Mary Atkinson's Blog takes a Holistic Approach to Life

Today’s Holistic Therapist – Sue Adlam

From my first telephone conversation with Sue Adlam, I knew she would be a committed, professional and caring therapist. We discussed Sue’s decision to change careers and it was my real pleasure to work with her on my Diploma in Indian Head Massage a couple of years ago. Since then, I have been following Sue’s holistic career with interest and that lovely, warm feeling that every therapy tutor gets when a student follows their dream and loves it. As Sue says: ‘The future is not just bright, its brilliant!” Continue reading »

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The Japanese Tsunami – nearly 4 years on…

On March 11th 2015, it will be four years since the devastating tsunami swept across the North East Coast of Japan leaving a trail of destruction and desperation. Since 2012, it has been my privilege to work as UK representative for Cocoro, a charity providing aromatherapy and positive touch for the victims of the tsunami. Many of you will have read my regular blogs and updates about the work of the charity in offering on-going support to meet the changing needs for mental health care among the local people.

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Sharing Story Massage with Nepalese Teenagers

Story Massage can be a powerful medium for enabling young people and adults to share and explore their own personal story in a safe environment. The combination of narrative and positive touch offers a gentle way for people to express some of their feelings, memories and experiences that may otherwise remain unspoken and unresolved. Continue reading »

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Update on Cocoro Ria’s Work with Tsunami Victims

Many of you know about our work with Cocoro a Japanese charity founded by Takiko Ando (below, left) in 2011 to provide aromatherapy and positive touch and creative activities for the adults and children affected by the tsunami. Continue reading »

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On-Going Support for Tsunami Victims – Cocoro Charity

My involvement with COCORO charity grows stronger every day as we recognise the need for continued support to help these strong people cope with long-term depression and trauma. COCORO charity provides aromatherapy and positive touch to help bring comfort and peace of mind. We are also training local people to gain new aromatherapy and reflexology skills to share with others in the community. Continue reading »

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Raising Awareness of Tsunami Victims

Media coverage of the 2011 tsunami in Japan has ground to a halt. Newspapers are full of the next popular story. Yet, for those who lost so much in the devastating disaster, the suffering continues. Continue reading »

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The Heartfelt Project

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COCORO CHARITY

Welcome to the Heartfelt Project page – remembering the victims of the Japanese Tsunami. 

Simply send us your photograph with a red felt heart to show your ‘heartfelt’ message of support for the victims who are still living in the aftermath of the tragedy. Continue reading »

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Cocoro’s 10th Visit to Rikuzentakata- May 2014

Whilst media news moves swiftly on to current disasters, the local people in Japan are still suffering in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami of March 2011 which destroyed so many lives, buildings and hopes for the future. My involvement with COCORO charity grows stronger every day as we recognise the need for continued support to help these strong people cope with long-term depression and trauma. COCORO charity provides aromatherapy and positive touch to help bring comfort and peace of mind. We are also training local people to gain new aromatherapy and reflexology skills to share with others in the community. Continue reading »

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Story Massage for Children from Ukraine

For the third year, we were invited to run a creative story massage session for the visiting children from Borodianka, Ukraine. The session was part of a programme of events and activities for children, all aged around 10 years old, and their host families organised by the Portsmouth and Hayling Island link to the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline. This is a national charity set up in 1992, to raise money and support children of Belarus and Ukraine, whose lives will be forever affected by the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. Continue reading »

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COCORO RIA – Training Local People in Aromatherapy

It is now nearly three years since the Tsunami hit the South East Coast of Japan in March 2011. Founder of Cocoro charity, Takiko Ando, reflects on the work of the charity over the past three years and offers gratitude to supporters from all over the world. Continue reading »

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