A look at Naturopathy

This month we focus on the practice of Naturopathy, a form of complementary therapy now recognised by some of the leading cash plan providers in the UK.

SMP Healthcare’s Lianne Muller has spoken to Britta Hochkeppel from Vita Serena in depth about this method of healing.

Please can you explain to me exactly what Naturopathy is?

Naturopathy describes a variety of therapies applied, that focus on improving or re-balancing health, using a non-invasive approach.

Naturopathic doctors are trained in a separate and distinct healing art which uses non-invasive natural medicine.

They are not orthodox medical doctors (M. D.s). Naturopathic doctors (N.D.s) and are conventionally trained in subjects such as anatomy, physiology, herbology, nutrition, acupressure, acupuncture, iridology muscle relaxation and structural normalisation, homoeopathy, oxygen therapy and some are trained in additional skills.

How long did it take to complete your Naturopathy training?

I chose a path of “Intensive training, which involved all of the above learnt within a time span of three years.

The place of education I chose was called: “Caduceus Institute”, a specialised learning facility for medicine in Germany. I was taught: anatomy in Latin and physiology, psychology, deep tissue massage, iridology, Japanese healing methods, acupressure and progressive Kinesiology.

What qualifications do you have?

I am qualified in the following; Japanese form of healing called:” Yin- Shin- Jiutsu. This technique is a specialised art of healing method that penetrates deeply into the entire system of the body and removes imbalances, on the physical level, emotional level and mental level. It is a very gentle technique but at the same time powerful in its healing effect.

I am qualified in Iridology, which allows insight into the analysis of the Iris, to establish the current condition of an individual`s physical health. One can see hereditary dispositions, as well as organic dysfunctions, or trauma, and early warning signs that can then be treated, for example with nutritional support or other, in order to prevent the conditions to manifest into a more serious.

I am qualified in acupressure, which offers a form of therapy to release tensions and imbalances within an individual, by gently applying pressure to specific points that connect muscle to the related meridians. This offers a fast release of toxins and tension and supports the muscles to regenerate and to operate in a harmonious way again.

I am qualified as a Nutritionist. This helps me to offer advice to improve an individual’s diet, which will greatly improve their sense of well-being, inside and out.

I am qualified as a Reiki-master. A gentle, vibrational- technique, applied either with a hands on or hands off method approach. It penetrates very deeply into all the levels of an individual. It allows the self-healing powers of the client to be greatly stimulated in order to be able to remove and release out worn patterns that have manifested within an individual on the physical/emotional and mental level.

I am qualified in Deep Tissue Massage. This allows me to dissolve acute or long term conditions within the muscle-skeletal system. Any ailments connected to the spine-legs-arms-shoulder -neck areas.

I am qualified in Progressive Kinesiology. A technique that combines western anatomy and physiology and eastern wisdom. It allows me to identify the elements that inhibit an individual`s natural healing abilities. It is ideal for resolving past trauma on the physical, emotional and mental level.

Can Naturopathy be used for physical and mental illness?

Yes it can. Naturopathy offers a wide range of therapies, that when applied, greatly enhances balance and healing on the body and the mind. As a Naturopath, I access physical mental and emotional trauma.

Are there lower or upper age limits to your clients for Naturopathy treatment?

No, this applies to all age groups.

What happens on the first visit?

The first visit will consist of an initial consultation to access detailed information about the client`s concerns. After that the therapist will apply either one or a combination of treatments.

How long does a typical treatment last?

The initial treatment can take up to 2 hours. The follow up treatments take 1 hour and 20 minutes maximum. For more information on Naturopathy, please see Britta’s contact details below:

Contact number 07900 211088