Our reading recommendations for 2020

Our reading recommendations for 2020

We shared a tip earlier this month about the benefits of regular reading - how it can improve brain activity, empowers you to empathise with others, aids in sleep readiness and reducing stress…


Benefits of reading


The benefits of reading go on, right up to preventing cognitive decline as we age.


We know that people of all ages read, and that their taste in reading differs hugely - we all know someone that likes a good horror or mystery, someone that loves the romantic books - and people who are all over history!


These are books that entertain, but there are books that can make a real impact on our lives, a real difference in how we see things and the way we think and act on a daily basis.


What would we recommend?


We had a chat to the practitioners about what books they would recommend - especially to someone looking to focus on integral health……


Franziska Cecchetti-Pretsch is one of our newest practitioners and carries out Systemic Constellations. She would recommend ‘It didn’t start with you’ by Mark Wolynn.


She says: “He explains the connection between family trauma and health issues as I discover them in my systemic constellation work.”


Jessika Carrera-Maybury, a Reiki Master-Teacher and Theta Healing Practitioner, recommends is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.


She says: “This simple, easy to read, little book is a spiritual gem.




“It covers four topics that, if applied to your life, can be literally life-changing. It gives straight forward insights into the things that are causing you suffering and simple tools to work through this. I love this book and I feel that if you take on board these teachings it is bound to have a positive effect on your life and your happiness.”


Tanya Marie Green is a complementary therapist and Yoga Teacher who would add The Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert and When the Body Says No, by Gabor Mate, to our recommended reading list.

She says: “These books help us to understand the mind-body link and come to the realisation that the body and mind are not separate but part of the whole and encourages us to start taking responsibility for our own health and well being on all levels and to realise that we have the tools to do this.”

The book Natural Health practitioner Maria Franklin chose was The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton PhD, a cell biologist, former medical school professor and research scientist.

Mind and body connections

She says: “ It was the first book I read that explained the cellular mechanisms through which our mind can affect our body. He describes how our body is controlled by signals from outside the cells, including from our thoughts and beliefs. I have always been fascinated by the mind-body connections and its importance for health, and it was a hugely empowering book which helped me to understand how to influence the mind and body relationship.


Founder of the Centre for Integral Health and Lifeforce Qigong practitioner Ben Calder’s choice would be Nourishing Destiny by Lonny Jarrett.


“Not a light, easy or cheap book, but one that gives real understanding to the value of an integral approach to health,” he says. “ Without which aspects that could be relevant to diagnosis and routes to wellness can be missed. It really supports my understanding of the Chinese 5-element system which has been a cornerstone of my kinesiology practice for over 17 years and allows me to look at how the same symptoms can have different origins and solutions based on other aspects of the integral model.”


The power of a smile


And finally, the recommendation that comes from Counsellor Lucy McIvor is for Hurrah for Gin by Katie Kirby.


Katie herself asks of her readers - Perpetually overwhelmed? Do you overthink everything? Do you struggle to say no to people? Are you paying membership for a gym you never go to?


Lucy says: “The description of this book is ‘a bok for perfectly imperfect parents’. Self-care comes in different forms and sometimes reading a humorous relatable book is just what is needed. Never underestimate the power of a real smile.”


You can find links to the books our practitioners recommend below…….


‘It didn’t start with you’ by Mark Wolynn -



The Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert


When the Body Says No by Gabor Mate


The Biology of Belief by Bruce Liptonhttps://www.waterstones.com/book/the-biology-of-belief/bruce-h-lipton/9781781805473


Nourishing Destiny by Lonny Jarrett



Hurrah for Gin by Katie Kirby


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About the Centre

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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