Aarti Shas has been a McTimoney Chiropractor since 1989 and has been practising in London since 1994, but since 2008, she has been going regularly to the Middle and Far East. Aarti also has clients coming in for sessions from overseas. She believes that the body has its own “Innate Self Healing” ability and that McTimoney Chiropractic is a great facilitator of the healing process, thereby realigning and rebalancing the entire body on many levels.
The McTimoney method is renowned for its gentleness as the bones are never forced into position, but corrected by adjusting them individually with a very rapid thrust and immediate release. The movements are precise, resulting in minimum patient discomfort. At every session the entire body is assessed and corrected where required. It is suitable for babies, children, pregnant women and the elderly. As no individuals are identical, Aarti’s sessions are tailored to get the best for each patient’s return to good health. Aarti firmly believes in continually striving to improve her treatments through her own self-development in order to lead by example and be the best for her clients.
Aarti’s aim is to prevent the recurrence of clients’ complaints, emphasising lifestyle changes, dietary advice, stress management, and exercise programmes, discouraging dependence on continuing treatments as a long term solution to problems. She focuses instead on preventative maintenance. This enables clients to gain confidence in themselves and what they can facilitate in their own healing, rather than forming an unhealthy dependency on the therapist.
“Self-conquest is the greatest of victories.” —Plato
McTimoney Chiropractic is state regulated by The General Chiropractic Council. Aarti is also a member of The McTimoney Chiropractic Association and recognised by BUPA, PPP, Standard Life, Norwich Union and other private insurance companies.
For more information, please visit http://aartishah.com.
- Mondays, 08.00-12.00
Andrew has been in Osteopathic practice in Central London for 24 years, mainly based at The Life Centre. Using osteopathic and mainly cranial osteopathic techniques Andrew has treated many different conditions and problems ranging from stress related issues to serious physical trauma following accidents, head injury, sports injuries, spinal and joint problems, headaches, migraines and post operative recovery.
Andrew has also specialised in the treatment of mums and babies, treating a range of pregnancy related problems and also babies for conditions such as colic, reflux, feeding and sleeping issues and birth trauma resulting from difficult delivery.
- Mondays and Tuesdays, 08.30-21.30
Charlotte Preston is a qualified Yoga Teacher and Remedial and Therapeutic Massage Therapist. She has many years’ experience working as a Massage Therapist in clinics, onsite within businesses and client homes.
Charlotte became interested in bodywork and mind body practices at a young age and then drawn to bodywork as a profession when she experienced a bout of poor health in her early twenties and hands on therapy as well as yoga became a key part of her healing. She trained as a massage therapist at the London College of Massage in 2010 and has since then continued her training at Jing Institute in Brighton in their “Advanced Clinical Massage” diploma – a method which has as it’s aim to help people reduce pain from injuries and chronic pain conditions, and restore health and balance to the person in a holistic sense. The Jing method incorporates Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, slow deep tissue massage, acupressure, use of hot and cold stones and stretching techniques, as well as still energy work. Charlotte has completed further training in Advanced Pre and Post Natal Massage, Hot and Cold Stone Therapy, and Indian Head Massage.
Charlotte is very attentive, sensitive and receives feedback that she puts people at ease, as a natural teacher and therapist.
- Friday, 17.30 - 21.30
Daria is a Yoga teacher and a Thai Yoga Massage therapist having found a passion for both ancient healing practices. Both traditions work on the basis that the teacher or therapist is there to support, facilitate and foster an energetic shift, normally in the form of freeing the flow of blocked energy in the physical, emotional, spiritual and energetic layers of the body.
Through her classes and massages she aims to generate body awareness, promote spiritual and emotional growth, as well as increase vitality, inner peace and deepen the connection between body and mind.
She also lives her yoga off the mat and on her sketchpad as an amateur artist who loves to draw the human body. You can take a look at her yoga art here.
Daria likes to lead a diverse and balanced existence, with yoga acting as her internal compass and guiding her through the wondrous river of life.
- Tuesdays, 18.00-20.30
Debra has been a complementary therapist since 2002 when she first learnt Usui Reiki.
This quickly led her on a learning curve that hasn’t stopped since, encompassing massage in all forms, Craniosacral Therapy, Facial Rejuvanessence, facials, Reflexology, Kinesiology, and many more but her practice today remains with the treatments she truly believes are most beneficial to the body all round on a physical, emotional and spiritual basis. These are Craniosacral Therapy, Somatic Movement Education Coaching, Rejuvanessence and Reiki.
All her experience is brought to these treatments, she loves working with clients and it gives her great pleasure seeing the best possible results.
For more information, please visit http://debramorrice.com/.
- Wednesdays, 9.30-12.30
- Saturdays, 10.00-14.00
- Fridays, 9.00-11.00
Gang Zhu is a graduate of the Nanjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1982. In 1986, he obtained a post-graduate degree (Master of Medicine) from the Shanghai university of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Gang has over 20 years of clinical experience in China, Sri Lanka and the UK (including 4 years as an orthopaedic surgeon before he left China). He is one of the editors of “The Encyclopaedia of Secret Recipes of Traditional Chinese Medicine” and is the author of several leading papers published in The Chinese Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Gang’s work has received newspaper coverage from The Times, The Independent, ?The Mirror??, Daily Mail and Traveller Magazine. He has also appeared on various television programmes on BBC1, Sky TV and Channel 5.
Gang Zhu was named three times by The Evening Standard “one of the best acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine doctors” in 1994, 1997 and 2002. Gang has had great success in treating infertility, maternity, easy birth (including turning breech babies), menopause, PMT, fatty liver, IBS, chronic fatigue, hay fever, skin conditions and various types of pain.
For more information, please visit http://www.drgangzhu.co.uk.
- Tuesdays, 13.00-21.30
- Wednesdays, 13.00-17.00
- Thursdays, 13.00-21.30
Helen Craven MA(RCA), DCH, DHP, ITEC is an experienced Hypnotherapist using advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy, she is also a Reiki Master and teacher and is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists.
Helen started her working life in the arts, which is probably where she learned to look beneath the surface and try to understand, and bring out, the beauty in all that is around us. Life shows us many things â€“ both good and troubling, but how we perceive things and how we respond to events, is always our choice. We all have the power and potential to enhance our lives.
Helen moved from the arts to running a complementary health clinic (initially as a favour to a friend and then because it was wonderfully rewarding and fascinating) and has been working in the field of complementary therapies for the last 20 years. In 1997 she created the Craven Clinic in London W6, a multi-disciplinary complementary health centre that brought together over 30 different therapies. Having graduated top of her group from the Institute of Clinical Hypnosis, London, and having worked with great success with a wide variety of clients, dealing with everything from stress management and smoking cessation to pain control and palliative care for the terminally ill, she decided to close the clinic in 2003 and concentrate exclusively on working with individual clients and small groups.
Helen continues to study and train with the best teachers, keeping up to date with new techniques, so she can work with clients for maximum good effect. She works with, not on, her clients, so they learn techniques for themselves and gain a life-long empowerment that will stay with them throughout their lives.
For more information, please visit http://www.thecravenclinic.co.uk.
- Wednesdays, 17.30-21.30
For Helen when she stepped on the path of self-healing during a health crisis twenty years ago, the most important thing she learnt was the power of what YOU decide to do for yourself. In this time Metamorphic Technique has been one of the most beautiful and simple tools she has learnt while on that path. Starting with an intensive practise of Macrobiotic diet, shiatsu and yoga, to turn her own life around and then studying naturopathic principles, complementary medicine, chi gung, meditation Helen’s whole life changed. Today Helen delivers many different modalities meditation, reflexology, indian head massage, nutrition, reiki, thia and tui-na massage within this base in private and public practise including work in substance misuse and the families affected by it. One of Helen’s big loves is her my work in pregnancy and her big aim is to bring Metamorphic Technique into the lives of more children.
- Thursdays, 17.30-21.30
- Fridays, 13:00-17:00
Jane’s own journey to becoming a homeopath started when she developed digestive problems, allergies and chronic levels of fatigue. At first she looked for conventional methods to help but was reluctant to take drugs, as there are always side effects, and so started to educate herself about different models of health and options. She spent many years studying nutritional forms of medicine and learned a lot about diet and although this helped a great deal, she eventually was lead to the homeopathic model. Jane has used homeopathy for superficial acute problems such as colds and coughs, but when she discovered the depth of the medicine and the possibilities, she was very surprised and delighted, and became interested enough to go and study. Homeopathy has helped Jane enormously and she still visits a homeopath as a patient every six weeks herself.
Jane qualified in 2004 from the College of Practical Homeopathy in London but because homeopathy is such a vast subject, she has continued her studies, completing a post-graduate course with the Orion School in 2008 and continues to study up to the present day. She has practised at The Life Centre since 2006.
If you would like to speak to Jane about how homeopathy can help you, please do not hesitate to call her. Her number is available from Notting Hill reception.
- Wednesdays, 17.30-21.30
In 2002, I started having regular massage treatments when I was working in a busy, stressful City environment. After experiencing the transformational benefits to myself, I was motivated to become a therapist and I trained in Aromatherapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Pregnancy Massage and Thai Yoga Massage.
Over the last 15 years, the sense of joy and fulfilment I receive from my work is inspired by seeing how the positive effects of treatments can improve someone’s health and wellbeing.
I specialise in using organic essential oils and in combining therapies, such as massage and craniosacral therapy, to tailor each treatment to you.
I am a member of the Complementary Therapists Association and registered with Embody. www.embodyforyou.com. Please see my therapy leaflet for further information on all the treatments I offer and I look forward to welcoming you to The Life Centre Notting Hill.
- Fridays, 17.30-21.30
- Sundays, 10.00-14.00
- Thursdays, 08.30-12.30
“… Trauma is about loss of connection -to ourselves, to our bodies, to our families, to others, and to the world around us. This loss of connection is often hard to recognise, because it doesn’t happen all at once. It can happen slowly, over time, and we adapt to these subtle changes sometimes without even noticing them. These are the hidden effects of trauma, the ones most of us keep to ourselves. We may simply sense that we do not feel quite right, without ever becoming fully aware of what is taking place; that is, the gradual undermining of our self -esteem, self-confidence, feelings of well-being, and connection to life. ….Human beings are born with an innate capacity to triumph over trauma. I believe not only that trauma is curable, but that the healing process can be a catalyst for profound awakening “ -Dr Peter Levine, Founder of Somatic Experiencing
Liesl D. Hinkly began her studies in 1999 in London. Qualifying as a Myofascial Bodyworker in Boulder, Colorado, in 2001, she went on to complete her training at the Rolf Institutes of both Brazil and Munich. Prior to this she worked as a massage therapist in South Africa.
Central to Liesl’s fascination with the work of Rolfing is the territory of re-education and how for the body this means the first whispers of change. The way we live in and relate to our bodies determines their capacity for change. Through change we grow. Through Rolfing we nurture this unique relationship and put people back in touch with their lives.
Liesl is committed to Continued Education at The Rolf Institute and is dedicated to a 5-year Advanced Rolfing Programme. She has begun this with introductory workshopsâ€ Rolfing and Children” and “Rolfing the Visceral Space”.
Rolfing practitioners are trained and certified only by the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration. Any system, when it is overwhelmed with distress, learns how to limit its input. But what the body has learned, it can unlearn.
For more information, please visit http://www.therolfingspace.co.uk/.
- Fridays, 17.30-21.30
- Saturdays, 09.30-18.00
Yoga is a holistic practice, and Lisa’s classes and private yoga therapy sessions are designed to address the needs of the whole person, mind, body and spirit. Even in a group class, yoga practice is a very personal experience, and Lisa endeavors to match the needs, abilities and interests of her students while also introducing new and experienced yogis to the broader array of practices within the yoga tradition. Lisa understands how powerful it is to study with a teacher who can find the key to open the door to what a student needs, and she seeks to create a space in class and 1-2-1 yoga therapy that is welcoming, nurturing, enlivening, and healing.
Lisa first became a regular practitioner to sustain her body and mind while doing the challenging work of being a clinical and health psychologist, and trainer of psychologists, in an urban hospital. Lisa’s practice transformed in 2001 when she met her teachers, Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, and she was initiated into Para Yoga and the Sri Vidya tradition of the Himalayan Institute.
Lisa integrated her knowledge and experience as a psychologist with her yoga teaching and began providing yoga therapy to adolescents at the hospital. She conducted a series of research trials to evaluate the efficacy of yoga to relieve stress, anxiety and depression in adolescents who were also diagnosed with medical disorders. Lisa presented her positive findings at conferences around the US, and she has published articles on yoga therapy.
Lisa undertook training in Yoga Therapy with Gary Kraftsow in the American Viniyoga tradition. Lisa now serves as a board member, tutor, mentor, and supervisor on the Yoga Campus Yoga Therapy Diploma course. Lisa directs the Yoga Therapy Clinic at the Life Centre in Islington, a one-of-a-kind therapy center in London that provides training for the yoga therapy students and low cost yoga therapy for the community. Lisa provides private yoga therapy at The Life Centres in Islington and Notting Hill, and in Greenwich.
- Monday, 13.00–17.00
- Wednesday, 11.00–15.00
- Friday, 11.15–14.00
- Yoga Just For Teens
- An interview with leading yoga therapist Lisa Kaley Isley
- Yoga as a Therapeutic Intervention: A Bibliometric Analysis of Published Research Studies from 1967
- Yoga Therapy Is… by Lisa Kaley-Isley
- Yoga Therapy: The silver lining in the dark cloud
- Lisa Kaley-Isley illuminates yoga as therapy
For the better part of four decades Lizzie has been fascinated with what it means to inhabit the body with balance and ease, and this has translated into her work as a Rolfer and yoga teacher.
At three years old Lizzie was diagnosed with a digestive disease, and from this early age she was very aware of the interplay between the body and the mind. In her twenties she was a marathon runner and increasingly curious about the link between nutrition and overall health; activities that led her to yoga and veganism. By her thirties, her interest in yoga, philosophy and health was magnified by a health crisis, and she transitioned her work as a creative director to teaching yoga and alternative therapies. During this time she became certified as a Jivamukti yoga teacher, a Thai masseur and Craniosacral therapist, and also became a mother. In her early fourties Lizzie completed the Rolfing training in London, and when longterm illness required a liver transplant, a part of her recovery was spent completing the Rolf Movement training, a Rolfing practice that incorporates functional movement to release tension and rebuild pathways in a body that has been restricted or blocked.
Today, Lizzie’s work is focused on relationship: how to find ease in our body and in gravity with the earth; how to be in a healthy dialogue with ourselves and the world we live in. She is attentive, patient and detailed in the rebuilding of connections through the body which may have been lost through through trauma, illness, or habit patterns that have led to chronic pain.
Lizzie is a perennial student, and continues to be engaged with evolving her own knowledge through ongoing trainings both as teacher and student.
When not working Lizzie enjoys climbing trees and making kombucha with her 8 year old son.
- Tuesday, 8am-12.30pm
Dr. Mei Hung graduated as a medical doctor from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1985, trained in both Chinese and Conventional medicine. She has over thirty years’ experience as an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. Dr. Hung sits as a council member on the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies. Much of her work is directed towards managing chronic conditions which have not responded well to conventional methods. Acupuncture and herbs are useful alternative options for patients who suffer from conditions such as UTIs, infertility, auto-immune disease, post-stroke, post cancer, skin conditions, depression, painful conditions, etc. She also does anti-ageing treatment. With her strong medical background, acute knowledge and long experience, you can ensure yourself to be in good hands.
For more information, please visit http://www.drhungacupunctureclinic.co.uk.
- Wednesdays, 18.00-21.00
- Saturdays, 14.30-18.30
Paul has been at The Life Centre since 1996, three years after his initial massage and teacher of fitness training. He tends to base his practice around clients’ individual requirements; working with a variety of disciplines helps. Proceeding with oil or non-oil based treatments with the support of a couch, chair or futon, the understanding of range of movement, lymph drainage and relaxation, is beneficial within his practice.
Paul has been teaching regularly at further education, for the last 8 years, training massage students from around the world to a professional standard. Outlets are important to him and they aid further development of his bodywork experience. These may be of a physical nature or the appreciation of the arts.
- Fridays, 13.00–17.00
- Saturdays, 14.30–19.30
Sally Christ has been a qualified therapist for 24 yrs. She really loves working with each client as an individual, using the skills that she has. Sally is very intuitive and uses this intuition in her treatments. Sally is qualified in crainol scaral, reflexology and massage. She also has over 15 years experience working with pregnancy, from inducing babies to attending births. Sally likes to combine her skills for the need of the condition.
Sally truly loves being a therapist, as it brings her a huge sense of satisfaction and happiness to be able to have a job where I get to help others.
- Mondays, 17.30-21.30
- Sundays, 14.30-18.30
Ayurvedic Back Massage / Ayurvedic Dosha Consultation / Ayurvedic Detox/Exfoliation Massage / Ayurvedic Facial Massage / Ayurvedic Full Body Massage / Ayurvedic Head Massage / Ayurvedic Pummelling Massage
I have been living in London since 2007 which has been a great experience, as well as a big challenge. Having been involved in the field of body movement for a long time, I quickly realised that the hectic rhythm of a big city can easily bring one off-balance.
I have worked and studied in the field of theatre and physical movement for over 10 years, which has provided me with an interest in body awareness. This interest has also been developed by my own personal sports practice, yoga, studying the Alexander Technique and by simply listening to life’s vibrations. When Ayuverda was introduced into my life, I found that it put everything in to perspective. I am passionate about Ayuverdic therapeutic massage techniques and the way in which one can help the body to breathe through its’ physical, physiological and psychological existence.
As an Ayurvedic therapist, my goal is to bring an awareness to my clients; to motivate them to find the root cause of any lack of balance and to help them realise their body’s unique possibilities so they can let go of anything they don’t need. My approach with every client is very individual, as this is a crucial element of Ayuverdic practice.
I trained with Sunita Passi and Tri-Dosha in London and since completing my training, Ayurveda has held the biggest space in my life and work. Yoga and meditation have also been an important part of my practice and a tool to help keep me balanced. In 2013 I qualified as a 200hr Yoga Instructor.
Passionate about life, I am also a writer and I believe that we can dream with our eyes open as long as we are able to let things flow in the present without being hooked to the past and the expectations of the future. I believe this is the way we can find peace with the world we live in.
- Sunday, 10.00-14.00
Meet the Teachers
Embracing Change with Lizzie Reumont
Lizzie Reumont, one of London’s most senior Jivamukti teachers has recently rejoined The Life Centre, offering two weekly classes and Rolfing appointments at Notting Hill. In this blog post, she reflects on change and explains more about her offerings at The Life Centre.