My name is Candace and I hold a First Class BSc (Hons) Complementary Healthcare (with Practitioner Status) Degree. I am a fully insured Complementary Healthcare Practitioner registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, offering holistic healthcare treatments in Remedial Massage, Clinical Reflexology and Clinical Aromatherapy.
I established Holly Tree Holistic Healthcare in September 2017, and I provide treatments from my clinic in Llantwit Major at Health Conscious health food shop in The Precinct, Llantwit Major.
I also provide visits to nursing and residential care home settings, and have a breadth of experience in supporting individuals with mental health problems and / or learning disabilities. This area of work is of particularly interest to me. My usual arrangement when treating clients in a residential or care home setting is that I visit the home for a 2-4 hour session, and up to 6-12 residents are provided with around a 20 minute hand / arm or foot/ lower leg massage. As a Clinical Aromatherapist I am able to prepare appropriate massage oil blends, which smell incredible too!, for all treatments, enhancing the experience for the resident.
I am fully insured and have enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) clearance, enabling me to work with more vulnerable clients.
I hold Level 4 in Holistic Massage and have studied advanced remedial massage techniques with a registered Osteopath which included Soft Tissue work and techniques such as Muscle Energy and Positional Release. My massage training enables me to carry out postural assessments for musculoskeletal imbalances, and to use effective soft tissue, Muscle Energy and Positional Release techniques where appropriate, when treating areas of tension and discomfort.
I am also trained to Level 5 in Clinical Reflexology, and have completed in-depth training in reproductive reflexology (known as Reproreflexology) with the inspirational Barbara Scott, enabling me to offer specific protocols which optimise hormonal balance and fertility levels in both men and women. Please contact me for further details, if you are interested in finding more about Reproreflexology treatments.
I am trained to Level 5 Clinical Aromatherapy, and incorporate my skills when making my massage and reflexology blends for treatment. I can also use plain oils, without essential oils, if preferred. The essential oils I use are suitable for most skin types and offer properties which are not only relaxing but which are beneficial for skin health. Many clients like to buy my Hand and Body Moisturising Gel, a gorgeous recipe I have developed using pure Aloe Vera Gel infused with a number of Essential Oils. All my base oils and essential oils are sourced from suppliers registered with the Aromatherapy Trade Council, ensuring consistency and reassurance in the quality of the oils I use.
I am registered with the Massage Training Institute (MTI); Association of Reflexologists (AoR) and the International Federation of Professional Therapists (IFPA). I am also registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council for Holistic Massage (registration for Clinical Aromatherapy and Clinical Reflexology is in the process of being added). I am fully insured to provide my complementary healthcare treatments.
More about my training …
The 3 year BSc (Hons) degree programme I completed was a research based science degree and included training in anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, giving me a detailed and intuitive understanding of the mechanics of the body and knowledge of health conditions. My training ensures you can be fully confident in my ability to determine the most appropriate treatment for your individual needs. My level of training also means that, if you have health insurance which covers complementary healthcare, you can claim back the cost of your treatment from your cover provider.
Unfortunately there are not, currently, any statutory regulations in place to prevent an unqualified or barely qualified practitioner from advertising themselves, for example, as a reflexologist, or massage therapist – and unfortunately I have heard many tales from clients who have received unsatisfactory ‘treatments’ from people with dubious credentials. By ensuring you only ever book a complementary healthcare treatment from a practitioner who is a member of the appropriate regulatory body, in my case the MTI, AoR and IFPA, you can ensure the treatment you receive meets the strict criteria of these associations. I am also a registrant of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), offering further reassurance that I am properly qualified to provide treatments most appropriate to your needs.
My memberships of MTI, AoR and IFPA, and registration with CNCH also mean I am obliged to continue to attend Continuous Personal Development (CPD) to maintain and improve my skills for as long as I continue to practise.
You can find out more about the MTI by accessing www.massagetraining.co.uk ; AoR by accessing http://www.aor.org.uk ; IFPA by accessing http://ifparoma.org and the CNHC by accessing http://www.cnhc.org.uk
The detailed three years of training I’ve undergone enabled me to fully appreciate the impact of my treatments on the whole of the person so that I am able to offer the most appropriate and individualised treatments.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Candace Nicholson BSc (Hons) Complementary Healthcare
Why Holly Tree?
The name Holly Tree Holistic Healthcare was born from my affinity for the Holly Tree. According to the ancient wisdom described in the book Earth Widsom, by Glennie Kindred Holly “represents restored balance, restored direction, Unconditional Love and increased detachment from emotional turmoil.”
Which I think is rather lovely, and something to which, perhaps, we should all aspire.
Holly Tree Holistic Healthcare …
… Complementary Healthcare to help you optimise your physical and mental wellbeing