Celebrating 5 years of Integral Health for Shrewsbury

Celebrating 5 years of Integral Health for Shrewsbury

There is a part of me that doesn't even know where 5 years has gone, what 5 years actually feels like, I only know that when I look at the numbers, it all seems a bit surreal.

When I founded the Centre in 2013, I had no idea if it was even a good idea, let alone a viable idea, let alone one that I could mature and grow to survive beyond the first year. There have been moments where I really have wondered what I am actually doing, what I'm trying to do, why what I'm trying to do isn't working. It's made me laugh, it's made me cry, it's made me angry, depressed and a whole host of other emotions. But like weather they have all come and gone, often in an instant.

What I have consistently felt is gratitude.

Gratitude for all the words and actions of support I have had through the years. The people who have encouraged me, thanked me, rallied my energies, given me massages and coaching sessions, business mentoring, food, an ear, some space, some time and all the other amazing things that have been gifted to me in this process.

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We have achieved quite a bit in the 5 years of the Centre's life. Not only have we offered therapy, classes and training to thousands of people from the local area, but we have grown and expanded how we do that.

We started with just 5 of us offering a narrow range of therapy (Kinesiology, Bowen Technique, Allergy Testing, Crystal Therapy, Counseling and Hypnotherapy) right up to the point where we now have over 30 practitioners delivering 28 services which now also include a full range of massage therapies (Aromatherapy, Body Massage, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Thai Yoga Massage, Shiatsu), a full range of body work therapies (Alexander Technique, Physiotherapy, EMMETT Technique, Chiropractic, Osteopathy) we also have extended the counseling style services (NLP, Life Coaching, Psy-Tap, EFT, Past Life Regression, Shadow Self Workshops) and also have other modalities that look at the body in a great range of ways (Acupuncture, Access Bars & Body Processes, Nutrition, Homeopathy, Personal Training, Voice Coaching), we offer classes, workshops and diplomas in a range of systems (LifeForce Qigong, Zen Meditation, Tantra Yoga, Shadow Self, Access Bars &  Access Consciousness, Hypnotherapy, Massage, Reflexology, Quantum Touch).

Which when I see what has been built here in this time, I'm awed. I love that so many have been attracted here to want to offer their gifts to the increasing amount of people that are looking to take a deeper responsibility for their health here in Shropshire. 

It really has been amazing to see how many people have come through our doors for so many different reasons over the last 5 years, how many of them have thanked us individually and collectively for the change we've helped support in them and the difference it has made their lives and the lives of their families. And this is the reason why we do the work, to make a difference, to facilitate change, to contribute to the world something that leaves it greater than when the day started.

This is what I hope will continue for the next 5 years and beyond, that we continue to recognise what a gift we are to the world, how our knowledge and skills can be a significant contribution to our town, our county, our people and continue to make it a better place.

I've no big announcements about super mega new projects we're in or things that will be radically different to what we are now. But what I suggest, if you haven't already is go and have a look at the list of services we offerthe practitioners that deliver them, the events and trainings we have lined up for you already and ask your self what in there would contribute to making my life even greater than it is now, what choice could I make that would create even more ease, joy and glory in my life? 

If we keep asking ourselves, "What Else is Possible?" and "How Does it Get Any Better Than This?" then we create something based on those ideas, that something else is always possible and whatever is happening can get better.

Thank you all so much for your support and I hope you will continue to do so. I hope that what we offer will continue to support you, your families and your community. Please come and talk to us if there is anything else you think we can offer to make us even greater. 

And above all, be excellent to yourself and each other

With the deepest of gratitude

Ben Calder

Director and Founder

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The Centre for Integral Health was started in 2013 by director Ben Calder after studying Integral theory since 2011 and over 10 years of professional practice of kinesiology and Bowen fascia Release Technique, coupled with the desire to explore the application of the Integral Model in relation to health.

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