Therapists

Karen Leaf - Sports Massage Therapist  

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I'm Karen, Sports Massage Therapist at Stadium Sports Massage, lucky enough to be based here at York Yoga Studio.  I have been with the studio now for five years. Sports Massage can improve blood and lymph flow, help with injury prevention and get rid of every day stresses and strains.  Many of my clients are working towards a particular sporting event and requiring their muscles to be in good condition through deep tissue massage. I enjoy helping people on this journey.  I also offer rehabilitation and stretching exercises to help you work towards reaching your goals.  But, sometimes we don't have to be working towards a goal, the busy lifestyles we lead sometimes mean we require a massage to release shoulders from everyday activity such as desk work or driving. I trained in Sports Massage so because I don't want people to live in pain and discomfort. If I can help you, please contact me on 07720 057079 or email me at stadiumsportsmassage@hotmail.co.uk


Nicky Thomas - Acupuncturist

In addition to teaching Yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, Nicky also practises acupuncture at York Natural Health and York Yoga Studio, as well as teaching students who are doing a three year degree course in Chinese Medicine at the Teaching Clinic at the Northern College of Acupuncture.

Nicky began her four-year study of Chinese Medicine in 1996 after her interest was kindled by a visit to China. She was drawn to its natural, sustainable and holistic approach.  She is passionate about offering people different perspectives to healthcare having been inspired by the Chinese model, where Western and Chinese medicine approaches are integrated in a positive way to help people regain health and balance. 

Nicky is dedicated to making the experience of having acupuncture one in which you have time to be listened to and understood, and feel supported through the physical and emotional challenges that you may be facing.  After all these years of practising, she is still inspired by how the insertion of very fine needles can bring about such profound and life-altering changes in a person’s energy, sleep, stress and pain levels.

Nicky Thomas is a fully qualified member of the British AcupunctureCouncil.  Have a look at Nicky's website at https://www.nickythomasyork.com/ email her at nickyjanethomas123@gmail.com or phone her on 07583 291616


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Daniela Pala - Reiki and Guided Visualisation Therapist

A Reiki Master / Teacher, Daniela has been practicing Reiki since 2007, receiving her Master in 2009.  She studies and believes in the simplicity and authenticity of Usui Japanese style of Reiki taught by Reiki Evolution & The International House of Reiki; focusing on self healing and spiritual development through self-practice, meditation, hands-on healing, mindfulness and integration of the 5 Reiki precepts.

She regularly teaches Reiki Shoden & Okuden Levels I & II from the Studio and Shinpiden Level III upon students' request.  Reiki sessions can be booked directly with Daniela.

Daniela is also a Dru Yoga Teacher and near the end of her 2 years training as a Dru Meditation Teacher.  She is grateful for all the richness Dru Yoga has brought to her life and the lives of those she regularly teaches in her classes.  She offers 'When Reiki Met Dru Workshops', linking the simplicity and potent flowing style of Dru Yoga with an ever beautiful Reiki practice.  Students give treatments to each other & explore working with intent & intuition through a Reiki clinic.

Working with Reiki and Dru Yoga provides for an enriching and empowering experience, creating balance at all levels & bringing awareness to the here and now.

To book with Daniela, email her at danielapala85@hotmail.com.  You can find her website atwww.mystillpoint.co.uk  


Wendy Lamb - Holistic Massage Therapist

Reflexology can be used to target specific conditions or can be used as a deeply relaxing and restorative ‘me time’. Reflexology is a holistic therapy promoting relaxation, reducing tension and restoring balance to the whole body. All treatments can be tailored to your individual needs and only requires the removal of socks and shoes.  Massage can benefit aching muscles, reduce stress, tension and anxiety and improve sleep quality.  All treatments can be adapted to suit your needs, to focus on specific areas of concern or purely for relaxation and well-being.  Wendy is a qualified Clinical Reflexologist, attaining Centralia Reflexology Mastership (incorporating Agored Cymru units at Level 5) and VTCT Level 3 Massage. She also has qualifications in Indian Head Massage, Hot Stone Therapy andAromatherapy for the Feet. She is fully insured and registered with Professional Reflexology (PR), the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and the Complimentary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).  To book an appointment with Wendy call her on 07717 511811 or email her at wellbeing@hippyholistic.co.uk.

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Rae Young - Cognitive Behavioural Therapist/EMDR Practitioner

I am a dedicated Iyengar yoga practitioner; have a part time day job working in the NHS as a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and EMDR Practitioner. My private practice is based at York Yoga Studio where I offer evidence based therapies recommended by NICE for depression and anxiety disorders. I have over 19 years’ experience of working with people with emotional and psychological problems.

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) 

When a person is involved in a distressing event, they may feel overwhelmed and their brain may be unable to process the information like a normal memory. EMDR helps access the brain’s natural healing information processing using eye movements, sounds or taps to reduce their emotional intensity.  

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT helps you make sense of what you think and feel by breaking it down into more manageable parts. These smaller parts are your thoughts, feelings, actions and even physical sensations. CBT is very practical helping you find alternative ways of coping. It helps with a variety of problems including stress, low mood and anxiety related issues.

If you would like more detailed information about CBT/EMDR then please check out my website www.psychologicaltherapyyork.co.uk or contact me directly on 07983246114 or email raeyoung@btinternet.com.

I look forward to hearing from you.