Barbara Ellis of Optimum Health at The Inspire Network, North Tyneside

At a recent Inspire Network meeting, Barbara Ellis of Optimum Health spoke about her amazing business 
where she aims to create a bespoke service for health and wellbeing for anyone striving for Optimum Health.  “I know what it’s like to live with back pain following two damaged spinal discs when I ended up in a wheelchair.  Everything was such an effort. Tui Na Deep Tissue Massage and Acupuncture was fundamental to helping me to feel well again and perform better.  In the past ten years since training in these disciplines, I have never felt better.  My goal is to help people value their health, become more mobile and work towards creating the perfect pain relief plan for individuals.”

Since then Barbara’s passion has been to help others in pain and has completed other training to provide a bespoke service to help bring about pain relief to all whether from injury, stress or illness.

There are many different streams of Optimum Health to help with your health, wellbeing and posture,
including acupuncture, Emmett, Havening, Tai-Chi Qigong and Arbonne Products.





New to the UK in 2007, this bodywork therapy is designed to offer fast relief from pain and discomfort.  Beneficial effects are commonly noticed before the end of the first treatment.

The therapist uses a combination of gentle switches and light pressure to release specific muscle groups, enabling the client’s body to return to a balanced state. Practitioners are trained in assessment skills and how to tailor treatments precisely to their clients’ individual needs.  They are also trained in assisting the client to recognise and enhance the changes achieved.  All facets of this effective and complete treatment result in the successful outcome of the work, creating lasting changes for the client. The results can be almost instantaneous.  Before leaving the clinic most clients notice dramatic changes in flexibility, balance, pain levels, ranges of movement, breathing and other functions depending upon the areas worked.

The Emmett Technique can be used alone or alongside any other bodywork therapy to enhance its performance.  For this reason, it is one of the most desirable and versatile treatments available, enhancing any therapist’s practice.

As well as offering treatments Barbara is Trained in Emm-Tech (Easy Muscle Release) and provides workshops and training to help YOU, the individual, look after your body with this wonderful technique

The Emmett Technique Barbara Ellis Optimum Health




The Havening Techniques are a healing modality that is designed to help individuals overcome problems that are the consequence of traumatic encoding. The Havening Techniques belong to a larger group of methods called psychosensory therapies, which use sensory input to alter thought, mood and behavior. The Havening Techniques are a system comprised of protocols and methods that uses touch as a therapeutic tool which we call Havening Touch®. The Havening Techniques have three (3) distinct applications, one is for emotional disturbances and encoded psychological trauma, second is for wellness, stress management, and peak performance, and the third is as a self-help tool. Therefore, The Havening Techniques can be used within a psycho-therapeutic setting with professional mental health care clinicians that have been fully trained and certified in The Havening Techniques. In addition, The Havening Techniques can be used by non-licensed practitioners as a protocol for coaching sessions, or as a tool in allied health care practice by individuals that have been fully trained and certified in The Havening Techniques. The Havening Techniques can also be used as a self-help technique and shared with family members and friends. Find out more



Check out these videos to see what Havening looks like:





If people have posture related problems then Taichi- Qigong is great for relieving pain and strengthening to the body as well as building stamina. Following treatment to align the body it is important to maintain this alignment and Taichi-Qigong can do just that without over stressing or over straining the muscles and joints. It is great for back and joint pain, relieving arthritic stiffness as well as increasing breathing and lowering blood pressure. Movement keeps the body supple, builds strength and enables internal organs and systems to work at their maximum potential.  An added benefit is the reduction in stress related illness,

Barbara has ongoing workshops and classes on this as well. Contact her for more information and visit her Facebook page




The Arbonne products are ultra-premium, pure skincare, haircare, nutrition and cosmetic products. Everything is botanical and as pure as it can be. Products are researched in a lab, not tested on animals. It’s not do much about what is IN the products, it’s what is NOT in them that stands out. Arbonne allows Barabara to have financial freedom as well as helping people find the best suited product for their skin. If you are interested in this kind of business and wish to know more, then do get in touch with Barbara who is more than willing to help you see how these products and business can help you  – watch the video to hear her passion about the range and find out how you can start your own business for a minimal outlay! Then email Barbara if you’d like to know more.


The products are fantastic – I tried several of them during the morning and my skin was immediately soft and much smoother than usual which lasted all weekend! It’s just returning to normal now. A little goes a long way, I can see that using these they will last a long time as you barely need any to do what you need to do, so they will be excellent value for money. Of course I’m buying some!
– Amy Purdie


Barbara did not have all of the range of products on display but she introduced the following collections….


The range includes:


Rescue and Renew Collection

Inspired by ancient Ayurvedic spa practices, this holistic approach to wellness focuses on the body’s flow of energy for the ultimate in self care. The ritual and products combined help detoxify the body by cleansing the skin’s surface of impurities while also protecting the skin’s moisture barrier. With the integration of botanical extracts, oils and minerals with aromatic features sourced from around the world, you’ll emerge from this luxurious ritual with radiant, healthy looking skin, while pure essential oils like grapefruit and juniper berry aromatically create a sense of harmony and vitality. Products in the Rescue & Renew collection include:

■■ Detox Soak
■■ Detox Face Mask
■■ Detox Scrub
■■ Detox Wash
■■ Detox Oil
■■ Detox Lotion
■■ Detox Gelée



RE9 Anti-Aging Collection

The RE9 Advanced collection was developed to address the specific needs of ageing skin. When used consistently as a twice daily skincare regime, the products help to improve the appearance of skin firmness, elasticity and tone, minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve hydration, helping skin look visibly rejuvenated and youthful.
Formulated with innovative botanical stem cell technology along with algae extract, peptides and botanicals, the products contain ingredients to provide clinically tested, anti-ageing benefits. Botanical stem cells obtained from oranges help improve the appearance of skin radiance, elasticity, firmness and texture while minimising the appearance of wrinkles. Botanically based emulsifiers, surfactants and moisturisers support the delicate skin barrier by increasing hydration.

When used in conjunction with the Arbonne Intelligence® Genius Ultra, the RE9 Advanced collection delivers the ultimate anti-ageing skincare solution. The Genius Ultra works with the Intensive Renewal Serum and Corrective Eye Cream, helping to apply the products more evenly onto the skin for improved results.

Barbara told me about a lady with very wrinkled hands who used this briefly twice a day

over a six month period and her hands were noticably smoother, she also mentioned her own

experience using it to help her face look firmer around the jaw and reducing swelling under her eyes.

The RE9 Advanced Collection includes:

■■ Smoothing Facial Cleanser
■■ Regenerating Toner
■■ Intensive Renewal Serum
■■ Corrective Eye Cream
■■ Restorative Cream SPF 20
■■ Extra Moisture Restorative Cream SPF 20
■■ Restorative Cream (non-SPF)
■■ Night Repair Cream
■■ Cellular Renewal Mask
■■ Age-Defying Neck Cream
■■ Instant Lift Gel

RE9 Advanced for Men products provide a skin care regime to address the unique needs of men’s skin. The products are formulated with some of the same scientific and botanical ingredients in the women’sRE9 Advanced line, enhanced with ingredients chosen to address the needs of men’s skin.




FC5 Collection

FC5 was developed to help preserve, protect and revitalise skin, while helping it look healthy. This is accomplished by utilising Fresh Cell Technology, which encapsulates fresh cell phytonutrients to deliver pure and potent botanicals to the surface of your skin.
Youthful, radiant skin gives off a perceived glow, making it appear luminous. After age 25, most skin needs help maintaining its glow. A targeted daily skin health regime will provide beneficial hydration, necessary cleansing, exfoliation and moisturisation, plus the added benefit of UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection.


■■ Purifying Cleanser + Toner
■■ Oil-Absorbing Day Lotion SPF 20
■■ Mattifying Powder

■■ Deep Cleansing Mask
■■ Hydrating Cleanser + Freshener
■■ Nurturing Day Lotion SPF 20
■■ Moisturizing Night Crème

All Skin Types

■■ Hydrating Eye Crème
■■ Exfoliating New Cell Scrub Body

■■ Invigorating Body Cleanser
■■ Conditioning Body Moisture
■■ Skin Conditioning Oil
■■ Ultra-Hydrating Hand Crème
■■ Cooling Foot Crème



The Calm Collection
Calm products were designed to address the needs of sensitive skin, formulated to be extra gentle and soothing. The products focus on hydrating, moisturising and soothing skin discomforted by tightness and dryness.
Clinically tested for sensitive skin, the Calm line is non-comedogenic, and fragrance and colourant free.
The Calm Collection includes:

■■ Gentle Daily Cleanser
■■ Soothing Facial Serum
■■ Gentle Daily Moisturizer
■■ Soothing Eye Gel



Clear Future Collection

Clear Future products were developed as a complete system to help target blemishes. The anti-blemish formulas are powered with salicylic acid, along with a unique blend of efficacious botanicals, to calm and soothe skin. Daily, consistent use as a regime helps skin appear more even toned and clear. The system is clinically tested to deliver faster results with key ingredients, including:

■■ Salicylic acid: Potent exfoliant
■■ Alpha-glucan oligosaccharide: Derived from bio-fermentation and natural sugars, helps mattify and moisturise skin

■■ Exopolysaccharide: Derived from marine algae,
helps mattify skin and absorb sebum at the skin’s surface

■■ Naturally derived polysaccharide, rhamnose, glucose, glucuronic acid: Derived from bio-fermentation and natural sugars, protect the skin’s moisture barrier
The Clear Future Collection Includes:

■■ Deep Pore Blemish Cleanser
■■ Exfoliating Blemish Pads
■■ Mattifying Blemish Lotion
■■ Intensive Blemish Calming Lotion
■■ Soothing Overnight Mask


ABC Baby Care Collection

Parents need and want baby care products they can trust for their baby, while still providing the moisture, cleansing and protection necessary. Parents consistently prefer products made with pure ingredients to use on their babies. The collection includes: Arbonne is renound for the purity of all their products but never more so than in the Baby care Range.

■■ Hair & Body Wash

■■ Body Lotion

■■ Water Resistant Sunscreen SPF 30

■■ Nappy Cream

Arbonne also produces a wonderful nutrition range and Barbara will be presenting this at her
Look and Feel Amazing from the Inside Out Event 24th June at Netherton Park, Stannington. If anyone would like to know more follow the link >





How can you buy Arbonne products? 

Arbonne is all done by invitation. You can have parties where you can get your friends together to try

them, have a facial and see what suits your skin. You can also purchase items online here.


If you want to save 20% on products, then you can become a Preferred Client for only £17 – well

worth it if you’re planning on buying several products. You also get access to other benefits and

incentives such as flash sales.




How can you buy Arbonne products? 


Arbonne is all done by invitation. You can have parties where you can get your friends together to try them, have a facial and see what suits your skin. You can also purchase items online here


If you would like to save 20% on products, then you can become a Preferred Client for only £17 – a no-brainer it if you’re planning on buying several products. You also get access to other benefits and incentives such as flash sales – like the one on Monday 29th May 2017! Contact Barbara to get involved.

Are you …

Looking to find ways to keep well, healthy and fit and free from pain and injury?

Looking to start your own business but don’t know have any products?

Don’t have any money to get started?

Worried about lack of knowledge and training?

Wish you could work in a team of like-minded people?

Want to have work fit into your life and not life fit into work?

Would you…

Like to use ultra-premium products for you and your family which you can afford?


FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHAT BARBARA DOES and contact her today. What have you got to lose?


Call her 07552 450 102



To find out about the next Inspire Network meetings, click here!