Meet The Team

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Luana Howes

Managing Director

Massage Therapist/Thai Yoga Practitioner/Reflexologist/Tutor

As well as being the managing director of The Body Clinic Leominster, Luana is also an experienced Massage Therapist specialising in remedial and deep tissue work. With a passion for delivering a creative approach to health Luana offers a range of treatments including Sports Massage Therapy, Holistic Massage, Reflexology and Thai Yoga Massage.

"I suffer from major discomfort in my neck, shoulders and lower back. Following many months of trying different therapies and therapists I am delighted to have found comfort and relief from the very professional and successful treatment given to me by Luana."

Robert Austin

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Joanna Bruce MBE

Clinical Director

Acupuncturist/Nurse Practitioner/Holistic Health Assessor

Clinical Director and health assessor at The Body Clinic Leominster, Joanna is also a Nurse Practitioner and Acupuncturist with over 35 years' experience tackling challenging health issues and promoting health and wellbeing for a wide variety of individuals, businesses and communities.


Learn more about Acupuncture at www.acupuncture.org.uk

"Jo's approach to my health and well being has truly been life changing. I started receiving treatment for a wide range of health issues in April 2019. Jo has supported me to improve my symptoms of Fibromyalgia (of which there are 26), dramatically reduced my back pain following a car accident and has supported me to make informed and empowered decisions about my nutrition. Jo always has and continues to treat me as an individual with individual needs and I am truly grateful for her expertise."

- Bethan C

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Tanith Vaughan

Therapist

Sports Massage/Sports Taping/Reflexology/Reiki

Tanith specialises in Sports Massage, Therapeutic Massage, and Reflexology. Her massage techniques and approach vary in nature depending on the outcome you require. A treatment may include a variety of techniques to achieve the best results for you. Depending on the reason for your visit, Tanith will also carry out a posture analysis to identify any postural or gait imbalances. Where appropriate, Tanith can provide guidance on stretching and warm up techniques to enable you to continue and manage your own recovery

"I consider my monthly treatments with Tanith to be fundamental to my recovery journey..." 

- Barbara

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Lisa Adshead

Therapist

Massage Therapist/Reiki Practitioner 

Lisa qualified in Swedish Massage in 1998 and was attuned to Reiki in 2000 and 2001. Lisa has also trained in Spiritual healing with the NFSH and the Community Healing Project. Massage allows us to experience both the benefits of touch - deep relaxation and feeling cared for and the benefits of soft tissue manipulation. Unexpressed emotion is often held as tension in the body, affecting our ability to move freely and feel fully, massage can soften and gently release this. In addition, massage can also give us the time and space to turn our attention inwards, to reflect on situations and become aware of our needs. Lisa’s aim is to create a nurturing space and work intuitively with each individual.

"Had my first ever massage with Lisa and will definitely be rebooking. Slept through the night for the first time in a long time" - Samantha

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Sophie Atkinson

Therapist

Massage Therapist

Sophie began working with touch in 1996 when she undertook her first professional training in Reflexology. She has spent over 20 years training in various massage styles and exploring the impact of the mind on the body. She was a Lead Trainer for NO HANDS massage for over 8 years delivering nationwide courses to up to 100 students at a time. Sophie works with deep, slow, powerful touch that aims to help clients create space and freedom in their body, heart and mind. All of Sophie's work is sensitive, non-judgemental, supportive and client-centred. There is nothing formulaic or routine about her massage, every session is different and every session is unique, guided by the client and interpreted by Sophie. 

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Zoe Rawlinson

Therapist

Massage Therapist/Aromatherapist/Reflexologist

Zoe was inspired to train as a massage therapist following a background in care work. During that time she supported individuals in elderly care, physical and learning disabilities, acquired brain injury and mental health settings. Since qualifying with a foundation degree in Complementary Healthcare, she has also trained in Deep Tissue and Table Thai Stretch massage. She is currently studying Thai Yoga Massage and will be practicing from mid January 2022.

 Zoe draws from all influences of her training to create a unique treatment tailored to suit individual needs. She aims to offer respite from the pressures of everyday life and bring a greater sense of physical and emotional well-being.

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Nick Hallam

Therapist

Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Nick qualified as a counsellor in 2013 upon completion of the Level 4 Diploma in Integrated Counselling. Further to this, he has completed a Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and has worked in both NHS primary care and the private sector. Prior to counselling Nick worked as a musician, composer and music tutor as well as gaining university qualifications in both art and music. Nick draws upon this creative background to offer a therapeutic approach and to support the individuals healing process.

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Rupert Fairclough

Therapist

Counsellor

Rupert is a fully trained and qualified person-centred counsellor with a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. He has worked extensively with young people in various charitable and school settings as well as working with adults facing difficulties in life - whatever those may be.

Rupert continues to train and expand his knowledge and experience, most recently focusing on short term and single session therapy. He also has an interest in men’s mental health.

When he’s not working as a counsellor, Rupert likes to express his creative side through music and art.

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Janet Smith

Therapist

Reflexologist/Nurse Practitioner/Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing (TMW) Trainer

After many years working as a nurse, midwife and development worker both in the UK and overseas, Jan qualified as a reflexologist in 2016 as a way to provide more holistic support to clients. She is passionate about helping people to improve their health and wellbeing. As well as providing the hands-on care of Reflexology she also teaches Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing – a beautifully simple range of moves (combining the essential elements of Tai Chi and Chi Kung) that helps to keep the body relaxed, healthy and feeling well.

“I felt so much more energy after your treatment and am sleeping much better at the moment" Sue D

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Katie Staff Bsc (hons)

Therapist

Sports Therapist/Assessment/Rehabilitation/Massage/Taping and Strapping

Katie is a Sports Therapist with over 10 years experience. She graduated from University College Birmingham in 2010 and has mostly worked freelance providing 

treatment to labourers and office workers as well as a multitude of sporting disciplines. Katie is returning to therapy after a hiatus to have a family and returning to the area. She believes that every person is different, which means every treatment needs to be different. She utilises a range of modalities to help you reach your goals enabling you to carry on doing what you love! Whether that be gardening, running around with your children or playing sports with your local club.

I came to Katie earlier on in the year after suffering with upper back tension since pulling my neck in 2019. After nearly 6 months worth of treatment my tension is now relieving and I’m starting to feel the benefits of having regular deep tissue massages. I have more flexibility in my back and the pain and tension I was experiencing has lessened in frequency and severity." - Kylie

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Louisa Clarke

Therapist

K-Laser Therapy Practitioner

Louisa is registered veterinary nurse and lecturer with over 30 years’ experience, much of that being in critical care. She became inspired by laser therapy when using it to accelerate the healing of surgical wounds plus many more chronic pain issues whilst working in veterinary practices. After witnessing the amazing results laser therapy had with healing animals she decided to treat humans too by studying a qualification in sports injuries and rehabilitation. One of the marvellous benefits of laser therapy is that it is completely painless. Louisa very much looks forward to helping you on your journey to heal and be happy. To find out more about K-Laser therapy and how it can help you visit: www.the-bright-n-bute-company.business.site

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Barbara Parkinson

Therapist

Dru Yoga

Barbara qualified as a Dru yoga teacher in 2008 and later qualified as a Dru meditation teacher. Her classes give students the tools to improve their physical and mental wellbeing with a focus on building awareness of existing strengths and assets and how these can be improved. Using postures and sequences her yoga sessions strengthen, tone and generate energy. Her classes are tailored to suit every student as she encourages each person to work to their own capacity and progress at their own pace. She offers individual and small group sessions too or as coaching to develop your practice between lessons. She really enjoys seeing
people go from strength to strength.

“I have been learning Dru yoga with Barbara for some years. The benefits are many and various, it is also good fun. I highly recommend the Dru approach and Barbara as a teacher.”  Pam L

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Jessica Pailthorpe & Matthew Ward

Course Leaders
Mindfulness for Health – Reducing stress, relieving pain & tension, restoring wellbeing

As well as being a mindfulness teacher Jess also works as a Craniosacral therapist. She enjoys assisting people in a holistic way to restore health. The Breathworks mindfulness courses works beautifully with this aim of promoting healing through awareness, compassion and the innate wisdom of the body.

Matthew has been running Breathworks Mindfulness courses for 7 years. He works as counsellor and Mindfulness teacher at the Bracken Trust Cancer Charity in Llandrindod Wells and at the CLD Youth Counselling Trust in Hereford. He also teaches Mindfulness in schools.

Jess and Matthew live a family life in rural Herefordshire.

“I feel the course strengthened and extended my ‘toolkit’ for recognising and making choices about how I deal with stress. It’s also really helped me to understand better the notion of being truly aware and curious and the value of kindness and compassion towards myself and others.” Course participant