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There's plenty on offer to help you feel at one.

Looking good isn't just a matter of getting your hair and nails done or having your eyebrows plucked. It's all about general well being, which means you have to feel good on the inside first.

Why not escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and head for the stress-free surroundings of Minsteracres Retreat Centre in Minsteracres, Northumberland. The centre is staging a Sound and Silence retreat from Friday to Sunday June 8-10, which will include a relaxing combination of music, gentle movement, meditation, good company and good food. Julia Darling, who plays the harp, Deborah Thorne, who plays the cello, and Denise Treissman, who plays the flute, are three wonderfully gifted musicians and retreat leaders who together create this relaxing and deeply spiritual experience.

This event will provide the perfect opportunity to take time out for yourself away from your normal cares and routines so that you have the space, quiet ( and the help, should you need it, to encounter yourself and God at a deep level. Contact info@minsteracres.org www.minsteracres.org tel: (01434) 673248.

An increasing number of people are turning to alternative and complementary medicine as a way to stay in good health. Treatments ranging from acupuncture to hypnotherapy are now available locally in the North-East from qualified practitioners.

Crystal healing is growing in popularity. Simon Craig originally opened Stonehouse Originals as a fossil shop, yet when he expanded the range to include minerals and crystals, he was amazed at how popular they were. Crystal healing uses the stones and crystals to heal both medical problems and to sort out life's troubles. Stonehouse Originals has an extensive range of minerals in many different forms. The most obvious are ornaments for the home. These are often pieces that use their natural form to look stunning. Sometimes these are polished or carved. Sometimes people have small more portable crystals or they are used in classical or fashion jewellery.

Acupuncture makes use of invisible energy channels on the body to restore balance and energy flow. After using acupuncture to solve her own health problems, Margaret Moore decided to set up a business of her own. After training in York at the Northern College of Acupuncture, Margaret set up Ryton Acupuncture Clinic and has been practicing for over 10 years. Acupuncture is beneficial for a wide range of symptoms, as well as boosting the immune system. It can also be used throughout pregnancy. Tel: (0191) 413-4003.

Ann Dunn-Glass has helped hundreds of people and pets in the North-East to reduce their aches and pains, through magnetic healing. As a Bioflow representative and member of the Women's Institute, Ann gives talks entitled The Mystery of Magnets to WIs throughout the region-free of charge. The Bioflow range includes magnetic bracelets and buttons which can help reduce the pain of osteoarthritis. There is also a range for pets which include collars, vests, boots and horse rugs. Contact Ann Freephone 0800 458-3598 or (01670) 812595.

Susan Madderson's interest in complementary therapy began when she worked as a registered nurse. She found the holistic aspect of therapies fascinating. A back injury led her to try acupuncture, and she was introduced to the healing system of Chinese medicine. After four years training in traditional Chinese medicine, Susan now works as a traditional acupuncturist and also a complementary therapist visiting clients in their own homes treating a wide range of conditions. Email: susandawn@lineone.net or contact (07812) 808120.

Traditional Chinese Medicine includes the use of Chinese herbs, acupuncture, massage, diet and exercise. Wendy Howdin's interest in it began 14 years ago with the study of Shiatsu, a form of Japanese massage. She trained in acupuncture and Chinese herbs in California, USA and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine. The Gateshead Acupuncture Clinic is based within the Northern College of Homeopathy at Swinburne House, Gateshead. Tel: (0191) 490-0274.

Contact Wendy on (07896) 229384.

Deryn Thornalley of Chambers Holistic Therapies began her route to becoming a holistic therapist through receiving treatment herself. Deryn was amazed at the benefits she gained and decided to pursue them as a career. She is a member of the Association of Reflexologists (AoR), the International Council of Holistic Therapists (ICHT) and Professional Association of Clinical Therapists (PACT), organisations which promote high standards of practice and maintain lists of approved members which can be viewed on their relevant websites www.fht.org.uk and www.aor.org.uk

Chambers Holistic Therapies are experts in remedial massage, sports massage, hot stone massage, reflexology, Indian head massage and Swedish body massage, helping the body and mind regain balance and maintain health and well-being. Call (0191) 284-8427 or 07876 231969 to book.

Reiki originates from Japan and is about finding oneness with yourself and having balance within your life. Niki Leach, who runs Inspirations in Newcastle, is qualified at both Reiki First Degree (Shoden), Reiki Second Degree (Okiden) and now a fully qualified Reiki master and teacher. She works with both people and animals, great and small. She has trained with Tony Stockwell to improve her mediumship and psychic abilities and is happy to do one-to-one readings in this field and is also well versed in Tarot, Angel and Fairy Card Readings. Niki is also a fully trained Feng Shui Practitioner and a Quantum Touch Practitioner.

Maria Wright works as a one-to-one coach, and is an experienced master practitioner and advanced practitioner of NLP. She is also a Certified Advanced Hypnotherapist and qualified counsellor. She also works with the healing energy of Hawaiian Huna.

Maria is also a qualified trainer in the courses we offer and puts her easy going style of engagement with others to good use in the delivery of our these.

Maria has trained with Dr Susi Strang & Associates, one of the countries leading Master trainers in NLP. She has also trained with Dr Wyatt Woodsmall, internationally renowned as one of the leading authorities in the field of NI-P with several books to his credit. Maria is also a columnist for City Living Magazine. Tel: (0191) 266-1643 or 07944 730818.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 27, 2007
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