Tuesday 22nd March 2022
Two years into the pandemic, it feels as if holistic health has never been a more hotly discussed topic. With anxiety on the rise and mental health firmly in the spotlight, a more multidimensional approach to wellness feels not only right, but crucial.
At Nizels in Kent, the opening of a new Wellbeing Hub has embraced the concept of holistic health. With a group of practitioners covering therapies from osteopathy to sports massage and physiotherapy, members now have access to a range of holistic treatments on their doorstep for a ‘head to toe’ approach to wellness.
When Registered Nutritional Therapist Anna Homewood approached Nizels back in October looking to pursue a new challenge, her vision was embraced by the club.
“It turns out the idea had already been in their minds about opening a Wellbeing Hub. Given my passion for health and wellbeing, I said; that’s my dream!" The Hub’s aim was to create a complete holistic package for members – a one-stop shop to access a range of wellbeing treatments at their fingertips. “People are viewing their health from a slightly different perspective now – they want to maintain good health as opposed to just fixing an issue when it occurs.”
Despite people being busier again, the pandemic has shone a light on the importance of maintaining good health. “Everyone is much more aware now of how important their health is, so it’s about offering that whole package where they can go to the gym but also have their treatments. There’s a range of practitioners here who aren’t just going to prescribe something, but really try to understand the root cause of what’s affecting your health in the first place and help you to achieve better long-term health.”
Therapies on offer
Health & Nutrition Coaching
Having qualified as a Nutritional Therapist back in 2007, Anna now offers health and nutrition coaching. “It’s a slightly different aspect because as a Nutritional Therapist you’re looking at the root cause and focusing on symptoms, before providing clients with a diet based around that.
However, with the coaching aspect you’re looking at people’s lives holistically, considering stress levels, environment and all the external factors which may be affecting them. It’s all very well knowing what to eat, but you actually have to eat it consistently to get results. So the nutritional therapy and health coaching go hand in hand, because the coaching aspect teaches you and supports you to make the changes you need to see a difference in your health.”
Osteopathy aims to reduce pain, stiffness and lack of movement in the body by diagnosing and treating the symptoms. It also identifies the underlying tension patterns in the body that led to the issue in first place. Seeing an Osteopath can improve symptoms with treatment, exercises and advice, and limit these symptoms recurring in the future.
Osteopath and Cranial Osteopath Tanya McLeish has a postgraduate diploma in paediatric osteopathy. She treats babies, young children and teenagers all the way through to adulthood (including during pregnancy) and later years of life. She receives referrals from physiotherapists, independent midwives, podiatrists, massage therapists, yoga teachers, Pilates instructors and lactation consultants.
“Osteopaths are qualified and experienced practitioners in the musculoskeletal system and treat a wide range of conditions that affect the muscles, bones and joints - including back pain, pelvis and hip pain, headaches arising from the neck, arthritis, tennis elbow and postural problems.”
The first session with an Osteopath typically involves noting a detailed case history and understanding any issues currently being experienced, as well as a past medical history and lifestyle factors. Then a thorough assessment will be done, looking at posture, spine, your joint movements and muscle tone - standing, sitting or lying down. If relevant, some orthopaedic tests may be done to help form a diagnosis.
“Once the assessment is complete, I’ll discuss my findings with you and if I think it’s something I can help with, I’ll advise how many treatments it may take. If appropriate, treatment can usually start on the first session, but there may be circumstances where you need to be referred back to your GP for further investigation. Most patients feel more mobility and less pain after their treatment.”
With over 20 years’ experience, Michael Sterling offers a holistic approach to sports massage at the Hub. Boasting a range of benefits, sports massage can help with all sorts of strains, aches and pains in the body.
Using different types of soft tissue and mobilisation techniques, it can reduce pain, anxiety and muscle tension and promote stronger blood slow, improved mobility and boosted athletic performance. Sports massage can be an important component of rehabilitation following an injury, as well as being a popular choice for active individuals seeking maintenance and injury prevention.
This makes it easy for almost everyone to benefit from the practice, from children to professional sportspeople. In children, sports massage can help with growing pains and posture. Poor posture in children can lead to restricted breathing, which often runs in parallel with anxiety.
One of Michael’s niches is the abdominal massage, as addressing fascia restrictions here can help reduce problems elsewhere. This also helps to relieve tension around the organs and diaphragm which aids digestion and breathing, leading to deeper breaths and ultimately a calmer mild.
Full services and therapies offered:
Cancer Rehab (Breast, Gynaecological & Prostate)
GP & Health Screening
Health & Nutrition Coaching
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy (Male & Female)
The Mummy MOT
Booking a session
Nizels’ new Wellbeing Hub is now open, with a selection of experienced practitioners ready to support you in your wellbeing journey. Look out for banners and leaflets in the club on your next visit with each practitioner’s contact details.
About The Club Company
Majority-owned by Epiris LLP, The Club Company operates 15 country clubs, the majority of which are located in central and southern England. The clubs offer a range of facilities to their members, including championship standard golf courses, premium health and fitness facilities, swimming pools, tennis courts, bars, restaurants and accommodation.