Spotlight on Helen Peedell
Welcome to the first of our new blog features “Spotlight on..” where we sit down with our therapists one by one and ask them questions about themselves, how they got interested in complementary therapy and what inspires them to do what they do. We hope you enjoy these articles as much as we have in putting them together!
We’ve started with our newest member of the team, Helen Peedell. Here are the answers to the questions we put to her:
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Helen.
Last year was quite a year for me! I left my job, my two children left home and my husband and I down-sized to an old chapel in a village just outside Newbury. Phew! But instead of empty nest syndrome, I am expanding my complementary therapy business and have found the wonderful location of The Wellbeing Centre to practice my therapies from. I offer treatments in Reflexology, Reiki, Ear Candling and Kinesiology.
2. What was your first experience of complementary therapy?
My first love was Reflexology and I was literally hooked after seeing this being demonstrated at a Health Show by the wonderful Shirley Price. I went onto learn this amazing technique which stimulates the whole of the body through massaging the feet. It is brilliant for all conditions from headaches to constipation (quite often linked!)
I then went on to learn Reiki which is an incredibly powerful therapy which utilises the universal energy to balance the body through the chakras.
Not long afterwards, I went on to study Ear Candling which I also love. This is such a therapeutic treatment and helps not only remove excessive wax but works on a much deeper level to help with headaches, sinuses etc.
My latest love is Kinesiology which produces amazing results through muscle testing. It tests the body on all levels including emotional and nutritional and goes right to the route of the problem. It can detect a specific vitamin imbalance which would have been impossible to pick up through any other means which may be seriously affecting your health and well-being.
3. What made you decide to become a therapist yourself?
I became a therapist so I can help others which sounds like a cliché but is absolutely true. I have seen the results over the years with how complementary therapies have helped myself, my family and many others and it was too vital for me not to embrace and move forward with. I have helped people with crippling migraines, insomnia, menstrual and menopausal problems usually with only a few sessions.
4. What are your top 3 tips for wellbeing?
Listen to your body. We are all guilty of ignoring symptoms and hope they’ll go away but if these symptoms persist, such as recurring colds, headaches, stomach aches etc, these signs are indicative that the body is not performing at its best and need to be addressed.
Eat and drink wisely. The old adage is true ‘we are what we eat’ and some minor adjustments can seriously improve the way we feel. Kinesiology can test and help correct the way you deal with some foods and pinpoint some foods that you should avoid.
Treat yourself. You don’t need to have a specific health issue to warrant having a complementary therapy as a treatment will re-balance you and increase your sense of well-being. Many people think ‘if it aint broke then don’t fix it’ but we all need to take care of our bodies and increase our immune system and feed our soul.
5. Who has been the biggest inspiration for you in your wellbeing journey?
My initial inspiration to get me going on this road was Shirley Price who, as I mentioned earlier, I saw demonstrating reflexology at a health show and I literally stood there with my mouth open, bought her book and signed up on a training course. Lynne Greenmoor, Kinesiologist, has also been a true inspiration to me over the years as I initially went to see her with migraines which she revealed was due to my ileo caecal valve being open (never would have guessed that one) but actually now as a trained kinesiologist myself is quite easy to detect and correct.
6. What issues have you had most success in helping your clients with?
I feel privileged that I have been able to help clients with my therapies over the years assisting with problems such as headaches, sinusitis, digestive disorders, fertility issues, depression, high blood pressure. Any problem can be looked at and we can maximise the body’s potential of helping itself.
7. Can you share an example of a case study with amazing results?
Recently a client came to see me who had a mouth full of ulcers which were seriously affecting his quality of life. He had been to the doctors and had blood tests and seen a maxilla-facial surgeon but the ulcers still persisted. I treated him with Kinesiology and it appeared his issue was emotionally based. Without having to ask him probing questions, I treated him with a Bach Flower Remedy and when I read out the content of the remedy, he said he could totally relate to this. His ulcers are now much better and he is also learning to deal with the stress which created these ulcers in the first place.
8. Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Don’t ever think that you just have to live with your symptoms because it is always worth investigating through a complementary therapy which will not interfere with any medication that you are currently taking. If you have been taking medication for a while, you may well find after a course of complementary therapy that your prescription can be reduced. What have you got to lose? Therapies boost your body to perform at its best and re-set the balance of the body to perform as well as it can.
When I first see a client, we discuss the current medical history and the best way forward and sometimes I may combine therapies so if you are unsure which therapy would benefit you best, that’s fine as we can talk it through or if you just fancy some ‘me’ time, come along for a therapy and re-charge your batteries.
9. What’s the best way to contact you for more information and to book a treatment with you?
N.B. The Wellbeing Centre Reception is open to drop-in and email enquiries weekdays 9:30- 17:30 excluding Bank Holidays. Please note that I am able to see clients outside of these hours by appointment and subject to availability.