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The Practitioners

Combe Grove offers Holistic Treatments to clients on the Metabolic Health Retreat and to members of the Club. These are from experienced, independent practitioners at the top of their field who offer their expertise to clients and members to help facilitate you on your journey to a healthy, happy and fulfilled life.

This is a unique range of disciplines in natural medicine to find under one roof. The Practitioners work with the Metabolic Health team at Combe Grove, to support your individual needs and growth in well-being.

Rosalind Oxenford

Rosalind Oxenford 

Reflexology Practitioner 

Reflexology is a therapeutic method of relieving pain by stimulating predefined pressure points on the feet and hands. This controlled pressure alleviates the source of discomfort. In the absence of any specific illness or abnormality, reflexology may be as effective for promoting good health and for preventing illness as it may be for relieving symptoms of stress, injury, and illness.

Symptoms commonly eased: stress, anxiety, back pain, migraine, poor digestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), respiratory problems, asthma, headache, bladder problems, menopausal symptoms, period pain

Highly experienced in holistic medicine and with a background in healing and homoeopathic training, Rosalind has been instrumental in setting up the Combe Grove wellness practitioners’ portfolio and is always happy to share her wider holistic knowledge with her clients and colleagues.  In addition to general reflexology practice, Rosalind specialises in stress and stress related conditions, pregnancy and childbirth, post-natal support, family issues and working with children.  

Having qualified in Anatomy, Physiology and Massage in 1990 and as a member of The Association of Reflexologists in 1995, Rosalind went on to set up her own reflexology training school, The Bath Reflexology Centre, in 1995. The school evolved into the renowned Complementary Therapy College with Rosalind deciding in 2013 to retire from teaching and focus her energy on her own practice. 

A great believer in the integration of clinical and holistic medicine, Rosalind has the amazing ability to recognise where life’s stresses are held in the body and to gently ease them out with the most intuitive of touches.  An invaluable key member of the team Rosalind combines her years of professional, local experience with an empathetic and nurturing ambience.

Bryan Melville-Acupuncture Practitioner

Bryan Melville 

Acupuncture Practitioner

Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body, most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. It is one of the practices used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Symptoms commonly eased: fatigue, headaches, fertility issues, hip and back pain, tennis elbow, sciatica, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), hay fever

Bryan, who is originally from New Zealand, qualified as an acupuncturist in 1995 at The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading and is a member of The British Acupuncture Council.

Believing strongly in treating the whole person and not just a particular symptom, Bryan studied integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and 5 Element acupuncture.  His experience is that Traditional Chinese Medicine helps relieve the physical symptoms whilst the 5 Element acupuncture works to reach deeper, more emotional conditions.  The combination leads to a healthier balance achieved more quickly.

Caroline Evans- Herbalist

Caroline Evans

Herbal Medicine Practitioner

Herbal medicine is the use of herbs to affect healing and bring about healthy changes within the body. Herbs can alkalise, reduce inflammation, detoxify, rejuvenate and initiate deep metabolic changes within the body.

Caroline has a long history of working with plant medicines both in practice with patients and practically in the field. She is a fully qualified herbalist, naturopath, nutrition consultant and iridologist and has a psychology degree which she encompasses in all her treatments. She truly is a holistic practitioner and works 1:1 with patients, runs online courses and writes books. Initially, she set up a herb garden in Cyprus and was awarded for her work in organic herbs and environmental conservation. 

Caroline is a great asset to Combe Grove offering both Club Members and Metabolic Health Retreat attendees a supportive long-term health care plan. She believes in empowering her patients in caring for their health and acts as a guide along the way to homeostasis. Herbs are incredibly powerful at helping metabolic changes to take place whilst the foundations of good nutrition are put into place.   

Oscar Marcus -Osteopath

Oscar Marcus

Osteopath, Shiatsu therapist, Massage therapist, Tai chi and Qi Gong Instructor

Oscar’s desire and intention, when faced with any questions regarding the body, is to look holistically incorporating dynamic elements and qualities of stillness. He aims to work with the body, educating and inspiring it to regain its innate balance and restore natural equilibrium. 

In Oscar’s treatments, patients can expect to be offered a variety of hands-on manual techniques as well as tailored exercises, lifestyle advice and education on health and wellness.

Having trained as a massage therapist, a Shiatsu therapist, a Tai chi and Qi Gong instructor, and an Osteopath, Oscar draws on a variety of sources of knowledge and techniques in his practice. He holds the concept of improving one’s quality of life at the forefront of his intention, however, that may be achieved.

Oscar sees the Metabolic Health Retreat as the perfect space to offer insight and support for great positive change. With its multifunctional, multifactorial and multidisciplinary approach to health the Combe Grove experience presents a beautiful opportunity for positive change.

 

Caroline Metz-Kinesiology and Reiki Practitioner

Caroline Metz 

Kinesiology and Reiki Practitioner

Kinesiology uses gentle muscle testing to balance the body physically, emotionally, energetically, and nutritionally.  It assists with food intolerance identification, diet and lifestyle guidance, nutritional supplement recommendations and eases stress and anxiety.

Symptoms commonly eased: digestive health, headaches, fatigue, stress and anxiety, skin problems, menopausal symptoms, sleep issues, back pain

Caroline is a fully qualified Kinesiology and Reiki practitioner, certified by the Association of Systematic Kinesiology and the Shimbumi International Reiki Association.

By the power of touch, Caroline reads muscle imbalances within the body to ease the resulting physical and emotional symptoms such as headaches, joint pain, back problems, and lack of energy.  The feedback received through the muscles indicates to Caroline what the body needs and where the priority areas are. Imbalances are then corrected using nutritional supplements, emotional stress release techniques, acupressure, Bach flower remedies, reflex massage, suggested lifestyle changes and more.

Nicky Minter

Nicky Minter

EFT Practitioner

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) began with Gary Craig in 1995 and combines ancient eastern philosophy with modern-day psychology. It is a method whereby the tapping of certain pressure points balances the body’s energy system holistically, sending calming signals to the brain.  This means that stress can be alleviated in relation to anything, whether it be an emotional or physical issue, past or present.

Symptoms commonly eased are anxiety, anger, grief, overwhelm, sleep problems, OCD, cravings/addictions, digestive issues, weight issues, negative thought patterns and past trauma.  

Nicky is passionate about how belief systems and mindset are vital to living a healthy and happy life and therefore she helps to alleviate a client’s emotional health issues to restore optimism, calm and contentment.  Qualifying as a kinesiologist in 2002, Nicky then trained in EFT and has worked 1-1 as an advanced EFT practitioner since 2009. More recently she has taken mindfulness training, including one for teenagers and young adults.  She has also worked at support centres, in schools, and at Bath Spa University and teaches stress-relief and mind-harmony wellbeing workshops.  

Having a keen interest in healthy food and a balanced client-centred diet, Nicky believes that the Metabolic Health programme beneficially integrates the expert guidance of a host of leading wellbeing professionals to support clients to regain the good health that they desire. Her ability to work with emotional aspects that arise along this journey means she is a valuable support to help manage any negative feelings or belief patterns and increase a positive mindset.

 

Isabella Kilian Osteopath, Dance Pedagogue 

Isabella Kilian

Osteopath, Dance Pedagogue  

Isabella’s inspiration for working with the body in a way which integrates the mind and the spirit originated in her education as a dancer and dance Pedagogue, which has highlighted the healing power of movement. 

Wanting to learn more about the body and health, Isabella’s journey has led her to study for a Masters degree in osteopathy, which has in turn given her profound insights into human physiology, anatomy and pain science. Additionally, it has deepened her awareness of how profoundly the body mind and spirit are interconnected. Alongside, Isabella continues to develop her holistic movement practices to provide an introspective and mindful framework to help clients reconnect with the self beyond the physicality of the body. 

In Isabella’s treatments, patients can expect to be offered a variety of manual hands-on approaches, ranging from structural, craniosacral and visceral techniques. Additionally, she will offer a tailored exercise/movement prescription and advice on lifestyle, health and management of their presenting complaint. 

Isabella is delighted to work with the Metabolic Health Retreat because it provides the opportunity to consider each person from the perspective of the body, mind and spirit. The program offers the potential to complement primary health care in an individually based framework that facilitates healing in a very complete way. 

 

Nicky O'Clarey

Nicki O’Clarey

Myofascial Release 

Nicki has an avid curiosity and respect for the biology of the human being having studied movement and exercise science along with various somatic movement practices for over 30 years.

Nicki particularly likes to explore methods that awaken the senses and the body’s natural movement pathways endeavouring to find ways to bring the work from SI sessions into home practice and daily living. Believing that maintaining movement potential and feeling connected helps us remain adaptable is key to being able to move more easily through life.

Nicki has an avid curiosity and respect for the biology of the human being having studied movement and exercise science along with various somatic movement practices for over 30 years.

Nicki particularly likes to explore methods that awaken the senses and the body’s natural movement pathways endeavouring to find ways to bring the work from SI sessions into home practice and daily living. Believing that maintaining movement potential and feeling connected helps us remain adaptable is key to being able to move more easily through life.