A Holistic Therapy is a therapy..... "which uses an approach to patient care in which the physical, mental and social factors in the patient's condition are taken into account, rather than just the diagnosed disease." Oxford Concise Medical Dictionary.
Holistic therapies deal with the 'whole' person. They treat the body as a whole and integrated system, not a collection of isolated parts. Medicine can only truly be holistic if it acknowledges the social and cultural context in which the 'illness' and the desired healing take place. It therefore needs to look at the patterns of thought, behaviour, work and culture that were the sources of the 'disease' in the first place. Emphasis is placed on helping people to understand and to take responsibility for themselves, on prevention of disease and promotion of a healthy lifestyle. The person who is ill is also the healer. Aid can be sought from 'experts' but the responsibility for healing and health lies within the person who wants to be well.
There are lots of wonderful benefits to having a holistic treatment, and of course it depends on the treatment you choose. However, these are just some of the benefits you may receive:
- Improved blood circulation and lymphatic drainage
- Stimulation of immune system, nervous system and toxin elimination
- Reduced stress, tension and anxiety
- Increased relaxation and energy levels
- Increased confidence, self-esteem and self-worth
- A sense of tranquillity, calmness and positive well being
- Greater creativity, clarity of thought and concentration
- Balance of mind, body and soul
- In addition, depending on the treatment you have received you may also benefit from the following:
- Improved skin, muscle tone, metabolism, digestive system
- Reduction in muscle fatigue, stiffness, sports injuries, fluid retention, arthritis, hormonal problems, blood pressure
- Relief from headaches, insomnia, ear, eye and nose conditions, coughs/ colds
Please ensure that your last meal was at least 2-hours before your treatment. If you are taking any medication that you may need before, during or after your treatment, please bring this with you. Please complete a HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE and kindly pay for your treatment in advance via BACS, or credit card in my online Shop.
Yes, there is plenty of free parking outside Merrifield House in the courtyard.
At your first appointment, we will run through your pre-completed HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE before we start the treatment. This will allow me to understand a little more about you, your current health situation and what you would like to achieve from your treatment/s. The more information you can give me, the better I can tailor the treatment to your individual needs. Please be assured everything we discuss is confidential.
If you have any health conditions you think may affect your treatment, please mention this when making your booking. In some cases, a doctors’ referral note may be required; in some cases, it might be possible to adapt your treatment; in other cases, it might be necessary to recommend an alternative treatment. However, it may not affect your treatment at all. In particular, please advise if you are: pregnant or lactating; have an injury, allergy or infectious disease; are taking medication; have recently had surgery, stroke, heart attack; have a history of thrombosis, embolism or phlebitis; have cancer, diabetes, high/low blood pressure, arthritis, paralysis, epilepsy, haemophilia or an undiagnosed condition. If you think you may need medication, for conditions such as asthma, angina or diabetes before, during or after your treatment, please remember to bring these with you. If you have experienced a reaction after a previous treatment, please let me know.
Yes. If you have any health concerns, it is possible to do a skin patch test 24 hrs before your treatment. As long as, there are no adverse reactions then it will be OK to continue with a treatment.
Yes. Some treatments can be tailored to support fertility, pregnancy and postpartum. If you have recently given birth, please wait for a minimum of 6 weeks, before booking a treatment. Please see my blog post called - Supporting pregnancy; before, during and after - and contact me to discuss how we can create a unique and safe treatment plan just for you.
During your treatment you may feel calm, peaceful and totally relaxed. It is not uncommon for clients to feel sleepy or a little emotional. All these things are perfectly normal.
After your treatment you may feel relaxed yet refreshingly energized. Certain aspects of your life may appear clearer and your mind more focused. Your blood circulation and lymphatic drainage may be increased, promoting a feeling of general well-being. You may also experience a ‘Healing Response’.
The 'Healing Response' is a where you might feel slightly worse before feeling better, after receiving your treatment. For example, you may feel achy or tired, get a headache, feel nauseous or thirsty, experience a little dizziness, have hot & cold flushes, feel emotional, have a runny nose, experience more frequent urination or break out in spots. This is part of the detoxification process whilst your body is rebalancing and cleansing itself and it is perfectly normal for these symptoms to last up to 3 days. However, because we are all different, you may or may not experience this. To reduce the likelihood of feeling such symptoms, please follow the 24-hr after care advice below.
For 24-hrs after your treatment please remember to:
- Drink plenty of water or herbal teas
- Rest or sleep if necessary
- Eat light meals
- Keep caffeine, tea, fizzy drinks, alcohol, smoking to a minimum
- Do not carry heavy bags or loads
- Avoid stressful situations and long-distance driving
- Resist the temptation to suppress any aches and pains with medication
- Try a hot bath, gentle stretching or breathing exercises to further aid relaxation (no bath if Aroma)
- Allow the oils to absorb into your skin (Aroma)
- Avoid direct sunlight or heat treatment (certain oils within Aroma, you will be advised if this is relevant)
- Keep your ears clean and warm, and avoid swimming (ear candles)
Many treatments can be received by children with wonderful results. However, if you are under 16 years old, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and a parental consent form must be completed before the treatment can be carried out.
Sadly, I no longer offer mobile appointments. If you are able to travel to Merrifield House, there is plenty of free parking, beautiful views, complimentary herbal tea and a beautiful healing space once here.
Being late may reduce the time available for your treatment thus reducing its effectiveness and your total enjoyment. Please telephone 07941 508 004 if you think you may be running late.
Absolutely! It is possible to book a treatment for yourself and another for a friend, one after the other. There is a comfy outdoor snug, where you can relax, read and enjoy beautiful views of Dartmoor with a herbal tea, before and after your treatment/s.
Absolutely! I offer several relaxing and nourishing treatment packages to help you optimise your self-care goals. You can choose from:
- Relax 30-60-90
- Energise 30-60-90
- Spring Treatment Promo
- Autumn Treatment Promo
- Top to Toe Package
- Bridal Package
- Hen Parties
- Pamper Parties
- Relaxation & Wellness Days
Visit my secure Online Shop to find out more.
Absolutely! I offer several fun and therapeutic holistic health events that can be enjoyed with friends. You can choose from:
- Hen Parties
- Pamper Parties
- Relaxation & Wellness Days
- Baby Reflexology Parties
- Essential Oil Parties
- Laughter Yoga Parties
Absolutely! I offer holistic treatments and individually tailored yoga, meditation, laughter yoga, forest bathing and Stand Up Paddle boarding activities, suitable for both business and personal clients. Whether your focus is on relaxation and rejuvenation, or motivation and inspiration; the perfect package can be tailor made to suit you. Design your own personalised event with friends, family or work buddies. Ideal for informal gatherings and team-building events seeking positive impact. Please contact me to discuss your requirements. After which a non-returnable deposit is all that’s required to secure your booking; you can then sit back, relax and let me take care of the rest!
Please look at the Press & Media and the Research pages on my website. Here you will find articles written by myself, press article and industry evidence papers about the benefits of a range of therapies and various other topics. You can also read some of my Client Testimonials to learn how treatments have helped some of my customers.