I have had a lifelong interest in health and helping people and to this end I have spent many years working in the NHS. However, my passion is with complementary therapies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002 and have since become a Reiki Master and Teacher. I was introduced to Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) some years ago and as well as being a practitioner I am also a trainer, running courses and workshops for personal use and for professional qualifications. Over the years I have attended many workshops and courses to extend the range of complementary therapies that I can offer.
I have a particular interest in stress management as left uncontrolled it can cause havoc with our physical and psychological health. We all have some stress in our lives; it is what keeps us motivated and focussed. However, when and we become overwhelmed or feel we can no longer cope, it can spiral out of control to dangerous levels leading to burnout and possible serious disease. Chemical changes take place in the body which can lead to symptoms such as headaches, but if left untreated for a period of time it can lead to more serious illness such as heart disease and even cancer.
I take an holistic approach to managing stress as not all treatments will suit or appeal to everybody. Treatments can range from a relaxing holistic facial or Indian head massage, teaching you how to use meditation techniques, through to an individually tailored plan including coaching and goal setting with, for example, EFT to help remove limiting beliefs.
I have a particular interest in working with clients with cancer, having had personal experience of the disease. For most people a cancer diagnosis and its potential treatments carry a massive degree of stress which can manifest physically, emotionally and mentally. This can begin with the shock of diagnosis and fear of treatment and culminate in unexpected feelings of uncertainty. Stress may intensify the symptoms at any stage, not only in relation to treatment side effects but also in awareness of pain, discomfort and stress related symptoms such as insomnia and digestive disturbance. Even when treatment is complete it never ends for the client as any little ache or pain may cause concern that the cancer has returned.
Complementary therapies can play a significant role in helping to relieve psychological and physical stress related symptoms as well as helping the client feel more positive and in control of certain aspects of their lives. Such therapies can help bring about relaxation and a sense of peace, lowered anxiety and offer physical relief from symptoms such as fatigue, pain and insomnia.
I have attended a workshop in the use of complementary therapies in cancer care at the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood. Middlesex.
Bach Flower Remedies are a simple system of emotional healing that is easy for anyone to use. They work well either alone or in conjunction with herbs, homeopathy and medications and are safe for everyone, including children, pregnant women and the elderly.
The meridians are gently accessed by tapping, rubbing or just holding acupressure points on the face, body and hands to release emotions that may be keeping the client stuck in the past or holding them back from the future. This treatment is ideal for clients who feel unable to talk about their concerns, either through embarrassment or because of painful past trauma, as there are methods of working without the client having to discuss the nature of the problem.
This relaxing treatment comprises cleanse and tone with organic natural products followed by an holistic facial massage which combines relaxing and calming techniques with acupressure massage which works the meridian system thus creating calm and balance through the whole body. Following the facial massage, the oil is gently removed and the skin is moisturised. Holistic facial massage can be combined with arm and hand and leg massage for a truly relaxing experience.
Indian head massage is a relaxing holistic treatment that uses acupressure massage on the head, face, neck and shoulders. It aims to rebalance the body’s energies. This form of massage focuses on the three higher “chakras” – mind, body and spirit. Fragrant oils can be used to stimulate as well as relax the client, clearing the head, and soothing them even further.
Coaching is a form of personal development where a client is supported in achieving a specific personal or professional goal. Health coaching helps a client to manage their condition or support individuals to achieve health and wellness related goals.
Meditation helps to keep the mind calm and peaceful and thus help relieve stress. It can reduce blood pressure, pain response and stress hormone levels and it affects the neural circuits of the brain and affects how we respond to situations. Guided imagery is another gentle form of meditation. A practitioner will guide the client through an experience that is pleasant to the client (e.g. a walk through the woods) using perceived sight, smell, sound, taste and touch when none of these stimuli are present.
Also known as on-site massage as it is performed while the client is seated and fully clothed and can be taken into the workplace. It is based on the traditional Japanese acupressure technique called Anma which means press and rub. This therapy aims to stimulate the acupressure points in the head, neck, shoulders, spine and lower back.