New Pilates Class – Tuesdays 9.30am.

We have a new time for our pilates class with Cathy Baynes, Level 3 Pilates Instructor!

They will now take place every Tuesday 9.30-10.30am and are available as a drop in (£9.50) or a book a 4 week course for £34.

Suitable for all abilities, please ring Cathy on 07763 374755 or email pilates@cathybaynes.co.uk to find out more and book your space.

See Cathy’s website, www.avocadopilates.co.uk to find out more about her and her class.

 

 

Yin Yoga Workshop – Sunday 11th December

Yin Yoga Workshop with Ann Morley
Sunday 11th December, 10.30-12.30. £20 per person.

A Guide to Yin Yoga - Ann Morley

Yin Yoga is a beautifully relaxed style of yoga where the focus is on the inside; the sensations of the breath and body, and observing our reactions to those. We hold the stretches for a few minutes at a time to allow the best benefit to our connective tissues. It gives the body time to relax fully into the postures, whilst calming and stilling the mind, take the time to just be.

 

‘Yin’ is the soft, relaxing, accepting counterparty to the ‘yang’, the fast, dynamic, need to achieve that dominates a lot of our modern lifestyles; we need both yin and yang to come into balance.

The class is suitable for all levels. If you have any health concerns, please let Ann know before the class. Most things can be accommodated with some adjustment to the poses. Yoga mates and props are available to borrow, just remember to wear loose fitting clothes that allow you to stretch easily.

For more information, please see: www.annmorleyyoga.co.uk/yin-workshop.

Ann is an experienced yoga practitioners, having practised since 2003. She trained to teach at Yogacampus, London and is accredited with Yoga Alliance.

To get in touch with Ann directly to book your place, please email on annmorleyyoga@gmail.com or ring on 07521 684883.

Atlantic Swimmer gets off to a head start with therapies at CHHC

You may have seen on the news recently, local man, Ben Hooper is attempting to be the first man to swim the Atlantic Ocean in November 2016.

What you may not know, is that he has benefitted from therapies at Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre to help him in his training.

In addition to yoga, acupuncture and sports massage, Ben, had a huge number of Myofascial Release Therapy treatments to help get his body and mind in peak condition during his intense training regime.

Ben Hooper MFRPicture credit: Rosemary Watts

Extract from Gloucestershire Echo (27th November 2014)

Ben Hooper swears by it (Myofascial Release Therapy). In fact he believes that it will be crucial in helping him achieve his goal of becoming the first man to swim the Atlantic Ocean next year.

“The first time I thought ‘oh my God what is this’ but the difference is immense,” Ben says.

“I’ve been seeing Jenna for three months, six hours a week, it’s fantastic.

“We have so many swimmers and triathletes in Cheltenham and around Cheltenham, they should be booking in for this.

“The difference it makes to me emotionally – I walk out of here more relaxed mentally and physically.

“Physically it extends my stroke. I have greater reach and flexibility.

“It has been life-changing. It’s that serious and could be the difference between me making it or not.”

 

Backcare Awareness Week – £10 off osteopathy treatments 3rd-8th October 2016

OSTEOPATHY OFFER

3rd – 8th October is Back Care Awareness Week.

We have some great offers for both new and existing patients.

  • £10 off all new and continuing patient appointments
  • Free spinal and baby checks
  • If you recommend a friend who visits during the week, we will give you £10 off your next appointment

Our GOsC registered osteopaths are Stuart Wilson and Lucy Carden.

To book an appointment please telephone (01242) 584140, or you can book online at www.chhc.co.uk.

Free yoga workshops Saturday 24th September!

Thinking of Becoming a Yoga Teacher?

This workshop is for anyone who’s thinking of becoming a yoga teacher.

Join us to get your questions answered.  If you’re curious about teacher training, how to set up your yoga business or what it’s like to be a yoga teacher, we’ll be there to answer your questions.  We’ll answer honestly and openly and share our insights with you.

Come and join us, it’s open to all, whatever style of yoga is your preference.

And this workshop is free, so why not join us?

 

Dates and Places

Saturday 24th September – 11.30am – 1pm

Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre – Visit their web page for directions.

Book my place

Free Workshop – Personalising Your Practice

Personalising Your Practice – An interactive workshop which gives you the opportunity to address your own practice issues and to learn how to develop and nuture your yoga experience.

This workshop is specifically aimed at beginners and intermediates.  It’s also suitable if you are considering enrolling on yoga teacher training.

Amanda will guide you and help you to iron out any niggles in your practice, so bring your mat and come and explore your practice.

Reserve your place for free.

Dates and Places

Saturday 24th September – 9.30am – 11.00am

Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre – Visit their web page for directions.

Book my place

Why Is Homeopathy So Good For Children?

homeopathy

“First, do no harm” was Hippocrates’ most famous words, and they are particularly important in the care and treatment of infants and children. Most people don’t know it, but most conventional drugs are tested on adults, and then, doctors estimate the appropriate dosage for children on such crude measures as a child’s weight.

The second main reason that parents bring their children to homeopaths is that children respond so well to homeopathic medicines. You can really change a child’s life, both physical and psychologically, with the correct homeopathic remedy. And you can help make a parent’s life much easier and much better.

How do children respond to homeopathic medicine?

Children respond extremely well to homeopathic remedies, even when the perfect medicine is not always prescribed

I talk to the child as much as possible, I watch the child, both in the waiting room, as she or he approaches me, and throughout the interview. I have a lot of respect for children, and I try to show them this respect by talking directly to them, and usually in a quite adult fashion.

Often parents need a lot of reassurance and relevant information to make a good choice for their children. The best way to treat parent’s fears about their children’s health is with education about the wisdom of the body and about certain acute symptoms as an important defence. Physicians and physiologists today recognize that fever is a useful response of the person’s body to infection. While it is true that certain high or long-lasting fevers need to be treated, such fevers represent an extreme minority of fevers in children.

The overuse of conventional drugs to lower fevers is concerning. Homeopaths assert that we create a lot of chronic disease when we suppress acute illness.

I am often amazed at how well and how fast homeopathic medicines work in fevers. I can and will refer the child for immediate medical treatment if fever is experienced in newborns (within first 4 months) that does not respond to homeopathic treatment within two hours, or if a fever in any child is over 40 degree Celsius and doesn’t respond to home treatment after 6 hours, or if high fever in any child leads to great lethargy and neck stiffness.

Children seem to get a lot of ear infections and, of course, antibiotics are the only treatment offered. Is there anything wrong with this?

Antibiotics may have a place in treating ear infections but not necessarily as a treatment of first choice. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines for the use of antibiotics in acute ear infections in children is actually that they should be avoided for the first three months. It may surprise some people to learn that a meta-analysis of the best studies on ear infection (British Medical Journal, 1997, 87:pp.466-74) found no benefit of using antibiotics as compared to placebo.

To make matters worse, some evidence suggests that administration of antibiotics lead to three times the number of ear infections as those children left untreated. Part of the problem with antibiotics is a basic premise of healing that is commonly ignored, that is, anytime you get something done for the body, the body doesn’t learn to do it on its own as well.

The long-term consequences are unknown and scary. This over-prescribing of antibiotics for both newborns and any child is a part of what I call “medical child abuse.” I look forward to the day that homeopathy and other natural medicine receive the appropriate acknowledgment.

What is the general benefit for children who are treated homeopathically?

Good homeopathic treatment during childhood can and will help create healthier teenagers Good homeopathic treatment will also help build healthier adults, physically and psychologically; all of which then helps to create a healthier world. This is homeopathy at work!

(Some of last section quoted from Dana Ullman)

New Hatha Yoga Class – Friday 9th September

Katie is starting a new hatha yoga class on Fridays, 9.40-10.45am.

Hatha Yoga – a Beginners’ Practice

A starting point for the practice of yoga. This class will combine breathwork (pranayama), postures (asana) and meditation. The focus will be on finding a balance in your body to develop both strength and flexibility. Balance in the key. Classes will be of a slower pace to enable you to find this balance in your body with an emphasis on function over form.
Fridays at 9.30am, 75 minutes. £8.
Yoga with Katie

 

“The germ is nothing, the soil is everything” – Katja Behrens, Homeopath

HOM_0028Every person experiences certain situations to which they are more vulnerable or more likely to react. Being susceptible means being predisposed, liable, or sensitive to the effects of an infectious disease, allergen, or other pathogenic agent – or even being sensitive for a situation e.g. in the workplace or in relationships; lacking immunity or resistance .

Sensitivity is the degree of the predisposition and susceptibility is the nature of it.

Susceptibility might come from genetics, can be inherited, or can come on by different life experiences, like traumas, accidents or other events.

In homeopathy microorganisms like bacteria and viruses are not held responsible but the weak organism and the susceptibility of the patient is mainly considered accountable for the disease.

Susceptibility makes us unique, because each of us reacts individually to different situations.

Good homeopathic treatment changes our core susceptibility, strengthening us, so that we are not affected by a situation or disease agent.

Homeopathy treats the whole person as well as the diseased part. It looks to address the underlying cause of illness. 70% of those that use homeopathy experience improvements in health and wellbeing (from a six year study at Bristol Homeopathic Hospital, 2005).

You can have a free exploratory phone call with me or book an appointment with the clinic.

Katja Behrens

kdbehrens@yahoo.co.uk

07794831692
01285 771334

www.realcurehomeopathy.com

Allergy and Intolerance Testing – Marianne Andrews

We offer a simple finger-prick test to identify foods which may be causing an adverse effect. The test is a rapid colorimetric ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) for the measurement of IgG antibodies to a selection of commonly eaten foods. This is sent off to a Lab where their analysis looks at IgG immune responses, ie. delayed responses to foods.  This differs from the NHS testing route which would look at IgE responses which are for immediate reactions.

Over 45% of the population react adversely to foods that they eat, which whilst not life threatening, can have a massive impact on someone’s quality of work and home life.  Food intolerance may cause a range of symptoms including gut symptoms, bloating, headaches, migraines, low mood, fatigue, weight gain and skin problems

It is common for people to try and eliminate foods from their diet to help themselves feel better. Often they don’t know which foods to try and eliminate and have to guess. Should you have multiple intolerances then this method makes it extremely difficult to pinpoint the offending foods.

Testing is painless and the results are available within 7 days.  The results are then discussed at a full consultation, which then looks at your whole diet, and other factors, such as stress, gut bacteria and enzyme levels, hormonal imbalances etc which may be affecting how you are feeling.  I will suggest food replacements, and provide the advice and guidance you need implement any dietary changes with confidence and success.

Marianne Andrews – Nutritional Therapist

Marianne is currently (summer 2016) offering an initial consultation (75 minutes) including full dietary analysis and clinical allergy and intolerance test for £140.

GUT HEALTH/BRAIN HEALTH – Caroline Shaw

caroline shaw chhc cheltenham colon hydrotherapy

Western Society may have ‘conquered’ diseases such as small pox, diphtheria and polio but there has been a virtual epidemic of conditions such as autism, asthma, ADHD, alzheimers, allergies, diabetes, depression, heart disease, cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome and obesity, to name but a few. Where are we going wrong?

Latest scientific research is validating what Hippocrates said in the third century BC; “All disease begins in the gut.” The link between a healthy microbial flora, that is all the billions of microscopic bacteria that live in (and on) us and a healthy mind/ body is being proven unequivocally.

We really do need an abundance of the good ‘guys’, the beneficial bacteria, to boost our immunity, to help our liver and digestive enzymes work properly, to help generate the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter Serotonin (80 per cent is generated in the gut rather than the brain) to help regulate and balance our hormones, to help tell us when we’ve had enough to eat and so much more.

Unfortunately, a by-product of a highly industrialized Western society is its toxins. Processed fast foods filled with refined sugars and saturated fats, toxic metals derived from fillings and air pollutants, chlorine in the water supply, medicines such as statins, antibiotics, birth control hormones (which contributes to an environment that is flooded with oestrogens) or the relentless stresses of physical, emotional and mental survival, our body/mind is always on ‘red alert’ and this can produce a chronic inflammatory condition. Inflammatory markers in the blood, such as Cytokines and Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) are shown to be much higher in people with arthritis, depression, anxiety, dementia, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, insulin resistance and obesity.

Having enough good bacteria in our guts helps to regulate both the immune and endocrine systems and keep in check the over production of cortisol and adrenaline – the two hormones that can cause so much damage when they are constantly being released.

Sadly, one of the main culprits in the destruction of our healthy, positive bacteria is antibiotics. As a health practitioner, 90 per cent of cases that I see presenting with such conditions as chronic IBS, constipation, fatigue, depression, bloating, skin complaints, auto immune disease and insomnia can be traced back to the over prescription of antibiotics. Recent studies indicate that the disruption of gut bacteria through antibiotics in children may even cause certain cases of autism. In 2000, Dr Richard Sandler published a paper in the Journal of Child Neurology about the correlation between the overgrowth of potentially pathogenic bacteria and autism. The blessing that was penicillin has now become a curse.

For more than sixty years antibiotics have been the default prescription of medical doctors. Farm animals are routinely fed antibiotics to keep them free from disease, but the drug gets into the food chain anyway. Unfortunately, the bugs are rapidly outwitting the medicine that tries to kill them. Anti microbial resistance threatens the effective treatment of a range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi.

In 2013, worldwide, there were about 480,000 new cases of drug resistant tuberculosis. Dr Paul Cosford, Director for Health Protection and Medical Director for Public Health England, (PHE) said: “TB remains a critical public health problem, particularly in parts of London and among people from vulnerable communities. Given current trends, within 2 years we are likely to have more new cases of TB each year in the UK than in the whole of the United States.”

There is a high proportion of antibiotic resistance in bacteria that cause common infections i.e. urinary tract infections, pneumonia and septicaemia. Most hospital acquired infections are caused by the bacteria strain MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.) It won’t be long, the medical profession fears, before routine operations such as hip replacements and caesareans are no longer viable.

In the same way that pesticides can play havoc with whole eco systems, such as the quality of nutrients in the soil as well as the health of bees and birds, antibiotics, indiscriminately wipe out colonies of good as well as bad bacteria.

Some of the most remarkable transformations in health that I have witnessed are when clients are able to cleanse and de-toxify their Liver, Small Intestines and Large Intestine (Colon). This is quite a challenging cleansing process but one that can bring extraordinary results.

I remember a client, Judy, who presented with chronic water retention. Her whole body was puffy and bloated. She had inflamed joints that affected her shoulders, knees, elbows, ankles and wrists. She felt chronically tired and was taking anti-depressants. She divulged that life was just not worth living. It had all started, she said, when she had been prescribed strong doses of antibiotics for a recurring respiratory infection several years ago. However hard she tried to lose weight nothing shifted. After she had completed a course of 3-colon hydrotherapy treatments to cleanse her colon, I recommended that she undertook a full intestinal cleanse (this involves taking simple products orally, for one week, while drinking plenty of juices, water and herb teas) followed by a course of high potency good bacteria.

Three months later I saw she was booked in to see me. When I went to reception to collect her I couldn’t find her.

“Caroline,” a voice called out.

I gave a double take. There was Judy. But it wasn’t the same person. This was a svelte, glamorous Judy. She looked wonderful!

“I followed the programme and then repeated it a few weeks later. I’m off the anti-depressants. I feel so much better

It seems clear that by de-toxing our bodies from the accumulation of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, parasite and yeasts and then replacing with a wide spectrum of positive acidophilus and bifido bacterium we can make miracles happen.

The best way to de-tox is to have one to three colon hydrotherapy treatments followed by a full intestinal cleanse. The liver cleanse can be combined with the full intestinal cleanse or undertaken later and then repeated. It is always advisable to have a follow up colon hydrotherapy treatment on the completion of a full intestinal or liver cleanse. After the cleanse it is important to maintain a healthy diet which encourages the growth of good bacteria together with probiotic and prebiotic supplements and foods. I also recommend and can administer high potency rectal probiotic infusions.

I will leave you with an interesting experiment which was conducted in 2013 by UCLA researchers and published in Gastroenterology.

Thirty six women were split into three groups of twelve. For four weeks Group 1 consumed twice daily a yoghurt mixture filled with several probiotics, Group 2 were given a ‘yoghurt’ without any probiotics, and Group 3 had no specific product.

At the beginning, each woman underwent a functional MRI (fMRI) which measure brain activity. After four weeks each in turn was shown images designed to trigger an emotional response. They were looking at pictures of angry or frightened people. The results were astonishing. The women who consumed the yoghurt laced with probiotics showed far less excitability in the parts of the brain related to emotion, cognition and sensory processing. On the other hand the women in the other two groups who did not take the probiotics showed stable or increased activity in this brain network indicating they were more emotionally impacted and disturbed by the images.

Dr Emeran Mayer a professor of medicine and psychiatry summed up the findings, ”The knowledge that signals are sent from the intestine to the brain and that they can be modulated by a dietary change is likely to lead to an expansion of research aimed at finding new strategies to prevent or treat digestive, mental and neurological disorders.”

It seems how we take care of ourselves and our planet is in need of a radical sea-change.

Caroline Shaw

Colon Hydrotherapy at CHHC