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Our aim is to go beyond the simple relief of symptoms, which is beneficial in the short term, looking at the underlying causes of the problem. Working with these can lead to longer term relief, or even permanent resolution, as well as helping to improve the quality of your life. We are achieving this by:
•Using natural holistic therapies to enhance the body’s natural self healing abilities.
•Encouraging people to take an active part in improving their health and in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
•Raising awareness of the principles of good health.
•Broadening the range of holistic therapies available in Bentham
•Working in co-
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Sole to Soul,
Our aim is to go beyond the simple relief of your symptoms…learn more
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Marie Rooke (Rayner)
Marie Rooke established Sole to Soul, Holistic Chiropody, Podiatry and Therapy Centre, in the market town of Bentham in June 2000.
Marie trained at the Salford School of Chiropody and graduated in 1973 as top student of her year. She worked mainly in the Health Service from 1973 – 1990, but also with her father in his Chiropody Practice in Leyland. Then ill health struck and M.E. was diagnosed. She was unable to work for a while and left her job with the Health Service.
Her journey back to health brought her to an awareness of Complementary Therapies It was during this time that she began to train as a Healer, learned the techniques of Reflexology and Finger Pressure Massage and took a Certificate in Counselling.
Now fully recovered, she successfully combines Chiropody/Podiatry and Complementary Therapies in her Practice. She continues her therapy and healing development work with regular workshops and courses run by Pauline Turner, Founder of the International School of Awareness (ISoA) and with the Jing Institute of Advanced Massage Training . She is also a registered teacher with the ISoA and teaches her own courses as well as those developed by ISoA.
Marie is a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. She follows their guidelines on Continuing Professional Development and is registered with the Health Care Professions Council.
If you would like to find out more, or make an appointment, please contact us at Sole to Soul.
Marie Rooke’s (Rayner) fascinating story and her journey back to health
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 -