Maria Franklin | Our Practitioners
I have always been fascinated by the body and how such a complex system knows how to grow, develop and maintain itself. My interest is in the whole person, and how the interaction of our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, foods and genes influences our wellbeing. Physical symptoms are our body’s way of telling us that something is not quite right, and using a combination of Kinesiology, Nutritional Testing and Emmett Technique allows me to start to address problems at the level, or levels, they arise.
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My first encounter with kinesiology was almost 20 years ago through a consultant I was seeing for issues with toxic metals. Discovering a method for communicating with the body was truly inspiring and later led me to train in Kinesiology. Kinesiology is a muscle testing technique for accessing information from the body and also a system designed to help us understand and change our patterns and behaviours. Kinesiology can include evaluating foods and supplements that can support or weaken the body, looking at any unhealthy beliefs and mindsets or helping to process stressful events.
I have always been interested in the mind and body connection, and how our thoughts affect our physical body is neatly demonstrated by the placebo effect, where our thoughts can produce the reaction of a substance we believe we are taking. Equally, the food we eat affects our mind. My final psychology degree project was inspired by research into the benefits of micronutrients for mental well being. Research shows that offering a range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in a form that the body can easily assimilate can improve symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, OCD and more. I am also interested to look beyond the benefits of nutrients to the underlying causes of deficiency. If you would like more information on the micronutrients and the research please contact me.
Our physical body reflects any tension, pain and discomfort we hold whether from physical activity and repetitive actions, or from stress and anxiety. EMMETT Technique is a gentle muscle release technique which addresses pain, improves movement and usually leaves you feeling looser and lighter. EMMETT can be a standalone treatment or used in conjunction with kinesiology and nutritional testing.
BSc (hons) Psychology
Health Kinesiology (HK1 - HK9)
EMMETT Technique Advanced Practitioner Level 6
HK Nutritional BioEnergetics (foods that are beneficial for you and your bio-energy system - the energy that makes you alive; finding out what can cause you a problem and customising changes)
HK Geobiology (how our environment can affect us and what we can do improve it)
HK Intrusive Energies (testing for and clearing adverse energy attached to us and from people around us)
16P Causative Analysis (looking at the underlying causes of your concerns, on all levels)
Assimilation Kinesiology 1 (accessing the power of nature through the properties of essential oils)
APEC 1 and 2 (Accessing the Power of the Eight Extraordinary Channels 1)
Ongoing self study and research into foods, micronutrients, and health related topics.
Touch for Health 1 & 2
Member of the Kinesiology Federation (KFRP)
Years in business
What People Say
I was very impressed by the service from Integral Health. I was contacted and offered an appointment immediately after contacting the centre. Ben Calder gave me excellent advice and managed to sort out my issues in only one session.I would highly recommend this clinic.
I highly recommend the Centre for Integral Health. I've been here for multiple sessions with Ben Calder, and honestly, you need to go and experience it for yourself. Friendly, professional and just a generally positive experience all around! The Centre offers such a range of services, I can't wait to try out a few of the other therapies they offer!
I had four Bowen sessions each about three weeks apart, after the first session I felt a notable difference in my posture and in the strength of my spine, strangely I felt taller. By the fourth session I knew that my discomfort had been resolved and I am now able to move much more freely and flexibly without worrying about my back.
Love the Qigong classes Ben runs. Professional, safe and informative. Thanks Ben
Had several neuro-energetic kinesiology appointments at the Centre and found the experience to be very beneficial and eye-opening. Would recommend to anyone. 5 star
Went there yesterday for my first yoga session. It's a great little place. Didn't know it was there until a few months ago. I also go there often to have a massage which I love!
Got an appointment through really quickly. The staff were really friendly and made the procedures and testing easy to understand throughout, step by step. Really pleased with the outcome. Finally got the answers I was looking for and would highly recommend.
Great service from Ben and his team. If you want your aches and pains sorting out or if you feel your life just isn't in balance you really should give Integral Health a try...
Before I had a series of Bowen sessions I had lived with lower back pain and discomfort for over ten years. I chose the Bowen technique as I wanted to be treated by a practitioner who understood that the body is a whole system. The technique itself is not invasive or stressful on the body as the underlying approach is that with the right support, time and gentle encouragement the body can heal.
Went very well. Was very happy with how friendly and welcoming it all was, and the treatment was at the highest quality.
I would like to thank Wan, for a deep tissue and stone massage, it's an experience that I've never had before, already booked for next week, I would recommend this to anyone, please look at there website as there are numerous things to do within the complex.
Wow! As I left my session with the amazingly knowledgeable Ben Calder I said: I feel lighter! I feel so light because I now know what my body does and does not like. I cannot stop talking to everyone about how amazing Ben is! Everyone should go and see him! What an amazing soul Ben is! Super grateful that our lives crossed
I've been working with Ben for just over a year now and have found his support incredibly helpful. Most recently, Ben has taught me specific techniques for managing emotional response and staying calm and in control during moments of extreme pressure. Ben's walk and talk sessions are fantastic and I would highly recommend him!
I am sure that if it wasnt for your classes, the function in my left bicep would have not come back. Also I would have not been able to recover from my chemotherapy so quickly, I can not thank you enough.
I used the centre to help training and preparation for a marathon. As well as getting some great advice around technique and training, I was also introduced to Bowen Technique which helped repair a slight hamstring injury and also Kinesiology which allowed me to design a bespoke training diet. Would definitely recommend.