All of our therapists are fully qualified and insured to practise.
Each therapist manages their own diary so to book an appointment or to find out more information please contact them directly.
As a guide, most massage treatments are normally priced at £45 for an hour massage
Gift vouchers are available to buy for any treatment and for any amount. Please contact reception or use the link on the right to make your purchase on line.
If you require further assistance please contact Ali Morrish the Clinical Director of the centre, on 01392 422555.
Aromatherapy is the use of oils distilled from plant substances, usually the flower, leaf, bark or fruit, which have specific healing properties. A few drops of these wonderfully aromatic oils are blended into a carrier oil and gently massaged into the recipients body .The oils are absorbed into the clients bloodstream via the skin and respiratory system. An aromatherapy massage is a delightful sensory experience with the benefit of detoxification, deep relaxation and the healing properties of the oils.
Each essential oil has its own fragrance, therapeutic properties and chemical make-up. Usually a blend of oils is used whose natural ingredients will act together, to bring about a beneficial range of physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological effects on the body.
Therapists: Dr Sarah Bryan PhD
Hot Stones Sarah Henderson,
Indian Head Massage
An Ayurvedic form of healing and relaxation used widely in Asia to combat daily stress. Great for neck and shoulder tension, calming the mind and improving circulation to the scalp inducing nutrients for healthier hair. It can be used as a wonderfully relaxing pick-me-up if you need some time to yourself or as stress relief from a busy lifestyle.
Myofascial Release is the missing link in body care. It is a relatively new therapy, which is fast gaining recognition as the missing link in bodywork therapy. It is a safe, gentle and effective therapy; for many patients who have “tried everything” MFR can provide a very welcome relief from pain, discomfort and immobility. MFR treats injury at its source allowing the patient to heal at the deepest level. It is a hands on, full body treatment, no oil is used and sustained gentle pressure is applied for a minimum of 90-120 seconds, for some releases pressure is often applied for several minutes or longer, this allows the trained therapist to feel through and facilitate the release of restrictions within the fascial network.
Using specialised techniques to help ‘remedy’ musculoskeletal damage and dysfunction caused by overuse, trauma or posture related muscle tightness.
Deep tissue massage and relaxing massage techniques can be used together
to create a two-fold benefit. Treating the cause of the disorder as well as the symptoms along with relevant homecare advice to support and speed up the body’s own repair mechanisms.
This convenient treatment is both deeply relaxing and revitalising, leaving you feeling calm and relaxed yet energised and clearly focused. Combining precise acupressure points with Swedish massage techniques targeting areas known to hold stress and tension.
Received through the clothes with no oils on an ergonomically designed mobile chair, taking only 20-30 minutes makes it an ideal treatment to fit in to your day.
You don’t have to be a sportsperson or have injuries to benefit from a sports massage.
Using advanced techniques that work deep into the muscles to release tension, aid
flexibility and range of motion with functional muscle balance to prevent injuries.
Sports people use it as preparation for their next event, to speed up injury recovery and
as a post event treatment.
The powerful healing qualities of massage can help with many conditions, counteracting the effects of modern day stress, releasing mental, emotional and physical tension, providing relaxation, promoting recovery and helping us to maintain a positive attitude towards health.
Treatments suitable for pregnancy and post natal mums and babies
Babies respond positively to Reflexology both before and after birth. Being born exposes our babies to the world around us, an alien environment to them. Dust, food, air pollution, gravity, bright light, wearing clothes, being held – all these things are new and strange and can cause a system overload to a newborn baby. Reflexology for newborns is a gentle non-invasive way to help balance their new bodies. Reflexology in very newborns can help to empty their lungs of the amniotic fluid and calm them after birth.
Due to the emotion, sensitivity and importance of this time in a couples life, it is advisable that Maternity Reflexology should only be given by a qualified Maternity Reflexologist.
Maternity Reflexology can help a woman through her labour, promoting the natural production of Oxytocin as well as helping to sustain a consistent labour, increase contractions if they slow down and slowing them down if things are going too fast. It can also help with the delivery of the placenta.
Maternity Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary therapy that is used to support women and men throughout their reproductive journey, from preconception to conception, through pregnancy, labour and birth, on into the post natal period – breast feeding, baby, colic, teething – right on into toddler, child and adulthood.
Pregnancy is a time of great change for women when their bodies are changing rapidly. There are many conditions associated with pregnancy that regular Maternity Reflexology treatments can help prevent – it is a seriously superb treatment for the pregnant woman! Studies have shown that regular Maternity Reflexology treatments reduce labour times and the need for pain relief. Reflexology is part of Dr. Gowri Motha’s Gentle Birth Method.
Massage can be particularly beneficial during pregnancy, both physically and emotionally, helping you deal with the profound changes that are happening. Each massage will be tailored to your particular needs and your stage of pregnancy.
Massage can help relax both you and your baby as well as easing some of the discomforts pregnancy can cause, such as back ache, leg cramps and swollen ankles. Studies have also shown that massage during pregnancy can improve mood and sleep, reduce anxiety levels, and help reduce labour pain, birthing complications and post natal depression.
Massage during a healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy is both safe and beneficial when carried out by a therapist with the appropriate level of expertise. Awareness of the benefits of massage is increasing and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists acknowleges massage as an effective treatment for back ache during pregnancy.
Therapists: Lisa Tate.
After a woman has had her baby her body goes through a whole new set of changes. Hormones are often all over the place as her uterus contracts and her breast milk comes in. It is a time of intense emotions. Maternity Reflexology can help to rebalance her hormones, calm her emotions and give her valuable space where she can relax and adjust to her new role. Maternity Reflexology can also help to relieve Mastitis.
Reiki and Pregnancy
Reiki works well in helping with all stages of pregnancy including conception and childbirth. It provides emotional as well as physical support and works not only on the mother but also on the child. Reiki during pregnancy not only offers treatment for the woman’s body but also for the development of the foetus, as the foetus will be receiving positive energy all the while the mother is being treated.
Reiki has a positive influence on energy-balance, which can be constantly put under pressure by pregnancy. When the energy is brought back in balance, many pregnancy symptoms such as tiredness, emotional unrest, backache, headaches & morning sickness can be greatly reduced. A Reiki treatment helps to deeply relax and cleanse body and spirit, which in turn helps trigger the body’s natural ability to heal and remain strong.
On an emotional level, Reiki can help deal with the many potential anxieties that can accompany pregnancy and the emotions attached. The mother as well as the child will benefit from this, as Reiki will deepen the relationship between mother and child and can help develop confidence in motherhood.
Reiki can be very effective in helping to restore balance to the entire mind-body-spirit system after birth. Nurturing a mother aids her to nurture her infant. Fathers and birth partners undergo their own transitions during pregnancy and the postpartum period. They can also gain much benefit from Reiki treatments. Caring for a newborn can be draining to both partners. Reiki can help restore and balance energy levels as well as provide some much-needed serenity during this exciting and transformational time.
The baby will benefit from Reiki treatments also after childbirth, helping them to adapt to their new world.
Trying for a baby isn’t always straightforward and can lead to stress and anxiety. Maternity Reflexology can help to prepare both men and women for conception by balancing their hormones, preparing their bodies and minds for change and helping to relieve some of their stress and anxiety. It is advisable for a couple to have initial treatments alongside each other.
Other body work and “Hands on” therapies
Reflexology is a natural, holistic therapy based on similar principles to Acupuncture. Instead of using needles, simple pressure is applied through the fingers and thumbs to minute ‘reflex points’ found on the hands and the feet. These reflexes mirror the organs and structures of the body as well as a person’s emotional health.
Reflexology is a completely safe form of therapy, as well as being relaxing and pleasant experience. The purpose of a course of treatments is to normalize the body’s functioning, relieve tension and alleviate stress, and to improve nerve functioning and blood supply throughout the body.
The aim of Reflexology is to correct three negative factors: Congestion, Inflammation and Tension. Using special pressure techniques to stimulate the reflexes on the hands and feet imbalances in the tissues, organs and systems of the body can be both detected and effectively treated to restore balance and well-being.
Shiatsu is a physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person – not just a physical body, but also a psychological, emotional and spiritual being.
Shiatsu originated in Japan from traditional Chinese medicine, with influences from more recent Western therapies. Although shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, in practise a practitioner uses touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow. It is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well-being.
Therapists: Kate Coombs
The Alexander Technique teaches clients how to release and then prevent unwanted habits of muscular tension.
Using gentle hands-on guidance and verbal instruction a client discovers how they may be generating too much effort in daily activities. By changing the on-going conditions present many niggling symptoms vanish in the process and greater co-ordination results.
Alexander said that ‘When we stop doing the wrong thing, the right thing does itself’. For most people it is a welcome surprise that they are not required to ‘do’ anything but precisely the opposite: to give up ‘trying’ and ‘working’ quite so hard. The Technique gradually teaches a better understanding of our muscular system and how to let ourselves move with the greater ease and efficiency that is our natural state.
The Technique has always been used by people wishing to address issues of posture and pain. But it is equally useful for positive aging; for pregnancy and childbirth; for improving performance for musicians, actors and sports people and for those simply curious to delve deeper into their own functioning.
TRE (Tension & Trauma release Exercises)
TRE (Tension and Trauma Release Exercises) are simple, comfortable and profoundly powerful practices that help us release trauma held in our bodies from the past, whether they are of an emotional or physical origin. TRE was designed by Dr David Berceli PhD an expert in the field of trauma recovery. For the past 25 years Dr Berceli has developed and safely used this methodology. He has taught many thousands of people from diverse cultural backgrounds throughout the world. TRE has provided relief in conflict zones and with large populations of survivors following natural disasters. TRE has proved effective for those experiencing or recovering from trauma, PTSD and its sometimes debilitating symptoms. TRE is reassuring and self-empowering. TRE can be equally effective in releasing everyday tension and stress. It reactivates our natural instinctive trauma release mechanism of tremoring and shaking. With our highly developed Prefrontal Cortex humans have misinterpreted and suppressed this shaking response, misunderstanding it as a sign of trauma rather than a release from trauma and so we have lost our instinctive re-boot.The result of the TRE is that we reactivate neurogenic tremors allowing us to naturally release the deep tension and emotions held in our tissues…….without having to talk about them or revisit them.
A TRE session involves some simple easy to do exercises that re-activate the instinctive tremor mechanism. In the vast majority of experiences it is a pleasurable relaxing some say, meditative experience. We can trust in our body’s deeper visceral intelligence to restore us. This is instinctive, accurate and deeply restorative. When we activate the tremors in this relaxed calm way, it makes our journey to balance and emotional release enjoyable and relaxing.
Therapists: Jo Hamilton
Complementary Medicine and “Talking Therapies”
Traditional Acupuncture has many applications and incorporates many different styles emanating from East Asia. The philosophy behind most traditions is to treat the whole individual person through the many diagnostic aspects ( pulse reading, abdominal palpation, tongue diagnosis, colour, sound, odour and emotional correspondences). Over a period of time and once equilibrium with the patient is achieved the complaint or symptom the person is suffering with usually subsides if not disappears completely. Alongside this constitutional treatment with acupuncture there are various symptomatic treatments that can target the individual complaints e.g. backache, headache, migraines, chest pain etc.
Every complaint has a specific symptomatic treatment to alleviate it but the real and lasting effects of acupuncture treatment is with the basic constitutional treatment that is tailor made to suit people and their individual needs.
Acupuncture suits some people more than others and this is not established until treatment commences. Usually it takes around 6 sessions before this natural medicine forms it’s foundations on a person when their own body responds and progresses towards a state of homeostasis. Sometimes amazing results happen quickly, other times quite slow but at it’s worst the symptoms don’t get better but the overall treatment helps change peoples attitude to their symptoms and that in turn changes their quality of life making their symptoms becoming less significant.
Acupuncture is both gentle and strong natural medicine ( having stood the test of time – originating over 4 thousand years) and can change peoples lives with a few well chosen acupuncture points being needled and of course a strong intention on the part of the practitioner. For people who dread the thought of needles a very gentle, simple and yet sophisticated system of Japanese Acupuncture called Toyohari which uses gold and silver needles to activate the acupuncture point just above the surface of the skin is used so it’s effects are just as strong but completely painless. This system was devised by blind Japanese meridian therapists in the 50’s and only opened up the training to sighted people about 15 years ago.
Acupuncture is both an ‘Art and a Science’ and the main emphasis for each acupuncturist is to work on the ‘Vital flow of Qi’ the energy of life.
Therapists: Anna Paris,
Bowen Technique Therapy
The simplicity of this therapy is its beauty. The central tenet is that all living organisms display subtle rhythmic motion. From the simplest amoeba to a complex human being, this rhythm can be observed and palpated by trained hands. William Sutherland, who pioneered this therapy at the beginning of the 20th century, referred to this motion as Primary Respiration.
With physical injuries, emotional stresses and systemic disease, this subtle rhythm becomes suppressed. In treatment, gentle touch is used to mobilize this rhythmic motion in body areas where it has become stuck or depleted. In this way, Craniosacral Therapy assists the body’s capacity for self-repair, aiding in the recovery from many illnesses and conditions.
Therapists: Katherine Ukleja,
Hypnotherapy is a very relaxing and calming therapy which helps to reframe and retrain the negative thoughts, feelings and patterns of behaviour that keep us in a seemingly endless repeating cycle. We all suffer from the human condition, conditioning, which can be both positive and negative. As creatures of habit it is so easy to become stuck in outdated, outworn, no longer positive and beneficial self beliefs. Hypnotherapy can help to highlight these negative patterns, remove them and instil healthier more positive and beneficial patterns, giving you the tools and resources necessary to continue this process for yourself, empowering you to be the person you want to be.
Therapists: Katherine Jenkins
Counsellors and psychotherapists are trained to listen. They provide a safe, confidential space in which they can help clients to work through troubling thoughts and feelings.
Qualified therapists can help to uncover and describe the hidden links and patterns that may be unbalancing us, and find ways to restore a happier state.
What’s the difference between counselling and psychotherapy? In general, counselling helps us to deal with current life issues by addressing their cause and effect in the present, while psychotherapy aims to deal with more deep-rooted problems. Psychotherapy can be a longer process that may involve going deeper and further back in an attempt to recognise and address the key influences in our emotional past.
Homoeopathy is a rational system of medicine based upon principles that are easy to understand and which resonate with laws of nature. It is a beautiful synthesis of science, philosophy and experience into a medical art whose practice is both simple and profound. Almost any condition that you might take to a GP could benefit from the homoeopathic approach, as millions of people all around the world will testify.
Homoeopathy is effective, and has a sound evidence base. It is also safe, ethical, ecologically sustainable and inexpensive (relative to your hairdresser, mechanic or private consultant). The World Health Organisation has described homoeopathy as the second most widely used system of medicine on Earth and it is a fantastic resource in the face of injury and disease.
Therapists: The Homoeopathic Practice
Nutritional therapy is an individual-centred approach to healthcare. Its key focus is to help bring the body back to a state of balance, or homeostasis, in order to help the individual optimise their own health. Nutritional therapy recognises that diet and lifestyle are two factors that can profoundly influence this balance.
A typical consultation will include assessment of the individual’s general health, dietary habits, digestive function, physical and emotional stressors, family history and lifestyle. Occasionally functional tests may be recommended in order to tailor recommendations further. The therapist will then offer dietary and lifestyle recommendations suited to the individual’s circumstances. This may include dietary modifications, nutritional supplementation and lifestyle adjustments.
Typical priorities during an initial consultation include support to help achieve optimum energy levels, healthy blood-sugar balance, optimum digestive health and tolerance to a broad range of food groups, and emotional and psychological wellbeing.
Therapists: Lesley Harper.
NLP and Coaching
Therapists: Ruth Baker
The way we cope and react to life’s events is driven by how past experiences are stored in our subconscious. EFT can change the way we perceive our memories or traumatic events by releasing the emotional hold they have on us.
EFT also known as Energy Psychology is a process of releasing energy blocks in our system caused by negative past events. EFT involves tapping with the fingertips on specific energy points on the hands, head and chest – corresponding to Chinese meridian points – whilst focusing on a specific problem, emotion or memory. This sends an electromagnetic impulse to our brain releasing the emotional charge connected to that memory or problem. The effect of this release is that our subconscious programming is changed. The memory remains but without the hijacking influence it had on our life and emotions. Once EFT releases the power the past event held over us, we naturally make a shift in our perception and find we are able to interpret life in a more positive way.
One of the great advantages of EFT is that it is a tool that you can learn to use yourself to support you through the stressful moments of everyday life. EFT is completely safe and there are no negative side effects. EFT works wonderfully with children. It is gentle, quick and light hearted. For younger children a Teddy Bear (affectionately known as tapping bear) can be used to incorporate these powerful energy techniques into the world of children.
Therapists: Jo Hamilton
Other therapies practised at the Exeter Natural Health Centre
A Bespoke Facial is tailored to be of optimum benefit to your skin on the day of the treatment. The skin over your face and neck is treated with cleansers, skin peels & tonics, serums and masks customised to improve the feel, function and appearance ofyour skin. Therapeutic massage with omega rich oils is included. Can include: Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Vodder), Ayurvedic Marma Therapy, Natural Face Lift Massage. Products are free from parabens, petrochemicals, parfum and colouring. A speciality is Corneotherapy – the repair and renewal of the Stratum Corneum (the outer layer of skin) torestore barrier function, the first step towards healthy, happy skin. Treatments for men and women of all ages and all skin conditions.
Reiki is a worldwide practice that promotes relaxation, stress reduction and healing. It is a natural therapy that gently balances life energies and helps to bring health and well being to the recipient.
Reiki is practiced by laying on hands; the comfort that human touch can bring coupled with a higher source of life-force energy forms the basis for this alternative and complementary therapy. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress. If it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. When one’s stress is reduced and a sense of relaxation is felt, the body’s natural healing abilities are triggered, which improves and maintains health.
With Reiki, there is always the experience of an energy shift. It may be very subtle, even imperceptible, but the Reiki energy that enters the body raises the lower vibrations of the body’s cellular energies to a higher level.
This simple, non-invasive healing system works with the Higher Self of the Receiver to promote health and well being of the entire physical, emotional and spiritual body. Therefore it is truly a system of attaining and promoting wholeness of Mind, Body and Spirit.