Testimonials

Yoga

‘My weekly yoga sessions are an hour and a half in my busy week dedicated just to me. Yvonne has an air of kindness, wisdom and genuine caring ; the loft environment is one of calm and our group is a happy balance of humour and acceptance. Everything is done at your own pace and within your personal limitations. There are always work arounds. Whatever your reason for considering yoga I recommend it – it’s good for the body and for the soul. ‘ (Anna)

Massage

‘I had signed up to a free taster session at the open day but sadly was unable to attend. Yvonne was so sweet she suggested I visit her on another day for my free session. I was impressed that she did this.

I have had Thai massage on a couple of occasions now and we are working on my jaw and hip – although at each session Yvonne in mindful of me as a whole person. I am also having treatment from my osteopath and she has commented on the improvement the joint treatments are achieving.

When I visit Yvonne I always feel I am treated holistically, with respect and kindness, by a professional who calls on all her training across various disciplines to decide on the best treatment. I am listened to and she also listens to feedback from me and my body and treats accordingly.

I leave my treatment feeling cared for and more complete and grounded.’ (Hazel)

Menopause & Well-being

‘I can’t recommend Yvonne highly enough and I really do value her therapies, kindness and friendship. I initially went for my first consultation (2013) as I was struggling with some on-going back/neck problems (a lifetime of nursing) and some frustrating menopausal symptoms – night sweats, tiredness, insomnia; unsurprisingly I was not feeling myself and felt like I was losing the essential ‘moi’.

I would like to think (as a nurse) that I have always been open-minded with my attitude towards alternative therapies and how valuable they can be in supporting more ‘conventional’ therapies. I certainly did not want to start taking HRT – mainly because I wanted to take a natural approach to the menopause if I could, as it is after all a natural (but frustrating) process.  Reflexology has definitely helped improve my symptoms and ability to cope with a wide range of symptoms.

Several years on I am nearly symptom free and I still enjoy the feeling of wellbeing that reflexology gives me; overall it has been a great restorative and helped me to feel ‘balanced’ (and in control) again. More recently I have been introduced to Thai massage for my neck and I can completely trust Yvonne’s judgement on which therapy is likely to be best for me.’ (Julie)

Early Bird Yoga

‘So it was alarm in the dark, and scraping frosted windscreen then mad dash to get to the 7.30 yoga early morning session. My first at this hour at Yanley Court.

In candle lit semi darkness, we were a smal intimate group of 4 others. It was wonderful. The quiet and stillness. Witnessing the day awakening: at one point watching the gleam of sunshine on a way overhead aeroplane. And then such the gradual waking up of my body with a flowing sequence of poses. One of the highlights was in a floor based twist turning my head and seeing the frosted branches of the bushes outside with birds both still sleeping and also starting to flit around.

I would highly recommend this way of starting your Friday whether that be before work or the start of your weekend’

Annie

Reiki Courses

‘Having received some amazing healing reiki from friends over the years, that had quite unbelievable results, I decided that I wanted to know more about it. I regularly see Yvonne for reflexology and thai massage, knew that she was a reiki master and found that she was running a course on reiki I very soon. So I signed up and was lucky enough to have one to one tuition! I’ve just spent two wonderful days with Yvonne exploring energy and chakras, dowsing and crystals, cycles of the moon and seasons, amongst other things. Her room is so welcoming and calm and feels like a safe place to be and learn.  I’ve absorbed so much in just those two short days, about reiki and many other things.

After the atunements I feel much more receptive to and sensitive to energies and I’m keeping a diary of my own reiki practice to see how my journey progresses. I can’t wait to do do reiki II with Yvonne and feel very lucky to have found such a brilliant, knowledgeable and experienced teacher who passes on her knowledge with gentleness, warmth and humour.’ (Lizzie)

Yoga / Reiki

‘Yvonne has been my yoga teacher for 2 1/2 years, this followed a period of doing Pilates, which I found both too much but not enough; it made my extremely painful neck and shoulder worse and did not address the way I knew yoga made me feel, although then I did not realise how it worked in a mind, body, spirit way. Previous yoga teachers had been either too stern and lacking in humour or a little too chatty, paying no attention to the spiritual and emotional elements. After my first lesson with Yvonne I knew I had stumbled upon exactly the right person.
 
Yvonne teaches with insight, wisdom and compassion, allowing for humour along the way, though never ridicule!  I find I always finish a session feeling calm and centred, this is as a result of the combined breath work during the yoga and meditation.  I never cease to be amazed at how the yoga draws out  the problems (even if they are deeply buried) and heals in a way I could never have anticipated. The experience is a truly holistic one, often with surprising results on all levels. Whilst the poses do not feel too taxing they work over time, in a very subtle way. I feel much stronger and more flexible. My neck very rarely troubles me and I have benefited enormously in a complete way. If any of us are experiencing problems with any of the class Yvonne is very quick to adapt to our individual needs.
 
I have also experienced Reiki from Yvonne, with sometimes some deeply profound results, particularly on an emotional and energetic level. A great deal in my life has changed over the past 2 years and I believe the combination of yoga, Reiki and meditation have given me the strength and clarity needed to make the changes and cope with the consequences. This is ongoing!!  Sadly my experience of Reiki Shares has been minimal (due to changes in my life), but never having been involved in any previous group healing sessions, I was made to feel very welcome and encouraged.
 
In my opinion Yvonne has tremendous healing gifts and is a superb teacher. I write this with much gratitude.’ (Sarah A)

Yoga

‘I joined one of Yvonne’s Yoga classes  after a chance conversation at a mutual friends 50th birthday party. Having previously had only a few brief experiences of Yoga, I was concerned about my inexperience, but was encouraged by Yvonne’s welcoming and inclusive approach which made me feel able to join the group, and join in in the way that I was able to. Having discovered an issue with the flexibility in my shoulder after a short period of practice, Yvonne’s modifications of movements to facilitate this kept me going with the classes, as I worked through a medical solution (physiotherapy and, eventually, an injection) to the point that that issue is now fully resolved.

Having originally joined the class as an opportunity for gentle exercise and to promote flexibility, I quickly discovered that the beneficial effects were as much, if not more, mental as physical. Although I have not always been able to get to classes due to clashes with other commitments (usually work related!), I have found a great solace in the classes, as a haven of peace and brief respite from whatever is going on in the rest of life. It’s all still there when I return, but it feels that practicing Yoga with Yvonne has given me more strength to deal with issues, and has helped me to calm my mind. For this I am and remain immensely grateful.

I feel as if I have been on a journey, not only in time and space as the class arrangements have evolved, but in myself as I have hopefully become more adept at basic practice and the way in which the mental space and breathing has helped me. I hope the journey will continue.

Yvonne is an enormously supportive teacher, guiding me to progress in a way that I would not have thought possible, finding gentle but firm ways to redirect approaches without drawing attention to my ‘mistakes’ or many inadequacies! I have felt enormously supported and enabled to continue by an approach that says it’s OK to practice a modification of a posture; to recognise that as valid; to be half full rather than half empty; whilst still striving for more.

I’m very glad that chance conversation took place, and that I resisted my natural inclination to make an excuse to avoid something new and unknown’ (Sarah)

Supporting clients with cancer

‘Yvonne was a great help to me during my treatment and recovery from breast cancer. Throughout our weekly sessions her approach was both flexible and supportive. The therapy I received was personally tailored to how I was feeling that day. I enjoyed massage, reflexology and yoga. I always felt more relaxed afterwards and I am sure our sessions together contributed to me regaining full movement of my arm after surgery.  More recently I have continued to enjoy weekly group yoga / meditation classes with Yvonne that are thoughtfully planned and mindful of our individual circumstances’ (Anon.)

Yvonne as practitioner

‘It’s all very well building up an array of tools such as reflexology, reiki, yoga and massage, but this would come to very little without the natural qualities which Yvonne brings to her practice. She has common sense, expresses herself clearly, respectfully and thoughtfully, and can work intuitively on the body, and in turn, the mind. 

Yvonne is able to employ an array of techniques but this would come to very little without the natural qualities she brings to her practice. She has common sense, expresses herself clearly, respectfully & thoughtfully, & can work intuitively on the body, & in turn, the mind.’ (David)

Chronic back pain

‘I’ve been a regular client of Yvonne’s for over ten years now. I first went to see her for help with relief for chronic back pain. I have a slipped disc and eventually, in my fifties, the pain became quite crippling and interfered with my ability to do my job. Initially Yvonne treated me with reflexology, and has since occasionally also used Thai massage.

I have always found her utterly professional in her approach, open and willing to discuss and explain, and totally sympathetic and understanding. My back and I have benefited enormously from her skills. Treatments take place in a calm, soothing environment, conducive to healing, and I always come away feeling physically better (stronger, or less achy, or relieved of a nagging pain) as well as generally uplifted. My back problem is, of course, a permanent one, although regular exercise (Pilates) and some medical interventions, alongside regular sessions with Yvonne have combined to make it entirely manageable.

I trust Yvonne totally and I know I’m in safe hands, which has always been very important for me. Other approaches I tried in the early days (chiropractice, osteopathy, physiotherapy, acupuncture) either made no difference at all, or actually caused me severe pain and frightened me off allowing anyone within a mile of my back. Yvonne has magic hands that channel empathy and healing. She is simply never allowed to move away from Bristol – I could not manage without her.’ (Shirley)

Reflexology & well-being

‘I started seeing Yvonne for reflexology.  The idea behind it was for an immune system boost (as I have suffered from frequent chest infections for many years) and for general health and well being, as well as the obvious chance to relax amidst a rather full life style. 

Yvonne is very calm and always seems genuinely interested in where I am. The reflexology is superb and I feel in such expert hands. I hold my monthly session in such high esteem and absolutely value the space that Yvonne creates in her therapy room. There is no expectation to bring or behave or be anything other that exactly who I am in the room. 

It is probably the only time I truly relax and let go in a very powerful and magical hour. Not only do I instantly feel better for having ‘let go’ but the long lasting and accumulative effect definitely has seemed to mean that my ongoing chest issue is changing for the better. 

Thank you Yvonne…..you are a fantastic therapist and enabler :-)’ (Nicky)

Times of life

‘I started to see Yvonne for reflexology to help with hormone imbalance linked to menopause. The treatment was calming and supportive. I now have Thai massage which is enormously beneficial in undoing the strains and holding patterns in my body. I find that my time with Yvonne feels like respite from a busy world!’ (Lesley)

Reiki courses

‘Following a wonderful Thai massage (gentle, effective and above all, healing), I approached Yvonne about Reiki training, as I knew that this was also an aspect of her holistic practice. I, along with three others, joined Yvonne for two days of absolute bliss. Yvonne’s open-minded, non-egotistical, loving and caring approach was a joy to be with over the course of the training. The teaching was more of an open-forum of discussion and healing, led by Yvonne’s experience and wisdom. Furthermore, the support doesn’t stop there – the group will be meeting up together with Yvonne to check in and to share healing. I cannot recommend this highly enough!‘ (Duncan)

Morning Retreat

Some comments about the morning retreat:

‘… a quiet afternoon after a lovely morning.  Thank you for a lovely start to half-term’

‘… I did enjoy the morning it was perfectly paced. Thank you …’

‘… It was really lovely.  I’ve missed your classes in that beautiful space, and great to practise again in a group …’

‘… It was very different from other classes I have been to. Reflection is not my thing! I did find that we were standing too long which effectively seized up my lower back but it did recover.  It was good to get a different experience but I am not sure that it ticks my boxes. Thank you anyway’

‘… I thoroughly enjoyed the morning.  For me it was the right mix of yoga, discussions and meditation …’

‘... I think this morning was a real success … especially on a Sunday …’