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The Power of London

Covent Garden, London's Covent Garden

I love visiting London!

I love the hustle and bustle, the rushing around to get to the underground, the sights the sounds and even the smells.

I think I would make a very good Covent Garden cafe loiterer, wandering around the markets, cappuccino in hand, watching the street performers showcasing their talents.

This coming Saturday (29th September) I will be frequenting the capital city, visiting the Mind Body Soul Experience at the London Olympia, in order to meet interesting, like-minded souls and to get a feel of what is happening out there – at ground level.

I feel it will be a busy day, as I it is my intention to speak to as many people as possible about the work they do and how they believe it helps. I will try to pack as many talks and workshops in as physically possible, to gain new insights and information to share with you.

After lunch I will be racing across to Trafalgar Square for the Re-Empowering London Event.

The free open-to-all event, hosted by Chiara Irvine and Lynn Morris, is to help clear the heavy, built up energy and karmic debris from the city. Starting at 2pm, this one-hour process will realign the true power and light to the capital, to fully return its pure energy. All visitors, residents and workers in London are welcome to attend, to help manifest spiritual power to boost and re-empower London.

Lynn will start the event by guiding people to expand their awareness of the city‘s energy, with the intention to release the karmic energies, from both land and buildings. Meanwhile, Chiara will open a spiritual portal to help earth-bound souls to pass freely into the light. This will be done by the assistance of everyone present – including members of the London Spiritual Movement – the angels and source energy. Chiara will then ask everyone to join together and affirm they wish to re-empowerment the City of London and return it to its true powerful energy.

Afterwards Chiara and Lynn will conduct a FREE group healing session, using their unique Karmic Debris Extraction, Infinite Soul Realignment and Gateway of Light Attunement.

I had a chance to catch up with Chiara and Lynn, to talk about Re-Empowering London and explain why it is a free, open invitation event.

Chiara told me,“We cannot do this alone and would like everyone to join us at this very special event. The larger the group, the greater the energies – for the people in London and the city itself. This is our spiritual home, a place to work and live, so it is very important that the people of London are a part of this powerful, energetic shift.”

The ladies are planning further free events in the UK and worldwide, to begin a global process of clearing karmic energy, thus returning the power and planetary soul energy.

“Absolutely everyone is welcome to come to the events. They are for anyone with the pure intention to help with the empowering process. And as more people shift and re-awaken we realised it is time for us to step-up and begin larger group unity projects and sessions. We have made the decision to offer our free group healing, to ensure we reach as many people as possible around the world.” Lynn adds.


You can find more information on the Re-Empowering London event by going to

Also, if you join the London Spiritual Movement, you will receive updates on information on events in London. Click here to take a look at what is happening now. It is also a discussion site, for you to connect with like-minded people.

Info on the London Mind Body Soul Experience can be found here and tickets can be purchased and printed on-line.

Quantum Holographic Echo Healing

Andrea Elliott:


Must read! A personal review of the next generation healing techniques, written by Angela Handley.


Originally posted on metaphyzgirl ~ Quantum ~ Holistic ~ Therapist:

Quantum Holographic Echo Healing (QHEH)

I want to congratulate Paula Wratten and Sarah Jane for delivering the best course I have ever attended. As I mentioned to you, I am already half way through another course called Quantum jumping however, QHEH is far superior to this and to other healing courses I have attended.

The pitch was just right, delivered in a manner that I could understand and just at the right pace so that I could internalise the information and gain clarification as and when needed. The course was very well structured throughout and delivered sequentially so there was no ‘gaps’ or ‘missing links’.  I loved the fact that different modes of teaching were utilized, in terms of giving the students information backed up with scientific research and lovely visuals on the power-point presentation; Paula and Sarah demonstrated various techniques of the healing process, so that the students could…

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UK Healthcare Council Now Accepts Reiki

ReikiThe Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council have finally announced the CNHC register will be opening to UK Reiki practitioners.

As of Monday 14th May 2012, UK Reiki practitioners will be allowed to join the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). This change has come after much debate, over the validity of the healing therapy.

The information was shared by the CNHC, via email this week, to Reiki practitioners interested in joining the organisation. The CNHC endorsement clearly indicates the regard and growing popularity for Reiki therapy.

There is no obligation for any UK Reiki practitioner to register with the CNHC, although the affiliation to the CNHC offers a support network, to maintain and improve industry standards. It also acts in the public interest, to enable accountability of the complementary therapists on the register.

The CNHC, previously funded by the UK Government, still receives non financial backing by the Department of Health, who recommend the use of CNHC registered therapists when selecting a complementary health practitioner.  However, the CNHC has stipulated that Reiki practitioners must be pre-vetted by the Federation of Holistic Therapists, or Reiki professional association, in order to join the voluntary regulator.

As this information is not currently live on the CNHC website, UK Reiki practitioners are invited to join via the following routes:

Route 1 - If you are a current member of one of the organisations listed below then please apply through them directly. You will need to complete a ‘Request to Register form’ and then return the completed form to them (not CNHC) so they can verify your application: The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), The Reiki Connection, The UK Reiki Federation or The Reiki Guild

FHT - Federation of Holistic TherapistsRoute 2 - If you are not a member of any of the organisations listed above you can apply directly through The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) as a non-member. You will need to complete a ‘Request to Register form for non members’ which can be downloaded here and then return the completed form to them (not CNHC) so they can verify your application.

The CNHC state administration fees will be charged by the FHT, where evidence of the qualifications meets the entry requirements. Further charges may apply if post-qualification experience and development is necessary, to verify the Reiki qualification.

From more information please click on the following link FHT

A Touch of Destiny – An Insight Into My Past Life Karma

expanded-awareness-infiniteFriday 13th.  A date synonymous with fear.

I know people who clear their diaries, not even getting out of bed on Friday 13th. They book the day off, hide under the bed covers and fester; hoping the day will pass without incident. I do not personally believe in superstition, so on Friday 13th April 2012, I went to work as normal.

Of course, nothing untoward happened, just a regular working day. And like most Friday’s the office is a happy equilibrium and everyone hits the “Friday feeling button”.

The clock struck 5:30pm and we make a beeline to the nearest exit. I started the car with gusto and drove home, where I would potter about until 6:45pm then reacquaint myself with my motorised vehicle and make the journey across town. A quick detour was in order, to the local superstore, for another pack of hair dye and an all important caffeine fix.

I arrive at my destination. I am too early so I walk around the block until it is time. The door finally opens and I am invited to enter the “shed”.

However, this is no ordinary shed, oh no! This shed is as big as my lounge and dining room put together. It is warm and inviting. The wood burner is releasing its delicious warmth, the carpet under foot is soft and comforting, and the lighting is soothing – just right for what is about to happen…………….

I suddenly feel an energy, a little too close for comfort, and move to one side, emitting a “not today thank you” vibe. Resettled and happy, I take off my shoes and hop onto the couch. There is a kind of tense nervousness in the air. No one knows for sure what to expect, but I am ready!

I close my eyes and I instantly sense movement around me, shadows cast through my eyelids.  Fleeting images swirl inside my mind. A blazing fire. A phoenix rising from the ashes? I try to relax. However, you could say I am the worst “patient” (one of the reasons why I drifted away from clairvoyance was my inability to just “be”). And, it is done. Now I want the verdict.

This is the part where I become excited, intrigued, eager. Throw it at me! Lynn paused. No! Don’t do this to me Lynn! A few deep breaths, a moment to reflect, and a “you made me sing for that” look, she began to relay her information; her insight, delineation received by her channelled helpers, guiding her through my lifetimes.

Past Life RegressionChristian Service? Knights Templar, Monk, Holy Nun? That is where I come from, my lineage, my heritage? Um, wow!

I admit to being a supporter of the lesser known religions, particular the less fear invoking, but Christian based religions? A revelation indeed. Lynn described how I fought and died in the Crusades, as a Templar, and was awarded a “state burial”; my hands placed across my chest and my sword by my side.

But the biggy, the most poignant life in my existence, was in my monastic era. I was the key bearer, the guardian of the treasure – the religious relics but more importantly, the sacred scrolls and teachings. When the monastery was raided, I hid myself, along with the keys, in a bid to protect the all important spiritual cache. But I was eventually found and all, including my life, was lost. Lynn believed this is why, in this life, I continue on this inherent spiritual path and that my writing now is an extension of my past. A kind of religious (in the thorough sense of word) need to share my thoughts on alternative thinking.

Although discovering past lives is part of her specialised healing process, I learned it is not the soul purpose of the session. Lynn performed karmic debris extraction, meaning she released me from historical ties, built up over my numerous lifetimes.

Meanwhile, Chiara, who works with Lynn, on the joint healing sessions was receiving information on the effect my past lives had, on my continuous existence. She described how I was incessantly linked to each life cycle as if in a chain gang. Basically, I was pulling each of my past lives along with me in this life, which was, in essence, dragging me down. (See Chiara’s message below)

Chiara Irvine - Channelled MessageSo, now I had been pulled apart, bits removed and I masses to think and talk about already – all of which was very exciting – I thought; Is someone going to put me back together now?

It turned out to be a yes. And without delay, I go into round two with Chiara.

I lay back down on the couch. I can’t seem to relax my eyes. The muscles in and around my eyes were having a right royal row with my cerebral messages to quit already! And I have another problem. My throat muscles seem to be contracting, and I am finding it difficult to swallow! You know when you have breathed in a partial sucked boiled sweet and you are trying to dislodge it? Well that is exactly what it felt like. Is it because of my inability to completely relax?

The session complete, I am feeling a little chilly, but again I am eager to quiz, quiz, quiz.

Chiara explained my thirst for knowledge had landed me in hot water many a lifetime. It seemed I was an adventurer, an explorer and, reading between the lines, a bit of a pirate. I had a penchant for annoying indigenous tribes, across the globe, and they made sure I paid the price – with my life!  The details of which I will not divulge, but I literally had different parts of my body in every corner of the globe – from Australia and Africa to the Americas and Europe - which she had to find, take back, and return to me in the “now”.

But there was more. An old man was trying to force a key down my throat!? He held a contract, to part of my soul, and was not letting go. The key was – annoying me physically to the point of distraction - a symbolic act. If I wanted that final karmic piece of the puzzle back, we would have to go inside and retrieve it. So, Chiara suggested another quick blast of infinite healing was in order, and set to work her magic once more.

During which time, Lynn prepared a full life guidance reading, using Angel based cards. The reading was based over a six month span, including what I was doing and feeling now. I certainly did not expect it, but it was a very welcomed surprise. I am not the best at remembering the exact card names, when someone else gives me a reading, but what I do know is the cards really did relate to what is happening in my life and what I want to do in the future.

The phone rings, it’s my eldest requesting a lift home, and the spell is broken. I say my thank you’s and we say our goodbyes as I am pulled back into my day-to-day role as an unpaid taxi driver.

So what was the aftermath?

That night I had a dream. I was living in a house, not my current house, but it was my house. It was old school 1970’s, straight lines, hammered glass panelled doors, big flat aluminium windows to the front. The decor was very nondescript and completely white washed. There is only one way to describe this, and I do feel a little disrespectful; homeless people kept knocking on the front door and asking if they could stay.  It was in today’s era. I am still pushing 40, my husband and our children are present and correct, in the now.  It was a little overwhelming, trying to figure out where to put all these people – spare bedrooms, tents in the garden and any floor space going.

One chap in particular described, and showed me, his life before he became homeless. He was wealthy, intelligent, suited and booted, had a high-flying career; which I believed was in construction. He was showing me how he once lived and how he used to be. Nevertheless, he lost everything and was now destitute. I believe the dream was about perception; not looking at things at face value and, to coin a phrase, not to judge a book by its cover? It may have been, more simply, about helping others?

I was also somewhere up in the higher realms. I do not really remember much about it. All I know is I was with celestial beings – Angels if you like – and it was the stereotypical human perception of being up in the heavens; pure, white, blue, light, soft, wispy etc.

The following evening I had another dream. I was secretly looking after a dangerous animal, which looked similar to a koala. Now I know that koalas can be dangerous anyway, but this one had long poisonous claws. I looked after the animal, as it had no food, and I held it. Even though I knew one scratch would kill I was not scared. It was living in my neighbour’s air-con duct. They knew it was there but they would not help. Yet again, a dream in which I was helping, assisting and looking after things.

What about my life patterns?

Probably far too many!

  • I have lived in many countries, in a bid to find “home” – the closest I come (to date) is Spain and England.
  • My home is an Almshouse, built by a Christian church on sacred ground - previously monastic farm land.
  • I have a love of history, particularly the Knights Templar and the medieval upheavals, lives and philosophies of religious orders. Both of which I have written about.
  • In terms of the Knights Templars, I have presented an entire radio show, discussing the innovations, exploits and the eventual downfall of the Templars. Was it a coincidence that the date Friday 13th was chosen, given the unlucky link to the Knights?

So how do I feel?

My mood has been a little up and down, but certainly not in a OMG! way. I have not felt anger, sadness, loss etc. but reflective and a little more tired than usual. Perhaps I need to relax more – or at least go to bed at a reasonable hour!

I have found that over the last few weeks, my writing has changed. The words have flowed and I feel I have allowed myself to open up more. Now, when I decide to write about a subject, I seem to veer off in another direction, becoming more spontaneous, free and natural.

I have definitely been more proactive too; asking others for their opinions on their spiritual or life experiences; requesting case studies to analyze and piece together. I have found other works to inspire and spark my imagination,  actively been seeking more creative opportunities.

I am also questioning my motivations; what I want out of life, what I want to do and achieve in this lifetime. One of the phrases I have come up with this week is “gaining my career freedom”. Sounds odd, a little fragmented, but what it means to me is this: Recognising, and having the confidence, to go for life’s opportunities, that will allow me to be inspired and create my own freedom. In essence, to be able to support my family, doing what I love to do. I also need to stop hiding behind my invisible cushion and become the person I know I can be. The real question is: Are the actions I take right now, this very minute, hour, day, week, in complete and utter alignment with my true goals and ideals?

I know my previously half-hearted attempt to affirm who I AM to others and myself, no longer serves me. It is not about being big-headed, conceited, or arrogant. It is about being authentic and true, with humility and integrity.  I write about subjects that a huge number of people believe to be folly. I used to feel awkward and squeamish when, a perceived non-believer, told me they had read my work.  I could feel myself wincing, as I awaited a backlash of sorts, or hoping, beyond hope that they “got it”. However, it no longer bothers me. But what I do I care about are the topics I share and the standard it is written in. My ethos has always been to impart my pondering in an accessible, understandable way, which is varied, and caters for the wider collective.

But this is not all about me. This is about someone, somewhere, reading this, who can relate to my words and feel the same way I do. I hope it helps, I hope that it may put life into perspective and I hope that someone decides, right now, to be who they are, and be who they want to be.

Andrea x

I have kept in contact with Chiara and Lynn over the past two weeks, letting them know how things are and what has emerged over the days, following the joint Light Empowerment Sessions. Many of their clients relay their thoughts and feelings back to them and they certainly welcome it. So I have posted their post session comments to me below.

Chiara Irvine

“It has been really interesting watching you develop and change over the last 10 days or so, your writing has changed. I would say, with your writing, just keep letting it evolve as you are and the right opportunity or change will happen to take it forward. A common theme with people is they have found manifesting easier, are clearer in their intentions, and get them with more flow. They also feel more powerful and confident.”

Lynn Morris

“For me the session went well and I accessed your most relevant past life, which is linked to your pattern in this life. All of the past lives and karmic cycles you have are in layers. It is like peeling an onion and this layer of karmic cycle has now gone. I think it all sounds very positive and I think it sounds like your creative flow has increased, and the more authentic you is emerging.”

Life Balancing Bergamot

For years I have picked perfume with Bergamot essential oil.

My scent of choice for a long time was Truth by Calvin Klein.

Not one of the biggest Bergamothits with the masses,  which is getting harder and harder to get hold of. I have searched many a perfume emporium – on and offline – but the wonderous scent has clearly taken a nose dive into the perfume archives.

Why Bergamot?

Well my husband bought a vial of pure essential oil some 15 years ago, when a lady recommended it for its calming effects, and I have been hooked ever since. The warm yet fresh lemony scent is simply divine! As a teenager I used to be rather partial to a cup of Earl Grey with MILK!……………I pause briefly…………..awaiting ripples of disgust, as tea connoisseurs across the globe balk in horror at my choice of accompaniment, other than a slice of lemon.

So other than it’s pure perfumery deliciousness, which is used in 1/3rd of all cologne, what else is Bergamot used for?

The spiritual and emotional aspects of the essential oil include inducing renewed optimism, a less stressful outlook on life and easing an agitated, confused or even angry mind. It is an oil of contradiction. It helps lift and boost energy levels and calms and relaxes all at the same time. Some even believe it helps open the mind to the spirit realms, and thus making communication with higher spirit beings easier. It also relates to the Heart Chakra.

I would say it is not the best for anyone who is battling to stick to a diet, as it can stimulate appetite. But if you suffer from indigestion or stomach pains Bergamot can certainly help. If you have skin conditions such as dermatitis, greasy skin, eczema, psoriasis, acne or frequent cold sores then Bergamot is definitely your friend. But it is always good to check with your GP when trying new treatments, just in case.

As with most essential oils, Bergamot should never be used neat on the skin as it can cause a reaction, especially when the skin is sensitive or exposed to sunlight. But blended and diluted in a carrier oil or un-scented lotion – at a ratio of 1 or 2 drops to 10ml of carrier product to start.

Bergamot is part of the orange family, so you may like to try mixing a few drops each of Bergamot and Mandarin oil in a bath – works wonders with the lights out, a few scented candles dotted around the bathroom and a secure lock on the bathroom door.

Have I found a new Bergamot fragrance?

I have indeed!

Ginger Essence by Origins – Yum!

Should you Charge for your Services?

Money and SpiritualityMoney. It’s a funny thing isn’t it?

Unless you are living on an abundant paradise island, with all the food, water,  and shelter you could possible need for several lifetimes, you need money. Especially now with the cost of our most basic needs rising almost daily.

So, as a holistic health or spiritual adviser how do you strike a balance between credibility, integrity and your own financial commitments? And what exactly do I mean by that?

OK, well lets say you are a working Clairvoyant Medium. As a Medium you are in fact working for Spirit and you are giving messages to people, who have lost family members. They have come to you for help, peace of mind and proof that their loved ones are still “around”.

But if you have the “gift” of communication with Spirit should you gain financial? Should you be more intent on the personal gratification of helping someone rather than material reward? Could you been seen as profiting from their grief ? Where does integrity fit in? Does blowing ones trumpet, if you receive some mind-blowing proof, really conveying a humble, spiritual persona?

Mmmmm, it’s a difficult one.

I had a discussion with a Reiki healer in France a few months ago.  His view was: as a spiritual healer he was helping people feel better and even the thought of charging for healing was out of the question. I asked him if he had studied to become a healer and was he charged for his tuition? Being a qualified Reiki healer myself, I already knew the answer was undoubtedly yes. All certified Reiki/Spiritual Healers and a vast majority of Mediums have undergone months, even years of training. Reiki students pay for their training at each level and, if the trainer is worth their salt, the student should be required to provide case studies and produce history and philosophical essays – before they are deemed a Reiki Healer.

To become a Medium you must be dedicated and practice meditation (preferably) every day and it is advised that you attend a development group at least once a week.

Therefore, along with any other student, a holistic or spiritual student works hard, puts in a lot of time and effort and pays for their tuition. So why should they forgo their needs once “qualified”? There are bills to pay, a roof to keep and food to buy.

But as a “light-worker” if the thought of receiving payment still leaves you feeling cold then look at it this way: A client pays for the time you have set aside just for them and the payment is simply an exchange of energy and time, in exactly the same way they pay the doctor, dentist, counselor, beauty therapist…………You enjoy the work you have chosen so you have earned the right to enjoy both the personal and financial rewards too.

So don’t feel bad. You have a skill, you are worth it. The trick is to find the right balance between your personal views and your personal needs.

Mystical Crystals

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CrystalsOur home is full of crystals. Crystal balls, crystal jewellery, crystal slices, crystal palmstones, crystal carvings, crystal books; you name it we have it!

I have spent hours looking at the different types of crystals; researching the popular to the obscure, and the properties, health benefits and spiritual history behind crystals. I have carried specific crystals with me and picked certain crystals to wear, depending on what I was doing that given day.

But do they actually do what they say on the tin or is it purely psychological? If I pick a ruby to wear is it my just my intention to feel uplifted and energetic, as I know that is what it should do, or does the crystal really induce the feelings all by itself?

A few months ago I visited our local crystal shop. I picked up a zebra (jasper) crystal and felt an immediate dislike to it; I quite literally threw it back down on…

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Mystical Crystals

CrystalsOur home is full of crystals. Crystal balls, crystal jewellery, crystal slices, crystal palmstones, crystal carvings, crystal books; you name it we have it!

I have spent hours looking at the different types of crystals; researching the popular to the obscure, and the properties, health benefits and spiritual history behind crystals. I have carried specific crystals with me and picked certain crystals to wear, depending on what I was doing that given day.

But do they actually do what they say on the tin or is it purely psychological? If I pick a ruby to wear is it my just my intention to feel uplifted and energetic, as I know that is what it should do, or does the crystal really induce the feelings all by itself?

A few months ago I visited our local crystal shop. I picked up a zebra (jasper) crystal and felt an immediate dislike to it; I quite literally threw it back down on the shelf. I spoke to a lady, who knows a lot about the crystalline structures, and she asked if I was anemic, which I am, and told me that it helps ease the symptoms! So, if the crystal is supposed to help why was I repulsed by it? I used to own a really pretty banded Carnelian crystal, which felt like a jumping bean when I held it. I say used to, as it has seemingly danced right out of my life!

I have also experienced crystal healing, in conjunction with Reiki. During the entire session I had my eyes closed. After the therapist placed the crystals on my Chakra points, the last one in the middle of my forehead, I could “see” a bright blue light in my mind’s eye. After the healing I asked her if she had used a blue crystal on my forehead. Indeed she had. A blue lapis lazuli – a stone very much revered by the ancient Egyptians, which reportedly enhances the psychic link and promotes truth. But was that just my intuition kicking, was the crystal helping or was it a lucky guess? I must say I did feel pretty chilled afterwards.

I have another quandary. Many crystal information websites carry a disclaimer stating the health benefits and indications, we know today, have come from historical records, passed down through the generations. They in no way claim the crystals cure or aid any ills. And yet I have known crystal healers, who are repeatedly booked by their clients, to spend thousands of pounds on their collections. They use their crystals for all manner of situations; from creating positive energies in the home to realigning an individuals emotional and physical wellbeing. The popularity has grown to such an extent that many state colleges, across the UK, are now offering crystal therapy courses, alongside other complementary therapy techniques.

It would be nice to know that they help. But so far, along with ghosts (which I do believe in) and the Loch Ness Monster (which is plausible), it has not been proven.

So, I put it to you. Is there something to this crystal thing or is it just the intention that “makes them work”?

Atkins 4 Acne

Facial Skin Care

I was plagued by adult acne for years.

It was annoying, embarrassing and just down right inconvenient. I found it a full-time job just trying to manage the acne,  and with so much conflicting information out there, it has to be the most confusing conditions of all time! There are pills, scrubs, washes, ointments, tonics, astringents, creams, masks, the list is just endless.

I do thank my lucky stars it was not an issue when I was a teenager though. Going through a raging hormonalness AND having acne must be a total nightmare. In your teens it is all about image and more so in this day and age. I know so many kids at school that were publicly humiliated and teased about their facial affliction.

But as an adult it is less in your face, so to speak. It’s more of a floating whisper or  telepathic thoughts, hitting you in the back of your head, from your colleagues as you walk passed the coffee machine.

A few years ago I took a week off work, to just chill. I pretty much stayed local, didn’t really go anywhere apart from the pool, beach, shops. But then I was in Spain, I didn’t need to venture off elsewhere. However, during the week I spent hours trying to get to grips with my overactive sebaceous glands. I steamed daily, I prodded, poked and picked until my skin could not take anymore.

I returned to work and the first thing my HR manager said was “Wow! You look refreshed! The week off clearly did you good”. All I could think was “Wow! How about mentioning the problem as you clearly noticed I had a problem!”

So would I see an end to this hell without the torturous route of battering my skin every day?

It was dangerously close to bikini season. I was not happy with the whole idea of baring flesh on Cabapino beach. To much good food, good living, and the inevitable take away food, that can only stave an insatiable appetite after another night on the Costa. Something had to give, and it was time to change my eating habits. So, after about 5 minutes thought I plumped for the Atkins Diet. Maybe a little drastic, given that the only foodstuffs I could eat was eggs, meat, green veggies and ultra low carb dairy. But I was determined. Within weeks I had slimmed down and felt good. I have to say it was pretty easy to follow, but no so easy when tempted by the glorious cakes, pastries and chocolates crafted by my local, and dearly missed, coffee-house.

Looking back, I did not link the change in my diet and the improvement to my skin. I just thought I had come out of the acne phase naturally.

Over the last four years I have had lapses and ditched the Atkins diet for a while, anything from a weekend to 6 months. And even as I am writing this I am tucking into a bag of marshmallows! But every time I give it up for a few weeks, and eat refined carbs, my face pays for it.

I thought it prudent to mention I am studying facial skin care and pathology. The curriculum includes the revision of the causes, symptoms and treatments for acne. One acne myth is that diet effects acne, which experts say is totally untrue – thus totally contradicts my theory. Now, I would never profess to be and expert, but it really does work for me – and another side effect is that I stay a consistent UK size 8-10, depending on the clothes shop of course – and I am not immune to the spells of hormonal break outs.

All I am saying is this; if you are suffering and don’t want to use the harsh pills and potions, why not give it a go for a couple of weeks and see what happens? Just check with you doctor first.

Good Luck x

Therapists Called to Help London Homeless this Christmas

Federation of Holistic Therapists“Natural Healing and Massage Therapist volunteers needed…

Specialist volunteers are urgently needed to donate their services to help homeless people in London over the festive season as part of Crisis at Christmas, running from Friday 23 December – Friday 30 December 2011.

Up to nine temporary centres will be set up in London by Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, as part of Crisis at Christmas. The centres will provide vital companionship and hot meals for homeless and vulnerably housed people as well as essential services like health checks, housing advice, training and further education opportunities.

Crisis aim to provide a range of holistic massage and complementary therapy to guests across all centres at Crisis at Christmas including Natural Healing, Reiki, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Energy Field Therapy, Massage, Shiatsu and Indian head massage.

Treatments are much valued by the guests. Relaxed, peaceful, energised, safe, comfortable are just a few of the words used by guests after receiving treatments at Crisis centres.  Last year Crisis were fortunate enough to treat over 170 guests.

The team of caring volunteers has grown over the years but Crisis need more to be able to offer the service across all centres. If you are an FHT member and have appropriate insurance, Crisis would appreciate your help, so please join the Natural Healing and Massage service team this Christmas.

Natural Healing shifts run from 11am to 6pm from Saturday 24 December through to Thursday 29 December and for Massage, shifts run from 10:30am to 6pm starting Friday 23 December. Crisis ask that every volunteer signs up for a minimum of two shifts.

More details are on the Crisis website . If you would like further information you can call 0300 636 1000.”

Taken from Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) Website

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