Anna Leach | Catherine Aubin | Catherine Ayensu | Catherine Donnelly | Charlotte van Der Byl | Chloe Redmond | Christina Lecerf | Claire Evans | Claire Harris | George Askounis | Hayley Johns | Heike Clarke | Jo Redmond | Katrina Beckford | Laura Graham-Dullaert | Lucy Freeman | Manuel Ponce | Marina Pupkevich | Marjan Farahanipour | Marta Neto | Mee Lee Morris | Melanie Noble | Nicola Pendreich | Peter Cottrill | Sarah Rush | Suryian Naik | Vera Wong | Virtu Tomás Rodríguez | Wrisley Magargal | Yolande Diver
Reiki is an energy healing practice developed in Japan in the 1920s that promotes wellness of body, mind and spirit. Anna first studied reiki while living in Shanghai in 2013. She completed her level 2 qualification in 2014 in London and her masters level in 2017 in Glastonbury with Torsten Lange at the Reiki Academy. She loves practising reiki for the visible peace and brightness that emanates from her clients after a treatment. She is also a journalist and has written for the Guardian, Time Out and Queen of Retreats.
Acupuncture | Shiatsu
BSc(Hons), MBAcC, dip BSS-Do, HSEC
Catherine has a long interest in the body-mind approach to health. She has been practicing Tai Chi and Qi Gong for over 10 years. After solving her own health issues with the help of Tai Chi, Shiatsu and Acupuncture she starting training in Shiatsu with the British School of Shiatsu-do. She furthered her studies with the well known Shiatsu and Dharma teacher Sonia Moriceau and recently started studying Seiki Soho with Kyoko Kishi. She also studied Acupuncture at the University of Westminster and has a particular interest in ante and post-natal care and generally is working towards generating in the patient the awareness that their own mind-body holds the infinite wisdom for change towards well-being and happiness.
Counselling Psychotherapy | Hypnotherapy
MSc CBT, BSc (Hon), Dip Couns, Dip C Hyp, Dip Hom, MBABCP/ MBSCH
Catherine is a Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Mindfulness Practitioner. Over the years as a counsellor she became very interested in the concept of how our thoughts, feelings and behaviour influence and interact with each other. Catherine has found, as a therapist, there are times when it is beneficial to use a combination of approaches that best suit a client and the difficulties they are experiencing. Thus, she integrates CBT with Mindfulness Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Person Centred Therapy. She also runs Mindfulness meditation workshops.
Catherine also works as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and specialises in a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, confidence issues, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) stress, trauma, addictions, phobias (fear of flying, needles etc), weight Loss, and public speaking. All client concerns can be treated with a combination of therapies or with one therapy depending on the issue and client.
Catherine teaches Counselling and Hypnotherapy at Colleges. She also works in Educational settings with children, families and school staff. She works with young people on an individual bases, using CBT/Hypnotherapy.
Catherine’s aim in therapy is to enable the client to become their own therapist, in this vein she works in a collaborative manner with the clients. It is her belief that, a client who is involved in the therapy process is able to transfer the skills learned in therapy to issues that come up after therapy has ended.
As a therapist, Catherine is extremely passionate about her work and is always excited to able to create and provide a safe place for you to learn more about yourself and to begin the process of change and acceptance of whom you are.
Counselling | Psychotherapy
PG Dip, BSc Hons, MBACP
Catherine is an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor and it is her belief that a safe, confidential and non-judgmental setting, plus a uniquely supportive, yet challenging relationship between therapist and client, is essential in order for the therapeutic process to be effective. Her approach incorporates insight, empathy and compassion, offering you the space and time to explore your thoughts and feelings.
Catherine provides each client with the approach best suited to their individual needs, merging together various psychotherapeutic approaches. Her theoretical stance is primarily client-centred and humanistic, integrating techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, gestalt, solution-focused therapy, and rational emotive behavioural therapy (REBT). She incorporates mindfulness throughout her work.
With a background in healthcare publishing, Catherine also spent a number of years working for mental health charity SANE and as a psychotherapist at a mental health day centre, a community centre and in private practice. She currently works with individuals, offering open-ended and time-limited therapy sessions.
Charlotte is an experienced teacher who came to yoga over 25 years ago and after much exploration of yoga, exercise and dance she found inspiration in the work of Vanda Scaravelli. She teaches gentle, meditative but demanding classes that develop core awareness while releasing tension and creating length through the spine. Charlottes classes draw on an understanding and sensitivity of how the body works and are deeply transformative working with the breath and gravity to energise and bring a sense of freedom and joy of movement on the mat but also for her students in their everyday lives.
From the age of 4 Chloe began Ballet dancing, despite being the plumpest of this group of “little princesses”, she continued this dance form for 8 years.
She went on to develop techniques in a variety of dance styles alongside competing for her boroughs athletics team, horse riding, gymnastics and general activities a young person does when denied a gameboy by their parents!
Chloe graduated as a BA in Visual Communication/Film and lived in Egypt, Thailand and Ghana training and working in dance and film.
As well as teaching and organising fitness retreats, Chloe has performed in great events, such as: The World Skills Opening Ceremony at the London’s o2 Arena, Tate Modern and on BBC’s “Don’t Tell the Bride”. Chloe won her Pro Card competing in the Miami Pro Fitness Modelling competition; claiming 4 trophies.
Chloe is a qualified Advanced Studio Professional, Pilates Instructor, Pre & Post Natal Instructor, Zumba® Fitness and Zumbatomic® Instructor, Spin Instructor and Personal Trainer, accredited by City & Guilds and a Level 3 with The Register of Exercise Professionals.
Chloe is fully CRB checked, a ZIN member insured by Insure4Sport
Christina Lecerf has been practising and studying yoga with teachers from different traditions for over a decade. Her qualifications include a teaching diploma course with the British Wheel of Yoga and specialist training in a variety of subjects, including: pregnancy yoga, meditation and personal development, and yoga for people living with cancer.
Drawing on the influences of Hatha Yoga and Iyengar, Christina’s style integrates breathing, physical postures, yoga nidra, meditation and philosophy. She pays particular attention to the proper alignment of the spine in the postures, as this naturally encourages correct breathing, which is at the core of all yoga practices for transformation and healing.
At Health Works, she teaches antenatal classes, as well as regular classes from beginner to advanced level.
Claire is a BWY certified yoga teacher and has been teaching throughout London since 2008. Claire’s focus is on approachability and accessibility and she welcomes and encourages students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
Claire first discovered Pilates after years of playing contact sport and working as field archaeologist left her hips and back begging for a little less tough love! She quickly appreciated the difference that Pilates made to both her everyday life and her ability to play sport. After a serious cycling accident Claire used her home practice in Pilates to reconnect with her injured body and to ensure that her injuries did not have the impact that they might have done, reinforcing her love of Pilates and inspiring her to become a teacher.
Claire believes that movement should be fun and is passionate about getting everybody moving. She enjoys creating classes that allow everyone to experience the benefits of Pilates; whether that be a gentle class or something more dynamic. Her own love of sport means that she enjoys working with clients who wish to use Pilates to enhance their performance (whatever their level) and she currently teaches a Pilates for Cyclists class in Walthamstow as well as a weekly class at the Queen’s Tennis Club. Claire also enjoys teaching complete beginners and people who may feel apprehensive about joining a group exercise class.
Claire gained her certification through Body Control Pilates, Europe’s foremost professional Pilates association, and is a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) as a Level 3 Pilates Teacher. She attends regular courses with Body Control Pilates and is always eager to learn more!
CPD (Continuing Professional Development)
Acupuncture | Tui Na | Buteyko Method of Asthma | Homeopathy
LicAc, MBAcC, Kanpo, DipLSCM, DipIACH, DipTCL
George has been practicing alternative medicine for about 20 years. His specialities are acupuncture, Chinese massage, Kanpo herbalism, and homeopathy. He also teaches the Buteyko breathing method to people with breathing problems. An essential tool he uses is lifestyle advice according to the constitution of the patient.
Most of the time he uses acupuncture and homeopathy. He practices the Japanese style of acupuncture because of its gentleness, simplicity and efficacy. He was lucky to study homoeopathy with George Vithoulkas, one of the most eminent homeopaths of our times. He continues his studies in homeopathy, at postgraduate level, with Andre Saine.
He is interested in helping people with chronic, debilitating diseases. Together with the patient he decides what are the best combination of therapies to use.
East London native Hayley was introduced to Yoga as a teen and it’s been a constant in her life since. A committed Yoga nerd for over 15 years, she’s been sharing her passion through teaching, since qualifying in 2008. Leaving the bright lights of West End Theatre and moving to teaching full time, Hayley has continued her education with Seane Corn, Annie Carpenter and more recently Bo Forbes. Studying at incorporating Yoga, psychology and neurobiology in to the practice.
Hayley works with professional athletes, dancers, performers and everyday folk. Improving performance, injury prevention, healing and stress management. Teaching a mindful Vinyasa Flow, Hayley encourages you to completely integrate and embody. Her classes incorporate breath work, dynamic movement centred around core awareness, alignment, therapeutic release, deep sweet relaxation and meditation, for a complete mind body experience. Guided by the shifting rhythms of the natural world and the wisdom it has to show us, Hayley’s classes are seasonally tailored and she wholeheartedly believes that we can all benefit from a little more moon observance! Aside from this occasional talk of the moon she is completely down to earth and lighthearted.
Heike is a registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. She qualified at the Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust (CTET) in London with Michael Kern and is a member of the Craniosacral Therapy Association.
She is also a Chi Kung teacher, German teacher and Reiki practitioner.
Heike qualified as a Chi Kung teacher at the College of Elemental Chi Kung in 2011 and has since been teaching in various places in London. She continued with the 2-year advanced training of ‘Internal Alchemy I and II’ and enjoys her continuing professional developmentwith her teachers. Her intention is to help people to be more present, grounded and relaxed.
Her interest in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy was a natural development that came from the connection to stillness with her Chi Kung practice.
Baby Massage and Yoga | Homeopathy | Hypnobirthing | Baby Clinic | Birth Kit
BA(Hons), PGCE, LCPH
Jo (director of Healthworks) has been involved with complementary medicine for 30 years and has brought up her two daughters, Chloe, 30, and Molly, 24, completely naturally, using nothing but complementary therapies. Before Jo discovered the alternative world of therapies she used to regard herself as generally quite sickly, however her life was turned around with homeopathy. This inspired her so much she decided to train as a homeopath.
Her visionary foresight created The Health Works in 2002 and it has grown from strength to strength, becoming the leading complementary health centre in East London. Jo trained at the College of Practical Homeopathy, and has completed many Continuing Professional Development courses since then. She has a degree in Drama and English and a PGCE teaching qualification which add both exciting and professional qualities to her workshops and classes.
She has a wide range of experience in many areas of health and her approach to natural medicine is to empower her clients to learn about their health issues and be pro-active in their treatment. To this end she runs regular homeopathic First Aid Workshops.
She specialises in the treatment of pregnant women, babies and children and often treats several generations within families. Jo went on to train in Hypnobirthing and some of her clients call her “the fairy godmother of hypnobirthing in Walthamstow”. She also teaches Baby Massage and Yoga which brings her practice with pregnant women full circle.
Jo trained in Hypnobirthing a couple of years ago, an area she has been interested in for years and that complements her expertise with pregnant women. She has had some lovely Hypnobabies born in the last year. Read about the technique on our website and newsletter and in her soon to be launched hypnobirthing website.
For as long as I can remember I’ve always been aware of the deep sense of joy it brings to help and care for other people. I originally left school wanting to be a Social Worker, as I felt this would be a way for me to facilitate my strong desire to make a difference to people who were suffering whether it be emotionally or physically. Life however didn’t see me following this path and I ended up doing various other jobs, not always directly connected to caring, but always with a people-centred focus.
As I’ve grown on my own spiritual journey I have felt more and more guided to experience my own personal healing and I have explored this through many different modalities: EFT, Body Talk, Energy Healing before finally accessing the beautiful form of healing as taught by Mark Bajerski that of Pure Energy Healing.
I recently attended his course which brought about many powerful realisations, one being that healing is an all-encompassing way of helping people. Pure Energy Healing comes from a place of total truth and the power that this purity brings can aid in the persons emotional, physical and spiritual recovery.
I feel so blessed to be able to assist in helping others to heal. It is a truly beautiful gift which I wish to use for the benefit and betterment of all.
Yoga – Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Laura teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, along with Yoga Therapy, as she believes strongly in the therapeutic benefits of a physical yoga practice.
She is fortunate to have studied under some truly wonderful teachers since she began teaching, amongst them Daniel Aaron, Tim Miller, Simon Borg Olivier, Ana Forrest and John and Lucy Scott. Although now committed to Ashtanga as a practice, her former work under teachers of other styles has also informed her understanding of how the body works and what she can offer as a teacher.
Lucy has worked in radio and presentation training for many years. She presents a podcast that reaches 35,000 listeners around the world and writes comedy for BBC Radio 4, working with actors like David Schneider (Mission Impossible, Alan Partridge) and Harriet Carmichael.
Lucy’s called in by corporate organisations to coach individuals who either have presentations to give or speeches to make, who want to iron out a verbal tic or simply make a better impression in meetings, conference calls and networking situations.
Osteopathy | Yoga | Osteopathy | Cranial Osteopathy
DO AIPYS, General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)
Manuel qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in Central London in 1989 and has been in full-time practice as a registered osteopath and yoga therapist since.
He works with a broad range of patients including newborns, children and adults of all ages and women during and after pregnancy. He employs a variety of osteopathic techniques directed at joints, soft tissues and internal organs via direct and indirect interventions, including high-velocity and functional manipulations, massage and in particular the cranial approach. He strives to identify and understand the adaptive or dysfunctional patterns underlying your symptoms, and aims to release your body’s natural self-healing mechanisms with the minimum possible force and disturbance.
Manuel likes to share his findings and conclusions with you and encourage your participation in your own healing. To this end he offers simple advice on posture, body-use and other relevant aspects of life-style. He also offers coaching on yoga-based exercise, bringing together body, mind and breath, in a variety of settings, including one-to-one coaching regular monthly weekend intensive workshops in London specialist therapeutic yoga holidays and retreats in Spain.
Manuel is fully registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
Previously Marina studied for a degree in engineering in Moscow and returned to her native Lithuania where she took up work as a chemical engineer before emigrating with her family to the UK. She worked in primary education here before embarking on the study of holistic bodywork therapies. She is a passionate believer in alternative medicine and has enjoyed ongoing academic as well as mind-body training in order to be able to offer a wide option of therapies to further advance good health. Marina will be training in Physiotherapy as part of her ongoing interest in an integrated approach to health.
Marjan has been in the fitness industry for 20 years; teaching Pilates for the last six. She trained with Body Control Pilates, and holds a UK National Level 3 Matwork Teacher qualification; as well as specialising in: Pilates for Pregnancy and Post-Natal; Pilates for the Older Person; and Pilates Evolution.
Marjan says: “Pilates enables you to improve your quality of life, and my classes are designed to get you moving properly while being fun and challenging; for body and mind”.
Marta is a Psychology graduate, an Antenatal Educator and a leading Sleep Consultant who specialises in Gentle Sleep strategies. She spends her days supporting sleepy parents to help their children become confident sleepers without tears. Her holistic, evidence-based, easy to follow methods are the result of over 10 years working with parents and her own experience with her three sleep resistant children.
Marta understands how difficult it can be to navigate the sea of generic information on baby sleep available to parents. By working with Marta, you will have bespoke advice and be guided every step of the way. More importantly you will be well rested!
Millie’s enthusiasm for Pilates started at her local gym. She then discovered Body Control Pilates, Europe’s leading professional Pilates organisation. After Millie attended classes run by a local Body Control Pilates teacher she decided to enroll into the teacher training course held at the Body Control Pilates centre in central London.
Millie successfully completed the Body Control Pilates Matwork level 3 qualification, accredited by the UK Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). Millie is committed to keeping up to date with Pilates and continues to attend events, workshops and development courses.
Pilates matwork exercises are designed to use your own body weight as resistance and Millie likes to bring another dimension to these exercises with the use of props and small equipment. Her classes are flowing and dynamic with particular attention to alignment and precision.
A small class size allows Millie to provide close supervision and support for every client and over the course of a few weeks each should feel that they have made improvements and developed awareness of their body.
Melanie graduated from the London School of Osteopathy with a Masters distinction and is also an experienced pilates teacher, trained by Pilates Foundation. She originally trained as a contemporary dancer and became interested in bodywork and movement therapy after experiencing injuries and illness.
She is a self-confessed anatomy and movement geek and aims to educate and empower patients to understand their bodies a little better. Since having her first child in 2016, she has developed a particular passion for helping women with post-natal recovery and new motherhood.
Homeopathy | Muscle Testing
Nicola has been practicing as a Homeopath since 1999. She treats people of all ages for a wide range of health problems using homeopathy, herbs and flower essences. Complaints commonly treated by Nicola include:- allergies, eczema, fatigue, hormonal/gynaecological disorders, low immunity, sleep problems and mental/emotional issues.
She has particular experience in treating women and children and runs an ante/postnatal drop in clinic on Mondays. Nicola educates her patients in the use of homeopathy and natural medicines and offers advice on lifestyle changes to promote good health. Nicola is also qualified in Muscle Testing. This technique is used to identify allergies, intolerances and toxicity which are affecting a person’s health.
BSc(Hons), dip BSS-Do
Peter began studying Shiatsu in 1992 at the British School of Shiatsu Do and went on to qualify at the Yorkshire School of Shiatsu During this time he studied under several inspiring teachers, broadening his knowledge and experience of many of the different approaches to the discipline. In 1995 he began studying with internationally respected Japanese master Akinobu Kishi. These years of practice and study continue to strengthen his own sensitivity to energy and develop his intuitive skill. Peter has practiced Shiatsu for charities such as: The Alcohol recovery Project and MS Action. He also practices at the Royal National Theatre and teaches an “Introduction to Shiatsu” course at Morley College.
BA (Hons) MA, PGCE, RYT Yoga Alliance, Independent Yoga Network.
When Sarah first tried yoga she loved the way it made her feel happy. 25 years later it still does. Her daily practice helps her stay grounded and reminded that while you can never control what happens around you it is always possible to choose how to react.
After travelling in India and hanging out on a rooftop practising yoga daily with a Baba, Sarah came back to London in 2008, had a beautiful baby boy in 2009 and gave up her day job to train as a yoga teacher. Since qualifying as a vinyasa flow yoga teacher in 2011 she has undertaken further training to teach pregnancy, post natal and adults and children with disabilities. Her training has been with top yoga teachers such as David Swenson, Elena Brower and Jason Crandell.
Sarah’s classes reflect her own experience of a regular yoga practice, constantly learning and growing in knowledge by working with so many inspirational teachers and students. Yogic philosophy is woven throughout in a relevant way to how we live today. With an emphasis on sound postural alignment and ensuring that students are encouraged to explore their edge in a safe and nurturing way, the classes leave you feeling rejuvenated and whole.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupunture
MBacC/ Bsc (Hons)
Sury is a qualified Acupuncturist who received his Bachelor of Science (BscHons) from the University of Westminster. He first developed a keen interest in holistic therapies such as acupuncture at quite a young age. Learning about various practices such as martial arts and meditation, as well as encountering Daoist and Chinese medical theories are what helped Sury to balance and develop as a person. This being the case, he believed that learning such a system more thoroughly and in depth would allow him to have the skills to actively help and engage with others.
Sury believes and has been taught that a large part of what creates success is acting preventatively. This means finding methods and forms of advice that aid in creating sustained wellbeing and good health. As such Sury strives to work with patients to make this a reality where possible
Acupuncture | Reflexology
BA (Hons), BSc(Hons), MBAcC, ITEC
While working as a picture researcher for the Wellcome Institute, Vera developed an interest in Complementary Medicine. She decided to retrain in Massage and Reflexology. After working for 3 years in the above therapies, she decided to undertake a three-year Acupuncture degree at the University of Westminster.
Since qualifying Vera has undertaken further training in gynaecology, fertility, obstetrics and paediatrics. She specialises in gynaecology and menstrual problems; fertility and IVF; the treatment of ante and post natal conditions, such as morning sickness, pelvic symphysis disorder, natural inductions and post natal depression. Using acupuncture and acupressure techniques, Vera can also help to turn a breech baby to the optimal position for labour.
BSc (Hons) LCHE RSHom BFRP
Virtu is a qualified, registered Homeopath, CEASE therapist and Bach Flower Remedies Practitioner. She trained at the Centre for Homeopathic Education achieving a BSc (Hons) in Homeopathy and a licentiate diploma for practice.
She combines her skills in Spanish teaching and Teacher training with supporting children and young adults with autism; an area of special interest.
Her passion for natural healing led her to study Homeopathy. She complemented her studies by becoming a CEASE therapist, an approach that helps detoxification from physical and energetic blockages while bringing balance to the mind and body. She also studied the Bach Flower Remedies, a system of complementary medicine that relieves ill by harmonising underlying emotional states.
Virtu works with people of all ages and strongly believes that we are all able to take responsibility for our own health. With the support of Homeopathy and Bach remedies, Virtu’s intentions are to assist her clients in making decisions about their own healthcare and aid their progress to health.
Having struggled with gastrointestinal issues and migraines for years, Wrisley discovered the incredible transformation that nutritional therapy can provide through diet and lifestyle changes. Originally from the US, Wrisley worked in marketing and events for over 7 years. She travelled around the world for global campaigns working in high stress environments. After experiencing nutritional therapy for herself, Wrisley decided to retrain as a nutritional therapist here in London earing a BSc (Hons) from the University of Westminster.
Now Wrisley practices nutritional therapy based in the functional medicine paradigm, which seeks to address the underlying causes of poor health rather than focussing on symptoms alone.
Seeing Wrisley guarantees a nutrition plan bespoke to you as she believes that one size certainly does not fit all. Your nutrition plan is developed to evolve as symptoms change and improve to ensure you get the right nutrition for your state of health. In addition to your nutrition plan, Wrisley also offers a full dietary analysis for your food diary to help you understand how to continue to improve your diet for health.
Wrisley works with a wide range of clients from weight loss to fatigue and her main areas of interest are in gastrointestinal health, hormone imbalances and postnatal health. Wrisley believes that the path to truly feeling well is through a healthy gut.
BSc (Hons), 300hr YTT
Yolande was introduced to yoga in her early twenties and has been happily practicing and finding home on the mat 26 years later. She is grateful to have practiced with some truly brilliant teachers over the years all with detail for alignment and emotional wellbeing, which inspires her teaching today. Yolande teaches a safe but challenging class aiming to cultivate a feeling of balance, freedom and grace. Her intention is to create a space for her students to simply be with what is and to meet each individual with where they are at, whether a beginner or a seasoned yogi.
Yolande having practiced homeopathy since 2008 formally left clinical practice and has gone into teaching Yoga full time since qualifying in 2013 in pregnancy with Nadia Narain, Vinyasa flow with Katy Appleton of appleyoga, postnatal yoga with Lolly Stirk of Yogabirth and teacher intensives with Elena Brower and Ana Ashby.