practitionerIf you need to find a practitioner in your local area or wish to know more about a particular complementary therapy, Webhealth has collated a list of professional bodies that can provide that information for you.

When finding a practitioner in your local area you should make sure that they carry a professional qualification and are registered with an organisation. The addresses below will provide a full list of qualified practitioners in your area.

These organisations are there to protect you. Their therapies are covered by insurance, governed by a strict code of practice and have disciplinary procedures in place.Many of these organisations will point you in the right direction should you wish to train in a particular therapy.

PLEASE SELECT A THERAPY


Acupuncture

There are two main groups of practitioners of Acupuncture in the UK. Those who work primarily as specialist acupuncturists and those such as physiotherapists or doctors whom use varying levels of acupuncture as an adjunct to their normal practice. The British Acupuncture Council (BACC) is by far the largest group representing specialist acupuncture.
The British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) mainly represents doctors and the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP), physiotherapists who also use acupuncture. The level of training can vary greatly in both the BMAS and AACP so asking the practitioner what and how long their training was may be helpful.

British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) more information
63 Jeddo Road
London
W12 9HQ
Tel: 020 8735 0400
Fax: 020 8735 0404
Email: info@acupuncture.org.uk
Email for local Practitioner lists: practitioners@acupuncture.org.uk
Website: www.acupuncture.org.uk

British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS)
12 Marbury House
Higher Whitley
Warrington
Cheshire
WA4 4QW
Tel: 01925 730727
Fax: 01925 730492
Email: admin@medical-acupuncture.org.uk
Website: www.medical-acupuncture.org.uk

Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP)
18 Woodlands Close
Dibden Purlieu
Southampton
SO45 4JB
Tel: 023 8084 5901

British Academy Association of Western Acupuncture (MAA)
Broxholme Surgery
12 Poulton Garden Close
Spital
Wirral
L63 9FS
Tel: 0151 343 9168
Website: www.aacp.uk.com


Alexander Technique

Since the 1950’s the Alexander Technique has established itself in the healthcare system. Alexander Technique practitioners refer to themselves as teachers and their clients as students. Established in 1958 The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) is the main body representing the profession. They merged in 1999 with the Alexander Teaching Network, bringing over 800 members together under one body.

Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT)
129 Camden Mews
London
NW1 9AH
Public Enquires: (+44) 020 7284 3338
Membership Enquires: (+44) 020 7482 9135
Co-ordinator (+44) 0207482 5159
Fax: (+44) 0207482 5435
Email: info@stat.org.uk
Membership enquiries: admin@stat.org.uk
Website: www.stat.org.uk


Anthroposophical Medicine

Anthroposophical medicine applies the principles of Rudolf Steiner to healthcare. It is less commonly used in the UK compared to German speaking countries. Many UK practitioners are trained in Switzerland.
Anthroposophy in the UK is represented by a medical association, a nursing association and by art and movement therapists. All groups have core training outside anthroposophy.

Anthroposophical Medical Association (AMA)
Park Attwood Clinic
Trimpley
Bewdley
Worcs
DY12 1RE
Tel: 01299 861 561
Fax: 01299 861375
Email: park.attwood@btinternet.com

Anthroposophical Nurses’ Association (ANA)
Park Attwood Clinic
Trimbley
Bewdley
Worcs
DY12 1RE
Tel: 01299 861561
Fax:01299 861375

Association of Anthroposophical Art Therapists (AAAT)
Stephanie Cooper
‘Wintersfold’
Well Hill
Minchinhampton
Stroud
Glocs
GL6 9JE
Tel: 01453 883396

Association of Eurythmy Therapists (AET)
C/o Anthroposophical Medical Movement Office
Park Attwood Clinic
Trimpley
Bewdley
Worcs.
DY12 1RE

Tel: 01299 861561


Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy and Allied Practitioners Association (AAPA)
Association of Holitic Therapies International (AHTI)
Association of Medical Aromatherapists (AMA)
Association of Natural Medicine (ANM)
Association of Physical and Natural Therapists (APNT)
English Societe de L’Institute Pierre Franchomme (ESIPF)
Guild of Complementary Practitioners (GCP)
Holistic Aromatherapy Foundation (HAF)
The International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA)
International Society of Professional Aromatherapists (ISPA)
International Therapy Examination Council – ITEC Professionals
Register of Qualified Aromatherapists (RQA)
Renbardou Institute (RI) are all members of the Aromatherapy Organisations Council (AOC) and are seeking to provide statutory protection by the title “Aromatherapist”
Aromatherapy is particularly popular among nurses and midwives.

Aromatherapy Organisations Council (AOC) more information
Tel: 020 82517912
Website: www.aoc.uk.net

Aromatherapy and Allied Practioner’s Association (AAPA)
8 George Street
Croydon
Surrey
CR0 1PA

Tel: 020 8680 7761
Fax: 020 8680 7761

Association of Holistic Therapies International (AHTI)
8 Llys Soar
Scott Street
Tynewydd
Rhondda
Mid Glamorgan
CF42 5NA

Tel: 01443 771804

Association of Medical Aromatherapists (AMA)
Abegare
Rhu Point
Helensborough
G84 8NF

Tel: 0141 332 4924

Association of Natural Medicine (ANM)
19a Collingwood Road
Witham
Essex
CM8 2DY

Tel: 01376 502 762
Fax: 01376 502 762
Website: www.anm.org.uk
Email: anm.carole@virgin.net

Association of Physical and Natural Therapists
27 Old Gloucester Road
London
WC1N 3XX

Tel: 0966 181 588

English Societe de L’Institute Pierre Franchomme (ESIPF)
Belmont House
Newport
Essex
CB11 3RF

Tel: 01799 540622
Fax: 01799 541294

Guild of Complementary Practitioners (GCP)
Liddell House
Liddell Close
Finchampstead
Berks.
RG40 4NS

Tel: 0118 973 5757
Email: info@gcpnct.com
Website: www.gcpnet.com

Holistic Aromatherapy Foundation (HAF)
13 The Terrace
Rochester
Kent
ME1 1XN

Tel: 01634 843663
Fax: 0870 1641542

International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) more information
182 Chiswick High Road
London
W4 1PP

Tel: 020 8742 2605
Email: i.f.a@ic24.net
Website: www.int-fed-aromatherapy.co.uk

International Society of Professional Aromatherapists (ISPA)
ISPA House
82 Ashby Road
Hinckley
Leics
LE10 1SN

Tel: 01455 637987
Email: lisabrown@ispa.demon.co.uk
Website: www.the-ispa.org

International Therapy Examination Council – ITEC Professionals
10/11 Heathfield Terrace
Chiswick
London
W4 4JE

Tel: 020 8994 7856
Fax: 020 8994 780
Website: www.itecworld.co.uk

Register of Qualified Aromatherapists (RQA)
PO Box 3431
Danbury
Chelmsford
Essex
CM3 4UA

Tel: 01206 393465
Email: admin@rqa-uk.org
Website: www.rqa-uk.org

Renbardou Institute (RI)
Acorn House
Cherry Orchard Road
Croydon
Surrey
CR0 6BA

Tel: 020 8686 4781
Fax: 020 8649 9291


Bates Method

Bates Association for Vision Education
P O Box 25
Shoreham-by-Sea
BN43 6ZF
Tel: 01273 422090
Fax: 01273 279983
Website: www.seeing.org


Bowen

Bowen Association UK
PO Box 4358
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 7XX
Tel: 0700 2698324
Email: office@bowen-technique.co.uk
Website: www.bowen-technique.co.uk

Bowen Society
122 High Street
Earl Shilton
Leics
LE9 7LQ
01455 841800


Chiropractic

With the passage of the Chiropractic Act 1994 the title “Chiropractor” became protected. The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) is the new statutory governing body to which British Chiropractic Association Members (BCA) and McTimoney Chiropractic Association (MCA) members will apply. Up to this point the BCA and the MCA have different training and styles of chiropractic treatment, the McTimoney generally regarded to have a gentler form of manipulation to the BCA members, with a series of smaller adjustments rather than larger single movements.

The McTimoney Chiropractic Association
3 Oxford Court
St James Road
Brackley
Northants
NN13 7XY
Tel: 01280 705050
Fax: 01280 70017
Email: enquiries@mctimoney-chiropractic.org
Website: www.mctimoney-chiropractic.org.uk

British Assoc. of Applied Chiropractic
3 Meadows Close
Skipton under Wychwood
Oxford
OX7 6BY

British Chiropractic Association
Blagrave House
17 Blagrave Street
Reading
Berks
RG1 1QB
Tel: 0118 950 5950
Fax: 0118 9588946
Email: enquiries@chiropractic-uk.co.uk
Website: www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk

Scottish Chiropractic Association
16 Jenny Moore’s Road
St Boswells
TD6 OAL
Tel: 01835 823 645
Email: sca@scottishboarders.co.uk


Counselling & Psychotherapy

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
1 Regent Place
Rugby
Warwicks
CV21 2PJ
0870 443 5252


Craniosacral Therapy

Cranio-Sacral Therapy Association of the UK (CTA)
Monomark House
27 Old Gloucester Street
London
WC1N 3XX
Tel: 07000 784735
Website: www.craniosacral.co.uk

International Cranial Association (ICrA)
(Formally the Cranial Osteopatahic Association)
478 Baker Street
Enfield
Middlesex
EN1 3QS
Tel: 020 8367 5561
Please send a SAE if you require a list of registered practitioners.

The Cranio-Sacral Society (CSS)
2 Marshall Place
Perth
PH2 8AH
Scotland
Tel: 01738 629 444
Email: mail@upledger.co.uk
Website: www.upledger.co.uk


Flower Remedies

Bach Flower Remedies
The Dr Edward Bach Centre
Mount Vernon
Bakers Lane
Sotwell
Oxon
OX10 0PZ
Tel: 01491 834678
Website: www.bachcentre.com

British Flower & Vibrational Essences Association
( BM BFVEA)
London
WC1N 3XX
Tel: 01372 744426
Website: www.bfvea.com


Healing

Healers constitute the largest group of practitioners outside the statutory Professionals (doctors, nurses, physiotherapists etc.)
The majority of organisations in the area have accepted the umbrella body, the Confederation of Healing Organisations (CHO), as representing their interests. The National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH) is by far the largest group with in excess of 5600 members.

National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH) more information
The Old Manor Farm Studio
Church Street
Sunbury-on-Thames
Middlesex
TW16 6RG
Tel: 01932 783 164
Email: office@nfsh.org.uk
Website: www.nfsh.org.uk

College of Psychic Studies (CPS)
16 Queensbury Place
London
SW7 2EB
Tel: 020 7589 3292

World Federation of Healing (WFH)
Enquiries – Mrs Diamond
Tel: 01432 605018


Herbal Medicine

The practice of herbal medicine is one of the oldest healthcare activities. In 1864 what is now the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) was established. In modern times there has been renewed interest in herbal medicine. The Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine, established in 1987, represents those prescribing oriental herbs and applying eastern approaches to diagnosis. Although highly effective as a form of complementary medicine, Chinese herbal medicine has been associated recently with some toxicity problems. Although the problem is on a very small scale it is recommended to seek treatment only from members of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine rather than High Street pharmacies.

National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH)
56 Longbrook Street
Exeter
EX4 6AH
Tel: 01392 426022
Website: www.btinternet.com/~nimh

Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM)
Office 5, Ferndale Business Centre
1 Exeter Street
Norwich
NR2 4QB
Tel: 01603 623994
Fax: 01603 667557
Email: herbmed@rchm.co.uk
Website: www.rchm.co.uk


Homeopathy

Two broad groups; doctors and specialist homoeopathic practitioners practise the profession of homoeopathy. Homoepathy achieved recognition in the original National Health Act of 1950. Five hospitals in Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Tunbridge Wells have provided homoeopathic wards. Doctors practising homoeopathy belong to the Faculty of Homoeopathy.
The Society of Homoeopaths (SH) is the main organisation for specialist homoeopaths.

Society of Homeopaths (SH)
4a Artizan Road
Northampton
NN1 4HU
Tel: 01604 621400
Email: info@homeopathy-soh.org
Website: www.homeopathy-soh.org

British Homeopathic Association / Homeopathy Trust
(Merged 1st September 2000)
15 Clarkenwell Close
London
LC1 ROAA
Tel: 0207 5667800
Website: www.trusthomeopathy.org

UK Homeopathic Medical Association (UKHMA)
6 Livingstone Road
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 5DZ
Tel: 01474 560 336
Email: info@the-hma.org.uk
Website: www.the-hma.org.uk


Hypnotherapy

Due to the large number of professional bodies within the hypnotherapy field, the landscape can be confusing.
A recent move in 1998, which formed the United Kingdom Confederation of Hypnotherapy organisations (UK CHO), has improved the situation. Hypnotherapy remains relatively popular with doctors and dentists. The British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis represents the interests of many of these practitioners.

British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH)
15 Connaught Square
Marble Arch
London
W2 2HG
Tel: 020 7499 2813
Email: sec@bsch.org.uk
Website: www.bsch.org.uk

National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)
PO Box 421
Charwelton
Daventry
NN11 1AS
Tel: 0800 952 0545
Website: www.hypnotherapists.org.uk

British Institute of Hypnotherapy (BIH)
12 Heycroft Road
Eastwood
Essex
SS9 5SW
Tel: 01702 524 484
Email: bih@globalnet.co.uk
Website: www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~bih

International Association of Hypno-Analysts (IAH)
P O Box 180
Bournemouth
BH8 8AS
Tel: 01202 589444
Email: iah@ukgateway.net
Website: www.hypno-analysis.com

National Register of Hypnotherapists
and Psychotherapists (NRHP) more information
12 Cross Street
Nelson
Lancs
BB9 7EN
Tel: 01282 716 839
Email: nrhp@btconnect.com
Website: www.nrhp.co.uk

Hypnotherapy Society (HS)
Hazelwood
Broadmead
Sway
Lymington
Hants
SO41 6DH
Tel: 01590 683 770

British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis
National Office
17 Kepple View Road
Kimberworth
Rotherham
Yorks S61 2AR
Tel: 07000 560309
Email: nat.office@bsmdh.org.uk
Website: www.bsmdh.org.uk

British Hypnotherapy Association
67 Upper Barkerley Street
London
W1H 7DH
Tel: 020 77234443


Iridology

Guild of Naturopathic Iridologists (MGN)
94 Grosvenor Road
London
SW1V 3LF
Tel: 020 78343579
Website: www.gni-international.org

International Association of Clinical Iridologists (RClrA)
853 Finchley Road,
London
NW11 8LX

The Holistic Iridology Association
90 Tudor drive
Mordon
Surrey
SM4 4PF


Kinesiology

Association for Systematic Kinesiology more information
19 Westfield Lane
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN37 7NE

T el: 01424 753375
Email: mariecheshire@hotmail.com
Website: www.kinesiology-uk.com

Kinesiology Federation
Tel: 01438 817998


Massage Therapies

Massage treatment has evolved over the years to deal with sports and other injuries as well as a wide range of health problems and the professional bodies have been established to represent these.
An umbrella group, the British Association for Massage Therapy, combines the four largest groups.
Many massage therapists also apply aromatherapy so there may be an overlap between members of the different groups.

London & Counties Society of Physiologists (LCSP)
330 Lytham Road
Blackpool
FY4 1DW
Tel: 01253 408 443
Email: admin.lcsp@ic24.net
Website: www.lcsp.uk.com

Association of Holistic Biodynamic
Massage Therapists (AHBMT)
42 Catherine Street
Cambridge
CB1 3AW

Scottish Massage Therapists’ Organisation (SMTO) more information
70 Lochside Road
Denmore Park
Bridge of Don
Aberdeen
AB23 8QW
Tel: 01224 822 956
Email: smto@ifb.co.uk
Website: www.scotmass.co.uk


Metamorphic Technique

Metamorphic Association more information
67 Ritherdon Road
London
SW17 8QE
Tel: 020 8672 5951
Website: www.geocities.com/~metam


Naturopathy and Nutrition

Naturopathy is a dedicated therapeutic approach involving dietary changes, as well as other natural approaches including fasting, exercises and hydrotherapy, in which the practitioner creates maximum opportunities for the body to heal it’s self without interference.
Although some naturopaths use dietary supplements as well, the term as used in Britain is very different from the “Naturopath” in the USA and Australia, where it is used to describe practitioners applying a range of complementary and alternative treatments around a core of dietary advice and supplementation.
In Britain, osteopathy has historically been linked with naturopathy and the General Council and Register of Naturopaths has had an overlapping membership with what is now the General Osteopathic Council.

There are a number of professional bodies representing nutritional therapy.
The British Association of Nutritional Therapists was formed in 1997 and represents a fairly large number of practitioners. In 1999 the Nutritional Therapy Council was established. This body focuses on educational standards and developing national occupational standards for the profession.

Register of Nutritional Therapists Ltd. (RNT)
Hatton Green
Warwick
CV35 7LA

British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT)
BANT
27 Old Gloucester Street
London
WC1N 3XX
Tel: 0870 6061284
Please send a cheque for £2 plus A4 SAE to receive a practitioners list.

Incorporated Society of Registered Naturopaths (ISRN)
Kingston
The Coach House
293 Gilmerton Road
Edinburgh
EH16 5UQ
Tel: 0131 6643435
Website: www.registerednaturopaths.org

General Council & Register of Naturopaths (GCRN)
Goswell House
2 Goswell Road
Street
Somerset
B1A6 OJG
Tel: 01458 840 072
Email: admin@naturopathy.org.uk
Website: www.naturopathy.org.uk


Osteopathy

When the Osteopaths Act 1993 was implemented, the title of “Osteopath” became protected by law. The Statutory General Osteopathic Council (GosC) was established in 1997 as the overall registering body.
The British Osteopathic Association, representing the interests of doctors practising osteopathy, will continue as a representative association.

Osteopathic Information Service
(Forms part of the General Osteopathic Council)
Tel: 020 7357 6655
www.osteopathy.org.uk

General Osteopathic Council
Osteopathy House
176 Tower Bridge Road
London
SE! 3LU
Tel: 020 7357 6655


Psychotherapists

National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists
12 Cross Street
Nelson
Lancs.
BB9 7EN
Tel: 01282 699378


Radionics

Radionics Association
Baerlein House
Goose Green
Deddington
Oxford
OX15 OSZ
Tel: 01869 338852
E-Mail: radionics@association.freeserve.co.uk
Website: www.radionic.co.uk


Rebirthing

British Rebirth Society more information
6 Belsize Park Gardens
London
NW3 4LD
Tel: 0845 458 1050


Remedialx Massage

Federation of Massage Practitioners
An association of qualified practitioners
Tel: 01772 881063

London & Counties Society of Physiologists (LCSP)
330 Lytham Road
Blackpool
FY4 1DW
Tel: 01253 408443


Reflexology

Within reflexology, organisations tend to be related to specific training and technique approaches, the Association of Reflexologists (AR) and the International Federation of Reflexologists (IFR) being the two largest bodies.

Association of Reflexologists (AoR) more information
27 Old Gloucester Street
London
WC1N 3XX
Tel: 0870 567 3320
Email: aor@assocmanagement.co.uk
Website: www.aor.org.uk

International Federation of Reflexologists (IFR)
76-78 Edridge Road
Croydon
Surrey
CRO 1EF
Tel: 020 8667 9458
Email: ifr44@aol.com
Website: www.reflexology-ifr.com

British Reflexology Association (BRA)
Monks Orchard
Whitbourne
Worcs
WR6 5RB
Tel: 01886 821 207
Email: bra@britreflex.co.uk
Website: www.britreflex.co.uk

Scottish Institute of Reflexology (SIR)
Taymount
1 Hill Crescent
Wormit
Fife
DD6 8PQ
Tel: 01382 541 372

Irish Reflexologists’ Institute (IRI)
3 Blackglen Court
Lambs Cross
Sandyford
Dublin
Ireland


Reiki

Reiki Association
Cornbrook Bridge House
Clee Hill
Ludlow
SY8 3QQ
Tel: 01584 891 197
Email: katejones@reikiassociation.org.uk
Website: www.reikiassociation.org.uk


Shiatsu

This form of oriental therapy, involving massage of points similar to acupuncture points, was originally under one professional body, the Shiatsu Society. In the last two to three years there has been some fragmentation with smaller bodies forming but the Shiatsu Society still remains the most dominant organisation for this profession.

The Shaitsu Society more information
Eastlands Court
St Peter’s Road
Rugby
CV21 3QP
Tel: 01788 555051
Fax: 01788 555052
email: admin@shiatsu.org


Stress Management

International Stress Management Assoc. (UK)
PO Box 348
Waltham Cross
London
EN8 8ZL
Tel: 07000 780 430


Vibrational Medicine

College of Vibrational Medicine
Unity
Rectory Road
Gissing
Diss
Norfolk
IP22 5UX
Tel: 01379 677 869


Zero Balancing

ZBA UK
10 Victoria Grove
Bridport
Dorset
Tel: 01308 420007
E-Mail: zbauk@aol.com

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