New Practitioners

Healthy Oxford Welcomes Philippa Rayney as a Visiting Practitioner

Phillipa (2)We’re very excited to be welcoming Philippa as a guest practitioner at Healthy Oxford for the Summer months!  She will be offering her expertise in Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (ATMAT) and Integrative Body Work.

Philippa first trained in massage in 2005 and ATMAT in 2008. In 2009 she went on to attend an advanced course in ATMAT for fertility, pregnancy, birth and postpartum as well as a course focusing on digestive health which blends ATMAT with Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal massage from China). Philippa uses a blend of knowledge and intuitive touch in her practice and works in a deeply holistic way with her clients exploring all areas of their wellbeing.

What is ATMAT?

ATMAT is  a non-invasive, external massage technique. It guides internal abdominal & pelvic organs into their proper position for optimum health & well-being. ATMAT improves organ function by releasing physical & emotional congestion & tension from the abdomen & restoring the flow of blood, lymph, nerve impulse and chi. This massage is effective for both men & women.

The technique applies anatomy, physiology & naprapathy (study of ligaments, joints & muscles), with Ancient Maya healing techniques to address common female and male complaints. During the treatment instruction is given in self care massage and techniques for use at home.

ATMAT can help our health in many ways including painful, irregular/absent periods, endometriosis, cysts, fibroids, optimising fertility and pregnancy and digestive issues to name a few.

Philippa’s work is in-depth, meticulous and spending time and holding space is paramount for this sensitive approach.

An Initial session will be – 2.5 to 3 hrs (£120)

Follow up sessions – 2 hrs (£95)

Integrative Bodywork

Philippa first trained in Holistic Massage in 2005. Over the years she has furthered her massage training to include pregnancy massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, joint mobilisation and abdominal & pelvic massage. She has also received a lot of massage of many types which has informed her practice greatly. 

Philippa integrates these different techniques to provide a unique treatment for the individual before her. Intuitive and energetic touch is also an important aspect to her treatments. Focus can be on full body massage to bring about deep relaxation or a more remedial approach to help relieve pain and tension in specific areas.

1.5 hrs £65

How to book:

Please contact Philippa by emailing:

What her clients say about this profound and caring practice: 

I have been a client of Philippa’s since January.  She certainly has a vast knowledge of women’s health issues and effective alternative remedies, but first and foremost, she has looked at me and my needs rather than any manual.  She has introduced incremental changes to my self-care plan with a beautiful sensitivity that keep me and my lifestyle at the centre, and she has consistently gone the extra mile to ensure I have everything I need to proceed with confidence.  Above all, I really feel that she cares about me and my progress and is committed to doing the absolute best she can for me.  She is compassionate, straightforward and inspires trust, and I feel entirely safe to share with her the details of my cycle.

Welcome Sophia!

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We’re delighted to welcome Sophia Lathan to the Healthy Oxford Practitioner Team!

Sophia brings 20 years experience as a holistic practitioner, a deep sensitivity, and a gentle nurturing touch to her practice. For more information on her background, you read more on her profile.

She offers sessions in:

Facial Reflexology, with Natural Facelift Massage

“One hour of complete bliss…So relaxing for the face and calming for the whole body – I felt and looked years younger!” – Lizzie May

“I slept for 11 hours – I haven’t slept like that since I was a child! My daughter said “Mum, you look radiant! What have you done?” – Diane Hickey

Some New Faces for the New Year!

Craniosacral Therapy

Penny Boreham Saban

As the team continues to naturally expand at Healthy Oxford we are delighted to welcome Penny Boreham Saban and Laura Hancock to the Healthy Oxford team.

Penny practices Craniosacral Therapy,  a light contact therapy which works with the subtle rhythmic motion of the fluids surrounding the brain and spine (the cerebrospinal fluid), to bring the body into balance and restore health. It is aprofoundly powerful approach which can be used on a wide variety of conditions and is suitable for all ages from babies and children to adults.

Laura practices Ayurvedic Massage and integrates the wisdom of her practice and teaching of Yoga Nidra.

Ayurvedic Massage

Laura Hancock

Ayurveda is an ancient science grounded in the Vedic scriptures from India, dating back to 3000 BC.  It literally means “life knowledge” and is considered to be yoga’s sister science.  It teaches us that we are all made up of a unique combination of three doshas – Vata, Kapha, Pitta, recognising that we must be treated in unique ways that are tailored to our individual imbalances.

Using this knowledge, the ayurvedic massage is tailored to the individual, using specially chosen heated oils and massage points. Some specific imbalances treated by Ayurvedic massage are:
Vata: insomnia, anxiety, sciatica, lower back pain
Pitta: hot flushes, migraine, acidity, anger, stress
Kapha: water retention, lethargy, sluggishness, weight gain.

For further information and to make an appointment in either Craniosacral Therapy or Ayurvedic Massage, please contact Penny & Laura directly:

Craniosacral Therapy –  Penny (07799163333)

Ayurvedic Massage – Laura (07532030969)

Welcome Ally Stott!

We’re delighted to welcome Ally Stott to the
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Ally is a UKCP registered mindfulness-oriented psychotherapist, and has a background as an artist, mentor and teacher in adult education.

She offers sessions in:

• Core-Process Psychotherapy & Counselling
• Mentoring with Mindfulness
• Spiritual Inquiry
• Bereavement Support
• Women’s Ways

From her own experiences and through working with wise and inspiring people and places, Ally believes it is through becoming more conscious that the deepest healing happens, on both the personal and collective levels.