Herbal medicine is the use of whole plant extracts to help treat the symptoms and causes of ill-health. It was the main form of health care in Europe until the advent of pharmaceutical drugs. There is evidence of plants being used as medicine dating back thousands of years, and in many parts of the world people still largely depend on medicinal plants. Modern herbal medicine combines traditional knowledge and practice with scientific research into the therapeutic effects of plant medicine.
I trained in Western Herbal Medicine for four years, graduating with a BSc in Herbal Medicine, and was given an award for best final year student. My training included orthodox medical skills, clinical practice and a detailed knowledge of medicinal plants. I have been in practice for over six years, and have gained a wealth of experience in helping people with a wide range of both acute and long-term illness.
Neal’s Yard in Bath has a extensive selection of medicinal tinctures and dried herbs, which can be dispensed in the shop. If you are looking for help with first aid for minor ailments, you can have a short chat with me in private, and where possible I can write a prescription for you. If your condition is more complex I advise a consultation. If you are taking prescribed drugs, I choose herbs which do not interact with your medication.
BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine (2011) – Upper Second Class Honours
National Institute of Medical Herbalists (Member)
Royal Society of Medicine (Senior Associate Member)
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Friday one week and Saturday the next 10am – 5pm
I have been practicing as a therapist since 1991. I trained first in Therapeutic Massage and started my practice in London and eventually moved to the West country.
I trained in Health Kinesiology and also Reiki 1 and 2 and have recently completed a course in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy at The Clifton practice in Bristol.
I love what I do and am very excited about working as a Hypnotherapist. To help someone change their life for the better, reach a goal that they felt was out of their reach or unlearn old unwanted habits by the power of positive thoughts and action.
Therapeutic Massage Diploma with The College of Holistic Medicine
Reiki I and II
Health Kinesiology Diploma
Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma
Member of Kinesiology Federation
Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
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Tuesday 9.30am – 1.30pm
Alternate Sundays 11am-4pm (5pm BST)
I offer an integrated treatment model for adults and children, which includes classical homeopathy as well as natural self-care methods. I teach and facilitate these methods individually tailored to the needs of my homeopathic clients, including alkaline bathing, fasting, colon cleanse and others.
I know from my own experience that our health is not so easy to manage in the context of our culture and stressful lifestyles. I admire the developments of conventional medicine that deal with acute and life-threatening matters but I never really believed that it can offer a progressive healing perspective for chronic disease and the management of physical health as well as mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
In my experience, healing occurs when real changes happen within us and life is redirected along the tracks we were supposed to follow. Health means flexibility and adaptability on every level. We are not mechanical objects which can be repaired by a mere adjustment or replacement of parts – we are whole and thus need to heal in an integrated way.
I believe that, alongside the homeopathic treatment, sometimes a few very simple steps can free up blockages that prevent our organism from getting onto the road to good health.
My endeavour is to aid each client to find the path back to their intrinsic health – a model which encourages you to own your responsibility for what goes on in your body and processes of consciousness.
I studied homeopathy at the School of Homeopathy in Devon from 1998-2003. Alongside my studies of classical homeopathy, my training included anatomy and physiology, pathology and disease. From 2004-07 I took part in a three-year postgraduate course in Bologna, Italy, with Massimo Mangialavori MD, whose work on the body mind connection greatly enriched my skills.
I practised homeopathy and taught at the International School of Homeopathy in London and also online with students in Japan. I have studied mindfulness and meditation, both through reading widely and in seminars and online courses, with Thomas Hübl, a modern mystic and spiritual teacher, and others. I study and practise fasting and detox protocols on a regular basis and follow particularly the protocols of Rüdiger Dahlke MD and Alexandra Stross, among others.
I am so looking forward to working with you and to exploring together what it is you really need at this point in time!
Diploma of the School of Homeopathy, UK 2002
Postgraduate certification of the Koine International School for Homeopathic Medicine, Bologna, Italy 2007
I am registered and fully insured with the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths
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I am a fully qualified, experienced kinesiology practitioner, certified by the Association of Systematic Kinesiology. After kinesiology helped to get to the root of my son’s health issues, I decided to change careers and train as a kinesiologist myself. I am a firm believer in the power of the body to heal itself when it is rebalanced and given the right tools and help.
My aim is to empower people to regain control of their health and for me to provide the appropriate support to help you do this. My recommendations and guidance may include lifestyle changes, taking nutritional supplements and/or flower remedies, eliminating certain foods from your diet, etc.
I see all clients but particularly enjoy working with children and teenagers and seeing how they and their families benefit from kinesiology. I make sure children’s sessions are informal, relaxed and fun!
Some of the health issues I have helped people with include: stress and anxiety, digestive disorders, back pain, migraines, low energy, low immunity, depression, eczema, asthma, menopausal symptoms, weight loss/gain.
Feel free to contact me before you book an appointment. I am happy to talk either on the phone or face-to-face to see how kinesiology might help you or your child.
Certificate of Advanced Systematic Kinesiology
Bach Flower Remedies Level 1 course, Level 2 to be completed January 2015
Diploma Certificate in Anatomy & Physiology
Basic first aid certificate
Member of the Association of Systematic Kinesiology
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Health questionnaire-C. Metz Kinesiology (in word) – please download and complete and email back to Caroline or bring in on the day. (PDF version here: Health questionnaire (C. Metz))
I have been working as a Therapist, Homeopath and Healer for over 25 years. During that time I have studied many approaches to healing the body and mind. I have supported people through many life crises both physical and emotional using a variety of techniques. My passion is to help people to regain their sense of health and fulfilment in life.
My main concern is that people feel safe and supported during treatment whatever their problem. I work with all ages and all types of issues. I look at the whole person and help with general outlook including stress, diet, nutrition and lifestyle to support the healing process.
Some of the problems I have helped people with are depression,anxiety, hormonal imbalances including infertility and menopause, digestive problems, insomnia, joint pain, hay fever, asthma, eczema and allergies.
I also enjoy working with pregnant women and children who can respond well to homeopathy.
As well as dealing with individuals, I am also an experienced couples counsellor and help people to find techniques to listen to each other and communicate so that they can find a way through their problems together.
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I grew up in the North East of Scotland in a beautiful forest, and was immersed in plants from a young age. If I had a sore throat my mother would send me to the garden to pick herbs to make a gargle. She took me to massage workshops when I was five, and I did my first degree in Reiki when I was eight. These experiences influenced me from a young age and have been deep in my heart.
I travelled to Thailand to learn Thai Yoga Massage and trained in a variety of techniques including Thai Yoga Massage, Thai Table Massage, Thai Foot Massage, Thai Herbal Ball Massage and Tok Sen, an ancient technique taught in the temples by monks. I am also trained to teach Thai Massage. We worked with boys at a youth offenders borstal, and we worked with mentally and physically disabled, and Elderly patients, in care homes.
Thai Yoga Massage is like a beautifully choreographed dance that invokes the deepest of peace. It is an ancient art which has been practiced for over 2,500 years. It involves a symbiosis of acupressure and stretching techniques, sometimes referred to as ‘lazy yoga’. Thai Massage works along the energy lines, (called Sen lines) in the body. These lines are correlated with Chinese Qi meridians.
Swedish Massage is designed to soothe, relax and relieve the body and the mind. It eases stress and tension with a variety of techniques such as effleurage, petrissage and tapotement.
Deep Tissue Massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to work deeper into the layers of muscle and soft tissue. The nature of Deep Tissue Massage means that it is really effective in treating chronic conditions. The pressure, stripping and friction techniques break down knots and lactic acid crystals and improve circulation to bring relief and relaxation.
Herbal Medicine is also referred to as phytomedicine, and is a tradition that involves using plants for medicinal purposes. Different parts of the plants can be used to make medicines, including the leaves, flowers, berries, bark, roots and seeds. A Qualified Medical Herbalist has a BSc or equivalent in Herbal Medicine, has studied orthodox medicine as well as plant medicine, and is trained in the same diagnostic skills as a GP.
I have been practicing Herbal Medicine and bodywork for five years, and I have worked in a variety of settings, including Herbal First Aid (and E.M.R – Emergency Medical Responder) at festivals. This has given me a lot of experience working with both acute and chronic complaints.
I have experience in a variety of techniques and often blend the different styles, tailoring the treatment to the individual needs of the client. The most popular treatment is a synergy of styles such as Swedish to warm and soften the muscles, DTM to release deep tension and lactic acid crystals and Thai stretches to clear, open and realign the body. I often use Herbal Medicine to complement body work treatments, such as calming teas and healing balms. I combine gentleness and care with strength and presence to provide the perfect treatment.
I use herbs, hands and heart, working in harmony, to empower and inspire people to health and vitality for themselves, and for the world.
Thai Massage Diploma 2013
Therapeutic Thai massage Diploma 2013
Thai Herbal Ball Massage Diploma 2013
Thai Foot Massage Diploma 2013
Thai Table Massage Diploma 2013
Teaching Thai Massage Diploma 2013
Swedish Massage ITEC Diploma 2014
Deep Tissue Massage 2014
E.M.R (Emergency Medical Responder) 2014
BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine NIMH 2017
N.I.M.H – National Institute of Medical Herbalists
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Philippa Parish qualified as a registered Nutritional Therapist in 2005 and has worked in private practise supporting a broad spectrum of health issues throughout that time, with a special interest in digestion and its impact on the development of chronic, inflammatory conditions. She is also a qualified Neurolinguistic Practitioner, Personal Trainer and has a degree in Food Science from the University of Reading.
Her aim is to encourage her clients to understand how their health has an impact on their life, including the effect of past and current lifestyle choices. Your health plan with be personalised for you, using the whole spectrum of her knowledge and experience.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Health is not just about eating the right foods for you. It also needs efficient digestion and absorption of those foods, so they can nourish every cell of your body.
80% of your immune system is contained within your digestive system as it protects you from the “foreign” matter (including food) that passes through your gut.
It is the protein in a sensitive food that will produce an immune response if it is not completely digested into its basic components (amino acids). Food sensitivities can also be encouraged by other factors, including, stress, food additives, environmental toxins, pathogenic micro-organisms, medication (including anti-biotics), blood sugar issues and hormonal imbalances.
Hence, the majority of your immune is system focused on your gut issues, leaving less to protect the rest of your body. This may result in increased systemic inflammation and a reduced capacity of your body to fight off infections and a greater risk of developing autoimmune conditions, such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, Hashimoto’s disease, type 1 Diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
IgG mediated food sensitivities are not life-threatening and can produce symptoms such as, IBS, bloating, nausea, skin conditions, fatigue, headaches, constipation, diarrhoea, mood changes and joint pain anywhere between 2-72 hours after eating that particular food.
IgG Food Sensitivity Testing gives you the results of 59 test foods in 1 hour. It uses a pin prick of blood and is conducted during your consultation. As well as knowing which foods to avoid, you will also be given advice on how to improve your digestion and restore your gut health.
An elimination diet can also be used to identify the offending foods. This involves eliminating foods you suspect from your diet for a month and then gradually re-introducing them back into the diet, one at a time, while monitoring any reactions.
- July 1981 – BSc (Hons) Food Science 2:1 (University of Reading ).
- July 2005 – Nutritional Therapist’s Diploma Course from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, London.
- May 2107- AFMCP Graduate
- December 2016 – Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering Level 2
- June 2015 – NLP Practitioner
- October 2015 – Kettlebell Instructor
- July 2014 – Level 3 Personal Trainer
- August 2013 – Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Circuits Instructor
- March 2009 – Certificate in Working with People with Cancer (Penny Brohn Centre)
- July 2007 – Systematic Kinesiology level VI
- July 2006- Foundation Practitioner in Systematic Kinesiology
- BANT (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine).
- CNHC (Complementary and natural Healthcare Council) Registered Practitioner.
- Associate Member of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition.
- Member of INLPTA (International Neuro-Linguistic Programming Trainers Association Limited)
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Lucy works with various naturopathic therapies to help get your body back into balance. Naturopathy is a very holistic therapy as all aspects of a person are considered, including the emotional, mental and physical.
Lucy graduated from the University of Westminster with a first-class honours degree in Naturopathy in 2010. As part of her studies she learnt about naturopathic nutrition, detoxing and cleansing, therapeutic massage, lymphatic cleansing, naturopathic hydrotherapy, BachFlower remedies and other fascinating natural health knowledge that everyone should know about!
Lucy has always been interested in complementary medicine, particularly the effects food can have on mood. She discovered Naturopathy when living in Australia in her mid-20s and a few years later took the plunge into returning to university and retraining. She is also a Reiki level 2 practitioner which she incorporates into her naturopathic practice.
Her approach in practice is very holistic, exploring the mental/emotional, physical and biochemical aspects of a person and how this will be affecting their health. Her treatment plans are based on this holistic approach and she really enjoys working with her patients to encourage them to make the changes that are achievable for them.
Lucy is registered with the General Council and Register of Naturopaths and is fully insured to practice. She is currently studying for a Masters in Nutritional Therapy and hopes to have her MSc by 2016.
BSc Naturopathy (First Class Honors)
MSc Nutritional therapy (graduate 2016)
Reiki levels I & II
GCRN (General Council and Register of Naturopaths)
GNC (General Naturopathic Council)
BANT (British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine)
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Wednesday 2pm – 6pm
I offer a wide range of holistic therapies specializing in emotional support and stress relief. I work holistically with all my clients and believe that we all have an individual path to follow for our own healing.
As a practitioner I am always led by my client and the needs of the moment. My role is to facilitate a healing process that already exists within each of us. I work within my professional framework whilst at the same time maintaining a flexibility that acknowledges the uniqueness of each client.
I offer Aromatherapy Massage, Bach Flower Remedies, Reflexology and Reiki.
TCM Pregnancy Reflexology 2019
Bach Flower Remedies Level 3 Practitioner 2018
Reiki Master 2017
Master Practitioner NLP 2016
Diploma in Reflexology 1996
FHT – Federation of Holistic Therapists
ANLP The Association for NLP
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Saturday 9.30am – 6pm
Herbalism is the practise of using the chemistry of plants to support our body’s natural healing processes. Although medical herbalism is firmly rooted in western medical tradition, modern herbalism also has thousands of clinical trials to back up the traditional use of herbs as medicine.
As herbalists, we are trained in the same diagnostic skills as orthodox doctors. We may prescribe herbs for specific effects on the body or as support for the bodies natural healing process.
For many, the first visit to a medical herbalist can be a life changing experience, a chance to experience true healthcare as it should be practised. Many come to appreciate the power of correctly prescribed, natural herbal medicines dispensed by a highly trained medical professional. Herbalists are trained in verbal and none verbal cues to give clues as to what is going on on a deeper level with their patients.
My patients are often amazed and relieved at the opportunity to discuss, in depth, their physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. This can impart a sense of freedom and empowerment to the individual which, combined with the knowledge of the experienced herbalist, offers security and knowledge that you are receiving the best attention for your healing needs. The results then speak for themselves.
During your first full consultation I take a detailed medical history, covering not only your current complaint and medications, allergies and family history but also your diet and lifestyle. Physical examinations may be necessary including blood pressure, pulse and if needed urine and blood samples may be required.
I will then make a working diagnosis based on the findings and where necessary, may make a referral. A programme of herbal treatment is then discussed and agreed with the patient, including an indication of how long the treatment period may be, and the level of treatment required. An individually designed herbal prescription is then formulated and dispensed with appropriate instructions.
I also offer a free 15 minutes appointment for first aid and minor ailments or as a way of finding out if herbal medicine is for you.
BSc(Hons) Medical Herbalist
Trained at: Middlesex University 1996
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I am committed to herbal medicine, holistic health and supporting our body’s innate ability to heal. In consultations I work in a holistic way. I build an integrated, personal health picture and treatment plan incorporating information on diet and life style, mental wellbeing, medical history and a full enquiry into physical symptoms. A core principal of healing and well being is recognised here as the importance of owning responsibility for our own body and our own health; my endeavour is to support the individual in finding their path back to this intrinsic health.
My formal training in herbal medicine has followed from a near lifelong interest in the relationship between plants and herbal healing. My decision to undertake formal training came after 15 years as a teacher. I specialised in teaching Food Studies, Health and Well Being, predominantly to pupils with Special Educational Needs, including several years teaching within a Steiner based, Camphill Community. Understanding nutrition was central to my teaching and continues to guide my current herbal practise.
I undertook my herbal medicine training at Lincoln University. While the course was rooted in the practice of Western Herbal Medicine, it did incorporate extensive investigation of other healing traditions including Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Ayurvedic practice.
I have been fully qualified now for two years. In addition to consultation work at Neil’s Yard, I run herbal medicine making workshops, herb identification walks and make and sell my own range of herbal products.
Medical Herbalist, BSc (Hons)
Training undertaken at Lincoln University 2013-2016
National Institute of Herbal Medicine (Member)
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