Acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practised in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years, and is now increasingly influential in the West. Although often described simply as a means of pain relief, it is in fact used to approach a very wide range of physical and emotional conditions. Its focus is always on improving the health and well-being of the patient overall, rather than focussing on isolated symptoms.
According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on our body's motivating energy – known as Qi – moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath our skin. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors; these can include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, fear and grief as well as hereditary factors, poor nutrition, infections, poisons and trauma – and even weather conditions. By inserting fine needles into these channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body's own healing responses and help restore its natural balance.
Angela graduated and began practising in 1984, and has been working in Covent House since 1998. She has taught acupuncture in a number of settings, written widely on health and acupuncture issues, and worked closely with GPs as well as other complementary practitioners. She was for some years a member of the British Acupuncture Council's Research Committee, and has also developed new links with practitioners abroad, including Cuba, Korea and Russia.
Vicky practices Classical Five Element Acupuncture. This is based upon the philosophy that the natural world is represented within us all and that each individual can be seen as a unique combination of the five elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood, with one predominant element. These natural rhythms are fundamental to creating balance and harmony which improve all aspects of health. When out of balance illness can manifest on a physical, emotional or psychological level, which five element acupuncture aims to re-dress, looking at an individual’s symptoms and root causes and devising unique treatments for that individual.
Vicky is a graduate of the Acupuncture Academy in Leamington Spa and is also a member of the British Acupuncture Council. She recently moved to Powys with her two dogs and enjoys walking on the beach or in the hills being close to nature and the outdoors. She also holds a clinic one day a week in Aberystwyth.
Meg has trained in Holistic Massage and Bodywork with Andy Fagg and others at the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork, with David Lauterstein of the Lauterstein–Conway Massage School, and is currently studying Myofascial Release with the esteemed Ruth Duncan of Myofascial Release UK.
However what really shines through is her personal style – combining effective technique with the depth of sensitivity we crave when seeking an intuitive treatment to match our needs.
Holistic Massage is an individualised treatment, incorporating a range of styles and techniques to adapt to the needs of the client in the moment. Working with the relationship between Mind and Body, the therapist will guide you to find your own release and relaxation.
Myofascial Release (MFR) is a therapy working primarily with the fascia- a connective tissue surrounding and infusing muscles, bones and organs and acting as an integral, structural support in the body. Work with the fascia is holistic in the truest sense of the word, and research is showing more and more of the far-reaching effects of this work. Meg is currently in the process of completing her diploma with Myofascial Release UK.
Homœopathy is based on the principle that substances which can cause certain symptoms can also be used to cure them. In order to find your particular remedy the Homœopath needs to have a clear understanding of you as a whole person. They will ask you questions about your mental, emotional and physical symptoms as well as your family medical history. Small doses of the carefully chosen Homœopathic remedy encourage your body’s own healing power to restore you to good health.
I studied at the London College of Homœopathy and am a registered member of the Society of Homoeopaths – I was awarded a Fellowship from the Society in 2016.
I have been practising Homœopathy from Covent House for 30 years now. During this time, I have built up a very busy practice and see patients five days a week.
My practice is very diverse, working with young and old alike – focussing on both mental/emotional and physical symptoms – both of an acute or more chronic nature.
I am a core clinician and teacher at the Welsh School of Homœopathy in Carmarthen as well as lecturing at other homoeopathic colleges in the UK and abroad.
Medical herbalists are not only experts in the use of herbal medicines, but also have an understanding of conventional pharmaceutical drugs. This allows for in-depth consideration of how herbs and drugs may work together, and which ones may, or may not, be compatible. This knowledge is fundamentally important in the safe prescribing of herbal medicines.
Amanda Dean qualified as a medical herbalist in 2000 and has been practising in Mid-Wales since 2002. She has a particular interest in native medicinal plants and many of her medicines are made from herbs either gathered or grown locally.
She is an active member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, which was established in 1864.
Contact Amanda for an appointment or to discuss whether herbal medicine might be appropriate for you.
I am a registered Gestalt Psychotherapist with both the UK Council for Psychotherapists and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have more than 12 years of experience working in private practice, within the NHS and for a number of EAP schemes. I offer both long term and short term therapy for couples and individuals through the medium of English.
Gestalt Psychotherapy is a relational therapy which provides an opportunity to increase awareness of yourself. Sometimes people get stuck in unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling or behaving. Gestalt therapy can explore these and offers the presence of a skilled therapist to identify these fixed ways and to both support and challenge you to develop new patterns. Using a Gestalt model is particularly helpful when working with couples, as difficulties can be explored and worked with in a way which reduces blame and encourages self responsibility.
For practitioners, I offer a relational integrative model of supervision and hold to the importance of developing a contactful supervisory alliance to support open and honest reflection of your work with clients, to provide learning and to ensure safe and ethical practice.
I have experience working with all the issues listed below. If you are uncertain if I can help you please do contact me to ask.
Reflexology is a gentle, natural therapy. It has been practised in China for thousands of years and was developed in the West at the end of the 19th century.
According to traditional Chinese medical theory the aim is to balance the flow of energy – Qi – throughout the body in order to improve and maintain both emotional and physical health. The western approach says that different parts of the body have a corresponding point on one or both feet: this is the map of the feet that many people recognise as Reflexology, today.
Pressure is applied to specific reflex points on the feet and lower legs to encourage the body's own healing potential, reduce stress and develop a sense of wellbeing.
I have been practising Reflexology since 1996 and am a Member of the Association of Reflexologists www.aor.co.uk.
My clinic at Covent House is on Fridays, and appointments generally last for an hour.
Massage is one of the most ancient and universal of the healing arts.
For thousands of years some form of massage or laying-on of hands has been used to heal and relieve pain. The sense of touch and of being touched by another caring person is of fundamental importance to our physical and emotional growth from the moment of birth.
Massage can be thought of as a luxury. In fact regular massage can go much further than this and actually improve overall health. It does this by combating the chronic effects of stress, by providing an opportunity for deep relaxation and revitalisation. By relaxing the body, massage can relieve stiffness, soreness and tension. Taut, painful muscles can be loosened and relaxed, greater freedom felt in the joints and the circulation stimulated.
Olivia has been practising since gaining a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage at the College of Holistic Medicine in 1987. Additionally, for 12 years she provided Therapeutic Massage for Clients of the Meirionnydd Mental Health Team.