Nicole Livingstone-Smith, Clinic Director
During a career as a management consultant a horse riding accident led me to discover the amazing healing powers of The Bowen Technique and changed my life forever. This gentle treatment not only ensured what my consultant insisted was an almost miraculous recovery but also the back and shoulder pain that kept me at the osteopath every 6 weeks, and in pain that never really went, vanished completely and never came back.
Not only did the therapist work on the injured area but he treated my whole body each time, allowing it to realign and rebalance, at which point function returned and pain vanished, despite a history of numerous sporting injuries.
One day whilst treating me, my therapist said he felt I should train in Bowen and gave me the name of the teacher he most respected in the UK. As a business woman at the time, this seemed an unlikely proposition, but one thing led to another and on my first day of the course standing in front of my first student patient, my hands felt like they knew where to go, which was a good thing as I had no idea what lay behind this impenetrable veil of flesh and even less about how to feel!! Since qualifying with The European College of Bowen studies I have never looked back. I had clearly discovered my vocation and now 14 years on I still remain in awe of how this gentle technique can deliver so much and how my hands can elicit so much information on what and where needs treating and what touch is needed.
In a continuing quest to be able to answer the challenges that patients continually pose I have taken the time to learn from the masters of the art, science and skills of bodywork. As such I have trained with many of the famous names and continue to do so as and when they visit the UK. Some of you may know of the amazing work that has been done by Tom Myers, Robert Schleip, James Wasalawski, James Earls, and many others.
My passion for helping others obtain and maintain good health has also led to hours of study in the fields of functional medicine, nutrition and bio identical hormones as well as teaching yoga.
My mantra is never to stop asking questions, to take the time to listen to the wisdom the body and people offer, to share my knowledge so as to help others as best I can and to know when and where to refer patients when they need help that is beyond my remit.
As such The Bowen clinic is now evolving into a new more encompassing clinic that will also offer the skills of several other talented practitioners, either in-house or through referrals. Their field of expertise dovetails with my own as we further develop as specialist clinic in functional medicine. Functional medicine aims to treat the cause of disease/discomfort not just address the symptoms as in conventional medicine and thereby stimulate the body to find its own healing mechanism.
Neil Sellman, Senior sports massage therapist
I like to use new therapies and work with other therapists and healthcare professionals to create a service that suits the individual. Overlapping therapies makes for a stronger and more dynamic team and challenges us to constantly develop, to be forward thinking and not to be isolated.
There is no denying the power of working physically with the body. Massage therapy can be a powerful tool in your healthcare and fitness regimen.
As a keen amateur runner I treat local athletes, educating them in the benefits of soft tissue therapy, minimising the risk of injury, aiding recovery and enhancing performance.
I work with a range of people from professional runners and dancers to people with long term health and age related conditions.
Keeping the body the best it can be should be everyone's priority and remember sports massage is not just for athletes.
I trained at the London School of Sports Massage, Regents Park University, gaining a BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Clinical Sport and Remedial Massage Therapy. I am a member of the Institute of Sports & Remedial Massage therapists.
Dr Abbi Lulsegged
Dr Abbi Lulsegged is a Consultant Physician, in Endocrinology & Diabetes who has an interest in Functional/integrated Medicine. He trained at Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospitals and went on to complete higher training at several prestigious London Hospitals. He is based at Kings College Hospital. He has achieved clinical excellence awards for and is a fellow of the Royal College of the Physicians (London) for his contribution to his field.
He sees patients with unexplained medical problems, long-standing fatigue and has an interest in reversing type 2 diabetes where possible. His first love remains endocrinology, and he sees all manner of endocrine conditions. In all cases, he remains passionately committed to trying to determine the causes of his patients’ problems in a holistic manner.
Dr Tamsin Lewis - Functional Medicine doctor
Dr Lewis is working in an advisory capacity with the Clinic and will assist with prescriptions and advice on pharmaceutical drugs. She can prescribe thyroid medication and bespoke bio-identical hormones if needed.