Shrewsbury centre celebrates successful birthday

A Shrewsbury natural health and wellness centre is celebrating after a successful open day which also helped raise cash for charity.

The Centre for Integral Health staged the event at its base in St Austin’s Friars last weekend to mark its third birthday.

Centre founder Ben Calder said the open day attracted big crowds, with many people visiting the centre for the first time.

 “We had around 30 new visitors along with lots of loyal customers, all talks were attended and enjoyed and the opening chi kung class and closing Gong Meditation were thoroughly enjoyed by all,” Ben said.

“There was lots of great food, some provided by local baker Holly Robinson of Timeless and Tasty, a gluten free and paleo baker.

“It was a very special day and all who attended felt healthier and happier by the end of it. We also managed to raise a three-figure sum for the charity we were supporting.

“We took donations to help the daughter of one of our practitioners travel to Malawi in September with Progressio ICS (International Citizens Service) to spend 12 weeks volunteering on development projects supporting poor and marginalised people, especially women in local communities. 

“It is especially pleasing to be able to help such a worthwhile project and we are delighted with the support we received at the open day.”

The centre was the first in Shropshire to recognise the need to combine the most effective elements of conventional and non-conventional complementary approaches to health and has since gone from strength to strength.

Therapies and techniques available at the centre include kinesiology, nutritional therapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, counselling and reflexology.