I qualified as a sports remedial massage therapist with the North London School of Sports massage in 2007. Since then I have worked in physiotherapy clinics in London and Sussex and in the South West, close to Bristol and Bath. I still run my Clinics in South London and in West Sussex.
I was fortunate to be chosen as one if the sports massage therapists to work at the London 2012 Olympics working with elite world class athletes. It was an inspiring and interesting time.
Both young and old can benefit from sports massage and I am committed to helping those with chronic and persistent soft tissue injuries and wear and tear problems.
I develop my practice by regularly attending courses in order to keep myself informed of the latest research and techniques in sports massage therapy.
My practice offers preventative therapy, strategies and hopefully solutions to persistent and long term problems.
Please take a look at my personal website HERE!
When I qualified as a Reflexologist over 25 years ago, a whole new world of healing opened up to me and I have continued to work on my personal and professional development. I now consider myself an holistic therapist who combines all the knowledge and skills that I have gathered into my treatments.
I am a Member of the Association of Reflexologists* and practice Classical, Vertical Reflex Therapy (VRT) and Hand reflexology. I use essential oils and reiki routinely and advise when necessary on diet, exercise and hydration. I practice yoga daily and realise the importance of breathing well and the benefits of Mindfulness which I promote to all my clients. I also encourage self-help, showing the areas of the feet and hands that would be beneficial for them to work between sessions with me.
Qualifying as a Facial Energy Release practitioner was a natural progression. This highly relaxing and rejuvenating therapy is wonderful to receive and a joy to give.
I'm really looking forward to becoming part of the Courtyard Natural Therapy Centre team.
" I have multiple physical and mental problems and have been seeing Ann for two years. Her skill and care have greatly helped me and I always feel better afterwards." Marylla Jones, July 2018
Linda trained at the College Of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading where she also completed a post graduate certificate in Chinese Patent Herbal Remedies. She is a member of the British Acupuncture council and regularly attends courses and seminars to upgrade and develop her knowledge and skills.
Linda has studied both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Elements acupuncture. These are the two main styles of practise in the UK. Five Elements focuses on improving the patient's constitution and strength supporting their mental and emotional well being. Traditional Chinese Medicine the predominant practice in China concentrates on the treatment of symptoms based on yin yang and eight principle theory.
Linda is also a qualified yoga teacher and has certificates in Body Massage and Thermo-Auricular Therapy.
I believe that each person is precious and born with unique qualities. We lose connection with this truth as we have to adopt strategies to survive in our environment the best we can. This is adaptive at the time but later can become restrictive, painful and anti-growth. I have worked for many years on my personal blocks and it was this deep interest that led me to train as a Body Psychotherapist in the 1990s. Back in the day, I was influenced by humanistic psychotherapy which seeks to highlight the therapist and client relating as two human beings rather than a medical fixer and a patient. I was also influence by radical politics and in the 1980s, I trained to become a people's lawyer, working in the Law Centre movement with the homeless, immigrants and women and children who suffered abuse. My interest had always been in the human aspect rather than the law. I was aware of the limits of only talking in addressing suffering. It seemed natural to train in Body Psychotherapy which seeks to give equal weight to the body, mind and spirit and relationship
I qualified as a body psychotherapist in 2006 and worked in London mainly in private practice but also in a GPs practice, a drug and alcohol agency, with Employee Assistance Programmes and in a Children's counselling charity.
I was brought up a catholic and went to catholic convent where the nuns were sadistic to children. I quickly rebelled against the dogmatism and patriarchy in the catholic church but retained a love for the true essence of spirituality. Later I became attracted to Buddhism particularly the engaged Buddhism of Thich Nhat Hanh who teaches that all beings and things are interrelated and who looks deeply into the nature of suffering and into how to free ourselves from suffering.
I have practiced yoga and meditation for many years. These traditions teach acceptance and compassion, qualities which I aim to cultivate in myself and to bring into the therapy room. I have also experienced many body-work approaches and feel it is essential to include the body. I am interested in how people make meaning and purpose in their lives, broadly speaking, the spiritual aspect of life. I have written more about Body Psychotherapy on the Therapies page
I moved recently from London to Somerset and am now surrounded by fields, trees and hills. I love nature and feel deeply connected h the earth, the seasons, plants and animals. I have a growing interest in Eco-psychology. I like gardening ,growing vegetables and walking in the country with my lovely springer spaniel. I am a member of our village choir.
It is important to keep up to date with personal and professional development and remain interested in what makes humans tick or not. Please take a look at my website where I have listed my Continuing professional development portfolio.
Organic Facials Jane Hobbs established her own clinic, The Therapy Hub in Birmingham in 2006 before relocating to Somerset in 2018.
She is an experienced, well qualified and skilled practitioner who specialises in holistic body and facial massage and has a particular interest in pregnancy and baby massage. Jane offers a range of enjoyable, effective and therapeutic treatments -all given to the highest of standards and with the utmost care and professionalism.
Jane qualified and is accredited with The Massage Training Institute. She is also a qualified Yoga Teacher accredited with Yoga Alliance and Pregnancy Yoga Teacher accredited with YogaKidz Worldwide.
Allison Kedge sought out Bowen training after it was recommended by a McTimoney Chiropractor who treated her for an acute neck injury. After research, rather than go for treatments, she decided to train as a Bowen Technique Practitioner! She first did a diploma in Anatomy and Physiology, then trained with ECBS and qualified as a Bowen Technique practitioner in 2008.
Allison has continued to practice at home since then but while attending a practitioner course last year her tutor recommended that she start working at a clinic.
Allison attends development courses regularly to keep up to speed with new ideas and new approaches of The Bowen Technique. She is a member of the Bowen Therapy Professional Association. She is looking forward to starting at the Courtyard Natural Therapy Centre on 1 May 2019.
I am a graduate from the Practical College of Homeopathy 2006. I have a passion for homeopathy that has kept me wanting to be involved with different clinics, working with different patients, seeing peoples' life improve with homeopathic help. In Bath I worked with Maggie Dixon, who is on the board of the Society of Homeopaths. I taught in the student clinic run by Maggie, at Homeopathy Direct and whilst practising there I saw a wide variety of patients
I am now, after having three children, working in Somerset. My continued love of the beauty of homeopathy as both a health option & mental support means it is something I will always be working with and sharing through my homeopathic practice.
Birmingham College of Practical Homeopathy 2002-2006, LCPH licentiate
Organic Chemistry 2nd yr. Module Open University B
Leeds Metropolitan University Home Economics BA Hons
Monthly meeting of Homeopaths in the South West: - discussing for example - remedies & methodologies
Remedies for women- Workshop through the Society of Homeopaths
Bowel Nosodes - Hilary Dorian
Remedy selection - Mike Bridger
Organs Chinese medicine and homeopathy - Hilary Dorian
The Society of Homeopaths - Insurance through the SOH
The Sciety of Homeopaths website - my registering body www.homeopath-soh.org
Homeopathic Research Institute
In 1997, Mark attained a 3-year diploma in Shiatsu with The Shiatsu School, formerly the British Shiatsu Association under the tutelage of Christine Perardel. He became professionally qualified in 1999 (MRSS) and has practiced at the Courtyard since 2003. Mark also practices in Glastonbury and Bath.
In Somerset Mark now divides his time between his Shiatsu practice, teaching Qigong, and a busy family life. Living close to nature, his work emphasises the link between energy cultivation and the natural world, and embraces the insights offered by using the Chinese 5 elements as a framework for practice.
Mark set up SSOHA as an umbrella organisation to expand his work and deepen his personal practice in Chi/energy based practices of the Orient.
I joined Allergy Test UK in 2003 as the Company Secretary after 20 years in Administration. I also worked for Early Years and Child Education Team within the Social Services Department of Bristol City Council.
In May 2012, I completed my training in B.E.R Allergy Testing and in November 2013 I passed my Intermediate B.E.R. Course in Allergy Testing.
I have a Clinic in Winscombe, Somerset, with satellite Clinics in Bristol and Wells. I can test children from 6 months and anyone who doesn't have a pacemaker.
I have had close hand experience of food intolerances after contracting Glandular Fever in 1993 and it progressing on to M.E. Through diet management, I now lead a full and productive life.
I trained as a counsellor at Dartington Hall in Totnes, Devon after a career as a professional chef in England and Spain, going on to work with the charity Disability Support Torbay and in various rehab centres in Bristol and Somerset. I also work for the gambling addiction charity Gamcare.
I am a keen musician, playing piano and bass as well as composing music.
I offer you a safe space to talk about whatever is bothering you and will listen without judgement. I offer weekly one to one sessions for as long as you need and I have experience in working with a wide range of common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, phobias, OCD, intrusive thoughts, grief and loss, addictions, trauma and PTSD.
I am a registered member of the BACP.I specialise in addiction counselling whether the problem is alcohol, drugs, tobacco, food, sex/pornography or the internet. I also have extensive experience in working with clients living with life limiting illnesses and disabilities.I am a member of the International Cultic Studies Association and will work with the survivors of cultic abuse and victims of abuse from the established churches.
Hello, my name is Cheryl and I am a qualified Nutritional Therapist, graduating from the College of Naturopathic Medicine in September 2017.
I am married and have two grown up children, a mad three legged collie and a wonderfully idiosyncratic jet black cat; I live close to Wells in Somerset, with my husband and our animals. We recently moved to an old farm labourers cottage with a large garden to tend, which together with walking the dog and maintaining our own businesses certainly keeps us busy throughout the year!
Over the last 15 years I have; worked within the criminal justice system, managing contracts to support ex offenders move forward in their lives; belonged to a whole food co-op; enjoyed growing and eating my own vegetables and have trained and practiced as both a yoga teacher and shiatsu practitioner. I maintain my own yoga practice and have just started to experiment with Pilates.
I have always had an interest in food and eating well but not always known about or been able to maintain an optimum diet, so many other issues - family, work, relationships, self esteem - can effect the way you feel and what you eat, and de-rail good intentions, and we are all individuals so one size doesn't fit all. In the last four years, while and after completing my diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition, I really got to grips with an ongoing approach to eating well to maintain and support my own health, and now feel ready to share this.
So often we think that a healthy diet will deprive us of the food we love, but there are loads of amazingly delicious and nutritious whole foods out there that are satisfying, filling, taste great and help to keep us well, as well as meals that can be put together quickly using non-expensive ingredients.
Plants are our best friends, the nutrients they contain, that do us so much good, form part of their immune system. Understanding how we can benefit from that and use their protection to protect and enhance our wellbeing was a key part to changing and maintaining the way that I now eat.
Another step on my journey has been a transformation in the way I cook. I just love the way that food changes when you cook, liquidise, dehydrate, freeze or combine with other ingredients, and experimenting with new ways of using food in the kitchen is something I enjoy greatly.
I want to share all this amazing knowledge with you and invite you to take the first step and join me on your own journey towards a healthier lifestyle. Whether you just want to find ways of maintaining your health or have a specific condition that you would like to find ways of supporting through food, a naturopathic approach to nutrition can help.
Like many osteopaths, I came to the profession through my own experience of back pain and osteopathic treatment. Just being able to understand what had happened, why it had happened, and most importantly, how I could prevent it happening again gave me the inspiration to follow my current career path.
Following on from my undergraduate studies, I continued to learn, specialising in classical osteopathy, which is a method of treating the whole body, and can be adapted to be as robust or gentle as the patient needs. Most recently, I obtained a postgraduate master's level diploma in children's osteopathy. I trained at the world-renowned Osteopathic Centre for Children in London, where I continue to be part of their voluntary team on Mondays.
Osteopathy is for all ages. I love having a general practice where I treat people from all walks of life, from birth to those in their later years. Working with expectant and post-partum mothers, and children, is particularly rewarding for me. Pregnancy and childbirth are natural events, but also times of great change and I've had the privilege of working with mothers, by being part of their journey and helping them adapt. It can be amazing to see the effects that even a seemingly minor change in posture can have on a child as they grow and develop.
I believe I offer patients the time and space to tell their story and explain their problem, so we can work together to find a solution.