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EMBRACE A NEW CAREER!

“If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool.”

– Academy of Wellness Student,  Sharon Coetzee 

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THE ACADEMY OF WELLNESS

INVITES YOU TO BECOME AN

INTEGRATIVE

HEALTH & WELLNESS

CERTIFIED PRACTITIONER

Supporting our students with more than

80 collective years of  studies

research and experience in

Clinical Therapeutic Food Management

Integrative, Functional and Natural Health

Clinical Nutrition and Clinical Psychology

Information Technology and Journalism

Prof. Celene Bernstein 
(AFMCP, Dip.AN, B.A.Wits)
Director: Accreditation & Course Enhancement.
celene@academyofwellness.org
Augustine Shamuyarira 
(Dip.Journ, NFC. AoW)
Director: IT & Communications & Affiliate Programmes.
augustine@academyofwellness.org
Mary-Lou Harris 
(RHFP, FdSc, DIP ION, ITEC, SACOCT)
Director: Finance, Marketing & Course Evaluation
mary-lou@academyofwellness.org

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!



It is with pleasure that Prof. Celene Bernstein, Mary-Lou Harris and Augustine Shamuyarira invite you to take a look at our new Upgraded and Enhanced Online courses through the Academy of Wellness

Course Information Brochure

TABLE OF CONTENTS
SUBJECT PAGE 
1 Read About Your Directors Cover
2 A Word From Your Directors 2
3 Tribute To Our Late Founder, Stuart Warren Wilson 4
4 ‘Stuart Wilson Student Tuition Scholarship Award’ Programme 5
5 Our Ethos: Desiderata (“Desired Things”) 7
6 Why An Online Course As Opposed To In-venue Training? 9
7 Self-paced, No Time Limit Course
8 Personal Allocated Tutor & Mentoring Programmes 10
9 Technical Support 12
10 Who Could Benefit From Doing This Course? 13
11 Career Prospects
12 Upgraded Course Info: ‘Integrative Health And Wellness Practitioner’ (IHWP) 14
13 Enhanced Course: ‘Functional & Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner’ (FIHWP) 15
14 Prospectus: What you will learn on your IHWP course 17
15 Clinical Practice Training Clinics
16 After You Have Completed Your Course & You Have Graduated 18
17 New Legislation In South Africa 19
18 Prospectus: Course Structure 20
19 Summary Table
20 What You Will Learn In Your Course: 21
21 Module One: Integrative Skills in Clinical Therapeutic Food Management 21
Sub Module 1: Integrative Anatomy & Physiology, and Biochemistry 22
Sub Module 2: Principles of Epigenetics in Nutrition & Wellbeing 24
Sub Module 3: The Use of Culinary Herbs & Spices 25
                        Therapeutic Recipe Creation 26
Sub Module 4: Effective Weight Management Strategies 27
Sub Module 5: Basic Understanding of Functional Blood Chemistry 28
Sub Module 6: Introduction to Additional Essential Laboratory Tests 29
22 Module Two: Integrative Skills in Life Management Tools & Coaching Skills 30
Sub Module 1: Emotional Wellbeing Support Skills 31
Sub Module 2: Effective Parenting in the Health & Well Being of Future Generations 32
Sub Module 3: The Essential Role of ‘Community’ in Optimal Health and Longevity 33
23 Module Three: Holistic Therapies as Integrative Support Strategies 34
Sub Module 1: Meridian Therapies 36
Sub Module 2: EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)
Sub Module 3: Essential Oils 37
24 Module Four: Business Practice Skills for the Modern Online Practitioner 38
  Sub Module 1: Essential Mentoring and Support Skills 39
Sub Module 2: Essential IT and Article Writing Skills 40
Sub Module 3: Essential Online Marketing Training
25 Book a Free chat with one of our Personal Tutors 42
26 Course Fees, Discounts & Instalment Plan Options
27 Short Courses 43
28 Become An Academy of Wellness Affiliate 44
29 Academy of Wellness Affiliate Commissions 45
30 Career Opportunities At The Academy Of Wellness 46
31 REGISTER TO JOIN THE IHWP COURSE 47
32 Acknowledgements
33 Testimonials 48

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTORS


WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO VIEW OUR HEALTH
IN LITTLE COMPARTMENTS.  
HUMAN BEINGS ARE WHOLE BEINGS, AND AS SUCH NEED TO BE TREATED AS A WHOLE.
THE NEW HEALTH CARE FORMULA HAS TO BE:
“WHOLE ‘BODY + MIND + SOUL’ = INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CARE”  

THE FUTURE OF HEALTH PRACTITIONERS
SUPPORTING PEOPLE WITH THEIR HEALTH
IN CREATIVE & INTEGRATIVE WAYS
WITH SKILLS AND TOOLS THAT EMBRACE ALL ASPECTS OF LIFE
INCLUDING
FOOD, EXERCISE & LIFESTYLE,
EMOTIONS, WORK & RELAXATION,
and
STRESS MANAGEMENT

 

As the three partners in this exciting adventure, we bring together an unwavering dedication in supporting our students’ every need where possible. With over 80 collective years between us, of studies, research and experience in Clinical Therapeutic Food Management, Integrative, Functional and Natural Health, Clinical Psychology, Information Technology, and Journalism, we are determined to create a course second to none.

Monika D (London, UK) Academy of Wellness student says: “Mary-Lou has such an expanded knowledge range. I am impressed that she continues to keep up to date with new information, and also continues to expand her own studies, which impacts me as a student of hers, as I have access to all the fantastic knowledge she imparts, not only in nutrition but her qualifications in various holistic therapies too…”  Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

We are at a critical time in our history of human health, where our levels of unrelenting stress, loneliness, overt rejection and social isolation, anguished emotions, fast-paced, high expectations-high pressure lifestyles, sleep deprivation and disturbed sleep cycles are unsustainable for positive mental and physical health outcomes. In addition to this onslaught to our health, overwhelming electromagnetic field (EMF) frequencies, highly chemical personal hygiene products, as well as poor food choices based on ‘self-medication’ as opposed to healthy eating choices, have had the tragic impact of considerably shortening our quality of life and our life expectancy.

It is astonishing that in countries and communities where there is an over-abundance of ‘food’ choices, we see malnourishment (not because of the lack of food, but due to the lack of nutrient dense food) because we are so often more concerned with convenience and satisfying our ‘addicted palates’, that the ‘empty’ food that we are feeding our children and our families leads our organs to function less efficiently, and our body systems to perform sub-optimally, ultimately giving rise to more stress, emotional and mental disturbances, erratic sleep patterns, and food choices that centre around self-medication with sugar, alcohol and other stimulants, and exhausting high-stimulus activities.

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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Marilda van Niekerk (Johannesburg, SA) says: “To work with Prof. Celene has given me a new lease of life…” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

 

We have designed our course to equip our Graduates with both the theoretical and practical knowledge required to appropriately assess and support their clients in a personalised and Integrative way, to realize an improved health profile.

As our student, you will learn to understand the way the various body systems and organs communicate with each other to ensure the overall health of the human being.  You will learn which symptoms apply to specific organ function, and which lifestyle choices negatively impact specific body systems.  Having then been trained in a diverse range of health programmes and modalities that can be incorporated into a personalised  ‘Integrative Health Treatment Plan’ as Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners, and as one of our Graduates, you will be very well placed to support any of your clients with an array of different symptoms, be they physical or emotional.

Raessa B (Durban, SA) Academy of Wellness Student says:  “…Augustine has …been wonderful. Always efficient and helpful, going beyond the call of duty to facilitate a smooth flow of the course…” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

 

At the Academy of Wellness, we believe in empowering people – Our students, as well as Your clients once you graduate.  We know it is often a daunting task when a student gets into the world out there and tries to set up a Practice.  All too often, graduates accumulate certificates over the years, which they do not know how to use besides hanging them on the wall with fast fading nostalgia and a sense of wasted time and money. The lack of hands-on practical training is the main reason why so many passionate graduates find themselves with certificate in hand but still faced with the question “Where to from here?”. They only then realise that THEY HAVE NO IDEA HOW OR WHERE TO START PRACTICING!

We have consciously sought to counter this ‘half-baked-graduates’ dilemma by carefully designing the Business & IT Skills module. This module is deliberately placed as the last module  in the curriculum, as it aims not only to prepare but to practically guide and support you in setting up your business. We live in an exciting information age. What an opportune time for you to learn how to fully utilize cutting-edge IT resources, and understand what these online resources can do for you, to support running your successful practice, once you graduate!

Sharon Coetzee (Johannesburg, SA) Academy of Wellness student says: “...Stuart left a Legacy that the new directors have taken to a higher level. The assistance and quality of the Course can stand toe-to-toe with the best courses internationally…”  Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

 

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BE YOUR OWN GENIE!

Let the Academy of Wellness be YOUR LAMP!

Let us help release you from your world

and  grant you that wish to improve your health

and build a rewarding emotional and financial career!

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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RAISING A GLASS TO OUR BELOVED LATE FOUNDER,

STUART WARREN WILSON

Since we took over running the Academy of Wellness
after our dear friend, mentor and founder
Stuart Warren Wilson
sadly and unexpectedly passed away a few short months ago, in January 2017
we have been working diligently to continue and grow his Life’s Passion.

 

Tribute to a Friend, a Mentor and a Visionary

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“To know Stuart is to catch a glimpse of the Divine.”

“Here was an unassuming man, humble to a point of vulnerability, yet so grounded in his convictions and purpose in life. He was always, and I mean always the man to call on in times of crisis – ever ready to spring to action at first call. Endowed with an ‘uncanny’ gift of perception and intuition, Stuart always sought to instil in others the need to  acquire those qualities that are needed to make everyone’s life a happier experience. His gift to enrol others shone out as he went about mobilising friends around the many noble causes he was involved in. Some of them included building homes for the aged and the orphans, as well as offering health advice to all and sundry.

I worked with him for years and never was I made to feel like a subordinate but a co-worker. I never really found reason to ponder over whether he was my boss, my friend, my mentor or what. He was just there as a pillar of support – that was his nature, his unwavering commitment to friendship.

Always on the lookout for new knowledge in his chosen field of Wellness and Nutrition, Stuart was ever willing to use what he learnt to make a difference in the lives of those he met. He was so passionate about accumulating knowledge, that he was often referred to as the “oracle” in some circles. Some of his inventions include health assessment programs and courses that have empowered many people to take control of their health.

As I struggle to come to grips with his passing, I shall not mourn and grieve but I shall celebrate having known a man whose magnanimous character touched both young and old. I shall celebrate the life of a man who scoffed at racism, and other attendant ugly isms, and actively sought to reform human relations.

While I and those who believe in your work take a pledge to carry the torch of your passion above our heads … you rest in peace good ol’ Stu. You will be fondly remembered by many people across the globe whose lives you touched.” Augustine

Taryn (Nelson, New Zealand) Academy of Wellness student says: “…When I began the course in 2012, Stuart’s passion for nutrition and helping others inspired me further to pursue this course… Stuart was a great mentor, and I am honored to have met him and to have been a part of what he worked so hard to build. His legacy lives on in this new exciting era of The Academy of Wellness…”  Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…
WORDS OF WISDOM FROM OUR LATE FOUNDER

“As time progresses and the human race continues as a species to learn more about how to optimize our health profiles, it becomes increasingly urgent that we choose to do better, we choose to improve this world, by committing to be more helpful and kinder to more people, more animals, our Land, and our planet”

“If you have brought children to this planet and you are not making this world a better place, what does it say about you? Lightworkers around the world have a responsibility to do good and increase the vibration of the world. Time is of the essence”

“In order to achieve this, we need to educate ourselves with new and enhanced knowledge, as more information comes to light. At the Academy of Wellness, our aim is to empower as many people as possible to take control of their health through the food and lifestyles of themselves and their families”

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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The ‘Stuart Wilson Student Tuition Scholarship Award’ 

IN TRIBUTE TO STUART
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO LAUNCH
OUR NEW
‘STUART WILSON STUDENT TUITION SCHOLARSHIP AWARD’
The ACADEMY OF WELLNESS WILL BE AWARDING
UP TO R100 000
IN TUITION FEES EACH YEAR!!!
Our Beloved Founder and Mentor

Stuart Warren Wilson

held his passion and dedication for helping people

at the very core of his Being

Part of this passion included educating people

both to support themselves to improved health

as well as to educate students to a Practitioner level

where they would serve to support and uplift the health of the community

To honour our Stuart’s memory

the Academy of Wellness is proud and delighted to introduce

The ‘Stuart Wilson Student Tuition Scholarship Award’

This tribute will be awarded

EVERY QUARTER

to FOUR deserving students each year

who demonstrate a dedication and passion to help uplift the health of people

in South Africa and globally

and demonstrate commitment to their studies

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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QUALIFICATION CRITERIA:

In order to qualify for the Scholarship Award with the Academy of Wellness,

applicants will be required to complete a Scholarship Application form

(unless the Partners have identified a Deserving Applicant’ through other means)

A ‘Deserving Applicant’ is a person who clearly demonstrates a commitment

to engaging with enhanced knowledge through furthering their studies,

as well as a dedication to supporting and uplifting

the health of their immediate or larger community.

This Tuition Award takes the form of discounting the tuition fees

according to the affordability status of the recipient

This will be assessed via the Scholarship Application Form  

This award grants the recipient a significantly reduced fee

representing a reduction in course fees of

up to R25 000

We are delighted to

WELCOME ON BOARD

our FIRST STUDENT to be awarded this tribute to our Stuart 

in honour of his memory and passion!

COMING IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
We are in the process of creating our
‘STUART WILSON COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD’
where our Existing Students will also be eligible to qualify as recipients
The criteria for receiving Commendation will recognise
Obvious, Active, Outstanding Service
to the community,
in a way that our Stuart served His community

With deep Love, Honour & Respect for our Beloved Founder

The late Stuart Warren Wilson.

We carry the ‘Flame of your Passion’ and vision for Health Education

Far into the future…

Held High above our heads

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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ACADEMY OF WELLNESS ETHOS 

As so clearly depicted by this beautiful poem!

CLICK HERE to listen to the song while you read the inspirational words, and feel the lyrics 

Desiderata 

Max Ehrmann (1872 – 1945)

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

and remember what peace there may be in silence

As far as possible, without surrender

be on good terms with all persons

            Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others                                                        

           even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story                                                     

Avoid loud and aggressive persons

they are vexatious to the spirit

    If you compare yourself with others you may become vain or bitter                                                 

for always there will be greater

and lesser persons than yourself 

                                                          

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans

Keep interested in your own career, however humble

It is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is

many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism                                           

Be yourself.

 

Especially do not feign affection

Neither be cynical about love

for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment      

it is as perennial as the grass

Take kindly the counsel of the years

gracefully surrendering the things of youth

 Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune                                                                

But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings

              Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness           

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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 Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself  

You are a child of the universe  

no less than the trees and the stars   

you have a right to be here

And whether or not it is clear to you

                      no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should                                                                

Therefore be at peace with God

whatever you conceive him to be

And whatever your labours and aspirations

in the noisy confusion of life

                                         keep peace with your soul                                                                               

                With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams                                                                      

it is still a beautiful world

 

Be cheerful.

 

Strive to be happy.

 

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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WHY AN ONLINE COURSE AS OPPOSED TO IN-VENUE TRAINING?

E-learning has been demonstrated to be better than face to face education. In a 12 year, 93 page report conducted by the US Department of Education it was demonstrated that the following factors contributed to the improved learning outcomes:

  • The blended e-learning often results in additional learning time because students find this kind of education more engaging and useful
  • E-learning provides new instructional elements that are more difficult to use in classroom education ( videos, collaboration, webinars, etc)
  • Online education can be more tailored to the needs of individual students
Sharon Coetzee (Johannesburg, SA) Academy of Wellness student says: “…I am a full-time business entrepreneur. This takes up a lot of my day. However I  wanted to increase my knowledge and further my education. Time was a big Factor. Not being able to go to classes was the problem. Academy of Wellness… explained to me that I could do distance learning with ease…This is an academic journey that I’m loving every step of the way. Anyone embarking on this journey will be fortunate..”  Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

Additional benefits to studying online:

  • e-Learning affords the student the time and flexibility to pace themselves in a way that accommodates their families, careers and lifestyles
  • An online course means not having to drive or commute. You can study on your couch in your pyjamas if you wish!
  • Study ANYWHERE, ANY TIME – If you suddenly have an unforeseen spare gap in your diary, you can take it, and capitalize on the extra study hours, no matter where you are.
  • Study in an environment that supports YOUR BEST and MOST RELAXED learning experience, whether it is in a coffee shop, a park or a rock pool at the beach (Yes! Our own Mary-Lou actually used to study like this, with her six dogs lying around her on the rocks!)
  • The study times can be split into shorter sessions to fit your daily schedule
  • If emergency or unforeseen circumstances occur, you do not miss a lecture or study session.
  • You can stop and start a lecture, or your study materials, to revisit or do further research around an area where you need more clarity.
  • Your online studies afford you the opportunity to highlight a section that you wish to raise with your Personal Allocated Tutor, or brainstorm with your fellow students.
Taryn (Nelson, New Zealand) Academy of Wellness student says: “The Academy of Wellness has been the gateway for me, into the world of health and nutrition…Being online, it suited me so well as I already had a full time job. Having the flexibility for study was great!… The team are passionate and dedicated, and I am looking forward to all the new informative content that is to come.” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

 

SELF-PACED- NO TIME LIMIT COURSE

From our own studies in the past, we have become aware that it can be a real challenge to work full time, and study part time, whether online or at a venue. So many courses have time limits on their study programmes, which can create a real sense of pressure for people with families and careers.  We have also realised first hand, both through our own student experiences, and from students we have mentored,how this can lead you to experience stress related health difficulties from piling on the pressure.

We do NOT want this to be the experience of our students. We want to train practitioners with busy careers, who know experientially how to pace themselves, by having been taught how to implement a balanced self-nurturing schedule, that manages time for their clients, time to further their ongoing studies, leisure time, and time for family.

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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FREE!

R6000*

worth of

PERSONAL ALLOCATED TUTOR

             MENTORING SESSIONS             

                           included in the IHWP course                                        

*This amount is calculated in South African currency

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PERSONAL ALLOCATED TUTOR AND MENTORING PROGRAMMES:

As a result, we have created our Personal Allocated Tutor Support Programme, where you will be personally supported through each module of your ‘Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner’ Course. Our students are encouraged to stay connected with the Academy of Wellness Online Student and Graduate Community, which inspires compliance to the health and learning programmes, encourages conversation, lends support, creates new friends, and improves your overall health. The Academy of Wellness is also dedicated to ensuring the continuing enhancement of the knowledge base of our Graduate Practitioners.  Our ongoing goal is to keep our Graduate Practitioners up to date as new information and evidence, whether it be scientific or anecdotal, arises. This includes Business Practice Skills and new Marketing techniques. Whether you are our graduate, or you graduated elsewhere, or a member of the public, you will be welcome to enrol on any of our ‘Short Courses’, which will serve as the platform for us to deliver this new and ongoing information. All ‘Short Courses’ will be awarded a Short Course Certificate upon completion.

Samantha Desplace (Durban (KZN) SA) Academy of Wellness Student says: “I am honored to be a Student of the Academy of Wellness… Stuart was an amazing mentor who worked closely with me through the first phase of my course.  His unwavering support, passion for Health and Wellness and his guidance surpassed all my expectations. His Legacy now lives through his successors, namely Professor Celene Bernstein and Mary-Lou Harris, who are currently going to great lengths to update the content of the course material.  The PAT (Personal Allocated Tutor) system, which has been implemented, is of great benefit to the students, allowing them to have close contact and guidance from Prof. Celene and Mary-Lou, this is an invaluable Service when studying through correspondence.   ..” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

Furthermore, far too many excellent newly qualified Graduate Practitioners fall dismally by the wayside after graduating. Many graduates from other institutions have mentioned how disappointed they are, at the very poor or non existent support they received after graduating, once they placed their money and faith in their chosen college, throughout their studies. By enrolling with the Academy of Wellness, we know that you will have investigated your study options, and have chosen most carefully where to invest your hard earned money, and time, and researched which college will provide outstanding information to support your new career path.  The disappointment is palpable in graduates who have been through this process, only to find themselves lost and abandoned in the world to fight their way through a maze of unknown variables in setting up their practice!  We are determined that this WILL NOT BE YOUR EXPERIENCE when you enrol as our student at the Academy of Wellness.  SUPPORT is our middle name – both throughout your studies (via your Personal Allocated Tutor), as well as after you graduate. Read more about the development of this training, in Module Four.

Monika D (London, UK) Academy of Wellness student says: “As my Personal Tutor, for my own studies, I feel that Mary-Lou always makes time for me. Even though I am not English, as Polish is my first language, she manages to explain things in a way that I can easily understand, and when it comes to my assignments and case studies, she provides useful help by pointing me to resources that I can use and understand, whether they are books or online options. I trust her knowledge and guidance, as she always gives me specific tests to improve my knowledge.  She is so good at communication as I have seen how she has different ways of interacting with people.  I find her to be adaptable to the person’s personality, pace and learning styles, no matter who she talks to. She just seems to ‘know how to speak the person’s language’ and I am not referring to English, but something so much deeper than that.  Mary-Lou is warm, approachable, reliable and knowledgeable – all very important in any form of studies, or client-therapist relationship…” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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Business & IT Skills (Tutoring & Training)
In addition to the standard tutoring programme, as each student progresses to the Business & IT Skills module, they will be allocated  2 hours of practical individual one-to-one tutoring support. The tutoring will be conducted using cutting edge applications that are user friendly and easily accessible. 
This will be experienced  as if your tutor is physically present in the room with you, guiding you in real time, on your computer.

Six Essential Supports of your Personal Allocated Tutor’ are as follows:

  1. To discuss and assess the best way to support you through your journey with the Academy of Wellness, by understanding your personal home and work circumstances.
  2. To help you create a ‘Time Management Study Schedule’ that not only fits well into your lifestyle, and takes account of your work commitments, family situation and living arrangements, but allocates you ‘personal down-time’ to better protect your stress levels and health.
  3. To help you stay focused and ‘on track’ with your study schedule and create constructive and positive solutions to any challenges that may arise with your study schedule.
  4. To meet one-to-one with you online, at appropriate predetermined intervals that match your ‘Time Management Study Schedule’ and pace through the modules, until you receive your certificate.
  5. To work with your agreed Personal Learning Style and suggest creative ways to ensure completion of your studies, through understanding the content and retention of the information throughout your course, and to support you with your assignments and case studies.
  6. To keep abreast of module completion targets, and progress you to the subsequent modules in the course, and to keep records of your progress through feedback forms, to best support you on this journey.
Sharon Coetzee (Johannesburg, SA) Academy of Wellness student says:  “… Mary-Lou Harris and Prof. Celene Bernstein with the assistance of Augustine Shamuyarira have introduced new aspects to the academic quality of this course.  The students’ assistance is phenomenal as each student is assigned a PAT (Personal Allocated Tutor)…We are guided and assisted in every area of our academic endeavours as well as personalised assistance in time management and many other areas…”  Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

MentoringThe Personal Allocated Tutor Programme is a compulsory part of your course and forms part of your Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner Certification.  It is designed to not only support your studies, but to train you both experientially and with enhanced knowledge, in how to best support your clients and possibly one day, your own students. It forms an essential part of your ‘Life Management Skills’ Sub-Module Completion Criteria, and offers post graduate career opportunities for a tutor role with us at The Academy of Wellness.

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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TECHNICAL SUPPORT

We have used a trusted platform called ‘Thinkific’ which is endowed with cutting-edge applications, to help us create amazing learning experiences for our students and tutors to both use in their studies, and interact with one another.

Thinkific “currently powers thousands of online courses offered by universities, global corporations, professional associations and coaches, trainers and educational entrepreneurs in over 70 countries”. It offers full support for video, audio, PDF, text, HTML, voice over slide presentations, surveys, quizzes, discussions and downloadable attachments, alongside 3rd party content tools like Articulate, Captivate, Typeform, Google Docs, and other multimedia content that enable our students and tutors to enjoy a seamless, professional experience on any device. As our student you can read reviews, purchase or enrol on your course, and get your learning experience started with ease. Automated welcome and completion messages ensure that you have everything you need.

Furthermore, not only do we use this outstanding software to support YOUR studies with us, but YOU LEARN HOW TO USE IT in the Business Skills Module (Module Four) . It will also be available as one of out ‘Short Courses’ for people who wish to brush up on their Business Practice Skills.

Not only is our IT support team always on standby to attend to all our students’ technical needs, but the new upgraded modules and New Enhanced Course (to be created after the full Upgrade to ‘Integrative Health and Wellness Practitioner’ is complete) will teach and equip our students with sufficient IT skills and knowledge to navigate the world of an Online Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner…from understanding email marketing and targeted social media marketing, to creation of online webinars and their own online courses. Each student will receive Personal Tutoring sessions, according to their specific needs, directly from our highly accomplished Director of IT and Communications

There are additional Mentor programmes that run alongside this programme to further train and support your educational journey with us.

As an additional valuable training and support aid, you will be allocated to a ‘Student-Tutor Support Community’ where you will meet in online group sessions at predetermined intervals, with your tutor and the other students in your Community. These meetings will be to brainstorm areas of your modules and Online Training Clinics with the other students in your group, ask questions of your tutor, and generally share your study experience with other like minded students.

Neeli Kalan (Pretoria, SA) Academy of Wellness student says: “…With the new Directors onboard, they kept this Legacy of Mr. Wilson alive and continuously updated every student, with each student assigned a Personal Allocated Tutor and assist us with our time management schedule. With this highly dedicated team, they will be introducing new upgraded as well as short courses. I am so looking forward to this journey with this wonderful dedicated team who keeps me continuously informed every step of the way.” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

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WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM DOING THIS COURSE?

  • Our course suits people from all walks of life, with all types of dreams. If you are a mother looking for a home based business that supports people, while affording you the time to also spend with your family, this course is for YOU
  • For those students who wish to use this course as a career progression, or to add to your current portfolio as a Complementary or Natural Health Therapist, our IHWP course offers you the opportunity to do so.
  • Many of our students are already in unfulfilling Professional careers and are looking for a change. If this is you, you will be delighted in the prospects afforded to you by being an IHWP graduate.
  • No matter in which country you live, you can do our course. As long as you have online access, and you can read English, we will be delighted to welcome you as one of our students at the Academy of Wellness. .
  • We accept all the major currencies and you can either make your payment via PayPal, WorldPay, or bank (UK transfer)

Career prospects include:

  • Working in Health spas
  • Working in Health gyms
  • Working in Health and Wholefood stores
  • Running your own home based Practice
  • Online Global Healthcare Practitioner
  • Writing books on health related subjects
  • Tutoring roles with the Academy of Wellness or other education centres
  • Mentorship roles to students after you graduate
  • Research positions with health organisations
  • Health Journalism and writing articles for popular health media outlets
  • Lecturing/teaching opportunities to small or large groups of people, be they informal home or office gatherings, or formal college communities.
  • Creating your own online or in-venue course platforms to educate specific audiences in subjects that you are passionate about
Deborah (Abu Dhabi) says: “Mary-Lou is rated by my gifted, intelligent 22yr old son as being able to answer all his questions, a feat extraordinaire! Someone who is a true embodiment of the meaning of an ‘holistic’ care giver, thank goodness we met. Besides being a ‘life saver’, recommending Mary-Lou is not enough, everyone should have the opportunity for a discussion with this fountain of knowledge, a chance for healing.”  Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…  

 

The joy of this career choice, is that your prospects are only limited
by your Knowledge and your Imagination.  
Let us help you to expand the horizons of
What You Don’t Know, to enhance What you DO know
The Imagination part is Yours to create your Unlimited Possibilities!
The sky really IS your limit!

The IHWP (and later the FIHWP) is an excellent platform for further studies e.g Functional Medicine Practitioner and Integrative & Natural Medicine Masters, PhD and Doctorate courses with reputed international universities in both the USA and UK.

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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UPGRADED COURSE

‘Integrative Health and Wellness Practitioner’

 Practitioner Tools are the very nature of our ‘Upgraded Course’ and our new ‘Enhanced Course’ and will take the form of added information and rewording of the present course as it is, to form our ‘Upgraded Course’. We will be adding NEW MODULES to this Upgrade, to bring it in line with our new Certification ‘Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner’ (IHWP) which will replace ‘Nutritional Facilitator’ (as required by Section 17 of the Act).  ‘Wellness Facilitator’ will fall away as a course that is offered by the Academy of Wellness, and the present ‘Wellness Facilitator course’ will be incorporated as a module in the Upgraded Course.

Priya (London, UK) Academy of Wellness Student says: “I’ve known Mary-Lou for a few years now. She has helped me enormously since the very day we met. I’ve had an Emotional Clearing with her, which was the best decision I’ve ever made, and I also have nutritional sessions with her regularly.  Mary-Lou is an all rounder. Not only does she help with the psychological aspect but just as importantly the internal nutritional side which are both heavily linked. I have gained extensive knowledge from Mary-Lou as she confidently explains in detail what my symptoms are, and why and how to rectify them. I now understand my body more than ever, and understand what foods and supplements I need to help me be the healthiest I can possibly be. I’m grateful to have met her and have recommended many friends to her, who would equally repeat the above…” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

Upon completion of all the existing and upgraded modules, students will receive certificates with the new title of ‘Integrative Health and Wellness Practitioner’ (IHWP)

As you progress with your course, you will receive ‘Module Completion’ Certificates, to certify your achievement with regards to the specific module. An example of the Certificate Wording: This ‘Module Completion’ Certificate acknowledges that YOUR NAME has satisfied the theoretical and practical requirements for the ‘Clinical Therapeutic Food Management’ module.

WITH OUR ‘ONLINE PRACTITIONER’ TRAINING, THE WORLD REALLY IS IN THE PALM OF YOUR HANDS

The new course title ‘Integrative Health and Wellness Practitioner’ has been amended to be compliant with the new South African legislation. We are introducing NEW MODULES that are congruent with the new global trends of Integrative Healthcare Practice.  This will afford our graduates the opportunity to extend their practice to Global Online Integrative Healthcare Practitioners. The world is literally as close as your living room, and through online communication systems like Skype, Whats App, and Facebook video, our graduates are able to consult with clients from all over the globe, literally placing the world  IN THE PALM OF YOUR HANDS!

We have spent countless hours in meetings, brainstorming ways to create The Academy of Wellness as a Study platform that continues to foster a pride and respect in our students and our graduates. One of our main aims is to instil a desire for anyone with aspirations to professionally support the Health and Wellness of people, to seek their education through the Academy of Wellness; and to gain a superior quality certification that is compliant with the recent changes in South African legislation, as well as recognised accreditation.

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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Denise Edwards Oosthuizen (Limpopo, SA) Academy of Wellness student says: “I learned about the Academy of Wellness through Stuart Wilson whom I met several times at ADHASA conferences. He inspired me to start studying a nutritional course. Due to personal problems I was forced to place my studies on ice indefinitely. Last year I contacted Stuart to enquire what the possibility was of me finishing my studies. He immediately agreed, but unfortunately he suddenly passed away while we were still sorting out the paperwork. I felt very disappointed as I didn’t know who would be taking over, and if they would be able to honour the agreement between me and Stuart.
I finally got the information that Mary-Lou Harris, together with others has taken over, and I decided to take a chance and contacted Mary-Lou. What a surprise I got, after supplying her with the requested proof of the agreement – she immediately gave me the go ahead! She put me in contact with Augustine Shamuyarira who handles the technical side of things for us to sort out a few logistics. And I got another surprise – within a couple of weeks I was able to resume my studies. But this wasn’t the end! Then I got assigned to Prof. Celene as my PAT (Personal Allocated Tutor) to support my progress, and got another surprise.
With these people on my side I am finally working to finishing my studies. I am definitely giving them the highest recommendation.” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

We are currently in discussions with the relevant parties to support SA and UK based accreditation, which will additionally open up a greater field of Practice for our Graduates.  Our Online Practitioner Training (IHWPC) will allow you to embrace this exciting, modern global trend of Healthcare Practice, should you choose to do so.

As a result, we are working round the clock to upgrade the course content, to both justify the new title, as well as serve our students, and thereafter their clients, to a level that offers outstanding Integrative support to enhance health profiles.

Functional & Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner (FIHWP) Course

This IHWP course serves as the platform to qualify you to enrol for the NEW ENHANCED ‘Functional & Integrative Health and Wellness Practitioner’ course (FIHWP)

After the Upgrade of the IHWPC is completed, we will be adding an outstanding NEW ENHANCED COURSE to THE ACADEMY OF WELLNESS, which will enhance your certification to the level of ‘Functional & Integrative Health and Wellness Practitioner’. This will elevate your knowledge base and skills to a whole new level, as it will incorporate an enhanced level of practice, congruent with present global Functional Practice standards. Anyone who chooses to enhance their certification (i.e Existing students AND Graduates) to the level of ‘Functional & Integrative Health and Wellness Practitioner’ will need to pay the additional fees for this, after receipt of your ‘Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner’ (IHWP) Certificate, as the FIHWP will be a brand new course.

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU ON BOARD

AND SUPPORTING YOU

THROUGH THIS NEXT EXCITING PHASE OF YOUR LIFE!

Our combined intention is to create a superior level of scientifically and anecdotally sound course content that leads to a well rounded knowledge base. Our Integrative Health and Wellness Practitioners will be accomplished, with a diverse and comprehensive range of skills to support their clients on as many levels as possible. 

Minal (London, UK) says: “…I met Mary-Lou for a consultation and genuinely it has been the best thing I ever could have done. I learned more about myself in the past 3 years with Mary-Lou’s support, than I ever have done! How bizarre to realise, that we don’t know ourselves as well as we think we do, even as a fully grown adult. I have a much better understanding of how the foods that I eat, affect my wellbeing, my emotions and my behaviour. I now eat a better, more nutritious diet, which enables me to feel more active and energetic. Mary-Lou has even helped to fix some of the symptoms I was getting with an ongoing health issue. Such a relief to no longer keep taking antibiotics (which do more harm than good), and learning how to fix/manage ailments naturally…” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

When trust happens, Magic happens!

TRUST  – that little word that carries HUGE weight! Without trust, relationships cannot survive, and progress cannot be made. This is no less true of a professional relationship between people, than it is for personal relationships. It is a critical aspect of the Client-Practitioner relationship. Love and Care are also essential ingredients in this relationship, as it has been shown in research. The ‘old-school’ method of ‘Keep your professional distance’ simply serves to KEEP YOUR CLIENTS DISTANT!  When a client or patient feels genuinely cared for by their health care provider, they trust them more. And when Trust happens, Magic happens! Clients become more willing to be educated by their Practitioner, and hence they become more compliant in following your health recommendations.

And when Compliance happens, Health happens!

Monika D (London UK) Academy of Wellness student says: “…Above all, I have felt deeply loved and cared for by Mary-Lou and now also call her ‘Friend’ as I know that she truly has my very best interests at heart.  I am impressed that she manages to maintain being very professional but is in no way ‘distant’. I have always felt very loved and cared for by her, even when we first met, and I know that the friends I referred to her feel the same way. All these years on, I trust her implicitly…” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others

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The Academy of Wellness Directors have all had extensive experience in working with clients, and have mutually found that once you have built a relationship where your client trusts you, that it is helpful for you to be able to support the Whole person – physically through ‘Clinical Therapeutic Food Management’ (traditionally called ‘Clinical Nutrition’) as well as emotionally through Life Skills and Emotional Health Coaching, and other meridian and holistic therapies. The primary goal is to support the individual and communities ‘wholistically’ in order to help them achieve greater overall Health and Wellness.  As a student of the Academy of Wellness, you will learn about these critical aspects to building your practice, and you will learn to hone these skills in order to achieve this extremely rewarding style of practicing healthcare.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN ON YOUR IHWP COURSE

Clinical Practice Training Clinics

Our Online ‘Clinical Practice’ Training Clinics are designed to give our students real time training sessions, in actual Online (Virtual) Training Clinics. Here you will learn to do a personal assessment of the individual’s physical body systems and organs, and emotional health profile, and then communicate what you have learned on the course, to support the individual with an appropriate targeted and personalised support programme.  You will also learn the importance of REALLY LISTENING to your clients, in a way that they feel TRULY HEARD, and how this in itself has been shown in research to support healing.

You will be taught skills on how to follow their progress, and support them along their health journey, at a pace that both accommodates their lifestyles, cultures and preferences, and encourages an efficient support strategy to improve their health profile.

Beverly (London, UK) says: “…I was diagnosed with cancer in 2012…It’s important that whoever is involved in your health care (even your nutritionist) that they believe in what they do from the heart. And they give you hope, and they really do care about you, and listen to what you have to say. They empower you. This is my experience with Mary-Lou…” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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AFTER YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR COURSE

AND YOU HAVE GRADUATED
 
Both Mary-Lou and Prof. Celene have experienced in the past, what so many graduates find after they have qualified …that THEY HAVE NO IDEA HOW OR WHERE TO START PRACTICING!

This is where our highly competent Augustine – Director of IT & Communications comes in!

He is creating and developing exciting NEW MODULES, like ‘Business Practice Development’, ‘IT and Online Marketing Skills’, ‘Useful post-studies ‘Practice Management Tools’ to name but a few.

Sharon Coetzee (Johannesburg, SA) Academy of Wellness student says:  “… With the assistance of Augustine Shamuyarira, the Academy of Wellness has introduced new aspects to the academic quality of this course…” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

In order to support you to an outstanding level of proficiency as you embark on the Business and IT Skills module, as our student you will spend 2 hours in practical individual one-to-one tutoring support sessions. These will be spread out as a series of short sessions of 20 minutes per personal tutoring session. As a further support to you, the tutor will access your computer screen via specific software for this purpose (with your permission, of course) in order to coach you as if you are both physically present in the same room. You will effectively experience this module TOGETHER, in a mutually interactive learning environment.

Our aim is to ensure that, as our IHWP Graduate, you are ‘up and running’ with your basic business and marketing plans, and website (as listed below) by the time you receive your certificate.

By the time you graduate you will already have acquired

the Academy of Wellness

EIGHT ESSENTIAL Business Practice Skills

You will:

  1. Have a Facebook business page
  2. Know how to do basic Facebook marketing and live video streaming.
  3. Be familiar with inexpensive online advertising strategies
  4. Have a business name and created a web page for your business
  5. Have created and started an online Blog, and learned how to use additional resources like Vlogging and Blog Radio to enhance your business, and have learned how to write engaging articles and posts for these resources, to enhance your marketing and lead generation
  6. Know how to use free Online Marketing resources like Mailchimp and Calendly
  7. Know ‘who’ your Target Clients are, based on your own unique strengths and personal experiences, and where to find them.
  8. Have identified key marketing strategies to encourage them to seek your support.

Click here to Register for the Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners Course

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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NEW LEGISLATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

The new legislation in South Africa (in terms of Section 17 of the Act) recently implemented by the Minister of Health, has given rise to much concern and apprehension for the future careers of many practitioners, facilitators and consultants in South Africa.

The new legislation in South Africa, recently implemented by the Minister of Health, which states that ‘a person who is not registered as a dietician or nutritionist in terms of Section 17 of the Act shall not use the following names:

  • Dietician
  • Diet Consultant
  • Diet Educator
  • Diet Therapist
  • Diet Advisor
  • Diet Counsellor
  • Diet Specialist
  • Diet Planner
  • Diet Technician
  • Nutrition Therapy
  • Diet Therapy’

At the Academy of Wellness, we have chosen to view these changes in a positive light that has, in a way, ‘forced our hand’ to embrace the current developing global trends of ‘Integrative’ and ‘Functional’ practice, and to upgrade and enhance our courses to bring them in line with these trends. 

This sees the human being as a Whole, as opposed to ‘compartmentalizing’ e.g. ‘nutrition’ or ‘psychology’ or ‘cardiovascular’ or ‘cancer or ‘diabetes …etc 

This enhances the efficiency of a Practitioner to incorporate one or more of a multiple range of skills, when assessing and supporting his or her clients’ Health and Wellness needs. It also makes our Graduates more desirable in their fields of Practice. They will bring a more efficient, well rounded assessment of the human being to the client’s experience. By understanding the true causes and underlying imbalances that are giving rise to the presentation of symptoms, you will be better positioned to effectively support your client, whether they are expressing as physical, emotional or mental symptoms, or a combination of the above. This will enhance the value of the suggested therapeutic recommendations, based on an extensive range of ‘Practitioner Tools’ that can be personalised to the needs of the client. 

Wafa Hamkari (Essex, UK) Academy of Wellness student says: “Mary-lou is a fountain of knowledge and heart and has really helped me in ways where the doctors have not been equipped to … my life is infinitely better since she has been in it … seven years now I believe  he advice and information she passes on is in a non judgmental way you can be totally honest about your ” bad habits “.. she educates , helps and encourages you to be the best version of yourself … when your session of nutrition or healing or reflexology is over  I guarantee you will be educated, uplifted and motivated for whatever is next in your journey. I am still just living my life and I am not living the total natural lifestyle but I am now equipped with the knowledge about how to impact my health in a less toxic way and I’m “less bad ” to my body and soul. In short Mary-Lou is one impressive lady.” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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PROSPECTUS

COURSE STRUCTURE

Practical training takes the form of a series of case studies, research assignments, Online Practitioner Training Clinics, and participation in webinars and other online student platforms.

Required reading material may include:

  • Sets of notes
  • Books
  • Articles
  • Journals
  • Research papers

Required Study Materials may also include:

  • Powerpoint Presentations
  • Online webinars
  • Health Talks Online
  • Reputed Health Professionals’ blogs and website material
  • Online Summits
Assessment criteria takes the form of:

  • Online multiple choice question tests
  • Case studies
  • Research assignments
  • Practical assignments
  • Feedback reporting
  • Self assessment and reflection journals
  • Online Practitioner Training Clinics
  • Participation in webinars and other online student platforms

This course includes 4 modules made up of 15 sub-modules.

It is structured as a self-paced online course. This makes it the ideal choice for you, if you are in full-time employment and ultimately wish to change your career, through self paced studies. This course additionally offers you the opportunity to learn more about the value of taking control of the therapeutic aspect of your family’s food and health profile.

Core modules include

(Click on the Module Link for more information on the Module)

Integrative Skills in:
1 The Role of Clinical Therapeutic Food Management in Integrative Practice

  • Integrative Anatomy & Physiology, and Biochemistry
  • Principles of Epigenetics in Nutrition & Wellbeing
  • The Use of Culinary Herbs & Spices in Clinical Therapeutic Food Management
  • Effective Weight Management Strategies in Integrative Practice
  • Basic Understanding & Assessment of Functional Blood Chemistry
  • Introduction to Additional Essential Laboratory Tests in Integrative Practice
2 The Role of Life Management Tools & Coaching in Integrative Practice

  • Emotional Wellbeing Support Skills in Integrative Practice
  • Effective Parenting in the Health & Well Being of Future Generations
  • The Essential Role of ‘Community’ in Optimal Health and Longevity
3 The Role of Holistic Therapies as Integrative Support Strategies

  • Meridian Therapies in Integrative Practice
  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) in Integrative Practice
  • Essential Oils in Integrative Practice
4 Business Practice Skills for the Practitioner in the Modern Online World

  • Essential Mentoring and Support Skills for the Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner
  • Essential IT and Article Writing Skills for the Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner
  • Essential Online Marketing Training for the Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN YOUR COURSE:

MODULE ONE

 

THE ROLE OF

CLINICAL THERAPEUTIC FOOD MANAGEMENT

                 IN AN INTEGRATIVE PRACTICE               

“The Lee Principle of Nutrition states that a vitamin as it appears in nature is never a single chemical,
but rather it is a group of interdependent compounds that form a ‘nutrient complex’
so intricate that only a living cell can create it.
And just as no single component of a watch keeps time,
no single compound in a vitamin complex accounts for the vitamin’s nutritive effect in the body.
Only through whole, unprocessed foods can the synergistic effect of a true vitamin be delivered.”
— Mark R. Anderson

Clinical Therapeutic Food Management is the science of food and its utilisation by the body. It can also be described as the relationship of foods to the health of the human body. The two are inseparable – The Human Body cannot stay alive without Food. The quality of this food will dictate an outcome of either positive physiological and mental health or illness and disease (dis-ease). Many people are completely unaware of this, and many more know it has some impact, but are unaware of how critical a role quality food plays.

Beverly (London, UK) says: “…I was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. A few months ago the doctor was saying I may need a hip operation. It was painful to walk at times. After talking with Mary-Lou, I learned how to change my diet to a Ketogenic diet and within a matter of weeks. I was good as gold.  Under Mary-Lou’s guidance, I have learned that this diet doesn’t produce inflammation in the body – in fact it reduces inflammation – which is one of the known causes of diseases and illnesses, especially cancer…”  Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…  

As our student, you will learn which (often surprising) foods are ‘burdens’ to health, and which (often equally surprising) foods are health enhancing.  You will learn to create what we refer to as ‘Medicine in Meals’. Learning how to create Therapeutic Recipes will help you acquire the skills to target therapeutic ingredients, that contain nutrients scientifically shown to support specific health conditions, body systems and organs. Examples of these recipes include:

Therapeutic

Anti inflammatory, Pain Killer Biltong

Therapeutic

Weight-loss and Blood Sugar Balancing Coconut ice fudge & ice cream 

Therapeutic

Liver & Immune Support Veg Hot Pot

Claim YOUR FREE THERAPEUTIC RECIPES, as a big THANK YOU!

for requesting this brochure.

To access your recipes, please click on each photo above and enter the password YummyTherapy

 

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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Sub-Module One 

Integrative Anatomy & Physiology, and Biochemistry

Our modern lifestyles have served up enhanced technology and the ‘convenience factor’. This has had a very useful impact on our lives…at a significant cost. Examples of the price we have paid are:

  • Severely depleted energy levels
  • Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF),
  • Long work hours
  • Unrelenting stress levels,
  • Emotional upheaval

The poor eating habits we have developed, often to self-medicate these areas, have exacerbated deteriorating health profiles and led to a concerning rise in the incidence of:

  • Inflammation
  • Autoimmune conditions such as Graves and Hashimoto’s thyroid conditions
  • Type 1 and 2 diabetes,
  • Endocrine disorders such as adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue syndrome
  • Obesity and weight management difficulties
  • Imbalances in blood sugars and metabolism
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Liver dysfunction and gallbladder problems
  • Kidney difficulties
  • Microbiome imbalances
  • Digestive issues such as IBS, Candida, low stomach acid and Rosacea
  • Allergies such as eczema, and psoriasis
  • Reduced fertility and increased miscarriages
  • Mental and neurological difficulties such as
    • Depression
    • Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
    • Many autistic spectrum disorder
    • The schizophrenias

The tragedy is that these are becoming common health problems in our society today. It is indeed a VERY steep price to pay!

Beverly (London, UK) says: “…Mary Lou has been my nutritionist and emotional therapist for about 4 years now.  With a healthy diet, good quality supplements and a calm, peaceful life equipped with stress management skills and lifestyle changes, one’s health has a very good chance to be restored. I have learned powerfully through experience, and having been educated by Mary-Lou, that health must include a change in lifestyle and choices. For the rest of your life! This is how one reaps the benefits to move forward in healthful ways…especially with a cancer diagnosis” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

 

Effective health care has moved away from the traditional ‘single organ or body system’ focus, and is being replaced with a more integrative, functional approach to diagnosis and treatment protocols. The awareness that many symptoms do not originate in the organ or body system where they manifest, has led practitioners to consider the overlaps between function in various parts of the body. Excellent examples of this include:

  • How thyroid hormone conversion requires optimal function of the liver, digestive system and kidneys
  • How liver enzymes are raised by various stress hormones
  • How female hormone issues can originate from raised stress hormones, liver or digestive dysfunction
  • How cardiovascular symptoms such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure originate in the endocrine system when stress hormones increase
  • How mental health issues, including the depressions and the schizophrenias can originate in digestive dysfunction, including low stomach acid, low gut bacteria, or inappropriate bacterial ecology (the Microbiome).
  • How issues such as eczema, psoriasis and Rosacea manifest on the skin as an inflammatory condition, but should be investigated and treated at the ‘root cause’ levels of digestion, low stomach acid and allergies.

If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

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Root Cause Resolution Medicine’ is an emerging field of practice globally, and one that is not only fully embraced by the directors at the Academy of Wellness in their own Healthcare Practices, but is also taught throughout our courses.

Lorna G (Dubai) Academy of Wellness student says: “I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2015…I completed a very detailed client profile form which produced some analysis to be explained to me at our meeting. This was to look at my overall health, not just my cancer diagnosis per se’.  From this report, Mary-Lou could see that I had adrenal fatigue which was why I had been feeling anxious and wasn’t able to deal with stress as I used to (long before my cancer diagnosis), it was also very likely to be the reason why I suffered with insomnia for so many years. It also highlighted that I had candida and interestingly, there are reports linking cancer with Candida. We covered so many aspects of my past ‘toxic’ lifestyle and the changes I would need to make going forward.. We discussed my options of going down the conventional route and the option of not and she assured me that which ever decision I made, that she would provide me with a full integrative support program.  We discussed many other matters, and if I were to note them all here, it would be a novel and not a testimonial. However, I came away from that one initial meeting with Mary-Lou armed with more information than I had learnt in a string of never ending appointments at the hospital. I was no longer afraid of cancer, because I understood it, this in itself was invaluable to me…” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

This module teaches you, the student, to understand how food influences the biochemistry in our bodies. You will have an understanding of the metabolic pathways of biochemistry, and which food and environmental toxins can block the way that nutrients work in the many biochemical pathways, leading to severe disruption of organs and body systems, and ultimately physical, emotional and neurological health. Food and environmental toxins include:

  • BPA in the lids of take-away coffee cups
  • Plastic food containers and Cling film plastic wrap
  • Infants’ bottles
  • Feeding utensils
  • Children and Pets’ toys
  • Growth hormones and antibiotics used in animal derived foods
  • Heavy metals such as mercury fillings in teeth
  • Heavy metals such as aluminium foil, eating utensils and cookware
  • Xeno-oestrogens in water and food packaging
  • Xeno-oestrogens in the pesticides used in farming methods of non organic fruit and vegetables

Very few symptoms actually originate where they manifest!

You will also learn how the various body systems and organs interact with one another, in order to better understand the origin (or source organ/body system) of your clients’ symptoms, in order to assess the underlying imbalances. It is by now well understood in Functional Medicine, that very few symptoms actually originate where they manifest! Practitioners who still attempt to go down the conventional treatment path of ‘just treating the symptom’ inevitably end up with disgruntled clients who keep moving from one healthcare provider to another, in a desperate attempt to find someone who can help them with a solution to their health problems.

As an Academy of Wellness Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner (IHWP) you will know how to create a participatory treatment programme that supports as many aspects of healing relevant to the targeted biochemistry, body systems and  organs, to ultimately support your client to improved health.

Lorna G (Dubai) Academy of Wellness student says: “…We discussed detoxing methods and the importance of living a toxic free life style (removal of chemical household cleaners, beauty and makeup products, even cookware and many many more..) I cannot believe I was so naive to such matters before…Mary-Lou is amazing and a very admirable character. She is caring and incredibly trustworthy and loyal to her clients. It isn’t just a ‘job’ to her, it’s her life, her passion! You will see this within a few minutes of talking to her.  I literally put my life in her hands and I can honestly say with the help and support that she provided me, even after cancer, I feel the healthiest I have ever been. I cannot thank you enough Mary-Lou… you really are one in a million.” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

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Sub-Module Two

Principles of Epigenetics in Nutrition & Wellbeing

“One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedence of chemical therapy over
nutrition.  It’s a substitution of artificial therapy over nature, of poisons over food,
in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.”
— Dr. Royal Lee, 1951


‘Epigenetics’ is an exciting new branch of science that has revolutionised our awareness of how our genes behave in relation to our environment. We now know that we are not ‘at the mercy of our parents’ defective genetics’ as has been previously touted. The joyous awareness of our enhanced self empowerment through better choices, is indeed a breakthrough for human beings everywhere! Choices like more laughter and calmer, peaceful lives; less anger, stress, and blame; more community driven activities; less loneliness and guilt; less chemicals and toxins, better quality and more nutritious food; less ‘junk food’ and high sugar/high stimulant food and drinks… Epigenetics shows how these ‘environmental stimuli’ such as  food, chemicals, thoughts and feelings all control the expression of our genes! These environmental stimuli can have either a positive or a negative  impact on the expression of health in our bodies.  It is all influenced by OUR CHOICES! Our genes do not control our cells… the Science of Epigenetics teaches us that our genetic expression (even faulty genes) is ‘switched on’ or ‘switched off’ by the influence of both our external as well as our internal environments.

Alice, (London, UK) says: “I have known Mary-Lou for the past five years and in that time I have come to understand myself both from a physical and emotional perspective. I came to Mary- Lou with what I thought was ‘just a few physical ailments’ that I hoped she could help me fix. Since then I have been on a long journey with Mary-Lou and have learnt that these ailments do not just exist on their own but that the human body is hugely interconnected and is affected by both internal and external factors. Mary-Lou has shown me how certain external factors affect me emotionally which in turn manifests in a physical way, such as inflammation in my body. I have also learnt how eating certain foods will prolong my symptoms. Once I understood this, Mary-Lou was then able to teach me many practical and emotional tools to help make changes in my life. Mary-Lou has been instrumental in supporting me to make these changes and without her I would not be where I am today. For this I am truly thankful!  We have just embarked on our next journey together where Mary-Lou is supporting me with starting my own business. I can’t wait to see what this next chapter brings!” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

Nutrients are but one (exceptionally crucial) category of many essential supportive epigenetic environmental stimuli, that have a positive impact on the expression of health in the body. Inadequate supply of the quantity or quality of any one, or combination of many nutrients, can significantly compromise the tissues, organs and body systems that must function normally over long periods of time, to ensure optimal health. Deficiencies can result in inappropriate cellular function, cell death, and inappropriate gene expression – often resulting in severely reduced quality of life, disease and death. This module aims to teach the student how to assess underlying deficiencies, and identify which body systems require support to ensure improved assimilation of nutrients by the client, thereby encouraging them to make better food and lifestyle choices, to lead them down the path of an improved health profile, and greater longevity.

As our student, you will become familiar with these Epigenetic principles throughout your entire course. And as our Graduate Practitioner, you will have learned to harness the enormous power of embracing Epigenetics as a means to supporting your clients to greater self empowerment, in their Personalised Health Improvement Strategies.

Mandy V (London, UK) says: “…I never believed in taking supplements for my health, however then I met Mary Lou through a friend and everything changed for me. I was recommended to contact and have a consultation with Mary Lou after ongoing health problems and issues with my stomach and diet. After my consultation, I followed her advice and began to take the correct supplements for my body. After a few weeks, I really started to notice a difference in myself. I no longer suffer from stomach pains and cramps, nor am I continuously ill. Mary Lou has helped changed my life and has been there to support me every step of the way…” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

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Sub-Module Three 

The Use of Culinary Herbs & Spices in Clinical Therapeutic Food Management

 

Therapeutic Cooking and Therapeutic Recipe Creation are exciting aspects of this Specialist Module, where you will learn to use Food in combined recipes and meals, in order to support healing in targeted organs and body systems.

Armed with the knowledge of how specific nutrients in food interact biochemically in the metabolic pathways of the body, our Graduate Practitioners will be equipped to make small changes that often result in significant health improvements. By understanding the Epigenetic impact of certain environmental toxins that block the use of nutrients in metabolic pathways, you will be able to appropriately guide your client to avoid specific identified ‘burdens’ present in their food programmes, and recommend the addition of the relevant helpful foods to achieve a positive change in the way their biochemistry influences their physical and emotional health outcomes.

Heather Falconer  (New York, USA) says: “…Mary Lou has changed the way that I think about food and general wellbeing. Prior to meeting Mary-Lou, I always believed that I was living a healthy lifestyle, but often felt run down, and always assumed that was due to a busy lifestyle. From monitoring my food consumption, Mary Lou was able to identify certain foods that I should and shouldn’t be eating, and work out the best recipes for a busy lifestyle. My life has been a rollercoaster over the past two years, and through her positive words of guidance, vitamin and dietary support has been incredible. Mary Lou is calming, positive and logical, I have recommended her to many of my friends, and I highly recommend all of you to also have a consultation, as she will change your life. Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

Negative Epigenetic Environmental Stimuli include:

  • Heavy Metals (such as aluminium and mercury)
  • Chemicals (such as pesticides in agriculture)
  • Growth hormones (used in non-organic animal feed)
  • Pharmaceutical drugs (such as antibiotics to avoid infection in mass animal farming)
  • Stress hormones (e.g. cortisol & adrenaline when people feel angry, frustrated, lonely, or bullied, or are emotionally, physically or mentally abused)

Our students learn to realise that so many symptoms can be remedied, or even avoided, simply by introducing one or more Positive Epigenetic Environmental Stimuli such as  therapeutic fruit, herb or vegetable into one’s diet. Astonishing amounts of studies have shown the healing effects of various whole, organic, fresh food products, and as our student, you will learn to identify which individual foods support a targeted symptom. An enhanced practical skill that you will acquire as one of our students, is that of Therapeutic Recipe Creation.  In the ‘Therapeutic Cooking’ section of this module, you will learn to combine pathology-specific supporting ingredients (different foods and herbs) in delicious and powerful ways, as a therapeutic strategy for supporting your clients’ health profiles.

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Examples of what you will learn in this module (to name but a few)

include the creation of

Therapeutic Recipes for the following health related areas:

  • Colds, flu and other immune systems imbalances

  • Arthritis and other inflammatory conditions

  • Depression and other mood disorders

  • Heart and Brain Health Issues

 

 

  • Stress & Anxiety Management, and Burnout, Fatigue & Low Energy

  • Blood sugar imbalance; Diabetes: Types I (Autoimmune) + Type II (Endocrine) + Type III (Alzheimer’s & Dementia)

  • Pain management

  • Thyroid and other Endocrine imbalances

 

  • Liver Support and Detoxification

  • Sports: Performance enhancement & exercise recovery

  • Eyesight and other eye related conditions

  • Weight loss and management
Marilda van Niekerk (Pretoria, SA) says: “To work with Prof. Celene has given me a new lease of life. Initially I was afraid that it would be the same story of having to eat a set amount of food each day and then I will pick all the weight up again at the end of the diet. Instead, I was taught why I should look at what I eat and how it will benefit or disagree with my body. For the first time I know what food does to me and this gave me the power to be in charge of my own weight loss and I could choose what I want to eat. The best result I got from working with Prof. Celene is that I lost 24 kg since February 2015 and I am not tired of the eating program or feeling deprived.  I look better, feel better, have more energy and realise for the first time how easy it is to be in charge of your own health and lifestyle. I am never going to stop with this eating program!!! It has been a pleasure to work with Prof. Celene. I have referred some of my friends to her, and have a list of people who want to join her programme.” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

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Sub-Module Four

Effective Weight Management Strategies in an Integrative Practice

It has been realised a long time ago that weight loss and weight gain are such complex subjects, and are not as simple as ‘eat less and exercise more’ or ‘eat more if you want to gain weight’.  It has been these very short sighted suggestions that have in fact often led to exacerbating the weight issue that people face. The frustration and desperation that people face daily with these challenges is palpable, and often finding a non-judgemental, understanding, kind and patient, and knowledgeable practitioner can be very daunting.

Kavita (London, UK) says:I actually met Mary-Lou at a boot camp in 2011 and had always wanted to continue eating well and training after the camp finished. Life didnt plan out that way… a year a so later Anxiety, Weight Gain, Sugar Levels and a Under Active Thyroid is what shook my body. I contacted Mary-Lou.. That was the first day of a new start. After a clearing and a nutritional assesment i went on a pancreas food programme along with supplements. I finally understood why and what was wrong with my body… All i needed to do was stick to this and work on myself with the support of Mary-Lou. I now look back and she has changed my life. The air just smells different! I dont see life like i use too… I cannot thank Mary-Lou enough or would never know how to repay her for giving me life again. I have now transformed my body and shed weight.. I feel good … I feel alive! Mary-Lous devotion to my journey has made this happen, without this support it would have been impossible!.. Its great to still have nutrition sessions once in a while as life always throws curveballs but my body is so much stronger and programmed differently now. Thank You Mary-Lou.. You are my blessing xx” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

Our students are trained in assessing the body systems and organs of each client, in order to see why they gained the weight, or cannot gain the weight.  Emotional factors (past and present) or future fears etc, are identified and addressed in the Integrative Health Treatment Plans recommended to the clients.  Our students receive intensive mentoring training to teach and practice patience, kindness, focus, and support every step of the way.

Elizabeth (West Africa) says: “I had first heard about Mary-Lou at a boot camp I attended before my 40th birthday and the wonders she could do with people struggling with their weight both physically and emotionally.  Two years on  whilst in the middle of my studies to become a therapist, I contacted Mary-Lou to facilitate an emotional clearing which helped to unblock a transgenerational pattern in my family system.  Fast forward another 2 years and I had just been diagnosed with Hashimoto disease which is a chronic autoimmune condition affecting thyroid health.  Although I had been taking prescription drugs I was still suffering from a variety of disturbing symptoms which the doctors told me would not be improved by diet.
I contacted Mary-Lou again and was given the careful support and practical advice that characterises Mary-Lou’s approach to her clients.  She will always go the extra mile!  Through her meticulous research and obvious passion to help people like me where traditional medicine did not quite reach the mark, Mary-Lou analysed my symptoms, blood tests results and life style and came up with a nutrition plan with dietary supplements and recipes.  She was patient and determined to provide me with a better understanding of my biochemistry and how gut health and stress had affected my health.  Within a few weeks of the eating plan and her continuous support my symptoms started to abate which was also reflected in my blood results.  After almost a year of feeling a stranger to myself, I began to regain my energy and get my life back.  Mary-Lou is a quick thinking and compassionate soul who really listens without judgement to what is really going on both in the body and in the mind.  I am grateful for her continued support.”  Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

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Sub-Module Five 

Basic Understanding & Assessment of Functional Blood Chemistry

This new and exciting module takes our Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners to ‘another level’. Many practitioners who graduate are slightly (or extremely) apprehensive about looking at a client’s blood tests, as they do not receive sufficient training to equip them to even understand the basics of what the biomarkers (or analytes) mean. In addition to training our students in the basic understanding of blood test analysis, we equip our graduates with an enhanced knowledge of HOW THE BIOMARKERS RELATE TO VARIOUS BODY SYSTEM AND ORGAN FUNCTION.

We teach our students NOT TO WAIT UNTIL ILLNESS STRIKES in their clients, but to be able to assess dysfunction in the early stages when it still does not significantly compromise the client’s health.  And if illness DOES strike, our Integrative Health & Wellness practitioners have the knowledge to explore and identify, and then create an appropriate personalised Health Support Plan to address the UNDERLYING REASONS for the condition, as opposed to simply addressing symptoms.  By recognising the interplay between the body systems and organs, and understanding the highly sensitive nature of ratios, when it comes to assessing a client’s blood test results, our graduates are positioned very competitively with many practitioners who are not comfortable with, or sufficiently trained in, supporting their clients at this level.

It is well known amongst Health Care Providers that if you can figure out what’s wrong with somebody and know the right treatment, but you can’t educate them or communicate in a way that they understand what’s going on with them, then to some extent you’ve lost – and you will know that you have lost because ultimately they won’t follow through.  Study after study validates that a client’s compliance with a required and recommended treatment increases dramatically when they fully understand what’s going on with them, and they trust their healthcare provider – not only in their knowledge, but in being able to relay the information in a way that is positive, life affirming, and easy to implement, at a pace the client can cope with.   Trust is an essential component of client compliance, and when you have it, your client will take that ‘supportive hand’ that you reach out to them, and willingly and gratefully allow you to walk alongside them throughout  their health journey.

When a client receives a very comprehensive and professional set of reports with practical client centred information about what’s going on with them, as opposed to a lab report with a bunch of numbers and written out fancy names of biomarkers, with a couple of written scribbles and scratches on it, the difference creates the outcome – with both client compliance, and a successful treatment programme. Subsequently this leads to happy clients, and more client referrals – the very best way to grow your practice!

Sinead (Essex, UK) says: “…I come from a medical background and request from Mary-Lou an explanation for any advice she gives, and she happily gives it in impressive detail… I would highly recommend her to anyone” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

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Many practitioners report that their clients are ‘jaw droppingly impressed’ to know that they’re going to leave the office with a full report that describes every single biomarker tested, and what it means to them relative to their symptoms. Most clients have never experienced sitting down with their Healthcare Providers and hearing words to the effect of “You’re about to learn more about your body than you ever have before.  And by the way, it’s all printed out for you and instead of the few pages that you typically have gotten from doctors in the past, I printed out these 23 pages, which explains everything to you.” They all sit back in their chair and breathe a sigh of relief because, at last, somebody is explaining their health to them in an easy to understand human english, as opposed to an abbreviated version of technical medical jargon. It is being suggested that Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis is the ULTIMATE Functional Medicine Assessment Test, because having the proper blood tests in hand and knowing how to do a thorough functionally-oriented analysis of the results can empower the practitioner to enact science-based disease-prevention programmes that could add decades of healthy function to your clients’ lives.  Knowing AND understanding the clinical implications for values that fall outside of the optimal range helps our Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners to be more effective health educators – No more telling clients that their lab work looks “normal’.

Sinead (Essex, UK) says: “…Mary-Lou has been a life-improving source of personalised information. Her knowledge on improving physical and emotional health scientifically is thorough and up-to-date. I would highly recommend her to anyone” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…
 One of the MOST essential aspects of any treatment plan is CLIENT PARTICIPATION. 

The client MUST be in agreement, and WILLING to actively participate in their treatment programme. This makes the difference in successful treatment because you’ll have a client that’s well educated, who understands the need for, and the rationale behind their recommended treatment programme.  And moreover, they are motivated to return for their follow up consultations, because they see it as an important learning experience that empowers them to take better control of their own health.

As an Academy of Wellness Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner, you will no longer be apprehensive when your client asks “Can I send you my blood test results please?”  YOU will, in fact,  be the Practitioner who ASKS FOR THEM!

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Sub-Module Six 

Introduction to Additional Essential Laboratory Tests in an Integrative Practice

In many cases, having a thorough understanding of which symptoms are related to which body systems and organ function, is sufficient to make an outstanding improvement to a client’s health outcomes.  As one of our graduates you will acquire this knowledge.  However, also having a broader understanding of additional available laboratory tests is an exceptionally useful addition to any healthcare practice.

 

 There are many diverse and often quite confusing ranges of lab tests offered to clients and practitioners nowadays. They can be extremely useful in identifying specifics and key areas for health improvement, and can make the difference to targeted treatment plans versus a bit of well educated guesswork.  We teach our students to know which tests are best for assessing targeted body systems, should the symptom assessment not create sufficient information to support the client adequately.

 

 Your enhanced understanding of various excellent lab tests will be covered in this very useful module.  Some examples include:

  • Blood test Nutrients Profile
  • Heavy Metals Evaluations
  • Male or Female Hormone panels
  • Salivary Endocrine profiles with Immune Markers
  • Digestive Stool Analyses with Parasitology
  • Urine Toxic Elements Clearance Profiles
  • Organic Acid Tests
  • DNA tests

It can be a minefield to negotiate these lab tests without the proper training. As a result, many practitioners do not avail themselves of these very useful resources, thereby potentially compromising the effectiveness of their client’s treatment programme. Our graduates will not fall prey to this difficulty, as this module is packed with comprehensive training to ensure the exemplary standards of our Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners.

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MODULE TWO

 

THE ROLE OF

                             LIFE MANAGEMENT TOOLS & COACHING                               

                   IN AN INTEGRATIVE PRACTICE

 The Integrative medicine model recognizes the critical role that the practitioner-client relationship plays in a client’s overall healthcare experience. It seeks to care for the whole person by taking into account the many interrelated physical and nonphysical factors that affect health, wellness, and disease, including the psychosocial and spiritual dimensions of people’s lives.  Our students learn to understand the relationship between emotional  responses and physical expression of these emotions in the body, as well as the biochemical causes that can lead to emotional responses and behaviours. This gives them the cutting edge in creating Personalised Integrative Health Treatment Strategies for their clients, once they graduate as practitioners, as they will be equipped to identify and  counsel emotional well being issues that are impeding health or lifestyle progress in the lives of their clients

Claire (Horsham, UK) says: “… I have a great deal of respect and trust for for Mary-Lou…She is a fantastic and supportive life coach and has taught me to value myself and learn to trust again …” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

Health coaching is poised to make a real difference in fighting the global health crisis

Health coaches provide instruction, tools, information and facilitation of behaviour change that leads to the creation of health, instead of the suppression of symptoms of disease. Our students are trained to educate and support people to find their way to better health. As our Graduate Practitioner, you are trained to not only provide physical and structural support for your clients, but you will also have acquired training and practical skills to help your clients manage their emotional wellbeing more efficiently, and implement tools to improve their lifestyle choices.  By understanding the impact of stress, anxiety, loneliness and depression, and their resulting corrosive effect on overall health, you will have the knowledge to support your clients to create balance in the interplay between their emotions and their physiology.

Beverly (London, UK) says: “…I was diagnosed with cancer …I learned [from Mary-Lou] how, if one has had challenges in childhood, or even adulthood, and you have not resolved these issues, your body can store it, breaking down the immune system, making way for diseases and illnesses to set in…” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

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Sub-Module One 

Emotional Wellbeing Support Skills in an Integrative Practice

Raphaelle (France) says: “I have been lucky enough to know Mary-Lou for nearly 10 years.  I first contacted her for nutritional advice and it was one of the best decisions I could have made.  I was feeling really unwell and stressed.  Our first meeting was a wonderful turning point for me and my relationship with my health.  Since then I have introduced Mary-Lou to my husband and if we need support, whether it is nutritional or emotional Mary-Lou is our first port of call.  One of her many special qualities is that Mary-Lou loves to share her insights.  I have learnt a great deal from her about my relationship with food and my own biochemistry.  Her passion, energy, kindness and depth of knowledge are truly remarkable.” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

In this incredibly overloaded world of stress and excess, many people are ill equipped to deal with their sadness, depression and anxiety, and many try to heal themselves (self-medicate) with food – usually the very foods (unbeknown to them) that actually aggravate the symptoms they are trying to resolve!. This tactic often leads to overeating, unwanted weight gain, and other health imbalances which subsequently lead to further depression, anxiety and sadness. Self esteem and loneliness result in too many individuals caught in this spiral towards greater misery and ill health. Confidence levels take a knock and this in turn often affects both personal and career relationships. Low confidence levels and low self esteem are crucially intertwined with physical health as well as achieving one’s goals and dreams.

Minal (London, UK) says: “Three years ago, I was going through an incredibly difficult period in my life. I was unable to deal with certain life events and fell into depression. I met Mary-Lou for a consultation.  I have become more emotionally resilient and am more self-aware, so that I can lead a happier, healthier life. I can say that I truly know myself now, and that I understand how my mind and body work in conjunction with each other.  Mary-Lou is always there for me, whenever I need her, quickly responding to my emails and texts. I would not be in the position that I am in now, had it not been for Mary-Lou.” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

As an Academy of Wellness  Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner (IHWP) in addition to being a caring and supportive ear and sounding board, you will be trained in Life Management Skills Coaching, to help your clients with practical tools to elevate their self esteem and self confidence levels. The personal reward in watching your clients transform their lives, and reach their goals and dreams, far exceeds any financial rewards. And financial rewards are not far behind, as these will be the very clients who build your business and client base through referrals.  It is no secret that people talk about people who have helped them.  Both Mary-Lou and Prof. Celene have built their health practices over the last 30 to 40 years, on very little advertising, and predominantly through the referrals of very happy clients who love them dearly.

Beverly (London, UK) says: “…I was diagnosed with cancer in 2012…It’s important that whoever is involved in your health care (even your nutritionist) that they believe in what they do from the heart. And they give you hope, and they really do care about you, and listen to what you have to say. They empower you. This is my experience with Mary-Lou…”  Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

 

Our students learn how to explore the connection  between food and emotions, and are taught Integrative Counselling and Coaching strategies to support their clients to the best possible outcome, at a pace that the client can manage. These strategies are incorporated into the ‘Integrative Health Treatment Plan’, to monitor and encourage the overall physical and emotional health improvements of the client.

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Sub-Module Two 

Effective Parenting in the Health & Well Being of  Future Generations

Warwick, Beata and baby Liam (Slovakia & London,Uk) say: “We have honestly learned so much from Mary-Lou about our own health and our son Liam’s health…Our son Liam had terrible eczema since birth, however by removing gluten, dairy & sugar from my wife’s diet, together with introducing probiotics, thanks to Mary-Lou’s advice, our son is now healed of his eczema, continuing to breastfeed with no effects of eczema evident. Mary-Lou’s advice, guidance and extensive knowledge has been absolutely pivotal in our family’s life and we have learned so much through our commitment to her wellness and nutrition focused programs. Thank You Mary-Lou for the invaluable life-changing advice and knowledge you have shared and supported us with, it has truly enabled us to re-focus our lives, with much improved health and general well being truly evident in our daily lives.’  Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others...

As early as conception, and in fact even before conception, the science of Epigenetics clearly demonstrates how a child’s lifelong health profile is influenced by the health of their parents prior to conception, the mother’s health and stress levels during pregnancy, as well as the child’s actual early years life experience,  These aspects are critical to ensure their positive health and wellbeing throughout the course of their lives into old age. It is now a well known and studied fact that from conception to pregnancy, birth to breastfeeding, to emotional nurturing and food, these all epigenetically influence the health outcomes of human beings every day that they are alive on this planet.

Where children grow up with secure relationships, safe home-learning environments, adequate housing, and have good nutrition, the probability of lasting positive health and wellbeing, to the day they draw their last breath in old age,  is strong.

On the other hand, adverse childhood experiences in the early years such as poverty, child abuse and neglect, or parental substance misuse, and inappropriate nutrition, not only impact negatively on children’s health and wellbeing, but can affect a wide range of future outcomes including learning, anti-social behaviour, and premature ill-health and death.

Claire (Horsham, UK) says: “… Mary-Lou taught me how to provide a nutritionally balanced diet for my Son who has a milk allergy…” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

Early intervention means (intervening) encouraging parents to make different choices prior to even getting pregnant, and to take different actions based on more knowledge, patience and care,at a young age or early on in the life course, while prevention refers to encouraging parents to make different choices as early as pregnancy and birth, and) avoiding the negative impacts of the social determinants of health.

This module teaches all these critical aspects of a child’s health, and our Graduate Practitioners will be well placed to support parents to identify and support improvements in not only underlying difficulties giving rise to conception (infertility issues in both parents) or miscarriage issues in the mother, but will be able to support the development of the child both during pregnancy (by supporting the mother’s and family emotional and nutritional well being, etc) and after birth as the child grows and develops.  Our Graduate practitioners will give attention to both structural health and emotional health development in the child, as well as providing life management support for the family in times of need.

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Sub-Module Three 

The Essential Role of ‘Community’ in Optimal Health and Longevity              

The Key To Success with your Health Goals

 ‘Friend Power + Will Power’ 
This is a much more effective formula than ‘Will Power alone’ !

 Research clearly shows that ‘Community’ is the biggest driving force behind health and longevity.  Studies on large groups of people have demonstrated that the two leading causes of Death by all causes’ is loneliness and ‘overt rejection’ (such as divorce, bullying, isolation in old age, etc)…and the antidote to this has been shown to be ‘COMMUNITY’!

It is also well known in the literature, that the peoples of the world where longevity prevails, are actively involved in their communities, and additionally have a sense of purpose in their communities.

We teach our students how to foster this community spirit, in their studies with us, not only to nurture themselves to greater health, but also to learn how to guide their clients after they graduate. Our students learn to explore activities that foster community, from small gatherings to larger groups…whether engaging clients in social cookery groups, or small education or mediation groups, or whether encouraging group activities like dance or yoga or tai chi classes, or exploring education classes that enhance the client’s sense of purpose in their community.

This Community focus is built into the module that teaches Assessment and Monitoring Criteria, when evaluating clients’ overall emotional, physical and lifestyle health profiles.

As Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners, our graduates keep focused attention on identifying loneliness in their clients and whether or not they are experiencing overt rejection from any key members in their lives. In the event of this, our practitioners are trained to give their clients the appropriate counselling support to create effective  practical tools that are appropriate to the client’s life and means, to manage and improve these situations.

Our students are also encouraged to stay connected with the Academy of Wellness Online Student and Graduate Community, which inspires compliance to the health and learning programmes, encourages conversation, lends support, creates new friends, and improves your overall health.

Sharon Coetzee (Johannesburg, SA) Academy of Wellness student says: “…This is an academic journey that I’m loving every step of the way. Anyone embarking on this journey will be fortunate to not only have academic wisdom and a Graduate Qualification, but be left with lifelong mentors and Friends!…” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…


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MODULE THREE

 

THE ROLE OF

HOLISTIC THERAPIES  

                        AS INTEGRATIVE SUPPORT STRATEGIES                     

 

At The Academy of Wellness we believe in teaching our students to support themselves, and subsequently their clients after they graduate, to greater Self-Empowerment, both through developing strategies for them to support themselves physically, and also by helping them to change the stress triggers and stuck emotional beliefs they hold about life, themselves, and their roles in the community, that do not serve them positively.

Lori (London, UK) Academy of Wellness Student says:Working with Mary Lou to improve my health has been amazing… She is a thoughtful and very supportive practitioner, whose breadth of knowledge on a range of topics is quite impressive! I’ve learned a lot about viewing the body in a holistic way through my education with Mary-Lou…”  Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others… 

A knowledge of a range of Holistic Therapies affords our Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners an excellent additional set of resources to support their clients to greater self-empowerment. The human being often responds best to a combination of useful support strategies, as opposed to the traditional ‘single modality’ approach, e.g. nutrition, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic manipulation, medical drug intervention, or psychology/counselling sessions. Stress has such a complex impact on both physiology and psychology, and these aspects typically feed into dysfunction in both areas. Our students will have a practical knowledge of various supportive Holistic Therapies, to support the Whole client profile when they graduate. An example of this is a stressed out 30 year old, overweight woman trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant.  As our Graduate Practitioner, you would assess all her body systems by understanding how her symptoms and lifestyle relate to, and impact, the functioning of her various organs and body systems.  Her emotional status as well as nutritional profile will be assessed, and her personalized programme will be discussed with her and agreed upon. Our graduates will know how to negotiate with her to ensure her WILLING PARTICIPATION in her ‘Integrative Health Treatment Strategy’ which could include recommending the following Top Ten Health Improvement Strategies to be introduced gently, over a paced time period during supportive follow up sessions:

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Top Ten Health Improvement Strategies

1.The daily use of relaxing essential oils

2. A targeted anxiety reducing  EFT Tapping routine and Reflexology points to self massage   

3. A diverse range of stress busting Therapeutic Foods, spices and culinary herbs to introduce into her food programme 

Food and Drink burdens to be reduced gently over follow up sessions, to support her stress levels and physical health profile

4. Introduction of a range of relaxing massages and spa days into her lifestyle at reasonable intervals

5. Introduction of a range of stress and weight management regenerative supplements that target the organs and body systems that show dysfunction.

6. Implementing useful software and aids, like blue light filter glasses, to reduce computer and phone related stress on vision, which negatively impacts the stress managing organs in the body

 

7. Changes to her sleep patterns

8. Several Short Life Management Skills Sessions to create practical and appropriate Emotional Tools for her to manage stressful situations and improve self-confidence.

9. Introducing more physical movement into her lifestyle – exercise and ‘non-exercise’ – both at work and after hours

10. Building in Lazy days and daily outdoor time with her bare feet in the grass, and around half an hour a day minimum, spent in sunlight, to recharge her energy levels.

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Sub-Module One 

Meridian Therapies in an Integrative Practice

‘Meridian Therapies’ is an umbrella term that refers to various treatment support strategies. Reflexology, Massage, Acupuncture, and Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) are but a few examples of Meridian based Supports. The body has pressure points from top to toe, that relate to organ and body system function, as well as to support emotional well being, whether the point is gently massaged or stimulated, or an acupuncture needle or small therapeutic electro stimulus, or magnet, is applied.

Many of these Self-help techniques do not require a client to see a practitioner, as they can learn and apply these easy techniques at home, to support themselves as and when they need immediate support. This gives the client a greater sense of Self-empowerment over their physical and emotional health, as they do not need to rush off to a practitioner every time they have a crisis. It is the clinical experience of the partners of the Academy of Wellness that this does not reduce business to our graduate practitioners. It has the very opposite effect, as it encourages many and ongoing referrals – the very best, least expensive, and most joy-filled marketing tool to grow your practice. It also gives our graduate practitioners a sense of achievement and joy at REALLY MAKING A DIFFERENCE in people’s lives.

Monika D (London, UK) Academy of Wellness student says: “…Mary-Lou has such an expanded knowledge range, and I am impressed that she continues to keep up to date with new information, and also continues to expand her own studies, which impacts me as a student of hers, as I have access to all the fantastic knowledge she imparts, not only in nutrition but her qualifications in various holistic therapies too…” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

Sub-Module Two 

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) in Integrative Practice 

EFT stands for “Emotional Freedom Technique”

As our student, you will learn how to support your clients by educating them in self help techniques where they tap on various acupuncture derived meridian points on the body. EFT has shown to release energy blockages that cause negative emotions, which are known to create health imbalances throughout the body.

Over 100 papers published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals, including dozens of clinical trials, have shown that emotional trauma contributes greatly to both minor and major negative physical health symptoms and disease. Research has also confirmed that once distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing.  Clinical trials have shown that EFT tapping is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress.

By using the elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combining them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points, EFT has demonstrated that it is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pain, and other problems.

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It is a powerful self-help method that our graduates can teach their clients to use privately and immediately, as and when they need it, as opposed to having to ‘schedule in a session’ which is usually after the intensity of (and damage caused by) the situation has already passed – a bit like ‘closing the stable door after the horse has already bolted’!

Experience is always the very best way to learn anything.  Our students learn and practice these techniques on themselves throughout the duration of their course, before they teach them to clients after their graduation.  The added benefit therefore is that they acquire tools to support their studies, as well as any ‘life pressure’ they may experience.

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Sub-Module Three 

Essential (Herbal) Oils in an Integrative Practice

Herbs offer us such an abundance of support in our daily lives.  

From enhancing the taste and texture of our food, to being an outstanding source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and unique medicinal properties, the health benefits of herbs fill volumes of scientific and medical literature. Whether consumed in food or tea form, applied as a compress or in a massage oil, or breathed in as an essential oil on a tissue or in a diffuser, herbs and spices help to improve both physical and emotional health and can help you maintain a healthy body weight, as many of them have the additional benefit of promoting weight loss.

“Herbs” and “spices” are often used interchangeably. However, there are key differences between them.  Roots, flowers, fruits, seeds or bark, are the sources of spices. Spices have a higher potency and a stronger flavor than herbs, and are therefore usually used more sparingly. On the other hand, herbs are commonly used in larger amounts than spices. as they are less potent and not as intensely flavoured as spices. Herbs are obtained from the leaves of herbaceous or non-woody plants and come in various forms, including dried leaves and teas. These oils have their own set of uses and benefits, including skin therapy, food preparation, home hygiene, insect repellants, and many other practical uses.

This module focuses on herbal, otherwise referred to as essential, oils.  Our graduates will be able to teach their clients which oils they can purchase, or safely make and combine at home, to best support their clients’ health profiles. Our Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners will be able to recommend and teach the different ways that essential oils can be taken or used, be it through cooking and  drinks, applied on the skin, or through inhalation.

Herbal/Essential oils are extremely therapeutic and can be fun to use as well. Knowledge of these outstanding oils is another excellent self-help tool that our graduate practitioners can teach their clients.

GO BACK TO PROSPECTUS

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MODULE FOUR

 

BUSINESS PRACTICE SKILLS

FOR THE PRACTITIONER

               IN THE MODERN ONLINE WORLD               

Marie J (London, UK) says: “...I started to feel more confident about life and just because I was ‘middle-aged’  was in no way going to stop me learning something new! I felt it was a new chapter – a new beginning! I felt inspired by Mary Lou… the fact that there is an inherent kindness, an ancient wisdom and a wealth of knowledge with her. She genuinely loves what she does and is one of the most sincere and loving people I know. I was happy to put her in a place of trust because I know she truly cares about people. I wanted to do something similar to Mary-Lou, career-wise, as I loved the results and positive effect she has on others. I’ve always had a great inner need to help others, although my path is slightly different in what I do, and I am extremely interested in nutrition,  well-being and holistic living. I felt I wanted to contribute to mankind more on the therapeutic side of things… I decided to study… and gain a diploma. Three years later I found my life’s purpose. I absolutely love using my skills…as a way to help people heal.
The things I’ve learned from Mary-Lou support my practice and make it stronger, bringing great value to it, and my clients. I honestly can attribute that my experiences with, as well as all the things I’ve learned from, Mary-Lou were conducive to my progress and my success, and to me making the decision to change my career.  I’m not looking back. My life is so much better and healthier! Mary-Lou Harris, THANK YOU!!”  Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

Cognisant of the fact that Information is the new commodity of the 21st century, it is critical that the capability to disseminate it effectively should be part of any serious training program. Many people have accumulated certificates over the years which they do not know how to use besides hanging them on the wall with fast fading nostalgia. The lack of hands-on practical training is the main reason why so many passionate graduates find themselves lost and alone, with nothing but a certificate in hand, faced with that daunting question “Where to from here?” They only then realise that THEY HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO BUILD A BUSINESS, OR WHERE TO START PRACTICING!

At the Academy of Wellness we have sought to counter this ‘half-baked-graduates’ dilemma by carefully designing the Business & IT Skills module. This module is deliberately placed as the last module, as it aims to not only prepare, but to practically guide and support, our graduates in setting up their online practices and businesses. And what an opportune time for our graduates to learn how to fully utilize cutting-edge IT resources, understand what they can do for them, and implement them, to aid in the running of successful practices.

Delivery Method & Course Content
The ‘Business & IT’ andOnline Marketing ‘ training sub-modules will be supported through several one-to-one training & tutored sessions conducted exclusively online, as well as practical homework tasks that form part of the assignments and marking process. By the time you graduate you will have chosen your Startup Business Name and created a web page for your business. You will also have created a Facebook business page and started marketing, through the use of video streaming, online Blogging, Vlogging and Blog Radio etc. Free Online Marketing resources like Mailchimp and Calendly will be familiar to you, and you will have identified key marketing strategies to encourage your chosen targeted client base to seek your support.

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 Sub-Module One 

Essential Mentoring and Support Skills for the Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner

Far too many excellent newly qualified Graduate Practitioners fall dismally by the wayside after graduating. This is due to very poor or non existent support from the institutions where they placed their money and faith, throughout their studies. By enrolling with the Academy of Wellness, we know that you investigate your study options, and choose most carefully where to invest your hard earned money, and which college will provide outstanding information to support your new chosen career path.  The disappointment is palpable in graduates who have been through this process, and then feel wholly unsupported after they are ‘unleashed’ on the world to fight their way through a maze of unknown variables in setting up their practice!

Sharon Coetzee (Johannesburg, SA) Academy of Wellness student says: “…Augustine’s hand at driving the Technical support is amazing and very up to date. We are guided and assisted in every area of our academic endeavours as well as personalised assistance in many other areas…” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

We are determined that this WILL NOT BE YOUR EXPERIENCE when you enrol as a student at the Academy of Wellness.  SUPPORT is our middle name – both throughout your studies (via your Personal Allocated Tutor), as well as after you graduate. You can either choose to team up with a new Academy of Wellness approved mentor, or continue your post graduate relationship with your ‘Student Personal Allocated Tutor’ for a small Mentoring fee. As your newly labelled ‘Graduate-Personal Allocated Mentor’ he/she will continue to guide and support you through that first critical year when so many Graduate Practitioners fall by the wayside. Remember that you will already have the practical knowledge that you gained in your final module, through your interaction with  your ‘Graduate-Personal Allocated Mentor’ who supported you through the final stages of your course.

The Mentor Sub-module is a critical element in training our students to learn how to be effective and supportive mentors, by engaging in this role with each other throughout Modules 1, 2 and 3 of their IHWP course, and then after graduation, by engaging with an experienced Academy approved ‘Graduate-Personal Allocated Mentor’, and filling the role as a ‘Graduate-Personal Allocated Mentor’ for final module students.

In this way we help to build a community of Health Practitioners who are armed to support one another, as well as the health of the greater community in the world.

Marie J (London, UK) says: ”…The things I’ve learned from Mary-Lou support my practice and make it stronger, bringing great value to it, and my clients. I honestly can attribute that my experiences with, as well as all the things I’ve learned from, Mary-Lou were conducive to my progress and my success, and to me making the decision to change my career. I’m not looking back.  My life is so much better and healthier!  Mary-Lou Harris, THANK YOU!!” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…
 
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Sub-Module Two 

Essential IT and Article Writing Skills for the Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner

 

  • How many a time do you stare at a blank screen, unsure how to start converting those thoughts and ideas into effective written content?
  • Do you get frustrated and give up before you even type a single sentence, convinced that this ‘writing thing’ is just not for you
  • Are you so overwhelmed by the seeming complexity of the digital world that you just don’t know where to start?  

Well, do not beat yourself up – it is a common challenge and this module is precisely designed to help you overcome these fears and ‘blocks’

As an IHWPC student, you will learn that article writing is a simple science which you can fully utilize to grow your practice. You will acquire the essential knowledge and skills required to create great content and run successful Social Media promotion and marketing.  

Some of the basic skills you will learn in this module include:

  • How and where to do the research for material before you start writing your content
  • How to choose and write great content for your blog articles
  • How to target your articles at specific niche markets
  • How to write content for profiles, and pages on relevant social networks
  • How to write for organisations, large and small.
  • How to write well structured  scientifically sound articles for health journalists
  • How to write an eBook and gain credibility as an Author in your chosen subject
  • How to use your ebooks in appealing marketing campaigns
  • How to use your writing skills to gain credibility and leverage for your business
Samantha Desplace (Durban (KZN) SA) Academy of Wellness Student says: “I am honored to be a Student of the Academy of Wellness – my journey with the Academy started through the Late Stuart Wilson… His Legacy now lives through his successors…The level of Expertise offered through this system, and by Augustine’s technical knowledge, is outstanding. I highly recommend the Academy of Wellness to anyone who might be interested in pursuing their Studies in the Health and Wellness Industry.” Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…

 

Sub-Module Three 

Essential Online Marketing Training for the Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner


As one of our Graduate Practitioners, you will have the choice to BE YOUR OWN BOSS, and well equipped to market your business online, even before you graduate! These essential and very practical skills will be learned and honed as part of the assignments for marking, during your final module.  By the time you graduate, you will have your business name, website and a blog, and social media pages all set up. You will have run some low cost adverts and interacted on the online forums associated with your chosen niche target market.

A summary of the areas covered include:

Targeted Niche Marketing

In addition to being adept at running your own Clinical Practice with a venue where your clients visit you, or as a Travelling Practitioner, our graduates are also trained to be Online Healthcare Practitioners, thereby broadening the scope of their client base to a global field.  As this is such a very large field, we teach our students to ‘niche down’ to the market they wish to serve.  We help them to identify their personal passion in terms of their health coaching and support skills. By the time our students graduate, they will have done extensive workshopping of their ideal clients, and will begin their careers as Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners, better equipped than many newly qualified graduates. They will already have identified, found, and started their interactions and marketing to their ideal client base, and should not feel the trepidation that befalls so many new practitioners who have recently graduated, and have NO experience or interaction with attracting clients to their business.

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Creating your own website & Blog

The purpose of the course is to enable the student to build from scratch, a functional website and a blog for their practice. Students will learn to enhance their article writing skills, to ensure content that is recognisable as professional and of journalistic quality.

Social Media Marketing

Our students will learn how to set-up and utilise the largest and most influential platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram and Google+.  

As our student, you will also learn the essential skills behind creating and managing effective social media strategies and campaigns, as well as the basic guidelines of effective blogging. You will learn to be comfortable with Vlogging (Video Blogging) and Live stream Blog posts on Facebook, YouTube, etc

Other activities include:

  • Creating your own online mini-course
  • Creating digital newsletters
  • Creating eBooks, and ‘Business-card Books/eBooks’
  • Creating webinars and videos
  • Learning specific posting strategies for different platforms
  • Scheduling social media posts and identifying where to find content
  • Understanding what a ‘Call to Action’ is, and how to create effective strategies to collect clients’ email addresses as future business prospects
  • Utilizing Google Drive to streamline your administration, and Time Management, and ensure efficient interaction with your clients, colleagues and team members
  • Learning and utilizing many other applications that make a practitioner’s work automated, smooth and efficient.

Course content also includes essential tips, techniques and tools to understand and harness the opportunities provided by the digital marketing world.

Become an Academy of Wellness Certified

Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioner (IHWP)

Marie J (London, UK) says: “Every person that passes through our lives makes a contribution to our life stories. There are those who play large roles and make deep impressions, and I can truly say that Mary-Lou Harris is one of those people! After a short and very warm chat with Mary-Lou on the phone, I arrived in Somerset to pick up my daughter and I was greeted with the warmest hug from this elegant, vibrant and lovely lady. Instantly i knew why daughter trusted her. She felt safe. We had a brief chat and concluded that I would see Mary Lou for a consultation ASAP. Well, that experience alone was life changing! Immediately Mary Lou picked up on several points of concern regarding my health and conducted tests. From that initial session, I learned so much about what was good and not good to eat in support of the body and healthy living.  I was actually really surprised at some foods that were causing me stress and pain because of the inflammatory factors! What an education so early in our communications!
Marylou devised an eating plan and suggested an array of supplements for me to start on  to support and facilitate healing in my well-being – both mentally and physically – from thereon.  Within just one week I started to feel better – I actually started to feel alive again!  Mary-Lou had picked up that my adrenals were in great need of support… and this stuff was working! At the age of 46 I had a new lease on life!! Click here to read the rest of this testimonial & others…
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If you would like to become more proficient in supporting your own health and those you care about, or making a career out of helping others achieve physical, mental and emotional balance (and learn to teach others to do the same), please contact us in one of the following ways:

SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR PERSONAL TUTORS

or our MASTER TRAINERS

Schedule your 15 minute free information chat with one of our Personal Tutors by CLICKING HERE to go and book a date & time that suits your diary   

or email: mary-lou@academyofwellness.org

FIND OUT HOW TO REGISTER HERE


‘INTEGRATIVE HEALTH & WELLNESS PRACTITIONER’ COURSE (IHWPC)

COURSE FEES, DISCOUNTS

and available

INSTALMENT PLAN OPTIONS

(In 2 currencies: ZAR AND GBP)

New Course Fees range from R25 000 (£1 480) to R31 850 (£2 450) depending on your choice of one of our five flexible and affordable payment plans below. The Once off Payment Plan, the 10 and 20 month Instalment Plans are interest free, and attract sliding scale discounts

NEW COURSE FEES (ZAR)

PAYMENT & INSTALMENT PLANS

Course Fees Discount Balance before Deposit Deposit Balance post Deposit Months Monthly Instalment Comments
30 000 5000 25 000 25000 0 0 0 ONCE OFF PAYMENT
30 000 2000 28 000 4000 24 000 10 2400 Instalment Plan
30 000 1000 29 000 3000 26 000 20 1300 Instalment Plan
30 000 0 31 476 1600 29 876 36 830 Instalment Plan
30 000
0
31 850
650
31 200
48
650
Low Income Status Application required

All above Fees quoted in ZAR (South African Rands)

All Fees valid at 01 July 2017

NEW COURSE FEES (GBP)

PAYMENT & INSTALMENT PLANS

Course Fees

Discount Balance before Deposit Deposit Balance after Deposit Months Monthly Instalment Comments

1 780

300 1 480 1 480 0 0 0

ONCE OFF PAYMENT

1 780

120 1 660 260 1 400 10 140

Instalment Plan

1 780

60 1 720 120 1 600 20 80

Instalment Plan

1 780

0 2 255 95 2 160 36 60

Instalment Plan

1 780
0
2 450
50
2 400
48
50
Low Income Status Application required

All Fees above quoted in GBP (British Pounds)

All Fees valid at 01 July 2017
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Short Courses: Coming Soon

At the Academy of Wellness, we are not only in the business of training future Practitioners. We are dedicated to helping as many people as possible to empower their health and the health of their families and friends. In view of this, we are creating the following Mini Courses to cater to the educational needs of specific target  audiences:

  • Children’s Health and Effective Parenting in the Health & Well Being of  Future Generations
  • Therapeutic Food Management to support Family Health & Wellbeing
  • Male and Female Hormone health
  • Stress and Lifestyle Management
  • The use of Essential (Herbal) oils in the Home, to support Health & Wellbeing
  • Using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to support Health & Wellbeing

We are also offering the following Short Courses, to name but a few, to support practitioners who wish to enhance additional areas of their practice, or just brush up on their present knowledge base. This is not exclusively for Practitioners. We welcome anyone who wishes to gain this enhanced knowledge.

  • Integrative Anatomy & Physiology
  • Laboratory Testing
  • Functional Blood Chemistry Testing
  • Holistic Integrative Therapies
  • Life Management Skills and Counselling Tools
  • Business & IT Skills

‘Short Course Completion’ Certificates and ‘Mini-Course Completion’ Certificates will be issued once you have completed your course. This acknowledges that you have satisfied the theoretical and practical requirements to ensure your proficiency in the Short Course or Mini-Course you have chosen.

These Short and Mini Courses will be published on the website as they become available.

WATCH THIS SPACE!

 
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JOIN OUR QUEST TO EDUCATE THE PLANET

AND

UPLIFT HEALTH GLOBALLY

BECOME AN AOW AFFILIATE TODAY!

LAUNCHING THE ALL NEW “RAP”

Referral Affiliate Programme (RAP)

We are delighted to invite you to participate in our new exciting

income generation opportunity, and help us spread the word!

The encouragement, gratitude and enthusiasm so frequently

expressed by so many of our students and friends of

The Academy of Wellness, as well as the referrals

and shared posts on social media

have resulted in several recent student enrolments.  

This has led us to feel that it will be

a wonderful gesture of appreciation for us to create a

Referral Affiliate Programme (RAP)

for Students & Friends of the Academy of Wellness

where any referrals that result in an enrolment, will attract a

Referral Affiliate Commission

in gratitude for your support.  

 

If you are interested in helping us

IN OUR QUEST TO EDUCATE THE PLANET

AND UPLIFT HEALTH GLOBALLY

please have a look at the RAP COMMISSIONS BELOW

as this is a wonderful opportunity

to bring in an additional income to support your world!

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FANTASTIC INCENTIVISED REWARD EARNINGS!

Improve your Quality of Life with some Extra Income

or 

Pay your Instalment Fees for your Studies

YOU GET TO CHOOSE!

 

RAP REWARDS CREDITED TO YOUR u-RAP ACCOUNT

ONCE THE STUDENT’S DEPOSIT IS PAID

Deposit Paid by Student

Duration in Months

Student’s Monthly Instalment

RAP Commission Payments on deposits

2%

1st to 4th enrolment in One calendar month

7%

5th to 9th enrolment in One calendar month

10%

10th + enrolment in One calendar month

ZAR 25,000

0 ZAR 0 ZAR 500 ZAR 750 ZAR 1,250
ZAR 4,000 10 ZAR 2,400 ZAR 80 ZAR 120 ZAR 200
ZAR 3,000 20 ZAR 1,300 ZAR 60 ZAR 90 ZAR 150
ZAR 1,600 36 ZAR 830 ZAR 32 ZAR 48 ZAR 80
ZAR 650 48 ZAR 650 ZAR 13 ZAR 20

ZAR 33

RAP REWARDS CREDITED TO YOUR u-RAP ACCOUNT

AS EACH MONTHLY INSTALMENT IS PAID
Deposit Paid by Student Duration in Months Student’s Monthly Instalment

RAP Commission Payments on monthly instalments

2%

1st to 4th enrolment in One calendar month

7%

5th to 9th enrolment in One calendar month

10%

10th + enrolment in One calendar month

ZAR 25,000 0 ZAR 0 ZAR 0 ZAR 0 ZAR 0
ZAR 4,000 10 ZAR 2,400 ZAR 48 ZAR 72 ZAR 120
ZAR 3,000 20 ZAR 1,300 ZAR 26 ZAR 39 ZAR 65
ZAR 1,600 36 ZAR 830 ZAR 17 ZAR 25 ZAR 42
ZAR 650 48 ZAR 650 ZAR 13 ZAR 20 ZAR 33
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TOTAL RAP REWARD PAYMENTS

OVER THE DURATION OF THE INSTALMENT PLANS
Deposit Paid by Student Duration in Months Student’s Monthly Instalment RAP TOTAL Commission Payments

2%

1st to 4th enrolment in One calendar month

7%

5th to 9th enrolment in One calendar month

10%

10th + enrolment in One calendar month

ZAR 25,000 0 ZAR 0 ZAR 500 ZAR 750 ZAR 1,250
ZAR 4,000 10 ZAR 2,400 ZAR 560 ZAR 840 ZAR 1,400
ZAR 3,000 20 ZAR 1,300 ZAR 580 ZAR 870 ZAR 1,450
ZAR 1,600 36 ZAR 830 ZAR 630 ZAR 944 ZAR 1,574
ZAR 650 48 ZAR 650 ZAR 637 ZAR 956 ZAR 1,593

POTENTIAL RAP REWARD EARNINGS

BASED ON PROJECTED NUMBERS OF ENROLMENTS
 

Deposit Paid by Student

 

Duration in Months

 

Student’s Monthly Instalment  

POTENTIAL RAP EARNINGS
Total on 4 enrolments  (R500-R637 per enrolment)
Total on 9 enrolments  (R638-R813 per enrolment)
Total on 10 enrolments  (R700-R891 per enrolment)
Total on 15 enrolments  (R883-R1125 per enrolment)
ZAR 25,000 0 ZAR 0 ZAR 2,000 ZAR 5,750 ZAR 7,000 ZAR 13,250
ZAR 4,000 10 ZAR 2,400 ZAR 2,240 ZAR 6,440 ZAR 7,840 ZAR 14,840
ZAR 3,000 20 ZAR 1,300 ZAR 2,320 ZAR 6,670 ZAR 8,120 ZAR 15,370
ZAR 1,600 36 ZAR 830 ZAR 2,518 ZAR 7,240 ZAR 8,814 ZAR 16,684
ZAR 650 48 ZAR 650 ZAR 2,548 ZAR 7,326 ZAR 8,918 ZAR 16,881

JOIN OUR RAP PROGRAMME TODAY

by emailing

mary-lou@academyofwellness.org

with any questions or to join the programme

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE ACADEMY OF WELLNESS:

We are always looking for dedicated and creative people

to embrace positions in the field of enrolments:

Enrolment Managers

Enrolment Representatives

We also have a Global Affiliate Programme

for those motivated people who wish to promote the Academy of Wellness courses

in countries outside of the UK and South Africa

If you are interested in knowing more about any of these positions

please email mary-lou@academyofwellness.org

to receive a Proposal for the role you feel drawn to

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CLICK HERE to Register

for the

Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners Course

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HELPING YOU

BUILD YOUR DREAMS

AND

ENHANCE YOUR HAPPINESS

…THE ACADEMY OF WELLNESS…

               SUPPORTING YOU FURTHER WITH YOUR                 

        HEALTH, STUDIES AND CAREER PROGRESSION!        

 If Health and Wellness is your Passion, the Academy of Wellness is your Tool!

 

This brochure has been lovingly created by AMC Digital Creations (support@amcdigitalcreations.com)

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We thank and appreciate the following people who have been instrumental in creating this Online Course Information Brochure:
  • Our wonderful late founder Stuart Wilson for all the incredible work and dedication in creating what is now the platform for this next exciting era of the Academy’s evolution.
  • Janet Wilson, Stuart’s loving and supportive wife, for entrusting Mary-Lou, Prof Celene and Augustine with Stuart’s Passion and Dreams for the Academy of Wellness.
  • All our wonderful students for their passion to further their studies, and for those students who lovingly wrote such heartfelt testimonials.
  • All the Friends of The Academy who so kindly wrote of their experiences with our directors, often sharing some deeply personal feelings and experiences, to support everyone reading this brochure.
  • dreamstime FREE & other stock Photos, for the wonderful quality photograps that enhanced our Online Course Information Brochure!
  • AMC Digital Creations (support@amcdigitalcreations.com or www.amcdigitalcreations.com) for so lovingly and professionally creating this brochure, in order to provide the most comprehensive information, in a fun and easy to read format.

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TESTIMONIALS

Sorted in alphabetical order according to name, with Academy of Wellness Students listed first, then testimonials with photos, then testimonials without photos

Students of The Academy

Denise Edwards Oosthuizen (Limpopo, SA) Academy of Wellness student says: “I learned about the Academy of Wellness through Stuart Wilson whom I met several times at ADHASA conferences. He inspired me to start studying a nutritional course. Due to personal problems I was forced to place my studies on ice indefinitely. Last year I contacted Stuart to enquire what the possibility was of me finishing my studies. He immediately agreed, but unfortunately he suddenly passed away while we were still sorting out the paperwork. I felt very disappointed as I didn’t know who would be taking over, and if they would be able to honour the agreement between me and Stuart.

I finally got the information that Mary-Lou Harris, together with others has taken over, and I decided to take a chance and contacted Mary-Lou. What a surprise I got, after supplying her with the requested proof of the agreement – she immediately gave me the go ahead! She put me in contact with Augustine Shamuyarira who handles the technical side of things for us to sort out a few logistics. And I got another surprise – within a couple of weeks I was able to resume my studies. But this wasn’t the end! Then I got assigned to Prof. Celene as my PAT (Personal Allocated Tutor) to support my progress, and got another surprise. With these people on my side I am finally working to finishing my studies. I am definitely giving them the highest recommendation.”

Lorna G (Dubai) Academy of Wellness student says: I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2015. I hadn’t had time to digest/process the fact that I had cancer, before the oncology doctors were pressuring me to start chemo and radiation. In their eyes, I had no other choice.

I had so many questions that I needed answers to, yet the doctors appeared to be very uncomfortable answering them. Their cold lack of support made me feel trapped and scared in a life that I didn’t want to be part of. In this day and age and with all the money that is invested into cancer research, how can chemo be the the only option I have?

I then met with Mary-Lou, where my fears turned into hope and my anxiety turned into calm… Read more of Lorna’s  amazing experience…

Monika D (London, UK) Academy of Wellness student says: “I have known Mary-Lou for many years now, in so many of her diverse range of roles. She has been my mentor, therapist, tutor for my various studies through the years, and now my Personal tutor at the Academy of Wellness, where I look forward to one day being a similar type of therapist and mentor that I have experienced from Mary-Lou. Above all, I have felt deeply loved and cared for by Mary-Lou and now also call her ‘Friend’ as I know that she truly has my very best interests at heart.  I am impressed that she manages to maintain being very professional but is in no way ‘distant’. I have always felt very loved and cared for by her, even when we first met, and I know that the friends I referred to her feel the same way. All these years on, I trust her implicitly… Read more of this powerful testimonial…

Neeli Kalan (Pretoria, SA) Academy of Wellness Student says: “Living in a fast paced City with a demanding job, my life is very rushed. I decided to embark on the self-paced E-Learning course through Academy of Wellness. From a family of Medical and Health background I also had interest in that sector for my own knowledge or even a career change one day. With great support from the late Mr. Stuart Wilson I completed the Wellness Facilitators Course and yet to complete the Nutritional Facilitator course. With the passing of the very humble, very informative Mr. Wilson, I thought where will this leave me now. With the new Directors onboard, they kept this Legacy of Mr. Wilson alive and continuously updated every student, with each student assigned a Personal Allocated Tutor and assist us with our time management schedule. With this highly dedicated team, they will be introducing new upgraded as well as short courses. I am so looking forward to this journey with this wonderful dedicated team who keeps me continuously informed every step of the way.”

Raessa B (Durban, SA) Academy of Wellness Student says: I have always been particularly interested in nutrition. Over the past two decades I have read many books on nutrition, surfed the net and consulted natural health care professionals. Due to this I have been able to resolve numerous health concerns and ailments without having to resort to conventional medicine.

My background was business and I held a number of senior management positions in industry, including marketing director of a major multinational company. A few years ago I decided that I needed a change and decided to enter the field of Nutrition. After considering numerous alternatives I decided to study a course in Nutrition (Nutritional Facilitators Course) with Stuart Wilson.

Due to my interest in the field of Nutrition I had a relatively good knowledge about numerous aspects. Formal study of the Nutritional Facilitators Course was however a huge eye opener for me and improved both my understanding and knowledge exponentially. It also contextualised what I had learned informally over the years. I was thus motivated to learn more and spent a great deal of enjoyable time researching. Stuart was always available to guide and inspire me and more often than not encouraged me to consider things from new innovative angles. He was a wonderful, compassionate, giving person who has enhanced my life tremendously.

Augustine has also been wonderful. Always efficient and helpful, going beyond the call of duty to facilitate a smooth flow of the course.

Samantha Desplace (Durban (KZN) SA) Academy of Wellness student says: “I am honored to be a Student of the Academy of Wellness – my journey with the Academy started through the Late Stuart Wilson.  Stuart was an amazing mentor who worked closely with me through the first phase of my course.  His unwavering support, passion for Health and Wellness and his guidance surpassed all my expectations. His Legacy now lives through his successors, namely Professor Celene Bernstein and Mary-Lou Harris, who are currently going to great lengths to update the content of the course material.  The PAT (Personal Allocated Tutor) system, which has been implemented, is of great benefit to the students, allowing them to have close contact and guidance from Prof. Celene and Mary-Lou, this is an invaluable Service when studying through correspondence.  Furthermore, the level of Expertise offered through this system, and by Augustine’s technical knowledge, is outstanding. I highly recommend the Academy of Wellness to anyone who might be interested in pursuing their Studies in the Health and Wellness Industry.”

Sharon Coetzee (Johannesburg, SA) Academy of Wellness student says: “I am a full-time business entrepreneur. This takes up a lot of my day. However I wanted to increase my knowledge and further my education. Time was a big Factor. Not being able to go to classes was the problem. Academy of wellness was introduced to me by the founder Stuart Wilson who explained to me that I could do distance learning with ease. Stuart and Augustine assisted me along the way. I had completed my first qualification, but sadly with the passing of Stuart I was concerned for the future of my studies.

Stuart left the Legacy that the new directors have taken to a higher level. The assistance and quality of the Course can stand toe-to-toe with the best courses internationally.  Mary-Lou Harris and Prof. Celene Bernstein with the assistance of Augustine Shamuyarira have introduced new aspects to the academic quality of this course.  The students’ assistance is phenomenal as each student is assigned a PAT (Personal Allocated Tutor). Augustine’s hand at driving the Technical support is amazing and very up to date. We are guided and assisted in every area of our academic endeavours as well as personalised assistance in time management and many other areas. This is an academic journey that I’m loving every step of the way. Anyone embarking on this journey will be fortunate to not only have academic wisdom and a Graduate Qualification, but be left with lifelong mentors and Friends! If Health and Wellness is your passion, Academy of Wellness is your tool.”

Taryn (Nelson, New Zealand) Academy of Wellness student says: “The Academy of Wellness has been the gateway for me, into the world of health and nutrition. When I began the course in 2012, Stuart’s passion for nutrition and helping others inspired me further to pursue this course. Being online, it suited me so well as I already had a full time job. Having the flexibility for study was great!Stuart was a great mentor, and I am honored to have met him and to have been a part of what he worked so hard to build. His legacy lives on in this new exciting era of The Academy of Wellness. The team are passionate and dedicated, and I am looking forward to all the new informative content that is to come.”

Wafa Hamkari (Essex, UK) Academy of Wellness student says: Mary-lou is a fountain of knowledge and heart and has really helped me in ways where the doctors have not been equipped to … my life is infinitely better since she has been in it … seven years now I believe  The advice and information she passes on is in a non judgmental way you can be totally honest about your ” bad habits “.. she educates , helps and encourages you to be the best version of yourself … when your session of nutrition or healing or reflexology is over  I guarantee you will be educated, uplifted and motivated for whatever is next in your journey.

I am still just living my life and I am not living the total natural lifestyle but I am now equipped with the knowledge about how to impact my health in a less toxic way and I’m “less bad ” to my body and soul.
In short Mary-Lou is one impressive lady.

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Friends of The Academy

Alice, (London, UK) says: “I have known Mary-Lou for the past five years and in that time I have come to understand myself both from a physical and emotional perspective. I came to Mary- Lou with what I thought was ‘just a few physical ailments’ that I hoped she could help me fix. Since then I have been on a long journey with Mary-Lou and have learnt that these ailments do not just exist on their own but that the human body is hugely interconnected and is affected by both internal and external factors. Mary-Lou has shown me how certain external factors affect me emotionally which in turn manifests in a physical way, such as inflammation in my body. I have also learnt how eating certain foods will prolong my symptoms. Once I understood this, Mary-Lou was then able to teach me many practical and emotional tools to help make changes in my life. Mary-Lou has been instrumental in supporting me to make these changes and without her I would not be where I am today. For this I am truly thankful!  We have just embarked on our next journey together where Mary-Lou is supporting me with starting my own business. I can’t wait to see what this next chapter brings!”

Beverly (London, UK) says:My name is Beverly. I am 53 years of age. I was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Mary Lou has been my nutritionist and emotional therapist for about 4 years now. During this journey I have learned that chemotherapy doesn’t get rid of cancer. It can only target the tumours, and the mother cells are left to become reactive at a later stage. This is what has happened in my case. Under Mary-Lou’s guidance, I have changed my diet to a Ketogenic diet, which provides my body with easy energy for my recovery, and also includes more live foods to help my good cells to thrive. I have learned that this diet doesn’t produce inflammation in the body – in fact it reduces inflammation – which is one of the known causes of diseases and illnesses, especially cancer. I understand now that cancer is like any other diseases or illnesses. With a healthy diet , good quality supplements and a calm, peaceful life equipped with stress management skills and lifestyle changes, one’s health has a very good chance to be restored. A few months ago the doctor was saying I may need a hip operation. It was painful to walk at times. After talking with Mary-Lou, I learned how to change my diet to a Ketogenic diet and within a matter of weeks. I was good as gold.

I also learned how, If one has had challenges in childhood, or even adulthood, and you have not resolved these issues, your body can store it, breaking down the immune system, making way for diseases and illnesses to set in. It’s also important that whoever is involved in your health care (even your nutritionist) that they believe in what they do from the heart. And they give you hope and they really do care about you and listen to what you have to say. They empower you. This is my experience with Mary-Lou. I have learned powerfully through experience, and having been educated by Mary-Lou, that health must include a change in lifestyle and choices. For the rest of your life! This is how one reaps the benefits to move forward in healthful ways…especially with a cancer diagnosis”

Claire (Horsham, UK) says: “I have a great deal of respect and trust for Mary-Lou. Not only has she taught me how to provide a nutritionally balanced diet for my Son who has a milk allergy, she has helped me to maintain a healthy lifestyle. With no end to her talents she is also a fantastic and supportive life coach who has taught me to value myself and learn to trust again”

Testimonial from a very happy mother:

Deborah (Abu Dhabi) says: “Mary-Lou is rated by my gifted, intelligent 22yr old son as being able to answer all his questions, a feat extraordinaire! Someone who is a true embodiment of the meaning of an ‘holistic’ care giver, thank goodness we met. Besides being a ‘life saver’, recommending Mary-Lou is not enough, everyone should have the opportunity for a discussion with this fountain of knowledge, a chance for healing.”

Heather Falconer  (New York, USA) says: Mary Lou has changed the way that I think about food and general wellbeing. Prior to meeting MaryLou, I always believed that I was living a healthy lifestyle, but often felt run down, and always assumed that was due to a busy lifestyle. From monitoring my food consumption, Mary Lou was able to identify certain foods that I should and shouldn’t be eating, and work out the best recipes for a busy lifestyle.

My life has been a roller-coaster over the past two years, and through her positive words of guidance, vitamin and dietary support has been incredible. Mary Lou is calming, positive and logical, I have recommended her to many of my friends, and I highly recommend all of you to also have a consultation, as she will change your life.

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Lori (London, UKAcademy of Wellness Student says: “Working with Mary Lou to improve my health has been amazing. She gives very detailed and thorough consultations, with bespoke food and supplement plans, working with you every step of the way to reach your goals. She is a thoughtful and very supportive practitioner, whose breadth of knowledge on a range of topics is quite impressive!

I’ve learned a lot about viewing the body in a holistic way through my education with Mary-Lou, as well as the importance of how our emotions and psychological states impact on our bodies. It has been extremely reassuring to know I can turn to a highly qualified, friendly, nutritional expert that will support me and provide me with the right resources and information that I need to continue improving my health. I hope to continue working with her for many years to come. Thanks Mary-Lou!

 

Mandy V (London, UK) says: “I never believed in taking supplements for my health, however then I met Mary Lou through a friend and everything changed for me. I was recommended to contact and have a consultation with Mary Lou after ongoing health problems and issues with my stomach and diet. After my consultation, I followed her advice and began to take the correct supplements for my body. After a few weeks, I really started to notice a difference in myself. I no longer suffer from stomach pains and cramps, nor am I continuously ill. Mary Lou has helped changed my life and has been there to support me every step of the way. She has provided me continuous support day and night, which has helped me improve my health tremendously.  Mary Lou has helped me to understand so much more about my body and health. Her knowledge is impeccable and I cannot thank her enough for the changes she helped me make to my life. I would recommend her to anyone who feels they need the extra support and knowledge to improve their health and lifestyle choices”.

Marie J (London, UK) says: “Every person that passes through our lives makes a contribution to our life stories. There are those who play large roles and make deep impressions, and I can truly say that Mary-Lou Harris is one of those people!

It was my young daughter that introduced us when she was at Boot Camp struggling with weight problems. I was not fond of the military style, adrenal draining methods that Boot Camps use (but each to their own) however, she came back considerably lighter, much fitter and far more knowledgeable in  ways of nutrition and general well-being… Read more of Marie’s life-changing experiences…  

Minal (London, UK) says:Three years ago, I was going through an incredibly difficult period in my life. I was unable to deal with certain life events and fell into depression. I met Mary-Lou for a consultation and genuinely it has been the best thing I ever could have done.

I learned more about myself in the past 3 years with Mary-Lou’s support, than I ever have done! How bizarre to realise, that we don’t know ourselves as well as we think we do, even as a fully grown adult.

I have a much better understanding of how the foods that I eat, affect my wellbeing, my emotions and my behaviour. I now eat a better, more nutritious diet, which enables me to feel more active and energetic. Mary-Lou has even helped to fix some of the symptoms I was getting with an ongoing health issue. Such a relief to no longer keep taking antibiotics (which do more harm than good), and learning how to fix/manage ailments naturally.

I have become more emotionally resilient and am more self-aware, so that I can lead a happier, healthier life. I can say that I truly know myself now, and that I understand how my mind and body work in conjunction with each other.

Mary-Lou is always there for me, whenever I need her, quickly responding to my emails and texts. I would not be in the position that I am in now, had it not been for Mary-Lou.”

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Priya (London, UK) Academy of Wellness Student says: “I’ve known Mary-Lou for a few years now. She has helped me enormously since the very day we met. I’ve had an Emotional Clearing with her, which was the best decision I’ve ever made, and I also have nutritional sessions with her regularly.  Mary-Lou is an all rounder. Not only does she help with the psychological aspect but just as importantly the internal nutritional side which are both heavily linked. I have gained extensive knowledge from Mary-lou as she confidently explains in detail what my symptoms are, and why and how to rectify them. I now understand my body more than ever, and understand what foods and supplements I need to help me be the healthiest I can possibly be. I’m grateful to have met her and have recommended many friends to her, who would equally repeat the above.”

Raphaelle (France) says: “I have been lucky enough to know Mary-Lou for nearly 10 years.  I first contacted her for nutritional advice and it was one of the best decisions I could have made.  I was feeling really unwell and stressed.  Our first meeting was a wonderful turning point for me and my relationship with my health.  Since then I have introduced Mary-Lou to my husband and if we need support, whether it is nutritional or emotional Mary-Lou is our first port of call.  One of her many special qualities is that Mary-Lou loves to share her insights.  I have learnt a great deal from her about my relationship with food and my own biochemistry.  Her passion, energy, kindness and depth of knowledge are truly remarkable.”

Sinead (Essex, UK) says: “Mary-Lou has been a life-improving source of personalised information for me. Her knowledge on improving physical and emotional health scientifically is thorough and up-to-date and I have learned so much. I come from a medical background and request from her an explanation for any advice she gives, and Mary-Lou happily gives it in impressive detail. I would highly recommend her to anyone”

 

Warwick, Beata and baby Liam (Slovakia & London,Uk) say: We have honestly learned so much from Mary-Lou about our own health and our son Liam’s health. I had chronic IBS for many years and through following Mary-Lou’s gut health recovery program I can say I am now genuinely healed from my IBS. Our son Liam had terrible eczema since birth, however by removing gluten, dairy & sugar from my wife’s diet, together with introducing probiotics, thanks to Mary-Lou’s advice, our son is now healed of his eczema, continuing to breastfeed with no effects of eczema evident. Mary-Lou’s advice, guidance and extensive knowledge has been absolutely pivotal in our family’s life and we have learned so much through our commitment to her wellness and nutrition focused programs. Thank You Mary-Lou for the invaluable life-changing advice and knowledge you have shared and supported us with, it has truly enabled us to re-focus our lives, with much improved health and general well being truly evident in our daily lives.’

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Carrie Field (Johannesburg, SA) says “Before I started work with Prof. Celene I felt lethargic, not motivated and was not sure how far I would go with this programme.  The process has been good – motivating, down to earth good advice. Booklets supplied are a constant source of continued revision.  I have lost 7kgs to date. I am surprised at my determination to carry this through and Prof. Celene has given a lot of additional information and weekly updates that really helped me stay with the programme even when I was not sure I could.”

Cynthia Kaplan (Johannesburg, SA) says: “I have to believe that this opportunity to have joined Prof. Celene on the Patrick Holford eating plan was by no coincidence. I was so ill in December with shingles and burnout and I received notification from my boss, Denese Zaslansky, that Prof. Celene emailed her and invited her to join her Trial eating program . Denese immediately emailed me and suggested I contact Prof. Celene immediately, which I did, and that opportunity was definitely from up above. Read more of Cynthia’s awesome experience...

Irene Badenhorst says: “Prof Bernstein has helped to get me back into shape, improved my health and energy levels. I have fibromyalgia and have severe muscle pain, headaches and bad fatigue.  As a result of this I tend not to exercise as much as I should and always had wrong eating habits. This lead to being overweight which increased my fibromyalgia attacks. I have been to many dieticians before and always picked up the weight I lost and more, so I did not believe that going to Prof Bernstein would help me lose weight and sustain the weight loss afterwards. Nobody had been able to help me with the extreme pain and fatigue, so I did not think that she could help me at all, but she did!

Prof Bernstein has been a great help and mentor as she is always there for me with good advice to ensure I am successful.  She cares about the person and wants you to succeed in your goals. I have lost over 10 kg, have loads of energy, feel good about myself and my pain is under control.  I feel I have a programme that is sustainable for life, and it is not a diet but a lifestyle change, that I desperately needed.  Prof. Celene has helped me to be my old self again, and is a joy to work with as she cares about you.  She sends lots of recipes, helps you with information that you need to overcome bad influences from the past, and get your life back. You can still eat enough food, never need to starve yourself and still lose the weight.  My energy levels have increased; I sleep better and am able to enjoy life again with my family.  I would recommend her Health Mentor services to anyone, as it is easy to do.”

Mrs K (Johannesburg, SA) says: “I found you to be very professional, efficient, available and concerned and it was good to work with you.  I have lost 3 kgs which is great for me but most of all, I now know how to lose weight when I want and need to”.

Pearl Friedman (Johannesburg, SA) says: “I took part in Prof. Celene’s Diet Trial programme in Feb 2015 and I feel that this programme really turned around both my eating habits and also Stan’s, because he is eating what I do, and we have both lost some weight, but more importantly, it has changed the way we look at foods and the way we feel.

We are both senior citizens.  We only eat the healthy low GL foods and have no cakes, biscuits, sweets, desserts in our home.  We eat lots of salads, and veggies. Only limited rye bread, as we are allowed,and Oats for breakfast and fruit and yogurt.  Thank you sincerely for setting us right.

We have recently been on holiday with friends to a self-catering establishment, and it was a little more difficult as we shared the food costs and as it was their timeshare, we could not be too vocal, but we were giving ourselves “silent medals” for right eating.  We also walked for over an hour every morning.

We are doing our early morning walks, as we have always done and I am attending my seniors’ gym class for two hours a week.  Stan is playing his bowl 2 -3 times a weeks. We really feel good.

We thank Prof. Celene most sincerely for setting us on the right path and wish you every success in promoting your programme further.”

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Sharon Kalinko (Johannesburg, SA) says: “Before I started working with Prof. Celene I was unable to lose weight.  I was initially concerned that it would be a waste of time for me.  I found her to be very professional, efficient, available and concerned,  and it was good to work with her.  I have lost 3 kgs which is great for me but most of all, I now know how to lose weight when I want and need to.  Thank you for the opportunity.

Vivienne Gast (Johannesburg, SA) says: “I am 57 years old and was at the heaviest I have ever been. I also have arthritis and decided that in order to manage the pain better I would need to get rid of my excess weight. There would also be other benefits in getting rid of the weight such as feeling better about myself, making my asthma more manageable, looking better and being able to improve my health all round. My partner is a fan of the Holford regimen and to support me contacting Patrick Holford via the South African website to inquire about a South African contact in order to help me lose weight. In an email from them he was given Prof Celene Bernstein’s number and she was also copied into the e-mail. She subsequently contacted him. I have been consulting with her since 14 November 2014.

I attended her Diet Trial and Emotional Eating Programme, and she has given me an eating plan which I have been following and under her guidance and encouragement I have dropped 6,5 kgs. My energy levels have improved and my clothes fit better. I have also lost a few cm around the waist. Whenever I have any questions or doubt, I phone Celene and I am given advice and encouragement. My aim is to get rid of another 15 kgs within the first part of this year which I am determined to do.”

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