Our Therapists K-Z

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

Ewa KubiakLouise RapataJulia Richardson (née Fearon), Nadine Smith, 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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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

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