Our Therapists K-Z

Email and websites for therapists can also be found on the contact us page.

Ewa Kubiak, Jim MitchellClare MyattLouise RapataJulia Richardson (née Fearon), Nadine Smith, Jennifer Stenfelt, Merlin Young

Ewa Kubiak

Iyengar Yoga Instructor

I have finished Master degree in physical education and I am qualified Junior Intermediate Iyengar yoga teacher.

I took my first steps in yoga under the most experienced Iyengar yoga teachers in Poland.

I moved to England in 2013 and I regularly attend classes at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Birmingham, where I am taught by Jayne Orton, who is a Junior Advanced level 1 teacher, and Andrew Hall.

To deepen my own practice and knowledge about yoga I also regularly participate in workshops conducted by senior Iyengar Yoga teachers. In, December 2014, February 2016 and February 2018 I spent the whole month at Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune in India, where the Iyengar method was established.

Yoga for me is the peace, which I have been looking for so long, a challenge and a source of great joy. When I practise yoga I feel happy and fulfilled, although it is not always easy. Yoga gives me strength, opens the mind, allows to look differently at the surrounding me people and the world, and helps me to accept difficult situations.

I think yoga has found me, even if I was strongly defending myself against it. Now I cannot imagine my life without it. I love yoga for its wonderfully relaxing effect on me, for the knowledge about my own body that I learnt through it and the opportunity to improve it. For the fact that it forces me to be here and now, and to concentrate on my own practise.

I love yoga for giving me so much, even though I expect nothing from it.

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Jim Mitchell

Zinheng Qigong Instructor

I worked in the Recruitment industry for thirty five years, mainly in Birmingham, but also latterly in exciting places like Warsaw, Belgrade and Kampala. This was very rewarding, but I always seemed to have an interest in China and in Eastern Arts. In 1983 I was lucky enough to find a Taiji class in Birmingham and threw myself into the practice. Combined with the Taiji there were always interesting warm up exercises that I later discovered were Qigong (working with energy).  Although I kept up the Taiji I became more interested in exploring the esoteric practices of Qigong.

In 1998 I was on a Taiji trip to Bejing with a group of students from Birmingham. We trained at the People's University with Professor Li Deyin, one of China's most renowned Taiji masters. As part of our studies we were introduced to a Qigong form that I hadn't encountered before. This was Lift Qi Up and Pour Qi Down, part of the Zhineng system. I immediately felt energy move in a way i never had before. I was teaching Taiji at the time and used it as a warm up exercise for several years, before the overseas postings.

I practiced the set for fifteen years, never really understanding anything more than the sequence until 2013. I then realised that few books were beginning to appear on the subject and invested in them (my word's, not my wifes). These showed me that there was much more to this style of Qigong than I had ever realised. I joined a group of students and teachers in Guilin, Guanxi Province, Southern China, for fifteen days of practice, eight hours a day. I realise that the word profound may sound excessive, but that sums up my experiences with the system.

The Chinese teachers told me I should go back to teaching and here I am.

You can reach me at jim.zhineng@gmail.com

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Clare Myatt LL.B, MA, BACP

Psychotherapist, Counsellor/Coach

Relationship difficulties, work challenges, depression or anxiety getting in the way of satisfaction and fulfillment? Ready to take charge of your life and make it work for you?

I’ve been working with motivated individuals and couples to make their lives better for the past fifteen years. I’m credentialled as a Psychotherapist / Counsellor and Coach (being a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I’m a good choice as your guide if you believe in a holistic approach to changing and healing.

While insight is often interesting it takes a shift throughout the body-mind-spirit for a sustained difference to be made. You can shift the patterns currently habituated in your body and in your life if, and only if, you are committed to making this personal work your priority.

The process is rewarding and fun enough that once you get started you’ll want to continue. I know change is possible for you because change - profound change - has been possible for me. To learn more about me, my training and experience, check out my website at www.claremyatt.co.uk.

I look forward to hearing from you either by email clare@claremyatt.co.uk or call me on 07894-714853.

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Louise Rapata

Iyengar Yoga Teacher

How IYENGAR yoga has helped me

As a child I remember suffering with occasional back pain. In my mid 20’s the back pain got a lot worse to the point of being chronic. I had always kept fit but the pain although helped by swimming kept coming back. I used painkillers , anti-inflammatory drugs and a Tens machine to help with the symptoms of pain until they no longer worked. This caused me anxiety and led to mild depression. My husband suggested trying yoga, so I spent a year practising from a book each morning which would help ease the symptoms of back pain.

After 6 years of yoga practice I came across IYENGAR yoga and with its fine detail my body became stronger on a different level than with other forms of yoga. Due to holding poses for longer periods of time, attention to alignment and detailed explanations from teachers. After 10 years of chronic back pain one day I realised the pain had completely gone. I know for a fact that I have Iyengar Yoga to thank for that. Over the years I have had many injuries on my weaker side. This has only helped me gain a better understanding of the subject putting me in a greater position to be a teacher. Iyengar Yoga has made me the person I am now and I couldn’t imagine where I would be without it.

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Julia Richardson (née Fearon) BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapy.

Aromatherapist, Baby Massage & Baby Yoga Teacher.

I first learnt about aromatherapy in the late 80's/early 1990s. I was at a nursing conference about treating chronic pain in children and listened to a presentation about aromatherapy. I was fascinated to learn that you could use plant extracts theraputically e.g. to treat pain and have been firmly hooked ever since. I went on to study a BSc in aromatherapy and finally left the NHS in 2005 to pursue it as a full-time career. I have also studied and qualified as a baby massage, baby and toddler yoga instructor.

I love my job! Over the last 26 years, I have honed and developed my aromatherapy and massage skills. I am not a 'typical' aromatherapist. I use a wide range of methods including deep tissue massage, facial/foot and head massage and simple lymph drainage techniques. I specialise in antenatal massage and blend individualised aromatherapy products such as handwash, bubble baths and oil blends to vaporise for home use to help maintain the positive effects of treatment between visits. Seeing my clients achieve total relaxation and leave with a smile on their face is great job satisfaction.

Working too with the babies and parents is a privilege. Every class I teach brings joy and laughter to me and I think (hope!) to the families I work with. Watching parents and babies grow in confidence and enjoyment together and making friends is wonderful.

I also teach/lecture and act as external examiner, give conference presentations and write/publish articles about different aspects of complementary therapy for a variety of resources including academic journals and books.

A full member of Birthlight (www.birthlight.com) and (www.birthlight.co.uk/teacher/julia-richardson) and the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (www.ifparoma.org), for details of my classes/courses please see Courses & Classes and Yoga classes

Please contact me via the clinic, my mobile: 07711 697877 or email:fragranthealthuk@gmail.com

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Nadine Smith

Beauty & F.A Sports Therapist

I’m a Football Association Sports Injury and Massage Specialist. As 1 of 25 students who was chosen worldwide to study at Lilleshall School of Excellence, I achieved a high level of professionalism, enabling me to work with several celebrities and a Premier League Football Club for 4 years. So you can be confident that you are in good hands with over 10 years’ experience in resolving your sports injuries, sports massage, backaches, aches or pains. I have also been a Beauty Therapist for over 17 years with a CIBAC, and IIST Sports Massage Qualification.

I have built a reputation for my caring approach and delivery of the highest quality treatments for my clients/patients. From having a sports massage to a facial or a holistic massage you will be educated on how to maintain and take care of your body leaving you feeling you have had the very best experience. I recognize you are unique and because of this I tailor each treatment to suit you as an individual.

I’m also a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists. Therapists who are members require evidence of qualification insurance and continue professional development.

Sports Therapy

I use a variety of techniques to help your muscles and joints work to their full potential. Sports massage usually focuses on more specific areas of the body and can support the body and mind to prepare for competition and recover from post event or training. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a sports person as your day to day life and work can cause adhesions (or knots) that may cause local pain or referred pain and other sensations, such as headaches.

Sports massage can assist with:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions and injuries
  • Improving range of joint movement
  • Reduce scar tissue
  • Prepare the body prior, during and after training or competition
  • Improve circulation and lymphatic flow

Before your treatment I will assess your condition, diagnose the problem and help you to understand what’s wrong. Please note your consultation is free!

Beauty Treatments

If you’re looking for total relaxation then I can provide you with ultimate unique treatments. Treatments range from massage and facials. I provide you with an unique quality range of treatments that will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

You can contact me by:

Tel: 077160 11430

Email: info@nadine-smith.com
Website: www.nadine-smith.com

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Jennifer Stenfelt, DipCNM mBANT CNHCreg

Nutritional Therapist and Intuitive Eating Coach

Hi, I'm Jennifer Stenfelt- a Holistic Nutritionist and Intuitive Eating Coach and I help women find peace with their bodies and stay slim for life.
Have you tried diet after diet (and some may even work but ONLY for a while) but you're still not feeling in control over food?  In fact, food is controlling you - either by not being good for you or not what YOU want, or worse even when you know you're eating what you should - you just can't stick with it!
No more bloating, energy slumps, or constant weight fluctuations. You know how to navigate the food aisles and create simple, nutritious meals without spending hours in the kitchen. Most importantly, you enjoy food and take pride in your eating habits and you don't worry about what everyone else is doing...or eating!
Since I started practicing in 2015 I have helped over a hundred people transform their health, improve their relationship with food, gain body awareness and more trust in themselves by;
  • Shifting their digestion, getting rid of bloating and gut symptoms and finding food enjoyable again
  • Understanding how food and how we feel about food is connected to everything including mood and our emotional resilience
  • Losing weight without deprivation and have it stay off for good
Want to get a feel for what it would be like working with me?
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I will show you how healthy eating never needs to be boring nor depriving. Let's face it that's reserved for dieting ... which never works!
For more information, please visit my website www.aligningyou.com or contact me on jennifer@aligningyou.com
Jennifer Stenfelt, DipCNM mBANT
Registered Nutritional Therapist mBANT, CNHCreg

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Merlin Young LicAc, MBAcC


Merlin studied English at University, worked with deprived kids for the best part of ten years, and spent another ten years working in the construction industry! Then he got sick, couldn't get well, and found himself (reluctantly) at the door of an acupuncturist in Birmingham. What followed left some impression on him - enough to make him want to study and practise this curious therapy!

Merlin first studied acupuncture at the College of Tradional Acupuncture at Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. The licentiate qualification obtained there is accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Assessment Board, the body which regulates training in traditional acupuncture in the UK. Since then, he has extensively investigated acupuncture, and particularly the way it is practised in Japan.

After seeing how quickly and easily people improve with the gentle Japanese techniques, today his treatments are primarily planned using principles of this style of treatment. He continues to study and develop these methods. Since 1998, he has studied regularly, both in the UK and Holland, under Stephen Birch, one of the most articulate exponents of acupuncture in the West, who is also a recognised authority on Japanese methods.

This training has enabled him to become a member of the Toyohari Association, and he has travelled to Japan and studied with some extraordinarily gifted blind acupuncturists.

Both inside and outside of the treatment room, the care, comfort and well-being of his patients is paramount . Merlin only uses the finest quality and thinnest pre-sterilised and disposable stainless-steel, silver or gold needles. He abides by the codes of ethics and practice laid down by the British Acupuncture Council, of which he is a member, and through which he is fully insured.

His hope is that each of his patients encounters in him a practitioner who is capable of understanding their pain or discomfort as well as being able to help their condition. In this process, his intention is also to create a space in which humour and humanity can be shared. Experience teaches him that we can thus often discover we are no longer so defined and restrained by our complaints (as it so often feels), but that we can be liberated by them.

Contact Merlin on: 0121 421 3480 or via email: MrlnYoung@aol.com
Website: www.acupuncture-and-moxa.co.uk