and Energy Work
No two treatments are the same. I base my treatments on your individual needs & preferences, and the sypmtoms you're experiencing on the day for a fully customized session.
In each session I will work to support and strengthen the weak areas (whether physical or energetic) and stimulate the stagnant or excessive areas. By working holistically to harmonize mind, body, and spirit,
I combine all my training for a truly integrative healing experience.
Read below to learn more about the different healing therapies I offer.
I have just designed these 2 new treatments. I'm focusing on integrating crystals, reiki, and aromatherapy into everyday life.
Available exclusively at VJW Holistic Therapies in Lindley.
Reiki, meaning ‘universal life energy’, was founded in Japan by Dr Mikao Usui in the late 19th century. It works on the principle that energy, also known as ‘ki’ or ‘chi’, flows through the body via energy centres called ‘chakras’. A balanced flow of energy is said to provide a sense of well-being and spiritual renewal.
During a Reiki healing session, I draw upon universal healing energy, which is then transferred to the client through visualization and by gently placing my hands on our just above the body (generally
around the head/neck, and near the chakra points). I almost always use crystals and essential oils to supplement my Reiki healing sessions. I also provide Chakra Balancing, upon request.
Reiki is a non-invasive therapy. You will remain fully clothed, lying on a massage couch or sitting in a chair. I will either place their hands on or above your body, using intuition to guide energy flow. Your whole body may be treated or just specific parts, depending on where imbalances are thought to lie.
Reiki is relaxing and peaceful treatment, which helps to restore a sense of balance and well-being within the mind and body. I most often see clients suffering from anxiety, depression, and stress, though I do also treat a wide variety of physical and mental disorders with reiki.
Reflexology is one of the oldest forms of massage therapy. There are tomb paintings depicting it in ancient Egypt, as well as in ancient China. Reflexology is based on the development of the bervous sytem in the womb. As we develop and grow from a small clump of cells into a baby, our nervous system develops along zones, meaning areas on our feet and hands and body have a connection to various organs, glands, and the spinal nerves, and by stimulating points on the hands and feet, we can affect change in the whole body. Reflexology is a relaxing and powerful treatment to calm an overwhelmed nervous system, bringing clinical relief from insomnia, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and and reducing inflammation.
integrative massage therapy
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that massage can be effective in helping to treat certain chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia and low back pain. In guidelines produced in 2009 by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), manual therapies - including massage – are recommended for the early management of persistent, non-specific low back pain.
I am certified as a practitioner by the Federation of Holistic Therapists to perform the following types of massage:
Acupressure is an ancient oriental practice, which involves using the hands or fingers to direct pressure at specific points on the body. It is based on the principle that energy – known as ‘qi’ (pronounced ‘chee’) - runs through the body along meridians or ‘channels’, all of which correspond to a particular organ or part of the body. If this energy is free-flowing and balanced within the body, the individual is believed to remain in good health. However if qi becomes blocked, impaired or imbalanced, then it is said that mental, emotional or physical illness may follow. Acupressure aims to restore the balance of qi in the body, by stimulating specific ‘acupoints’ that run along each of the meridians.
To find out which acupoints need to be worked, I will first carry out a consultation. I will ask you detailed questions about your family and medical history, diet and lifestyle, and will then carry out a range of assessments, which may include tongue and pulse readings, as well as placing the hands on your belly to feel the flow of qi in each organ's acupoint.
Acupressure is used by people for a variety of reasons. Some use it to help them manage or cope with specific physical, mental or emotional problems, while others use it as a ‘preventative’ measure, to help them maintain good health and a sense of general well-being.
Acupuncture, and by extension Acupressure, is perhaps one of the better researched complementary therapies, and although the mechanisms as to how the treatment actually ‘works’ still remain unclear, it is used in many Western hospitals and other healthcare settings, alongside conventional medical care. There is a growing body of evidence that acupuncture and acupressure is effective in easing some of the symptoms associated with osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and low back pain. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) now recommend acupuncture for the treatment of persistent, non-specific low back pain.
Shiatsu is a form of massage developed in Japan in the early 1900s, which is applied through loose clothing. Like acupuncture - only without the needles - it involves gently working specific points on the body, with the aim of restoring the flow and balance of energy and promoting health and well-being.
Following a full consultation, treatment will generally take place on a padded floor mat or futon. Your practitioner will ensure you are positioned comfortably, before applying a variety of different techniques, which may include holding, or applying pressure with the palms, thumbs, finger, elbows, knees or feet. Treatment may also involve rotating or stretching the limbs and joints, where appropriate.
Shiatsu may help to relieve everyday stresses, aid sleep and promote relaxation. In addition to being regularly used by thousands of people all over the world, a variety of charities, health foundations, NHS trusts and hospitals in the UK provide shiatsu to support patients whilst receiving treatment for a range of health issues and to help them maintain their general well-being.
Massage involves working the soft tissue of the body, to ease day-to-day stresses and muscular tension, and promote relaxation. It helps to increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the treated areas and can also be used in support of other therapies to assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries. There are many different types of massage. Some of these – such as Indian head massage and remedial massage - concentrate on specific areas of the body, or problem areas. With all massage treatments, however, I will adapt the pressure and techniques used to suit your individual needs and preferences.
Before the treatment, I will provide a full consultation, asking you various questions about your health and lifestyle, to ensure my treatment is right for you.
Treatments usually take place on a massage table or couch, though some may require you to sit in a chair or lay down on a futon-type mat on the floor. If the treatment involves directly massaging your skin, a nourishing oil or cream-based product will be used to provide a free-flowing massage, and towels carefully placed to ensure your modesty and keep you warm and comfortable throughout the session.
Various crystals and minerals are placed on or around a fully clothed person to induce deep relaxation, release stress and pain, and promote energy balance within the physical and subtle bodies. The treatment takes around an hour and crystals may be used singly or in patterns. They are placed on sites of pain, on acupuncture points or meridians, or on subtle energy vortexes called chakras.
I was a skeptic, I have to admit it. I can believe in Reiki and magic, because I felt I understood how they work. But how can a mineral or stone possibly affect my mood or health? I don't have a scientific answer for you. All I can say, is that after years of working around crystals I came to believe that I may not be able to understand or explain the science behind crystal healing, but I have seen firsthand how powerful it can be.
Crystals have the ability to hold and emit energetic vibrations. When a crystal is put in a watch the battery sends a constant charge through the crystal. The crystal absorbs the charge, and then releases it at such a precise rate it is used to make the watch keep perfect time. Crystals affect our electro-magnetic energy fields or subtle bodies which surround and permeate the physical body, usually referred to as the aura.
Crystals absorb, focus, direct and diffuse our energy fields to enable a diseased or out of balance body to find its natural energetic balance once again. Various crystals will be placed on the body, and frequently I request my clients hold specific crystals during the session. These link the subtle energy fields of our aura with our emotions and our physical body.
In every session, I use essential oils which compliment the crystal we are working with. Far more than just pleasant smells, essential oils affect our body's chemistry through the skin as well as through the sense of smell. Aromatherapy can be used to treat virtually any health condition, as well as mental or emotional imbalances. Scents can have a profound affect on our health, and our overall state of being.