A Christmas Message and gift ideas from Us to You

To all our clients and blog readers,

The Natural Health Practice team would like to wish you a very merry Christmas!

If you haven’t quite finished (or started!) your Christmas shopping and are looking for the right gift for family or friends, why not treat them to a Natural Health Practice gift voucher?

Gift vouchers are available for any treatment or service we offer including reflexology, hypnotherapy, relaxation, and massage. Vouchers make ideal gifts whether it’s to help make a difference for someone you care about, or simply to give them a lovely, well deserved treat! They can be used any time in the next 12 months.

We also have a selection of very nicely packaged soaps, lotions and oils that are handmade in the Peak District. These products make ideal gifts and they smell great!

Just call in and see us! We’re open most evenings Monday to Friday. During the day we’re open by appointment only, so if you’d like to pop in during the day just give us a call on 01298 72260 (if you get the answer phone, please leave us a message!) so we can be there for you.

A very HAPPY CHRISTMAS to you all! And we wish you a healthy, peaceful and wonderful year ahead.

Best Wishes from all the team

Bridget, Diane, Alice, Tim, and Alison

Hypnotherapy for Pregnancy & Childbirth (by Diane Oxborough)

With so many hormonal shifts pregnancy can be a challenging time, full of ups and downs. Many women experience pregnancy as physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. During this time you may become aware of anxieties, fears of experiencing pain and loss of control. Issues can arise that leave you uncertain of how to deal with them. Your emotional and mental state during pregnancy directly influences your unborn baby. It is an important time for you to gain the support you need to feel relaxed, confident and build positive expectations.


In labour fear and tension create resistance in the body, and stops your muscles from working as effortlessly as nature intended. When you are able to achieve states of relaxation your body produces its’ own pain-relief in the form of endorphins. Free from fear, tension and in control of your relaxation you can experience labour as a comfortable and truly joyful experience.


Personalised one-to-one programmes


I offer a unique 6-session programme for women during pregnancy and in preparation for childbirth. These sessions provide a supportive environment where I can assist you to overcome fears and any other issues that arise during your pregnancy. You will learn relaxation techniques that enable you to remain in control, feel calm and balanced throughout your pregnancy and labour. Sessions are tailored to you as an individual and you can begin the programme in the early or later stages of pregnancy.


One of many happy clients…


“[During labour] I felt positive and relaxed… My early contractions were completely pain-free even when they showed as intense on the monitor. The midwives were impressed by my effective breathing and strong, positive attitude… Diane’s techniques complemented their care. I feel that [Diane] gave me the confidence to approach childbirth as one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and to focus on the joy that came with the birth… I will always be grateful to Diane for that… I highly recommend her.”                     G.A


Stopping Smoking – A weighty issue?

Stopping Smoking – a Weighty Issue?


Everyday, more and more people choose to stop smoking.  Smoking is no longer seen as glamorous or “cool” and we all know what there is to gain by becoming a non-smoker; improved health and longer life, a younger and healthier appearance, more money and social freedom, especially now the smoking ban has come into force.  So with all these benefits, what prevents some people from giving up?


One popular myth is that when people stop smoking they substitute food for cigarettes and gain weight.  What most people don’t know is that cigarettes contain sugar.  A smoker’s body gets used to this regular supply and, when it stops, wants to replace that sugar in other ways.  So, how can you successfully maintain or even lose weight when you choose to live as a non-smoker?  The simple answer is to eat more fruit, which is full of healthy, natural sugars.  Fruit gives you all the sugar you want whilst you remain or become slim.
Maybe you know someone who stopped smoking, stepped on the scales and could see they’d put on a few pounds?  What most people don’t know is that cigarettes dehydrate your system and when you become a non-smoker, your muscles and organs re-hydrate to a healthy level.  Although the weight of this re-hydration may show on the scales, it is not weight that can be seen physically.


So, if you’re dreading being left out in the cold this winter, maybe the time has come for you to stop now?


The easiest way to become a non-smoker is to book an appointment with Diane Oxborough – using advanced hypnotherapy you can stop smoking easily and effortlessly in just one session.  If you’re ready to look forward to a brighter, healthier future now, call Diane on 01298 72907

The Easy Way to a Smoke-Free you, by Diane Oxborough

The easy way to a Smoke-Free you.

Many people don’t realise it’s possible to become a non- smoker easily, comfortably and without any cravings.

If you were to consider the fact that just 48hours after your last cigarette your body is completely nicotine -free, you might ask yourself, “what exactly are withdrawal symptoms?”.

Physical cravings are largely the result of conditioned responses- a smoker’s body has adjusted to receiving regular doses of nicotine every day, and so comes to expect it.  When a smoker decides to stop and does so using conscious willpower, the body wonders what’s going on.  Those physical cravings are the body’ expression of confusion.  The good news is that there’s an easy and effective way to  prevent this.

The largest study ever carried out with almost 72,000 smokers, showed that hypnotherapy is consistently the most successful way to become a non-smoker.  People who choose to quit the habit using hypnotherapy are 5 times more successful than those using willpower, and 3 times more successful than those using nicotine replacement therapies.

Diane Oxborough utilises advanced hypnotherapy and NLP techniques to deal with the unconscious aspects of becoming a non-smoker.  When your unconscious mind understands how to live as a non-smoker, it communicates this to your body.  As a result many people report that after doing a session with Diane, becoming a non-smoker was easy nd they were totally craving-free.  What’s more, employing these powerful techniques  means that Diane can assist you to achieve this in just one 2 hour session.

So, if you want to stop smoking once and for all, why not do it easily and comfortably?  If you’re ready to look forward to a brighter, healthier future, you might decide it’s time to make that change now, and call Diane on 01298 72907 or visit www.dianeoxborough.co.uk 



Welcome: Our new therapists

The Natural Health Practice would like to welcome our newest therapists, Alice Lee-Overton and Alison Morton.

Alice Lee-Overton, MSMA, (Level 4 Gold), MAoR, has just joined our team and is offering holistic and sports/remedial massage.  She trained in London at The School of Reflexology, at Nottingham University to complete the Diploma in Sports Massage and the the Christie Hospital, Manchester to gain the Diploma in Clinical Reflexology.   She also works with the Derbyshire Institute of Sports helping Derbyshire’s promising young athletes compete at National and International level.

Alison Morton, MSc, MNIMH, has also joined our team as a medical herbalist.  Alison has gained a Diploma at The School of Pytotherapy, a Masters Degree in Herbal Medicine and has also taught at The University of Lincoln on the BSc course there.  As well as gaining the qualifications and teaching , Alison has also run her own practices for several years.

To find out more about our new practitioners , you can give us a call on 01298 72260, come to our practice which is situated directly across from the railway station in Buxton.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The team at The Natural Health Practice.



Sports Massage and Reflexology- Alice Lee-Overton


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Alice Lee- Overton.  MSMA (Level 4 Gold), MAoR

Alice is a local therapist offering Holistic and Sports/ Remedial Massage and Reflexology.  She trained in London at the School of Reflexology, at Nottingham University to complete the Diploma in Sports Massage and at the Christie Hospital, Manchester to gain the Diploma in Clinical Reflexology.

She also works with the Derbyshire Institute of Sports helping Derbyshire’s promising young athletes compete at national and international level.

Sports Massage:

“Anyone can benefit from Sports Massage.  Sports and Remedial Massage incorporate deep tissue massage and specialist techniques to help correct physical problems and imbalances caused by strenuous and repetitive activity and trauma.  It can help alleviate muscle soreness and pain, improve muscle health and flexibility and aid physical performance.  Sports massage can also help to prevent the onset of and assist with the rehabilitation of injuries.”

Benefits of Sports Massage:

  • Reduce Stress and Tension
  • Alleviate muscle soreness and pain
  • Improve muscle health and flexibility
  • Aid physical performance
  • Improve posture and general body awareness
  • Help to prevent the onset of injuries
  • Assist with the rehabilitation of injuries

“Sports Massage isn’t just for athletes!!”


The following are some of the techniques incorporated into the massage:

Deep Oscillation Therapy:

“A pleasant and effective therapy gently oscillating tissues to an 8cm depth having a deep – acting effect on all tissue components (through skin, connective tissue, subcutaneous fat, muscles, blood and lymph vessels).”

  • Highly effective in reducing pain
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Effective in reabsorbing oedema (swelling)
  • Encouraging wounds to heal
  • Rubor reduction (heamatoma/bruising)
  • Detoxification
  • Improving quality of tissue

Myofacial Release:

Releasing and loosening fascia so that it and other connected structures can move more freely.

Kinesio Taping:

Support and stability to your joint and muscles without affecting your range of motion.



“Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points of the feet and hands correspond with different areas of the body.  Reflexology works holistically aiming to promote better health by balancing the body.”

Benefits of Reflexology:

“Treatments are developed to meet the needs of individuals.  Reflexology has been shown to help with many conditions including.

  • Stress and Tension
  • Migraine/headaches
  • Hormonal problems
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Emotional conditions




Antibiotic Resistance: Herbal Article

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Antibiotic Resistance: Who Needs it?

Last year the Chief medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, warned of a ‘apocalyptic’ threat from antibiotic resistance disease.  Antibiotics have been in the news again recently for the same reasons and I can’t help wondering why don’t the doctors and scientists think to ask herbalists for ideas?  There are other ways to treat infections, but you wouldn’t think so by reading these headlines.

Herbs have always been used for infections – in both world wars , soldiers’ wounds were treated using garlic; in the early 20th century, it was found to be effective for tuberculosis.  Many herbs are antiseptic: mryyh, thyme, fennel, cinnamon, goldenseal and marigold are just some of them.  Others have been traditionally been used to boost immunity or general resistance, (Echinacea, Liquorice) or too make the internal environment hostile to pathogens – for example, cranberry and bilberry (vaccinium, macrocarpon, v.myrtillus) both demonstrate the ability to interfere with the adhesion of bacteria to mucosal tissue, eg; in urinary infections.

Medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) and Maitake (Grifola frondosa) have been used as antibacterials for millennia in the Far East, and more recent research has excited much interest in their wider use.5  (Don’t ever be tempted to use medicinal mushrooms you’ve gathered yourself unless you know what you’re doing – they’re notoriously difficult to identify and several are poisonous)

Plant essential oils have shown promise for many types of infection: Ti-tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is a familiar anti-fungal, but essential oils of fennel, cinnamon and clove are equally effective. In fact in one study, thyme (Thymus vulgaris) proved effective against six different organisms; three bacterial and three fungal.6  An unpublished study explored the use of cinnamon in the treatment of Clostridium difficile, a common hospital acquired infection – this would bear further investigation, surely? Traditional cooking spices from the East are not used solely for taste; they can also help to prevent food from going off – very necessary in hot countries before everyone had refrigeration.

Whilst thinking about food, increasing evidence points to the detrimental effect of antibiotics on the ‘friendly’ bacteria in our intestines, without which we couldn’t digest and absorb food properly.7 Antibiotics are everywhere, not just in medicine; they’re routinely given to livestock to prevent infection or even as ‘growth promotants’.

Of course herbs can’t do everything, and antibiotics in the right circumstances are definitely life-saving drugs – which of course is what they were designed for in the first place. Perhaps if we got used to using herbs for the less serious infections and for keeping livestock healthy, antibiotics could be saved for when they’re really needed; then maybe the bugs wouldn’t get so resistant to them.


1: The Guardian. Wednesdhttp://thenaturalhealthpractice.co.uk/wp-admin/post-new.phpay 23rd January 2013.  ‘Antibiotic resistance diseases pose ‘apocalyptic threat’, top medical experts say’.

2: Griggs B. 1991. Green Pharmacy Healing Arts Press.

3: British Herbal Pharmacopeia 1983.

4: Mills S. Bones K. 2000. Principles and Practice of Phyototherapy. Churchill Liningstone.

5: Stamets P. 2002. Mycomedicinals – a informational treatise on mushrooms. Mycomedia Productions.

6: Hili P. 2001. The anti- microbial properties of essential oils.  Winter Press.

7: Campbell- McBride N. 2010.  Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Medinform Publishing.

8: Barton MD.  2008.  Does the use of antibiotics in animals affect Human health?  Australian Veterinary Journal.

EFT Practitioner – Diane Oxborough

“I gained the ability to control the pain I was in.”


Sue had suffered excessive back pain everyday for 9 years. She had been told by specialists she would have to live with it. Searching for alternatives, she was recommended to look for a well-experienced practitioner of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). She came to see Diane.


Although there was a real physical cause for her pain, she discovered the connection between the physical pain she experienced and (seemingly unrelated) negative emotional and mental states.


Sue says, “My sessions were life changing – It has made me totally change the way I react to issues that I would usually try to ignore. I’ve learnt to address things more efficiently, stopping them from causing me unwanted feelings that would eventually cause pain. Initially the pain went for a short space of time then, as more of my personal issues were ironed out, the pain left me completely!”


Read more about what EFT can achieve at www.dianeoxborough.co.uk

Or you call Diane in confidence on 01298 72907

Diane Oxborough: Testimonial

Another happy client comments on her hypnotherapy programme with Diane Oxborough:

“I’m really pleased with the results of the work I’ve done with Diane. It was a brilliant investment for me and I feel should I not have made the decision to contact her, my IBS symptoms would have continued to worsen along with the anxiety such a condition can cause. Diane really took the time to fully understand my situation and provide a bespoke course based on this. I learnt that, given the right tools, it is possible to change things for yourself. Diane combined hypnotherapy with techniques that I can easily adapt in to my current lifestyle. The symptoms of my IBS have completely disappeared. I would very highly recommend her.”

If you want to overcome IBS symptoms, or find out more about what hypnotherapy can do for you, call Diane directly on 01298 72907 or visit www.dianeoxborough.co.uk

The Natural Health Practice


Hi this Bridget Andrew here from the Natural Health Practice in Buxton. We are situated across from the railway station. I am a master Reflexologist and have been practicing this ancient Chinese technique for over 20 years.

We have a number of practitioners, who are masters in their fields, that can assist you in bringing your body back to maximum health, physically, mentally and emotionally. (FULL WELLBEING).

Appointments are available from our receptionist Louise.

We look forward to seeing you.

Any queries, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.