Fit-to-Live Health & Fitness Retreats use naturopathic medicine and the Neurological Integration System to help you optimise your health and fitness.

Whatever your aim: rehabilitate after injury or illness, weight loss, improve health and fight chronic illness, to get prepared for pregnancy, or simply to relax and re-charge.

Set in the beautiful Charente-Maritime countryside of western France, amongst forest, vineyards and sunflower fields, our aim is to enable everyone to have the knowledge and motivation to realise your full potential and perform to your best ability whether that be at work in an office environment, in your hobbies, as a parent or as an athlete.

In case of injury e.g. bruising, sprains, strains to any part of the body:

Remember PRICE

Protect from further injury - stop doing what you were doing!

Rest stay calm, lying down is usually best, wait for any spasm to subside

Ice apply anything cold for 10 minutes

Compression use a support bandage or cushions as needed.

Elevate an injured limb to reduce swelling.

Seek advice if necessary.


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But from time to time, stresses to your body (whether physical, pathological, neurological or emotional) exceed our individual tolerances.  This is when your body will start to show symptoms of pain and/or illness.  If too many of your tolerances have been exceeded, your body sometimes loses track of what is going on. This can be thought of as a broken circuit - your brain is no longer in full communication with certain aspects of your body function.

The Neurological Integration System, or NIS, uses a set of prioritised tests and treatment protocols to determine and address those ‘broken circuits’. This may include contacting acupuncture meridians, using the meridian pulse points, asking you to move parts of your body or touching different joints or muscles.

It helps your osteopath to identify underlying causes that may be producing your individual symptom pattern and relevant integration protocol will ‘reset’ your body circuitry and optimise your function.  Your body will then set about healing itself.

NIS is a completely safe and pain-free. It does not involve any drugs or manual manipulation and is suitable for all ages.

How Does NIS (the Neurological Integration System) Work?

Your brain controls optimum function of your body through its neurological circuitry.  It is constantly receiving information from every facet of your body, and in turn sends back ‘fine tuning’ messages, many times per second. This means every cell, gland, organ, muscle, tendon and meridian is constantly monitored via these circuits to your brain.

Osteopathy and NIS: How does NIS work?

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For example, in the event of injury or infection an army of white blood cells and other factors are instantly sent to the site to seal it off and start the healing process.

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