Colchester local group

This group supports the many therapists located in the North of Essex and Suffolk area. We began in February 2019 and the group has steadily grown. In order to reach as many as possible we hold a Monday morning group starting at 10am until 12.30pm in Layer-de-la-Haye, near Colchester and a Thursday evening group meeting in Stanway starting at 7.30pm to 10pm. Meetings are held bi monthly or as near to that time scale as possible. Being based in North Essex we can feel a little cut off from things as we are closer to the Suffolk border, than central Essex and its great to have something for the locally based members to attend and so far, as well as people based in Colchester and Tendring, we have attracted visitors from Cambridge and Haverhill. Everyone is welcome! 

Meetings and events

Date: 6 February 2020
Time: 7:30pm - 10pm
Venue: Victory Hall, Stanway Village Hall, Villa Road, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 0RH
Topic: 5 pillars of Good Mental Health with Suzanne Colton

Suzanne Colton is a Mental Health Nurse with over thirty years’ working experience and a qualified complementary therapist for the last twenty years. Her practices include Solution Focused Therapy, Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Vitali-Chi and Progressive Kinesiology. Her main focuses are based on lifestyle management to prevent and treat mental health problems using conventional and complementary therapies. Suzanne’s talk will be on the five pillars of Good Mental Health - Sleep, Diet, Exercise, Meditation and Connection and these form the basis for her practice both in the NHS and as a therapist. As a private clinician and therapist Suzanne will include what to do as a therapist if you are faced with someone with deep depression or suicidality - what your duty of care would be and what your medical and legal responsibilities are, so will include some basic mental health “First Aid”. Please bring a pen and paper to take notes if you wish. Please bring a drink to this venue as there are no kitchen facilities. Biscuits are provided. 

Date: 2 March 2020
Time: 10am - 12:30pm
Venue: Village Hall Annexe, Queen Elizabeth Hall, New Cut, Layer de la Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EH
Topic: Introduction to Tai Chi with Jacqueline and Numerology with Miranda 

Bringing in the energy of spring with an introduction to Tai Chi for Wellbeing with Jacqueline Turmer. Jacqueline will introduce the group to Tai Chi for Wellbeing that takes 15 minutes to complete and has been designed as a micro version of the full set. It is a gentle way for people who have been ill, in recovery from illness or treatment, are overweight, unfit or elderly to help restore balance and start moving. We will learn the 'Wake up' moves and the 'Flying Goose' – great for neck and back issues as well as much more.

Numerology – It’s all in the numbers with Miranda Welton. A simplest look at the fascinating topic of Numerology and how it can impact on our lives. We will be dipping our toes into looking at the effect numbers have on our names and what may happen when we change them. How adding or altering a name can add impact and energy. The year 2020 equates to 22 or 4 – so what could be in store this us this year. 

Date: 7 May 2020
Time: 7:30pm - 10pm
Venue: Victory Hall, Villa Road, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 0RH
Topic: Building resilience as a therapist with Jenni Homewood

Jenni Homewood – St Helena’s Hospice Coordinator. Jenni works for St Helena’s Hospice and before then was a Holistic Therapies Teacher at the Colchester Institute. Her interactive discussion is on the important topic of self-care as a therapist. We will discuss managing our work/life balance; how to recognise levels of work and personal related stress; how to develop resilience and ways to promote self-care. Please note there are no kitchen facilities at this venue so please bring your own drinks. 

Date: 8 June 2020
Time: 10am - 12:30pm
Venue: The Annexe, Layer Village Hall, New Cut, Layer de la Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EH
Topic: Flower Remedies with Katie Wehymer - TBC

Date: 9 July 2020
Time: 7:30pm - 10pm
Venue: Victory Hall, Stanway Village Hall, Villa Road, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 0RH
Topic: Solrox Ocean Spa with Dathan Berry

Talk and demonstration by Dathan Berry on Solrox Ocean Spa (Spa Therapy Crystal Lamps). Dathan will be giving a talk with demonstrations on the attendees to show the process of using his therapeutic products and how this therapy can be used in diagnostics and treatments. He will also explain the complex science in simple to understand analogies. So come along and increase your knowledge of how this therapy can immediately benefit your practice. Experience the calming and soothing effects with a head to toe massage, feet on the Ocean crystal and a blissful head massage, feel refreshed and energised, taller and straighter. Ocean Spa Therapy has been in development for over fifteen years with Therapists based on observations and theories about how the ocean heals a wide range of simple and complex health issues, naturally and safely. Please bring a drink to this venue as there are no kitchen facilities. Biscuits are provided.

Date: 7 September 2020
Time: 10am - 12:30pm
Venue: The Annexe, Layer Village Hall, New Cut, Layer de la Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EH
Topic: Elaine Harrison from Helen Rollason Cancer Charity and Introduction to CBD with Amanda Green

Elaine Harrison, an insight into her work within a local cancer support centre, Helen Rollason Cancer Charity and in a Chemotherapy Day Unit at Mid Essex Hospital Trust Charity. What training was needed and how those opportunities arose.

Amanda Green is a complementary therapist and advocate of CBD as a natural treatment for supporting our mind and body. She advocates the use of CBD oil to clients, colleagues and family. She has personally seen and experienced fantastic results using this natural oil for issues such as; arthritis, insomnia, IBS, eczema, scar tissue healing, epilepsy, anxiety and also the side effects from cancer treatments.

Date: 8 October 2020
Time: 7:30pm - 10pm
Venue: Victory Hall, Villa Road, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 0RH
Topic: Vitali-Chi Relax with Dawn Waterhouse

Vitali-Chi Ltd is an Essex based company, where its products are manufactured in the UK. The founder of the company being a therapist of over 30 years standing. There are three aspects to Vitali-Chi, the Well-being Practitioner - which is a complete system for the therapist to use in their clinic, the therapeutic health and wellbeing products, and the Relaxation system. At this session you are in for a real treat. We will explore the health benefits of using Vitali-Chi Relax, and you will also have the opportunity to experience a group Vitali-Chi Relax mini session for yourself. (All therapists deserve a treat, and this is just the treat you need). Please bring with you a warm blanket, warm socks and also a comfortable cushion. We will have yoga mats for you to rest on, and some blankets and cushions, but you will get the most from the session if you are warm and comfortable. This is a relaxation session with a huge difference. Please note there are no kitchen facilities at this venue so please bring your own drinks. 

Date: 2 November 2020
Time: 10am - 12:30pm
Venue: Village Hall Annexe, Queen Elizabeth Hall, New Cut, Layer de la Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EH
Topic: TBC

Additional Information

Entry : £5 members / £6 non-members 
At the evening venue there are no kitchen facilities so please can everyone bring their own drink.

Coordinator 

Miranda Welton
T. 01206 738378
E. mirandaweltontherapies@gmail.com