Therapies Available at the Elysia Therapeutic Centre


Naturopathy is a holistic and complementary approach to healing, which seeks to promote positive health by strengthening and supporting the body’s inherent self healing powers.

The aim of the Naturopathic Consultation is to get to know each person individually and to find out what is blocking or obstructing inherent vitality. In this respect a full case history is important. There may also be a need to gather more information from special examination techniques, for example Iridology is a useful means off assessing the constitutions strengths and weaknesses. Postural and structural examinations are also undertaken.

Good nutrition is fundamental to health care and should be the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Part of the consultation is devoted to looking at the clients diet and if necessary, making appropriate recommendations for improvements or changes. The health of the digestion is of paramount importance and often needs to be addressed as many illnesses can be traced back to a poorly functioning digestive tract.

Special therapeutic methods which may be worked with during a course of naturopathic treatment:

Osteopathic principles are incorporated into the Naturopathic Body Adjustment. By treating the spine and peripheral joints, vitality can be enhanced and an increase in the energy throughout the body can be promoted.

Constitutional Hydrotherapy

This is a therapy which has been developed and refined over many years. It is a deeply acting treatment which has a strongly regenerative and detoxifying effect. It involves the use of hot and cold compresses to enhance the flow of blood through the main metabolic organs and the organs of elimination.

Additional complementary treatments

Compresses with herbal decoctions, fomentations and packs are offered where appropriate. Other remedies which help the body to better health, include Herbal Medicines, Homeopathic Remedies and Flower Essences.

Adrian Large

Rhythmical Massage

This is a very gentle form of massage with flowing movements that penetrate deeply. An element of suction rather than pressure is used to enhance the flow of fluid through the body. The rhythmical quality of the treatment strengthens and supports the rhythmical processes within the body, which are at the basis of good health. Rhythmical Massage was developed from the classical Swedish Massage in the 1920’s by Dr Ita Wegman, a medical doctor trained in Physiotherapy and Massage.

Harmonising and strengthening the warmth of the body helps to release tension and contributes to an enhanced feeling of wellbeing.

The oils and ointments used are carefully chosen to meet the particular needs of individual clients. They are made from natural, mainly organic or biodynamic, ingredients and are additive and chemical free.

People often comment on a new sense of wellbeing, of feeling more upright and freed from feelings of heaviness.

Adrian Large

Monika Horber

Anna van Zelderen

Nutritional Therapy

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food” (Hippocates)

Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy adopts a functional medicine approach to identify and address imbalances within the body which may lead to symptoms or sub-optimal health. To achieve this all systems of the body and their interconnectivity are considered.

An initial consultation usually lasts approximately 1.5 hours and involves the practitioner taking a detailed case history of the patients’ medical history, family medical history, health of each system of the body, symptoms, current diet and lifestyle and a short physical examination. The practitioner will then talk the patient through a detailed plan consisting of nutrition and lifestyle advice, natural supplements and herbs (if appropriate) and sometimes some functional tests may be recommended to explore the issue in more detail. A written plan is then sent to the patient within 48 hours. Follow up consultations usually take place on a monthly basis and last approximately 30-45 minutes. During these sessions progress is monitored and new recommendations are made to support continued improvement.

Nutritional Therapy can be used to help address many conditions, including IBS, hormonal imbalances, depression, inflammation, allergies, toxicity, weight management, skin conditions, lack of energy and poor sleep. It is also extremely powerful in improving a person’s overall well-being and reducing the risk of developing chronic disease in later life.

Lara Seago

Metahealth and Metakinetics

Information will be available shortly

Catherine McKean

Counselling Psychotherapy

Our counselling and psychotherapy service is delivered by professionally qualified and registered practitioners who deliver up to date clinical approaches for a diverse range of mental and emotional health needs. All our practitioners and are experienced in supporting individuals and/or couples and families with symptoms and issues concerning:

• Stress, anxiety and depression
• Bereavement, grief and loss
• Anger
• Addictions
• Life crisis
• Sexuality 
• Eating disorders
• Self harm
• Loss of meaning and purpose

Appointments can be booked with the therapists listed on our website or by phoning the Centre and booking online. Each counsellor or psychotherapist works with their clients individually.

Other treatments are also available at the Centre should you wish to enquire about these with your therapist. These include nutritional advice, massage therapy, therapeutic art, eurythmy therapy, Life Coaching and group work.

At Elysia we work with insights into how physical, soul and spiritual health are inter-related. Such insights develop new awareness for creating a healing path that enables the client to establish their well-being anew.

Frances Tagg

Julie Neale

Joanne King

Dr Kostas Kouriatis

Sue Rogers

Karolina Pawinska

Cancer Care – Mistletoe Therapy

A cancer diagnosis can be a traumatic event. Many feelings arise such as uncertainty, fear and anxiety. Many people experience a sense of urgency that some form of treatment should start soon.

Mistletoe Therapy (Viscum) is now well-known world wide as a well-researched and well thought of cancer treatment. This has the possibility of being given alongside any conventional treatment.

Anthroposophic Medicine, which developed the Mistletoe Therapy, can also offer help and support to the cancer patient. An anthroposophic doctor will be able to oversee the Mistletoe injections and also give general medical support to the patient.

At the Elysia Centre there are, in addition, various therapies available which have arisen out of the same understanding that address the whole person. Many of these therapies have been found to be particularly helpful to the patient suffering from cancer. The art of movement, called Eurythmy, has been developed into a remarkable transformative therapy with special sequences of movements which work with the formative principles in nature and can bring healing to specific illnesses.

The physical body can be addressed directly with the gentle but deeply acting Rhythmical Massage and the Nursing massage technique Rhythmical Einreibung.

Deep existential questions often arise at this time around the meaning of life. There can be a need to work through various pressing life issues. Biographical Counselling, or Psychotherapy can be helpful, as can a support group such as the Oasis Group. The search for meaning can be greatly supported by looking at the pathways of our biography, or through therapeutic art and conversation. The heightened awareness of one’s own mortality may spur one on to want to bring more meaning and creativity into one’s life. There is much to be explored through the artistic therapies via the mediums of colour, Therapeutic Art, Modelling, Sculpture Therapy, and Speech Formation.

Appropriate Nutritional and dietary advice will also be important.

Dr Claudia Kempfen

Soul-wisdom Workshops

Soul-wisdom means seeing and understanding the living architecture of our inner-life, the way our thoughts, feelings and actions interweave and impact on each other and us as a whole-being.

The Workshops help with personal empowerment in the face of changes and choices you might be facing or want to make in your life.

They can help us understand the dynamics of the soul; how we get stuck with fear, anger or doubt; how we can find authentic ways to make life choices more comprehensible, meaningful and manageable; how understanding choice and purpose enables us to see with new eyes.

Soul-wisdom workshops are for everyone, they help develop skills in relating, leadership and self-leadership.

In the workshops a clear and practical framework for understanding the living architecture of our soul is shared. The workshops use with mindfulness, story-telling and art, through contemplation, sharing and reflection.

The foundational workshop is called Soul’s Choice and is available at the Centre. Further support is available in the form of: Coaching – one-to-one support for life management and goal creation; mentoring – individuals working on Projects; consulting – to leaders and leadership groups in organisations; further soul-wisdom workshops and formal teaching curriculum; public talks and evening workshops

Melanie Taylor

Holistic Eye Care

At the Elysia Therapeutic Centre we have  a team of therapists with specialist knowledge and techniques for helping with a wide variety of Eye problems.

We offer to complement and extend any existing care you may be receiving, with an appropriate combination of targeted therapies and treatments.

Central to our approach is work with a specially trained movement therapist (Brenda Newton: Eurythmy Therapist). She will work with various exercises individually tailored to the needs of the client.

Naturopathy (with Adrian Large) can offer a great deal to identify the underlying causes of health problems. Naturopathy places great emphasis on appropriate adequate wholesome Nutrition for the maintenance of good health. Modern research confirms the importance of this, and has also discovered the role certain key nutrients play in some of the more serious eye conditions. It follows from this that appropriate Nutritional Supplementation will play an important role in any treatment plan.

Other modalities may also be indicated such as phyto-therapy (Herbal Medicine) and potentised medicines (Homeopathy).

Physical therapy may also have a role to play. The integrity of the spine is important, particularly the cervical (neck) vertebrae.

The aim is to remove obstacles to health and to give space to the bodies self healing processes to become effective.

Adrian Large is a qualified Optician (Optometrist). He took his Degree in Ophthalmic Optics at the City University, London. After being in practice for a few years he took a training in Remedial and Rhythmical Massage. Later he trained as a Naturopath. His original profession of an Optician, gave him a keen interest in the whole field of Eye care. He now brings a wealth of experience gained in world of Complementary Medicine to the whole spectrum of eye problems and conditions. He is registered with the GOC, CAHSC, and the CNHC.

Adrian Large


Kinesiology or, more properly, energy kinesiology, is a therapeutic meeting of East and West – a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and methods discovered in chiropractic and osteopathy. Kinesiology’s unique and highly versatile tool is muscle testing, which is a way of communicating directly with the body or unconscious.

Muscle testing can be used to get information from the body about what is beneficial or detrimental to it. This information might be about levels of stress, stressors or the causes of stress; energy (qi) imbalances and how they can best be corrected; whether, which and how much of a supplement or other remedy is useful; which foods and nutrients are required for optimum health or performance; the identification of allergens; and so on.

Kinesiology is based on three amazing discoveries:

(1) Muscles can be tested for their integrity and indicate a stressed (unlocking muscle) or unstressed (locking muscle) response to any stimulus.

(2) Different muscles have an association with specific energy channels (or meridians). This means that individual meridian energy imbalances can be monitored through muscle testing. Interventions from chiropractic, osteopathy and TCM can restore the proper functioning of the muscle and correct energy imbalances, thereby contributing to better health and improved posture.

(3) Through testing a muscle, unconscious information can be presented to consciousness. For example, a person recalls an event and muscle testing reveals whether or not the event is stressful to the person in the present. Equally, when this stress has been healed, muscle testing will indicate this.

Muscle testing is an extraordinarily versatile tool, and kinesiology has opened up a whole new area of effective and verifiable healing methods.

Touch for Health training
4 levels x 3 days each level

This training, suitable for both lay people and health professionals, requires no previous training or experience. The qualification, which is four levels delivered three days per level (though there is no obligation to complete all the levels and a certificate is achieved for each level), is certified by the International Kinesiology Conference (IKC), and respected internationally. Touch for Health, developed from Applied Kinesiology, is the most well known kinesiology training and is regarded as the basis of all other kinesiology systems.

For the lay person this training provides extremely useful tools that can be applied to friends and family to restore and maintain health, and is a wonderful experience for self-development.

For the professional, or aspiring professional, it provides methods and tools that can considerably enhance any health practice, and is the basis of all further kinesiology training.

For more information about Touch For Health:

Jonathan Livingstone

Catherine McKean

Biographical Counselling

Biographical Counselling is a healing process of working one to one with a counsellor, aimed at opening yourself to new understanding through facing the questions your life-path has set you and finding the inner-resources you need to face your challenges and tasks.

It offers a new perspective on life crisis that takes account of our bodily, soul and spiritual existence, the cycles and rhythms of biographical development and the dynamics of human struggle.

We live in a time when outer supports and securities are falling away while the inner questions of reality come ever more into daily consciousness. We deeply explore our soul-life in order to identify the understanding-patterns that we have developed, some helpful, some unhelpful, in order to choose which serve us best.

An increasing number of people live with existential questions that no other generation has had to face with the same intensity. In the course of their lives, many people confront events, uncertainties and moral dilemmas that leave them feeling lonely and bewildered. They may lose their connection to others, to themselves and to the source of their own potential.

Biographical Counselling is based on an imagination of human potential and challenge in the 21st century that inspires a search for renewed meaning, creativity and connection and links individual development with a path towards social renewal.

I can understand another soul only by transforming my own, as one transforms one’s hand by placing it in another’s. Jung

Annette Gordon

Jane Chase