Information on treatments: what to expect

This is information about what will happen once you have contacted Holistic Education about having a treatment and have booked a time and date for a session.

Background information form for treatments

This is the form we will complete together at the first session. Please download and read.

Information about you: During the initial contact, a date and time for the treatment will be agreed.  In addition, you will be asked to complete a form about you and why you would like a treatment.  This helps towards understanding what you hope and expect from the sessions and background information that will be relevant and helpful. Ideally, sections 1,2 and 3 are completed before the session and the rest are completed together, at the first session.  All information is kept confidential and only used in supervision.  If there is a risk of someone being hurt or harmed relevant information will be shared with the appropriate professionals.

About your appointment: Please arrive on time to ensure you get your full treatment time. Please be aware if you are early and I am treating I may not be able to answer the door right away.  If you need to change or cancel your appointment for any reason I need a minimum of 24 hours notice. Less than 24 hours you will need to pay a cancelation fee which is the cost of the treatment.

Cost: Sessions have variable costs depending on where they take place, how many are booked in advance and eligibility for discounts.

  • Sessions at the Walthamstow Space cost £60 for the initial session and last up to 90mins, giving additional time for consultation to find out background information. The second session and subsequent sessions cost £45 and last up to an hour.  A series of four treatments, paid for in total before the second session cost £175.
  • Sessions that require travelling cost as above (for treatments in Walthamstow) plus £10 per 30 mins of travel, including travel there and back. For example, an initial treatment at a place 30 minutes away from Walthamstow would cost £80 (£60 for the session plus £20 towards travel time) and £65 for subsequent sessions.
  • There is a discount of £15 per treatment for those working in educational settings, students or on benefits.  Discounted treatments take place at the Walthamstow venue only.

Payment to be made on the day of treatment by cash, cheque or balance transfer. Cheques payable to ‘Dr Bernadette Carelse’.  Bank details can be send once a treatment is booked.   There is no facility to take cards.

Preparation: Please bring or wear socks and loose comfortable clothing that covers your arms and legs. Eating a light snack before a treatment is fine but avoid a heavy meal.

Before treatment: you will be asked why you have come for the session, if it is simply for relaxation I will only ask a few brief questions about your health before the hands-on treatment. If your treatment is for a specific condition I will ask more detailed questions including things like your sleeping pattern, appetite, digestion, emotional wellbeing, and lifestyle. I may ask to look at your movements (a few simple yoga-like postures) and examine ares of muscular tension or pain.  This will give a broad picture of your condition from which I will put together a treatment plan. This may include recommendations including diet, stretches, mindfulness practices and self-massage techniques.

During treatment: Usually you will lie on your back, front or side on futon at floor level or, if this is not possible for you, on a massage couch.  Your body will be worked over your clothes so there is no need to undress.  Pressure and stretching stimulate acupressure points to relieve muscle tension, stimulate blood flow, open energy channels and clear stagnation. Most people find this very enjoyable and relaxing.

After treatment: Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment. Varying degrees of relief from the symptoms may be felt immediately or within a day or so. For some it takes several treatments experience an improvement. You may feel a bit tired or sleepy straight afterwards so allow yourself a little time to rest and restrain from vigorous exercise. On the other had you may feel energised and uplifted. It is also advisable not to drink alcohol for several hours after treatment. Side effects are minimal and if they do occur are usually mild and self-correcting.

For further information contact Holistic Education.

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