Therapy and Activities
We are delighted to be able to offer below a list of professionals who are working with us to offer a variety of support to anyone affected by any cancer. It is well documented that these therapies and activities can have a beneficial effect on the health and well-being of people living with and beyond cancer. We do have some funding available which enables us to offer financial assistance to anyone who would like to have an introduction to any of these therapies or activities. If you would like to apply for this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07512 279663.
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Barbara is a Psychotherapist, Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher, and Breath Coach.
She works with individuals who are struggling with life events in a compassionate and nurturing way, respecting each person’s journey while feeling honoured to accompany them along the way.
Barbara says “People who come to see me can sometimes feel confused and overwhelmed by what is going on for them: whether it is in their bodies or minds or emotions. Together, we take time to observe and pay attention to what unfolds in order to move towards more understanding, clarity and healing. This process brings my clients closer to a place of ease, where they can feel more contentment and acceptance, despite the challenges they might be facing.”
Barbara often integrates her skills as she finds that they complement each other well – for example Breathwork can be a useful tool for anyone practicing Yoga or exploring counselling.
Appointments can be made for 1-2-1 counselling, breathwork or yoga.
Everything at the moment is done online, mostly via Zoom.
COUNSELLING: Barbara offers weekly one to one sessions and you can find useful information on her website.
YOGA: As well as private sessions, there are also three weekly group classes:
Dynamic Yoga Monday and Thursday at 9.15 am and Restorative Friday at 5.30 pm. Each session lasts about 75 minutes.
BREATHWORK: Barbara offers a five week course, with weekly 40 mins online sessions, access to guided practices and email support between sessions.
You can contact Barbara on 07941 045004 or via her website www.barbaramella.co.uk
Psychotherapy Mindfulness Yoga
You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
Jon Kabat-Zinn (teacher of Mindfulness Meditation)
Karen Forrester-Jones – Tripudio Movement Instructor
Karen is our local Tripudio Instructor, offering classes in Axminster. Tripudio is movement with a focus on the fluid systems of the body, including the lymphatic system and the cardiovascular system. Principles from manual lymphatic drainage massage are combined with fascia (connective tissue) release techniques and translated into movements.
Tripudio classes start and finish with a specifically designed warm-up and cool-down sequence that follows the protocol of manual lymphatic drainage and focuses on balance. The rest of the class is a combination of connective tissue stretching, non-weight bearing gentle strengthening and low impact aerobic dances set to music. Exercise is gentle to avoid fatigue and overexertion of the venous system.
The class can be taken standing or seated. Tripudio is therefore ideally suited to mixed levels of fitness and everyone can work to his or her own ability.
Additional information about Tripudio can be found at http://www.tripudiomovement.co.uk/index.html
Nayna Kumari BA(Hons), PGCE, RSA(Dip), MA, MAR, MBACP(Reg)
Nayna Kumari is a body-focused psychotherapist. She did her Masters in Psychotherapy and Healing, studied Trauma with Babette Rothschild and learnt about how mind, body and emotions interact at The London School of Biodynamic Psychotherapy. Nayna trained in Bereavement Counselling with CRUSE Bereavement Care then worked on their National Helpline and helped with training volunteers.
Nayna has been in private practice since 1994. She writes articles, gives talks and leads workshops about how experiences affect our health and behaviour. She believes the aim of therapy is to improve the quality of your daily life.
Nayna moved out of London four years ago and now lives and works in Lyme Regis.
Psychotherapy, Body-Psychotherapy, Bereavement Counselling, Pre-bereavement Counselling, Stress Therapies, Solution-focused therapy are all available through Nayna.
You can contact Nayna by telephone : 01297 444561 or via her website www.nk-bodypsychotherapy.com
Hilary Sharp (MBAcC) – Acupuncturist
Hilary Sharp is a qualified acupuncturist registered with the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC).
Hilary came from running and personally managing two care homes for the elderly between 1983 and 2001. She developed an interest in Alternative Health by looking at the whole needs of each person and the benefits to the individual when total care is given.
In 1989 a life threatening illness enforced a 5 year recovery and time to think of the future. In desperation when western medicine was failing Hilary embarked on alternative therapy and after a slow but total recovery she signed up for the first course in acupuncture. This episode proved to change Hilary’s life!
In 2000 Hilary graduated from The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine and has become more and more fascinated by how acupuncture can change peoples health. In 2006 Hilary completed a 2 year Paediatric Diploma delivered by Julian Scott – world renown Lecturer in Acupuncture for Children.
Constantly exploring the many fields of acupuncture Hilary is able to offer a diverse base of knowledge in a broad range of areas some of which are shown on the web pages. Email email@example.com or telephone 07738 630186, or visit www.hilarysharp.co.uk/
Sophie Graves – Complementary therapist ITEC MBSR
Sophie is a Complimentary Therapist, with over 28 years experience offering Holistic Massage, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology & Reiki. She has worked in many different settings, including within the voluntary and community sector in Bristol as well as working as a project worker on a Complementary project working with Bristol Cancer help centre, now known as Penny Brohn.
Holistic Massage: Sophie works intuitively with her hands and how your body is presenting. She works deeply when necessary, as well as with gently soothing massage too.
Reflexology: This therapy uses the reflection of the body on the feet to assist the body in finding balance (homeostasis). Sophie works over the reflex points using massage and pressures. Reflexology can help to create the necessary sense of calm and wellbeing that’s essential to cope with life.
Indian Head Massage: Comes from Ayurveda, an ancient method involving natural therapies, which takes into account mind, body and spirit. Helps to release tension to muscles in these areas, aiding relaxation and generally clearing a busy mind.
Reiki: An ancient laying-on of hands healing technique that uses the life force energy to heal, balancing the subtle energies within our bodies. Reiki addresses physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances. A state of deep relaxation, combined with a general feeling of well-being, is usually the most noticeable immediate effect of the treatment, although emotional releases can also occur.
Sophie uses natural, organic massage oils & balms. Please contact Sophie on 07719 997329.
Julia Williams CertEd, M.Ifl, MLD.UK, CNHC reg. M.Ctha – Tripudio Movement Instructor
Julia is a natural health therapist , movement specialist and tutor with 20 years experience in health care. Specialising in complementary therapies and utilizing a range of massage techniques and reflexology, Julia tailors her treatments to her clients needs. With NHS and hospice care as part of her work she can offer safe and suitable exercise and therapies for clients post surgery or during cancer treatment and also manual lymphatic drainage for lymphoedema. Julia teaches hatha yoga andTripudio Movement, an exercise and movement programme of which she is co-founder – as a fascial fitness instructor this influences her classes.
Contact Julia via her website: www.tripudiomovement.co.uk
Sara Pearce Bsc (Hons) – Physiotherapist
Sara studied Physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham and qualified with a Bsc (Hons) in 2009. Since then she has continued to expand her skills as a physio by training in acupuncture, physio Pilates and obtaining an orthopaedic medicine diploma. In 2014 Sara took the decision to set up her own private physiotherapy clinic in Lyme Regis. She combined sport physiotherapy, injury prevention and post op management with rehabilitation and Pilates.
Sara understands the struggles of those suffering with cancer and their support network, having lost her father-in-law to pancreatic cancer earlier this year and her Gran 2 years before, so Sara would be able to offer empathy and support to those that need it. Physiotherapy can help with muscle tensions and aches and pains following surgery, tension due to stress or general musculoskeletal pains. It is common for shoulders to become stiff and sore following certain operations, such as mastectomy, therefore physiotherapy in this instance can be highly beneficial.
Sara would take a full medical history and it would be advantageous to have had an xray of the affected joint, if clinically relevant, to allow a sound clinical judgement to be made regarding the source of the pain and therefore the best course of treatment.
For more information regarding Sara and what physiotherapy can help with please visit www.spphysiosouthwest.com or contact Sara directly on 07729 302131
Angela Shannon – Yoga Therapy
Angela says: “I am constantly amazed at how effective Yoga is in helping us deal with life. When I was diagnosed with cancer in January 2018, my daily yoga practice became a space in which I developed the inner resources to deal with this life changing illness, and unfold the qualities of self awareness, resilience, stability, faith and trust that enabled me to meet this challenge and use it as an opportunity for growth and change.
How can yoga help people living with cancer?
Yoga offers a range of practical tools with which you may help yourself and mobilise your inner resources:
Relaxation calms and balances the nervous system, and alleviates the anxiety and stress which depress immune functioning and hinder healing.
Breathing exercises improve respiration, relieve tension, and restore balance and calm.
Meditation develops the detachment and clarity that enable us to acknowledge and accept the realities of cancer, and to manage our fears and worries.
Physical postures increase energy levels, help to remove toxic waste, and enhance the functioning of our internal organs and systems.
Angela has taught yoga for 13 years (BWY) and trained to teach ‘Yoga for People Living with Cancer’.
For 1-1 therapy or to try a group class please call 07443 461606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah Lovegrove – Massage Therapy
Hannah has been a facial and body massage therapist for many years and has a treatment room at The Ollerod Hotel in Beaminster. She is the co-director of Lovegrove Essentials, a natural & organic cosmetics company based in Dorset. The therapeutic uses of essential oils, along with health and wellbeing are among her main interests. She teaches facial massage therapy and is also a well-known and respected Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Hannah says, “Long before natural and organic products were fashionable, I was drawn to study their effects, and the way they work synergistically, gently and effectively to support and heal. I am keenly aware of the damage caused to the body by synthetic molecules, particularly those we ingest through smell and topical application. Natural essential oils play a huge role in relieving the negative effects of our environment and our lifestyle. My treatments combine the therapeutic effects of essential oils and fresh herbal infusions together with many years’ Iyengar Yoga experience in relaxing the body. The effect is a luxurious and profoundly restful treatment.’
Sue Urquhart BVetMed C.B.S. – Bowen Therapist –Scar Release practitioner – TMJD therapist
Sue is an experienced and accredited practitioner of the Bowen technique, having trained at the College of Bowen Studies. Previously she was a veterinary surgeon as a small animal vet for 36 years in her own clinic in Edinburgh. After retiring in 2015 she moved to Devon & retrained in the Bowen technique, Sharon Wheelers ScarWork including Adapting this for Breast surgery, MSRT and TMJ or Orofacial pain and issues.
Sue offers treatments from her home at Birchill, which lies midway between Chard and Axminster.
These treatments can be Bowen therapy or Scar release but they also work well together.
The Bowen Technique, developed by Australian Tom Bowen in the 1950s, is a gentle, hands-on therapy that addresses all types of musculoskeletal pains and is designed to stimulate the body’s innate healing ability. It has been hailed as one of the fastest growing and most successful treatment methods in the country.
The technique uses a specific set of gentle rolling movements with the fingers and thumbs on precise points on the body. These gentle motions trigger impulses in the brain to stimulate healing, release fascia and blocked energy plus improve blood flow and lymphatic drainage.
Main Benefits of Bowen:
Reduces muscle tension – Reduces pain – Increased lymphatic drainage -Increases mobility
ScarWork and McLoughlin Scar Release Technique MSRT
The effects of post-surgical scars on the human body cannot be underestimated.
The body forms scar tissue as a natural response to trauma when the skin is lacerated or punctured either by accident or purposefully ie. surgery. A Scar is Collagen laid down during the repair process results in a thickened, fibrous mass which can impede proper circulation of blood, congests lymph flow, and can even impact on Range of Motion.
Additionally, the severing of delicate nerve tissue often results in abnormal sensation of not only the scar but the adjacent, surrounding tissue. As the scar is fibrous and non-elastic it will have a dragging and pulling effect on function of all physiological systems particularly the fascial membrane covering muscles, organs and glands.
Benefits of Scarwork & MRST
Reduce pain and restriction
Reduce adhesions – both superficially and deep within the system
Restore nerve function including numbness, pain and sensitivity
Enhance movement of the surrounding tissues, to reduce pulling and sticking
After work the scar may visually appear smoother, but the emphasis is on the underlying tissue changes within the fascial system and therefore improved function.
Sue has also trained in specific Scarwork for Breast surgery.
TMJD Temporomandibular Joint issues – the Jaw joint
Temporomandibular joint diseases and disorders are a complex and poorly understood set
of conditions that can cause pain in the area of the jaw joint and associated muscles and/
or problems using the jaw. Both or just one of the temporomandibular joints may be affected.
TMJ diseases and disorders can affect the ability to speak, eat, chew, swallow,
and even breathe
This is a very common but undiagnosed syndrome even by dentists.
Headache, toothache, neck, shoulder problems could be TMJD.
Stress and anxiety are major causes of the painful syndrome.
The Therapy involves neuromuscular release, retraining and exercises.
I am able to offer online therapy session is all of the above techniques.
These are 1-2-1 sessions using Zoom.
I am also offering a FascialFacial online: this is a wonderful, gentle, relaxing and effective facial you can do on yourself without using any chemicals or special products.
Dr Maria Hayes-Yapp BSc MBA DPhil(Oxon) – Bio-Energy Healing
Bio-energy healing works on the principle that blockages and imbalances in the body’s natural energy flow can give rise to ailments of a physical, mental, spiritual and/or emotional nature. Bio-energy healing helps to release blockages or imbalances, so restoring the balance of body mind and spirit.
Maria is a qualified bio-energy healer, certified by the Bi-Aura Foundation. She has experience of working with clients who are living with cancer and their families. Clients have reported a range of benefits. These can include: more energy, improved mood, better sleep and the alleviation of physical symptoms. The treatment thus helps clients to cope more easily with the challenges presented by serious illness.
During a Bi-Aura session, the client remains fully clothed and there is limited physical contact with the therapist, apart from the occasional light touch here and there. A session typically lasts for an hour (slightly longer the first time, when a brief history is taken) and to gain full benefit a series of sessions is recommended.
For more information, contact Maria on 07768 077 143 or email@example.com .
Nikki Burns – Reiki Therapist
Nikki has been qualified up to Masters in Usui Reiki since 2008 and Angelic Reiki since 2017. She has helped a number of clients since then including Clients through MIND. Reiki can help heal the mind, body & spirit and bring about a state of balanced harmony. When a Reiki practitioner channels healing through their hands to a recipient, the body finds the abilty to heal itself. The healing energy will travel around the body releasing blocked energy and toxins.
Reiki energy has five effects : It brings about deep relaxation, so it is a vital tool in stress reduction, dissolves energy blockages, detoxifies, supplies healing universal energy (Life Force) and increases the vibrational frequency of the body.
Angelic Reiki is a powerful healing modality that works with the highest energies of the Angelic Realm to bring about healing and balance on all levels to those receiving the healing energy. During Angelic Reiki treatment, the practitioner is simply a bridge for the angelic healing energy to pass to the recipient.
After treatment, the healing continues to be absorbed and full integration of the Angelic Healing energies continues. Clients report having more energy, feeling “lighter”, more positive, more at ease and in some cases feel immediate relief from physical and emotional problems. Some people say a 30 minute Angelic Reiki healing is similar to 3-4 hours sleep.
Angelic Reiki can increase the ability to respond more calmly to events in life, gives deep relaxation and sense of inner peace and improved sleep, leaving clients feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, re-energised and re-empowered.
If you are interested, please contact Nikki on 07488 236340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Culley BA (Hons), HPD, NLP Pract, MNCH, MCNHC – Hypnotherapy
Having retired from primary school teaching due to ill health, Laura discovered hypnotherapy as a way to overcome the chronic pain, anxiety and depression associated with Endometriosis and Fibromyalgia. She was amazed at the difference she could make to her own well-being. This inspired Laura to research into hypnotherapy and she went on to study with Adam Eason at the Anglo European School of Clinical Hypnosis. She graduated with a Hypnotherapy Practitioner’s Diploma (HPD) and a diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and now specialises in helping with anxiety and pain management. Laura is a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
Laura uses a combination of hypnotherapy, NLP and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help her clients. She believes that the relationship between the client and therapist is very important and will do her utmost to ensure that you feel safe, confident and listened to. Every person is unique and will require an individual treatment plan depending on the issues that you identify as important. Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not about giving up control to the hypnotist, but actually about gaining control over your thoughts and feelings. It is a very empowering and enjoyable therapy.
Hypnotherapy can help those affected by cancer and their families both during and after treatment. It can help with:
- pain management
- overcoming anxiety
- managing depression
- increasing relaxation
- reducing nausea
- coming to terms with physical and mental changes
- overcoming survivor’s guilt
- overcoming phobias (needles, white coat syndrome etc)
- developing a positive mindset
Laura works from a cosy therapy room in Serendipity in Honiton High Street and can also make home visits. If you would like to know more about hypnotherapy or have a chat with Laura about how she could help you, she would love to hear from you – call her on 07577 485250, visit her website www.lauraculleyhypnotherapy.co.uk, or email email@example.com .
Teresa Searle -Indian head massage and Reiki therapist
Teresa qualified in Indian head massage and Reiki in 2014, She is also an intuitive astrologer, medium and spiritual advisor. After working with children full time for 22 years, in 2017 Teresa set up her own business- intuitsoul giving intuitive guidance and providing holistic therapies. She works from home in Exeter as well as at Serendipity in Honiton.
Indian head massage has been practised in India and Asia for over 5000 years, it is a gentle massage which works on the scalp, face, neck, ears, arms upper back and shoulders. Used with or without relaxing aromatherapy oils Indian head massage enhances circulation and aids all of our systems to restore, assisting our bodies in self healing, helping us to get rid of unwanted toxins within our body and mind, helping us physically and mentally to unwind and relax in a world where we can’t stop thinking, worrying, and feeling tension in those shoulders.
- Relaxes the nervous system and eliminates the fatigue caused by mental stress and strain.
- An effective device for aiding sleep.
- Improves blood circulation and lymph flow.
- Helps to get rid of toxins in our body.
- Increases vitality and builds up immune system.
- Is great for the hair. Stimulates the follicles and encourages hair growth.
Sessions are up to 40 minutes.
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning ‘spiritual energy’ or ‘universal life force energy’, it is performed with the client fully clothed, with hands being placed on certain points of the body to bring healing and balance. My spirit guides work with me assisting to give the energy that you need to any blocked areas. Reiki is very relaxing and people often feel a shift in energy after the first session, often clients see colours and get clarity during a session too.
- Aligns and balances your energy centres.
- It is relaxing and calming, reliving any stress or worry.
- Releases negativity and toxins.
- Can help you to make positive life changes.
- Can help to relieve symptoms that may cause any pain.
Elle Welch – Homeopath and Reiki master
Hello, I’m Elle & I’m a Homeopath and Reiki master, I work from the cosy surroundings of Serendipity, mind body soul Honiton.
I fell in love with Homeopathy 25 years ago when it gave me back my life and love it more every year that goes by. I trained at the CCH in Bristol for 4 years and graduated in 2013. Since then I have been working specialising in women’s health, chronic disease and autism.
Homeopathic treatment aims to get to the root cause of why your body is out of balance and gently trigger your body’s natural healing response.
Homeopathy has many benefits including:
- Gentle, safe and natural
- Balances your hormones
- More energy & improved sleep
- Boosts your immune system
- Regulates heavy, painful or absent periods
- Feel calmer and more in control
- Treats the root cause of your health issues
Homeopathy is a holistic individualised complementary medicine. During the consultation I will take time to find out about your health concerns, medical history, your likes and dislikes to fully understand you as an individual. I will then match the most appropriate remedy to you based on your individual needs.
Homeopathy is the second most used system of medicine in the world and has been used for more than 200 years. Remedies are made in specialist homeopathic pharmacies adhering to the highest standards.
I started using Reiki at 21 and last year became a Reiki master. I have used Reiki to help with my own chronic pain and relaxation over the last 17 years.
Reiki is a Japanese healing art that was developed by Dr Usui in Japan in the early 20th century. It is pronounced ray-key. The Japanese word Reiki means universal energy. Eastern medicine systems work with this energy, which flows through all living things and is vital to well being. The energy is known as ‘Ki’ in Japan, ‘Chi’ in China and ‘prana’ in India. Reiki isn’t part of any type of religion or belief system. It is best described as a form of hands on healing used as a complementary therapy.
A Reiki practitioner aims to change and balance the energy fields in and around your body to help on a physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual level.
Reiki practitioners say that it can:
- help you to feel deeply relaxed
- help you cope with difficult situations
- relieve emotional stress and tension
- help to improve overall wellbeing
Some people with cancer say they feel better after using therapies such as Reiki. Studies show that this is often because a therapist spends time with the person, and touches them. After the rush and stress of hospitals and treatment, it can be very relaxing when someone gives you attention for an hour or more, in a calm setting. Reiki is sometimes used in palliative care, especially in hospices. Some people say that Reiki has helped to control side effects of their cancer treatments, such as pain, anxiety and sickness.
I’d love to hear from you, please contact me if you would like to book an appointment or find out more.
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Andrew Gage BSc (Hons) Sports Therapist and Acupuncturist
Andrew studied at the University of Bath and Twickenham, and benefits from 15 years experience in Sports Massage, and 4 years experience in Acupuncture.
He began his career in Sports Massage alone, and now uses Acupuncture, Electro Acupuncture and Kinesiology Taping along side massage as additional therapies, as he believes that they help accelerate and complement the treatment he provides.
Sports massage involves the manipulation of deep layers of tissue in the body, including the fascia and other supportive tissue that make up the muscles and joints.
Massages have been used for many years across the world to lower both physical and psychological stress, ease muscle tension, and rehabilitate injury increasing flexibility and reducing pain – and research continues to show that whether used alone or in conjunction with other treatments, Sports Massage is an effective way to help treat common conditions like arthritis, anxiety and lower back pain.
Not only are they relaxing, but they also help lengthen and release muscles that regularly feel tense and get stuck in uncomfortable holding positions.
So whether you are an athlete placing high demand on your body, or recovering from an injury or illness or just a bit achey, sports massage will undoubtedly have some benefits to offer you.
Andrew provides a mobile therapy service, and can cater for your requirements in the comfort of your own home… So whether you are looking for post-operative rehabilitation, need to recover rapidly from injury, or simply wish to soften aches and pains, Andrew will employ the latest techniques and equipment to rehabilitate your body back to full fitness.
Having lost his mum to Breast Cancer 12 years ago, Andrew has broad knowledge and understanding of those suffering, and the families offering support, and on this basis, is keen to help those in need in his field of expertise.
For further information, a consultation, or to book an appointment with Andrew, please contact him on 07739849555
Lisa Galvani MBA, RN,CIDESCO, CIBTAC
Lisa Galvani is a trained nurse who spent 20 years in the NHS. Passionate about combining her nursing background with beauty therapy, she retrained as a Beauty Therapist and Makeup artist 5 years ago at The Oxford International College of Beauty.
In 2017, Lisa opened In Harmony Beauty Salon, based in Silver Street in Lyme Regis, creating a calm, tranquil oasis where clients can get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
She offers Jessica spa manicures and pedicures, facials using Lovegrove Essential Organic products as well as Made for Life Spiezia Organic products. She also offers Indian head massage, Lava Shell massage and makeup lessons using Jane Iredale natural, mineral vegan makeup.
Telephone: 01297 445138
Katherine Bolton – Holistic Therapist (MA, PG Dip)
Pebble-Moon Holistic Wellbeing Centre, Seaton
Katherine offers a variety of Holistic and Complementary treatments from her Holistic Wellbeing Centre in Seaton on The Esplanade. An experienced Counsellor and Massage Therapist Katherine works with you to help you turn “stress into serenity”. Having returned to East Devon after running her own retreat in Brittany, France, Katherine offers Aromatherapy and Restorative Massage, Reiki (she is a Reiki Master), Counselling, Reflexology, Yoga and Mindfulness Sessions. She also has an adjacent Meditation and Yoga Studio offering 1-2-1 and small group classes. As everyone and their situation is unique, Katherine offers a free holistic wellbeing consultation to find the right treatment for you.
Phone, Skype or Zoom sessions in Counselling
One to one Zoom Yoga or Meditation session.
Jane White – Reflexologist and Aromatherapist
As an Aromatherapist and Reflexologist of many years’ experience. I feel strongly that a person needs to be regarded as whole being – physical, mental, emotional and energetic. Through support in all these areas people are better able to cope with life’s challenges. I use reflexology, aromatherapy, and Reiki to aid relaxation, combat stress and support well-being.
I have worked in a variety of settings including supporting people with mental health disabilities, and people undergoing their cancer journey. Completing training courses with the Macmillan Unit in Belfast, and ARC Cancer Support in Dublin helped me to provide for the needs of those experiencing cancer.
I spent a number of years as a tutor of Complementary Health Therapies, and as a trustee with the National Register of Reflexologists, Ireland.
Reflexology is a touch therapy, using different points on the feet and hands that correspond with points on the body. It promotes deep relaxation and well-being, and by reducing stress it helps optimise health.
Aromatherapy uses natural plant extracts in a variety of ways including massage and inhalation to promote and harmonise emotional, physical and spiritual health.
With Reiki the therapist uses the universal life force energy that surrounds us to help restore physical and emotional wellbeing. This can be done through touch or by working in the client’s energy field surrounding the body, and is done clothed.
I look forward to welcoming you to my dedicated therapy room. It is easily accessible on the ground floor, with parking right outside.
As a member of the Association of Reflexologists I adhere to their Covid 19 secure workplace policy, and am fully insured. A Covid Risk Assessment is carried out prior to all appointments.
I am now offering virtual appointments via Zoom for relaxation and wellbeing sessions. In these I lead my client through reflexology points that can be accessed on the hands to enhance feelings of calm, and do a guided meditation to a place of peace and tranquillity. I also offer individual blends of oils that can be used by the client in a diffuser or in hand massage to accompany the session.
I look forward to hearing from you, please feel free to contact me on 07807 27 4974, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Dianne Dowling is a professional Coaching Therapist who provides a safe space for clients to explore their own pathway back to wellness after cancer treatment.
Dianne was a teacher and mentor for many years and after completed a Professional Doctorate alongside other degrees, she now practices as a Coaching Therapist specialising in working with cancer. Her Doctoral research was a unique South West based study which focused on women living and working with breast cancer. Dianne was diagnosed with breast cancer over 20 years ago. Having both a personal and professional knowledge and experience, she is uniquely qualified to coach clients through a health crisis like cancer and help them through this most difficult time in their lives. She is passionate about living well with cancer and says: “Working with cancer is not just about surviving, it is also about thriving. I enable clients to explore their personal issues of embodiment, helping them work through issues of confidence to bring their whole bodies back to work or choose another career path.”
What is coaching?
Purpose driven coaching enables a client to explore their ‘legacy of now’ – what is important to them post cancer experience, and what they can they achieve and contribute to the well being of themselves and others. Coaching is an equal partnership where the client chooses the direction their journey will take. They will be introduced to an variety of learning, ideas and approaches which all belongs in the marketplace of modern life. One example of this is practising mindfulness meditations at the start of a coaching session. This can help relax the client and create greater awareness of what it is they want to change. Sessions can be either face-to-face or virtual via SKYPE, Zoom or telephone usually lasting for an hour and over six sessions.
Dianne can be contacted by phone on 01460 220587 or text 07517 866513. Alternatively, you can email her email@example.com
Please visit her website www.cancersworkcoach.com to learn more about her practice or her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cancerworkcoach/
Zoe King – FIOS MIOS (LC) Swimming Teacher – Water Therapy
Zoe is a GP referral for exercise consultant with over 20 years experience in swimming teaching and coaching, having set up SwimSouthWest over 15yrs ago and bringing the life skill of swimming to hundreds of children privately and in schools around the SouthWest. In recent years she has been working more with adults and water therapy.
“I love the diversity of all the magic the water can offer both from a therapeutic angle and the lifesaving and fitness skill of swimming. On a Weekly basis I see people benefiting in the most rewarding ways, physically and psychologically.
A session in the water can be uplifting and relaxing and can enable the body to utilise medication to its maximum benefit and reduce the side effects. With the support from the water joints can move more freely and exercise with a bigger range of motion, reducing impact due to reduced gravity.
I enjoy the ability to be flexible and bespoke in what I can offer, maybe you would like to swim for fitness and fun, need to improve your crawl or learn to swim with your head in or spend some time enjoying the healing properties of water therapy tailored to your specific needs.”
Zöe King FIOS MIOS (LC)
Jo Smith Oliver MCSP
The Metamorphic Technique
I am very happy to be part of this team. I have been a physiotherapist for many years, specialising initially in Orthopaedic Medicine before training in and running a complementary health centre in London. My career for the last 40 years has been involved in integrating mainstream medicine into Reflexology, Reiki, Craniosacral therapy and the Metamorphic Technique, which is the process I would like to offer here.
In reflexology, the inner border of the foot, the line of the thumb and the central line from forehead to the base of your skull are accepted as reflexes of the spine. In Metamorphic Technique, these points also exist as a timeline. A typical session involves gentle massage on the feet, hands and head. This can be carried out in an armchair or sofa, or resting on a bed.
It is now well known that as a baby in the womb we are able to absorb emotional and physical characteristics of our parents as well as the nutrients that the mother provides. How we develop in the womb and how we are born affect our lives and help us to form how cope with life. Stressful thought patterns that a person may have had for many years could have originated from their foetal development.
This Metamorphic process simply provides the space to release some of these issues without having to discuss them. Many are often drawn to this technique in times of change and an inability to move forwards.
It is appropriate to receive a session at any stage in life, but it really comes into its own where there is inner anguish related to fear. After a session many find that they feel profoundly peaceful and are able to deal with uncomfortable situations more effectively. It helps you to see life from a different perspective, somehow, almost by magic. A session, which lasts for up to an hour has been likened to the transformation of our normal everyday existence from chrysalis to butterfly, hence the name.
I have been a Metamorphic practitioner for 28 years.
What, exactly, is oxygen therapy?
Oxygen therapy refers to breathing 100% oxygen for an hour under pressure, which raises the level of oxygen in the tissues and cells of the body, and consequently improves healing and well-being.
To obtain increased pressure, individuals sit in a pressure chamber, known as a barochamber, similar to those used in diving. We have two steel chambers, one seating up to three people and the other seats up to seven in comfortable arm chairs.
Barochambers can be pressurised up to twice normal atmospheric pressure (2 ata, equivalent to 10 metres). An ‘ata’ is short for ‘atmospheres absolute’. Treatment plans normally start at 1.5 ata (5 metres), moving through 1.75 ata (7.5 metres) to 2 ata (10 metres), depending on the individual.
The pressure inside is increased by using compressed air, and oxygen is provided by a built-in breathing system, normally administered through a well-fitted mask. This is similar technology used in pressurised passenger aircraft.
Oxygen therapy is administered by trained operators. Oxygen treatment sessions are simple, non-invasive and painless, and once they have become accustomed to the procedure most users find the sessions pleasurable and relaxing.
What is it used for?
At the South West MS Centre, we provide oxygen therapy for a wide range of conditions
at a relatively low cost (capacity allowing) such as cancer, diabetic ulcers, non-healing
wounds, stroke, fibromyalgia, Lyme’s Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, migraines,
head injuries, Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), Parkinson’s Disease, sports
injuries and other neurological symptoms.
What is an oxygen therapy session like?
Each session lasts approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes and consists of three phases:
Start: Pressurisation (10-15 minutes)
Individuals are settled into their seats and checks are made that the masks fit and are operating correctly. The door to the chamber is closed and the pressure is built up gradually by our trained operators over the course of 10-15 minutes. There will be a whooshing sound in the chamber increasing the pressure.
Middle: Treatment (1 hour)
When the pressure reaches the prescribed levels, our operators will speak through the intercom to advise that the pressure has been reached. Individuals can rest, read or listen to music for the hour. During this time the operator can be contacted via the intercom.
End: De-pressurisation (10-15 minutes)
The operator advises users when the session is complete and reduces the pressure gradually, until it is the same as the normal air. At this point, the barochamber door will be opened and the session ends.
What if I’m Claustrophobic?
We also run regular oxygen sessions at zero pressure, which simply means we leave the chamber door open and do not introduce pressure at all during the hour session. You will still wear an oxygen mask to receive the oxygen, but it is less claustrophobic for many people.
The chambers have porthole windows in them so that you can view outside, and there is a two-way intercom with the operators if you have any concerns.
Are there any side effects?
Some people may experience ear discomfort, however we will teach you some easy ways to rectify this.
What can I take into the chamber?
Only a few items are permitted to be taken into the chamber, and we ask that any bags are see-through. People take in books, magazines, crosswords and mobile electronic devices, however, all mobile devices must be on airplane mode so that the signals do not interfere with the equipment.
For more information on oxygen therapy and how it helps you can go onto our website; www.southwestmscentre.co.uk send an email firstname.lastname@example.org phone 01392 447411 or visit The South West MS Centre, Clyst Heath, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7EY