My name is Cathy Chiplen
I have been building my Complementary Therapy practice since 2005. Initially offering Reflexology and Reiki, and more recently I have added Sound Healing, and Gentle Release Therapy to my portfolio.
I am also a qualified ‘Soul Midwife’ – End of Life Companion which is a holistic and spiritual companion to the dying, supporting people during a life-limiting illness, and helping them to have a gentle transition at the end of their life. Following some deeply profound personal experiences with death over the last 20 years I trained in 2017 with Felicity Warner, founder of the Soul Midwives School, Dorset. I am deeply honoured to be a mentor for newly qualified Soul Midwives in the Somerset, Devon & Bath And North East Somerset areas. Please see my Soul Midwifery Page for more information on this heart-led work.
I am passionate about empowering people to achieve a real sense of health, harmony and wellbeing. I can help you to rest, relax and really give yourself the time and space you need to just BE. I heard a saying recently along the lines of ‘we are human beings, not human doings’ and that really resonates with me ….. so often we are so caught up in the minutiae of everyday life, it’s hard to stand back, take stock and just breathe. That’s where I can help you to reconnect to yourself and to assist you to get your mind, body, emotions and spirit back into balance.
Our bodies are always striving for homeostasis, which is perfect balance, and through our work together I can support you in this. I always say, it’s not me doing the work, it’s you who do it, I am just guiding the way. With a gentle loving touch, the right amount of empathy and shed loads of empowerment I can support and guide you into a greater sense of health and wellbeing.
I support clients with a wide range of varying lifestyles, conditions and needs. I treat you holistically, which means I see you as a whole person rather than a collection of symptoms. I am a fully qualified Gentle Release Therapist, Reflexologist, Sound Healer and a Reiki Master/Teacher in both the Usui tradition and lineage, and more recently in Karuna Reiki, Holy Fire . I hold full membership of the Association of Reflexologists, which is my over-arching professional membership body.
I treat my therapy clients in a relaxed homely environment in my dedicated Treatment Cabin in our garden, and I always give them quality time and focused attention. I work holistically, which means I consider everything about you as an individual, rather than a collection of symptoms. I treat as I find and am governed by my individual client’s needs. My aim is to give each client deeply held space to totally relax and unwind, allowing the body, mind and soul to heal itself.
One of my absolute passions is supporting women along their fertility, conception and birth journey. Through my own struggles with fertility I have a deep understanding of the urgent yearning for a child, and the frustrations and self-recrimination this can bring, not to mention the strain on your relationship. I offer a non-judgemental empathetic listening ear, I have tissues for when you feel low and I will cheer you on when you share your good news with me.
I am a strong advocate for natural pregnancy, childbirth and parenting but I would never push my own views on anyone, I support women and birthing people in all their various choices.
I am a qualified Breastfeeding Peer Supporter and am always happy to assist with any questions regarding any aspect of pregnancy, birthing, breastfeeding and so on. I had all three of my children at home in our own little birthing pool using homeopathy and Hypnobirthing to support me. I am very pro women’s choice for all aspects – Your body, your baby, your choices! See my Helpful Links Page for signposting to other professionals and further resources such as classes and groups supporting new parents.
When I’m not working I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and our three lovely children, one of our favourite activities is walking our dog, Saffy, at Hestercombe Gardens, or on the surrounding hills. I also enjoy a Yoga class each week with my amazing teacher Lena, and a Kayaking, Canoeing or Stand-Up Paddleboarding session with TASCC (Taunton Adventurous Sport Canoe Club) so I have time as just ‘Cathy’ rather than ‘Mum’ or ‘Therapist’!
I firmly believe that choosing the right Therapist is as important as choosing the right Therapy, so I’ve tried to give you a real flavour of myself as a person so you can see if you think we will work well together. I’m always happy to answer further queries and to have a no-obligation chat to see how we get along and discuss how I can potentially support you. Please feel free to give me a call on 07752 899288.
Environmental Ethics Of My Business
I am very concerned about our impact on this beautiful planet so I strive to do all I can, both personally and professionally, to be environmentally friendly and to be an ethical business as well as an ethical family.
For my Reflexology treatments I use beautifully hand-crafted products from The Aromatree Company which are:
100% Pure Essential Oils
Not tested on animals
Hand-made with love
Organic Ingredients used where at all possible
Made in England
For further info or to buy these beautiful products see www.thearomatreecompany.com
I use natural fabrics for my towels and linens and environmentally friendly washing liquid and other cleaning materials.
I reduce, reuse and recycle as appropriate and am actively working to significantly reduce our household plastic waste.
Our home (which is also my business premises), and our car are both ‘carbon neutral’ as we offset with co2balance. They are a local carbon offsetting company which my husband works for. They run energy efficiency projects across the world working with communities in developing countries to deploy a range of efficient technologies aimed at improving their quality of life, improving health and economic outcomes and reducing global emissions.
For further info on their work go to www.co2balance.com