Welcome to DG Holistic Therapies in Orford, Suffolk; Complementary Therapies for health, relaxation and renewal
My name is Daphne Gardner MAR, ITEC Dip, Reiki I&II, and I am a fully qualified and insured Complementary Therapist based in Orford, Suffolk. I work from a hidden retreat in my garden summer house, located on the outskirts of Orford and easily accessible from Aldeburgh, Woodbridge, Hollesley, Snape, Wickham Market and many local villages in the area. Free parking is available on-site.
Whether you are looking for support with an existing heath condition, want to reduce your day-to-day stress levels or would just like a little "me" time, my aim is to use an appropriate therapy to help you become happier, healthier and more relaxed, or sometimes more energised, with specially-tailored Reflexology, Massage or Reiki healing treatments.
I hold certification in Reflexology, Holistic Massage and Reiki I & II and I am a Journey Practitioner. I have been in practice for more than 18 years originally in Surrey and now in Suffolk and I had a teaching career delivering training in complementary therapies. I also worked on a project supporting NHS staff with health and well-being in South London.
I am a fully insured member of the Association of Reflexologists
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Reflexology is a natural therapy founded on the belief that your feet and hands are a reflection of the systems in your body - where specific areas correspond to organs, glands and structure. By applying gentle pressure to areas of the feet or hands a Reflexologist can help the body restore its own healthy balance and increase a feeling of well-being. This feeling is more than the absence of illness, it includes an improved frame of mind and better interactions with those around you and increased enjoyment of life. Evidence has been found for some form of foot and hand therapy being practised in China and Egypt more than four thousand years ago.
Massage is a hands on therapy which has been practised for thousands of years. Today's massage techniques are the result of development work by Per Henrik Ling from Sweden.
All massage techniques are based on the idea of improving circulation and releasing toxins which have built up in muscle tissue. Holistic massage can be used to relax the body, or to stimulate it depending on the vigour of the massage and techniques used. In today's world many of us find tension builds up in muscles in the back, neck and shoulder areas and massage can help these muscles to relax.
Reiki means "universal life-force energy".
The existence of life force energy has been recognised for centuries and plays an important role in Eastern medicine. Eastern philosophy of medicine believes that a free flow of this life force energy, known as Ki or Chi, is essential for health and well-being. Reiki, acupuncture, Shiatsu massage and disciplines such as yoga and Qi-Gong are all based on this philosophy. Reiki was developed by a Japanese man, Mikao Usui , in the early twentieth century and is used for self healing, healing of others and distant healing.
Healing can be given with hands on or hands off the body and sending distance healing to a person elsewhere is also possible.
Holistic Treatment looks at the whole person rather than any specific disease or disorder that they may have. This does not mean that health conditions are ignored, but rather that the impact on a person's life is considered as a whole. The aim of complementary therapies is to create a state of harmony in both body and mind as far as possible for the individual.
Please note that no complementary therapy should be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.
The WHO (World Health Organisation) states that "good health is a state of complete, physical, social and mental well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity".
While complementary therapies are not a cure for diseases they can be particularly helpful in managing many health conditions, especially constant or recurring ones that we might have come to accept over time as being a normal part of life. Feeling healthy or unhealthy is often about a person's own perception of their health.
Looking after our own well-being is an important part of staying healthy, happy and well-balanced. Reflexology, massage and/or Reiki can be helpful lifestyle choices alongside the use of conventional medicine.
What is balance?
Balance in a physical body like ours is known as Homeostasis. It is not a fixed state
but rather is "a self-regulating process by which an organism tends to maintain stability while adjusting to conditions that are best for its
Because it is not a fixed state there are lots of adjustments taking place at any one
time. Sometimes because of stress or health issues this balance can be challenging for the body to maintain.
Complementary therapies, such as reflexology and massage, try to help the body regain the best level of physical balance it can have, in the circumstances it is dealing with at any given time. This can also improve our mental and emotional balance as well.
I am based in Orford, Suffolk. Situated on the outskirts of the village and easily accessible from Woodbridge, Wickham Market, Snape, Aldeburgh and surrounding areas I am close to the Suffolk coast and work from my tranquil garden summer house. I also see clients who are visiting the area on holiday or visiting family.
Please call me for a chat about your needs on 01394 450955. You can also get in touch with me directly, using my secure and confidential online contact form.
Please check the individual therapy pages for your FAQs and fees for these well-being treatments
Appointment times are available throughout the week and some are available on weekends or Bank Holidays. Note that if you want to cancel an appointment I require 24 hours’ notice; otherwise you will still need to pay for any sessions missed. I accept payment by card in person or by bank transfer if you are purchasing GIFT VOUCHERS.
" I have been going to Daphne for several years now on a regular basis. She is extremely knowledgeable and a very attentive Therapist. I feel Reflexology balances the body. I find it very relaxing and feel very refreshed afterwards. I can’t recommend her highly enough."
“I have been having treatment with Daphne for a few years. The whole experience including being with Daphne, the environment and treatments are second to none.”
“Daphne is a very experienced therapist and she always finds and releases all my knots and stress during a massage. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a relaxing, professional atmosphere to have a massage.”
Kate, Suffolk Coastal