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Focus Magazine

Conference & Pamper weekend a big hit for second time


Due to the unexpected late cancellation of the American doctors it was difficult to find replacement keynote USA speakers. But UK Dr Kim Lawson, international researcher, from Sheffield Hallam University, was among the favourite speakers with two presentations. Dr Nick Avery (CAM) returned and was well received again. Following her success in 2010 Dr Nina Bailey returned and after her presentation spent the day talking to fibromites about their problems. Dr Mark Cropley from Surrey University, a sleep specialist, also visited conference to network, to meet delegates and hear the speakers.

Dr Ian Rubenstein, a GP, had some humourous stories to tell and brought light hearted entertainment to the speakers’ room with his medical and mediumship re collections. Other speakers included Dr Thierry Conrozier, a French consultant rheumatologist; Dr Ruolin Sun, a Chinese herbalist and acupuncturist; nutritionist Joanna Majithia from the Institute of Optimum Nutrition; Mary Jane Burgess, a clinical hypnotherapist from Mind over Matter; Sue-Ellen Nicholls and Nicky Stoddart, pain management consultants; Andy Pothecary, a Special Rheumatology Pharmacist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro; Rebecca Richmond, creator and author of Forget Fibromyalgia; Steve Porter and Heather Gale who spoke about titanium technology and the new healing Black Wand; and Ken Murishwar from Midhurst who told his audience being healthier is simple, with just juice and 5 a day.

In the workshops mainly presented by fibromite, Suzie Oulton told her proto-col story from wheelchair to back to normal and offered tasters of her ’green magic’ which looked suspicious but was quite tasty; Jane Russell the dental hygienist who was a big hit in 2010 was back with more information and dental goody bags; Caroline Hinkes spoke about the Tried and Tested group, HeartMath practitioner and training; Kristina Richardson offered inspired coaching for getting back to work. Kit Stapely gave a talk and laughter workshop, and describing how laughter helped her recover from cancer. Marie-Caroline Scheid-Pickford described her very cold experience at -135o Celsius with cryotherapy (Kriotherapy) at Champneys.

Stella Bernardi, FMS SAS Co-Chair had prepared her work for the power point presentation on Computers for Beginners. But due to a fall she landed in hospital two days before conference and did not make it to conference. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery Stella. Instead Ray Brunton from the Worthing FM SG, an IBM computer buff, stepped in and ran the workshop. A big thanks Ray. With another last minute cancellation due to illness Nichola Bond GL from Worthing FM SG stepped in with ‘How to Start a Group’. Delia Mead with her Family History workshop in the coffee shop was a great success and was busy all morning with her magazines and ‘how to’ brochures.

The exercise workshops were provided by Roz Macarthur who did dance and tone and Pilates, while Chris Milton taught Tai Chi and Qigong mediation and breathing. Anna Moorby, visiting from London introduced the new Healthy Steps – a mixture of dance and exercise introduced as the Lebden system. Sunday saw tables and stands with pamper therapists, mind body and soul readers, art, handicraft and products.

FMA UK and FM SAS both had information stands available throughout the weekend and helped each other and many of the delegates. There was lots of talking to like minded folk, joy, laughter and delight at meeting friends from last year and as well as quite a bit of problem solving. Chairman of the FMA UK Trustees Pam Stewart and SAS Trustee and Worthing GL Nichola Bond and were answering FM questions all weekend – a great opportunity not often available.

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