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Healthworks complementary and alternative health care therapy, Forres recruiting new practitioners and therapists


By Garry McCartney

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Alternative health care providers Irene Schenk, Pavel Skapa, Alan Massey and Sally Ibbotson at Healthworks on Bank Lane.
Alternative health care providers Irene Schenk, Pavel Skapa, Alan Massey and Sally Ibbotson at Healthworks on Bank Lane.

A LOCAL charity offering alternative health care has vacancies for new practitioners and therapists.

Healthworks at 5 Bank Lane, Forres a complementary and alternative health care therapy provider for the last 27 years, is offering more professionals the chance to join its team of 11 who are currently serving the physical and mental needs of around 100-150 clients per month.

Alan Massey (Alexander Technique) and Sally Ibbotson (Qigong, Shiatsu and massage).
Alan Massey (Alexander Technique) and Sally Ibbotson (Qigong, Shiatsu and massage).

Healthworks Centre manager, Sally Ibbotson, confirmed the team has a variety of working contracts available, varying from ad-hoc room rental to booking a room for a whole day.

She said: “We are able to offer rooms to qualified and insured practitioners of a variety of modalities.

“We would for example, be interested in osteopaths, physiotherapists, art therapists, beauty therapists and alike.

“We have a practitioner kitchen and also a waiting room.

“We have free parking outside and a front of house board where we can advertise our practitioners.

“We can also offer publicity via our website and Facebook page.”

Irene Schenk (Shiatsu/acupressure therapy).
Irene Schenk (Shiatsu/acupressure therapy).

Healthworks practitioners currently offer: traditional Chinese acupuncture, the Alexander Technique for improved posture and movement; BodyTalk to restore communication systems within the body and mind; counselling; Gestalt psychotherapy; hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming; reflexology and Swedish massage; Craniosacral therapy using a light touch to examine membranes and movement of the fluids in and around the central nervous system; Shiatsu acupressure therapy; spiritual healing and Reiki hands-on healing; Qigong meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercise.

All of the Healthworks practitioners are insured and members of a professional organisation.

Sally said: “Complementary and alternative medicine is a popular and growing industry.

“Healthworks was originally set-up in order to provide integrated medical care - so the patients benefit from the best of both worlds. That remains at the heart of our objectives in the present day.

“Many of our clients visit regularly and our high numbers of returners indicates how helpful our practitioners have been.

“This has been especially true through the lockdown and as things start to ease.

“Many people have undergone hardship and deprevation of both a financial and emotional type.

“Our talking and physical therapists are addressing needs that are very apparent at the moment.”

Craniosacral Therapy student Pavel Skapa.
Craniosacral Therapy student Pavel Skapa.

Surplus funds from the running of the centre provide financial support for educational activities and projects, including the centre’s lending library, along with promoting holistic health care locally.

This allows for the availability of bursaries to assist qualifying clients with treatment costs.

Sally explained: “Healthworks rents rooms to practitioners of alternative therapies and to counsellors.

“The profit from these activities is put into a fund called the Access to Health fund.

“Application forms are issued to those asking about subsidised treatments.

“Usually these are existing clients of Healthworks practitioners.

“Applications are considered by the centre manager and approved by a member of our board of trustees.”

Email office@healthworks.uk.net or call 01309 676691 for more information.

Irene Schenk and Sally Ibbotson in one of the many relaxing spaces at Healthworks.
Irene Schenk and Sally Ibbotson in one of the many relaxing spaces at Healthworks.


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