Holistic therapy

What we think we become

My journey

Annette Graham

I have been working with holistic therapies since 2006. I originally got into an ‘alternative’ way of healing when I found myself in the middle of divorcing my husband and becoming a single mother to two little girls. Coupled with bringing traumatic childhood issues into my adulthood, I became so overwhelmed by day to day living. I went to the doctors who immediately wanted to put me on anti depressants. For me, I knew I wanted to not blanket what I was feeling but find I different way. This does not by any means mean I belittle the use of anti depressants and the need for people to have them, it was just, something else was calling me. I stumbled upon an article about reiki, this form of healing just resonated with me, and at the same time a friend had just had another friend recently learn it, so I booked an appointment.

Throughout the session I felt relaxed, I did at the time expect miracles, I wanted that one session to fix me and I skipped along my merry way after. It didn’t happen like that, but it did change my direction in life and, give me a sense of peace and understanding. I knew I had to learn more, so I booked a course of learning reiki at level one, this in turn gave me more tools with which to deal with day to day living. I went on to learn level two and reiki master/ teacher level. I didn’t start living this spiritual life where nothing went wrong, it did!! I went on to still choose toxic relationships and situations and find myself in debt. By that time I hadn’t learnt to listen to my thoughts and what I was constantly telling myself. The reiki though stayed with me and was the support I needed. I went on to train in the anatomy of the body, massage, reflexology, acupressure, reiki drum shamanic healing, crystal healing, nutrition, karuna reiki, amongst other things.

I started Harmony and Balance in 2009, but not with the confidence and experience I have now, it has grown as I have. I wanted to pass on a different way of being to as many people as I can. I work physically if needed just for deep relaxation with a massage or energetically, looking at you as a whole. Everyone’s needs are individual, everyone’s journey is unique, with this in mind I listen to what you need intuitively and do all that I can to guide you to a happier way of being. I don’t poop rainbows daily and ride a unicorn whilst patronising how you should be living, but I do know there is no such thing as a bad situation, you are simply being redirected to a better way of living. That we have all the tools we need within us if we are willing to listen, that we have power over our thoughts and once we realise that it opens up a whole new way of being, that this life isn’t meant to be a struggle. Shit happens, we can’t control that, but we can control how we react, and when our body breaks down physically, it’s trying to tells us something. Two years ago mine did, big time, I was juggling 4 jobs forgetting all I had learnt and not trusting in myself, it made me reevaluate, regroup and take a different direction, my body started to heal again. I feel so passionate about passing all I have learnt to those I meet, to give them the tools to get the most out of life, life is for living.

Phil Joiner from Ware says:

“Sometimes life deals you harsh blows and for a while you are lost. It was just at this time that a good friend of mine suggested I contact Annette, whom he said did a ‘mean’ massage. Well it was time to start to treat myself so I made an appointment and discovered a very professional and brilliant masseuse. What was even more important was that she instinctively empathised with my pain. I quickly realised that I loved the relaxing massage for my body but. Also just by chatting to her was great therapy for my mind. On her suggestion I have also has reflexology and reiki, both of which have helped me come to terms with the past and made me look forward to a bright new future. 

I could not recommend Annette more highly – lovely lady, professional, knowledgable and great at all the treatments. She deserves all the success in the world. XX”

Treatments

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage uses softer strokes on the bonier and more delicate parts of the body, and stronger strokes where there is thicker muscle coverage. This sensitivity to pressure makes it ideal for relaxation.

Besides the calming benefits, Swedish massage is good for:

  • easing muscular strain by flushing out toxins
  • improving circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood
  • helping to keep ligaments and tendons supple
  • stimulating the nervous system
  • reducing emotional and physical stress

Within all my massage therapies, I use Neals yard organic essential oils. This is adapted to whatever emotional or physical need you bring to the session.

Warm bamboo massage

Gently warmed bamboo canes are used to give a deep massage. The heat from the canes makes the muscles relax and allows deeper manipulation. This Asian technique helps to detoxify and aid lymphatic drainage making it a good anti cellulite treatment too. This treatment will be personalised to target your areas of concern.

Trigger point massage

A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be a dull ache, or sharp and intense.

Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.

The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries

Reflexology

Reflexology is the application of gentle pressure by the fingers and thumbs to certain specific points in the feet called ‘reflexes’. These specific points are mapped out in accordance with the anatomy of the body. The pressure applied during a reflexology treatment creates a stimulation of electrical energy flowing through the nerve pathways from the feet to the brain. The brain then sends these impulses to specific areas of the body and then encourages the body’s own natural healing potential.

This detoxifies the system, speeds lymphatic drainage and boosts the immune system. It is excellent for arthritis, asthma, back pain, colitis, digestive complaints, eczema, fertility problems, hay fever, hormone imbalance, joint pain, migraine, menopause, PMS, pregnancy related symptoms, rheumatism, tinnitis, vertigo and whiplash, and many other symptoms.

Crystal healing

An energy based system of healing. We are made up of different energies and when this becomes stagnant, unbalanced or unblocked, it can cause illness. Different types of crystals have different properties and energies. By having them near they can affect our energy on all levels, ‘mind , body and spirit’ in a most profound and positive way. I work intuitively connecting with you, then finding the right crystals to balance your chakras, revitalise you and clear blocks.

Acupressure seated chair massage

Chair Massage course is specifically designed for the back, neck, shoulders, the arms, hands and scalp. Seated Massage is also known as ‘On Site Chair Massage’ and ‘Acupressure Massage’.

Extremely Popular Therapy – Clothing does not need to be removed, ideal for the office.

It can be carried out in almost any setting from offices to the gym or even outdoors, at all types of events.

Many people use this therapy in offices, it is ideal as it is administered over clothing and is very effective for people with back and shoulder issues.

No creams or oils are used.

Reiki

Reiki (pronounced RAY KEY) is a japanese word meaning Universal life energy. This energy is used as a non-invasive healing technique which is profoundly relaxing. When the body and mind are relaxed, then healing and re-balancing can occur.

Reiki is an ancient art of healing given to the recipient by placing the hands lightly in specific positions on the body, or by hovering just above. The recipient may be seated or laying down, and remains clothed throughout.

Reiki enhances energy levels, brings inner calm, relief from stress, tension and physical ailments, there is no condition that reiki would not benefit from with this treatment.

It channels energy to the body in a particular pattern to heal and harmonise, intending to relax the body, clear blockages and restore vitality.

Reiki Drumming

All cultures around the world have embraced the drum at some point in their history for healing, meditation, sacred ritual and for connecting with the Divine. Frame drums are some of the oldest musical instruments and there is evidence of ritual shamanic use as early as the Paleolithic Era. A revered and sacred tool of priestesses and holy men, indigenous shamans, nomadic and tribal communities, the use of the drum today for its ceremonial, spiritual, healing and therapeutic benefits has not changed a great deal since the time of the earliest civilisations.

Reiki is a system of natural healing which has also been in use for many thousands of years. Rei-Ki means spiritual energy or universal life-force energy. At an atomic level everything which exists in the Universe is made up of energy vibrating at different rates. Humans are also comprised of electromagnetic energy and in healing Reiki acts holistically, affecting all the energies comprising the human body, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Reiki is non invasive and has been shown to effectively stimulate the relaxation response.

Combining Reiki and Drumming creates the Reiki Drum Technique, a method of utilising the drum to introduce Reiki energy into a person’s energy field to bring about deep relaxation thereby releasing deep seated tensions and achieving homeostasis. The drum rhythm reminds the body of its optimal vibration.

There have been many scientific research studies conducted to discover the effect sound and drumming have on the human body and psyche. Research has indicated that even drumming for a short period of time can induce an alpha state, brainwaves associated with wellbeing and euphoria. Drumming helps people express and address emotional issues, aiding in the removal of blockages and producing emotional release. Studies have linked drumming with positive effects on Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients, emotionally disturbed teens, recovery addicts and trauma patients. I have found this therapy amplifies the already wonderful healing of reiki alone, allowing a release of unwanted emotions and the body to return to its natural homeostasis state.

Reiki drum group session run once a month (first Wednesday of the month) at Benson hall, Buntingford. £10 per session

Learn Reiki

I teach in the original system of Reiki, tracing the lineage back to it’s origins. I pass the teachings of this system onto you in the most simple, beautiful way.

  • Level one £130
  • Level two £160
  • Master level £350

Danielle Halley from Hoddesdon says:

“Annette was recommended via a family friend as I had been suffering 4-5 migraines a week whilst pregnant. When I met her, she was not only thorough and professional but incredibly warm and easy going. After my first session, my migraines stopped and I was comforted even further when Annette followed up on this to check how I was. I have had many other sessions with Annette because she is the only therapist I have found to read my mood and react appropriately to it. She makes me feel so comfortable that I cannot believe I haven’t known her all of my life. I have recommended her to many members of my family and friends – all who have loved the therapies she offers. She is incredible.”

Prices

TreatmentsPrices
Full body massage, one hour£35
Back massage, half hour£20
Reiki, one hour£35
Reiki, half hour£20
Reflexology, one hour£35
Combination of massage and reflexology, 90 minutes£50
Combination of massage and reiki, 90 minutes£50
Acupressure chair treatment, 30 minutes£20
Indian head treatment, 30 minutes£20
Ear candling (40 minutes, including head and ear massage)£35
Warm bamboo massage£35
ClassesPrices
Reiki drum group session£10 per person
TeachingPrices
Learn reiki - Level one £130
Learn reiki - Level two£160
Learn reiki - Master level£350

Kerry Atkins from Stevenage says:

“I literally don’t know where to start in my recommendation of Annette and her amazing services!!! She has helped me so much over the years, and i would be truly lost without her. Recommended by a friend and I’m so glad i started going to her, Have been receiving reiki healing from her for almost if not longer than 2 years now.. and the change in myself is amazing.. she picks up on every mood and feeling and helps through the power of reiki to overcome hurdles of past and present life! one of the most caring people i have the pleasure of knowing.”

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Rayner Chambers from Buntingford says:

“Annette is literally the most gifted person I have ever met. I trained in beauty therapy when I was younger and I absolutely hated having treatments elsewhere. My biggest disappointment at any place or spa was a massage, as they always seemed like a fly and didn’t listen to me and I had existing injuries I needed considering. Then I met Annette – She has done massage, Reflexology and Reiki healing for me – I can’t fault her. She makes you feel relaxed and zen the moment you enter her house. It also helps that she is one of the kindest and pure people I’ve met in a long time. Just superstar who deserves all the success. No, I am not a best friend, I didn’t know her before and I’m not being paid to do this – she is just great off her own merit.”

Alison Wilkinson from Puckeridge says:

“I truly believe Annette is an angel, literally! – I started seeing her when I kept getting injuries from run training and was recommended to her by a friend for some reiki. My leg is so much better but also my stress levels are better and I seem more able to cope with things. I’ve since seen her for other treatments and massage – all incredible. Everyone needs an Annette in their life, I’m so glad I’ve found one!

Contact

Annette Graham, Harmony and Balance, Mill Close, Buntingford

Lets talk: 07769 183286

Message me: anewman835@aol.com

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Hazel Jacobs from Hitchin says:

“Annette is one amazing ,lovely and generous lady. I was recommended to Annette 5 years ago and haven’t looked back since. She treats to whole of you with a beautiful range of treatments and techniques all coupled with her own very special spiritual gifts. I would recommend Annette unreservedly to anyone who needs help to master life and also just to relax and become yourself.”