Marion Colledge - Medical Herbalist (BSc Hons) and Massage Therapist (ITEC)
Herbal Medicine 
Western Medical Herbalists are trained in orthodox diagnostic skills but take a more holistic approach to healthcare which means identifying the underlying cause of an illness and treating the whole person and not just the symptoms.
 
During the first consultation, lasting approximately 60 minutes, a full medical history will be taken and a physical examination may be done if appropriate. A herbal prescription, usually in the form of tinctures, teas or creams will be tailored to the patient's individual needs and made up by me after each appointment. Follow-up appointments will take place after 2-4 weeks depending on the condition and these last approximately 30 minutes. All herbs used are from reputable sources and where possible organically grown or wild crafted.
 
What can be treated
Stress, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, arthritic conditions, digestive problems, eczema and other skin conditions, asthma, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular complaints, gynaecological problems, menopause, PMS, respiratory conditions, thyroid problems. Chronic illnesses tend to respond well to herbal medicine. On top of this, herbal medicine is effective in treating minor ailments such as the common cold and coughs, conjuncitivitis, cradle cap, nappy rash and others. 

Herbal Medicine is suitable for all ages and if you are already on other medication this will be taken into consideration to ensure a safe treatment and to avoid any drug interactions. 
If you are unsure whether Herbal Medicine is the right treatment for you please feel free to call me to discuss on 07855 814780.
 
Holistic Massage
This is usually a full body massage which will follow a short consultation so it can be tailored specifically to your needs. Essential oils are used to enhance the effectiveness of the massage and to promote a feeling of well-being.

Conditions that benefit from Holistic Massage include: Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia, muscular aches and pains, cirulatory problems, digestive problems, headaches.
 
Indian Head Massage
This is a Western adaptation of the ancient Indian tradition of head massage which is passed down through the generations. This adapted form is a deeply relaxing and at the same time invigorating massage of shoulders, neck, scalp and face which can be beneficial for conditions including: Stress, anxiety, insomnia, chronic headaches, poor concentration. It is particularly beneficial for people in 'office jobs' who suffer from postural tension, stress and headaches.
 
Pregnancy Massage
During pregnancy the body and mind undergo enormous changes and this may result in some physical complaints, i.e. backache, swollen ankles and other aches and pains as well as emotional stress in dealing with these changes. A pregnancy massage is a full body massage which is specifically tailored to the needs of the pregnant client and can help to ease some of the aches and pains whilst being deeply relaxing and nourishing. A pregnancy massage is recommended from 12 weeks of pregnancy up until birth. 

Remedial Back Massage
This massage is tailored to the specific needs of the client and involves some deep tissue techniques as well as holistic massage. It is particularly suitable for specific back problems as well as general stiffness and pain resulting from poor posture or stress.
 
My approach with all types of massage is that I do not follow a set routine but I work specifically according to your needs and where suitable I use arometherapy oils to increase the benefits of the treatments.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Vodder Method)
This is a very gentle, soft touch and repetitive form of massage which helps to remove toxins, waste products and excess fluids from the body tissues through the lymphatic system. MLD is used primarily for detox, swollen ankles during pregnancy, pre- and post- cosmetic surgery, after breast cancer surgery as well as to alleviate many chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, acne, eczema, migraines or to simply experience an improved sense of well-being. For more information on this treatment please see www.mlduk.co.uk
 
In some cases the client may benefit from a combined treatment of Herbal Medicine and Massage. This can be discussed during the initial consultation.
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