Practitioners form group to promote therapies

Fifteen established therapists took part in the first meeting of a new group working to promote practitioners providing therapies in Ilkley.

Many people are unaware that Ilkley is currently the working base for more than 60 complementary therapists and therapy centres, say organisers.

The group is compiling a directory of complementary therapies and therapists in the Ilkley area and plan to have this available within the next two months.

It will meet every four weeks and will include an informative talk and demonstration form one of the participating therapists.

At the first meeting Andrew Rhys Mansfield led a discussion about osteopathy and his work at the Wells Practice.

Organisers Paul Birch, of Paul Birch Therapy and Coaching, and Jenny Howarth, of Ilkley Complementary Therapies, as members of the Ilkley Business Forum, had been considering the importance to Ilkley of this sector of health care.

“I was amazed at the level of interest from so many local therapists who were wanting to work together, and I felt that we really had to develop this group further after the March festival,” said Mr Birch.

“The meeting last Thursday was very lively. We are fortunate in Ilkley to have such a range of therapies available, and so many well-qualified and experienced teams.”

Many of the therapies work alongside health service treatments, offering welcome additional support throughout the healing process, whether that be a long-term condition or illness, recovery from surgery or dealing with the emotional and mental challenges of working or family life.

Any qualified complementary therapist practising professionally in the Ilkley area, can contact Jenny Howarth on (01943) 603388 or e-mail to find out more about the group.

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