As a group we can offer Cheltenham and the Cotswolds a wide range of complementary therapies and holistic health care.
Cheltenham’s Oakwell Health Centre has 2 osteopaths, 4 massage therapists , an Ayurvedic Doctor , a Nutritionist , a Physiotherapist who does Acupuncture, a Thai massage and Tui Na specialist who does Acupuncture and a Homeopath
At Oakwell Health we have something for everyone: everyone’s symptom and budget.
Karl became an osteopath after a life-changing experience that was transformed by an osteopath. At the age of 15, he was hit by a lorry as he stood waiting for the school bus and, as a result of the multiple fractures, he was confined to a wheelchair and crutches. Searching for remedies, Karl stumbled on an osteopath from a recommendation even though, at 15, he had no idea what one was. The osteopath offered three options for treatment: 1) the gentle and painless, but very slow and therefore costly way; 2) the drastic and rapid result, but potentially painful way, which is therefore the least costly way; 3) a personalised compromise between 1) and 2). As a 15-year-old previously very active youngster, he chose the rapid result way; after a thorough treatment and a few yelps, Karl was helped on to his feet and the osteopath suggested he took a few steps unaided.
Karl was mesmerised and immediately decided osteopathy was the job for him. As his training began, it was soon clear that his passion to learn the skills to help others – as he has been helped – stood out and that this path was as much a calling as a career. Karl is in no way a specialist in helping a particular group, age, sporting type, injury type or ailment. He treats everybody. He has 21 years of practising the full range of osteopathic styles – from the gentle cranial style that is very helpful for babies, children, pregnancy ailments, autism, and the elderly – to strong powerful structural osteopathy that is beneficial for people who’ve been in traumatic accidents or suffered sporting injuries. Karl treats professional rugby players from Gloucester Rugby and Worcester Warriors.
He also has an interest in treatments which relieve the strains of pregnancy and labour, as well as complications of delivery using a mix of cranial and structural osteopathy. So he can be effective yet still very gentle to new babies, premature babies, the elderly and frail as well as rapidly effective to builders, plumbers, carpenters, professional rugby players and marathon runners who all hope for a quick relief so they can return to work as soon as possible.
As Karl has matured with his skills, he has realised that, as much as he does everything he can to help people return to healthy, painless, wellness as quickly as possible, a single treatment can only relieve some of the problems that caused the symptoms. Often, one treatment can result in complete relief short term. However, it will take a few treatments to undo all the strain, injury, inflammation, the compensations to the problem and the habits linked to the problem etc. Karl has reached a point in his career where he can honestly say that, in most cases, it will take a succession of treatments to restore optimum balanced function to give his patients a sustained period free of any symptom and, ultimately, health and wellness. For people committed to this step-by-step road to wellness, there is a discount (which will be highlighted below)
The steps along the road to recovery and wellness
At Oakwell Health we all aim to help you BE AS WELL AS YOU CAN BE, FOR AS LONG AS YOU CAN BE. To highlight the fact that the road to recovery and wellness can be a gradual process of undoing injury/tissue damage (as best as is possible) and the compensations and habits that occur, I have created two lists.
- An action list:
- LESS PAIN
- FEELING BETTER
- MUCH BETTER
- NEARLY THERE
- KEEP IT SO
The lists illustrate the fact that healing is a process, not an event. Also, they highlight the stages your body goes through as it gets better. Many of us think we are ‘fixed’ when all we are is out of pain – the problem is just less bad enough for it to not hurt. True wellness is being as best as you can be for as long as you can be. To undo all of the reasons we suffer pain so as to reach as close to a ‘cure’ as is possible, many things have to change, not just to relieve the symptom but to fix the underlying problems, too.
Some problems need drastic, vigorous and thorough treatment and some need a less drastic and far less intensive treatment, as too much change at once can almost be traumatising to an already exhausted body. I have, therefore, decided to offer more variety in treatment options. After an initial consultation, a course of treatment in sessions will be explained for your consideration. Some or most will be 15-minute sessions, but for some complex and serious cases 30-minute sessions will be suggested as the best course.
The half-hour session will be holistically focused and the treatment extensive, where almost every element contributing to the symptom will be addressed. A fully-focused transformational approach is taken to undo the injury, the compensation to the injury, and a “service” to the less affecting parts of the skeleton, to ensure the healing process is as best it can be.
The 15-minute session will be a little less holistic and a much less intense approach to hands-on health care. Instead of trying to fix everything, the appointment will deal with the main components to the injury/symptom, aiming to restore function and pain relief in a not-so-fully comprehensive and potentially overwhelming way. If you have had severe symptoms from a list of damaging traumatic incidents (whether of a physical or emotional nature) please do not hope a single 15-minute session will offer the same benefit as a single 30-minute one might.
TWICE AS MUCH HALF AS OFTEN, OR HALF AS MUCH TWICE AS OFTEN
Along the road to wellness, it can be considered that two 15-minute sessions in a fortnight will offer the same results as one 30-minute session in the same timescale. Acute flair-ups to an old injury or a recent injury that is painful and immobilising is more likely to benefit from half as much twice as often (two 15-minute sessions close together). A chronic debilitating problem is more likely to respond better to twice as much half as often (one 30-minute session with a fortnight to recover and rehabilitate ) but we will get you to wellness all the same.
This price change does not apply to the chronically ill, over 65s, and those receiving palliative care.
Using an holistic approach, each of my massages are delivered as an individual treatment that is specifically tailored to your needs at the time of appointment. Each of my massages treats the client as a whole being, taking into account their current emotional and spiritual well being, as well as their physical body and lifestyle factors. Providing a personalised service allows me to gain a good understanding of your individual requirements. As I get to know you better I can adjust and adapt treatments to your liking and needs.
By recognising that illness and stress affects not only our physical but also our emotional, spiritual and mental well-being, my holistic massages allow the body’s natural healing abilities to come forth and balance the entire body as a whole, guided by principles of sensitivity, awareness and quality of touch.
Booking a massage is not just an act of recovery and healing, but self-love and nourishment inside and out.
I am a fully qualified Holistic Therapist certified in:
– Swedish Body Massage
– Deep Tissue Massage
– Indian Head Massage
– Geothermal Massage
– Hot Stones Massage
– Warm Bamboo Massage
– CBD Massage
– Aromatherapy Massage
– Pregnancy Massage
It has been important to me throughout my body work career to continue to study and learn different modalities of massage and believe in mixing up different approaches when necessary to deliver a tailor made experience to each and every client.
My Journey To Body Work
Having grown up in a family of foster parents with over 70 siblings through the years, exposed to all corners of society from an early age I left a prestigious Grammar School to teach in Africa, before deciding to return to higher education at 19 to study Psychology at the University of Kent, Canterbury with intentions to pursue a career helping people and making the world a kinder place.
I spent a few years working in the community and presenting Mental Health Awareness to schools and workplaces before my passion for research drew me to live in Asia to investigate lifestyle and community habits significantly better statistics in health and happiness. After a very fortunate 18 months working and volunteering in retreat centres and living with the indigenous Orang Asli of Malaysia I observed and immersed myself in the culture and decided to move my career towards body work and massage to encourage more authentic relationships and tactility.
I returned to the U.K. and qualified in the skills I had developed in Asia. I have since built up by clinic and continued my study in Oakwell Health Centre whilst attending many festivals including Glastonbury to share my passion for massage and sharing the importance for self love and health.
In a society where people run themselves into the ground to serve others, I believe it is our greatest responsibility to love our selves enough to be the best version of ourselves for our family, friends and community. Because when we are not feeling our best, we cannot do our best for others.
Osteopathy can be hugely beneficial to keeping your body in optimum condition and reducing the risk of injury in the future. It can improve joint mobility and help reduce soft tissue adhesions and tightness to increase overall performance.
Osteopathy treats not only sports injuries but those everyday life aches and pains, so if you are interested in having treatment or even any advice then do not hesitate to call or come into Oakwell Health Clinic.