Trip to Korea and China and introducing new practitioners


By Clive Lindley-Jones | June 10, 2015 10:25 am

It is some months since I last wrote a blog for Helix House. The pressures of work have taken precedence. By the time you read this I will be in Korea again examining and lecturing at an international conference and then, while I am back in East Asia I will take the chance to finally visit China on my way home.

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The conference at which I shall be lecturing

This June we say goodbye to Osteopath and Acupuncturist Sara Barker after her several years of practice with us. She will be missed. However I am happy to say that, while I am away, I can leave the practice in good hands, with, not only my long standing colleague the highly experienced Osteopath Susan Farwell, but also introducing Oxford based Osteopath Morna Sung who will be available to help you.

If perhaps you are more in need of some professional massage and relaxation for your aching limbs I am happy to tell you that we have both Blanche Sanchez, who many of you will know in her role of Clinic Coordinator, who also offers Holistic Massage Therapy at Helix House, plus introducing the work of Samniang Boonlert (“Neon”) who is now offering Authentic Therapeutic Thai Massage at Helix House.

Watch this space for more cutting edge ideas on health and wellbeing, and perhaps also something about my impressions of returning to Korea and visiting China for the first time.


Introducing our new practitioners at Helix House…

Osteopathy with Morna Sung


Morna qualified as an Osteopath from Oxford Brookes University, with first class honours. She is registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), holds membership of the Institute of Osteopathy (iO) and is Membership Secretary for the Oxfordshire Osteopathic Network (OON).

Her osteopathic style focuses on you as an individual. She uses a structural yet holistic approach, examining your symptoms in a wider context including your lifestyle and wellbeing. She has successfully treated people from all walks of life, including expectant mothers, new mums, young children and babies, older people, sedentary office workers and athletes.

Morna offers a safe and highly-regulated system of diagnosis and hands-on treatment that focuses on the structure and function of the body. As an osteopath, she aims to help the body restore pain-free movement when its structural elements – the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues – are not functioning as efficiently as they could.

“I had been suffering with pain in my lower back for a long time; it was even affecting my leg to the point that I was unable to sit down for more than 30 minutes. During the first appointment, Morna immediately diagnosed the problem and taught me some simple exercises to do on my own in order to complement a brief course of treatment with her and ease my pain that it has completely gone!” David P, Energy Analyst

Authentic Therapeutic Thai Massage with Neon

 SamniangSamniang Boonlert (“Neon”) is now offering Authentic Therapeutic Thai Massage at Helix House. Neon is from Thailand, and specialises in Traditional Thai deep tissue massage. Each treatment is tailored to the client’s individual needs, so that you can opt for a more relaxing massage or a firmer one, and ask for special attention to be given to whatever spots may be bothering you, such as stiff shoulders.

Neon has been living in the UK since 2009 and is married to an Englishman with whom she has one son. Based in Banbury, she is an experienced massage therapist who has been practicing for 9 years. Her philosophy is that she wants to work with you to get your body back to how you remember it.

Here’s what some of Neon’s clients have said:

If you have ever had the pleasure of experiencing this kind of deep, relaxing highly professional massage you will know how good it can feel to get your body back to a state of natural ease”. 

Impeccable and professional – She adjusts her massage to suit your body: for me she digs deep and I receive a hands on healing and relaxation, with my 20 year old daughter she tosses her agile body around in ways that my daughter loves.  I highly recommend her”. -Rob, Oxford


Full-body massage 1 hour:

Special Introductory Offer only valid for 2 weeks £25 (normal price £40)


Holistic Massage Therapy with Blanche

 BlanchejpegBlanche trained at the Oxford School of Massage for 2 years and holds a Holistic & Therapeutic Diploma and an ITEC Diploma in Anatomy & Physiology.

She holds a certificate in Lymphatic Drainage Massage. It is a gentle whole body treatment that relaxes the nervous system and aids the body’s immunity. It is especially useful for individuals who seem to suffer regularly from common illnesses like colds and flu. It is also recommended for people who lead sedentary lifestyles, or those who want to reduce puffiness or swelling…

Blanche holds a certificate in Pregnancy Massage. It helps with Edema, or swelling of the joints, it is often caused by reduced circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels by the heavy uterus. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints, which also improves the removal of tissue waste, carried by the body’s lymph system.

Benefits of Pregnancy Massage:

  • Reduced back pain
  • Reduced joint pain
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced edema
  • Reduced muscle tension and headaches
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
  • Better sleep

She trained in the USA with crystal stone massage. When performing cold stone massage she chooses smooth crystals that glide easily over the skin, such as tumble stones, palm stones and or spheres. If she finds an area where the skin feels rough or less smooth she holds the crystal in that position for a while before continuing with circular motions around the area. She applies very light pressure on these areas.

Blanche holds a Holistic & Therapeutic Diploma and an ITEC Diploma in Anatomy &Physiology. She practices a gentle yet powerful combination of movement and rhythm, which leaves her feeling energised and the receiver with a great sense of relaxation and wellbeing.

She has gained experience working with many different conditions while she was working at the St John’s Convent in Oxford such as MS (multiple sclerosis), arthritis sufferers… and is now volunteering at the St John’s Convent as a Massage Therapist once a week.

”Massaging is my passion and if I can help relieve anyone from aches and pains or just to uplift the mind I am more than happy to do so.”

Blanche intensively trained with an Haitien Massage Therapist in the USA who has 30 yrs experience in crystal stone massage to perfect this technique to use in England on her clients.

 Holistic Massage Thereapy – What is it?

The holistic approach aims to restore balance within the body, taking into account the person’s whole being not just their physical symptoms or ailments.

Massage therapy is an ancient form of healing, used for thousands of years. Holistic massage combines a therapeutic and nurturing process of touch and response with each treatment adapted to the client’s unique needs, physical characteristics and personality.

Holsitic massage is a person centred treatment guided by principles of sensitivity, awareness and quality of touch.

Benefits of Holistic Massage:

Relieving tension and relaxing tight, sore muscles.

Improving skin and muscle tone.

Encouraging better circulation.

Awareness of body and breathing to improve posture.

Relieving stiff joints.

Promoting relaxation, thus reducing the effects of stress and anxiety.

Inducing a deeper sleep.

Aiding digestion.

Increasing energy by invigorating all the body systems therefore reducing fatigue.

Here’s what one of Blanche’s clients has said:

“I came to Blanche because I suffer from tension in the muscles of my back, which causes nerve pain in my arms. She is great at locating where problem areas are and tailoring the treatment to relieve any pain. Her massage is gentle but strong and I really felt the results after. My back felt loose and light as air.”


Full body including face and scalp massage: 1hr 30 £75

Back massage including face and scalp massage: 1hr £50

Back massage: 30 min £35


For more information about any of the treatments offered at Helix House you can visit our website or for any enquiries or to book a treatment please contact reception at Helix House on 01865 243351 or alternatively email