Andy's work with healing and wholeness
Andy first started working with patients in the late 1980's practicing massage and reflexology. In 1991 he enrolled at The School of Complementary Medicine studying Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Traditional Herbalism and Craniosacral Therapy. During his clinical practice he began building a large client base and since qualifying in 1993 has practiced continually. He continued studying and reasearching further meeting various teachers, healers and medicine people learning nutrition, macrobiotic dietary therapy, shen tao acupressure and shamanic healing. He has treated patients from all over the world with a wide variety of health issues.
In 2006 he met Barbara Wren and studied with her at The College of Natural Nutrition. After qualifying he went on to work with Barbara on her book Cellular Awakening. His primary work is with those people seeking direction, balance and clarity in their lives. He uses food as a medicine and teaches the principles of living in harmony with nature as a means to creating a day by day reality of happiness, health and fulfilment. He believes that only through personal empowerment and personal responsibility can people find true and lasting healing.
Let food be thy medicine
Nature is the great balancer and she provides in any given environment exactly the correct balance of food and natural medicines to nourish and heal those living there, both animal and human. Nature shows us clearly how and what we should eat. Eating foods out of season is one of the principle reasons why we have lost our balance and are so prone to dis-ease. Eating organic, seasonal wholefoods is the easiest way to bring us back into balance. As Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
Natural Nutrition recognises that we are all a part of nature and intrinsically linked to its cycles. Drawing upon ancient wisdom and cutting edge science, Natural Nutrition works at a cellular level seeking to attract light around and into our cells so as to illuminate our inner wisdom. It combines sound nutritional principles with naturopathic techniques to allow the body to rebalance and unlock its full potential.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the main therapeutic treatments of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is not an alternative medicine but a whole medical approach in itself. It has its own anatomy and physiology that differs in many aspects from the western approach. Western medicine treats symptomatically, that is it seeks to eradicate symptoms and views a lack of symptoms as a definition of health. TCM on the other hand seeks to treat body, mind and spirit in a holistic way. Each acupuncture point not only has a connection into the body but also a connection to the outer universe. Acupuncture uses this connection to help people to match their own microcosm with the macrocosm.
Traditional herbalism has been practiced since the dawn of time and differs radically from modern medical herbalism. It does not adhere to the western medical model but understands that plants, when used correctly, facilitate change on a physical, emotional and spiritual plane. The original herbalists understood that each plant has its own "spirit" and it was through communication with these plant energies that the healer learnt about the root of an illness and the path to a cure. All plant spirits teach unique lessons and it is through understanding these lessons that harmony is restored in a patient.
Traditional herbalism looks to fully understand the underlying causes of the disease (physical, mental and spiritual) and to apply the correct herb to enable the patient to learn what that disease is trying to teach them. It understands that all illness is the body's way of telling us that something is out of harmony. Once a patient has understood all an illness has to teach them, there is no longer any reason for the "dis-ease" to manifest. Plant energies facilitate an understanding of this teaching and when correctly utilised, can bring about profound change in a person's life.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle yet powerful, non-invasive therapy that can help a multitude of problems. It is particularly useful in treating children with learning difficulties and/or behavioural problems and in treating speech problems, seizures, head and spinal injuries, nervous system disorders, obstetrical problems, ear complaints and muscle/bone injuries.
Its subtle and gentle techniques are used to balance the cranial bones, meningeal membranes, cerebrospinal fluid, the intracranial vascular system and the whole of the body connective tissues. A craniosacral therapist learns acute listening skills that enable him or her to perceive the subtle motions of the body and uses various techniques to bring free flow of chi and cerebrospinal rhythm throughout the body to restore inner balance and harmony.