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
You can book and pay on my website via a secure online booking system by either credit/ debit card, or gift voucher code. After you have checked out, you will receive an email confirming your booking. Please visit my Online Shop to make your purchase.
Please ensure that your last meal was at least 2-hours before your treatment time. If you are currently on any medication, please remind yourself of the name of your medication as this will be asked during your consultation. If you are taking any medication that you may need before, during or after your treatment, please have this with you.
Yes, there is plenty of free parking outside Merrifield House in the courtyard.
At your first appointment, we will run through a brief consultation 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. Please allow an extra 15 minutes for your first appointment for this consultation.
An approximate time for your session is listed on the page on my website. Please allow an extra 15 minutes for your first treatment; this is so that we can complete your consultation prior to your treatment.
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, so it is always worth mentioning beforehand. 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 your treatment.
Yes. Some sessions 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 remembers 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 of the 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.
Yes, in order to help clients, who cannot drive, are unable to leave home, or are short on time, I am able to offer all treatments in the comfort of your own home. This is a convenient and stress-free solution for many people.
Yes, for those clients that prefer to seek solace in a designated space, I am able to offer all treatments in the peaceful environment of a treatment room based in Kingsbridge.
Being late may limit the time for your treatment thus reducing its effectiveness and your total enjoyment. However, this may not be necessary if there is not another booking after you. Please telephone 07941 508 004 if you think you may be running late
Yes, it is possible to book a treatment for yourself and a friend one after the other. This can either be done within your own home or my Kingsbridge based treatment room.
Absolutely! Individually tailored yoga, meditation, holistic therapy and Stand Up Paddle boarding activities and packages, suitable for both business and personal clients are available.
Whether your focus is on relaxation and rejuvenation, or motivation and inspiration; the perfect package can be tailor made to suit you. Alternatively, design your own personalised empowering event with friends, or a motivational company team-building package, for an event with 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 Research page on my website. Here you will find articles written by myself, industry evidence papers and press articles about the benefits of a range of therapies and various other topics. You can also read some Client Testimonials to learn how treatments have helped other clients.