Tell us about English Ivy Wellness, what do you help people with, how long have you been in business and where are you based?
My wellness company is called English Ivy wellness. The treatments I currently offer are Kinesiology, Bach flower therapy and Reiki. I live and work in Bristol and have a clinic in both Bristol and Bath. I have been open for business for 6 months. Even though I am based in Bristol, all of these treatments are available as online options, which allows me to treat people anywhere in the country.
This comprehensive and holistic therapy incorporates traditional eastern and modern western techniques. The integration of both traditions allows us to assess and improve health in all areas by treating the root causes of the problems, not just the symptoms. Kinesiology uses muscle testing to detect imbalances in the body that can lead to illness.
If someone is mentally upset, chemically out of balance, structurally out of line or their energies are disturbed the muscle will be unable to fully function. As all aspects of the body are continually communicating with each other, it is impossible to affect one part of the body/mind without the whole also being affected in some way.
Kinesiology restores imbalances in the body by reducing the effects that stress has on the body, eliminating contaminated chemicals and pollutants, and releasing blocked energy, all of which have a negative impact on the body by making the body less efficient.
Using a wonderful variety of therapeutic tools, all of which are non-invasive, we are able to work on these imbalances, providing positive input, to bring about a beneficial effect . By restoring balance the body’s natural ability to heal itself is enhanced.
These are just some of the ailments that Kinesiology can help with:
Bach Flower Therapy:
Whilst kinesiology looks at our bodies as a whole and uses the Bach flower remedies as a useful tool when looking at emotional imbalances, the Bach Flower remedies can be used as a stand-alone treatment.
They are sensitively prepared from the flowers of plants and trees found in the English countryside and are produced using two very simple methods. The delicate flower heads of species, such as the honeysuckle, are carefully removed and floated in a bowl filled with water and left in the sunlight for several hours. Other tougher or woodier plants like Elm are placed in boiling water for half an hour. The resulting liquid is then filtered and mixed 50/50 with Brandy to create the mother tincture. It is then diluted with Brandy further to create the single remedy stock bottles.
As Bach Flower Remedies are made from natural ingredients and simply made, they are a natural method of healing and completely safe for humans, animals and plants alike.
The remedies work by gently restoring the balance between the mind and body by casting out negative emotions. Dr Bach believed that our thoughts, feelings and our beliefs can have direct physical consequences.
Our body's natural state is one of happiness and its desire to return to its natural state when things are out of balance. The remedies allow peace and happiness to return so the body is free to heal itself at difficult and vulnerable times. And redefine who we really are. They help people to process events and gain clarity.
It is a complimentary medicine and can therefore be used in conjunction with any other medication or treatment. It will neither interfere with other treatments or medication nor be interfered with by them and is non habit forming.
Can you tell us, why you started English Ivy Wellness and what led you to go down this path?
I started my business after reaching out to another local Kinesiologist when my daughter was diagnosed with ME/CFS. The transformation was remarkable and I was determined to find out more and that's when I embarked on my journey to becoming a qualified practitioner. I have since added Bach Flower therapy and Reiki to my list of treatments as they both compliment what I do as a kinesiologist.
How does your business benefit your local community?
The local community has benefited greatly having these treatments on their doorstep and gives those that have lost faith in finding out the root cause of their illnesses a glimmer of hope. People who have been struggling with their health and been told they can’t find out what is causing their symptoms. I am also hoping in the future to be able to give back to the community by working closely with local charities and schools to help young girls and women of all ages and young people with mental health issues by offering my services and much needed workshops.
What's your favourite part of running English Ivy Wellness
Being my own boss and looking after my own schedule and diary.
What's your least favourite part of running English Ivy Wellness
Navigating social media and getting noticed.
If you were talking to someone who was just starting out in your field, what advice would you give them?
Do not try to run before you can walk. Take your time and plan. You can't do everything at once and make sure you have a work life balance. Burning out is the last thing you want or need. Your hard work will pay off.
Can you tell us which one or two marketing activities have brought in new clients to your business?
In the wellness business the type of treatments I offer are holistic and unfortunately not very well known. I have offered free taster sessions to allow people to discover for themselves exactly what Kinesiology is and how it works. Then offered a discount if they book a full session.
Can you tell us which collaboration partners you are looking for, if any, what are you trying to promote at the moment and who could you partner with to promote something of theirs too.
A lot of useful information I provide to my clients after treatment is usually around food, exercise, reducing their stress levels, reducing the amount of chemical exposure etc. that they have. Therefore, I will recommend mediation classes or apps that they can use to reduce their stress and relax more. Also companies that sell organic products with no harsh chemicals or ingredients. Where to buy organic food locally etc..
I am hoping to work more closely with GP’s and functional medicine practitioners and be an option for social prescribing.
Anything else you'd like to share about your business?
Only that I am passionate about what I do and helping people to feel better and live the life they deserve.
Finally, how can people get in touch with you? Can you list your website and social media channels here
Written by Cheryl A Clarke Chief Happiness Officer & Content Marketing Freelancer @ Ginger Marketing (unless stated otherwise)