I have been involved in both
orthodox medicine (physiotherapy) and complementary medicine for over
40years and have remained at the forefront of my chosen profession in
the clinical field and education.
I spent my early years in general
practice and sports medicine and was Hon. Physiotherapist to the British
Amateur Athletic Board as well as to Combined Services Rugby and Royal
Naval Rugby teams. Since branching out from sports medicine I have studied
many different approaches to therapy and healing including acupuncture,
acupressure, homoeopathy, reflexology, chakra energy healing, polarity
therapy, biomagnetics, iridology, massage, manipulative therapy, reiki,
naturopathy, radionics and craniosacral therapy.
Having this broad spectrum of knowledge, together with an orthodox background
has given me great experience in many varied forms of analysis/diagnosis
and hence the ability to ascertain the root cause of a condition and not
just to palliate its symptoms.
I served in the Medical Branch
of the Royal Navy from 1965 to 1979 when I worked in hospitals and on
board ship (HMS Grenville) for a year. I spent the last five years of
my service time as physiotherapist to the Royal Marines where acute medicine
was encountered first hand. I also had a spell as head of the medical
team at the Royal Tournament. Between 1979 and late 2002 I worked as a
natural medicine consultant from my homes in Devon, Milton Keynes and
Lincolnshire as well as in Harley Street, London.
I spent a year as Director of
Therapies at Tyringham Naturopathic Clinic (near Milton Keynes) in the
mid 90's and also had the good fortune to work at other practitioners'
practices in London, Northampton, St. Neots and Louth. In January 2004
I took the decision to retire from full time clinical work due to on going
aggravation with long term spinal problems. I gave up clinical work altogether
at the end of 2011 just prior to cervical spinal fusion and decompression
surgery. This has given me more time to write books and articles as well
as teaching others the many unique ways of healing that I have devised.
In October 2005 I was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of
Physiotherapy for my work in the integration of professional complementary
therapy into mainstream physiotherapy. I am past Chairman of the Association
of Chartered Physiotherapists in Energy Medicine (ACPEM) and am past President
of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) as
well as having been Journal and Newsletter for 5 different CSP Professional
I am devoted to the advancement
of professional complementary medicine within the umbrella of physical
therapy. My hobbies are classical music (especially Beethoven, Tchaikovsky
and Wagner), walking, model making and looking after our dog (named 'Bones'),sheep,
hens, ducks, geese, love-bird and our 13 acre croft. I also serve on a
local management committee. I have also been a Methodist Local Preacher
since 1990 but have little opportunity in conducting worship in a remote
part of the Scottish Isles where there are no Methodist chapels.
This began as far back as 1972
when I gave a talk on Sports Injuries to the local Physiotherapy Branch.
Since then I have lectured at 6 Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
annual conferences plus 16 CSP Specific Interest Group annual conferences.
I have also lectured widely on the continent.
In 1979 I founded, with my wife
Andrea (also a chartered and state registered physiotherapist), Moorlands
Natural Medicine Teaching Centre at our home in Newton Abbot, Devon. I
then commenced to specialize in running weekend experiential workshops
for fellow professionals. These were mostly in acupressure and reflextherapy
but diversified into radiesthesia, naturopathy and homoeopathy.
I have organised and taught at hundreds of workshops
and seminars in most areas of the UK and Europe. For many years I have
taught the 5/6-day workshop 'Healing with the Chakra Energy System'.
This has undoubtedly influenced scores of delegates into changing their
working practices. I took a break from giving workshops for the early
part of 2002 whilst settling into a new lifestyle in Skye but commenced
again in 2005. Up to now, I have concentrated on teaching post graduate
courses to medical professionals. Click here
I have written hundreds of articles
over the years on various aspects of healing for lay and professional
publications. I was journal editor in both the sports medicine and acupuncture
groups of the CSP for many years and have been the newsletter editor for
the Cranio-Sacral Therapy Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. Non-physiotherapy
publications include an article for Virgin publications called ‘The
orthodox alternative' and one on 'Christian Healing'
for the Guild of Health. I have recently had 2 articles published in the
journal 'Spiritual Lifestyles' on 'Aspects of Energy Medicine' and 'Light
As most of you will realise,
there is a huge gap between writing articles and books. In 1998, the medical
editor of Butterworth Heinemann asked me to suggest titles in Professional
Complementary Medicine. This resulted in the publication of 'Complementary
Therapies for Physical Therapists' in 2000 for which I wrote
2 chapters. At the same time, I had been commissioned to write 2 books
on Clinical Acupressure. These were published in 2000
and 2001. As from July 2007 I own the copyright for these two books. They
are both now out of print.
My third book titled, 'Healing
with the Chakra Energy System....Acupressure, Bodywork and Reflexology
for Total Health' was published in October 2006. This describes
in detail how the therapist can use the chakra energy system with acupressure,
cranio-sacral therapy, reflexology and hands on/ off healing. The sequel
to this book 'Acupuncture and the Chakra Energy System - Treating
the Cause of Disease' was published in July 2008 in
the USA and September 2008 in the UK.
An A4 size, spiral bound practical
workbook entitled 'Reflected Energy Pathways - a practical workbook
for physical therapists' was published on 20 March 2008. It includes
acupoints and reflex points on the limbs, spine, abdomen, skull, face,
tongue, teeth, ear, hands, feet and eyes. This is an absolute first!!
A second reprint was carried out by Lotus Publishing in June 2009 containing
all the same illustrations but with a different cover and binding.
In February 2009, Lotus Publications
approached me to write ' The Concise Book of Acu-points'.
This book was published in September 2010. I completed the manuscript
of 'Light Touch Reflextherapy' in March 2012.
It describes the many and various ways of using the reflexes of the body
in healing. It was published mid May 2012. This was followed by a look
at two other chakras - the Soma and Hridaya in an article that may be
used in a future tome.
The publication to follow this
one is well into its planning stages and is to be titled 'The
Holistic Spine and Skull- Reflections and Associations''. It
will describe the many varied reflected areas on the feet, hands, skull,
temple, arm and leg and how to treat the spine via these reflected areas.
It also deals with the many energy medicine aspects of spinal healing
including Polarity Therapy, Spinal Chakras, Traditional Chinese Medicine,
Endocrine and Autonomic Nerve influence, and the neural, organic and emotional
associations at each level. My second clinical poster of the same name
will enhance this publication. Click here for details.
This book should be published by late 2013.
Following this will be a book
on 'The Minor Chakras' - and how to use these powerful
centres with acupuncture and touch therapy
I may also write 'Clinical
Acupressure and Reflextherapy in Musculo-Skeletal and Medical Conditions
' that would represent a revamping of my first two books in that
they will be completely updated.
OF ALL THE ABOVE CAN BE FOUND UNDER 'PUBLICATIONS'
I think that there is
a need for a good medical texbook covering the many aspects of MEDICAL
DOWSING, using a pendulum, the fingers and the many Listening Posts on
the body. Feedback from therapists (and potential book purchasers) is
required please. Publishers need to know that the idea is a sound one
and that the potential for sales is 'out there'.
Away from medicine, I have always
been fascinated by the art forms that depict the Christian Cross (something
Freudian here) I have collected hundreds of examples over the years and
would like to publish them in a booklet.
Who knows what will follow after
that!! It has been suggested by many of my colleagues that I write a potted
life history of the struggles that we had in the early 1970's in attempting
to learn, practise and teach complementary therapies that were very much
ahead of their time. It will include my life long struggle with a spinal
deformity that has significantly influenced my life and chosen pathway.
Above all, though it will be humorous and anecdotal, reflecting the fun
side of medicine and the incredible things that people say and do. It
may be called 'A life in the day of…'.
Watch this space!!