Andrea Tate MAR Reflexology in Egham & Staines, Surrey

My story

I turned to complementary medicine after a serious illness from which I couldn’t recovery completely despite medical care. I was quite weak and desperate to get better. I visited a naturopathic centre where I received a course of reflexology sessions and some herbal remedies. Soon I regained my strength and day-by-day my previous good health was restored.
Later on in life an opportunity came to study the art of reflexology and I must say I was hooked from the first moment. This natural therapy has not ceased to amaze me ever since.

My qualifications and AOR membership

I gained my diploma in 2008 after a year long, in depth anatomy and physiology course with intense hands on practice and many case study hours with the Kent School of Holistic Reflexology, UK.

Since then I have taken post graduate study days in Hand reflexology, Enhanced reflexology techniques, ART training with Tony Porter, training in understanding and managing Diabetes and most recently I took a 4-day-long Oncology reflexology course with the Middlesex School of Complementary Medicine.

I am a full member of the AOR, which is the UK’s leading Association for Reflexologists. The AOR is there to protect the public from malpractice and to ensure high standards of practice by requiring its members to commit to continual professional development.
A full membership to the AOR is a guarantee that the therapist is trained to a high standard, has expert knowledge, is a competent professional – in other words you will be in safe hands with an AOR therapist.

The AOR also provides its members with unlimited professional support, research materials, community support and networking opportunities.

My therapeutic approach

I strongly believe in integrated healthcare. Natural complementary therapies work very well with allopathic medicine and they have the potential to play an important role in preventing ill-health.

I always go for the natural solution first to keep healthy by doing regular exercise, having healthy nutrition, doing regular, restorative meditation and having a good life-work balance. A family member of mine who was a wellknown and loved GP always used to say to us: “If you want to be healthy keep away from the doctors.” I encourage everyone around me to live healthier, drink plenty of water, aim for a balance between work-and family life and dedicate some time to yourself!

My experiences

Apart from working in my private practice I volunteered at a senior care home where, I am happy to say, the interest for and success following the treatments was huge.

I also work in a private cancer clinic located in Windsor, supporting patients living with cancer. I find that reflexology gently brings on a deep state of relaxation that is so welcome for patients living with life changing conditions. This deep state of relaxation allows the body to do the necessary repair work and elimination on physical level and give a chance to the mind to switch off and ease anxiety, tension and stress. In turn quality of sleep improves, some side effects of treatment and symptoms of the condition, such as constipation, hot flushes, peripheral neuropathy and lymphoedema lessen.

My interests

I have been practicing and teaching Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong for over 20 years. I read widely on health matters, research findings and new therapies. I am particularly interested in ancient ways of maintaining good health and I am gobsmacked by how well informed and developed the wisdom of ancient civilisations’ was on how the human mind-body works. My sincerest hope is that in the blind rush of scientific advances we will not destroy and forever lose the wisdom of our forefathers. Interestingly they didn’t need technology to work out the ways of Mother Nature. All they needed was sharp eyes and senses, time for observation, quiet reflection and dedication to cultivating their mind without the constant rush, stress and multi-tasking.

I have realised that although taking a pill is a much quicker and easier solution, but in my view it only reduces the symptoms, dulls the pain but never really gets to the root of a problem. I see the human body not as a machine made up of different parts but as a complex system that is never static but always dynamic. This mind-body has its own self-healing powers. To facilitate it all we need to do is to provide it with the right conditions, mental focus and dedication. I am a firm believer that we have to be actively involved in our healthcare and take the responsibility for it.

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