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Summer News

Over the summer I had to sort out my student daughter's boiler in London.  A simple task one might think, but it took me 7 weeks.  During all the hassles of calling numerous people on automated phones I had the chance to to turn a discouraging time (I missed seeing the Equestrian Olympics in Hong Kong) into one very enjoyable summer:  It gave me the chance to see my mum and brother again, to visit all the wonderful London sights and read lots of frivolous books.  Mental gratefulness is the key.


As Neal Donald Walsh says: "Move then to gratitude when you encounter your frustrations. And see every event as an Opportunity"


Keeping the mind active in general is of course very important, especially now I am getting older!  In watching some of the Olympics this summer you probably thought about how you may get fitter physically but don't forgot the mind.


People need both the mind and body of a champion to become a champion.  Mental Fitness is more than feeling good following following success.  Mental fitness is learning how to think like a champion and rigorously exercise the mind for overcoming obstacles and maximizing performance.


There is a difference between feeling and training.  If you want lasting success, it is important to train for success.  Remember, you live within the environment created by your choices!


Sweet but deadly!


Aspartame (E951), also known as nutrasweet and equal, among other brand names, is found in over 6000 products including diet drinks, chewing gum, children vitamins and medicines. Aspartame, the artificial sweetener, is  associated with a long list of adverse side effects.

Scientists have identified more than 90 medical conditions associated with aspartame, including epileptic seizures, memory loss, migraine, blurred vision brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and diabetes among others.


Aspartame is commonly recommended for people with diabetes. However, a leading US authority on diabetes, Dr H J Roberts, MD, informs that aspartame leads to:

  1. precipitation of clinical diabetes

  2. poorer diabetic control

  3. aggravation of diabetic complications such as retinopathy, cataracts, neuropathy and gastroparesis

  4. convulsions.

Another major group of people who take aspartame are the overweight and obese. They should take note that aspartame has been found to make people eat more! Research also suggests that when aspartame is taken with MSG, another common food additive, its negative effects tend to be enhanced.


Aspartame is, in fact, one of the most controversial food substances ever to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Do an internet search such as “effects of aspartame”. You will find plenty of well-researched, well-referenced, and possibly shocking, information. 


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To learn more about Diet and Nutrition why not join The Diet & Nutrition Diploma Course.  It really will help you to realise what you should and should not be eating.  This is a valuable course for anyone who eats and drinks!

If you do not see a course you are interested in on the schedule below, or if the dates do not suit you, then please contact me and I will arrange a special course, dates and times just for you.

These are just some of the courses on offer:

Swedish/Holistic Massage Certificate Course

Sept 1 & 3, 9am - 4pm (Mon & Wed)


Cost: $2,700


Traditional, number one massage.


CIBTAC Anatomy & Physiology Diploma Course:

Sept 4, 11, 18 & 25, Oct 6, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 33+ hours with tutor, 9am - 1pm (Thurs)


Cost: $7,800

CIBTAC Exam in November


Internationally recognised course

CIBTAC Diet & Nutrition Diploma Course

Sept 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3 & 10, 40 hours with tutor,  9am - 1pm (Mon)


Cost: $8,200

CIBTAC Exam in November


Anyone interested in food and good nutrition should take this course.  No need to take the exam if you don't want to.


Internationally recognised course

Lymphatic Drainage Massage Certificate Course


Sept 9, 16, 23 & 30, 9am - 4pm (Fri)


Cost: $2,700


A very important massage that aids in the removal of excess fluid and toxins from the body.

CIBTAC Body Massage Diploma Course

Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15 & 22,  40 hours with tutor,  9am - 4pm (Wed)


Cost: $7,800

CIBTAC Exam in November


Internationally recognised course

Pre-requisite Anatomy & Physiology

May be studied together at the same time.


Infant Massage Certificate Course
Sept 10, 10am - 5pm (Tues)

Cost: $1,500

A lovely massage that will benefit babies and infants.

Indian Head Massage Certificate Course:

Sept 11, 10am - 5pm (Tues)


Cost: $1,200


The fully clothed 20minute massage that can be done anywhere, anytime, anyplace.


Reiki Level 1 Course

Sept 12, 10am  - 5pm (Fri)


Cost: $1,800


A simple easy to learn hands-on-healing technique to boost energy levels.

Kinergetics Level 1 Certificate Course
Sept 13 & 14, 9am - 6pm (Sat & Sun)

Cost HK$ 2,500


This is an experiential course where you will learn muscle response testing to locate and correct Stress, Pain, Pain & TMJ, Sensitivities, Dehydration and a simple Brain Integration balance. All corrections are done with healing energy.  No previous experience is required.

Tutor: Brett Scott

FAST TRACK CIBTAC Anatomy & Physiology Diploma Course

Sept 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 9am - 4pm & Sept 29, 9am - 1pm, 33+ hours with tutor, (Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)


Cost: $7,800

CIBTAC Exam in November


Internationally recognised course

FAST TRACK CIBTAC Body Massage Diploma Course
Oct 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12  40+ hours with tutor,  9am - 4pm (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun)


Cost: $7,800


CIBTAC Exam in November



Internationally recognised course

Pre-requisite Anatomy & Physiology

May be studied together at the same time.


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