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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.)

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)

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)

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)

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