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.
Holistic massage is an individual treatment that is specifically tailored to each client.
The holistic practitioner treats the client as a whole, taking into account their emotional and spiritual wellbeing, as well as their physical body. The therapist works 'with' the client rather than just giving a massage 'to' them. This gently creates a sense of presence in the body, helping to address the cause of any tension.
I trained with the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork, and am registered with the Massage Training Institute and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council. I am committed to continuing my training, and deepening my knowledge both in this way and in my day-to-day practice.
Homoeopathy is based on the principle that substances that can cause certain symptoms can also be used to cure them. In order to find your particular remedy the Homoeopath 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 Homoeopathic remedy encourage your body's own healing power to restore you to good health.
I have been practising Homoeopathy from Covent House for over 20 years. I studied at the London College of Homoeopathy for four years and then qualified to become a registered member of the Society of Homoeopaths in 1994. My particular interest is in treating pregnant women (attending births too!) and treating babies and children, however, all ages and ailments are catered for. I am a core clinician and teacher at the Welsh School of Homoeopathy in Carmarthen as well as lecturing at other Homoeopathic colleges throughout the UK.
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.
Gestalt Psychotherapy is a relational therapy that provides an opportunity to increase awareness of yourself and your relationships. 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 someone to develop new patterns. This involves assisting you to get a fuller sense of the ways you feel, think and act in different situations and at different times and to accept and value yourself. This in turn helps to increase your choices about how you live your life and how you interact with other people.
Because Gestalt psychotherapy pays particular attention to relationships it is an ideal model for working with couples and gives an opportunity to explore how each of the couple have a part to play in creating the difficulties they are facing.
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.