Struggling with mental ill health?

Thank you for taking the time to visit my site, I’m John Allison, founder of Motion to Mind™.  I served for 24 years with the British Army in various high threat and high pressure environments.  My specialism was Explosive Ordnance Disposal (bomb disposal), counter-terrorist search and weapons intelligence.  Now I help private individuals battling with depression and anxiety in addition to providing a range of wellbeing services to the corporate sector.  I’m a licensed HeartMath® coach and FirstBeat Lifestyle Assessment Service provider.  Heartmath® is a system of simple but powerful techniques, tools and biofeedback technologies that will empower you to create more flow and less stress.  You’ll get real-time insight into your emotional, mental and physical state using Heartmath® tools. 



As a Firstbeat® coach I can provide you with a three day Heart Rate Variability (HRV) monitoring program.  I’ll give you an HRV recorder to wear and this will tell us how well you react to and recover from stress.  This will reveal what affects your wellbeing and performance during work, leisure and sleep.  It’s a valuable tool to prevent burnout and optimise your performance.



Whether I’m working with private or corporate clients, my aim is the same, to help improve levels of mental and physical health using a variety of innovative means.  I specialise in stress management, building resilience and improving team cohesion. 

Some of my private clients are referred to me by medical companies and GPs seeking an alternative approach.  Through Motion To Mind™ I provide a range of services, including bespoke, revitalising retreats tailored to the client and specific needs. I also uses my military background and experience to help veterans deal with transition and mental health issues, often in close consultation with support staff.

Whether as an individual or for your employees, perhaps you’re looking to:

  • Recognise stress symptoms, develop effective coping mechanisms in order to bounce back from adversity and testing times
  • Improve your physical and mental fitness so you can take on the world
  • Develop your confidence and self-esteem so you can perform at the top of your game
  • Looking for alternative therapy for burnout, depression, anxiety or other mental health issues

Throughout the website you’ll see how Motion To Mind™ operates and how we can work together, either on a one to one or employer basis.  For many years I’ve been passionate about empowering and not enslaving people.  That means giving you real solutions you can take anywhere and use anytime.

I’ve got real world experience from dealing with loss, transition, a 24 year military career and several years as a workplace wellness professional. 

As the name Motion To Mind™ would suggest, I firmly believe in the power of motion or physical activity, particularly in nature, to influence the mind and address the modern day scourge that is stress.  I take a lot of my clients out into nature, camping, shelter building, using ecotherapy and exercising too.  We’re now seeing a growing body of evidence emerging about the importance of exercise for our mental health, so I’m going to get you moving.  My grandfather used to say:

“If you’re ever feeling down, go and do something physical”


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Looking forward to working with you.


John Allison, Founder of Motion To Mind™

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