Helen has been working extensively in the field of complementary medicine since 1997. She first qualified as an Aromatherapist with Gabriel Mojay at the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy in Regents Park. She gained further qualifications in sports massage at St Mary’s University in Twickenham. In 2004 she traveled to Thailand to study under Asokanada in traditional Thaiyoga massage. Other massage qualifications include; Indian head massage, Onsite massage, Acupressure and Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD).
It was through working with MLD that Helen realized how effective this treatment was on the reduction of swelling and the softening of the skin. This lead her to embark on a Foldi training course, this incorporated the Vodder technique and complete decongestive therapy.. Helen is fully qualified and insured to treat lymphoedema patients, and has undertaken advanced studies at the Foldi clinic in Hinterzarten Germany. Helen started as a volunteer and became a paid therapist at Cancerkin in the Royal Free Hospital and spent 6 years here, diagnosing and treating breast cancer related lymphoedema. As well as treating lymphoedema, Helen has a keen interest in the structural and functional influences of the myofascial tissue specifically after surgery, where scarring tends to cause fibrosis of the tissue and reduce the range of movement. Through mapping the body Helen will incorporate these techniques to create easy movement through the myofascial lines.
Helen graduated with a BSc (hons) degree from the University of Westminster in Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture, and also received a full scholarship to complete postgraduate training at the China Medical Hospital University in Taichung, Taiwan.
Helen has completed her Masters in Chinese Medicine; Acupuncture where she conducted research into the effectiveness of acupuncture and moxibustion in the treatment of lymphoedema. The pilot study showed that acupuncture and moxibustion was effective in reducing the limb volume, fibrosis and the symptoms associated with lymphoedema. Needles was not placed in the affected limb. From the data gathered 90% of the participants also noticed an improvement in their well-being (sleep, calmer, better memory, increased energy, grounding and normalcy) and that acupuncture was a positive experience, with all participants stating they would use acupuncture, as they found it was an holistic approach to lymphoedema.
Helen has given a poster presentation on the above research at the British Lymphology Society conference in Birmingham October 2015 and at the 18th Acupuncture Research Resource Center (ARRC),Kings College, London in March 2016. Helen was an invited speaker which was hosted by the by British Journal of Community Nursing at the 3rd National Lymphoedema Conference in March 2016. The topic looked into the use of ‘using alternative therapies to help lymphoedema patients’. The research is currently being edited and will be published at the end of the year.
Helen is a qualified Toyohari practitioner which stems from Japanese meridian therapy and differs from other styles of acupuncture in that the emphasis is on observation, palpation skills and pulse diagnosis. Specialized needles are used which are gentle and non invasive. Since the treatment is pain free and less invasive than other forms of acupuncture, it is particularly suited to children and for those who are wary of needles. Like acupuncture Toyohari can treat all sorts of health conditions but there are specific treatments for neck and shoulder problems unique to this approach. For musculo-skeletal disorders Helen uses Tung style acupuncture as it is well known for quick and spontaneous results and involves using very few acupuncture points.
Helen has also undertaken post-graduate training in the treatment of gynecological disorders, including menstrual disorders, male and female infertility and IVF assistance with Jani White. She has a keen interest in natural fertility, IVF and oncology treatments and fertility.
Helen is fully insured and a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), the leading professional body for acupuncturists in Great Britian, and is a member of MLD UK. and BLS.