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We offer a whole range of treatments from Massage & Reflexology to Life Coaching and Counselling, with friendly, professional therapists!
Appointments are available throughout the day and evening, so we’re able to fit in with you!
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The Law of Attraction

by Nadia Sylvester

For everything that happens in life there is a ‘Cause’ and ‘Effect’. The Law of Cause and Effect influences every aspect of our daily lives, it is not magic but simply the law of the universe and it is real. This law states that for every movement of energy such as a feeling, a belief, a desire or expectation or any other action there is a corresponding effect or consequence. This is a very powerful law whose influence permeates through every aspect of our daily living experience.

In Hindu philosophy they call it ‘karma’ which means to ‘act’. Sir Isaac Newton discovered the law of action and reaction where each and every action produces an equal and opposite reaction. Therefore each time we think or do something ‘a cause’ it will result in something ‘an effect’.

Each one of us is responsible for the way we think and act. How many of you have heard the saying that whatever you send into the universe eventually comes back. Send out a negative message and something unpleasant is sure to happen, send out positivity and sure enough good things will happen. Have you ever found yourself asking these questions “why are there certain people in my life”? Or “why am I not earning enough?” Often we hear the refrain “why am I still stuck here?” Try to visualise the incidents which led up to you being in this situation, take yourself out from your current location, try to sit outside away from distractions and conduct an overview of your life from an objective standpoint. Now time to remember and analyse things in more depth. I can assure you this type of exercise will not take much time as that picture will appear quickly, as if you are taking a snapshot on your phone and can see the image almost instantaneously. Think about it for a minute, this is your key to work on self-discovery what exactly happened at that moment in your life when you ended up with certain types of people or a job or a situation. Ask yourself “how did it all start, how was I feeling, why have things changed and what can I do now so I can lessen the negative effects on my life and my wellbeing?”

Remember if you are not happy with the effect then you can always change the cause, i.e. if you not happy with a certain person in your life, then you will need to seriously consider whether being apart might not be better.
It is the same if you are having financial difficulties. You need to accept that you are the one who is responsible for this cause that is having such a detrimental effect on your life, time to take responsibility. Ask yourself important questions before spending money such as “what do I really need rather than what do I really want?” ‘Needs’ are much more critical than ‘wants’ so this is a good start to changing the way you think and act in relation to money. The best thing to do is to become more conscious of your surroundings and how you attract things into your life; remember your thoughts and actions affect almost everything in your life. You may ask, “But how does that happen?” It is amazing how our thoughts can take so many different forms and can actually attract energy to them. This energy then manifests according to what form your thoughts take whether they are about fear, desire, fantasy, choice, beliefs, behaviour and so on. When you start thinking positively in your life the outcome or the effect of your positive thoughts will create a desirable result; it is wholly under your control, you just need to start working on it.

I will give you an example from my life; when my 14 year marriage ended I was left emotionally drained which had a massive effect on me physically. I felt tired, I refused to speak to anyone, I cried a lot; plus I had debts and was also in a foreign land with no immediate family to talk to or a shoulder to cry on so it was very hard. Add to this the fact that I was not eating or sleeping properly served to further weaken me. After a week of this I woke up one morning feeling barely able to even lift myself up to go to the bathroom and at this lowest point I experienced a massive wake up call. Instead of continuing in a downward spiral I decided to face up to and take responsibility for what had happened in my marriage.

It was my decision to trust in my spouse as it was the only possible way I could have left Iraq. I needed to get married, our families knew each other and we had grown up together. My putting 100% faith and belief in him was my only option. We both wanted to leave the country, we made a pact to do so yet my first big mistake was to believe his promises that he would always look after me. I was instrumental in the plan to leave Iraq after The First Gulf War, I made all the plans & preparations, concealing money, keeping documents safe and taking risks in order achieve this goal. My second big mistake was that I supported him financially and emotionally during his full time engineering studies in the mid-1990’s when we were already in the UK. What I failed to see was that his promises were all empty and that he would say and do anything to ensure he completed his studies and graduated. I worked night shifts in factories, post rooms and even took on another job as a twilight retail sales assistant in order to support the family and ensure he could continue studying at university. I used to say to him” Don’t let me down as you haven’t delivered any of your promises so far, but I will do what I can in my power to help you”. After finishing the twilight shift and the night shifts I would return home exhausted yet I would then have to drop my older daughter to school, spend the day looking after my younger daughter, then only 2 years old before taking her with me to pick up my older child from school. Once I had fed them I would then get ready to go out and work again. During this period I was perpetually exhausted, hardly getting any sleep and I am amazed I was able to function at all. Yet I made these sacrifices for the good of my family. My continued ‘blind faith’ in him was in part due to the fact that he also promised me that he would support me in completing my computing degree. Unfortunately I had to drop out of the course after only 6 months as I simply could not cope what with the jobs I was doing and the running of the household. What I realised is that I allowed myself to get into situation, living on a hope and a prayer, thinking better times would be around the corner. Unfortunately when the realisation finally hit me that things would never change for the better, that my best endeavours were a lost cause, my disappointment was extreme and profound.

One day I sat on my bed lost in my thoughts, when suddenly I heard a voice in my head. “Hold on Nadia, just for a second had you not been day dreaming about getting a divorce and having your freedom”. This was the life I had always wanted, to be free of a controlling and manipulating spouse, free of the bullying and mental torture. After this epiphany I started praying every morning and every evening for this to happen, started thinking during every waking moment how I would work towards this goal.

From the moment that I faced facts that this is MY life for me to live as I wish, I was reborn as a new person with a gift of freedom which I gave to myself and which has no beginning and no end. After that I took control of my life and started seeing the bigger picture. I started reading self-help books, going to the library to research and read up on new subjects. I even managed to find a new temporary day time job in a very short space of time plus I started writing down everything I liked and everything I did not like. I found it very helpful and it provided me with the clarity I needed. That is the power of positive thinking. Resist the temptation to compare your life to someone else; this is the time to give yourself a different direction and to start focussing on yourself. Start with your weaknesses, your limitations that led up to your current situation in life where your thoughts were self-limiting, how you could not do this or do that and would blame everything and everyone. This is a wake-up call for you to start attracting only positive thoughts, rejecting negative thoughts by taking control of your life and destiny.

When you start thinking negative you will attract nothing just bad things into your life. For instance, if you think that you cannot get a job because no one will employ you, guess what you will never get a job because no one will employ you. This is not strange but true and is an example of a negative “cause” resulting in a negative “effect”. What you have done here is that you have attracted this negative thinking and your subconscious mind takes it as an order as it does not differentiate between positive and negative thoughts. It will work like a hard disk drive in computer, cold and objective which will store any information you save onto it. However, this will cause you only depression, anxiety, anger and really you don’t want to go there, as we are happiest living a life where we fill our thoughts with positivity, a can do attitude and see all obstacles as opportunities.

Let’s see what we can do here; our thoughts lead to immediate effects so be more conscious of the quality of your thoughts and their effects as this will enable you to quickly alter undesirable outcomes.
Start by thinking of all the good things that have happened in your life; recall all your happy memories. Then consider what would be your ideal life style then pause here for a second and start imagining that you are already living in that beautiful house and surrounded with the people who really care about you. This imagination can be reality when you start setting your goals and working every day to reach them. You need to know exactly what you want and how to do it, this is the power of thinking. It is why other people are more successful than others, not because they are cleverer than you. No, it is because the way they think is different. Find them and learn from them.

Practise this exercise –

– Take a deep breath and let all your negative emotions flow to the sky,
– Say you are a good person and deserve only good things in life
– Say you are loveable and intelligent
– Repeat to yourself 3 times “I like myself and I love myself”
– Give yourself 30minutes free me time and relax
– Begin to create an action plan for your future.
– Now start moving in the direction of the future you want.

This is your life and this is your future, think only of the positive.

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing. It is a psychotherapeutic procedure that was originally developed by Dr Francine Shapiro in the United States in 1987.
EMDR was originally designed to treat traumatic or “dysfunctional” memories and experiences and their psychological consequences, and the procedure has mainly been used in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. However EMDR has been increasingly used over the years to treat e.g., grief, phobias, test and performance anxiety, anxiety and panic disorders, pain, sexual dysfunction, and a wide range of experientially based disorders.
EMDR is an evidence-based therapeutic procedure. That is, although the procedure originally developed out of self-observation, the evolution and development of the procedure has been dictated by clinical and research findings. Most of the components in EMDR are recognisable from other well-known therapies although they are arranged in a unique order. However, one unusual element in EMDR is bilateral stimulation usually in the form of eye movements, but also sometimes in the form of bilateral auditory or tactile stimulation. There is a great deal of evidence that bilateral stimulation speeds up the reprocessing of disturbing emotional or traumatic material and at the same time helps the client feel safer in making contact with traumatic material.
The therapist will always firstly carry out a careful psychological assessment of whether EMDR would be suitable for the problem(s) presented, and will elicit a memory representing the problem. The client will be asked for a picture that represents the memory, a negative belief that they have about themselves in relation to the memory, and to notice associated physical sensations. Thereafter, a number of sets of eye movements or other bilateral stimulation are commenced, and after each set of eye movements the therapist will ask the client what they noticed. Typically, the images, emotions, and sensations experienced change through this process. At some point these changes become more positive and adaptive as the client reprocesses old dysfunctional information and connects with presently held adaptive and functional information. The aim is always to enable the client to recollect the original traumatic material without disturbance and to have new and more adaptive beliefs about themselves in relation to the experience.
With “simple” or “one off” traumas or experiences in adult life, EMDR can be remarkably rapid in its effects, and average treatment times for these kinds of problems are from 3 to 5 sessions. With more “complex” or multiple traumas treatment can take much longer but the evidence that we have to date suggests that EMDR is the most efficient and rapid psychotherapeutic procedure available for the treatment of traumatic memories and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (as recommended by NICE since 2005 – see www.nice.org.uk/ for further details). There is growing evidence of its use for a range of anxiety and pain problems.

Tim Martin, Accredited CBT & EMDR Psychotherapist.

What is CBT?

Cognitions are the way a person interprets events, images, thoughts and attitudes. Changing the way we think can change our mood. (This does not mean thinking positively but by thinking and acting realistically and learning to challenge unhelpful beliefs we have picked up over our lives). Behaviour therapy emphasises our habituated responses to things and the way in which our behaviour is shaped by its consequences (e.g. confidence, assertiveness, phobias and obsessions).

Old habits die hard!
Once we habituate certain ways of viewing ourselves, others and the world; and behaving in response to these views; it feels like these are just part of our personality. They’re not! They are learned responses that we can retrain to be more helpful to us.

Challenge your thoughts
All too often we accept our views (worries, fears or unhappiness) and actively avoid change. Even if unhappy inside this comfort zone, it seems safer to stay there than venture out. We need to be more prepared to challenge our thoughts and beliefs and try new ways of interpreting situations. This is the way we find new ways of better managing situations and not repeating the same mistakes.

Practice makes perfect
When we try new things and discover new ways of looking at life, to begin with this feels awkward because we move outside our comfort zone. As with any new skill, the more we practice the easier it will become, to the point when it feels natural to do things the new way (remember how it felt to learn to drive?)

Make plans (and stick to them)
The awkwardness we feel practicing new skills can put us off doing them (beware the unhelpful habits of escape and avoidance). Planning and scheduling activities makes it more likely we will push ourselves to stick to them (and therefore less likely we avoid them). Soon the whole new routine will feel natural to us.

CBT is an effective evidence-based brief psychological intervention, proven to be successful in the treatment of a whole range of issues; from Anxiety, Depression, Panic disorder, Performance Anxiety, OCD, Chronic Pain, PTSD, Addictions etc etc and is considered by the National Institute of clinical Excellence as a first line treatment for most psychological disorders (see www.nice.org.uk/ for further information)

Tim Martin, Accredited CBT & EMDR Psychotherapist.

Spotlight on Reflexology: Interview with Bridget Andrew

Q) So, Bridget, you’re very well known in Buxton and so is ‘the little black and white hut opposite the train station’. For how long have you been running the Natural Health Practice?

A) I’ve been running the practice for 21 years now! Our premises used to be a sweet shop, which some of my clients still remember. It’s a lovely little space and is actually a listed building – It used to be the ladies’ waiting room for the train station. After 21 years though, the building is well established as a natural health centre offering a range of treatments including reflexology, hypnotherapy, massage, emotional freedom techniques, NLP and counselling.

Q) And you’re a Master Reflexologist – How long have you been doing this for? Tell me how you got started.


A) From an early age, I was interested. I started doing massage when I was just 15, which I then went on to teach. Not long after that I started my reflexology training. I introduced it to the local area – No-one had heard of it back then!

Q) Nowadays it’s easy for someone to get a certificate saying they do reflexology, and it’s often included in other complementary therapy trainings. Was it different when you trained? What was your training like?

A) It was very different when I trained. For a start, I trained in pure reflexology and I trained for 8 years altogether, including refreshers and making sure I was up-to-date. I trained in London and Birmingham. The training was very comprehensive and involved theory, anatomy and physiology and, of course, hands-on work. I loved it. I even enjoyed the exams! It wasn’t a chore to study. I worked very hard studying and practising. I was awarded my Advanced Reflexology by Stanford Academy. And after that, I was even approached by the Federation who wanted me to do talks and introduce the new techniques I’d developed myself. I’ve always loved reflexology; it’s my passion.

Q) Can you tell me what reflexology is and how it works?


A) Reflexology is an ancient Chinese technique, and is proven to work on physical, mental and emotional conditions. It’s a non-invasive therapy and is based on balancing the body’s’ energy through reflexes in the feet. The feet are essentially a map of the body, so every bit of the foot represents and connects with an organ, a joint, and each and every part of the system. Reflexology involves stimulating the relevant zones of the feet, through massage or acupressure-like movements, unblocking meridians and working to rebalance the body and body functions. All the bodily systems can be affected through stimulating the feet in the relevant zones: the sinuses, the heart, the adrenals, the respiratory system, the urinary tract, the hormones. When I see and feel a foot, I’m looking at the whole person: the general health of the body, the mind, and the emotional balance too. For example, if the underside of a foot is pale, I know the person is run-down. I read the feet so I know what part of the system needs to be unblocked and stimulated. Through working on the feet, it’s possible to create changes throughout the system.

Q) What kinds of issues is reflexology good for? What kinds of problems do you help people with?


A) The most common issues I help my clients with are stress, depression, and problems relating to hormones, people who are generally feeling run-down with low energy. Reflexology is also very good for migraines, IBS, anxiety, problems with sinuses, joints, and circulation, and menstrual and muscular problems.

Q) And what kind of results can people expect from reflexology with you?

A) I’ve seen a lot of women were desperate to get pregnant and had had IVF. I’ve seen women who were advised to stop IVF because it wasn’t working and they were told they probably weren’t going to get pregnant. I’ve had a lot of success with women in that situation. With IBS, clients can expect to achieve a rebalanced bowel function. Also, I’ve had excellent results with stress, anxiety and depression. Another area where clients can expect to notice a significant change is with issues relating to the lymphatic system – If someone is carrying too much fluid, it can cause pain and discomfort. I’ve had great success with this too. I recommend 3 treatments over 3 weeks, and then follow ups as required. Clients usually start to notice positive changes after the second session.

Q) What do you most enjoy about your work and about running the Natural Health Practice?


A) The results! Seeing the difference in people between the first and the third treatment is very rewarding. My work with is all about getting people well so they can enjoy the best quality of life that’s possible for them. By helping keep them balanced and feeling good they can live life to the full.

Q) And is there anything else you want to tell us about what goes on here at the Natural Health Practice?


A) Here at the Natural Health Practice, we deal with minds and bodies. We deal with the whole person, physically, emotionally and mentally. It gives me great joy that between myself and my colleagues, we can help people and provide all their minds and bodies need. My team are very professional, top-grade therapists who practise complete confidentiality. It gives our clients great peace of mind knowing we can offer it all here under one roof. And that really pleases me.

Which Massage is For You?

By Stephanie Hanshaw

Sports Massage

To think the only people who qualify for a sports massage are “sporty people” is a myth! Sports massage is a deep tissue massage which people of all ages, professions, lifestyle and backgrounds benefit from. Among my clientele at The Natural Health Practice are labourers, office workers, businessmen and women who spend too much time behind the steering wheel, mums, and people who generally live a hectic lifestyle. Don’t rule yourself out just because your trainers haven’t seen the light of day! Sports Massage is a deep, intensive massage that deals with the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues. It relieves muscular tension, aches and postural complaints. It also helps enhance endurance, eliminate injury and prepare muscles back to their normal state for the sportsman and woman.

Swedish Massage

If the idea of a sports massage is not for you then maybe the Swedish Massage is more applicable to your needs. It focuses on improving circulation of blood and lymph and whilst also relaxing superficial muscles. Swedish Massage is ideal for anyone wanting to de-stress from a busy lifestyle.

Hot Stones Massage

If a sports massage is not your cup of tea but you still have tensed muscles that need releasing then maybe the hot stones massage is the thing for you. The direct heat from the basalt stones expand the blood vessels, pushing blood and unwanted waste materials through the body. This has a sedative effect on the nervous system. Stone massage makes you feel deeply relaxed, allowing you to let go of all the stress that is held within your body. The basalt stones can also be used chilled in ice allowing treatments on specific injuries with the hot and cold energy techniques.

Whether it’s for relaxation, to relieve tension, or to address an injury, there’s massage to suit you. It’s only a phone call away!

The Truth About Hypnotherapy

by Diane Oxborough

People are curious about hypnotherapy. Everyday I’m contacted by individuals who think hypnotherapy could be the solution to their problem; The magic wand that will get rid of their stress, anxiety, IBS or smoking habit. Often, the same people can feel apprehensive of being hypnotised and have some strange ideas about what will happen to them if they come and see me.

And how should they know what to expect? Most of us have seen Derren Brown or heard stories about stage hypnosis, and that’s how some people form their ideas about hypnosis. Some people even imagine they will have a stopwatch swung in front of their eyes and will end up revealing their deepest secrets! There are a lot of myths about hypnotherapy. I think it’s important that before a person decides to book in with me, they can begin to feel informed and know what to expect. So let’s put things in perspective and learn a few truths about hypnosis.

Everyone can go into a hypnotic state. People sometimes tell me that they can’t be hypnotised. This is usually due to an experience where they expected to feel hypnotised, and expected it to feel ‘weird’. The truth is that hypnotic states usually feel familiar. This is because we go in and out of naturally occurring trance states all day everyday. Generally speaking, a ‘trance’ is an altered state of focused consciousness. If you’re driving on the motorway and miss your junction, you were in a type of trance. When you spoke to someone and they didn’t hear you because they were so engrossed in what they were doing, they were in a trance. The state you’re in just before you wake up in the morning, when you’re neither asleep nor awake, is another common trance experience. The bottom line is this – If you’ve got a pulse, you can go into hypnotic states.

Don’t expect to feel ‘hypnotised’. However, do expect to feel increasing levels of relaxation. Some people think, “I won’t be able to go into a trance state because I can’t even relax at all!” That’s what the therapist is there for. Relaxation is about learning to relax. A good therapist is able to adapt their approach and assist you in learning this. It’s not that people can’t relax into a trance state, it’s that they don’t yet know how. It usual for clients to be surprised to learn they can relax so deeply, and to find the whole experience extremely enjoyable.

You are in control. The hypnotherapist does not take control of you but, rather, they guide you through a process that induces a healthy state of relaxation. It’s you who achieves the relaxed state simply by following the instructions given to you by your therapist during the session. If I say to you, “Close your eyes”, you close your eyes by choosing to follow my instruction, not because I made you. At any time during a hypnosis session, you would be able to open your eyes if you chose to – The truth is that being in a hypnotic trance state is so relaxing and pleasant that you want to continue enjoying it and can’t be bothered to move!

It’s good for you and simple once you know how. Hypnosis is extremely effective for healing and transforming stress-related issues. My clients are always happy to discover they can quickly gain control and overcome issues such as high blood pressure, poor sleep, and IBS. I often teach my clients how to do self-hypnosis. This way they can get the desired results much more rapidly.

A previous client described his experience like this, “I had problems with chest pains and breathlessness. [My GP’s] diagnosis was stress. I tried anti-depressants but they caused terrible side effects. My GP provided [Diane’s] contact details. I must confess that I had doubts about hypnotherapy but the first consultation dispelled these. I found that I could relax. The technique was simple but very effective. I felt so good and I found later that I would enjoy equally good results at home. I feel healthy, am much clearer, and have become more positive in my thinking and outlook on life.”

If you’d like to learn more about my hypnotherapy sessions and how you can benefit, call me in confidence on 01298 72907 or visit www.dianeoxborough.co.uk