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June believes that each one of us knows ourselves the best and can be our own best health expert. June has been teaching health education since 1986 and has a PGCE since 2000. She teaches Touch for Health, Acupressure for Children’s Ailments for the general public and Treatment of Children with Oriental Medicine for acupuncturists and other health practitioners. She aims to enable her students to use the techniques to help themselves and their friends, families and patients to regain their natural vitality and maintain it, in order to fulfil their potential in life. For, if you don’t have good health, you cannot do the things you really want to do with the adequate enthusiasm and joy that is your birthright.

June tries her best to embody this philosophy in her own life, by getting regular preventive healthcare treatment and uses self-help techniques every day, plus she attends regular classes to learn from colleagues and update her skills.

Her philosophy in teaching is summed up by the following quote:


Learning is finding out
what you already know.

Doing is demonstrating that
you know it.

Teaching reminding others
That they know just as well as you.

You are all learners, doers, teachers.

from Richard Bach
Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

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Touch for Health


Touch for Health had its origin in 1970 when Dr John Thie decided to make practical and effective methods of balancing the body’s energy available to the non-professional public.

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At this time the International College of Applied Kinesiology, under Dr George Goodheart’s leadership, had already developed over some years a system of healing called Applied Kinesiology for healthcare professionals.

Dr Thie recognised the merit in taking from AK some of the most basic techniques without the deep theoretical components and teaching them to people from all walks of life. His aim was to empower people to promote and maintain health in themselves and their families. John aptly named this simple yet powerful preventive system of healthcare Touch for Health.

Since that time, literally millions of people around the globe have benefitted from Touch for Health and from the many professionally focussed forms of specialised Kinesiology that have grown up since.

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Touch for Health is taught in Five Levels of two days each. After Level One, you can register with the Kinesiology Federation as a student member, and can use the complete system that it gives you to balance your friends’ and family’s health. After Level Two, you will learn more in-depth methods for balancing your health and after Level Five, you can go on to study professional Kinesiology training.

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Visit the International Kinesiology College website (www.ikc.org).

Training for Children’s Treatments

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My courses called Treatment of Children with Oriental Medicine are intended to inspire practitioners to consider the treatment of children as a valuable and important part of their clinical practice.

There is plenty to consider when presented with a child or baby who needs treatment, and in the words of Charles Chace in the foreword to Stephen Birch’s new Shonishin book: “Nowhere in clinical practice is the demand for fluid adaptability to changing circumstances more pressing than in pediatrics.” *

Many people ask if the treatment of children is different to adults, or if it is safe. (The answer is yes to both!)There are many aspects to the treatment of children, and we will be looking at the topic from the basic question: “Why do we treat children with oriental medicine?” through needle and massage techniques, and on to other adjunctive therapeutic interventions, and reference materials. There will also be a look at some case histories.

You will learn how and why we should address digestive disorders in young children, in order to avoid more serious illnesses later in life. We will also look at the relationship of the practitioner to the parents, the child and the doctor, and the arrangement of the ‘child friendly’ clinic. The experiences of the workshop participants are always of value; so if you have any cases, please be prepared to share them. We can see how what happens to the child can influence future health and we look at some of the more common syndromes in adulthood and see their possible origins in childhood.

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We start off by looking at why people have children / what they mean to their parents, what we need to bring to the treatment of children, and what do parents worry about. We then look at common ailments we need to be prepared to treat, the five elements, four humours, the importance of diet and why we need to start working with older children before we tackle the under 4’s.


We will look at many of the common (and some of the not so common) ailments that children sometimes have to experience, and how we can help them and their parents through some challenging times. We want to build a strong network of children’s acupuncturists and to make Oriental Medicine one of the first choices for parents when considering support for pregnancy, labour and post-natally. Life is complicated for parents (and children!) these days, so let’s see what we can do to help support them in bringing their young people to reach their potential in life.

Flower Essences

In 1930, Dr Edward Bach gave up his successful medical practice in order to search for the plants and trees that became known as The Twelve Healers & Other Remedies. Each flower was found to embody the positive and harmonizing force for an emotional state such as fear, resentment or despair. The flower essences are taken by mouth as a medicine or applied to the skin to be absorbed. Dr Bach discovered 26 more remedies to cover a wider range of emotional imbalances, and in addition, Rescue Remedy – a combination of five of the remedies for emergency situations. There are now several new versions of this, some called by different names like Emergency Essence.

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The healing properties of the remedies were explained by Bach in terms of a philosophy of life that saw a person as much more than the outward physical body. Illness, he suggested, was a message from our inner being calling for a change in our way of living and our mental outlook. The primary purpose of the flower remedies is to help us to change and bring us back to a genuinely happy experience of life.

The flower essences are usually made by a method known as the Sun Method, whereby the flowers are picked and set in a glass bowl of spring water close to the source plant in constant sunshine over a period of between 3 to 4 hours. The quality of the glass bowl and the water used is also very important, as is the attitude of the gatherer.


A quote from Dr. Bach:

“ Let it be noticed in this that the four elements are involved: the earth to nurture the plant; the air from which it feeds; the sun or fire to enable it to impart its power; and water to collect and to be enriched with its beneficent magnetic healing properties.”

With acknowledgements to Julian Barnard, author of several books on the Bach Flower Remedies and supplier of the stock essences.

Contact Healing Herbs, PO Box 65, Hereford HR2 0UW. Tel: 01873 890218.

Children’s Ailments at Home – classes for Parents and Carers

I have been teaching parents and carers some helpful techniques since 1996, and have seen some very happy families as a result of the increased confidence and calm with which they can approach their children’s health and wellbeing. Focussing on keeping well and knowing the difference when the signs are of serious problems and when they are easily dealt with at home.

The aim of this workshop is for parents and carers to feel that sense of understanding their children’s and their own health better and to have some tools at their disposal to help reach and maintain good health and well being. So many of the problems in childhood appear in the middle of the night, and a parent / carer can feel so powerless unless they have something to hand to help the suffering child.


While I don’t wish to claim that this workshop will train you to a professional standard, it will give you some simple techniques and the appropriate times to use them. It is always worth remembering that everyone has their limitations and that we all need to call someone sometimes for help and support. You will be better able to recognise when it may be necessary to call the professionals hopefully. But most of all I hope to take some of the fear out of caring for children, so that you will be able to radiate the calm that is so necessary in a crisis in order for the child to feel they are in safe hands.

The origins of the techniques we are using are mainly Oriental, but also come from my Kinesiology knowledge and some anthroposophical (Steiner) sources. I have an extensive library and reference section, which you are welcome to look through as well as a reading reference list.