Singing and Mindful Meditation Workshop – NOW CANCELLED

New workshops for adults linking singing and mindful meditation.

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An opportunity to focus on how to develop your own sense of well being through two hours of experience with suggestions for home practice.

– No experience needed.
– May £20 per session
– 2-4pm

 

With Rachel Flower, accredited Teacher of Meditation affiliated with the British School of Meditation, and experienced singing teacher Louise Johnson. For further information, contact rachel-flower@sky.com. Book a place by ringing Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre on 01242 584140.

Meditation can affect both mind and body. If you are on medication, please consult your doctor before booking a place.

Louise Johnson will take the first part of the workshop focusing on singing. Singing is linked closely to good mental and physical health and this is the main aim of the singing workshop.  It will include mindful warm up exercises and a contemporary song, with harmonies, will be learnt.  Styles will include soul, folk, world, pop and gospel. Louise Johnson has taught in primary schools for over twenty years but has been involved in singing for most of her life, fronting bands semi-professionally for a number of years.  About six years ago she set up a school staff choir and since then has jointly run a school parent choir and led a school community choir.  These choirs led to her to developing a local adult singing group and from the success of that, she is now running a second group.
 
There will then be a five minute break & Rachel Flower will lead the next session. The aim of the meditation part of this workshop is to teach skills and techniques through a range of guided meditations and sources including scientific evidence of the benefits of meditation, different philosophies & poetry to promote a mindful approach to life. Rachel Flower has taught in secondary schools for many years & last year decided to combine her professional experience with her personal interest in mindfulness & to train to be a Teacher of Meditation with the British School of Meditation (BSoM). She is now accredited with the  BSoM as well as developing a strategy for mindfulness in her school she is starting up a range of mindful meditation workshops for adults in different settings.

When is your New Year? – Emma Kingscott

When is your New Year?

1st January?  End of January?  Beginning of February?  The beginning of Spring for many countries in the Northern Hemisphere is marked by ancient festivals like Candlemas, St Brigid’s Day and Imbloc, These festivals fall around the time of the first full, or new, moon or the sighting of the first wild snowdrop in bloom, signalling the regeneration from the depths of the dark and cold.  This seems much more like the beginning of a new year than 1st January, don’t you think?

So what is a New Year?  The beginning of 365 consecutive days and a time when we resolve to make things different so that we, and those we love, have more enjoyment.  Well today is the first day of 365 consecutive days, what’s stopping us resolving to make those changes now or whenever feels right for us?  Nothing, your New Year can start whenever you want it to, so when are you going to choose?

Many people won’t be reading this and will look to start their New Year on 1st January; some will be able to successfully go it alone to achieve their plans and other may look for support in doing so; perhaps that might be a tutor, a personal trainer, an alternative therapist or a slimming class.  Others will consider coaching, as you may have done, but might not feel ready for one-to-one coaching.  For those of you who have considered coaching, Osmosis Dynamics are launching their online coaching package at the beginning of January 2016 giving you six weeks of online modules and coaching via smartphone, tablet, laptop and more.  It is an excellent resource for you to be able to stop and look at where you are and how you would like things to be, so that you are ready to start your New Year on a day that is your very own personal New Year’s Day!

To ensure you are one of the first to receive full details of this new self-managed coaching product and to have a chance to buy at the significantly reduced launch price, please provide your details via this link – New Online Coaching Product News – and keep an eye on your emails for full details of what you will find when you purchase and log-in to your online coaching programme.

If you have any questions at this stage please feel free to email Emma on emma@osmosisdynamics.co.uk.

Emma Kingscott, Osmosis Dynamics – Coaching for your Professional and Personal Life www.osmosisdynamics.co.uk

 

Classical Homeopathy for Autism – Katja Behrens

Classical Homeopathy for Autism

Homeopathy has been used with success to alleviate mental and physical symptoms of autism. Many parents have reported significant improvement in their autistic children after the children received homeopathic care. In classical Homeopathy, remedy selection involves addressing the person in totality by looking at the following:

– Behaviours

– Physical Symptoms

– Emotional Symptoms

– Genetic weaknesses (also identified as miasms or constitutions)

– Environmental factors such as vaccinations, drugs or other environmental toxins.

If the remedy is correctly selected on the totality of symptoms, then improvement may be seen in all areas. Homeopaths try to determine the individual’s susceptibility, i.e. individual weaknesses in the vital force, to prevent a re-occurrence of symptoms. The first stage of the progress is to take a full case and give the remedy that most closely matches the individual’s expression of their disease.

What is Different about Homeopathic Treatment?

Mainstream science still stands helpless in front of this problem of autism and ASD. There are many tools but not much success.

In Homeopathy we approach this phenomenon in a completely different way.

“Like cures like is the principle of love. You observe and you acknowledge what is there.”

Homeopathy allows us to use empathy in a skilful manner to find the remedy. This we do by using the principle of like cures like, the principle of cure which governs homeopathic prescribing. The first step is not to fix a problem, the first step is to acknowledge the uniqueness and individuality of a patient.

What we are looking at in Homeopathy is the ailment itself. How we experience it – on all levels. We look at it in deep manner and try to understand what is happening for this other human being.

Our interest is in finding the unique pattern of the individual child, who often suffers from a whole range of different symptoms.

What is ASD?

If we focus only on all the outer symptoms ASD children produce, there is no way of going deeper.

Most patients will have issues with their digestive system, hyperactivity, lots of anxieties, fixations and obsessions, nervous and strange behaviour and many other common symptoms.

But all these expressions are not really ASD. They are reflections of a deeper underlying state of experience.

Our goal is to find one remedy for that underlying state . It has to fit the whole state which is expressed in the physical, mental and emotional symptoms. The core has to be lifted, otherwise we just chase symptoms and end up affecting only the physical plane and some outward expressions.

Lack of spontaneous eye contact, spontaneous speech, spontaneous interaction – this is ASD.

All other symptoms are peripheral.

Homeopathy can also finally loosen up the dependency we have on supplements and medication. This dependency is often very strong in this particular illness. If we just do surgery on the physical symptoms and outer expressions they will never stop appearing in one form or another. If we get the core better, all other levels will get better also.

The Homeopath will try to find out how the child is affected. What is happening for the child inside. How is the child experiencing the disorder it lives with.

The inner World has to be unlocked.

We have to reach the cause and deepest core of all the problems. We do that systematically through a long inquiring consultation using all the homeopathic tools and true empathy – the skill of listening and observing. We don’t give the same remedy to everybody. The remedy will match this individual in the closest way.

An Example

We look at one symptom like e.g. spinning, which represents the core, the experience of the child.

We will try to find out what the trigger is for this behaviour:e.g. being left alone outside of the house.

We will explore what this child is experiencing in this situation. For example, they might feel forsaken, as if great and sudden violence will come to them.

This experience – this sensation – relates to a state characteristic of a particular remedy. When we give this remedy we are matching that sensation and the result is that the child does not have to produce these symptoms any more.

The same outward expression, like spinning, can correspond to a different inner experience from one child to the next, which means that the matching remedy will be completely different.

When we reach that level in our consultation than we recommend the remedy.

If we as Homeopaths are in a few cases not able to significantly improve the child’s condition, this doesn’t mean that Homeopathy doesn’t work, it means that we did not find the correct remedy.

What we expect:

Gradual improvement in the whole state, peripheral and core. Symptoms diminish in intensity and frequency. The improvement in the core should come first.

If just one peripheral gets better we often have to change remedy.

Case management is extremely important even with the right remedy. There has to be constant adjustment with such a complex disease as autism. Seeing if we are on the right track, staying with a remedy, adjusting the remedy.

Treating autism can be a long-term project, taking months or even years, as the Homeopath deals with various layers and tries to understand the individual well enough to select the true match, the simillimum. When a remedy is found that resonates, the effect is usually quite evident and significant improvements can be seen.

Homeopaths ask parents to not introduce other treatments or interventions in the earlier stages of Homeopathy, so they can observe the direct effects of the homeopathic treatment.

 

 

Gut Health – Caroline Shaw ARCH CNHC ARICA ITEC

GUT HEALTH by Caroline Shaw ARCH CNHC ARICA ITEC

photo 3 As a child of the 1950/60s my diet was quite simple: Cornflakes for breakfast with cow’s milk and sugar, lunch at school; typically meat pie and rice/tapioca pudding. Then home for tea; white bread banana sandwiches laden with sugar. My main fluid intake was tea with milk plus three teaspoons of sugar or orange squash.

All of this served me well until the addition of Mercury fillings became the tipping point for ill health. I was frequently felled by tonsillitis and various chronic bronchial conditions. This in turn was rigorously treated with anti-biotics. By the time I was 14yrs old I was struggling with energy levels. I lived with constant tiredness and fatigue. The capability of my brain paralleled my physical decline. From being a child who was effortlessly top of the class, memory retention and concentration became dramatically compromised.

Aged 19 I took myself to the Doctor. “I feel tired all the time.” I complained. He took one look at me and said, “Nothing that a good tonic wouldn’t fix.” He sealed my disillusion with conventional medicine.

It wasn’t until my early 30s that I began to feel some sense of aliveness. I was living and working at Green Farm Nutrition Centre helping to edit and write for their magazine. Under the influence of Celia and Brian Wright my diet changed. I cut out all refined sugars. My breakfast became porridge oats, cooked mainly with water. Plenty of vegetables and salad delivered from a local organic farm and simple fish and chicken proteins. I also radically reduced my tea intake and drank plenty of water. Then I had sessions of Colon Hydrotherapy. The change was borderline miraculous. At last I had energy! My head cleared. My aching legs sprang lightly on the ground. My skin glowed and I felt an enduring sense of wellbeing.

Now as a Colon Hydrotherapist/Nutrition Advisor with over 25 years experience, I have traced most people’s health problems to a diet that is or was heavily dependent on processed/acidic foods, exposure to toxic metals/chemicals and the overuse of anti- biotics/steroid/hormone medication. This concoction can lead to a variety of debilitating and chronic health issues such as fatigue, water retention, skin problems, dull skin pallor, bloating and indigestion, constipation and/or diarrhoea, aching joints, memory/concentration loss, depression and anxiety. These in turn can be the precursor to serious life threatening illnesses.

Our health and vitality, physically and mentally, is intricately linked to the microbiology of our gut. Whatever we ingest either through the air, liquid or foods or medication does have an effect. The so called ‘good bacteria’ grows and flourishes in in an environment rich with digested Alklaine foods such as vegetables, salads and fruit that are free of pesticides and preservatives plus plenty of fresh water. The so called bad bacteria, proliferates when we ingest Acid foods such as processed meats, grain and dairy, refined sugars, alcohol, caffeine and toxic chemcials/metals etc.

The removal of the toxic impact of these substances including Mercury and ‘Candida’ type organisms in the gut can be achieved in four main ways.

  1. Change your diet to one that is predominately Alkaline and also suits your Blood Group Type. (Blood Group Testing available with me at CHHC)
  2. Embark on specific Cleansing programmes, such as a Full Intestinal Cleanse or/and Liver Cleanse (I can recommend the Cleanses appropriate for you.)
  3. Have Colon Hydrotherapy.
  4. Re –supplement with positive bacteria such as acidophilus and probiotics.

These can be taken orally and rectally.

 Various implants can also be given during the Colon Hydrotherapy treatment to help speed up the restoration of healthy intestinal flora. These include anti-fungal/anti-parasitic herbs and tinctures, kidney/liver tonics and wheatgrass, probiotic implants and infusions*. Please ask me for more information on your next visit.

Following this four-step programme, you should soon begin to experience a return to your natural health and vitality.

*High potency probiotic infusion requires a double session and is the best way to repopulate the large intestine with positive bacteria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colonic Hydrotherapy is now at CHHC

We’re delighted to welcome Caroline Shaw, and colonic hydrotherapy, into the CHHC building at Camargue House, 32 Wellington Road.

As you may know, we managed Caroline’s practice for her at the Town House Clinic off Bath Road for a number of years but she has now moved her practice to Room 5 (upstairs) at Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre.

She has newly fitted equipment and a brand new cloakroom in her new clinical room so we look forward to welcome her (and you) to Camargue House.

Thai Yoga Massage Workshop – 27th September with Celine Samson

THAI YOGA STRETCH

MASSAGE WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS

September 27th 2015

VENUE: Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre

Time: 10.30 – 5pm

£75 pp

Join us on this one day workshop and learn some basics in the beautiful art of Thai stretch massage. In pairs you will learn how to stretch and press your partner using a dynamic flow of deeply relaxing and yet energising Thai stretch massage & acupressure techniques.

This ancient art is done on a comfortable futon style mattress. Please wear cotton top and flexible style trousers. No oil is used

You will learn how to use correct body positioning and breathing so you do not tire easily. For the receiver you will be amazed at how invigorating it is, leaving you feeling deeply relaxed with better range of movement.

The workshop is ideal for beginners and anyone wishing to continue onto our Professional Diploma in Thai yoga massage later in the year

Celine Samson

Tutor

All enquiries: celines@tonicmassage.co.uk     Tel: 07766 801 939

Hypnobirthing – Mary Harris and Fiona Maynard, 16/17 January 2016

We teach KG Hypnobirthing which is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives. It is a complete ante-natal course combining mental and physical relaxation techniques to help release fear and tension. These methods are very powerful and help to optimises your body’s natural ability to give birth easily and naturally with little or no intervention.

We are different because we work together as practitioners on each group course and bring you more than 40 years of our combined experience and knowledge. Courses are run in groups which gives you an opportunity to make wonderful new friends on the same hypnobirthing journey. Working in a group can also be very empowering for fathers. We work hard to make sure you feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible with all the hypnobirthing tools in place ready for your big day!

If groups are not for you we can also offer individually tailored courses. Mary or Fiona will work with you in the comfort of your own home.

When should I start the course?
Any time from 24 weeks
Hypnobirthing

Hypnobirthing Cotswolds combines mental and physical relaxation techniques to help release fear and tension and optimises the body’s natural ability to give birth easily and naturally with little or no intervention.

You and your baby are special. Childbirth can be an empowering and positive event in your life – and one you want to remember. With the help of hypnotherapy for birth and HypnoBirthing classes, the birth of your baby can be a more comfortable, calm, relaxed, natural and rewarding experience, and one where you are in control and you need less intervention from others.

You deserve special care as you make this exciting and unique journey with positive anticipation and confidence.

Soundly based in established anatomy, physiology and psychology, the Hypnobirthing course teaches you – and your husband or birthing partner – Hypnobirthing techniques to achieve this; all the antenatal training you need.Working With Your Body

Working With Your Body
With HypnoBirthing you are likely to experience a natural, calm, comfortable birth.

  • You may find you don’t need any pain relief at all.
  • It often shortens the length of labour.
  • You will be more alert and in control.
  • Hypnobirthing lessens the physical impact of childbirth.
  • The father is actively involved.
  • He knows that he has played an important role in the birth of his child.Allows your baby to enter the world drug free and in an atmosphere of calm and gentleness.

No More Fear
Giving birth can be an empowering and positive experience. With HypnoBirthing you learn:

  • Fear release methods to allow you to be relaxed and confident for the birth.
  • Self-hypnosis inducing deep relaxation.
  • Massage techniques – stimulating endorphins, your body’s natural anaesthetic.
  • Visualisation exercises to keep you grounded, serene and positive.
  • How your mind and body work together efficiently and comfortably.

Certified KG Hypnobirthing practitioners Mary Harris and Fiona Maynard guide you and your birthing partner through a well established range of Hypnobirthing techniques. You and your birthing partner will learn to work as a team using Hypnobirthing to relax your muscles using visualisation and breathing techniques. With the knowledge you will gain from the Hypnobirthing course your birthing partner will become a crucial support to the birthing mother enabling her to deepen her levels of relaxation and helping her to become confident, relaxed and in control of the the birthing experience.Pink Flower

 

See Mary’s personal Hypnobirthing website www.hypnobirthingmary.com. 

Chillfest – De-stressing and Relaxation Afternoon – 20th June with Aromatherapist (Karina) and Yoga Teacher (Katie)

We are not taking any more bookings for this workshop – another one will be held later in the year. Please get in touch with us to register your interest.

 

Calmspaces and Yoga with Katie are going to be offering an afternoon of De-stressing & Relaxation at Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre in Pittville, on the afternoon of June 20th.

This total Chillfest will incorporate some gentle yoga, an intro to aromatherapy, sniffing and playing around with essential oils and formulating your own personal blend to add to an inhaler, making up your own small bottle of aromatherapy oil and learning how to give yourself (or a partner) a lovely, relaxing hand and arm massage. The session will end with yoga nidra to fully ground you, as you float off amidst Katie’s calming words, aromas & candlelight.

2pm: Welcome with herbal teas

2.15pm: Gentle yoga with Katie

3pm: Intro to aromatherapy with Karina. Includes looking at some of the most popular essential oils for relaxation, ways in which to use essential oils in your daily life & making up a custom made inhaler blend for you to take home

3.30pm Tea break

3.45pm: How to blend essential oils with Karina. We look at some base oils such as Sweet Almond and Grapeseed and make a personalised aromatherapy blend. You will then learn how to give yourself (or a partner) a simple arm and hand massage, incorporating acupressure points to relieve tension (with the oil you made and you can take the remainder home with you.)

5pm: Yoga Nidra with Katie

5.30pm: Workshop ends and you float home to r-e-l-a-x for the evening!

The cost for this afternoon workshop is £40 per person if you book before 10 June 2015; £45 thereafter. Please get in touch with Karina (karinacx@aol.com) or Katie (katie_maughfling@yahoo.co.uk) to reserve your place. . A deposit of £15 is required at the time of booking and is non refundable. Please note that all timings above are approximate.

Looking forward to seeing you soon <3