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
Debra has trained in many therapies since 2002 and practises at The Life Centre in Notting Hill. Her main therapy is Craniosacral Therapy as a stand alone treatment and the foundation for all her therapies including Reiki and Rejuvanessence® facial treatment.
Craniosacral Therapy touches and heals on so many levels, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually touching the core of a person’s life force. The entire body can reboot when given the opportunity to be heard. Her Rejuvanessence treatment profoundly relaxes the face where many people store unrealised tension and the difference at the end of a treatment is visually delightful and transformative.
Her treatments help support people with various ailments like stress, clamped jaw, backache, thyroid disorders, recovery from injury and also during times of transition like pregnancy, divorce, bereavement, recovery and simply for pleasure.
For more information, please visit http://debramorrice.com/.
- Wednesdays, 9.30-12.30
- Saturdays, 10.00-14.00
Donna Ryan is an Organic Facialist and Makeup Artist. Known as “The Facial Goddess”, Donna intuitively combines Reiki, Flower Remedies and Crystals into her Facials for skin rejuvenation and deep relaxation.
Beauty comes from within. Having studied skin nutrition at the highly-respected College of Naturopathic Medicine, Donna can advise on foods to improve your skin. She also believes that natural products nourish the skin better – working in synergy with the body, mind, and spirit – and she personally selects natural, organic and ethical products for their anti-ageing and skin-healing properties.
Every person is treated individually, not only for their skin type, but also holistically, for whatever might be happening in their life at that time. A facial may be slightly different each time, tailored to your specific needs, and you will leave looking and feeling fabulous, with a sense of internal peace and stillness.
Besides her range of treatments for women, Donna also offers special facial treatments for men.
- Thursday, 13.00 - 17.00
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
My primary therapy is cosmetic facial acupuncture; this enabled me personally to overcome suffering from several years of facial psorisosis.
Facial acupuncture helps you to feel more radiant inside and out; it is much more powerful than any amount of makeup. Not only does this improve your skin tone, texture and soften wrinkles and lines, over a course of treatments it can effect a positive change within. Many clients also experience a degree of emotional release; this unburdening shows.
It is an all natural treatment with little to no down time and few negative side effects (there may on occasions be a small amount of bruising). You cannot ‘overdo’ this treatment and unlike Botox that can disconnect you this actually allows you to process your inner emotions. Many people are genuinely surprised with how good the results are after even a few sessions.
- Wednesday, 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
Jasmin is a certified Japanese and Western Reiki Master, and Intuitive Wellbeing Mentor.
After being diagnosed with a chronic illness, she began researching complimentary therapies to find ways to heal and nurture her mind and body; which led to the discovery of Reiki. From her first attunement to Reiki, she discovered a transformative and deep connection and was able to self-heal.
Jasmin qualified from Reiki Academy London and is a certified member; she continues to study and develop the practice of Reiki.
Reiki is based on the philosophy that there is an unseen universal energy that supports the body’s inherent self-healing abilities. Reiki is known to promote natural self-healing, reduces the physical, emotional and mental impacts of stress, helps to alleviate depression and anxiety, and restores emotional balance, self-esteem and mental clarity.
Jasmin offers Reiki one-to-one treatments every Tuesday morning at The Life Centre. She combines Reiki with meditation and sound for group events.
For more information, please visit http://www.emeraldandtiger.com.
- Tuesday, 08.30-12.30
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
Laurence graduated from the University of Westminster with a BSc in Natural Therapeutics in 2007 and believes bodywork is more than just a therapy. In her view, it is a way of life and she enjoys helping clients understand their bodies in a holistic way.
Her experience includes more than 300 hours at Westminster University’s polyclinic and time working privately from a variety of clinics in London.
In addition to her degree, Laurence spent a few months studying with Master Poo Ong Dam (teacher/healer in ancient Thai massage) in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. Here she gained knowledge and understanding of how the energy of the body flows in great detail. She also holds diplomas in both Indian Head Massage and Hot Compress Massage, in addition to a certificate in natural face-lift ‘Facial Rejuvenation’.
Laurence has achieved positive results in the treatment of stress and anxiety, muscular pains, circulation problems, insomnia, ME, MS, headaches, improved joint mobility, enhanced physical conditioning after injury and much more.
- Sunday, 14.30 - 18.30
“… 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
Ayurvedic Consultation / Abhyanga / Head Massage / Ayurvedic Facial Treatment / Foot & Leg Massage / Kati or Janu Basti / Pinda Sweda / Yoga Nidra & Meditation (1:1) / Pranayama & Meditation (1:1) ...
Marianne Simonin offers Ayurvedic consultations & treatments, as well as Yoga therapy to help her clients restore their natural balance. She designs a unique treatment protocol that is manageable for the lifestyle of each individual, whether it is to address a specific illness, or to integrate new healthy habits. She specialises in chronic fatigue, insomnia, arthritis, digestion and some skin conditions.
Marianne holds a Master degree in Ayurvedic Medicine from Middlesex University (M.CM Ayur), and did her internship at two Ayurvedic Teaching hospitals in India (Karnataka). She is a qualified Yoga teacher since 1991 (BWY), and a massage therapist since 1993 (MTI). She gives regular talks on Yoga & Ayurveda, and is also a professional artist. You can read more about her work on her website: www.ayur-sadhana.com
- Friday, 08.30 - 12.30
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
Sonia is a qualified Sound Healer, Gong practitioner and Meditation teacher who works intuitively. She began her journey in 2005 where she met a Reiki Master that helped her heal from a family trauma which showed her own ability to heal her self and help others. Since then she has trained in many other alternative therapies and practises: Sound Therapy, Reiki, Crystal Healing, Energy Healing and Shamanic healing.
Her practise now combines Reiki with Sound Healing which is a powerful technique designed to help support, release and let go of old habits which creates balance within ourselves. We all have the ability to heal our selves so we can be the best version of our selves with a little help. Sonia is very passionate and everything she teaches is from her own experience. Its not easy working through our problems and nothing else gives her as much pleasure as helping others on or through their journey.
Sound is a very powerful technique that has been around for centuries Sonia’s method of Sound therapy combines carefully considered therapeutic sound techniques that have been shown to affect Physiology, Neurology and Psychology. This approach has been shown to be very effective in improving health and wellbeing.
- Tuesday, 17.30 - 21.30
Vanessa was intuitively drawn to the Metamorphic Technique and knew that someday she wished to practise and share this extraordinary but simple method. She first discovered it after her mother was fortunate enough to attend a workshop with Gaston Saint-Pierre, the original founder of the Metamorphic Technique.
Vanessa noticed changes in her own life after she started having Metamorphic Technique sessions and she continues to have sessions on a regular basis. She has a Fine Art degree and is a practising artist. She believes that our creative and spiritual paths are inexorably linked and form an intrinsic part of our journey through life. Vanessa is a practitioner member of the Metamorphic Association.
- Monday, 13.00 - 17.00
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
Getting to Know Calli Popham
“My biggest inspiration are the students that practice with me, I am always so honoured to share the gift of yoga with so many amazing people around the world and in my hometown.”
We caught up with Calli Popham to find out what inspires her, how she takes yoga off the mat and her teaching journey. Read the full interview here.
Hypnobirthing 4 Week Course
With Mary-Anne Constable
Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal course and birth education. It teaches you simple and effective hypnosis, relaxation as well as simple breathing techniques for a better and more comfortable birth.