London's 100 Best Alternative Therapists

By Hart-Davis, Alice; Mendis, Gita | The Evening Standard (London, England), May 9, 2001 | Go to article overview

London's 100 Best Alternative Therapists


Hart-Davis, Alice, Mendis, Gita, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: ALICE HART-DAVIS;GITA MENDIS

Who massages Russell Crowe and which yoga teacher helped Geri Halliwell get that body? We name the experts in part two of our guide. By Alice Hart-Davis and Gita Mendis

MASSAGE

More than just a rubdown, these masseurs are worth splashing out on.

Jodi Waldron: at the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental. Her holistic massage is said to be out of this world (020 7838 9888), [pound]140 for a minimum of two hours.

Nicholas Johnson: ex-principal with the Royal Ballet, now practising Shi zen no hands massage ((it s done with the seven surfaces of the forearm, and it s deep). He works in Chiswick (020 8994 2903) and at the Harbour Club, SW6, [pound]45 (020 7371 7700), and will do home visits, [pound]50.

Jill Daamen: the masseur Hollywood s top stars demand between takes. She s worked her particular magic (acupressure, with a bit of Reiki and aromatherapy) on everyone from Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe to Gwyneth Paltrow. She s in New Zealand now but watch this space for her return.

Eva Hess: intuitive, which makes her holistic massage an experience. She s based in NW2 (020 8452 4795), [pound]40.

Nari Sadhuram: if you love deep massage, this is the ultimate, but at up to [pound]300 an evening, you ll need to love it.

(020 7328 5452).

David Hopwood: his remedial massage gives muscles a four-way stretch .

At the Natural Health Connection, W1 (020 7935 0023), [pound]55, also at the Fulham Clinic (020 7731 5329), [pound]45.

Emma Field: practises the intense Chavutti Thirumal massage, or Indian foot massage. Using her feet, Emma slides up and down your spine, hanging off a rope. Sounds bizarre, but fans marvel at the sensitivity of her feet and describe the experience as blisslike (077905 62781). At Primrose Hill s Triyoga (020 7483 3344), [pound]65; or at The Life Centre, Edge St, W8, [pound]65.

MAGNET THERAPY The theory is magnets stimulate blood flow to the areas needed, and aid healing. Bonkers, some may say, but its gaining ground.

Lilias Curtin: London s top magnet specialist. Fulhambased (020 7731 4715), [pound]45.

METAMORPHIC TECHNIQUE

A spin-off from reflexology, which involves light stroking and tapping of the feet, hands and head to trigger the body s healing powers. It sounds mad, but it feel wonderful, and Audrey Pasternak has it down to a fine art. For bookings call Guru Connection on 020 7298 6168.

Best described as a collage of natural therapies , as Lisha Simester says in her excellent book, The Natural Health Bible (Quadrille, [pound]25). The aim is to use what nature provides sleep,, organic food, pure water, exercise etc to help the body heal itself.

Jan de Vries: World-renowned (he s been practising for nearly 40 years) and is, quite simply, the top man. Appointments at his clinic in Upper Montagu Street, W1, cost [pound]25, and there s a three-month waiting list (020 7224 8071).

Sarah Bowles-Flannery: at Apotheke 20-20, W4 (020 8995 2293). This is a hotbed of excellent naturopaths who can screen you for food intolerances, check your cholesterol level or prescribe herbal remedies, depending on what you need, [pound]80.

NEUROLINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING A Californian behavioural technique that aims to help you achieve your goals. A bit like psychotherapy NLP (as it is known) is now used by sportsmen and businessmen to eliminate the negatives .

Gloria Thomas: A former model, Bond girl and personal trainer (wow!), Gloria uses hypnotherapy and NLP to help people achieve their health goals.

She s a Reiki healer, too.

Currently at the Craven Clinic, W6 (020 8563 8133), [pound]75. She ll be at the Third Space (Joel Cadbury s new health superclub in Soho) from June. For more details, call 01932 572 452.

Lynne Crawford: A master-practitioner and also a homeopath, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and bio-energetics therapist. …

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