Holistic Health Services

Holistic Health Services

Holistic health services are often defined as a form of healing often involving multiple complimentary medicines and alternative healthcare practices that can overlap with modern-day western medicine, but go beyond the singular treatment of symptoms to support more than just the body. Complimented with the practice of Eco Therapy, the holistic practices that I offer considers the person as a whole, emphasizing on the connection of mind, body and spirit, in an outdoor or outdoor inspired setting. These types of services are so important because to truly achieve optimal wellness in the physical, mental, and spiritual sense we have to be viewing and supporting the body as the incredible system it is.

“A healthy outside starts from the inside”

– Robert Urich -

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I have had my fair share of mental health issues, decades in fact, but the major influence in overcoming some of the most crippling disorders was time spent in nature, 'Eco Therapy'.

So what is Eco Therapy?

Ecotherapy is a formal type of therapeutic treatment which involves doing outdoor activities in nature. There isn't one single definition of ecotherapy, but it's often used to describe a regular, structured activity that:

  • is led by trained professionals or therapists who are there to support you

  • focuses on doing an activity, rather than on your health

  • takes place in a green environment

  • is related to exploring and appreciating the natural world

  • involves spending time with other people, although you can always choose to interact at your own pace

You might do an ecotherapy programme on its own, or alongside other treatments such as talking therapies, arts and creative therapies.

Ecotherapy is based on the idea that people are connected to and impacted by the natural environment, but it is more than just a walk in the woods or watching a beautiful sunset. It’s an emerging form of treatment that can help with almost every area of our lives. It aims at restoring the connection to the natural world that is usually limited to high-speed glimpses of windshield scenery. 

It is also important to keep in the mind the key difference between ecotherapy and recreation or leisurely experiences, which is the presence of a trained practitioner or therapist. The role of the therapist is often overlooked, however they are key to facilitating the clients’ interactions with both the natural and social environment and setting clinical aims for the session. Like the client, the therapist actively takes part in the ecotherapy session; in fact, it’s often difficult to distinguish between the client and therapist.

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So where does one begin?

I have a large variety of Eco Therapy services on offer depending on exactly where you are at in your current situation. Services are laid out as below. I invite you to allow your curiosity to explore what is on offer and see where this journey takes you.

Walk n Talk Therapy

What if the local park bench was your waiting room, and nature was your co-therapist? Walk n talk therapy combines positive lifestyle habits with the benefits of therapy which creates new energy and motivation, a great combination for working through issues, & particularly useful for people who feel blocked or overwhelmed by the intimacy of therapy in a traditional office environment.

Forest Therapy

Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersing ourselves in forests and other natural environments, inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to “forest bathing.” It is a practice of developing a deepening relationship of reciprocity with the forest which benefits all participants involved.

Reiki Healing Therapy

Immerse yourself in my Eco Inspired Healing room with the Ultimate Reiki experience, a safe, non-intrusive ‘hands on healing’ technique, using spiritual energy, crystals, indoor plants, earthy essential oils and the soothing sounds of Gongs, Tibetan bowls & Nature to balance, heal and harmonize all aspects of the person on all levels; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Meditation Therapy

Meditation therapy has been around for thousands of years, used as a method of relaxation and consciousness expansion by focusing on a mantra, breathing, sound, image or the act of simply being present while eliminating outside stimuli from one’s own awareness. Allow me to introduce you to the world of meditation, where there is a meditation approach & style suited for everyone.

Ecotherapy: an introduction

This short video introduces the main ideas behind ecotherapy, and explains how using nature and the outdoors can improve mental wellbeing:

What happens in Eco Therapy?

Ecotherapy can take place in both rural and urban settings, including parks, gardens, farms and woodlands. It can also include indoor settings that involve and outdoor theme. It involves varying amounts of physical activity, depending on the type of programme. It can include activities that focus on:

  • working in nature, such as a conservation project, gardening or farming

  • experiencing nature, such as enjoying the views on a walk or cycling through woodland.

Some ecotherapy sessions follow a set structure, and incorporate types of walk n talk therapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Others can be more informal, and incorporate Adventure Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy, Horticultural Therapy or Conservation Therapy.

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