What, when and where was your first experience of complementary therapies?
As a teenager, boiling up herbs for use on hair and skin. Youthful experiments for natural beauty!! More seriously, at the old Homeopathic Hospital in Bristol in my early twenties. It took 3 months for me to get the right remedy, but persistence paid off and it completely changed my life. I had never felt so well and happy.
What made you decide to treat others?
It almost happened by accident. As an artist and designer I wanted to get some kind of message to the world and elicit responses from viewers, when I stumbled into practicing massage, I realised how great it was to take someone from a stressed state to a relaxed state. I realised the power of direct touch. I now help people through the power of words, that in turn elicits physical reactions for well-being.
What has influenced your treatments the most?
The death of my sister. She benefitted greatly from my therapies during her illness and it made me decide to commit myself to working with others.
Describe the term Holistic in 10 words or less?
Mind, body and spirit interacting with the world.
Who/what has been the biggest inspiration on your journey?
Too many to mention.
What role do your therapies play in the way you live?
I practice self-hypnosis every morning (7th PATH) and use The Balance Procedure & other techniques during the day. I don’t know how I would cope without it. I love what I do and it keeps me on the right track.
What do you hope your clients to experience when they get treated by you?
Peace. Also to find their passion and joy.
What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?
To see someone come in looking anxious or unhappy and walk out with a smile. It’s also great to have feedback about positive life changes.
Do you eat ice cream, drink coffee or have any guilty pleasures? Chocolate brownies — when they’re moist & yummy. But I don’t feel guilt — just the enjoyment! Guilt doesn’t serve a positive purpose, but respecting and loving my body does.
Helen Craven is the author of An Inside Job and offers regular workshops at both of our centres on how to work effectively with her book. She is available for appointments every Wednesday 17:00–21:30 at our Notting Hill centre for the following therapies: Past Life Regression, 5 – PATH Hypnotherapy Hypnobirthing (for mother and birthing partner), Hypnotherapy for smokers (2 sessions), Pregnancy Massage, Reiki, 7 –PATH Self Hypnosis sessions, The Balance Procedure, Therapeutic Massage.
View Helen’s therapy schedule.
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