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Short Features and Brief Takes Issue 207

by Cherry Coad Aldridge(more info)

listed in product news, originally published in issue 207 - June 2013

Alexander Technique Treatments and Training – Stephen Cooper

Oxford Alexander Training School, director Stephen Cooper, has been training Alexander Teachers for over 20 years. The course lasts three years, with students coming into class every morning during term times. The Technique helps us to understand how we use ourselves and how to change.

Alexander Technique Treatments and Training

Let’s look at this is a practical way. As you sit reading this, your habitual ways of holding your back and your shoulders, balancing your weight, and perhaps moving your head towards the screen, all affect the way that you are performing this act of reading. If you go to stand up all your assumptions about what you need to do - that your back needs to change shape, that the muscles of your neck need to contract, and so on - will be governed by habit and will usually be engaged without much thought.

This would fine if we all used ourselves well, but a moment’s observation will allow you to see some of the strains and tensions that you unnecessarily impose on yourself. Does your neck remain free or does it become tense? Does your head remain poised or does it move sharply backwards? Does your back work without strain, or is there a lot of unnecessary muscular work and skeletal distortion? Our lack of awareness about the way that we use ourselves is really irresponsible, and furthermore it’s not hard to see that all those strains and tensions are not doing us any good – in fact may even be harmful, the cause of back pain for instance and a cause of poor posture.

So it would seem worthwhile to make a study of how we use ourselves, and to try to use ourselves better. This is not easy – we do many habitual things without even noticing that we are doing them, and how are we going to learn to notice?  

The Alexander Technique is a way of working on ourselves, learning to stop before old habit has asserted itself and then redirecting the way that we intend to move. This may sound abstract but it immediately becomes practical the moment you start working with a teacher. The teacher will guide you through movement, helping you to see how and where your old habits assert themselves and helping you to organise yourself in a better way. As you work you will find that movement seems easier, and perhaps old pains, old postures and old habits seem no longer necessary any more.

As you work with the Technique and come to value its significance, you might consider training as a teacher, joining the growing number of teachers worldwide who are helping others through the Technique.

Further Information

For courses at Oxford Alexander Training School please Tel:  01865 765511;   For private lessons with Stephen in Oxford please Tel: 07981 323654;   For Alexander Technique lessons in London, consider the long-established and highly respected Bloomsbury Alexander Centre on Tel: 020 7404 5348;   For lessons and training courses elsewhere, see


Super Health with Homeovitality

Homeovitality is an entirely new concept in health promotion which takes advantage of new 'cutting-edge' scientific discoveries to help everyone stay as healthy as possible and enjoy different forms of nature’s super-health, better. Natural super-health is the highest possible level of health and disease resistance that can be achieved naturally. Homeovitality has been developed as a safe and natural way to help everyone to enjoy natural super-health and stay healthy.

Super Health with Homeovitality

The genetic blueprint contains many genes that promote health as well as many genes that cause disease. With a view to increasing the specificity and safety of gene targeting by homeopathic DNA,  researchers Drs Jenaer and Marichal pioneered the use of highly diluted small DNA molecules with well-defined sequences to target immune response genes and fight infec-tions. Their system, called Micro-Immunotherapy proved to be very effective. The Homeovitality system was developed along the same lines as Micro-Immunotherapy.

The Homeovitality system uses highly diluted DNA molecules with precise sequences to target genes that produce the body’s natural proteins that have been proven to promote health as well as protect against and resolve many diseases. The Homeovitality system has been developed to avoid the prospect of inducing disease symptoms in recipients because it uses DNA molecules with standardised sequences that target only genes that have been proven to support health and resolve disease.

Further Information

Please contact Homeovitality on Tel:+44(0) 1772 691 443; Mob: 07894 108 594;


Nu Vitality - Natural Powers of Healing Honey

From Nu Vitality Products comes a range of Functional Honey designed to aid a range of consumer health complaints all produced by nature’s hardest workers the humble honey bee. The products, developed by Russian Doctor Dr Alexander Goroshit, who devoted his career to researching how to further engineer honey to offer us key benefits, are fast and effective.

Nu Vitality - Natural Powers of Healing Honey

These clever bees are fed a diet of powerful herbs which differs from product to product and is specifically designed to target particular health complaints. The active ingredients of the herbs then enter the honey they produce in an intense and pre-digested format which is very easy for the body to absorb making the range effective and efficient.

LifeMel the flagship product is famous around the world for boosting immunity and stimulating the production blood cells.  LifeMel is therefore great for those who need to increase immunity or boost their blood count.

PotentMel, brand new to the range and launching in the UK at this years’ Natural and Organic’s product show PotentMel is made from bees processing a potent herbal blend which includes herbs such as Panax Ginseng, Maca and Life-Of-Man.  Two 5ml spoonfuls a day helps to improve male potency and stamina.

GastroMel helps to maintain a healthy digestive system; this product can soothe IBS, constipation and diarrhea by balancing the digestion system.  GastroMel also contains Propolis, a substance made by the bees to coat the exterior of the hive to prevent infection from getting into the hive and is the strongest antiseptic found in nature.  By adding this to the pure GastoMel honey made by bees feeding on anti-spasmodic and soothing herbs the end product offers a soothing solution to all digestion related discomfort.

EnergyMel, made by bees feeding on herbs such as Panax and Siberian Ginseng, has been designed to reduce tiredness and fatigue, can improve sharpness and give an all round boost.  This product is used commonly by a wide range of people including those with busy lives or for a pre-gym boost.  EnergyMel is also particularity effective in boosting the system when recovering from a cold or flu.

RelaxMel, made by bees feeding on herbs such as Lavender and Hops, helps to balance the body, promote good sleep and soothe hypertension. Troubled sleepers should look out for RelaxMel for an un-disturbed good nights’ sleep.

BronchoMel, bees process herbs including Elderberry, Sage and Eucalyptus to produce a honey with unique benefits which aid those suffering from infections in the Bronchi, chest infections and mild asthma.

LadyMel Day and Night kit; a day and night time honey which encompasses actives derived from the herbal feed which include; Agnus Castus, Chamomile, Red Clover, and Passionflower.  LadyMel aims to balance the woman’s body and to contribute to physical well being during menstruation and the menopause.

Only two 5g spoonfuls a day of the products on empty stomach will help to soothe complaints.

Further Information

All products are available from your local specialist health food store or pharmacy. For more information please contact Leanne Combrinck at Nu Vitality Products on Tel: 01650 521 382;

Disclaimer:   Nu Vitality do not in any way wish to promote the LifeMel Product range as a treatment or cure for any illness or disease.


Natural Healing Paradigm - Stephen Macallan Practitioner

The latest research in genetics shows us that, in terms of health issues and diseases, it is not so much a matter of genes causing the illnesses, as we all have all the same genes; it is more a matter of which genes get altered and which genes get activated, what alters them and what activates them? The answers to those questions are now known - genes become activated, or altered, or altered and activated, by the environment of the gene. The environment of the gene is influenced and can only be influenced by two factors - energy and/or matter.

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Energy comes in waveforms ranging from the micro to the macro, incorporating microwaves from mobile phones, microwave cookers, mobile phone masts, x-ray radiation from Fukushima and Chernobyl, sound waves from music, light waves from the sun and the stars and the radiation from your brain waves. Matter includes nutrients from food and drink and non-nutrients such as mercury from amalgam fillings, food colourings and additives, pharmaceutical and recreational drugs, personal care products that go on your skin (which is not waterproof), fumes and gases that you breathe in - all the substances that surround us.

This takes us neatly back to the old classical Natural Healing paradigm that your health is totally governed by:

  • Intake - everything that enters the body through any route;
  • Output - everything that leaves the body through any route, though the important part is what doesn’t leave the body and should;
  • Movement - of the body and within the body, as in exercise, blood circulation and so on.

After the human genome was mapped it seemed that the genes had to be added to that list, giving us something that was outside our control, but the new science of Epigenetics puts even the genes back in our control because of the way that genes become activated as I outlined above. However because epigenetics shows us that energy has a an impact on our genes we do now have to add a fourth item to the classic list:

Thoughts - Our thoughts are or create an energy, and instruments can measure it;  this means that the cells of our bodies are bathed in the radiation from our thoughts 24/7. Also, our knowledge of body chemistry shows us that our thoughts create neuropeptides which travel around the bloodstream and attaching to immune system receptors wherever they may be!

The paradigm now is that your health is absolutely dictated by:

  • Intake
  • Output
  • Movement
  • Thoughts

So, if your health is less than ideal then examine carefully what your body is taking in, and take in all the good stuff your body wants and less of the stuff your body does not want. Ensure that you are outputting everything that needs to be output. Move your body regularly and ensure that the flows within the body are as they should be. Think the right thoughts (good ones) and don’t think the bad thoughts. It may be appropriate to seek professional help with any or all of these factors.

Further Information

Stephen Macallan may be contacted on Tel:01270 650336; Mob: 07985 585718;   

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HongXing TCM clinic

The HongXing TCM clinic is one of the few clinics specializing in providing alternative treatments for certain chronic diseases; it is an old family clinic, providing traditional Chinese herbal medicines for various illnesses. Since the 1980s, the clinic began focusing on developing and providing formulated-remedies for certain none-curable chronic diseases, particularly those that are associated with the autoimmune system. The majority of patients who have come to the clinic and seek our treatments have all previously failed to respond to conventional drugs or other forms of traditional medicines. They have suffered for many years with their illness, often leading to multiple additional health problems.

HongXing TCM clinic

The HongXing TCM clinic is a typical old style traditional TCM family clinic, in China - passing down family formulas, skills and experiences from one generation to the next, specialising in treating patients with various chronic conditions with formulated TCM remedies.

The HongXing Clinic is different from other TCM practices in one aspect, most TCM practitioners usually treat their patients with different herbs in a pack to make tea, as at HongXing clinic, they have the special skills to make their own formulated remedies in the form of pills (the size of soya bean). This has the advantage of simplicity over the preparation of a 'tea' which, can be a complicated process. The consumption of a pill is less confusing for people who are not used to traditional Chinese medicine, particularly children. At HongXing Clinic they can adjust formulate pills according to patients’ condition, the age, the weight etc. Changes in the formulation of the pills can be made at different stages of the treatment as the patient’s condition changes.

TCM has been practised along with the conventional medicine in china since 1960s. The HongXing clinic has also integrated the conventional medicine method into its traditional way by using laboratory tests and urinalysis as the means to monitor the patients’ progress along with traditional approach, such as observation, auscultation, olfaction and interrogation.

The HongXing clinic prides itself on developing and perfecting the old traditional remedies, find cures for certain, generally accepted, non- curable chronic disease.

Further Information

Please contact Yao Ji Blaire at HongXing TCM Clinic on Tel: 1224 321770;


CNM - College of Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathy is a healthcare philosophy based on the healing power of nature; that the body has an innate intelligence and ability to heal itself if given the right conditions. With more and more of the ‘wrong’ conditions becoming prevalent in our 21st century lifestyle - or perhaps because of it - there seems to be a corresponding interest in reconnecting with the power of nature and in learning how to take back responsibility for our own health.


Naturopathic principles underlie all of the courses offered by CNM. CNM's diploma courses in Naturopathic Nutrition, Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and Homeopathy combine traditional wisdom with evidence based teachings and the most up to date research. 

CNM was set up in 1998 to train students to become successful natural therapy practitioners, based on the Naturopathic system, and CNM has a fantastically positive story to tell.  Today CNM have 10 colleges across the UK and Ireland, at which we train hundreds of students every year. 80% of CNM students go on to practise and the more there are of them, supporting members of the public in their quest for health and wellbeing, the wider the message is spread about the effectiveness of natural therapies. CNM graduates are effecting a sea-change which is impacting society and waking people up to the degree of control that it is possible to have over their own health.  This year CNM has a record number of applications for places at the college and will also soon be opening a sister college in the United States.

Accountants, salespeople, hairdressers, drivers, fitness instructors, doctors or pharmacists looking for a different health paradigm, and stay-at-home mothers looking for a flexible career once their children are older, CNM students come from all walks of life and are people who want to do something meaningful.  Practising as a natural health therapist in their chosen specialism once qualified, offers a flexible and satisfying career that gives them the ability to help themselves and others to better health.  There are flexible study options to help students fit study in around other commitments, and all courses require classroom attendance.  CNM courses are very ‘hands-on’ and involve lots of clinical practice to ensure that graduates feel confident when practising.

A range of short courses and postgraduate courses in other therapies, designed either for interest or to improve skills, are available at some CNM colleges. Regular free-to-attend Open Evenings held at all CNM colleges are an opportunity to find out more about the courses available. 

Further Information

To find the next date scheduled at your nearest CNM college Tel: 01342 410 505 or visit

There are CNM Colleges  in London, Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast, and in Dublin, Cork and Galway.


Active School of Complementary Therapy - ASCT

Active School of Complementary Therapy - ASCT provides a range of courses, CPD workshops, and seminars, designed to provide you with opportunities for continuing your professional development, whether you are a novice or an experienced  practitioner. As a school ASCT prefers to operate small group courses (6-10 students per course), which lends itself to greater tutor/student  contact time.

Active School of Complementary Therapy - ASCT

Current course dates are listed below together with links to the course details. If your interest is in a related subject which is not featured on this page, or is one of our previous courses, then please register your interest and request further details on our enquiry form (click here). Remember - the more interest we receive for particular courses, the more likely they are to be run.

The table below lists dates for all ASCT currently running courses; other Therapy Seminars and Workshops are also planned and will be announced in due course. Please register your interest in any of our courses/workshops on the ASCT enquiry form and advise of any therapy subject area that you would like to see covered.

If you are an independent professional practitioner and have a course or workshop you could run for other students please contact us to discuss.





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 Introduction to Massage

 1 September 2012

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 BTEC Diploma in Sports & Remedial Massage

 6th October 2012

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 BTEC Bridging Programme

 9th March 2013

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 BTEC Diploma in Sports & Remedial Massage

 27 April 2013

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 Introduction to Massage

 10th August 2013

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 BTEC Bridging Programme

 19th October 2013

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 Learn Massage Online


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 Anatomy & Physiology Online


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 Passport to Business


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Future Courses:

ASCT are in the process of developing a Certificate in Body Massage course (awaiting validation) which will provide all the knowledge and skills necessary to commence practice as a massage practitioner. It will also serve as a base level introductory course for those that provide advanced skill levels e.g. Aromatherapy, Equine, Sports, Thai massage etc.

Further Information

Please contact Active on Tel: 01509 556101;


Clinical Aromatherapy Essential Oil Resource Consultants EORC / IJCA / Botanica2014

Company director Rhiannon Lewis (formerly Harris) continues in her quest to forge closer links between the medical profession, clinical Aromatherapists and Herbal practitioners through a range of educational resources and activities. An accomplished therapist, educator, editor and author, Rhiannon is passionate about facilitating integration of essential oils into clinical environments including oncology, supportive and palliative care. Based in the mountains in Provence where wild aromatics abound, Rhiannon is motivated to maintain the momentum gained in clinical aromatherapy provision in a range of health care settings both within France and internationally.


Essential Oil Resource Consultants’ (EORC) activities and resources include teaching face to face classes in Provence and internationally, providing consultancy services, lecturing at conferences and congresses as well as publishing a unique peer reviewed publication, the International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy (IJCA).

A culmination of several years of work and careful planning, Essential Oil Resource Consultants together with the IJCA, hosted the highly successful inaugural botanica2012 conference at Trinity College Dublin last September. This event welcomed 21 international expert speakers and 250 participants from over 33 countries for three days of conference on plant therapeutics and clinical aromatherapy. Due to its remarkable success, plans for botanica2014 are already underway, to be held at Trinity College Dublin 5-7th September 2014. Details of the conference programme will be announced in September.

The International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy was started in 2004 as the only peer reviewed and evidence-based biannual publication in the English language that promotes the use of essential oils in clinical settings. The IJCA remains a unique resource that enables practitioners to extend their knowledge and skills and promote greater integration of aromatherapy in their respective clinical settings. The journal’s transition from print version to e-journal is currently in progress and back issues are available for purchase. In 2012 the journal had integration as a theme, with publication of a special botanica2012 conference edition. The theme for 2013 is diversity - demonstrating the uses of essential oils across a wide range of clinical settings worldwide including psychiatry, cosmetology and dentistry.

Further Information

For further information about IJCA, EORC and botanica2014, please access:


Hypnotherapy - Method for All with HTI

Hypnotherapy has proven an effective method across both time and cultures.  Trance is a universal phenomenon among humans, and has major benefits as a means of mental and emotional rest and recreation.  Throughout the world in human societies we find practices which induce trance.  This may be through stillness such as contemplation and quiet prayer, or through rhythmic activities such as drumming, chanting or dancing.  The need to expand our awareness beyond the present and the everyday is common to us all.

J Butler teaching class
J Butler teaching class

Dr John Butler has had direct experience of the resilience of hypnotherapy across cultures, as by request from enthusiasts for hypnotherapy in other countries, he now teaches there and finds that students can apply directly the hypnotherapy methods they learn from him. 

In therapeutic hypnosis, trance is used to access mental and emotional resources which we can then apply to overcome painful and limiting problems.  Sometimes the process is focused on a shift or development of insight, so that our perspective changes and we overcome panic, for example, by taking a wider and/or longer view of ourselves including rewriting negative scripts from the past.  Sometimes it is focused on acquiring and gaining facility in skills which enable us to develop and recreate our lives.   In hypnotherapy, this process can be greatly accelerated by trance, in which our ability to try out different futures in imagination is more liberated from everyday constraints.

The commonality between all peoples is much more strongly evident at the deep levels of our consciousness than at the surface level of our social fashions and customs.  Hypnotherapy works directly at these deep levels, using trance and the core faculties of imagination and emotion.  In addition, trance has the invaluable feature that it can be achieved through a partnership, with one person – the hypnotist – guiding the client.  This is very helpful for burdened and/or distressed individuals who may find it hard to move out of their usual state of mind by their own efforts.

Adaptations are, naturally, made by a skilled hypnotherapist to the presenting style and coping resources of the client.  A different approach is taken for an overwhelmed, distressed client, for instance, than for a client seeking help for a problem which affects only a small or limited area of their functioning.  However, the core hypnotherapy methods of trance, and communications adapted to the principles of human imaginative and emotional functioning, are effective with remarkable consistency from generation to generation, and from culture to culture.

To reflect this expansion of activities and the universal nature of hypnotherapy, his teaching faculty, formerly the Hypnotherapy Training Institute of Britain, has now been re-named Hypnotherapy Training International - looking forward to hypnotherapy worldwide.

Further Information

Please contact Dr Butler at HTI on Tel: +44 (0)207 385 1166;


Kay Zega - Personal Empowerment and Spiritual Advancement

Personal trauma is often the catalyst for turning to holistic therapies and spiritual development.  Having worked her own way through tragedy and trauma to reach inner peace, outer confidence and unparalleled happiness, Kay Zega MA, Wellness & Positive Life Change Specialist, Counsellor, Multi-therapist, Lecturer & Registered Teacher / Tutor is passionate about facilitating empowering development for others


Kay’s own desire to develop personally, professionally and spiritually led her along many paths to meet countless inspiring (and not so inspiring) people and to learn a wide variety of systems, methods/modalities, all of which help heal and empower. 

Helping others learn/develop has always been her passion.  All of her roles have involved motivating, educating and empowering others, so much so that she chose an MA in learning and development as her Masters Degree.  Her interest in holism influenced both her business and teaching roles in further and higher education and also underpins her current teaching / training / mentoring, accredited counselling and positive life change coaching roles.

What’s the Best Way to Achieve Empowerment, Development, Advancement?

A comment Kay often come across is:

“I’m keen to achieve personal empowerment, to develop professionally, to advance spiritually . . . but how do I choose?  There is a bewildering array of methods available and an even greater number of people advertising their offerings”

So, how do you choose?

  1. Never rush your choice; take time and thoroughly check out:
    •  Whichever offering has appealed to you (to ensure that particular system/method is right for you at this time).  An internet search may help;
    •  The therapist / teacher / coach / counsellor’s expertise (qualifications, experience, membership of professional associations, satisfied students/clients . . .);
    •  Are there testimonials you can read?  Former clients/students you could contact?  What does a Google search on their name reveal?
  2. Contact them (including by phone) before committing so that you can ask questions and get a ‘feel’ for whether you’ll be comfortable with their energies - after all you could be investing a lot of time and money in them;
  3. Having done your research, trust your instinct because there are no wrong decisions, only learning opportunities! 

How Kay Zega Can Help

Kay has considerable experience across a wide range of holistic wellbeing disciplines / spirituality and is known for her thorough, respectful, supportive approach .

Kay Zega offers:

Gift vouchers are available for use with any of the above .

Further Information

Unsure what’s best for you?  Contact Kay on Tel: 00 44 (0)1905 26002;   


The Gokhale Method Postural Phenomenon Arrives in the UK

Esther Gokhale is a name to remember - currently heralded an officer workers’ hero in the States, Gokhale is on the cusp of breaking into the UK and Europe. Her book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, recently hit the top of Amazon chart sales, she’s been featured in a number of the most renowned American papers, including the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Chicago Tribune, and she personally works with some of America’s top business leaders from Google and Oracle.

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After crippling back pain during her first pregnancy and unsuccessful back surgery, Esther became intensely focused on finding the key to a pain-free body.  Her studies at the Aplomb Institute in Paris and years of research in Burkina Faso, India and Portugal led to her development of the Gokhale Method.  Gokhale (pronounced go-clay) continues to dedicate her life to posture education, helping people reclaim a pain-free life through implementing critical structural changes.

Gokhale believes the root of most back pain, musculoskeletal pain, and general feelings of discomfort are due to the fact we have lost sight of how to use our bodies. Office workers and others with sedentary jobs will be pleased to hear that the main cause of such maladies is not the usual, hard-to-address list of factors, but rather that it’s the way we hold and position our bodies that is creating the problem.

While many of us slump our spines into a C-Shaped position, some of us go the other way and arch up into a tense S shape. Gokhale encourages her students and followers to return their bodies to a more natural stance that is upright and relaxed in a tall J shape. By emphasizing everyday movement rather than periodic exercise sessions, the Gokhale Method gives users ample opportunity to practise without taking time out of their day. The focus ranges across numerous everyday activities including sleeping, walking, standing or sitting. In relearning these everyday actions, users will reposition and reshape their shoulders, arms, neck, torso, hips, legs and feet the way they were designed to be.

The Gokhale Method teaches followers how posture is linked to any number of seemingly unrelated ailments. By lengthening and decompressing the spine, followers of the method will remove some of the stresses that cause disc degeneration and spinal arthritic changes. By toning the deeper abdominal muscles and relaxing the back muscles they will experience deeper, healthier respiration. By improving their pelvic architecture, they will improve or address conditions like chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and urinary incontinence.

Further Information

Find out more about the Gokhale Method by logging on to or by reading 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back by Esther Gokhale, RRP £15.95, from


Go Ayurveda - the Most Natural Approach to Health

Looking for a healthy getaway on a palm-fringed beach with romantic sunsets? Try Ayurveda, the most ancient system of health, at Barberyn Ayurveda Resorts in Sri Lanka.

Go Ayurveda - the Most Natural Approach to Health

Barberyn Resorts provide all the advantages of a luxury beach resort with the facilities of a professional Ayurvedic health center. Both resorts share the same philosophy of promoting authentic Ayurveda, yoga and spiritual enrichment. They are designed to improve guests’ health and wellbeing through Ayurvedic diagnosis, healing treatments, herbal medications, Ayurvedic diet, yoga and meditation.

Further Information and Special Deal

From April to November 2013, Barberyn Resorts offer a special deal: “Pay one night, stay one night free” (valid on full board accommodation for guests taking Ayurveda treatments). Those staying for one week or more can benefit from a great deal and get a week’s free accommodation worth at least £300 depending on the room type. The offer is valid in both Barberyn Reef and Barberyn Beach Ayurveda Resorts. For more info, please visit:


New Beginnings: Ten Teachings to Making the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life

by Sandy Newbigging

Published by Findhorn Press. July 2013. £9.99. ISBN: 978-1-84409-615-2, , 

In New Beginnings Sandy C. Newbigging encourages you to recognize that every second of every day offers a new beginning. Right now, the forces of creation are coming together to give birth to a brand new moment bursting with potential and possibilities. What you do with it is ultimately your choice, and this is what this remarkable book is about.

New Beginnings: Ten Teachings to Making the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life

“Just reading this book will lend you enough of a thermal to get you air- borne.”

~ The Barefoot Doctor, best-selling author of Manifesto

New Beginnings shares the once known but long forgotten Ten Inner Teachings that we must know for enlightened living and being a magnet for miracles. Used individually or collectively, they give us the freedom to choose between peace and pain, confusion or clarity, problems or perfection, procrastination or action and failure or success.

What if you could harness the power of the Universe
to create the body, life and world you want?

With New Beginnings, best-selling author Sandy C. Newbigging brings you a life-changing book filled with real wisdom and over 40 practical exercises for being present, feeling fantastic, freeing yourself from problems, attracting what you want and living a healthier, wealthier and happier life.

Join Sandy on a spiritual odyssey as you make the shift between knowing about what you want to experiencing it in the real world. The difference, as you will discover, is worth everything!

What New Beginning do you want? The choice is in your hands.

About the Author

Sandy Newbigging is the creator of the Mind Detox Method, a meditation teacher and author of several books. Yoga Magazine recently described him as being “one of the best meditation teachers around”, he is a regular writer for Huffington Post and OM Yoga Magazine. He runs courses and residential retreats internationally and trains Mind Detox Practitioners via his Academy. In 2012 he received the Federation of Holistic Therapists Tutor of the Year Award.

Further Information

Available from Amazon:


Sophie’s Rainbow

by Nicola Bradbury. 2013. £1.56. Kindle Edition. ASIN: B00D97AP1U.

Sophie’s Rainbow is a children’s story based on a true tragedy and transformation. The metamorphosis of Sophie from an innocent free spirit, into an individual suddenly confined and limited, challenges our belief in the power of healing.

Sophie’s Rainbow

Through her restricted circumstances, her heart and mind are encouraged to discover an awareness that everything is connected, that we are co-creators with Nature, that all life is interdependent and it is our duty to care for and respect all life on Earth. Sophie’s Rainbow brings the message to young and old alike that through the power of love and forgiveness, all things are possible.

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    David Lintonbon Reflexology - Gentle Manipulative Techniques of the Foot

    There are still a few places on the Learn Reflexology and Gentle Manipulative Techniques of the Foot Course with Margaret Finch, Reflexologist and David Lintonbon, Osteopath on Sunday 30 June 2013 at the London School of Osteopathy. A CPD Course with Certificate on completion (7 hours CPD) valid for updating insurance. A day where you will learn basic Reflexology and the physical application thereof at the London School of Osteopathy with hydraulic couches and comfortable surroundings - including tea, coffee and light refreshments in the school cafeteria included.

    Further information Tel: 07958 488 784;


    Mycology Research Laboratory MRL Sponsored Lecture Series

    The MRL sponsored mushroom lectures will be held from 1 July to 30 Sept. 9 July - Paris at France International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine - ICNM 7-9 July, 8 July 2013. Speaker: Karel Simonovsky, TCM Practitioner (Czech Republic) on The Use of Mushroom Nutrition in Viral Conditions - A Model for Preventative Health. For more than 3000 years, certain edible mushrooms which originated in China and Japan, have been used and indeed worshipped for their abilities to support the human defence system, or to deal with ‘evil’ pathogenic factors.

    Further information Tel: 01582-485-209 or


    Brackenbury Clinic Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) Special Offer

    Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is an effective way to help the body detox and strengthen its natural defences. By increasing the efficiency of an often overlooked system of the body, the lymphatic circulation, MLD encourages the elimination of waste products and relieves toxic congestion. MLD is a gentle massage technique that uses a variety of repetitive, light movements over the skin to stimulate the flow of lymph fluid along lymphatic pathways and through the filtration network of lymph nodes. A special offer at the Brackenbury Clinic in London is offering initial consultation and treatments and follow-up treatments at a reduced rate.

    Further information Tel: 020-8741 9264;


    Bio-Energetic Training Seminar

    The Alexander Lowen Foundation has recently recovered nine hours of film recorded during Bioenergetic workshops with Alexander Lowen in 1971. A free video preview is available of the training seminar which took place at the Satori Center, Ca. For the past 18 months, the foundation has updated and published new editions of nine Lowen books as paperbacks and e-books. Their online store is coming soon, meanwhile you may order books via a new brochure or on their donations page. The books are also widely available through retailers, including Amazon, iTunes and Barnes & Noble.

    Further information Tel: +1 802-338-2866;


    Alzheimer’s Research Progress

    Protein modification may help to control Alzheimer’s and epilepsy according to research by Tel Aviv University researchers. In the brain, cell-to-cell communication is dependent on neurotransmitters, chemical that aid the transfer of information between neurons. Several proteins have the ability to modify the production of these chemicals by either increasing or decreasing their amount, or promoting or preventing their secretion. One example in tomosyn, which hinders the secretion of neurotransmitters in abnormal amounts.

    Further information Tel: +1 212.742.9070 or +1 800.989.1198;


    High Performance UMF® 20+ Manuka Honey/Bee Venom

    Beetox is the newly launched natural UK skincare brand containing both Bee Venom and Manuke Honey UMF®20+, combined in a unique formula with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties on the skin. It is the very first skincare range to contain a powerful UMF®20+, which adds a high-performance element to their skincare products. Beetox founders, Tim Hayes and Adam Elabdaly bring this unique and applauded natural skincare range to the UK, straight from the renowned centre of Mauka Honey, Tauranga, New Zealand.

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    Restful Night’s Sleep

    Produced using a subtle balance of natural essential oils grown on Castle Farm in Kent, Sleepy Scent can be used in the evening to encourage relaxation simply by sprinkling a few drops on the pillow. All natural Sleepy Scent is an effective  alternative to sleeping pills and not only pays homage to the herbal traditions dating back for centuries which promote the use of Lavender and Hop pillows to cure insomnia, but also leans on more recent scientific evidence which suggests that Aromatherapy with Lavender may calm the nervous system, reduce stress, promote relaxation and improve sleep quality.

    Further information Tel: 01959 523219;


    Copper / Copper Alloys Destroy Norovirus

    New research from the University of Southampton shows that copper and copper alloys will rapidly destroy norovirus - the highly infectious sickness bug. Professor Bill Keevil, Chair in Environmental Healthcare and Lead Researcher, presented his work at the American Society for Microbiology’s 2013 General Meeting recently. The presentation stated that norovirus was rapidly destroyed on copper and its alloys, with those containing more than 60% copper proving particularly efficacious.

    Further information Tel: 01442 275 5705;  


    Manuka Natural Healing Power

    Kiwiherb Herbal Remedies has produced Kiwiherb Manuka Paint, a 100% natural, efficacious alternative to conventional antiseptic products. The unique, high potency herbal solution combines two New Zealand native herbs, Manuka and Horopito, with Thyme and curative Manuka oil, to help clean broken skin, keep it infection free and promote healing. Manuka Paint can either be added to water to create an antiseptic wash or simply painted directly onto the skin. Kind and gentle to the skin, it is a must-have for the home or holiday first aid kit.

    Further information Tel: 01455 556281;


    Weight Loss Money-Back Guarantee

    Graham Price, Chartered Psychologist and Founder of Get Slim Guaranteed believes that for most people who want to lose weight and keep it off, there isn’t anything like enough focus on the Psychology involved. Most weight loss programmes completely ignore the psychology. There are many reasons why we don’t maintain healthy eating and fitness programmes. The most common is a lack of motivation, self-control and resilience. All these attributes can be acquired.

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    Aura™ Stoma Pouch Range

    Stoma care company, CliniMed®, have just unveiled their latest revolutionary stoma range; Aura™ with medical grade Manuka honey. The 53 products in the Aura launch range all feature CliniMed’s tried and tested skin-friendly Hyperflex® flange, but with the added benefit of medical grade Manuka honey - well known for its therapeutic properties in the hydrocolloid. CliniMed are confident these products are their kindest pouches yet, with a number of enhanced features alongside the Manuka honey.

    Further information Tel: 0800 036 0100;


    Tisserand Aromatherapy Award

    Tisserand Aromatherapy, specialist in Aromatherapy, essential oils and personal care products, announces it will receive a Highly Commended in the Value Range category for this year’s Natural Health Beauty Awards. Launched six years ago, the Natural Health Beauty Awards is a major event in the holistic beauty calendar. This year the Awards are presented at an official ceremony at the Organic & Natural Beauty Show 2013, in June at ExCel, London. With over 30 years’ experience in Aromatherapy and essential oils, Tisserand Aromatherapy offers a range of products to support physical and emotional wellbeing from pure essential oils as well as its range of creative Aromatherapy products and personal care lines.

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    Green Tea Weight Loss and Cooling

    Natur Boutique has developed the Green Tea ‘Diet’ blend for its weight loss properties. As well as being effective for your summer figure, Natur Boutique Green tea has been combined with two further natural ingredients to create a refreshing, distinct and flavoursome drink that by simply allowing to cool, serving over ice and adding a slice of lime, could also be the answer to helping you stay revitalized this summer. Blended with Java tea, which is known to be a powerful antioxidant and Liquorice, which helps deliver a unique, delicate, sweet flavour, Natur Boutique Green Tea Blend is sure to tantalise the taste buds.

    Further information Tel: 020 89783740;


    Source of Yoga

    Source of Yoga is holding 200 and 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training Retreats in Goa, India with Caroline Klebl on 15 November to 6 December 2013. Learning Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice, the training is a comprehensive for Yoga Teachers, aspiring teachers and all levels of Yoga Practitioners, by learning the Ashtanga Yoga methods, it is possible to teach Vinyasa, Power and Ashtanga Yoga classes. There is also Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles - 200 hours on 15 September to 11 October, 300 hours from 13 October to 22 November.

    Further information Tel: +1 (415) 200-6794;   Skype: sourceofyoga


    Barefoot Win the Eczema Range in the Natural Health Beauty Awards

    Barefoot, a range of natural products for the face, body and hair has announced that it is the winner of the Eczema Range in the Natural Health Beauty Awards for the third year running. Barefoot’s SOS Dry and Sensitive range is for those with dry, irritated or uncomfortable skin as well as those who may suffer from eczema and psoriasis. The range is suitable for all and even gentle enough to use on babies.



    Omega-3 for Longer Life

    Nutritionists have been singing the praises of Omega-3 and its importance in our diets for years, but a recent study has dramatically shown the full impact of having more Omega-3 in your diet. The study looked at over 2,500 adults and was carried out in America. The US scientists were able to link omega-3 levels directly to adult deaths. They found that the older adults with higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids had a 25% less chance of dying prematurely. Belle* syrups come with either omega-3, iron or vitamin D and give you a healthy hit of rosehip with your daily dose.

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    Nature Girl

    Nature Girl are active and vocal supporters of clean oceans and the protection of our environment. Everything from the ingredients they use through to manufacturing processes and beyond, is designed to limit the impact their products have on our world. Since their launch, they have worked hard to ensure that they bring their customers luxurious skincare products that won’t harm health or that of the world we live in. So they were delighted to hear of the launch of a new organization that measures the ocean’s wealth. The Ocean Health Index,  To celebrate this new index, Nature Girl are giving away a free I Am Wave Organic Bath Salts with every purchase made on their website.

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    Optimal Care in Childbirth

    The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) book of the year is Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for a Physiological Approach, a meticulously documented book on the medical-model management of childbirth. Written for those who want to practise according to the best evidence, assist women in making informed decisions or advocate for maternity care reforms, the book provides an in-depth analysis of the evidence basis for physiologic care as the standard care and which practices and policies best promote safe, healthy, satisfying labour and birth.

    Further information: ISBN: 978-1-78066-110-0. Tel 020 7737 6868;


    Milchkristalle for Hormone Balance and Melatonin Enhancement

    The sleeping hormone melatonin is not only responsible for your circadian rhythm and allowing body and mind to recover. Through the pineal gland, it also controls the human ageing process. The following tips will help kick-start your melatonin release: Soak up more sunlight, eat melatonin-rich foods such as cherries, fish and nuts, reduce stress and avoid the wrong light such as televisions, computer screens and smartphones and even the large proportion of blue light in many energy-saving light bulbs. Milchkristalle, or milk crystals is a night milk now available with up to one hundred times more melatonin than regular milk, highly bioavailable, which allows the body to absorb and process the crystals very well.

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    Bowl Cancer Survival Boost with New Study

    A new study led by an expert from London’s Kingston University, Professor Helmout Modjtahedi examines why some tumours are hard to treat and how they can be targeted with the most effective therapies. During the studies, specimens from patients with tumours of the colon or rectum will be examined for biomarkers to help pinpoint which individuals are most likely to benefit from specific therapies, particularly two new antibody-based drugs. Since the drugs cost tens of thousands of pounds a year, targeting their use would help health authorities reduce costs, while patients who would not benefit from them could be spared the trauma of unnecessary treatment and offered an alternative instead. The preliminary findings of Professor Modjtahedi’s research has been published in the British Journal of Cancer.

    Further information Tel: 020 8417 3166;


    Breast Cancer Advance

    Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have made an advance in breast cancer research which shows how certain enzymes released by cancerous cells could have a protective function. New research in the Journal of Biological Chemistry reveals that an enzyme called MMP-8 (matrix metalloproteinase-8) could be acting as a locator to the immune system, which then becomes activated to attack tumours.

    Further information Tel: 0160-359 2269;


    Principals of NLP

    Principals of NLP: What it is, how it works and what it can do for you by Joseph O’Connor and Ian McDermott is published by Singing Dragon. The book covers building confidence, beating depression and career development. The uses of Neuro-Linguistic Programming are innumerable. The book explains key concepts of NLP such as building rapport, modelling, anchoring and uncovering your preferred learning style and explains how to apply these principles personally, spiritually and professionally. By focusing on the fundamental presuppositions of NLP, this clear and concise book gets right to its core. The book is ideal for Therapists, Counsellors, Life Coaches and anyone interested in improving their life.

    Further information Tel: 020-7833 2307;


    Phosphatidylserine Research in Degenerative Brain Disorders

    Phosphatidylserine is a natural food supplement produced from beef, oysters and soy. Proven to improve cognition and slow memory loss, it is a popular treatment for older people experiencing memory impairment. Now a team headed by Professor Gill Ast and Dr Ron Bochner of Tel Aviv University Department of Human Molecular Genetics has discovered that the same supplement improves the functioning of genes involved in degenerative brain disorders including Parkinson’s disease and Familial Dysautonomia (FD). Already approved for use as a supplement by the FDA, phosphatidylserine contains a molecule essential for transmitting signals between nerve cells in the brain. Professor Ast and his fellow researchers decided to test whether the same chemical, which is naturally synthesized in the body and known to boost memory capability, could impact the genetic mutation which leads to FD.

    Further information: Tel: +1 212 889 0808 ext. 170;


    Principals of Chinese Medicine

    Principals of Chinese Medicine: What it is, how it works and what it can do for you is a new book by Angela Hicks which covers Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Qigong, Tui Na Massage and Diet Therapy which have been used by the Chinese for over 2000 years and are still the treatments of choice for millions of people throughout the East. Covering everything from the basic theory of Chinese medicine to how to find a Practitioner, the book provides a definitive introductory guide to this ancient system. A practical handbook which provides all of the essential information, this book is the perfect introduction for anyone who wants to find out more about Chinese medicine, whether as a treatment option or for general interest.

    Further information Tel: 020-7833 2307;


    1st Annual Florida Society for Bioenergetic Analysis

    The 1st Annual Florida Society for Bioenergetic Analysis Summer Workshop Celebration is this year called Bioenergetic Exploration of You and Love. This workshop invites you to take the challenge of exploring your personal transformation around love. Using the Alexander Lowen style of strong bioenergetic bodywork, the workshop will intensely explore your way of loving. Most patterns of loving are deeply ingrained and repetitive - Love, ecstasy and love’s heart breaking pain. The following principles will be the guiding energy of the workshop: Knowing Your Heart’s Truth, Your Hearts Right to Love the Way You Want, Patterns of Protecting our Hearts – Crying, Fighting, Acceptance – Wisdom, Living Your Hearts Joy, Recognizing your Hearts Sorrow and Love in All Forms.

    Further information Tel: 386-462-5155;


    EU Health Claims Laws Threaten Dark Age for Consumer Information

    A peer-reviewed article published recently concludes that the European Union (EU) health claims legislation jeopardizes consumer informed choice by poorly reflecting the current status of Nutritional Science. It urges food business operators to collaborate in order to influence the Nutrition and Health Claims Refutation (NHCR: No. 1924/2006) in a more realistic and flexible direction. The article’s author, Robert Verkerk PhD, executive and scientific director of campaign organization the Alliance for Natural Health International, says the paper offers a stark warning of the potential implications of the NHCR if the authorization process for health claims on foods and natural health products remains unchanged. The article highlights some of the key areas where the Regulation fails to meet is originally intended objectives and suggests various work-arounds that could allow commercial operators to communicate outside the Regulations very narrow remit. In the longer term however, ANH-Intl is committed to pushing for major reform.

    Further information Tel: 01306 646 600;


    World Hypertension Day

    World Hypertension Day is on 17 May 2013. Hair loss may be one of the key indicators of heart problems including hypertension according to meta-analysis by researchers in Japan. A study of nearly 37,000 people published in the online journal BMJ Open said balding men were 32% more likely to have coronary heart disease and be at risk of hypertension. The study adds to an increasing body of evidence already carried out by leading hair nutrition supplement Nourkrin®, which shows that hair loss is not only an indicator of heart hypertension, stroke, diabetes, thyroid problems and stress. Nourkin®  research has revealed that female hair loss could be a very valuable early warning system for doctors in the battle to catch serious disease right at the start and improve prognosis. This is especially relevant for the diagnosis of hypertension, for which there are no visible signs.

    Further information Tel: 0845 894 9680;   Nourkrin WOMAN is available from Boots and Holland & Barrett.


    Hay Diet for Healthy Weight Loss

    A 90-year-old diet technique is at the forefront of health and weight management news thanks to its impressive results and easy methods. The Hay Diet is based on the principle of segregating certain food types to maintain a healthy weight. First created in the 1920s by Physician William Howard Hay, the Hay Diet has stood the test of time and has garnered much praise by nutrition experts for its far-reaching health benefits as well as its ability to help manage body weight. Unlike faddy crash diets or cleanses, the Hay Diet promotes the idea that it’s not so much what you eat, but what you choose to eat with it. The key to the diet is understanding that some food groups shouldn’t be consumed with others. One such mix is carbohydrates and proteins. Whilst following the Hay Diet, no one meal should contain both protein and carbohydrates in one sitting.

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    Half the Amount of Recommended Exercise Can Cut Risk of Serious Illness

    Doing just half the amount of recommended exercise can be enough to reduce the risk of serious illness, research at the University of Bath has found. Professor Conrad Earnest and colleagues in the University’s Department for Health, studied patients with Metabolic Syndrome, a combination of medical disorders that together increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The study was designed and carried out in the United States to examine the minimal threshold for exercise benefits based on public physical activity guidelines. The results of the study are published in the paper Dose Effect of Cardiovascular Exercise on Metabolic Syndrome in Postmenopausal Women in The American Journal of Cardiology.

    Further information Tel: 01225 386 319;

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