Best Complementary Medicine Practitioner
Winner - Tony Hardiman, Co-founder and Senior Therapist at The Chi Clinic
Tony has practiced for more than 55 years and is trained in a range of therapies including Tui Na, Traditional Bone Setting, Tai Chi and Qigong. He is the co-founder and senior therapist at The Chi Clinic and is also the founder of Chi-Do Healing and Martial Arts in which he has taught over 1,000 students. Over the last 16 years, Tony has seen more than 7,500 clients and performs around 800 treatments each year. There were many people who supported Tony’s nomination and they almost all spoke about his caring and generous approach. Notably, many of his clients come from a medical background.
Abbigail Langstone-Wring, Clinical Reflexology
Whenever we have a runner-up in a category, you know it was a close-run race. Abbigail has been a complementary medicine practitioner for the past 25 years, specialising in Clinical Reflexology. She graduated from the Beryl Crane School of Reflexology in 1994 and currently runs a busy private practice in Dorset. With her experience as a Reflexology Lecturer and City & Guilds Assessor, her professional ethos is education. In the public arena, she gives talks, demonstrations and workshops to community groups throughout Dorset. She has also written more than 100 health-related articles published in professional and local publications. Abbigail has been a community volunteer for a local hospice for the past 7 years and she has also been elected a public governor for the Council of Governors of Dorset County Hospital Trust. She is currently working on a project evaluating the role of Clinical Reflexology with the NHS.
Best Complementary Medicine Company
Winner - Everwell Chinese Medical Centre
Chinese Medicine has been in the media recently - and not for the best reasons. It is so easy in this sector to be tarnished by the actions of a few rogue operators which is why the Everwell Chinese Medical Centre works to hard to maintain the highest standards in Chinese Medicine. The Centre was established in 1994 and now has 12 branches throughout the country. All the practitioners are highly qualified and several of them are professors from the China National Research Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Outstanding Contribution to Complementary Medicine
Winner - Jane Langston, The Amatsu Training School
Jane has a growing reputation for excellence in training and practice. She is Managing Director and Teacher at the Amatsu Training School and has been a practitioner since 2000. Jane has taught Amatsu throughout the country, starting as an assistant trainer in 2001. She opened The Amatsu School in 2005 and has a proven track record of teaching to a high standard, with over 70 Amatsu practitioners qualifying under her tutelage.She is a founder member of the Amatsu Therapy Association and is an active member of Amatsu Therapy International (UK) acting as an external examiner. Jane has a scientific approach to the teaching of Amatsu by virtue of her background as a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science, specialising in Haematology. She is currently co-authoring a book with Earle Abrahamson, Sports Massage Practitioner and Massage Training Institute (MTI) tutor, on teaching and learning anatomy and physiology. This is due to be published in September 2016.
Best Complementary Medicine Student
Winner - Mark Kennedy
Mark is studying Amatsu Therapy (see above) and was nominated by Jane Langston. His background is a corporate career in IT but he has always been involved in sport and the resulting injuries meant lots of visits to physiotherapists and chiropractors . Mark developed a pelvic problem which caused back spasms that were not getting any better. A friend of his suggested an Amatsu practitioner and he was really impressed with how long the healing lasted. For the first time, he was also being told why the pain was happening. Mark was fascinated and decided to learn about it himself. According to Jane, “Mark is every teacher’s dream”.