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Stacey Tansley

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 year ago

I love Amanda and Duncan. The treatments and services they provide are absolutely amazing. I've had beauty treatments, massages and Reiki with Amanda and she has helped me through some horrendous times. I would highly recommend Amanda and Duncan.


A lovely experience and made me feel completely at ease through all three of my different treatments. I have had a Hot Lava Shell...

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Why Did We Leave Corporate Careers To Start Up ANANDA HEALING?

Recently, I had to do a presentation to a room full of strangers who had little or no idea about Ananda Healing, who we are, why we started the business, our ethics, our passion. So, I told them our story, our why!

It struck me afterwards, that probably few of you know the whole story and so I decided to share it with you too

Firstly, who are we? Lets start with Duncan, Duncan is a Reiki Practitioner, Master Hypnotherapist, and Master NLP Practitioner (Neuro Linguistic Programming).  He comes from a very practical, no nonsense background, his family had a carpentry & building business, they ran a small holding and the extended family were all farmers.  He left school to join the Royal Marines and then the Police Force.  Maybe not the background you think of when you think of a therapist?  He loves Mathematics, computers and logic (I prefer shopping myself!).  But how you go from IT to Hypnotherapy and NLP?  To Duncan it is simple – if you can program a computer, you can program a mind – if you can fix a bug in a pr0gramme, you can fix a problem in the mind!  And I have seen him do this so many times, and sometimes at lightening speed! It never ceases to amaze me.

I have seen him fix phobias, fears, self-esteem issues, sports performance, smoking and weight – he is the registered Hypno-Band practitioner for the area (some of you may have heard Paul McKenna talking about this recently – it is basically providing the benefits of a physical gastric band but without the pain, risks, surgery of massive cost! Not to mention an over 70% success rate!).  Duncan is also amazing at dealing with children’s issues, including self-esteem, bullying, psychology impact of divorce etc.

So now you know a little bit about Duncan but why did we set Ananda Healing up? What was behind this ‘crazy’, according to my Mum, decision to give up successful corporate careers to start a therapies business? What are out core values?

We are passionate about well-being, we want people to feel good about themselves.  We want to help people see that there is always a choice.

Both Duncan and myself have had to come to terms with serious health issues in the past and continue to live with these now.  Duncan was a serving Police Officer, aged just 28, when he broke his back whilst riot training.  He could have just given up at this point but he didn’t.  He took a masters degree, carved a new career and, this is the interesting bit, if you ask him about the accident now, he would tell you it was one of the best things that has happened to him.

I too have had a difficult ride with regards to my health, since babyhood really, including a heart condition and Type 1 Diabetes but I would echo Duncan’s thoughts.  I would say the decision that made the greatest difference to me personally was learning to meditate.  My dad considered meditation to be as important as learning to read and write, but then my dad was something special – a story for another day.  For Duncan it was learning to become a Hypnotherapist & NLP Practitioner.  We always say to our clients, “Everyone’s journey is different and you have to find what works for you” – we are just here to facilitate.

We both took responsibility and made positive choices – choices regarding our lives and our well-being.  Many people do not even know that have a choice.  My Dad, who I have already explained was extraordinary, always told me “You may not have a choice in what happens to you but you always have a choice in how you deal with it”  AND THIS IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE WISH TO GIVE OUR CLIENTS

Before we started Ananda healing though we took time to talk and form our ethos that would drive and guide our philosophy. We decided that money would not drive our business, service would. We made the conscious decision to provide the very best for our clients, even if that meant recommending they go to someone else! And we have stuck to that throughout.

We began by specifically offering treatments that enhance well-being and by doing so we saw this was giving people back some control.  I could go on about the research on massage etc and the chemical/physiological changes that happen in the body but, again, that is for another day.  Gradually we also discovered that beyond the holistic therapies, our clients also responded profoundly with treatments that made them look good, which in turn made them feel good.  It started when I was asked, many times, by clients, if I could recommend a skincare range that was natural and, or, provided help with problem skin, children’s skin etc.  It took me two years of research and putting some very strange stuff on my own skin until I eventually found Arbonne, the Swiss formulated, botanical skincare range – it is phenomenal!  (Do let us know if you would like to trial it). It really is the skincare industry’s best kept secret as it is only available through consultants such as ourselves.  Forget what the Celebs are advertising – this is what they are using!.

Because of our discovery about how people look and the effect on their well-being since starting Arbonne, we have decided to now start moving more into the beauty side of the business. We have recently launched the Gelish 21 day manicure system that DOES NOT DAMAGE YOUR NAILS and DOES NOT CONTAIN FORMALDEHYDE.

During the summer we will be launching other beauty services BUT THIS WILL BE DONE, AS ALWAYS, WITH YOUR WELL-BEING AND HEALTH IN MIND.

Your well-being is our passion.

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