About Jem…

“I am very enthusiastic to support & educate people as much as possible when I work with them, so that when they go back to their normal lives, they are inspired & able to easily make healthier lifestyle choices” Jem

Jem organises detox retreats in the UK and around the world and is also well known for his unique Personal Detox coaching programs. He is a qualified Naturopathic Consultant having trained with CNM (www.naturopathy-uk.com) and a very experienced fasting and detox facilitator. He has been facilitating detox retreats since 2000, safely guiding literally thousands of people through the detox process.

“I gained a sense of good health back. I already know what I should be doing but the retreat helped me get back to good health & looking after myself which helps me perform better. It was great to do it at home – more comfortable & relaxed.” – Skin from “Skunk Anancy” (Singer/songwriter)

“I enjoyed the personal nature of the retreat & the good company, without it all being too serious. The Detox was very successful for me. I leant a great deal & enjoyed Detoxing in my own home. The treatments were excellent – the best ever!” – A Risley

“I have more energy, feel lighter & healthier. I valued being at home with the one to one attention & care. It was more enjoyable than I expected & the massage was one of the best that I have ever had! I feel very positive about detoxing again.” Sally Farmer

Jem first began working in the Detox World in the summer of 2000, when he led juice fasting and yoga retreats at Moinhos Velhos in Portugal. He facilitated the detox retreats there for 2½ years. It was because of his experience there, where he saw how much deeper, faster and more effective the healing and positive change processes could be during a Detox, that he decided to  train in Naturopathy & specialize in this method of healing.

“When someone is really supported going through a Detox, on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels, change and healing can be profound” – Jem

In 2004, Jem managed the world famous Spa Samui, fasting and detox health spa in Thailand. He has since worked with several Detox retreat companies across Europe and regularly runs Vitality Detox Retreats as well as his own Personal Detox Coaching retreats in the UK.

In 2007, he was filmed as part of the detox team in the “Spa of Embarrassing Illnesses 3” TV series & also in the “Spa of Weight Loss for Life” TV series.

Jem is an excellent bodyworker. He originally began his career in alternative health over 20 years ago, back in 1989, when he began training in various bodywork skills. He has trained and qualified in Naturopathy, McTimoney Chiropractic, Thai Massage, Spineworks, ITEC Holistic massage, Sports massage, Remedial massage, Indian Head massage Psych-K and Reiki. He does co-counselling &  has trained in life coaching, strategic intervention coaching & resilience coaching. He also provides invaluable support to clients by phone & online both as a Health, Wellbeing & Detox Coach & as a Wellbeing & Resilience Coach.

Beyond this, Jem is a yoga teacher, teaching an eclectic Hatha Yoga style. He has been practising yoga for over 30 years. He also practices and teaches chi gung and meditation.

Jem has written several books including the successful happiness & well-being book “Choosing Happier”.

Jem has a keen fascination in other countries and cultures, having spent 14 years travelling and working his way around the world. He is also a musician and played the Didgeridoo professionally for several years. He also practises meditation, yoga, chi gung and tai chi and has a deep love for dancing & being out in nature.

Jem is also very passionate about making positive changes on a planetary level, in the realms of environmental sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfillment. He is trained as a “Be the Change Symposium Facilitator” (for more info go to: bethechange.org.uk/symposium.cfm) and actively supports local councils and communities to prepare for and adapt to climate and ecological breakdown.

Jem Friar N.C., I.I.S.T., I.S.T.Y.M., I.T.E.C., S.P

(Jem on “The Spa of Weightloss for Life” TV series in 2012.)

Choosing Happier book