Our Congratulations to Gemma Starling

We would like to share Gemmas wonderful news upon graduating from The Acupuncture Academy in Royal Leamington Spa, Gemma was awarded with a Distinction and was also Highly Commended for her clinical work. Her training was extensive and covered all aspects of Chinese medical and acupuncture theory, with a focus on the five element approach. Gemma is now working as a Traditional Acupuncturist from the Blue Lotus.

Heal Your Timeline: Past Life, Ancestral & Karmic Healing Workshop

An dynamic one-day workshop which identifies and explores past life, ancestral and karmic patterns so that they can be released.

Combining past life regression, energy healing, shamanic journeying and release practices in order to to help people remove blocks that may have been formed on an ancestral time line, repeating patterns that can be broken in order to live to your highest potential, it may or may not be something that you are actually aware of but keeps cropping up.

To allow for a personal touch we cater to a a maximum of 12 people, first come first served basis. and this will be the last time that we run the workshop in Cornwall, for now at least.

Please find the link below where you can purchase your ticket.


Making Healthy Snacks

Half-day workshop on how to make wholesome, tasty and healthy snacks as an alternative to commercially available snacks ie. crisps, biscults etc. Ideal to be kept in the fridge for nibbles and for packed lunch. All the recipes are VEGAN, FREE from OVER REFINED SUGAR and some will be GLUTEN FREE !

Your tutor is Dave Sowden, qualified Macrobiotics Cook & Health Coach, with over 20 years experience of complementary and natural health care.

Saturday 2 nd  March 2019 – 10am to 12.30pm

Cost :£20

Venue Blue Lotus Therapy Centre, Scorrier TR16 5AU

For further information & booking contact Dave on :

07791 042260


Yin-Yang of Health , Food & Vitality

Saturday 9th February 2019 –  10 am to 4pm  –  Cost £40

Booking required Dave Sowden 07791042260 Ki to Health www.kitohealth.co.uk

1 day workshop exploring health , food & vitality based on Macrobiotics and Oriental philosophy of Yin-Yang, the complementary and opposing forces of the universe. There will be underlining theory, practical exercise and a cooking demo, to help you develop healthy habits and boost vitality.                                                                      Wholesome Macrobiotic vegan lunch is provided.


We hope that everyone had a chance to enjoy our beautiful summer weather, we are blessed to live in such a splendid county.Signs of Autumn are appearing , slowly creeeping in, changing the landscape, colours and temperatures.

Press Release ……. our Congratulations to Nicolle

Nicolle Mitchell, accredited massage practitioner and trainer, has been shortlisted for 3 awards.Nicolle runs her practice at The Blue Lotus Therapy Centre in Scorrier near Redruth and visits people in the community if they find clinic access difficult.                                                                                                                                                  Nicolle has been shortlisted for Complementary Therapist of the Year with the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), a professional body that supports complementary professionals & promotes excellence within the industry and aim to shine a spotlight on therapists who set the bar for great practice. Last year’s winner in this category was Barbara Scott who provides reflexology to clients who have difficulty conceiving. Barbara researched the subject extensively developing her own reflexology treatment protocols and worked with Cardiff Metropolitan University for a reflexology study and research paper.  Nicolle is one of 8 finalists in the category and the winners will be announced at a special FHT conference on 29th November being held at                       The King’s Fund, London.

The second is an award for Mental Health & Wellbeing with the Complementary Therapy Awards,organised by Chamberlain Dunn, the first year of this industry award celebrating excellence in this field. Nicolle has been shortlisted for her specialist work in treating people who live with dementia with dignity & delivering her innovative, award winning course, “How to Massage People who have Dementia” across the UK. The award will be presented on the 18th October at The Cumberland Hotel in London.

Finally, Nicolle was nominated for a Care Award for her work within the NHS Community Adult Speech & Language in providing support for people with communication, voice & swallow difficulties. She was put forward for her people centred & empathic approach to patients. The winners of the award will be announced at Eden on the 3rd November.

Nicolle states, “To be shortlisted for any award is thrilling! My work can be challenging, so having my hard work recognised & celebrated means a huge amount to me. It is a great opportunity to convey the power of meaningful touch & connection, especially for people who live with dementia. The recognition inspires me to take my work further & encourage others to get creative about improving people’s lives with compassion.”

Christopher Byrne, FHT President, said: ‘Having looked through all of this year’s entries during the shortlisting process for the FHT Excellence Awards, we were once again really impressed by the calibre of those who entered, along with the diverse range of services and support they offer. Good luck to our finalists and keep up the excellent work.’For booking or enquiries, feel free to contact Nicolle:

Tel: 07899 944650

Email: nicolle@tlcinabottle.co.uk   www.thelittlemassageclinic.co.uk  www.massagefordementia.co.uk

Monthly Articles W.M.N. “West” written by Brian Tregunna

Starting on Saturday 20th October, Brian Tregunna will be writing a regular monthly mental health & wellbeing feature for the Western Morning News ‘West’ magazine supplement that is published every Saturday.
Please check-out the magazine for his articles, top tips and news items.
If you have any information that you would like Brian to share then please send details to: tregunnalifecoaching@gmail.com or contact him on 07856571163

Crystal Healing

If you have ever wondered about Crystal Healing, how it works and the benefits , Karen Bullock  has given a lovely description and is available for bookings . Karen Bullock 07521003196

What is Crystal Healing?

By using crystals they produce certain vibrations to help balance, align and cleanse your 7 chakras. Placing the crystals on the chakra focuses the energy where needed for healing and balancing needs to occur.  Reiki energy is used to work with the crystals to see which chakras require the most cleansing. Crystal healing can help to cleanse and unblock our chakras from sometimes many years of negative self-talk, absorbing of negative energy from others and also with ongoing health issues.

Each of our 7 chakras is connected with specific colours, foods, and gemstones. In the busy world we live in today, the human energy field can easily become unbalanced. A chakra is a word that means “wheel”

The crystals used are small flat palm stones which lay on the relevant chakra points throughout the treatment.  Our chakra points and associated crystal are:

Crown Chakra – just above the head, amethyst

Brow chakra – centre of the forehead just above the eyebrows, Lapis Lazuli

Throat chakra – in the centre of the throat, Blue Lace Agate

Heart chakra – in the centre of the heart, Malachite

Sacral Chakra – just below the belly button, Citrine

Base Chakra – at the coccyx at the base of the spine, Red Jasper

How does Crystal healing work?

Imagine your body is like an orchestra. In an orchestra, each section needs to be kept ‘in tune’, so that the sound quality is at its best. If an instrument is ‘out of tune’, it affects the sound of the whole orchestra. If a body part or your emotions or mind become ‘out of tune’ with stress or illness it affects all of you. Crystal healing helps to get things back ‘in tune’ again.

What are the benefits of Crystal healing?

Crystal healing is a holistic treatment: it works on all levels of a person.. Everyone’s experience is individual, though you may experience any of these effects:

Physically – relief from aches and pains, more energy, a de-toxification, restful sleep

Mentally – relief from stress, calmness, clarity, more focus

Emotionally – a release of “old” emotions, a sense of well-being, balance

Spiritually – a “lightness” of being, more connectedness, more purpose

Could massage boost your immune system?

Here is an interesting link to the TV show Trust Me I’m a Doctor, their experiment came up with some intersting results .


Whats On at the Blue Lotus Therapy Centre ?

We have several workshops coming up that you may be interested in

Learn to Cook with Vegetable Proteins –                  Saturday 20th October 10 am to 12.30

This is now fully booked but more dates for classes will follow, please contact Dave Sowden for more information on 07791042260.

Dare to Blossom Life Coaching – Full Cycle- Being You  Saturday 17th November 10am to 1 pm

Run by Mary Lunnen , ” Stepping into Your Power” programme. For more information and to book please contact mary on 07778771021 or visit www.daretoblossom.co.uk

Managing Difficult Conversations  on                             Tuesday 20th November in Truro              Brian Tregunna is delivering a 1 day course on Managing Difficult Conversations on Tuesday 20th November in Truro. Relevant to situations in the workplace and at home, the course will include details such as managing the unconscious mind, communication skills, assertiveness and resilience.

For further details on the above event, contact Brian on 07856571163 or tregunnalifecoaching@gmail.com

A short course in Stress Awareness and Wellbeing , taken from  The B:EACH Programme              ( Balance:Emotions,Acceptance,Change=Health)                          Saturday 24th November                     9.30 am to 1 pm (ladies only )    1.30 pm to 5 pm (men only) £35 advanced bookings only

Learn how to recognise and reduce the stress in your life with a range of skills and knowledge. Supportive, friendly and relaxed sessions are run by Kate , a registered Stress Management Consultant, with over 15 years of NHS therapist experience. Contact Kate at holistichealthcornwall@outlook.com or 07391893207 to book or for more information. See website for futher details www.holistichealthcornwall.co.uk/stress-relief-courses.

Life-Skills Study Day                                                                                                                                                Brian Tregunna and Ashley Gordon will be hosting a Life-Skills Study Day at St Endellion near Port Isaac on Saturday 6th April 2019. Based upon the principles explained in their popular self-help life coaching book, ‘A Life Now Worth Living’, the day will be practical and interactive, covering subjects such as taking responsibility, strengthening self-awareness, using your imagination positively, finding inspiration and achieving life goals.

For further details on the above event, contact Brian on 07856571163 or tregunnalifecoaching@gmail.com









WORKSHOP: How to Cook with Plant Based Proteins


Half-day workshop on planted-based proteins from a scientific and macrobiotic insight.

Learn about cooking with tofu, tempeh, seitan, beans, quinoa, and other plant-based sources.

Ideal course for vegetarians, vegans, people interested in health living, and catering.

There will also be a cooking demo and tester sessions to try out different plant-based recipes.

The workshop is facilitated by Dave Sowden, Massage Therapist, Macrobiotic Health Coach, Reiki & Qigong Teacher.

Saturday 20 October – 10am to 12.30pm

Cost is £20.

Held at the Blue Lotus Therapy Centre,Scorrier Business Park, Redruth, TR16 5AU

For further information & booking contact Dave on:

07791 042260 or www.kitohealth.co.uk


An experiential workshop exploring the five transformational elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal with Qi Gong (Chi Kung) movement, mindfulness, and meditation exercises.

This workshop is facilitated by Dave Sowden, Massage Therapist, Macrobiotic Health Coach, Reiki & Qigong Teacher.

Saturday 6 October – 10.00am to 4.00pm

Cost is £45 and includes a light vegetarian lunch

Held at the: Blue Lotus Therapy Centre,

Scorrier Business Park, Redruth, TR16 5AU

For further information & booking contact Dave on:

07791 042260 or www.kitohealth.co.uk

‘What is Counselling ? Isn’t it just talking ?’ …………..

One question I am asked frequently is ‘What is counselling? Isn’t is JUST talking?’. I always find it a tricky question to answer. I could go into a detailed explanation of what someone like Carl Rogers would say but I wonder how much help that sort of answer offers? Instead I have been pondering on an everyday analogy that may sound a little silly but hopefully will go some way to give a very simplistic idea of the process.

The Laundry Basket

In the hallway of your home is a laundry basket, clothes cascading from it, blocking the entrance to your front door. You can’t let anyone in and it gets in your way constantly. You can’t remember how it got there, what’s in it or how it got so full.  You used to know how to deal with it but now the task seems overwhelming, you feel powerless and deskilled. The thought of it exhausts you and fills you with anxiety and feelings of depression. You feel sure no-one else has a basket like this one. You’ve tried covering the pile with pretty sheets, sticking an air freshener in the hall and buying new clothes. None of this has helped. Today you’ve had enough. Today you’ve made the brave decision to ask for help.

You choose a laundry partner who has been recommended and you know is part of a laundry professional body!  You worry that she will judge you and you are filled with guilt and shame. Instead she greats you with warmth and understanding. She isn’t afraid to look at your laundry with you, listening as you tell her about each item, gently asking questions and challenging you, seeming to really understand how you are feeling, helping you hold things up to the light. Some items are important to you, some you’d forgotten you had and some are things you want to throw out. You decide together what to deal with first, you sort, discuss, create piles. At first the mess seems to get bigger as the basket is unpacked. You feel even more overwhelmed. Was this a good idea?  Will this chaos ever get any better?

Some things are thrown quickly into the washer others need careful handwashing, stain remover. Some items you decide to throw out. Some things never did fit and when you look at them together, she is honest and genuine in a way you haven’t experienced before. You decide to get out a needle and thread to make some changes. You find an item that meant a lot to you but it seems so stained it may never be of use again. Talking it through, you begin to see past the anger and sadness about the damage and instead focus on the experiences you had whilst wearing it. You decide the stain is a part of the pattern of the fabric, you find a sense of peace about what happened. Slowly you start to see the bottom of the basket.

One day you find the entrance to your home is much clearer.  You, your family and friends can come and go more easily. You have remembered how to use the washing machine and together you have learned new programmes. Your laundry partner has been with you every step of the way while you made your discoveries, faced sadness and challenges, stayed with you when you felt it was all too much to deal with, helped you learn new skills, never judging, never questioning your ability to move forward, respecting your knowledge of you and what was in your basket. Today though, you feel strong enough to stand on your own, grateful for the partnership on your laundry journey you turn and say ‘Thank you for your help but I’ve got this now’

Nicola Medlicott is a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

She works at the Blue Lotus Therapy Centre, Scorrier.

Information can be found on her website

www.cornwallcounselling.net or phone 07470 187976. Evening and weekend appointments are available.


Do you experience Summer FOMO – (fear of missing out)

July 29, 2018   Sally Allardyce

What beautiful weather we are having at the moment – lots of sunshine and long days and nights.

Social media is full of photos and images of happy smiling families and groups of friends enjoying time together been active in the sunshine having good times.

So what is summer FOMO and how does it affect you?

‘the uneasy and sometimes all-consuming feeling that you’re missing out – that others are doing, in the know about, or in possession of more or something better than you – the fear that somehow you are not making the most of the sunshine’’.

Once upon a time we sent “wish you were here” postcards from our holidays, and shared photos that were usually blurred, out of focus and sometimes thank goodness, were limited in number.  With the availability of social media such as Facebook and Instagram more and more people are arranging their holiday time in ways that seems to ensure it will be photogenic, more inviting, more fun than you are having.

When you are affected by Summer FOMO, you have the sneaky suspicion that the entire world is having a better time than you are.

Added to this there is the pressure that you may have been hanging on for the annual two week holiday with your partner or family.  The time when you all reconnect in perfect harmony, because of course you all want to do the same activity at the same time.

What can feel like the perfect respite from all the pressure and busyness of everyday routine, can be the very time that frustrations and dissatisfaction can come to a head with the unfamiliar amount of time spent together.

Time spent on your own can sound and feel very appealing and just what you wanted, Summer FOMO can turn it into something of an ordeal by Facebook/Instagram, magazine articles about “what to wear and where to go”, and spending time fending off endless enquiries from well-meaning folk asking “are you going away this summer”, reinforcing that you are not participating.

It may be though that you are not able to have a holiday, no money or summer for you means working more and longer hours (especially in Cornwall) watching others enjoy time relaxing, again reinforcing Summer FOMO.

So how can we reduce the effect of Summer FOMO –

In the case of holiday photo envy – have a holiday from Facebook or Instagram or reduce the amount of time spent scrolling and definitely do not look at all 50 of the happy holiday photos of someone, lets face it, you may not know very well, or who you met 5 years ago at a social event that you can’t even remember.

With a family or partner holiday, perhaps discussing before the holiday what expectations are and how to ensure that all have an equal time to do the activities they wish.

Time spent alone is time to really embrace what you wish to do, it could be in the garden with a book or watching a box set, whatever you choose is right for you.

And if you are working all summer – possibly grab a few hours to enjoy the sun, or sleep, whichever replenishes you the best.

July 29, 2018   Sally Allardyce