Ali Morrish, Clinical Director Wellbeing at Work and Exeter Natural Health Centre
Ali’s background is in homoeopathic medicine and she has been a practitioner for almost 20 years. An experienced teacher, Ali has taught all over the UK and Ireland for more than 15 years and is Clinical Director of the South West College of Homoeopathic Medicine. Her area of expertise lies in teaching clinical skills to practitioners and clinicians as well as being a respected lecturer in cancer and palliative care for therapists of various disciplines. Ali trained in advanced supervision in 1998 and since then has been supervising both students and practitioners of various professional modalities.
Having worked alongside GP’s as part of her own practice, in 2005, Ali took up post as a therapist working alongside the medical team on the wards and in the outpatients department at St Luke’s Hospice, Plymouth. During this time Ali worked in education with various healthcare professionals and further developed her interest and passion in the benefits of working with health in an integrated environment. For the past 12 years she has studied Jungian analytical psychology and it is this psychotherapeutic tool amongst other things which informs her work.
Ali took over the practice management of Exeter Natural Health Centre (ENHC) in 2009 where she is now the Clinical Director. The ethos of the centre is to promote a professional approach to integrated healthcare and ENHC has a good working relationship with the University Of Exeter Medical School. Established in 2001, ENHC is a centre of excellence for complementary medicine both in terms of treatments and professional training courses.
Sam Goddard, Stress Management Consultant and Therapist
Sam Goddard is a trained Human Resource Manager with many years of experience in UK and US Financial Management. She therefore understands the growing pressures and accompanying stress that can be present in organisations for both employer and employee.
Since making the decision to become a Stress Management Consultant and Therapist some ten years ago, it is that past experience that she now draws upon when working to provide applicable practical and transparent solutions for stress awareness and management.
Sam believes that it is essential for individuals to take responsibility for their wellbeing both at home and in the workplace and a pre-requisite for employers to assist in this process in order to maintain a healthy and happy workforce.
Her training in Stress Management and Energy Work has provided her with a number of invaluable and practical tools to enable her to help individuals look at their current state of being in its entirety; that being physical, mental and spiritual health. She therefore is able to provide a platform to learn the impact that stress has on all three aspects of our body and the need for equilibrium between them, providing a framework and support system for any necessary change.
Sam’s work enables individuals to begin to understand how stress and the lack of awareness can affect us all, so that we can start to implement ways in which we can work with these stress triggers not only on an individual basis, but also within a corporate environment. The fact is that one directly infiltrates the other.
Sam has trained and has experience in a number of holistic therapies including Reiki, Massage, Mindfulness & Integrative Counselling and is a Registered Stress Practitioner for the ISMA, as well as a Reiki Master Teacher for the UK Reiki Federation.
Her combination of both corporate and holistic training enables her to offer a grounded yet professional approach in her work and has gained her a well-respected reputation across private practice and corporate consultancy alike.
Lisa Tate, Bodywork Consultant
Having qualified as a solicitor Lisa spent a number of years working as a lawyer. She had always been interested in alternative healthcare and wanted to be able to interact with people on a more personal level. Therefore she trained as a complementary health practitioner in 2002. Her initial training was in Swedish Massage with qualifications in other complementary therapies, such as aromatherapy, reflexology and Indian Head Massage.
Lisa’s passion is for bodywork; helping people with chronic pain and muscle tension, whether it is caused by physical trauma, posture or stress. Therefore in recent years she has focused on remedial bodywork including Myofascial Release.
Therapeutic touch is proven to have a positive impact on the body, not just by relieving aches, pain and physical discomforts, but also by giving the person the time and space to reconnect with themselves.
The modern working environment has many physical stresses, most commonly postural ones – sitting at a desk, using a computer or driving for example. These can all create tension in the back, neck and shoulders which in turn can cause pain in the back, down the arms and legs or up into the neck, causing headaches. Mental and emotional stresses cause the body to hold itself in a state of heightened tension – add the two together and it’s a recipe for pain and discomfort. Massage can help release tight muscles by teasing out those knots of muscle fibres, improving movement and relieving pain. It can also help lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, depression and stress levels and improve sleep.
Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage is a seated massage of the upper back, neck, scalp and face. As well as relieving musculoskeletal tension it is incredibly relaxing and particularly useful for people who find it difficult to switch off. It can also help alleviate headaches, which are a significant cause of sickness absence. It is estimated that more than 100,000 people are absent from work or school because of migraines every working day – around 25 million days a year. The other major benefit of this treatment is that it can literally be given at a person’s desk.
Myofascial release is particularly effective for chronically stressed bodies where the entire body feels under tension rather than specific muscles and there may be multiple issues, including digestive problems such as IBS. Fascia is continuous web of connective tissue which runs throughout the body and surrounds and penetrates every part of our body, not just the muscles. In its normal healthy state, fascia has the ability to stretch and move without restriction, supporting and cushioning the body. However, many factors, including poor posture and stress, can cause the fascia to lose its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted and a source of tension to the whole body, causing pain and restricted mobility and can make your entire body feel like it is in a straightjacket. Because the fascia is a continuous web of tissue throughout the body, Myofascial release works on the whole body, rather than focusing on the pain symptom.
Lesley Harper, Nutritional Therapist
Lesley Harper is a nutritional therapist with a clinic based at Exeter Natural Health Centre. She is also a tutor for the Natural Healthcare College, and runs nutrition workshops for a leading health and fitness retreat with sites across the UK. Lesley has delivered tailored workshops to a number of organisations; including local support groups and national charities.
Lesley has a particular interest in the body’s response to stress and how nutritional intervention can help to support the very common symptoms of stress that many people experience; including fatigue, sleep disturbances, digestive issues, and low immunity.
Lesley offers practical advice to make food work for you; helping you to avoid the late morning sugar cravings and mid-afternoon energy slumps. Workshops for groups of colleagues can be a positive way to generate discussions and story-swap, while individual sessions offer more tailored recommendations.
Lesley is rapidly building a reputation as an engaging and knowledgeable workshop facilitator. If you are seeking to raise understanding and awareness of the role nutrition has in achieving optimum health amongst your colleagues, Lesley can provide professional consultations to meet your needs.
Lesley is a full member of BANT, the professional association for nutritional therapy in the UK.