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Hello again and welcome to my May 2018 newsletter

It’s all happening this May! Check out all my news and some top tips for the month ahead and a look forward as we enjoy the sunshine

This is a particularly lovely time of year as the blossoms come into full bloom and we see some sunshine. This is a time to really enjoy and savour the beauty of nature around us and look forward to long, sunny, summer days. I have news of events to share this month and some tips on sensible drinking on these warm Spring days.
Also, for your peace of mind – a word about GDPR coming into play on May 25 2018 .
I now have my privacy policy and retention policy published on my website and I would urge you to be aware that you can unsubscribe to this newsletter at any time you wish. Your privacy is respected at all times and this newsletter is supported by mail chimp security and two-factor authentication. Your  email address is not shared with any third party.
An invitation to attend a wonderful open evening reception at The Brookedale Clinic Knutsford

Please come along to the Brookdale clinic this coming Wednesday 23 May from 6-8pm for an uplifting open evening of a taster drop-in with nibbles and drinks included! Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to come along and meet the staff and professionals at this incredible clinic. Here, we offer a range of diverse and beneficial treatments to help you look and feel your best! I will be there to offer tips and advice for emotional well-being and some relaxation!  We look forward to seeing you there!

New for the summer! Relaxation classes

Where: In The Copper room at Pinches medical in Macclesfield– all welcome.
I am so thrilled to be able to offer this popular class once again and now in Macclesfield! The classes will generally run on a Tuesday evening from 6.30-7.15pm. The July start date and time are TBC and you can book a block of 4-6 sessions upfront for a discount! Come and enjoy a weekly session of deep relaxation, with mindfulness, self-compassion, and guided visualisation. The Copper room, which can be found on the first floor of the beautiful Charles Roe House is a beautifully setting that naturally lends its self to uplifting courses, classes, and workshops. To register your interest or book a place get in touch asap. Places are limited so if you are intending to come along for a session ad-hoc, do call on the day to check availability. You can email me, call me on 07753 957371 or contact Pinches Reception directly on 01625 704777.

We have just had Mental Health awareness week and the focus this year has been on stress. If you are suffering from stress and would like some help do get in touch as I specialise in stress and anxiety management and I am sure I will be able to help you. I can see you at a variety of clinics during the week.
As we steer our steady course through the year, we find ourselves almost at the half way point. So, how are the goals and plans going that you made at the beginning of the year? Are you still on track? Generally, this time of year can start to feel more relaxed as the sun shines and we step outside and it is important to build on this to strengthen our emotional resilience and physical well-being.
On that note, just a gentle reminder about safe drinking and getting ready for the summer.


Alcohol – know your limit and enjoy healthier habits to relax and socialise

As Spring is in full swing and we start to look forward to summertime, it is a time to relax and have fun after the long winter months. We can enjoy the summer happily, healthily, and safely. To do this, it is worth being aware of a few facts about alcohol excesses and some top tips to avoid the problems they cause.

The facts

Alcohol -related deaths in the UK in 2015 stood at 8,578.
There are many harmful effects that excess alcohol has on the body. These include: Liver Cirrhosis, Cancer, Strokes, High blood pressure, diabetes, fertility problems, impotence, low mood, anxiety, and depression.
Around 4% of cancers in the UK are caused by excess alcohol intake. World-wide one in five alcohol -related deaths are caused by cancer.
Excess alcohol is also linked to: Dementia, Some forms of diabetes, depression, insomnia, Hypertension, brain damage, breast cancer.
Further information can be found on the ‘alcohol concern’ fact sheet.

In the short term, alcohol causes a high number of sick days off work due to hangovers caused by dehydration, low blood sugar, and poisoning. Binge drinking can cause irregular heartbeat, and, in some cases, sudden death, known as ‘holiday heart syndrome’

So, what can we do to enjoy the summer and relax, without drinking to excess?
Safe limits
The most recent guidelines published from the UK Chief Medical Officer suggest that, for both men and women, to keep health risk to a minimum, it is safest not to drink more than 14 units per week on a regular basis.

Some top tips

  • Relax- unwind at the end of the working day with a walk or a shower, mindfulness practice and meditation instead of reaching for that first drink. Unwind first.
  • Drink plenty of water to re-hydrate, especially in between alcoholic drinks when out, and before going to bed.
  • Eat before you go out to reduce the effects of alcohol.
  • Avoid getting into ‘rounds’ on nights out, skip rounds, or alternate with soft drinks such as fruit juice or sparkling water.
  • Have more alcohol -free days to allow the body to recover and to keep your mood positive.
  • Focus on time management and stress management – avoid using alcohol as a coping strategy…it doesn’t work.
  • When socialising, drink slowly, drink less. You will remember all the highlights and think more clearly and positively the following day.

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For further advice or help with problem drinking please get in touch here

As the year unfolds and you are looking for support on your personal well-being journey – check out the now well-established and popular Willersley mindful self-compassion  weekend retreats.  There are limited places and the Autumn retreat is booking up fast! so do get in touch for more information and to reserve your place. These nourishing and uplifting weekend retreats now have a regular following and run twice a year, in the Spring-setting and revisiting intentions and in the Autumn – reviewing and refining our progress and taking time out to re-balance and reconnect with our purpose and highest nature.
The Mindful self-compassion programme transforms and transcends the mundane, and challenges of daily life-teaching essential skills for emotional resilience and well-being.
NB: New dates for late Summer and Autumn will be available soon!

A date for your diary!
I am really excited to announce the date of our open evening at the Brookdale clinic. We look forward to welcoming you from 6pm until 8pm for a drinks and canapes  reception Wednesday May 23 for taster sessions and an opportunity to meet the team, including myself- I am also looking forward to delivering a relaxation session! This is a free event and all are welcome but places are limited so do register your interest in the event by calling the clinic on 01565 651832 to let us know you are coming and mention that you heard about the event from my newsletter 🙂 I will be offering a 10% discount off the first consultation you book with me at The Brookdale clinic for anyone attending the evening !

I am so thrilled and honoured to have the opportunity and privilege once again be a trustee on the board for Anxiety UK.   I look forward to supporting AUK and offering discounted courses and retreats to its members! and keeping you posted on all the news from AUK HQ!

Anxiety UK is a national registered charity formed in 1970, by someone living with agoraphobia, for those affected by anxiety, stress, and anxiety- based depression.

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More events at Pinches medical!

Recently I have had the pleasure and privilege of co-facilitating two empowering workshops at Pinches medical. ‘optimising your health in your 40s and 50s was a huge success and we will be running this workshop again!
Also last week I was joined by our clinical lead and founder of Pinches Medical Dr Stephanie Jones as we prepared a group of teens for their revision and exam success. ‘True resilience’ a workshop for exam success will be run again and we are looking to offer emotional resilience courses this summer and throughout the year for students and young adults to help navigate their way through teens and the educational system healthily and confidently.
Summer ready! We are running our next workshop in June-helping you get ready for the summer with myself and nutritionist Rosie Tadman to help you maintain a healthy weight 🙂 To book your place and for further information contact reception on 01625 704777

My professional  focus and ethos continues to evolve and move towards a compassionate approach to well-being that offers new strategies physical and emotional comfort based on neuroscientific findings, and continuing research into chronic conditions such as Fibromyalgia and CFS.

14-20 May was ‘Mental health awareness week’ so check out the Pinches blogs for that week and look out for the upcoming courses, mindfulness, meditation  and relaxation classes that will be on offer at Pinches medical.
Pinches medical’   is an ethical and visionary organisation offering a unique package of high quality health care to its members -with well-being programmes and courses including Cookery and nutrition classes, massages, yoga and more…
I can highly recommend meeting friends for a catch up and a refreshing cuppa in the beautiful Art Cafe on the ground floor of Charles Roe House -the home of Pinches medical

This May issue is filled with updated information regarding new day retreats  and new courses for 2018.

Willersley Castle Mindful self-compassion weekend retreats 2018

The Willersley Castle Autumn retreat date is confirmed for this year 5-7 October 2018 and places are filling up fast! So please get in touch asap to book your place which is secured with a non-refundable but transferable deposit of £50.00. You can send me a cheque or pay via bacs


All MSC courses will now take place in Disley on Saturdays and Adlington Village Hall South East Cheshire on Friday afternoons. The original ‘six weekly gathering’ will continue to be held at Disley Quaker meeting in East Cheshire which borders with the High peak. Other gatherings will take place in South Cheshire also as the year progresses.

From January 2018 the ‘gatherings’ are now available to anyone who has trained in MSC and who wishes to keep connected to the practice and be supported with their practice and ongoing journey in the warm and friendly company of those who are also walking the path.

The dates for 2018 at Disley are as follows:
27 January 10.00-12.30pm, 17 March, 21 April, 2 June, 14 July, 25 August, BREAK FOR AUTUMN WEEKEND RETREAT AT WILLERLSEY, 20 October, 6 December 10-3 for a special extended Christmas gathering.
NB: If you would like to attend any of the gatherings  and have not completed MSC with me please get in touch with me in the first instance.

Corporate and Community well-being

This year I have continued to focus on  corporate and community well-being as I continue with teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion programme (please get in touch if you would like me to send out  information and application form for courses starting in Summer 2018) and NEW FOR 2018:  ‘Emotional resilience’, and ‘Mindful compassion for well-being’ ‘New unique programmes of 4 week-weekly  training and personal development  incorporating the latest research based approaches including ‘compassion and mindfulness’ and imaginal exposure’ for valuable and lasting lifestyle changes and well-being.
I have found that motivation and intention are powerful instigators of positive lifestyle change and I found this article on ‘the science of achieving your goals’ interesting and thought I would share it here with you.

MSC for teens and Young adults

I am offering MSC for teens next Spring 2018 and places are limited to 10 teens so register your interest asap and I will send out some information.  This course is the official  ‘Making friends with yourself’  MSC for teens and young adults. Research has already shown the benefits and positive outcomes for this training and I believe it will be the next great move forward in our civilisation towards compassion and emotional resilience. I have had the privilege of training in Dublin in November 2016 with Loraine Hobbs and Karen Bluth- 2 remarkable people who are setting the bar for transforming the lives of teens and young adults, so they can flourish as adults- I wish this course had been around for my generation- it really is a game changer in developing self-confidence and emotional resilience. Watch this space for further information or get in touch to discuss how I can bring this to your school or community college.

Blythe House 2018 day retreats
Facilitated by my Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher David Oldham
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Saturday 24 February “An introduction to Mindful Compassion”
Saturday 19 May “Deepening Mindful Compassion”
Saturday 28 July “A day of Joy”
Saturday 29 September “Touching peace”
Saturday 1 December “Letting go and new beginnings
£65 per retreat
Retreats begin at 10am and finish at 5pm
Vegetarian lunch and light refreshments are included
NB: Places are limited so early booking for these popular and uplifting day retreats is highly recommended.
For more information or to book a place please contact Nicki Theaker on 01298 875086 or email
This programme consists of four weekend training sessions at Blythe House plus a five day residential retreat – only 16 places available!

online shopping page

My online shopping page is a new venture and I hope to update it regularly -adding items of interest and enjoyment. At the moment I have CDs and downloads available. I will also be uploading videos and downloads in a free resource section as I get my new website fully up and running, so watch this space!

In my private practice I teach mindfulness based compassion focused- approaches alongside psychotherapy and cognitive counselling to bringing about change and improving quality of life and I have the privilege of seeing huge change and success from these approaches. So do get in touch  or call me on 07753 957371 if you would like help with anxiety issues, low mood, or other issues you feel I may be able to help you with.

Wishing you all well and happy, with an Sunny and blossoming May month that is filled with Joy and compassion, and much love for yourself and for all around you in May 2018
Thank you so much for your continued support and as I continue to develop my programmes and offerings.