What Is CST?

What Is CST?

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Cranio-Sacral Therapy – originating in the Upledger Institute – is an exceptionally gentle yet extremely powerful form of treatment, which engages with the deepest inherent healing forces within the body in order to enable integration of the whole body-mind.

The human body has a powerful inherent healing potential, but this potential can be compromised or depleted by injury, disease, trauma and stress. The forces of nature, both within and outside the body, have a natural tendency to reintegrate and restore healthy function. Quantum science demonstrates that this potential arises from the electromagnetic and other forces which pervade the whole universe, which are the basis of physics, chemistry and biology, which permeate all living beings, our environment and the whole matrix within which we exist, and which are responsible for generating life, growth, health and healing. These forces are expressed in the body as rhythmic motion.

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CST engages with these forces in order to enhance the body’s natural healing ability and to restore health and integration of body, mind and spirit. It can enhance health in any circumstances – from new born babies to the elderly, from birth patterns, injury, illness, severe trauma, and all the many stresses and strains of life, both physical and emotional, often resolving issues that are not helped by other means. It is a profoundly transformative process.

Cranio-Sacral treatment is most often carried out with the patient lying down, fully clothed, in a quiet and peaceful environment. Treatment involves a very gentle touch of the practitioner’s hands. This light contact may be taken up on the Cranium (head) the Sacrum (tail-bone) the feet, the trunk, or any other part of the body as appropriate. Treatment is generally experienced as a profound relaxation and reintegration which may pervade the whole person, physically, mentally and emotionally, often accompanied by a feeling of lightness and ease. When we rest our hands very lightly on the body and engage on a subtle level, we can feel rhythmic motion being expressed throughout the body, as if the whole body were gently breathing – not just the usual breathing of the lungs, but a more gentle, subtle, rhythmic motion.

The body is a coherent living matrix (Oschman – Energy Medicine – the scientific explanation 2000) guided by biodynamic forces. The natural world is guided by forces and rhythms which surround us and permeate us. The rhythmic motion which we feel in the body is a reflection of a natural force (described by Sutherland as the Breath of Life) which is present throughout nature and which perfuses all living things. It is an indication of our aliveness and a reflection of our vitality.

It is this natural force which determines the orderly progression of life, growth, development, health and healing and which restores and maintains balance and integration – whether in an acorn, enabling it to grow into a magnificent oak tree, or in a human being, enabling our progress from embryological development and throughout life.

Everything that happens to us – every injury, every illness, every tension, every trauma – influences this underlying vitality and its rhythmic motion, creating disturbances to its fluent expression.

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You Need To Know Why Digital Marketing Is Important

You Need To Know Why Digital Marketing Is Important

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Uncategorized |

There’s no denying it, the world is rapidly shifting from analogue to digital. People are consuming more and more digital content on a daily basis – on mobile phones, laptops, desktop computers at work, and more – and companies that have not yet recognised this in their marketing strategies need to adapt fast. Why is digital marketing so important? Because it is not only a rapidly growing force in the current marketing playing field, it is set to be the future of marketing, and it seems likely that digital media will soon replace more traditional forms altogether.

While older generations will no doubt lament the demise of paper-based newspapers, books, communication methods and traditional TV and radio broadcasts, those who have grown up with the internet and mobile phones as a God-given right are already embracing the brave new world of digital consumption. The facts are that digital methods of communication and marketing are faster, more versatile, practical and streamlined, so it is perhaps unsurprising that once the technology became available we began quickly moving into the digital age. The good news is that digital offers just as much potential to marketers as it does to consumers.
Before we look at the benefits of digital marketing, let’s take a quick snapshot of some of the key forms of it at present:

Websites and SEO content


Internet banner ads

Online video content

Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising

Email marketing

Social media marketing (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.)

Mobile marketing (SMS, MMS, etc.)

This is far from an exhaustive list, and new forms of digital marketing, such as augmented reality, are arriving all the time.

So, why digital marketing?

First of all, digital marketing is infinitely more affordable than traditional offline marketing methods. An email or social media campaign, for example, can transmit a marketing message to consumers for the merest fraction of the cost of a TV ad or print campaign, and potentially reach a wider audience.

But one of the main benefits of conducting your marketing digitally is the ease with which results can be tracked and monitored. Rather than conducting expensive customer research, you can quickly view customer response rates and measure the success of your marketing campaign in real-time, enabling you to plan more effectively for the next one. When you look for a Massachusetts experts in digital marketing agency you need to work out the best thing for your company and digital marketing is that key.

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Perhaps the strongest case for incorporating a digital element into your marketing is that digital media forms are quickly overtaking traditional forms of information consumption. According to the Office for National Statistics, over 82% of UK adults went online in the first three months of this year: that’s over 40 million individuals.

The bottom line is, the digital age is here, and those businesses that fail to adapt to the new marketing climate are at great risk of going extinct sooner rather than later.

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Is CCTV Required For The Home?

Is CCTV Required For The Home?

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Uncategorized |

We live in a technological world now and everything is monitored by Big Brother. You cannot walk down the high street without seeing cameras perched on top of buildings or lampposts and every shop and mode of public transport is covered in cameras ‘for our protection’. The thing is, it’s hard to know whether they actually work as a deterrent to violence or burglars. CCTV is cited whenever there is an assault, robbery, altercation that results in the police coming to the site of the crime. It’s there but it doesn’t seem to make a difference to stabbings in the night, shootings during the Notting Hill Carnival or simple break ins to people’s homes during the night.

For this reason, many households put off installing cameras because they are of the opinion that they just don’t work. What’s the point if you’re woken in the night by an alarm ringing in your street and apparently no one is taking any notice? The thing is, the burglars DO take notice and it’s for this reason that contacting a company such as afass.co.uk is in your own best interests. Take a look at your street and see how many people have installed alarms or cameras. The obvious point here is that those who have an alarm will have an alarm box and maybe even an outside automatic light. The light will probably be triggered by motion. Both of these things can be deterrents, the noise the alarm makes is usually not. Of course, there are those who decide that a deterrent is enough and instead of having a complete alarm system installed, will simply pop a false box on the wall.

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There are a number of problems with this approach, but the most obvious is that thieves have access to the internet too and they can see which alarms are fakes very easily. If an alarm does go off, it could be connected privately to the police as well as the homeowner, making the burglary not so attractive after all. Of course, the benefit of a professional alarm with multiple zones and protection comes into play when the thief has planned his deed. Although rare, some thieves have a particular reason for entering a house. Often they are found to have been ‘stealing to order’ and their goal will be to find and retrieve a certain item of value. Statistically, burglaries are shown to be mostly opportunistic, that is a burglar will see an open window or door, or a lack of basic security and decide to have a go. The chances of them having a go at robbing your house are increased when they see something of value like a television through the window. The chances are greatly reduced when they can see that by trying to gain access, an alarm is likely to go screaming at them.

A good alarm system won’t just act as a visible deterrent, but it will also provide protection for such items and give intelligence as to where the perpetrator is, and even stream video footage of the crime in progress. Should the burglar get away before the authorities turn up, you then have valuable evidence that can be used to prosecute.

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Benefits Of Electronic Invoicing

Benefits Of Electronic Invoicing

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Many Businesses STILL Aren’t Doing This . . . Here’s Why They Should!

Every year millions of invoices are exchanged between buyers and suppliers in the supply chain.  invoices

However, most of these invoices are either in paper or e-mail format, which creates inefficiencies for the buyer’s Accounts Payable (AP) organization, and can thus increase the Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) for the supplier. The increased DSO results from “mail float”, which is simply the days that invoice takes to transit from the supplier, through the mail or email system, until it received and input by the buyer AP team.

In such a model, invoices are submitted in electronic form via EDI, or submitted to the buyer through a vendor portal either by using a web form on the portal, or via a file from the supplier’s billing system. Using a company like invoicespro.com can make a huge difference.

More and more businesses are going the electronic invoicing (or “e-invoicing”) route, and here are six key benefits to doing so:

#1: Capturing Digital Invoices

Invoices received in e-mail or paper format introduce unnecessary costs and complexities into the AP process. For invoices received via mail, the documents must be sorted, routed, opened, sometimes scanned, and keyed into an AP system. For invoices received via e-mail, the documents must be saved, stored and depending on the process in place, potentially printed and keyed if no front-end imaging or automatic data extraction technology is in place.

#2: Validating Automated Invoices

Many AP organizations perform validations on the invoice before processing for payment and approval. These validations generally consist of making sure the supplier is an existing supplier in good standing, the vendor name and number match. The terms match the vendor master, if it’s a PO based invoice that the appropriate PO information is on the invoice, etc.

When processing electronic invoices, AP departments can use readily available business process management (BPM), as well as data capture technologies, to perform these validations automatically that would otherwise require data entry and some manual validation.

#3: Automated Matching

One of the more complex validations performed is the matching process. There are generally three matching processes:

  • 2 way match – Invoice > PO
  • 3 way match – invoice > PO > receiver
  • 4 way match – invoice > PO > receiver > inspection or some other verifying document

Most matching processes involved tolerances where organizational policy dictates an invoice shall match, even if it doesn’t exactly match individual line items, or the total at the header level. Tolerances can be expressed as a percentage or as a dollar amount. For instance, an organization may consider a match anything under a $20 discrepancy, or anything less than 3% of the invoice total, whichever is less.

These calculations can be complex, but with electronic invoices the technology exists to capture all of the data necessary to perform the calculations and validations necessary to either send the invoice through for payment without any human intervention or approval, or if it falls outside the tolerance or fails any required validations, automatically route the work item to a knowledge worker for corrective action.

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Why Your Small Business Needs Good Invoices

Why Your Small Business Needs Good Invoices

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Let’s face it, you are in business to make money and a good invoicing system is key. You provide a service to your client in exchange for money. I once heard that money is a certificate of service rendered. Well if that is the case, you are in business to get clear and correct certificates for your service. Your clients likewise want clear and correct service.

So, once your service is performed, your job of clarity is not complete. You still need to give a summary of services completed. This is often called a bill or invoice with Invoices Pro. For this discussion we’ll stick with the term invoice. When you create an invoice you are considered the vendor and when you receive an invoice you are considered the client. Every industry naturally has its own nuances and terminology of industry jargon. The overall idea here is to present clarity in all aspects of your service. With regards to invoicing your client here are six ways to present clarity and improve your bookkeeping system. invoice

  1. Invoice numbers and dates

Use invoice numbers that move in a chronological fashion. Avoid using names or alpha-numeric for your invoice numbers. This gets confusing for your books. Maybe you are ok with that but you shouldn’t be. If your books get tangled then you might double bill your client. From your clients perspective they are seeing multiple invoices for the same job number. Regardless if you are sending multiple invoices for “job name,” give each new invoice a unique invoice number. Your client likely has a good bookkeeping system that announces if an invoice number has already been used.

  1. Change orders or deviations from the original job quote

This situation presents a special need for unique invoice numbers. For clarity to your client create a new invoice specifically for change orders, especially if you have already sent an invoice. Do not add to an invoice already submitted to the client. I know the temptation is to do so for invoices that are partially paid or are created as stages of completion. Stick with invoicing per stages or as agreed before the project started. When change orders arise, and they will, be clear about them in a new invoice.

  1. Receive payments

As mentioned in the previous bullet, you can more clearly receive payments in QuickBooks, in full or partial, to specific invoice numbers. In this way both the client and you will clearly know which invoice has been paid and how much. If your invoices are all by “job name” it will pose confusion on both sides as to what is paid, what has a remaining balance, and what has not been paid. The client may also be wondering if they are being double billed. Checking this is hard and very time consuming because all invoices are numbered identical.

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Does CST Work?

Does CST Work?

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Uncategorized |

It’s no secret that proper nutrition, exercise, and living a low-stress lifestyle are among the keys to good health and longevity. If we pay close attention to these three cornerstones of our health, our body will reward us with vitality and well-being. Amazingly, even when our body gets a little out of balance–a sore tennis elbow, an irritating cold, or an achy neck from a tense business meeting–we are each equipped with a high-performing immune system miraculously designed to heal our body and protect us from disease. Craniosacral therapy with www.upledger.co.uk is one way to optimize that system and create balance within the body.


The demands of a modern world often challenge our immune system’s ability to keep up. We get pulled in competing directions–work, kids, telephones–with everything vying for our time and attention. Stress has a way of creeping in and cutting us off from the precious life forces that lie at the root of our foundation for health. If we haven’t been building and maintaining the nutrition, exercise, and stress management cornerstones we need, then the sore tennis elbow, cold, or tense neck becomes more serious and our health foundation starts to crumble. When this happens, we instinctively reach out to our doctors to “cure” us. We fail to realize that nature has already provided us with our very own inner healing force–the craniosacral system. Craniosacral therapy is a healing modality that grew out of osteopathy, the ancient art of bone-setting. In craniosacral work, the subtle art of precise and gentle touch is applied to correct imbalances in the fluid and membranes surrounding and protecting the brain and spinal cord.

Craniosacral therapy is based on a particular understanding of human anatomy. Imagine your craniosacral system has a regular rhythm, much like the heart, only subtler and slower. Just as your heart pumps needed blood to the rest of the body, the craniosacral system pumps important fluid–cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)–between your brain and spinal area.

The CSF plays several important roles in your immune system’s performance. These include offering protective covering for your delicate brain tissue, delivering glucose (a type of sugar that nurtures and cools the brain) to the cortex brain, inhibiting viruses and bacteria in the brain, and forming a transport medium between the blood and the brain. CSF has a big job to do, but a variety of health problems can create an imbalance in the flow of the CSF, limiting health and clarity. If CSF can flow unimpeded, then the body has the opportunity to maintain and/or restore balance.

Proper performance of the craniosacral system and its fluids is essential to the entire central nervous system, which is a network of specialized tissue that controls the actions and reactions internal to the body, and the body’s adjustment to its environment. The crazier your environment, the harder it has to work. The two main components of this system are the brain and the spinal cord. Think of your brain as a computer and the spinal cord as the cable. The spinal cord links the computer’s input and output to the rest of the body. Remarkably, your entire motor function, learning patterns, and emotions are affected by the craniosacral system, as your whole body expands and contracts with the rhythm of the pumping fluids. This is where craniosacral therapy can improve the functioning of these essential self-healing systems.


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