JANUARY SALE – Allergy and Intolerance Testing

You can resolve many health issues by identifying food sensitivities, and omitting the offending foods from your diet!

Allergy Test UK – Cheltenham is offering a January discount for intolerance testing. £55 for a full test (£15 discount) and £30 for a retest (£10 discount).

In a one hour appointment you will go through a thorough health questionnaire, will be tested for 75+ foods and drinks and you will come away with a list foods to avoid, plus information for alternative choices and ideas for other lifestyle change!

Please call 01242 584140, message or book online www.chhc.co.uk.

Festive Tips from Helena












Practicing yoga is much more than just the postures, we develop our inner light and learn to shine.To integrate the full “on and off the mat” yoga life starts with our breath, then our thoughts, actions, decisions, interactions with others, our daily routines, our surroundings, everything can reflect the extent of our Yoga practice. The lead up to Christmas can get very busy, being more present and aware can make all the differnce to how we feel.

Just breathe. Sometimes all we can do is breathe. Stuck in traffic and late,  focus on your breath. When stressed out Christmas shopping ,  become aware then breathe slower and calmer. . Even if you can’t get on your mat because of a packed schedule, practice breathing techniques. Then when you do hop on your mat,  your practice will be even better.

Be present with others. When we are busy its easy to not  to fully listen, take time for your conversations  be fully present,  deeply  listen to what they’re saying rather then thinking about what you’re going to say next.

Be kind. Next time someone is unkind or cold to you extend some compassion, maybe they are not feeling so good.

Be flexible. Yoga teaches us to be flexible in mind  aswell as body we can be more resilient smoothly bouncing back from challenging stressful moments returning to our inner balance.

Be less judgmental. In the coming weeks, especially if you are extra busy become more aware of your internal dialog, tone and phrases. See if you can find ways to be more surportive towards yourself.

A wonderful Christmas present to loved ones or yourself is Max Strom’s book

A Life Worth Breathing: A Yoga Master’s Handbook of Strength, Grace, and Healing.   The book teaches us that by healing our past emotional wounds, silencing the inner critic and cultivating a yoga and breathing practice, we can elevate ourselves from the mindset of a reactionary victim to an authentic life of meaning, health, and joy.

Namaste, find the light in yourself and others as we lead up to Christmas. We can all find ways of spreading some inner light as we embrace the shortening of the days and preparing for the Winter season.

Why walking isn’t enough

Exercise Advice from Public Health England 2018
“I do an hour and a quarter of ​Taiji​​ every week.” says Louise Ansari from theCentre for Ageing Better.

Public Health England says that muscle, bone strengthening and balance activities are vital for health and future wellbeing. Dr Tedstone, head of diet & physical activity: “Alongside aerobic exercise such as brisk walking, all adults should be aiming to do strengthening and balancing activities twice per week,”

Strengthening and balance activities help prevent falls, improve mood, sleeping patterns, increase energy levels and reduce the risk of an early death.

“The need for us all to do two sessions of strength and balance exercise a week has been the ‘Cinderella’ of public health advice,” said Louise Ansari.

But ​Health Survey for England​ found this type of exercise neglected, with only 31% of men and 23% of women doing muscle-strengthening exercises.
And his drops to 12% over the age of 65.

Muscles tend to be at their peak in our 30s and the muscle tone is going by the time we reach 40, ​unless we actively work on it.

Ansari said “If you are a reasonably fit adult and you do walking, you should also do yoga or ​Taiji ​​…which could be in a structured exercise class. You can do two long sessions a week.“I do an hour and a quarter of Taiji every week…”

Taiji Qi Gong Classes are available
@ The Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre, Tuesdays, 12-1pm.

Jeff Docherty has been teaching for 15 years, he is qualified in Traditional Chinese Medicine, a professional member of the Association of TCM and fully insured.

Contact: ​​jeffdocherty@yahoo.com Tel: 07970303694

Who Are You Eating With?

You are trying your utmost to follow the latest Gluten free, Paleo, Vegan, Fod Map and have been invited to the in laws for dinner, or it’s your birthday, or that longed for break to Provence is upon you, your other half is a dedicated meat eater and your sister has turned up with a bottle of champagne. It seems hardly fair does it? It’s not easy to follow a consistently healthy diet when it seems the world is conspiring against you!

Having control over the food we eat all the time, let alone its quality is almost impossible. We would have to have our own organic small holding where we could grow everything that we would need away from possible air driven pollutants and genetically modified seeds, access to unadulterated spring water and tons of money to buy it in the first place. Is there anywhere left on the planet that has not been tainted by humanity’s industrialization? The next best option is a community of like minded people somewhere in the Outer Hebrides!
For most of us the quality of the food we eat depends initially on what our parents fed us, what our school fed us, uni sandwiches and the work’s canteen. It isn’t until we are earning enough money above subsistence level that we can even begin to think about the quality of food that we eat. It shouldn’t be like this but money does drive the food industry.
I advice everyone I see to buy as much quality/organic food as they can afford for two reasons; one that it is better for your health and two that in a capitalist economy demand and supply are intertwined. The more people that buy organic the more farmers will see it as good business – the more organic food being grown – prices fall. Of course, what is good for the soil is also good for the planet. Pesticides are not chemicals we can easily live with long term. They hamper bee pollination, get into the water supply, the crops that are being grown in the soil and our intestinal tract!
Why are the numbers of people with moderate to severe food intolerances rising so dramatically? It is quite frightening. Might it be possible that the harmful pollutants that are now part of our food chain including the micro plastics swallowed by fish behind the exponential rise in food allergies?
We know that inflammation begins in the gut with dysbiosis in our microbiome (an imbalance in the gut flora).That means people with Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other gut issues are even more susceptible to inflammation and motility issues than those with a healthy gut. But even more than that, chronic inflammation is linked to diseases like asthma, allergies, Crohn’s and Colitis, Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and just about anything else that goes wrong in your body.
I have so many clients now who cannot eat even a mouthful of gluten without drastic consequences and by drastic I mean chronic and acute gas, constipation and or diarrhoea. It is literally as though they have eaten poison. With these types of intolerances and it can include a whole host of allergens we really need to protect ourselves as much as we can.
We cannot compromise our health because of peer pressure or any pressure for that matter. Thankfully as demand for ‘free from’ food has increased so has supply, most supermarkets now have organic/gluten free sections.
I so understand peer pressure. When I first began to make changes to my normal diet, over thirty years ago, my family were incredulous. I was laughed at, ridiculed and generally considered weird and we are talking about quite mild changes here – cow’s milk, sugar, fried foods, alcohol, – mainly because those foods were making me feel unwell. That they were injurious to my health was not sufficient reason, according to my family, to be different.
Within reason we need to be brave enough to be different and brave enough to say no. The main problem is our own temptations, our own desire to have that glass of champagne, slice of cake, fresh bread and best cheddar cheese. When this happens and with Christmas looming it will probably happen a lot, we need strategies to help us survive the rich and numerous feasts.

1.    Keep your quantities small.
2.    Take your time eating
3.    Have alkaline only (vegetables/salad/fruit) days planned
4.    De tox with dietary cleanses and colon hydrotherapy

Colon Hydrotherapy is an amazing treatment and can very quickly rectify gut trauma as a result of over eating or consuming food/drink that we have mild to severe intolerance to. Far from having a detrimental effect on gut bacteria it seems to calm inflammation and help the body restore harmony and balance. When the gut has got stuck in a vicious cycle of dysbiosis, Colon Hydrotherapy can assist the bowels in the release of offending matter This together with a cleansing diet and infusions of high potency good bacteria gives the small intestines and liver a chance to recover equilibrium.

Throughout January 2019 I will be offering discounts on Colon Hydrotherapy/Nutrition Advice treatments.

Initial Consultation will cost £65.00 – saving £5.00
Follow up Colon Hydrotherapy sessions will cost £60.00 – saving £5.00
Three colon hydrotherapy session booked in advance (with initial consultation) will cost £180.00 – saving £20.00
Three colon hydrotherapy sessions book in advance (without initial consultation) will cost £175.00 – saving £20.00

Happy holidays and happy recovery!

Caroline Shaw

Yoga with Sigute

About Sigute

Sigute is a certified Junior Intermediate level I Iyengar yoga teacher, who runs a Wednesday evening class at Cheltenham Holistic Heath Centre (6.30-8pm).

She is Lithuanian, and has lived in the UK since 2006, gaining her initial Iyengar yoga certification in 2013. Having worked full-time in the heritage sector for over 11 years, Sigute finally let go of her managerial role last year; now focusing on teaching yoga and doing some design and art work.

Sigute’s classes are attended by a variety of students, of different ages, and are as popular with men as with ladies. Her teaching style is friendly, supportive and encouraging. She aspires to help the students benefit from yoga and overcome physical limitations, pains or injuries, as well as gradually progress to more advanced poses in a safe manner. Although the focus is kept on correct performance of the yoga poses, alignment and balance, Sigute’s students also get a fair share of relaxation; an insight into the importance of breathing, practice of Pranayama and the more holistic approach to balance out the physical, mental and emotional layers.

New students, beginners as well as those who have got some yoga experience, are welcome to join Sigute’s class. Quite a few of her students practice other sports, be it cycling, swimming, running or rowing. Yoga helps them to balance out other activities, stretch out or relax the body in a way that counteracts any habits or over-strain from other exercise. Improved concentration, breathing and body awareness is also found to fuel back into students’ daily lives, bringing better energy and performance, as well as general well-being.

Food, Glorious Food! My Mindfulness Journey with Dietary Intolerances

Food, Glorious Food!

My Mindfulness Journey with Dietary Intolerances

Author and mindfulness teacher Catherine G Lucas shares her experience

Becoming gluten, dairy, yeast and sugar-free has been a journey. Sometimes it has been uphill with a strong head wind in my face. Other times, I’ve been propelled forwards, the wind to my back.

It’s a personal journey, a unique journey, and I guess it has to be for each of us. Even now, there are times when I have to be careful, times when I know I could end up eating something that will make me feel unwell. There are times when I do. Luckily, fairly rare occasions. Nearly always when stress levels peak. My mindfulness practice has been a huge help.

Mindfulness has been shown to help cope with stress, leading to ‘a 58%reduction in anxiety levels and 40% reduction in stress’ according to the Mental Health Foundation.What the research figures don’t tell you is that being gluten-free or dairy-free or anything-free is all about kindness, self-compassion. The journey is essentially one of moving from self-harm to self-care. As our awareness grows, through our mindfulness practice, so too inevitably does our ability to be kind to ourselves, to our bodies.

A breakthrough came for me when I realised it wasn’t about depriving myself of anything but rather nourishing and nurturing myself with all sorts of delicious, healthy alternatives. If we feel at all deprived, the journey is simply an uphill struggle and we won’t achieve what we’re hoping to.

For every food I needed to cut out, in time I’ve worked out wonderful substitutes. From being someone who had never so much as baked a cake, I’ve gone to being known amongst friends for my various tasty breads, cakes and puddings, all totally gluten, dairy, sugar and yeast-free.

But it’s not about the recipes. It’s about bringing our awareness to the journey, to the kinds of situations that might trigger us, where we might slip up. And bringing in self-compassion if we do. A shared supper where there will probably be all manner of puddings laden with sugar, dairy and/or gluten is the kind of situation where I take along something I caneat.

It’s about acknowledging, with that same compassion, that, as is the case for me, I’m dealing with an addiction. It takes the tiniest bit of sugar for me to be right back there, hooked and craving. It won’t surprise you to hear that mindfulness is being used increasingly to help those struggling with addiction. Of the two books I’ve written for the Sheldon Press Mindfulness Series, one is on addiction recovery.

So the journey continues and I’m delighted to have this opportunity to support you on yours, to share what I’ve learnt, how mindfulness and kindfulness help. May the journey to healthy eating for us all be one where, rather than battling against a head wind, a warm breeze gently caresses our skin.


Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre

Kindfulness & Nutrition

A one-day mindfulness retreat

exploring our patterns around food

Sunday 21 October 2018


Are you coping with food sensitivities or allergies? Candida or diabetes? Do you need to avoid certain foods for health reasons but struggle to do so?

Join us for this one-day Kindfulness retreat. We’ll explore ways of self-nurturing, moving from a sense of denial to feeling nourished on every level.

An essential aspect of mindfulness is kindness and compassion, in this case compassion towards ourselves. As we grow in self-awareness and self-compassion, so we move more easily through our food challenges.

The day is suitable for mindfulness beginners as well as more experienced practitioners. For bookings, please contact Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre – £60 for the day; £50 for CHHC clients. Any queries do get in touch: catherine@catherine-g-lucas.com

Please bring on the day

  • a pillow and some sort of a throw, shawl or blanket as one of the mindfulness practices, the body scan, involves lying down.
  • something for a shared vegetarian lunch.


Catherine G Lucas has been teaching mindfulness since qualifying as a mindfulness trainer in 2007. She has taught many groups, including NHS therapists and soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Catherine is also the author of four books, her two most recent in the Sheldon Press Mindfulness Series.

On this one-day retreat she brings her personal experience of thriving on a diet that is gluten, dairy, sugar and yeast free.

“I couldn’t have achieved this without the self-awareness that my mindfulness practice brings. If I slip up occasionally, it’s kindness and compassion towards myself that gets me right back on track. For me, it’s about moving from self-harm to self-care, from foods that harm me to foods that nourish and nurture me.”


Kindfulness & Nutrition Workshop – Sunday 21st October 2018

Kindfulness & Nutrition

A one-day mindfulness retreat exploring our patterns around food

with mindfulness teacher and author Catherine G Lucas

Sunday 21 October 2018


For those coping with food sensitivities or allergies, candida or diabetes, or needing to avoid certain foods for health reasons.

More details: http://www.catherine-g-lucas.com/uk.html

Queries: catherine@catherine-g-lucas.com

Bookings: CHHC (£60)

Please bring on the day

–       a pillow and some sort of a throw, shawl or blanket as one of the mindfulness practices, the body scan, involves lying down.

–       something for a shared vegetarian lunch.

Pregnancy And Baby Loss Week 9-12 October 2018

Lisa Kimberley, our Psychotherapist is offering a week of one to one support and therapeutic arts during Pregnancy and Baby Loss week.

I am offering one to one space with individuals, reflective workshops for small groups and soulful day retreats involving arts creativity and ceremony.
Tuesday 9th October 10-11.30am
The Space Between: Finding expressions of loss and grief and celebrating remembrance.
Creating remembrance blessing flags within a small group workshop.
£20 Advanced booking @
Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre
Thursday 11th October 9.30 – 2.30pm
Individual / couple / family consultations.
Special focus upon pregnancy & baby loss, birth trauma, post traumatic stress and bereavement
Free 1/2 hour consultations with psychotherapy booked in advance for today @
Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre.
Friday 12th October 11-3pm
The space between Finding expressions of loss and grief and celebrating remembrance.
11-1pm Workshop 1 Creating clay babies of remembrance within a small group workshop.
1.30pm-3pm Workshop 2 Creating remembrance blessing flags
£40 Full day advanced booking @ Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre


Pregnancy and Baby Loss Clinic

Lisa is returning to Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre from Cornwall having completed her research ‘Finding Solace’ that is due to be published later this year.

The research explores a mother’s response to the trauma, premature birth, intensive care and subsequent death of her baby at 5 weeks. Her paper gives a deep consideration of the less spoken about feelings of terror in grief and considers how this may be connected to unresolved trauma following hospital care and birth. She gives further consideration to the impact of earlier developmental trauma, the potential for trauma to be held through maternal lineage and intergenerational taboos that may hinder understanding and connection. Attention is also given to the bleak sense of alienation during grief.

Lisa highlights the normalcy of the ongoing process of connection with a baby who has died and challenges traditional grief theory’s notion of disconnect and ‘letting go’. She also understands how the nature of the powerful maternal bond in early infancy impacts upon the process of grief.

Lisa also makes sense of the familiar conflict of the personal responsibility for reaching out for support with the perceived limitations of our culture and society to respond with compassion to accommodate such a loss.

Lisa is also interested in the meaning of transitions into parenthood and the powerful body connection between partners through the creation of a baby. She understands how the loss of a baby may impact upon a relationship in many ways.

This new service aims to respond to the needs of those affected by the death of a baby by offering a welcoming space to take and hold the many challenging feelings in response to the life and death of a baby.

Lisa works with individuals, couples also facilitates small group work.

Lisa first established her private practice at the centre 10 years ago and has worked with individuals in private practice.

Her career began working with adolescents and but since being love struck with her first born baby boy, who was born prematurely at 27 weeks the transition into motherhood became the focus of her attention. She has since experienced two full term trauma free births and has brought up two wonderful daughters now aged 11 &12.

Lisa has expertise in the following areas pregnancy and motherhood, parenting, fertility and menopause and adoption. Also grief and loss, panic attacks, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, depression, eating disorders, relationship conflict and breakdown, addictions, terminal illness and death.

She has also worked within the perinatal psychiatric service in Worcestershire facilitating group work and offering psychotherapy to women experiencing anxiety and depression.

She has also worked in private practice at The Fold, Bransford, Worcestershire and in Far West Cornwall.

Lisa began her training at the Insitute for Arts in Therapy in Education in London where she developed a repertoire of creative approaches that she may use with individuals and small groups. This includes creative writing, poetry, sand tray, puppets, world figures, art. She gained a post graduate certificate in Arts in Therapy and Education.

She continue her training at Bath Centre of Counselling & Psychotherapy where she has recently been awarded an MA in Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy with adults.


Pregnancy and Baby Loss Clinic Launch Day


On Tuesday 29thMay Lisa will be offering 30 Minute Initial appointments with a minimal £15 fee.

This will allow a brief consultation and an opportunity to make an assessment and for potential clients to understand what is on offer and work out whether they wish to begin sessions.


For ongoing sessions the following fees will apply:

Individual psychotherapy sessions of 50 minutes            £55

Couple sessions of 50 minutes                                            £75


Individual structured sessions using arts & creativity

Six sessions of  1hour 30 mins        @ £60                         £360

Nine sessions of 1 hour 30mins @ £60                              £540


Small group structured sessions (max 6)

Monthly  sessions of 1 hour @ £12 per individual                       £12