. Spiritual Healing complements conventional medicine by treating the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Spiritual Healers act as a conduit for healing energy which relaxes the body, releases tensions and stimulates self-healing. The benefits of healing can be felt on many levels, not just the physical, and the effects can be profound.

The Healing Trust

The Healing Trust works to promote public health by making spiritual healing a choice for healthcare professionals and individuals alike. Members of the public can receive spiritual healing through their UK Referral Service (Tel: 01604 60324), at NFSH The Healing Trust Centres, at Exhibitions, and through NHS support services.

The Healing Trust also provides training courses which support the personal spiritual growth of the individual. Courses will also be available in 2010 for Healthcare professionals. Healers who belong to The Healing Trust complete a two-year comprehensive programme of training, practise and on-going support and development. Members are bound by a Code of Conduct and are all fully insured.

Healing and the NHS

Doctors are permitted to refer patients for spiritual healing, and Healing Trust healers may also attend hospital in-patients who request their services. There are currently two NFSH Healing Trust members known to be working as Healers in NHS hospitals paid by the NHS. Other Healers work with GPs and in hospices and cancer centres.


The Healing Trust supports and welcomes scientific research into Spiritual Healing. Out of 191 randomized controlled studies of healing, 124 showed significant effects.  In October 2009 NFSH The Healing Trust were successful in obtaining £205,000 lottery funding for medical research into our healing.

Further Information
Please contact the Healing Trust on Tel: 01604 603247;

Health Benefits of Headsets

Wearing a headset is good for your health. Cradling a conventional handset between ear and shoulder is a major source of back and neck pain, as it puts the muscles under unnatural strain and stress. Often called 'phone neck', it is a common complaint among telephone and mobile phone users.

Health Benefits of Headsets

Neck and back pain are one of the main reasons for employees being off work through ill-health, which, according to a 2006 survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, costs businesses an average of £600 per employee every year.

Research has shown that wearing a headset, rather than using a regular telephone handset, can help alleviate these problems. A study by the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California, demonstrated that using a headset can reduce muscle tension of the kind that leads to muscle strain and chronic pain by as much as 41%. The three-month study involved 62 people between the ages of 20 and 63 years old. All of the participants used the telephone for a minimum of three hours per day to perform their jobs. Using conventional telephone handsets, they undertook tests that evaluated the various levels of muscle tension resulting when they engaged in other common tasks, such as reading, note-taking and typing on a computer, at the same time as they were on the phone. In the second stage of the research, they exchanged the handset for a headset and repeated the tasks. The results showed that using a headset as opposed to a handset while reading something reduced muscle tension by 41%. The reduction when writing was 36.5% and when typing, 31.4%.
A second study, from the University of Surrey in the UK, supports these findings. The detailed two-month study analysed the postures adopted when using the telephone. All participants regularly used the phone and computer simultaneously during their work. Each was monitored for four weeks using a traditional telephone handset and then for four weeks using a headset. The results showed that using a headset reduced neck pains by 31%, lower back pain by 16% and upper back pain by 9%. Additionally, headaches were reduced by 27%.

Further  Information
Please contact Jonathan Beatson at Valhalla Communications on Tel: 01142 620332;  Mob: 07891 552965;


Metabolic Weight Loss Two New Products


ThermoCharge combats Metabolic Syndrome, one of the biggest obstacles to weight loss.
After workouts, it assists in reducing fatigue and sore muscles to speed your recovery. This formula supports cardiovascular health and improved circulation and is an ingestible skin care supplement that may reduce wrinkles, eliminate freckles and dramatically improve skin texture.

Metabolic Weight Loss Two New Products
  • Promotes progressive, significant weight loss
  • Targets stubborn visceral fat
  • Increases thermo genesis
  • Increase basal metabolic rate
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Reduces post-exercise fatigue and speeds recovery
  • Promotes healthy, efficient digestion
  • Improves skin health, reducing the visible signs of ageing
  • Contains highly bio-available form of Lychee and Green Tea extracts
  • Contains a synergistic blend of traditional Greek-Arabic herbs: Lady's Mantle, Olive Leaf, Wild Mint and Cumin

Diminish – Appetite Satisfier

Have you ever asked yourself, "Why did I eat that?" Some people eat out of habit, boredom or frustration, even if they don't feel hungry. Stress and anxiety can also lead to weight gain; people try to stop overeating by restricting certain foods, which leads to more stress and anxiety for those who find comfort in food. Diminish can help anxious snackers and compulsive eaters by increasing satiety, decreasing stress and improving emotional health.

Diminish – Appetite Satisfier
  • Helps satisfy appetite, leading to weight loss
  • Helps reduce stress-related cravings, leading to weight loss
  • Promotes a positive mood
  • Contains Saffron – a natural source consumed safely for centuries.
Further Information
To order or for further information please contact Susan Leah on Tel: 0161 439 7677; Mob: 07921 334 933;  

Acupressure Mats

The Acupressure Mat may help in relieving numerous ailments from back and neck pain to stress, headaches and insomnia. Currently the top selling health product in Sweden, the Acupressure Mat was designed based on the Indian bed of nails, renowned for its healing powers and used for thousands of years in relaxation, meditation and yoga.

Made from non-allergic plastic and consisting of a high density of plastic nails which are precisely
arranged, this easy to use and highly effective acupressure device eliminates muscle pain, increases
the flexibility of joints and increases resistance to muscle fatigue by stimulating the body's internal
abilities to heal itself.

The Acupressure Mat may provide effective treatment for

  • Lower and Upper Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Knee pain
  • Slipped discs
  • Muscle and Joint pain in general
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Chronic fatigue

How does it work?

There are many factors that indicate that the body produces the hormones endorphins and oxytocins
when using the Acupressure Mat. When the body is relaxed it is better able to heal and recover from injury. When the body releases endorphins, it becomes more relaxed and the pain threshold is
raised. The pressure from the 'nails' will stimulate blood flow and lymph circulation. Damaged or worn tissue is repaired and new cells grow where they are needed. Also by increasing the body's production of oxytocin, the body optimizes its performance and durability instead of manipulating it.

Further Information
Please contact Acupressure Mats on Tel: 01372 457840;

Love and Healing Bundles

Maria Hoaglund invites readers to support her work by purchasing a beautiful Asian-style Love & Healing Bundle (sampler bundle) that comes out of her work with people moving through dramatic change. These sampler bundles include:
  • A beautiful harp (by Peter Sterling, Harper Tasche), music, or guided meditation CD
  • One of her (Young Living related) lovely essential oil blends
  • Informational sheets for healing, health, and relaxation
  • Your choice of a mini-book, an essential oil spa soap bar, or a votive candle in holder
Love and Healing Bundles
These items are all wrapped up in a beautiful Japanese furoshiki.

Further Information
Payment is online credit card, or cheque. Please contact  Maria Hoaglund National Transitions & Grief Examiner on Tel: +1 (425) 361-1953;


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