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
Cristobal is a dedicated practitioner of Thai bodywork, Chinese Medicine, Herbalism, Nutritional Therapy and Yoga. His passion for natural medicine permeates all spheres of life, and he continuously is studying and practicing these medicines in order to offer these services to under-served populations.
In the Vitalist tradition, utmost importance is placed on medical interventions that correspond to the natural cycles of human life. Nutrition, balanced physical activity, rest, and bodywork are central pillars of this view - lending to a spirit of insight, knowledge and sanity that informs my work.
Through his on-going engagement with traditional medicines, he place an emphasis on academic study of classical medicines and modern scientific developments in mind-body health. It is his hope to bring this knowledge forward to foster safe, affordable, and sustainable, community health practices for future generations.
“What is being a healer?.. it is to support vitality, so that all may follow their life Calling.”
— Paul Bergner
- Saturdays, 12.00-18.00
Debra Morrice has worked in alternative health since 2002 when she began an educational journey taking her through Thai massage, reiki, pregnancy massage, holistic massage, rejuvanessence and craniosacral therapy and is continuing with her training today.
Her practice now focuses on working with Craniosacral Therapy, Rejuvanessence and Massage often combining elements of these in one treatment depending on the clients needs.
She has been working at The Life Centre since 2004.
For more information, please visit http://debramorrice.com/.
- Wednesdays, 9.30-12.30
- Saturdays, 10.00-14.00
Emma Toynbee is a professional metaphysician whose specialist knowledge includes Vedic astrology, psychic mediumship, and lucid dreaming. Emma’s abilities came naturally from a young age; inherited via the maternal family line the ability can be traced back within her family for several generations. Emma undertook a lengthy period of intensive study, completing several years of courses at the The School of Intuition and Healing and The College of Psychic Studies. Both of these institutions respectively invited her to join the staff and teach when her studies were complete. She now runs her own London-based practice offering private readings, courses and workshops. Emma also makes regular appearances at high profile events as an astrologer and tarot reader.
- Tuesdays, 14.30-21.00
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, 08.30-12.30 and 17.30-21.30
Karen has been working as a holistic therapist since 2002, when she gained her first diploma in Aromatherapy. Since then she has continued her education by training in Cranio-sacral therapy, Thai Yoga massage, Pregnancy massage and Deep Tissue massage. Karen specialises in using organic essential oils as she thinks it is important to use the purest and best quality products in her massage treatments.
Karen’s enjoys the caring aspect of holistic work and hopes to make her clients feel better in mind and body by using the therapy skills she has developed.
Before becoming a therapist, Karen worked for 6 years in the city for a multi-national company and she appreciated then the benefit and positive effect of having regular treatments.
- 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
Lucy Sage has been discovering and working with Healing Arts for many years, practising meditation, rebirth, voice work, yoga and massage. She combines a wide variety of training into her own style of intuitive massage using both Eastern and Western techniques.
As an Aromatherapist, she loves to blend synergies of quality essential oils creating a deeply relaxing and therapeutic experience. Lucy is able to draw on her wealth of training and experience of massage mediums including hot stone, to give a deep, strong and tension freeing treatment that leaves you feeling highly energised.
- Tuesday, 8.00-12.00
Mei Hung is a well-qualified doctor who graduated from the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1985, trained in both Chinese and Conventional Medicine. She has practised Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for over 25 years. Her treatments can help serious and painful conditions, skin conditions, infertility, insomnia, migraine, stress, depression, cystitis, I.B.S., brain-derived diseases, post-stroke and many others.
For more information, please visit http://www.drhungacupunctureclinic.co.uk.
- Wednesdays, 18.00-21.00
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
Samantha Bloom is a BANT certified nutritionist from the College of Naturopathic Studies, passionate about helping people to heal through affordable, easy to implement, customised nutritional strategies.
This has been complimented her studies of the body, including Feldenkrais training (2009), and Biomechanics prior to that. She also has experience of dealing with all manner of eating disorders and addiction. She has been able to apply some of these practices at Body and Soul Charity where she worked between January 2014 and March 2016 providing nutritional support for members with HIV and Mental Health Issues.
Samantha deals with a huge range of health conditions but has a special interest in Hashimoto Thyroiditis gut health, stress and anxiety, weight management, women and children’s health and nutrition, and has particular experience with addiction, autoimmune conditions, mental health issues and eating disorders. www.bloom-nutrition.co.uk
- Tuesdays, 8.30-12.30
- Thursdays, 13.00-17.00
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