II am the founder of the G.M. YOGA Studio in Bourne End, Bucks. And wanted to learn to teach Meditation so I could offer more to my clients. After much difficult searching for a suitable non-religious Meditation training provider, I found Peter who runs Meditation Personal Trainers. This course was wonderful. The course and venue were both very relaxing before even doing any meditation. Peter explained and demonstrated the techniques in an easy to understand way which left me feeling relaxed and confident moving forward with my own practice and teaching others. I can highly recommend Meditation Personal Trainers to anyone who wants to learn about teaching and/or practicing Meditation.
Gabriella McMahon G.M. Yoga
I was recommended Peter by a friend and went in with some significant doubts. I had always viewed meditation as a religious thing, with chanting, orange robes and all that.
I am very pleased to say that what Peter teaches is nothing like that. Peter teaches a clear, simple technique which has already had a significant positive impact on my life. I left my first session with a real feeling of “there might be something to this…” – A feeling which has only since grown into a fully fledged belief in the power of meditation.
Peter is an excellent, and very knowledgeable, teacher. He truly understands not only meditation but the realities of meditation for the average person. I struggled with a particular aspect of the meditation and as soon as I explained the issue to Peter, he knew exactly what we could do to work around this problem and his solution was perfect. He is kind, understanding and leaves you feeling that he truly cares about your meditation and health.
I only wish I had tried meditation sooner, I have found that I’m now more able to control my own thoughts, more able to assert myself in order to avoid stress, and more able to deal with that stress which is unavoidable. It has improved my mood, my focus and my motivation and I couldn’t be happier with the result.
If you have any doubts or reservations about meditation, please try this. Peter is an excellent guide and his technique is easy, and very quickly effective.
As a newly qualified PT I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn practical, evidence based stress management techniques that the Meditation Personal trainer course provide. Having provided workplace wellbeing in previous employment roles, it is great to now be able to combine my personal training knowledge with this REPS accredited qualification that I can use as part of my workplace wellbeing package (the CPD points were a pleasant bonus- but I would have done this course even without them).
The course instructor took the time to answer the many questions that we had, and gave practical demonstrations and offered followed up support. Very enjoyable course, the venue was great (particularly the amazing garden space and warm staff). Definitely worth the weekend trip to Norwich!
I wanted to offer my clients more than just the physical aspects of training, and doing the Meditation for PT’s course with Peter Francis was exactly what I needed. Not only did I learn how to get my clients meditate but I also learnt the joy of meditation for myself. The course was well structured and there was plenty of opportunity to practice both to meditate and to guide others to meditate. I highly recommend this course for any PT or trainer looking to give their clients all the tools they can to train.
Mike Somerset, Jinja Body Fitness
I began meditating out of curiosity. Not sure what to expect or what I hoped to achieve; quite simply 2 friends had offered glowing reports after starting it, and suggested it might be good for me. Peter Francis was the person teaching them. And though curious, I approached meditation with a little scepticism, perhaps associating it with a particular lifestyle or personality to which I didn’t identify. Now, almost 5 years later I wish I had tried it sooner.
Peter Francis is a great teacher. Smart, curious, thoughtful, extremely clear, practical and with the firm belief that anyone can learn to meditate. I have tried other approaches to meditation but find Peter’s technique and style to be the best. His approach is to give you a simple tool which improves your life. His method is easy to follow, easy to maintain and build on, and very effective – rapidly.
By learning to quieten the mind, you end up with better perspective, memory, humour, patience, sensitivity and greater energy. Less frazzled, less overwhelmed. Decisions happen easily, confidently, without anxiety and second guessing. The doubtful voice we all hear in our heads, the chaotic chatter…it fades away.
It’s a really, really good thing. And Peter Francis is the man to go to learn it. You shouldn’t even be spending time reading this – just book an appointment!
I started my practice of meditation with Peter 5 years ago.
Along the way, I tried different techniques and found this to be the one that works best for me, not only as a relaxation technique, but as a very powerful tool for effective decision making.
Peter is an extraordinary teacher. A natural motivator, very experienced meditator, genuinely focused and concerned about his clients. He is a true believer in people.
Before meeting him, I would see my life as a collection of old faded pictures, an amalgam of events in which I had poor control. Somehow, most of time I felt too late to catch my train of opportunities. I had to run.
With the unfolding of this practice this perception has changed completely. I’m more secure, focused and determined. The best way to describe it is with the following analogy: life changed from feeling like this collection of blurry pictures into a very vivid movie. In this movie I’m not only living it, but also directing it, writing it and playing the soundtrack at the same time. I still have my moments of challenge and drama, but there’s a different understanding of them. Besides, what great movie hasn’t got them?
The train of opportunities now slows down as I walk firmly towards it.
This meditation makes life multidimensional, multisensorial, extremely real and meaningful. It puts you in the right place, at the right time and most importantly being aware of it. What a wonderful tool to give someone facing the experience of being alive. Thank you so much Peter!
“Peter offers a no-fluff simple and effective approach to meditation that is simple and easy to follow and then practice on your own. It really helped to reduce stress and get me to relax and deal with the pressures of running a business. He is highly experienced in what he does and have heard nothing but high praise from everyone else who has attended his sessions. I would highly recommend going for a few sessions at least.”
Karen Black, HubbFizz
I began meditation sessions with Peter Francis just over eighteen months ago. Having attended meditation classes in the past I always knew I wanted to do incorporate meditation into a daily routine but had never felt able to with the techniques I’d learnt. I am happy to say that since working with Peter there have been very few days in the past year and a half when I haven’t meditated.
Peter’s teaching approach is excellent because he takes time to talk to you to find out what you need from meditation. He then prescribes techniques for you as an individual. Its great working with Peter because his main concern is to help people fulfil their own potential.
Meditation has changed my life, and this is not a drastic statement. I have had long term health problems with depression and anxiety, part of my issue was that I did not feel capable or worthy to successfully develop my career in the arts. In the past year I have begun to work seriously on my personal progress as an artist, including organising two exhibitions of my work and applying for (and getting) jobs I never thought I could because I didn’t have the confidence.
Perhaps the biggest gift Peter’s guidance has given me is the ability to think clearly. Anxiety is such a horrible illness and when it takes hold you can feel utterly helpless. It’s like your mind prevents you from doing anything and has this nasty grip on you both mentally and physically. When I started meditating a strange and brilliant thing happened, that helplessness started to lift. Now when I get into,what I used to call the “anxious mind loop” (where you keep going over and over the same situation or problem in your mind), I can break that loop and sensibly look at the problem to find a solution.
I am so pleased to have met Peter. His teaching has provided me with the understanding that I can be a happy and strong person. Once I didn’t believe that was possible. Now meditation is a part of my daily routine, I would even say that it’s a pretty awesome life style choice.
Jenny Swindells, Artist and Designer
I have always been somewhat prone to stress and anxiety and had considered trying meditation in the past. The straightforward techniques that Peter has taught me have been hugely effective and I would recommend him to anyone. I look forward to my 20 minutes of peace and relaxation every day, feel happier, healthier and more equipped to deal with whatever life throws at me.
Iain Tibbitt Financial Adviser at Tailored Solutions
I have met Peter on a Kitty Business Networking event and at that time I was looking to learn meditation. I was at a beginning of starting up a business and felt a lot of pressure and confusion and frustration. Before the session with Peter I always thought that meditation is practised by airy fairy hippies and never thought much of it. Then I came across yoga where I learned that correct breathing can help to calm your mind. From then onwards I was interested to learn proper meditation rather than the classes which they go on forever or even the so called meditation CD’s which I found irritating to listen to. When I attended my first session with Peter I felt that he provided the answer and the key to unlock the secrets to proper meditation. I felt very comfortable and on my first session I attempted to meditate and I managed to experience it! Peter is very professional and he guides you through step by step with your training until you achieve full meditation which is a thrilling and amazing experience all together. I am since hooked on it like an addict and my mind is now a lot clearer I am lot more confident to say “no” to negative and irritating people and walk away without feeling guilt. I also change my business approach and like before little things stress me out and kept my mind working overtime, now I am a lot calmer and positive therefore I can see things clearer so I don’t stress out. People closest to me have also noticed that I am lot more relaxed, smiling and enjoying life with ease. I keep up with my daily routine and Peter has change my life completely!
Kristina Fields, Owner & Founder of Zingyberry
I have been introduced to Peter about a year ago after I suffered a major crisis in my life that caused me ongoing anxiety and mood swings. At that point I needed to decide to either medicate or meditate to redress my fragile mental state. Luckily I opted for meditation and with Peters help and guidance I managed to steer through the worst of it.
Peter has a very unique ‘no-nonsense’ approach to meditation, which I found very appealing. He certainly has a wealth of experience to draw from and is a very dedicated and caring mentor. Over the past year I have referred him to many of the people I know and would urge you to give him a try as well if you like to make some noticeable progress in your own mental/spiritual development.
TF Martial Arts Instructor and Author
This is a testimonial for Peter Francis whom I have meditated with on several occasions. I have attempted meditation many many times of the last few years previous to meeting Peter and got pretty much no-where, other than frustrated. I must say that after only a couple of sessions with Peter I was there! So so pleased I went as it has got me right back into it and I am feeling the benefits not only on a mental level but oddly enough on a physical level too.
So many many thanks Peter as I could not have done it with out you! I will of course come back to see you periodically to make sure I am advancing at a good pace.
Maria Whitbread, Inxbox Norwich
Running two businesses is stressful, taking up a lot of energy as well as time. In fact I was very reluctant to see Peter for my first Meditation taster session based purely on the hour I would be giving up!! However it was probably the best hour I have ever spent out of my business as it persuaded me to attend regular sessions which in turn has reduced the stress levels and increased productivity. I would not hesitate recommending meditation with Peter Francis at the wonderful Elements of Health venue, if you’re in business your partners and customers are bound to notice the difference in you too!
Paul Rudd, Founder of Norwich Kitty, Norwich Business Networking Group
I’ve just had a session with Peter Francis, meditation trainer. That was one of the deepest and most relaxing moments I’ve ever had.
It was like floating…no, being floated in the air without your own energy. Safely and calm, with mind turned off. With calmness (does that word even exists?) and peacefulness around you.
What’s more, Peter is teaching how to do it by yourself, what is actually pretty easy to master. Doesn’t really matter what kind of stress your are involved with. This will relax you to the limits! Cheers Peter.
Peter Burgraf, Lyoness Norwich Manager
I have played with a few variations of meditation over the years mostly, when I practised martial arts in my late teens. But once I started running my own business at the age of 23 I found that I was “too busy” to find time pah… meditating. It was all go, go, go, full guns blazing, it’s time to take on the world and provide the best service possible!
There was always more important things to be focusing my attention on. And being very passionate about what I do it isn’t hard to fill my time with exciting new ventures, plans, courses or simply things to do on my ever increasing “to do” list!
I knew all the benefits of meditation but started to find it increasingly hard to “switch off” after a busy day motivating and coaching other people plus finding time to get back to emails and calls and getting little jobs done. And I was aware that my increased adrenal and cortisol levels were sometimes preventing me from resting and sleeping effectively. I was also finding that this state of mind was interfering with my ability to prioritise and I was focusing my spare time on either distracting from feeling overwhelmed or inefficient behaviour confusing activity with accomplishment! Well the end result after several years of this was “burn out” and adrenal fatigue!
I slowly got myself back on track and a big part of that strategy was calling in Peter to give me a meditation technique that suited me. I knew that 20 minutes of meditation was like getting hours of quality sleep but I was struggling with the meditation versions I had tried in the past and knew Peter had tried many variations and practical applications and that I would find something that worked for me without all the nonsense to go with it.
The technique Peter gave me was very quick to use and certainly a no nonsense strategy of meditation which fit me perfectly. As a busy guy I like to be able to justify my time and I found that within just a couple of practise sessions I was sleeping better, more focused on the important things, felt more relaxed and had a better quality of energy.
I have since found that my use of time is far more purposeful and less avoidance meaning that I get more done in less time. Something I’m sure that most people would benefit from! And as a result I have no problem finding time to meditate if I feel I need to plus have more time for other things that I want to do.
In a nutshell Pete gave me some great techniques, guided me through the process very professionally which impressed me (especially thinking that I knew it all) and his follow up sessions surprised me still with extra gems of useful guidance. I got my money back from the 3 sessions I had within 1 week simply from being able to focus my attention on the high return important “jobs to do”!
I also find that now being a competitive boxer competing every few months and training very hard in between I have my best weeks of training when accompanied with some short meditations and better quality down time. Not to mention make better decisions in the way that I choose to respond to stressful situations whether at home, play or work.
Thanks Pete it was just what I needed.
Mark Bone, Founder of Lifestyles for Living