Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy can be used for well being and general maintenance of the body, as well as to address the causes and effects of more specific issues such as:

  • back pain
  • headaches
  • problems with sinuses
  • digestion
  • post-childbirth, both for mother and baby
  • support in pregnancy
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • grief
  • asthma
  • IBS

Throughout our lives we accumulate traumas that we hold at a cellular level in the body.

These held physical and / or emotional patterns create imbalance in our systems, preventing our body from fulfilling the job it is inherently meant to do, to heal itself.

Between the cranium and the sacrum the nerves of our Nervous System emerge and fulfil a vital role of maintaining balance and homeostasis in our bodies via our vital organs.

When our system is not in balance our heartbeat accelerates, digestion is temporarily shut down and adrenalin is released. This is know as ‘fight or flight’, and can have many repercussions on our health when over-activated.

Craniosacral Therapy engages with the whole system using very gentle touch, paying attention to any patterns or imbalances held within us. This unique method of engaging and listening to the body allows patterns to be released and supports the system to integrate and rebalance itself, returning to a more balanced state.

We also work with the fascia to release more deeply engrained trauma.

To book please contact Suzanne Howlett by telephone: 07759213582 or email: ossacst@gmail.com


Ossa Cranio-Sacral Therapist

Suzanne Howlett RCST

Suzi practices integrated Craniosacral Therapy (CST), bridging the different approaches to this profound and gentle practice.

Offering a compassionate and non-judgmental space, clients come for a broad range of issues including, PTSD, ME, general aches and pains, anxiety, grief, recovering from accidents, birth and to support general well-being.

CST also works well alongside talking therapies to enable the release of trauma held in the body.

Cranio-Sacral Therapy works with memory held in the body, providing a safe and held space to enable the release of trauma held at a cellular level. Attention is especially given to any restrictions in the bones or fascia, and to the nervous system with far reaching impact.

It is appropriate for all ages.

Suzi is a certified member of the CSTA.

Suzi is available from September at Calmer Clinics on Wednesdays 9am – 6pm.
1 hour £65
45 min £50
Babies / Children £45
Parent & baby £80

To book, please contact Suzi

Email: ossacst@gmail.com

Tel: 07759 213582


I am very excited. I am on the verge of practising Reiki from Calmer Clinics, Dolphin Square, London! My first clients will be welcomed in March 2022. What a place to be able to work, in the heart of London, alongside other healing professionals including an osteopath, a psychotherapist, a sports massage therapist, a nutritionist and a number of other highly qualified and experienced therapists and practitioners. I am very grateful for this opportunity. 

What do you know about Reiki? Have you ever tried it? It is quite an astounding experience, and can bring all sorts of positive transitions to your life. My personal experience of Reiki has been transformative. Seven years ago I got onto a Reiki bed, not knowing what to expect. And when I got off, a nagging three week old running injury that had caused me pain when I walked had gone! I was converted there and then to Reiki . Since then Reiki has had positive impact on all aspects of my life, including my relationship with myself, my emotional health, and general happiness and wellbeing.  

Reiki doesn’t always bring the outcome you think you want at the time, but it brings the best outcome – you really can trust in the universe to bring you the best of life. Reiki can also pull you out of negativity, particularly states of mind in which you are feeling critical and judgemental of others – which generally means you are giving yourself a hard time too! And if you are a cynic, that is fine – Reiki will still have a positive impact on you and your life – you do not need to ‘believe’ in it for it to work. 

I am now a trained practitioner, and continue to be amazed by the positive impacts of Reiki. A practice that used to be met with scepticism, today is appreciated in the mainstream. The University Colleges London Hospital (UCLH) was the first NHS hospital in the UK to employ Reiki therapists, as part of its complementary therapy team back in 1999. Now many hospitals and GP practices provide Reiki. The UCLH team gave Reiki to a range of patients, but particularly those suffering from serious diseases such as cancer. Reiki has also been used successfully to treat the emotional stress suffered by relatives of patients with potentially lethal diseases. Angi Buxton-King was the first Reiki practitioner to be employed by the NHS in the UK, and you can hear more of her pioneering story in this podcast. She worked within the NHS for 12 years.

 Angi describes how she introduced the concept of the healing universal energy that is transmitted through Reiki to science-minded doctors. She would find agreement that there is an energy field around our bodies, which is demonstrable, and that changes in the energy field can be measured. A balanced energy field creates the most conducive environment for healing. She explains how Reiki rebalances this energy field. When she gave Reiki demonstrations to the doctors and they felt the energy running through their bodies, they were more accepting. And when they saw the positive impacts of this energy on their patients, they become convinced of the benefits of Reiki. 

Torsten Lange, founder and director of The Reiki Academy in London, has invested time and effort into gathering scientific data to prove the power of Reiki, so as to broaden its acceptance and availability. He experimented by practising Reiki on water last year, and has evidence that it changes the molecular constitution of the water. This demonstrates that Reiki has the capacity to make tangible changes to living beings, bearing in mind we are between 50% and 65% water. Torsten’s experiment is significant!  

In 2019 the National Library of Medicine published a scientific research paper based on 1,411 Reiki sessions and concluded ‘Statistically significant improvements were observed for all outcome measures, including positive affect, negative affect, pain, drowsiness, tiredness, nausea, appetite, shortness of breath, anxiety, depression, and overall well-being (all p-values <0.001). The results from this large-scale multisite effectiveness trial suggest that a single session of Reiki improves multiple variables related to physical and psychological health’. People familiar with receiving Reiki, and Reiki practitioners know this, but this kind of research is wonderful for extending the reach and acceptance of Reiki into the wider world. 

 However, there is no substitute for personal experience. This is the most influential proof of the impact of Reiki, regardless of the science. Most people are surprised by how relaxed they feel after a Reiki treatment, but there are many impacts beyond this on the mind and body, and on ones life in general. When our energy levels change, many aspects of life change, and things that appeared to be problems often fade away, with a new and higher perspective. The healing life force that is Reiki goes to the root of any problem. This may be on a physical level, or an emotional or spiritual level. Some of the impacts do not manifest immediately, but events may begin to take a turn for the better in the hours and days following a treatment. 

As my teacher, Alexandra Swann explains, drawing on her twenty years of experience, ‘Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit and creates many beneficial effects including relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and well-being. Reiki heals by flowing through the negatively affected parts of the energy field and charging them with positive energy. It raises the vibratory level of the energy field in and around the physical body where the negative thoughts and feelings are attached. This causes the negative energy to break apart and fall away. In so doing, Reiki clears, straightens and heals the energy pathways, thus allowing the life force to flow in a healthy and natural way’.

 I think you know what I am going to say now. If you feel curious, why not get in touch and we can discuss Reiki, and book you in for a treatment! You can take advantage of my Reiki offers in the month of March. If you have got to this point, I am guessing your curiosity is already piqued, and now you have the opportunity to try Reiki first hand, in a professional and safe environment. Please visit my page on the Calmer Clinics site to learn more. 

I am also a coach and can bring coaching elements to the Reiki session if you are interested in hearing more about this.

Email Lucy Roberts on Contact@LucyRoberts.uk 

Website https://lucyroberts.uk


Kerry Welch  PDHyp LCPH GHR MARH

“The mind and body have an integral connection – understanding and utilising this can achieve remarkable results.”

Kerry is a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) and the Alliance of registered Homeopaths (MARH) and accredited with the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). 

Her approach is always solution focussed and can use hypnotherapy, homeopathy or both to achieve the best results, she has found they work exceptionally well together. She can work with you at preparation, management and recovery stages of physical and emotional conditions. 

This therapy works particularly well for protection and recovery of injury, habitual behaviour, fear or phobia, pregnancy and childbirth, achieving potential (in exams, tests and interviews, sport and fitness, workplace performance and public speaking), as well as pre and post surgery.

She has a particular interest in and experience with pain management and related conditions such as chronic fatigue and fibro-myalgia.

Available at Calmer Clinics on Tuesdays 7am-1pm and AdHoc as available

50 minutes sessions £90

Tel: 07740 737913

Email: Kerry@centredmind.co.uk

Website: http://www.centredmind.co.uk


Calmer Clinics & Doctify

We are pleased to share with you that we have recently started a new collaboration with Doctify – a successful online booking platform which helps patients connect with various healthcare specialists.

The idea for Doctify started when one of the founders, Stephanie, was lost when she was trying to find a doctor for herself. Despite working as a surgeon in London, she was unsure where to find a doctor that specialised in treating her particular concern. She felt that relying on word of mouth or a simple search result on Google couldn’t be the only answer to finding the right doctor. She turned to her best friend, Suman, also a doctor, and so began the start of their journey to find a solution that would ultimately help other people in similar situations. The dream of creating a platform that would bring together patients and doctors was born and from that time onwards Doctify has seen tremendous growth, winning the trust and collaboration of both patients and healthcare professioanls.

We believe that Doctify’s success comes from their passionate belief that technology can greatly enhance the relationship between patients and health specialists and their commitment to continuously nurture and improve the understanding between them.

”Studies have shown that 9 out of 10 patients choose their doctors after having read reviews. Doctify strongly believes in the benefit of patient reviews and the dual role they play: empowering people to make informed decisions and recognising the exceptional dedication of doctors and health specialists. We also believe that the specialty, specific expertise and patient reviews are important factors in the decision-making process of a patient when selecting a doctor. That’s why, we have decided to join the platform with our chief experienced osteopath David Propert.   Have a look at his profile here and if you are one of David’s patients, we would appreciate it if you can leave your review here. Thank you in advance.

Huge thank you to Doctify for the opportunity and good luck in their future development.

 


HYPNOBIRTHING

We can offer a complete and comprehensive antenatal programme that guides and prepares a woman, her partner and the baby towards a peaceful, gentle and calm birth. It is a wonderful learning process that helps them understand how and what is happening in preparation for, during and after the birth.

The therapy addresses the psychological and physical well-being of those involved in the birth by helping the mother and her partner to be in complete control and work together with their midwife or health care provider to bring about the happy and safe arrival of their baby, however, and wherever that may be.

It includes deep relaxation, self-hypnosis, specific breathing techniques and visualisation. Mothers learn and practice at relaxing their body and mind with such ease that they control the natural chemical and hormonal balances in their body to affect the natural processes of labour and birth with ease on the day.

It covers natural birth, why interventions may be suggested, what they are and how to navigate around them unless genuinely required. The mechanics of birth and the variety of helpful equipment (such as pools etc) and how/why they would help, are also explained during this therapy.

Hypnobirthing begins as soon as the learning starts, continues to the birth and bonding of the family. Research also shows that many of the skills and practices learned will be useful and influential after the childbirth to help parents better manage their lives.

For more information, click here to contact Kerry directly.


MARY BROOKING (Dip SMRT)

“Sports massage is for both sports people and anyone wishing to prevent or recover from a soft tissue injury. I work hard to understand my clients’ goals and expectations and deliver a very individual & focussed treatment.”

Mary is a keen runner, swimmer and triathlete and has experienced first hand many of the benefits sports massage can bring to endurance athletes: improved recovery from activity and injury, injury prevention, pain reduction and greater mobility/range of motion. Her belief in the power of sports massage led her to train as a therapist with the North London School of Sports Massage. 

Mary has treated a wide variety of clients including athletes for whom regular sports massage forms part of their training plan and individuals with soft tissue issues arising from sport, posture, work/desk setup, surgery and accidents. She uses a range of soft tissue therapy techniques and communicates clearly how, and to what extent, soft tissue therapy could form part of achieving her clients’ goals and delivers very client focussed treatments, including an assessment of soft tissue condition.

Mary has a Professional Diploma in Sports Massage and Remedial Soft Tissue Therapy and is a member of the SMA (The Association for Soft Tissue Therapists).

Mary is available at Calmer Clinics on Thursday mornings (until 1pm) 

  • 60 minutes – £70
  • 30 minutes – £47

For more information and to make an appointment, please contact her directly.


COVID antigen and antibody test kits

Calmer Clinics is delighted to announce that we are UK Government-approved for offering COVID antigen and antibody test kits in collaboration with our lab partners The Doctors Laboratory (ISO 15189 UKAS accreditation 8059, https://www.tdlpathology.com/about-us/quality-assurance/ ).

Please note these are SELF-ADMINISTERED (‘At-Home’) KITS and we DO NOT have testing facilities at the clinic. From 15th December 2020, international arrivals into England will be able to opt-in to ‘Testing to Release’. Calmer Clinics is NOT providing ‘Testing to Release’. 
Anyone purchasing these tests must use their own judgement about the best date to purchase, carry out and return the test to the lab. We cannot take responsibility for any test timelines and associated outcomes. All purchases are at your own risk. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO WRITE THE CORRECT DATE AND TIME THAT THE SAMPLE WAS TAKEN ON THE REFERRAL FORM AND SAMPLE LABEL. 


Our COVID tests:
1. COVID PCR (Antigen) swab (£150):
This test can tell you if you currently have Coronavirus (with an accuracy of 100% specificity and 98%-100% sensitivity), even if you don’t have symptoms. It can also be used if you do currently have symptoms and want to know if they are caused by COVID. This is the ‘Gold-Standard’ COVID Antigen test. There is no ‘best-before’ on these kits and they require no special storage methods so can be purchased in advance in case you may need one for future use and to shorten turnaround time.
In taking the test you are agreeing that your data can be shared with government organisations for COVID purposes. For example for clinical research or public health monitoring. In addition, your data may be entered into the NHS test and trace system. If you do not wish your data to be used in this way then you should NOT order the test.
What is involved:

  • You email us (Covidtest@calmerclinics.com) to say which test(s) you would like and providing your name and contact telephone number.
  • We will contact you and record your additional information (postal address, gender, and date of birth) as well as asking you to complete a GDPR form and email that back to us.
  • Payment is arranged via BACS transfer.
  • We issue you with a referral form, via email, based on the information you provided. Please check the correct information has been entered.
  • The testing kit (containing full easy-to-follow instructions, a throat/ nasal swab, specimen pot, and pre-paid Royal Mail Tracked 24 specimen bag) is couriered to your home address (within 24 hours of order acknowledgement, if inside a 2-mile radius of SW1V) or posted to you via Royal Mail Special Guaranteed Next Working Day delivery.
  • When you are ready, follow the clear and simple instructions for taking the throat/ nasal swab sample yourself.
  • Put the sample container and completed referral form (making sure to enter the time and date of sample) into the specimen bag and apply the address label.
  • Post or drop it off in a Royal Mail Priority post box. You can use the tracking number with the Royal Mail app. Or, for faster service, you can bring the sample in person to The Doctors’ Laboratory (WC1H 9AX or W1G 9RT).
  • Within 48 hours you will have the the result(s) emailed to you in an official format with the lab report, date and time of sample and your details. These are currently sufficient to meet the ‘Fit To Fly’ requirements. On request, we can also forward you hard copies of the results after we have received them from the lab.

Please note: We cannot be held responsible for any delays due to Royal Mail turnaround problems nor for delays caused by lab issues which are beyond our control. No refunds will be provided in these circumstances.
If using  a PCR result for travel, please consult the latest Foreign Office guidance on the suitability of this test for your destination (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice). We are unable to provide specific advice on whether this test is suitable for your particular destination. 
IF YOU TEST POSITIVE IT IS IMPERATIVE TO FOLLOW GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES FOR SELF-ISOLATION. IF YOU TEST NEGATIVE, THIS COULD BE DURING THE ‘INCUBATION’ OF THE VIRUS AND YOU STILL MAY HAVE IT AND BE CONTAGIOUS.

2. Whole Coronavirus (Antibody) fingerprick (£50):
This test can tell whether a person has been previously infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. It uses the Roche Diagnostics Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 assay (with an accuracy of 99.8% specificity and 100% sensitivity). It only ‘works’ if the person infected with SARS-CoV-2 has produced antibodies (IgG, IgA, IgM) in sufficient quantities. Some people infected with SARS-CoV-2 produce an immunological T-cell response strong enough to neutralise the infection without involvement of the antibody response and this will produce a ‘false’ negative test result. The optimal time for performing this test is 14 days after possible infection and current research evidence has indicated that there may be a decline in testable antibody levels over time, ultimately leading to a negative test result even when the individual had previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2. These kits DO have a one-year expiry date and should be kept below 25 degrees centigrade and above 10 degrees centigrade.
What is involved:

  • You email us (Covidtest@calmerclinics.com) to say which test(s) you would like and providing your name and contact telephone number.
  • We will contact you and record your additional information (postal address, gender, and date of birth) as well as asking you to complete a GDPR form and email that back to us.
  • Payment is arranged via BACS transfer.
  • We issue you with a referral form, via email, based on the information you provided. Please check the correct information has been entered.
  • The testing kit (containing full easy-to-follow instructions, cleansing wipes, plaster, sterile lancet and microtainer, and a pre-paid Royal Mail Tracked 24 specimen box) is couriered to your home address (within 24 hours of order acknowledgement, if inside a 2-mile radius of SW1V) or posted to you via Royal Mail Special Guaranteed Next Working Day delivery.
  • When you are ready, follow the clear and simple instructions for taking the fingerpick blood sample yourself.
  • Put the sample container and completed referral form (making sure to enter the time and date of sample) into the specimen box and apply the address label.
  • Post or drop it off in a Royal Mail Priority post box. You can use the tracking number with the Royal Mail app. Or, for faster service, you can bring the sample in person to The Doctors’ Laboratory (WC1H 9AX or W1G 9RT).
  • Within 48 hours you will have the the result(s) emailed to you in an official format with the lab report, date and time of sample and your details. On request, we can also forward you hard copies of the results after we have received them from the lab.

Please note: We cannot be held responsible for any delays due to Royal Mail turnaround problems nor for delays caused by lab issues which are beyond our control. No refunds will be provided in these circumstances.
IF YOU TEST POSITIVE THIS MAY NOT NECESSARILY GIVE YOU COMPLETE PROTECTION FROM RE-INFECTION. 

3. SARS-CoV-2 spike protein (Antibody) fingerprick (£100):
This test will be available from mid-February and is sensitive to antibodies produced in response to the specific spike protein found on the outer coat of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is therefore suitable for the same criteria as for the whole Coronavirus fingerprick antibody test but with the addition of being able to detect antibody status post-vaccination (1st and/ or 2nd dose). The new SARS-Cov-2 S (Spike Protein) Roche Antibody test is sensitive to both Pfizer/ BionTech and Oxford/ Astrazeneca vaccine types.
It will involve the same procedure as for the whole antibody test.

If you would like to order a test, please email us: Covidtest@calmerclinics.com


Coronavirus Update

At Calmer Clinics we are taking every sensible precaution, as advised by Governmental and other reliable healthcare sources, in order to protect our patients and staff from Covid-19 and continue to provide vital patient services. Please do watch our walk-though video on what to expect when you arrive for your appointment with us.

Establishing our ‘Covid-secure’ status includes regular virucidal sanitisation of surfaces, use of PPE, filtered ventilation, and other infection control measures. We will ask you, in advance of your appointment, to complete a ‘Covid-questionnaire’ either electronically or over the ‘phone. If you develop Covid-type symptoms &/or tested positive (swab antigen) in the 14 days BEFORE your appointment, or come into contact with someone who has, you MUST inform us and we will need to postpone your appointment. If you develop Covid-type symptoms &/or test positive (swab antigen) during the 9 days AFTER coming to see us, please inform us directly (if you can) in addition to relying on the NHS test and trace system. All patient data is protected by GDPR legislation. However, if asked by NHS test and trace to provide contact details for those who may have been infected, we will comply with these data requests in order to fulfil our public health obligations. If you have any objections to this data sharing policy, we would be happy to discuss this with you but, unfortunately, would not be able to accommodate you at Calmer Clinics unless we have your permission to share your contact details in this limited way. Thank you for your understanding.


For further updated UK Government information on Covid-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
For information on NHS test and trace: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance

Please do watch our video below.