It is amazing to discover that art has existed at times when we imagine physical survival to have been the uppermost priority. Perhaps this can tell us that the human being has regarded survival of the soul as being at least of equal importance to physical survival, if not more so. The ancient cave paintings testify to this and recently even older works of art have been discovered.
“Continuous exposure to the arts is one of the best ways to prepare ourselves for relationship: Much better than relying on the psychological in our approach to life. More important than the particular theme we find in the arts which may give us insight into relationship is the general education in poetic thinking and living that the arts provide. Through immersion in the arts, our reflection on life becomes larger, so that when we are confronted with the challenges of relationship we will have a rich imagination to bring to them and the ability to think poetically.” Thomas Moore “Soul Mates” ISBN 0-06-092-496-9
Art is a gateway into the soul. When we practice art we play- just as earnestly as we did when we were children. We can communicate something from the depth of our soul without using words and can thus be more truly in tune with ourselves.
Art therapy recognises the tremendous power and necessity for art in our lives. It is my firm conviction that life without the presence of art life will become empty and shallow and ultimately lead to illness of both body and soul. We all know that we need to exercise our bodies in order to keep fit. What we may be less aware of is that our soul too needs exercising if it is not to become inert and paralysed, hyperactive or chaotic. Continuing stress, anxiety, depression, worry or a feeling of inadequacy often leads to physical illness.
In the practice of art therapy I use the process of art itself to rekindle the will to be whole. I see the human being itself as a work of art – the beauty and wisdom of our body and the longings and aspirations of our soul. We can describe illness or the feeling of being unwell in artistic terms – what is lacking, what is too much – and in doing so provide the tools to address imbalances. Art becomes becomes in this way the healing agent.
By engaging with certain specific and tailor made artistic exercises, our emotions and feelings can be stimulated, calmed or ordered according to the individual disposition and situation that has led to illness or crisis – and it can be fun too! Many people starting out with Art Therapy often report that their powers of observation have been greatly enhanced, their sensitivity to and appreciation of colours in nature stimulated and that they become aware of hidden parts of themselves and discover an inner source of creativity. Art Therapy can also accompany a person on this journey.
Good Mood Stabiliser
Daily practice of eurythmy therapy has proved a good mood stabiliser for me.
The acupuncture treatments shifted my state of health
The acupuncture treatments shifted my state of health and my understanding of it, and I felt accompanied in this process of recovery in a gentle, kind and professional way. All in all it was much more than “needles” and I would definitely recommend Paloma.
The support and treatment he provides is beyond compare
Dr Andrew Evans is very friendly and helpful taking away any nervousness you might feel. The support and treatment he provides is beyond compare and has made a big difference to my life! Liz Hart
It has given clear focus to my life.
I have enjoyed my art therapy and the clear focus it has given to my life. My daily purpose and direction has been eased by it. It has freed me up of my pointless baggage. I feel better about my self and my life, more cheerful, much less unhappy. It has been an important process for putting my life into better perspective. I can feel my inner happiness coming through and do feel lighter in myself today-SJT
I will be forever grateful for Karin’s help.
I contacted Karin at a very difficult time in my life where I was physically suffering from my many years of mental health issues. I was unable to work and the fear of where to go or what to do was overwhelming. Karin, along with her art therapy was able to help me find a way to function and slowly build on the strengths I needed to pull on to move forward. I have never thought I could draw/paint and was scared to even try, but she encouraged me to have faith in the process. I found the process each week to be so easy to concentrate on that I was able to have a fews hours peace from all the confusion in my head. I was able to see Karin within a good time frame when I was most at need and she supported the urgency to get started on the work, and give invaluable ideas to help in daily life. - Anon
Comfort and Support
During my recent cancer treatment Ursula gave me much comfort and support with gentle but very deep and meaningful eurythmy exercises. I highly recommend her therapy.
An Exemplary Doctor
In my opinion, Dr Claudia Kempfen is an exemplary doctor. As a patient with a rare condition she has been supportive and genuinely caring, researching where necessary and pursuing channels of further investigation. Her attention to detail is unfaltering and thorough. I consider her humanitarian attitude a further gift for those in her care. MF 15.07.2016
Waiting for surgery
Until I came to see you I was waiting for surgery. With your help I’m now completely free of back pain. B. C., Bristol
I can now carry my shopping again
After 20 years of back pain I can now carry my shopping again! P. Howarth, Stroud
Alexander Technique has been by far the most helpful
Thank You So Much
It was so lovely to see you again and I cannot thank you enough for coming over to my house and giving me an Alexander lesson. I am so grateful and lucky to have such a wonderful, intuitive and supportive person in my life as you, who can recharge and restore my inner sense of well-being and self-belief! Thank you so much Rachel.
I am 67 and went to Rachel because of recurrent headaches and migraine which I’ve suffered from since my early twenties. Chiropractic worked temporarily but the headaches always returned. After just the first session with Rachel I knew that I had found my answer. I have had ten sessions now and have not had a headache for seven weeks and, despite feeling completely better, I have decided to continue fortnightly for another few weeks because I know the technique has so much more to teach me. It has changed my life in many ways and Rachel is a wonderful example of the Technique in practice.
Dr Andrew Evans is little short of a miracle worker! He transformed me from a hobbling wreck to a reasonable upright and free moving 73 year old!!! Highly recommended. Peter J
Art Therapy with Karin Jarmin
These sessions were painting the map of my future! I am deeply grateful for this wisdom and expertise that Karin brings to her sessions. A.A.
I could feel myself growing taller
After a short demonstration in which Rachel assessed and guided me through some sitting and standing exercises, I could feel myself growing taller. My arms lengthened, I was breathing more evenly and have been making a conscious effort to sit straight, even when driving.
Totally Headache Free
I visited Andrew over a year ago because bad headaches were affecting me. With his expertise and knowledge, I am now totally headache free and always leave with a total sense of general well being - feeling totally revitalised!!! Tracey L
St Luke’s Art Therapy
I now feel armed with knowledge and tools that really help me; not only have I been supported in my journey to get well, but I have also discovered a new way of seeing life and a skill which I had always wished I possessed, but never had the chance or indeed the inclination to follow. With the nurturing and caring support I have received from Karin, I have found within myself a centre of peace, calm and inner confidence which I can use to apply to every day life. H.R.
Biographical Councilling Testimonial
Through helping me to discover the connections between different times of my life, and exploring present struggles, Andrea has enabled me to find a new peace and acceptance of both myself and others. I feel more light-hearted, and the world is more enjoyable. J
I have learned that Alexander Technique is much more than a way to correct posture. It is about recognising the influence of the body on how we feel and think. In a professional capacity, more recently I have noticed people mention my openness and approachability in meetings. This is a direct result of my improved posture and awareness. Without doubt it has contributed to successful outcomes from meetings, including winning new business. For anyone who has an open mind, is looking to increase confidence and be less self conscious I do not hesitate to recommend Rachel and her teaching of the Alexander Technique.
I have suffered from back problems much of my life (recently discovered one leg is longer than the other) and must say the longest time pain free was after a series of sessions with Andrew - only not having more because I left the country! Bruce Fenton
I enjoyed the sessions immensely. Rachel is very calm and reassuring and she put me at my ease. The room in which we worked was quiet and peaceful – a place of quiet sanctuary which made me feel safe and secure.
I feel so blessed to have met Andrew. I have experienced such a profound level of healing after each treatment I have had, on a mind, body and soul level. Andy is an incredibly caring, professional, wise and knowledgeable Soul and works with such integrity to get to the root of the issue presented enabling healing to take place. The ladies at the centre are so welcoming, calm and approachable too. To echo a previous reviewer, I have found my treatments to be life changing on so many levels. Thank you.