Merry Christmas and a happy & healthy 2018

Merry Christmas & a happy and healthy New YearHolt Holistic Centre Christmas to all our customers – past, present & future!

Best wishes from all at Holt Holistic Centre.

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Christmas holistic health

Happy & healthy holistic Christmas

Happy healthy Christmas


It may be the season ‘to be jolly’ but it can also take its toll; mentally and physically, on our health and wellbeing.

Eating, drinking and the odd party here and there = rich, plentiful food, alcohol and late nights! All of which (particularly if done in excess) affect our health.

There is also so much to do in the run up to Christmas: food to organise and prepare, presents to buy, places to go and people to see, plus there is the financial impact – Christmas can be ….well ……. stressful.

Mind and body are intrinsically linked, if one is affected the other is too. You can help yourself by avoiding great excesses of food and drink where possible and taking moderate exercise. Take time (even 5 minutes if that’s all you have) to do the things you enjoy, perhaps try some breathing exercises. The important thing is to relax.

Sometimes though we all need a little extra help – and that’s where we come in. At Holt Holistic Centre we have an ever-growing range of practitioners and treatments – all with the one thing in common – to improve your health and wellbeing. Take a look at the rest of our website to view our fantastic team of therapists and find out more about them. All our practitioners are happy to talk to you about any queries you may have.

We also offer treatment vouchers – so if you know someone who may need a little help with their health & wellbeing – a voucher may be an ideal christmas present!

Call 01263 711898  to book an appointment or to discuss any queries.

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Norfolk Herb Walks

Norfolk herb Walks

Learn about Norfolk’s plant medicines, and how to use them, on four Sunday walks with medical herbalist Andrew Chevallier.


May 21st: Norwich – meet Cathedral herb Garden

June 25th: Itteringham – meet by Village Hall

July 23rd: Kelling – meet outside Tea Rooms

August 13th: Creake Abbey – meet outside Cafe


Walks start at 11am & last approximately 2 hours. £7.50 (£6 in advance.)

To book please contact Holt Holistic Centre 01263 711898


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Treating Allergies with Homeopathy

We are in the midst of Spring and the fabulous glow of the rape seed, the beauty of the blossom on the trees, the colour of the spring flowers and the smell of the newly cut grass are all around us. Sadly for some these wonderful things can cause such aggravation.


Allergies are all too common nowadays with so many different substances causing a reaction some of which are pollens, grasses, dust, chemicals, foods and liquids that could be inhaled, swallowed, injected or touched.

An allergy is a heightening or altered reaction of the immune system that protects the body from foreign organisms. It is a sophisticated system which has to differentiate between substances that are part of the body and those which are harmful to it. This realisation that the body is allergic can trigger a vicious cycle that exacerbates symptoms.

There are many varying conditions which can be caused by an allergic reaction some of which are eczema, dermatitis, urticaria (hives), allergic asthma, hay fever, sinusitis, rhinitis, arthritis, aching limbs, digestive problems, headaches, impaired concentration, altered moods, depression and hyperactivity.

Homeopathy is a natural treatment which can give great relief from the various symptoms suffered and enables the body to deal with the irritation the allergen has caused. At this time of year with the pollens one might suffer with runny nose, itchy or sore eyes, a great Homeopathic remedy for this is Allium Cepa a remedy made from the red onion. We all know what can happen when we peel an onion – runny stinging eyes etc. By matching the symptoms of the reaction to those of the remedy the symptoms can begin to subside and disappear.

For help, advice and appointments please call Holt Holistic Centre on 01263 711898 and ask for Melanie Cook MCPH LCPH RMANM your local Homeopath.

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Into Nothingness Shiatsu workshop

SpringInto Nothingness

Open to Shiatsu practitioners and other energy workers familiar with the 4 vibrational levels;

Physical, Emotional, Mental & Spiritual.

We will be exploring beyond these levels ‘Into Nothingness’ and how to apply this to       self-development and our practice.

Saturday 29th April £60 From 10am until 5:30pm

At: Norwich Wellbeing Centre 15, Chapel Field East NR2 1SF

Contact Sebastian Deans 07789 071761


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Zero Balancing taster sessions – April and May

Spring is in the air, say goodbye to winter and get the boost you need

SpringI’m offering Zero Balancing taster sessions throughout April and May

Zero Balancing is a gentle hands-on body therapy which works on your skeletal system. Developed by an American doctor in the 1970s it combines the benefits of osteopathy and acupuncture without manipulation or needles. Gentle pressure into the bones and gentle traction into the joints create deeply relaxing still points which encourage your body to release, relax and re-orientate.

Successes include pain relief for frozen shoulders, back pain, osteoarthritis, fibrositis, postural problems in the neck and shoulders of office workers and clients recovering from surgery or accidents such as whiplash, fractures or dislocations.

Client quotes;

“Lying on my back is bliss” after back surgery lying on his back was intensely painful

“The pain in my ankles has gone” – a return to long walks for this enthusiastic dog walker

“I felt like I’d had a deep tissue massage but I didn’t have to take my clothes off, a bonus!”

“I’ve had 3 years of back pain since my bike accident I’m amazed the pain has gone”

“I can feel my leg again” – after back surgery this client hated having numbness in her leg

“My doctor said I’d have to learn to live with policeman’s heel (plantar fasciitis) but he was wrong, I’ve been pain free for months now”

Try a 30 minute taster session – just £20!

Carole O’Shaughnessy qualified in 2007. Appointments available Friday afternoons 2-5pm. Visit

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Boost your immune system

Spring promenade

The immune system is the most complex system of the body; the thymus gland, the spleen, bone marrow and a vast network of lymph nodes that are scattered throughout the body. Your immune system never rests—24 hours a day, every day of your life, your immune system is searching for cells that show signs of infection or cancerous changes.

Ways you can support and protect your immune system:

    • Immune boosting foods & maintaining a healthy weight; try to steer clear of sugary, refined, processed foods(& alcohol too.) Fresh vegetables and fruits provide a wide range of essential antioxidants and nutrients. The immune system also depends on high-quality proteins and healthful fats, especially mono unsaturated fats, such as those found in extra virgin olive oil, to repair tissues and create healthy immune cells.

Healthy lunch

  • Exercise; regular exercise—at least 30 minutes most days of the week—increases immune function. Moderate exercise increases the numbers of all types of white blood cells. But interestingly, excessive exercise regimes, such as running a marathon, can temporarily hinder immune function.
  • Reduce stress; Emotional stressors, such as depression and anxiety, stimulate the secretion of adrenal hormones, which suppress the activity of the thymus gland and white blood cells. Luckily, there are several easy ways to reduce stress in your day-to-day life. In addition to its immune-boosting effects, regular exercise is a potent stress reliever. So are meditation, deep relaxation exercises and massage. Researchers have even found that the simple process of journal writing about stressful incidents improves immune function.
  • Sleep; One reason our immune system function is so closely tied to our sleep is that certain disease fighting substances are released or created while we sleep.  Our bodies need these hormones, proteins, and chemicals in order to fight off disease and infection.  Sleep deprivation therefore decreases the availability of these substances leaving us more susceptible to each new virus and bacteria we encounter.  This can also cause us to being sick for a longer period of time as our bodies lack the resources to properly fight whatever it is that is making us sick.

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So, next time you feel a bit under the weather, bear in mind that your immune system is working hard to deal with the infection – and indeed is always working round the clock to keep you healthy. It’s easy to take your immune system for granted because it’s so good at what it does!

For help & advice about your immune system, or any other health issues contact Holt Holistic Centre 01263 711898

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Merry Christmas & a happy and healthy New Year

Merry Christmas & a happy and healthy New YearHolt Holistic Centre Christmas to all our customers – past, present & future!

Best wishes from all at Holt Holistic Centre.

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Classical Manipulation & help for a broken ankle

I don’t usually write a blog piece about me – but I am  so pleased that I can’t resist.

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I broke my ankle just over 10 weeks ago. Luckily it didn’t need surgery but it has been a pretty awful experience. I am now in recovery – trying to strengthen my ankle and re build all my poor wasted muscles from being immobilised for 6 weeks.

I had an appointment with Sara last week, and I have to say, it was fantastic: Obviously being on crutches for weeks had also taken it’s toll, Sara had her work cut out straightening up my body and making adjustments to my very wonky pelvis. Whilst working carefully around my healing ankle, Sara massaged my foot, where the muscles across the top of the toes were like a block of wood, and worked hard at softening & loosening the whole area. She showed me how to massage my foot, right up my leg (towards the heart) to decrease the fluid that made my ankle and calf so swollen. (I have been doing as I’m told and massaged every night since.) The swelling has improved so much I can hardly believe it. It had immediate effect too as I had more movement in my foot, my poor muscles seemed to sigh in relief.

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Sara talked me through various exercises I can do each day for my foot, ankle and leg to help get more movement through the whole area. I bought a prickle ball to use too, rolling the ball with my foot side to side whilst my ankle stays still – hard work but I am getting better at it.

Sara has helped me no end and has a huge knowledge of exercises and methods to help. I have had some NHS physio too, and been given various exercises to do.  Between the two I am pleased to be progressing so well.

I’ll be running up stairs again in no time (hopefully!)

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Summer News ~ Shiatsu College Norwich

I am wanting to share with you (and for you to share with others) some great things happening over the Summer from Yoga to the Norwich Shiatsu College but first….
There are 2 more Relaxation Classes running at 7:30 on Thursday evenings and they are somehow fun and enlivening as well as relaxing, run by myself and Aneesh de Vos and almost completely spontaneous keeping the feel of the class fresh and individual – for you to gain an understanding of ‘your’ relaxation you need only be there.  £7.50 per class.
And now from Alice Martineau – Yoga instructor:
Dear yoga people,
Gemma & Alice’s Summer Day-Retreats
Saturday 18th June &
Saturday 23rd July
10.30am – 5pm
£55 (£50 if paid one month in advance)

With yoga we can choose when to add fire to energise our practice, and when to rest and enjoy the benefits of our efforts.   These retreat days will explore our cycles of energy and rest in asana practice, pranayama (breathing) and meditation.

The two days work both independently, and as a pair. Each day can take a maximum of 10 people.

For further information, please drop me an email to  –  It would be lovely to hear from you.

And Finally:

Summer News Shiatsu College Norwich On these chilly days it may not feel like it, but Summer will be with us soon and we are excited here in the Shiatsu College Norwich

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Dinah John MRSS(T) Principal of the Shiatsu College Norwich

Summer News

Shiatsu College Norwich

We are looking forward to our next Shiatsu Introductory Day which is fast approaching – a great opportunity to discover if you would like to study this wonderful healing art come the Autumn

Our One Year Acupressure Certificate has been popular this year, and the course will begin again in September, when the Shiatsu Diploma Training also starts
If you are interested in finding out more we would love to hear from you
Wishing you all some warm and sunny days ahead!

Love from the College Team

Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.
― Pablo Neruda


Shiatsu – Introductory One Day Workshop

Saturday 21st May, 10am – 5pm
Venue: Norwich Wellbeing Centre, 15 Chapel Field East, NR2 1SF
Teacher: Dinah John MRSS(T)
Fee: £50

Open to complete beginners

Are you interested in energy work? Wondering if Acupressure or Shiatsu training might be for you? Or do you fancy just learning a bit about the development of your body and energy awareness? Then join us for this fun day of practical exploration into the wonderful healing art of Shiatsu.

Pre-booking required, simply call 01603 632555 or email Dinah on


Interested in studying with us?

Find out more about Shiatsu, our classes and the College by watching these bite-size little VIDEOS including:
What is Shiatsu?
The Shiatsu College Courses
What are Shiatsu Classes like?

Our courses include the 1 year Acupressure Course
or the 3 Year Shiatsu Diploma With part-time study over 11 weekends (and payment by monthly instalments) our courses can be completed whilst working. DOWNLOAD THE COLLEGE PROSPECTUS here


Qigong Practice Day

Saturday 18th June, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Norwich Wellbeing Centre, 15 Chapel Field East, NR2 1SF
Teacher: Dinah John MRSS(T)
Fee: £40

Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, movements, breathing techniques and focused intention. In this workshop we’ll be covering basic principles of released, aligned posture and learning a few different forms for you to practice. These will include the simple Hua Gong self-healing form and the 9 Forms of Pre-heaven Qigong – particularly valuable for those in the healing arts. If the weather is kind we’ll hope to spend some time practising in the garden!

Open to complete beginners, as well as to current or past students

Pre-booking required, simply call 01603 632555 or email Dinah on


Introductory Shiatsu Weekend

September 24th – 25th, 10am – 5.30pm each day
Venue: Norwich Wellbeing Centre, 15 Chapel Field East, Norwich, NR2 1SF

This is the beginning of the Acupressure and Shiatsu training course and can be taken as a stand-alone weekend workshop. If you’re interested in learning more about the foundations of Shiatsu practice or would like to learn a basic routine to work with friends and family at home, then this is the workshop for you!

We’ll be exploring the development of Ki sensitivity, the principles of Yin and Yang, and simple exercises for your own health and wellbeing. You can decide after this workshop if you’d like to continue on to the Acupressure Certificate course.

Open to complete beginners

Pre-booking required, simply call 01603 632555 or email Dinah on


Already a Therapist? Then complete the Shiatsu Diploma in Two Years!

Are you a Massage Therapist, Qigong Practitioner, Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist or other qualified therapist, and interested in studying Shiatsu? Then just get in touch to see if you might qualify to do the training in two years

Email Dinah or call her on 01603 632555 find out more about our courses at


Past Students and Graduates…Repeat the Shiatsu weekends, or a year of the course, for HALF PRICE!

Want to review the Triple Heater or revisit the Earth Element? We offer previous students the opportunity to repeat a year (or even just a weekend or two) for half price

Click here to find this year’s dates or get in touch with Dinah for more details or to book, ring 01603 632555 or just email her


The Shiatsu College Residential

These lovely photos were taken by Jane Lyons and Mark Barwell at our successful new format Shiatsu College Residential in March 2016
As you can see, some professional napping was needed to keep up with all the work! The team had lots of fun and it was a wonderful experience for the students too.


Establishing Centre – Somatic Movement Workshop

Saturday 30th April, 10.30 – 4.30pm
Inner Space £55 full wage, £45 low wage, £35 unwaged.
Gaelin Little Independent Dance Artist

‘We have to first establish our support system before we go onto the next stage, a process which goes on our whole lives’ Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

This workshop will be focused on finding energy, mobility, stabilisation and release through working with the spine. We will discover the different qualities of support that can be experienced in the core of the body, by exploring early movement patterns and the developmental process of the spine.

Booking is essential, contact Gaelin Little for more information on this and other workshops – email

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