Meet our Herbalists and Therapists
Robyn James MNIMH
Robyn is a highly experienced herbal practitioner and herbal educator. She has been in practice as a medical herbalist in Sheffield since 1998. Her particular interest is in the use of herbs to treat hormone problems, especially thyroid imbalance.
Robyn is the former programme leader for the Open University BSc(Hons) Herbal Medicine course at Lincoln College and the current President of her professional body, the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.
Carol Burnett MNIMH
"I have great faith in the capacity of the human body and mind to heal itself, and in the power of herbs to assist this process.
I have used herbs for both First Aid situations and chronic conditions with great success and know them to be powerful and effective medicine. I get a lot of satisfaction from helping someone take charge of their health whether that means solely using herbs of integrating their use with prescribed medicines and the work of other health care professionals
I was lucky enough to study for a BSc in Herbal Medicine at Lincoln University and have been a full time Herbalist ever since. To me being an Herbalist is a way of life not just a career and includes growing and gathering from the wild many of the herbs that I use to make the tinctures, teas and creams that I use in practice."
Joy Holmes RN BSc (Herbal Medicine)
Before joining the Nether Edge Herbarium Joy had a successful 28 year career as a Nurse. She now runs her private practice from north Sheffield and has joined the Nether Edge team as one of our face to face Herbalists.
"I believe the traditional approach of using plant medicines along with positive lifestyle changes can be a sustainable, accessible and empowering journey to wellness. We have used plants to help us for thousands of years, we don't have to stop because we now have modern medicine, integrating the two offers us the opportunity to engage with ourselves and what is ailing us in a mindful way. Herbal medicine seeks to treat the person with a condition, the herbal consultation offers me the opportunity to get to the heart of health issues by having time to ask questions and listen, it's what makes the medicine so individual to each and every patient."
Joy enjoys the variety of being a general herbalist and has an interest in helping women with attention deficit disorder.<./p>
"Acupuncture is well known for pain relief and is used for much more as well. This includes a wide range of physical problems and also emotional or mental health issues. My acupuncture incorprates different styles. I learnt TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine - a Chinese Communist invention) at college, and have since learnt different methods. I adapt my needling technique to suit the client - some like it heavy and others much lighter. I gauge this as I'm working.
Faye qualified as a medical herbalist BSc (Hons) in 2017 and has been working with herbs since that time as well as qualifying and working as a massage therapist elsewhere in Sheffield.
“Plants and people have evolved side by side for millennia in deep symbiosis with one another. Herbs have always been a crucial part of human healthcare and can be worked with to alleviate issues ranging from a first aid to chronic illness and autoimmunity of various sorts.
Exploring an individual’s pattern of symptoms, as well as charting their lifestyle and timeline of health and wellbeing, can give clues to a trained herbalist as to what the underlying causes of illness may be. Consultations involve working with the client to try to make sense of their health journey, culminating with the setting of goals and development of a plan for the medicine, which will then be specifically created in accordance to their needs.”
"I first came into contact with craniosacral therapy in 2014 after a long history of physical complaints and anxiety. Having tried a huge range of different therapies I’ve found that craniosacral has been the most beneficial and supportive.
Through my background in dance and movement I have experienced many forms of bodywork, and my work with Marina Collard, a dance artist and biodynamic craniosacral therapist, inspired me to train as a therapist myself.
The impact of this therapy has been influential and transformative, and continues to support me in finding a centred, grounded and stable lifestyle, allowing me greater insight into myself and my history, and a deepening understanding of the state of others.
Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle treatment for both client and practitioner. It is a beautiful way to be with another human, to be able to meet them non verbally, non judgmentally, exactly where they are at that moment in time. This in itself can be a great facilitator of healing."
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist; a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP), working with adults and young people.
I qualified in 2016, completing my 3-year NCS accredited training in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy with The Academy: S.P.A.C.E in Sheffield. I work in a reflective and committed way; Counselling & Psychotherapy can be powerful tools to help people work through difficulties, leading to a more fulfilling life.
I recognise the benefits of being in nature and offer walks in nature alongside face to face, zoom, telephone and home visits.
Massage & Reiki
Massage and Reiki can work to heal on multiple levels. Our bodies spend so much time in unnatural positions and states in modern society, (from driving, using phones, stress etc) it impacts all of us.
During massage physical muscular tension can be eased and freedom of movement increased. The Reiki energy encourages the body to enter a deeply relaxed, receptive state where it is able to heal itself.
As my practice has deepened, I’ve felt drawn to more intentionally combine the two, with encouraging feedback. I’ve recently qualified as a Sound Bowl Practitioner, so I can include Sound bowls in treatments, which adds an extra layer of healing.
I qualified from Sheffield Centre for Massage Training in 2015 with a L4 Diploma in Holistic Massage. I have completed various CPD courses since, including Deep Tissue and Reiki. I’m also trained in Womb Healing. This gentle non invasive treatment can assist the womb to heal on every level.
My background has involved supporting others, and undertaking my own journey of healing. This has included working in mental health and supporting survivors of domestic abuse, I bring a high level of empathy and care to my treatments.
I see massage as powerful part of a mosaic of self care and healing. Supporting ourselves in multiple ways allows us to heal, flourish and become more resilient to the challenges of life.