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Sole to soul is a Holistic Chiropody, Podiatry and Therapy Centre in the market town of Bentham, on the fringes of the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales. Holistic means “a tendency to form wholes that are more than the sum of the parts” and means that we look at you as a whole person, not just at the symptoms you have. The Practice was established by Marie Rayner in June 2000. Read what our patients say.
As well as Chiropody and Podiatry, Complementary Therapies available at Sole to Soul
• Alexander Technique
• Bowen Therapy
• Circuitry Alignment
• Colour Therapy
• Consciousness, Energy and Light Medicine
• Crystal Therapy
• Effortless Meditation
• Energy Healing (Quantum Touch)
• Finger Pressure Massage
• Flower Remedies
• Heart Thread
• Journey Therapy
• Myofascial Release
• Pain Release Meditation
I’m Marie Rayner of Sole to Soul
Why do I practice holistic therapies? Because I believe in them. Once you've read my story, you'll see why:
Without ME (Myalgic Enchephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) there would be no Sole to Soul today.
In about 1978 I had a flu vaccination and promptly went down with flu. From then, my life changed. I struggled to recover from that bout of flu and gradually found I could do less and less until my world revolved around working (as a Chiropody Service Manager with Bury Health Authority) and sleeping.
I was in my early 30's and thought I was getting old.
In 1989, by now working part time for Lancaster Health Authority (as it was then)
we were encouraged to have Tetanus and HepB vaccinations. I did -
A nurse in the Occupational Health Department suggested that it might be ME. I investigated
books from the library, reading them in small chunks, and to my horror (and relief)
found that I could tick just about every symptom box there was -
Not one to give into anything I began the search for a cure. One book I ploughed
my way through had a throw away line near the end that said "Meditation helps some
people". It was as though it was written in bold print. When a short time after this
the Consultant I was seeing at the hospital (a lovely man called Dr Williamson) asked
me if I had ever thought of meditating, I thought that someone was trying to tell
me something! The same consultant also gave me my first experience of reflexology
when he pressed the spleen reflex on my foot and I nearly shot through the roof -
It was the summer of 1990 and I lived near Lancaster University. It was the time of the annual Summer School. In the programme was a course of 5 half days of meditation techniques. A neighbour offered to take me and bring me home (I'd had to give up driving by this time) so I enrolled and began a 12 month period of solitary meditation. Somehow, when I meditated the pain didn't go away but it didn't hurt the same.
I did everything I could think of to help myself. I joined the local ME support group
and went to meetings looking for answers. I had food intolerance tests done and drastically
altered my diet to cut out the offending foods -
There was no one place I could go to find my answers. Over the next several years
Towards the end of 1994 I felt like I'd reached a plateau. I was much better than
I had been but I was "stuck". It was then that I met Michael Mann at the Lancaster
NFSH Healing Centre. And through Michael I met his partner, Dorothy Burton and also
Pauline Turner who is still my guide and mentor. In January 1995 I went on a training
course run by Michael which introduced me to dowsing with a pendulum and to the charts
and workbooks developed by the trio of Pauline, Dorothy and Michael. This unlocked
my block! In August of that year I moved to Bentham (with my two young cats Sophie
and Duchess) -
In the summer of 1996, I felt well enough to work again -
After several false starts, in June 2009, nine years to the day from the beginnings on Station Road, Sole to Soul moved to new purpose built premises on Grasmere Drive in Bentham and became a Holistic Therapy Centre.
As well as the therapies that I offer, I teach a Self Awareness course using dowsing
with Charts, developed by Michael, Dorothy and Pauline. I also teach courses that
I have developed based on my experiences over the years of recovery -
Facilities at Sole to Soul
On the ground floor there are two Therapy Rooms (which are available to rent by the
day or half day), Marie's Chiropody/Podiatry Suite linked to her Therapy Room, a
light, comfortable Reception Area and Waiting Room, Toilet with disabled access and
a Staff Room -
If you are a Therapist interested in renting a room at Sole to Soul and you offer a Therapy not already available in the Bentham area, please contact us for further details.
AIMS OF THE CENTRE
To use natural holistic therapies to enhance the body’s natural self healing abilities.
To encourage people to take an active part in improving their health and in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
To raise awareness of the principles of good health.
To broaden the range of holistic therapies available in Bentham
To work in co-
Our aim is to go beyond the simple relief of symptoms, which is beneficial in the short term, to look at the underlying causes of a problem. Working with these can lead to longer term relief, or even permanent resolution, as well as helping to improve the quality of life.
HOURS OF OPENING
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