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Health Coaching

I am a Health and Wellness Coach, and author of ‘Your Peaceful Belly’, with qualifications in Ayurvedic Healing, Ayurvedic Nutrition, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, and Performance Coaching. I have memberships with the Ayurvedic Professionals Association, the National Council for Hypnotherapy, and the Association for Coaching. I work virtually and from Neal’s Yard Bath therapy rooms.  You can find out more about Fleetwood Health Coaching here

You can book face to face appointments at Neal’s Yard Bath Therapy Rooms.

12-Week Gut Health Programme

I healed 15 years of digestive challenges and related symptoms in three months by combining Ayurveda with Solution Focused Hypnotherapy—Ayurveda healed my body, Solution Focused Hypnotherapy addressed stress and habit change. I now combine Ayurveda with Hypnotherapy in a 12 week programme to help people with digestive issues.

Edible Gardening & Cooking

With 20 years of edible gardening and private cooking experience I offer support with edible garden creation using the no-dig method, and Food Preparation for busy people or those with special dietary needs—e.g., ME, MS, Long Covid.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a holistic healing system that originated from the Indian sub–continent over 5000 years ago. This system of healing restores balance to the body and mind, while healing and preventing disease through food, herb, cleansing and lifestyle advice. Ayurveda recognises we each have a specific mind-body type – our constitution. It  explains how to live in balance with this – the foundation for good health, and that each constitution has slightly different digestive needs, due to their different metabolisms.

Conditions Ayurveda can help with include Chronic Diseases, Digestive Complaints, Chronic Inflammation, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Fear, Fatigue, Insomnia, Anger/irritability, Psoriasis, Burnout, Menopause, Weight Loss/Gain, Water Retention, Lethargy, Respiratory Conditions, Excess Mucus, Lymphatic Congestion.

What you can expect from an Ayurvedic consultation 

During the 90 minute consultation we will take a deep dive into your health. I will ask a number of questions in relation to your diet, lifestyle and life experiences, and carry out tongue and nail diagnosis. This in-depth consultation will allow me to discover your constitution (prakriti), and whether you currently have any imbalances (vikriti)—the ground for ill health. Shortly after the consultation I will send you a plan which includes nutritional and lifestyle advice, and an ebook that lays out daily and seasonal routines, cleansing advice, a number of Ayurvedic therapies that can be carried out at home, herbal and aroma suggestions, and information that will help you identify when your constitution is shifting out of balance, along with the remedies to apply.

What you can expect from an Ayurvedic coaching session

I offer 30 minute and 60 minute Ayurvedic coaching sessions, and recommend a 30 minute one 2-3 weeks after your initial consultation, to check in on how things are going. The sessions are designed to support you to implement your plan, as well as offering anyone who has some experience of Ayurveda but would like some coaching. The 60 minute sessions can be combined with Hypnotherapy for stress management or habit change.

Clinical Hypnotherapy

As a clinical Hypnotherapist I offer sessions in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, which is a modern psychotherapeutic approach that combines Solution Focused Brief Therapy with light trance work – medical hypnotherapy is not stage hypnotism, the client is always fully conscious I guide you into a relaxed state.

In Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, therapists look at what the client wants to achieve (the solution) rather than at whatever prompted them to seek help (the problem). This is a powerful modern technique that enables positive change quickly and effectively – changes are usually seen within 8-12 weeks. Conditions helped include Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Gut Problems, Low Self-Esteem, Insomnia, Anger, OCD, PTSD, Exam Stress, Performance Enhancement.

Hypnotherapy Sessions

Through deep relaxation and light trance we bring both the conscious mind and sub-conscious mind into balance and focus them on how you want things to be, creating the conditions within the mind to support positive change.

We begin with the initial consultation where you can discuss the changes you would like to make; learn the way the brain works; discover how we experience emotions in the way that we do and how these can affect us and our habits, along with what we can do to change these; and learn what light  trance is, that it is a very normal and natural state. At the end of the initial consultation if you decide you would like to continue, you will leave with a link to a relaxation recording to listen to in between sessions.

For digestive issues Ayurveda combined with Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy offers a powerful combination.

30 research articles citing the benefits of gut-related hypnotherapy

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Soil

Soil is part of the Earth’s eco-system, which has successfully supported life on Earth for millions of years, while human civilisations, which have been around for a fraction of that time, have come and gone.

Soil, which is vital to life on earth, is a beautiful non-renewable resource that feeds everything on the planet. It is a living eco-system, an amazing mix of minerals, water, air, organic matter, as well as countless organisms – the decaying remains of once-living things. This microbiome provides for life on earth.

Soil microbes help regulate our emotions and immune response, play a key role in determining the nutrient content of our food. They decompose matter supporting the nutrient uptake of plants, while plants secrete compounds to feed nearby microbes. Microbes also enable plants to manufacture a series of chemicals called phytonutrients or antioxidants, these protect plants from pests and other stressors, and give fruits and vegetables their colour, smell and distinctive flavour. These same chemicals directly benefit us by stimulating our immune system, regulating our hormones and slowing the growth of human cancer cells.

Dr Zach Bush, a renowned US based physician, argues ‘the health of our soil microbiome is the single most potent factor determining how healthy, or unhealthy we are.’.

For a long time it was assumed there were things in the soil that were trying to kill us, but recently scientists have realised that the living microbiome within the soil is there to protect us. That the soil is full of a diverse amount of microbes which our immune system has evolved to live with and learn from – research is suggesting that a healthy diet includes plant microbes.

This understanding – that soil is alive and we are both part of a living, collaborative eco-system – has led soil scientists to question the modern farming methods that employ the use of pesticides, herbicides and tilling, because all these approaches kill the microbiome in the soil. This approach, especially since the 1990’s with the introduction of glyphosate (an anti microbial herbicide), coincides with a huge rise in allergies, cancers and chronic diseases. Glyphosate is also water soluble, and so it travels from the soil into the water system.

The planet has a fantastic water cycle that contributes to the Earths eco-system. Water from the oceans and rivers and streams evaporates into the air from the heat of the sun. Once in the air it rises up and cools down creating droplets in clouds that form together, and when they get too big they fall to the Earth as raindrops due to gravity. There’s a study on the Cornucopia Institute website that showed 75% of air and rain studied had glyphosate in it. Zach Bush MD, who specialised in cancer research, has shown that an area in America where allergies, cancers and chronic disease has sky rocketed, coincides with the introduction of glyphosate use – run off from the area of land where glyphosate started to be used went into the Mississippi River, and it tributaries fed the water systems where a huge increase in allergies, cancers and chronic diseases  were happening.

Farming that relies on this modern technique of chemical use is killing off the life in our soil, and research shows that this is happening faster than it is being formed. This has led to a soil movement embedded in research that is looking at how to address this. The focus has been to find a way of farming that will bring balance back into the Earths eco-system, address climate challenges, human health, and have the capacity to feed everyone – we’ve seen so clearly during the COVID pandemic that people going without food has more to do with economic inequality than lack of food on the planet.

And so, welcome to Regenerative Agriculture, a system of farming that has the potential to achieve all these things. Research has shown that within one year of farming in this way the soil microbiome returned.

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After healing 15 years of digestive issues in 3 months with an Ayurvedic approach, I trained in Ayurveda and Hypnotherapy, and wrote ‘Your Peaceful Belly’ to share how to look after your digestion, support strong immunity & relieve stress.

Buy “Your Peaceful Belly”

After healing 15 years of digestive issues in 3 months with an Ayurvedic approach, I trained in Ayurveda and Hypnotherapy, and wrote ‘Your Peaceful Belly’ to share how to look after your digestion, support strong immunity & relieve stress.

Buy “Your Peaceful Belly”