Hello! Welcome to the online home of holy island holistics.

We are a Complementary Therapy Service based in North Northumberland. There is a clinic at Holy Island and we offer a mobile service on Holy Island and surrounding country and towns including Berwick, Wooler and Belford.  We will consider travelling further afield e.g. to Bamburgh, Seahouses or Beadnell for a small travel charge and a minimum treatment time of 2 hours.  We treat many holidaymakers in our local area and this allows people holidaying in the popular coastal resorts to use us too.  

We also offer corporate services including treatments, seminars and workshops.

Our therapist, Mary Gunn, specialises in massage therapy and is trained to an advanced level.  She also offers Reiki healing.  We have a network of therapists to call on for corporate work.

We hope you enjoy our website, why not look at the services we offer or get in touch.

The Professional Standards Authority  (PSA)

The PSA sets standards for health and social care occupations including complementary healthcare.  This scheme was set up by the  Department of Health and is accountable to Parliament.  As a member of the FHT we are proud to be on its accredited register.


Sound Therapy Workshop

Our local reiki group had a meeting last weekend.  These days are great for networking, catching up on new developments and learning new techniques.  This time our guest speaker was Clare Quinney of Sound Sensations who led a workshop on sound therapy.  We have looked at sound therapy before particularly using tuning forks but this time Clare gave us a very thorough and comprehensive experience which we all enjoyed.

Reiki works on the energy centres of the body trying to balance them because an energy imbalance causes a lack of well being and even illness.  Sound therapy also works on the energy centres (or chakras) to promote balance but uses sound produced by different instruments for this.

Each chakra has a unique pitch associated with it.  Different instruments produce different pitched sound so the correct pitched instrument is chosen for a particular chakra.  I was

surprised to learn that tibetan bowls were tuned to different pitches and as Clare had a vast selection of them decided to put them to the test.  I chose a bowl of the right pitch for my broken (but healing) elbow.  Striking the bowl near my injury calmed it taking away the dull ache.  The effect was temporary but if I could have taken the bowl home I would have used it every day.

At the end of the workshop Clare gave us a sound bath.  We lay on the floor while various sounds were played.  This was extremely calming and relaxing.  Well worth a try if you get a chance! 

Mary Gunn, 9/3/2017


Kinesio Taping for Post Operative Swelling

I've recently had great success in taping a patient whose leg was swollen following a hip replacement operation. 

The degree of swelling varies tremendously with different people but typically is at a peak from day 5 to day 10 after the operation.  During this time the leg is very uncomfortable and feels heavy.  The swelling inhibits movement which hinders rehabiitation.  Swelling also reduces blood flow which is essential for healing  All in all its a good thing to get to grips with the swelling!

In this case the swelling started on day 4 and increased tremendously on day 5.  He sought my help on day 6 when the whole leg was considerably swollen compared to the unaffected leg.  He was wearing compression stockings to the knee so I decided to tape the thigh which would also help lower leg drainage as the whole leg drains to the groin. I used 2 fan shaped pieces of tape which would aid drainage 24/7 for up to 5 days after application.  I measured the circumference of the thigh after application.

The heavy uncomfortable feeling went almost immediately and swelling reduced to a tolerable level.  On day 8 the circumference of the thigh was down 2 cm which was only 1 cm more than the good leg.  The swelling of the ankle and knee was visibly reduced.  On day 9 the patient wore jeans rather than the loose legged trackies he had had to wear before.  On day 10 there was still a small increase in thigh circumference and some visible swelling but this was not a hindrance.  I concluded that the tape had done its job with a small amount of post operative swelling inevitable.  The patient removed the tape the next day.

This treatment was very successful in treating post operative swelling which can be very disabling.  Only one treatment was required.  Timeliness is important and the taping should be done as soon as the swelling becomes a problem.  

Mary Gunn, 12/12/2016


The Lindisfarne Festival

We were pleased to return to the Lindisfarne festival this year.  There was four

of us offering a variety of therapies on the Saturday (September 3rd).  We had a great time working very hard to meet a big demand.  It was particularly nice for each of us to have a returning client from last year seeking us out because last years treatment was so good for them.  We enjoyed the music as we worked and the food offering was good too when we finished.
We're already looking forward to next year!  

Mary Gunn, 5/10/2016


The Feldenkrais Method

I recently attended a one day workshop on the Feldenkrais method.  This is an awareness through movement method that is delivered in class or one to one.  The instructor talks you through various slow movements drawing your attention to their effect on other parts of your body.  It is not intended as an exercise modality but you do feel you've had a work out afterwards and the slow repetitive movements are hypnotic and calming.  If there's a class near you it's worth giving it a go.

Mary Gunn, 7/5/2016


Training in the Emmett Technique

Last weekend I travelled to Edinburgh with a therapist friend for a one day course learning about the Emmett Technique.  This is a hands on, light touch method of releasing tight muscles which originated in Australia and has only been practised in this country for a few years so is not very well known.

We found the course interesting.  It works mainly on an energy balancing and neurological level with some moves very similar to what we already do.

I will add these methods to my toolbox for Remedial and Sports Massage.  Did you know that when I first see you for Remedial and Sports Massage I don't have a set routine of what I'm going to do.  I decide after talking to you and observing your posture and movement.  Even then when I'm "hands on" I'm still assessing and may bring in new moves.

Mary Gunn, 2/12/2015


  Products for sale

We use carefully selected, quality products in our treatments.  If we feel our clients                     would benefit from using these between treatments we can sell them one.  As we                     cannily use trade offers we can sell them at a lower price than Amazon or Ebay!         

Kinesio tape

We are using the original and one of the best tapes in our treatments.  The success of kinesio taping depends on correct assessment and application of the tape by the therapist.  If an application proves helpful we can teach the client how to apply it (if it is for a knee or ankle) or a family member (if it is for a back, neck or shoulder).  A 5m roll costs £12.