Online sessions only till lockdown is over
"I have tried all sorts of therapies in the past, but nothing has been so effective as working with Ottavia. Unlike other therapists, Ottavia really takes the time to listen to you without passing any judgement. She is a truly compassionate, intelligent and well rounded person who cares about her clients and wants to see them flourish. I could not recommend her more!" (Simona G.)
I am an experienced, empathetic and intuitive Reiki and Crystal healer and trauma therapist based only minutes away from Bath. Using a unique combination of Reiki, Crystal healing and essential oils together with trauma work (Somatic Experiencing), tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) and compassionate listening, I offer support to people who are experiencing physical, emotional and psychological unease. Get in touch if you:
- feel stuck, lack a sense of direction and meaning in life;
- feel chronically anxious and stressed and/or have panic attacks;
- struggle with unresolved grief;
- have experienced trauma at any point in your life and struggle with PTSD symptoms;
- feel disconnected from yourself and others;
- are going through major changes in life and wish to get clarity;
- have troubled sleeping patterns;
- experience chronic or acute aches and pain.
Healing in the time of Covid19
We are living in a time where the Corona virus pandemic shows us the massive amount of collective fear that is arising and with it, high levels of anxiety become the norm. Without presence, we can easily feel out of control, powerless and hopeless; but it does not need to be so.
We all are learning how to connect, support and care for one another from a distance. In such times of uncertainty and fear, when many people struggle to manage the variety of emotions that come up, I offer online healing: a combination of Somatic Experiencing, to bring regulation to the nervous system followed by a calming distant Reiki, to integrate and settle in the newly found peace. Do get in touch to book a free 20min chat followed by online sessions if you need help to manage anxiety.
A safe space for healing
My aim is to create a compassionate and safe space where people can feel free to discuss their needs and be met with understanding and non-judgement. I attend to their story, both to what is being said and what is being left out, and based on my experience I discuss with them what I think to be the best approach to help them reconnect to the vibrant, vital Self which is everyone's birth right. As a result of the treatments people usually feel empowered and more capable of dealing with whatever is happening in their life. Most of my clients refer to my healing sessions as transformational or life changing (see below for some testimonials).
The purpose of healing, as I see it, is to recognise that we are not broken and in need of fixing, but that we are beautifully complex beings who, having been confronted with unsettling and traumatic events (trauma is a fact of life), have worked out some rather effective adaptations and protective mechanisms in our attempts to survive. While these patterns and mechanisms served their purpose at the time of the events, they often constrain our current life as they continue to keep our vulnerability out of reach. Once we are able to see the positive intentions at the origin of these hard wired repetitive thought and behaviour patterns that limit our ability to stay in the 'here and now' (the survival strategies are stuck in the past and bring us there too) we can treat them and ourself more kindly, recognise that they are no longer needed and truly integrate past experiences, while enjoying a sense of spaciousness and freedom from reactivity.
Once we learn self compassion, positive changes start to happen and this is the greatest of all miracles.
What to expect from Reiki and Crystal Healing: When you receive a Reiki treatment I connect to Reiki (universal life energy) and channel it to flow into you. The energy is drawn according to your specific needs on that occasion. My purpose is to create a healing space that you can use to bring your own energy system into balance. In this sense Reiki promotes self healing to occur even after the session is over. Reiki has an intelligence of its own, flowing where it is needed and creating the healing conditions ideal for each individuals' requirements without presupposing boundaries or directions.
Crystal healing is an ancient form of healing therapy that uses crystals and gemstones to restore balance to the body’s energy systems. Every crystal has a unique energetic signature that can be harnessed to improve our spiritual, mental and physical well-being and can be used in many different ways: such as placing on the body, as an essence or placed in a room to enhance the general atmosphere of the environment. A full crystal treatment may incorporate a number of techniques, including chakra balancing based on colour correspondence, personalised crystal layouts on the body based on specific needs, gridding and stagnant energy clearing.
Each treatment is non invasive and takes place fully clothed lying on a massage table, while I gently place my hands or crystals directly on or above different areas of your body and head. The sensations experienced during a treatment are very personal and change from one person to the next, but you will likely experience some heat or tingling coming through my hands, a deep sense of relaxation and perhaps see bright colours and lights behind your closed eyelids.
How I use Essential Oils: In order to provide my clients with the best and most powerful experience, I include where appropriate the use of essential oils and attars to my treatments based on the AromaGnosis approach which combines aromatherapy, psychology, plant consciousness, spirituality and personal journeying for healing the mind, emotions and the soul. In this way healing organically unfolds as the necessary result of personal evolution and connection to your personal vibrant core when powerful essences are used as allies to bring patients into their bodies with a sense of safety and well-being. The combination of Reiki, crystals and essential oils form the core of my own healing system which I call Soul Integration Healing. This service is only available during in-person sessions.
Online sessions last one hr.
Each Reiki, Crystal and Soul Integration treatment usually lasts one hour, but it can be flexible based on your needs and requirements. The first appointment runs for 75 minutes, during which I will make sure that you feel safe and comfortable with the idea of discussing your specific needs and setting a vision for what wants healing; from exploring difficult issues that have kept you from manifesting your true self, to allowing yourself to take control of how you feel. I will also take your medical history to inform the sessions of any areas that need particular attention on a physical, emotional or psychological level.
I treat pregnant women after the first trimester. I also have several teenage clients who experience anxiety around exams and life in general and suffer from lack of self-confidence.
These are some of the testimonials I have received from people who have chosen to walk with me the often difficult journey towards personal healing.
Recovering from PTSD: Thank you so much for helping me through such an awful time. I really feel that I would not be where I am in this moment if we had not met. Xxx (Lisa M.)
Reiki course experience: Dear Ottavia, I wanted to thank you for the course and to say how much I enjoyed it and how much I think it will enrich my life. I would love to do more training at some point as well as the meet ups and supervision etc. I really enjoyed your approach to the training, and it's given me so much to think about. Also the venue was just perfect, could not have been more perfect and I think for me it totally made the course. (Emma)
Wonderful experience: I just had a Reiki and Crystal therapy session with Ottavia and the experience was wonderful. Being my first energy healing experience I did not really know what to expect, but Ottavia made me feel at ease, explaining with patience the process and answering my questions. During the treatment I felt totally relaxed and I let go all my tensions. At the end of our meeting I felt lighter and connected with my body and soul. I totally recommend it to anyone willing to get in touch with his inner soul and start a path of healing. (Kiki)
Powerful Stuff: I have seen Ottavia at various points in my life when I have been struggling with grief and loss. Her treatment is gentle, intuitive and non invasive and yet has been the most powerful and intense healing I have ever done. I have experienced warmth, light and relaxation when I didn't think it was possible. I have accessed painful feelings which I was bottling up inside and come out the other side feeling somehow lighter or at the very least stronger and more capable of dealing with them. Ottavia is wise beyond her qualifications and she brings her wide reading and experiences with her which I believe gives her a greater understanding and connection with her clients. Her manner is professional but oh so approachable and she has an uncanny ability to put you at ease. I don't always understand what she does but I can certainly vouch for the effects which are both profound and far reaching. I highly recommend her to anyone. (Kate)
Ottavia has helped me massively!: I have found such peace from seeing Ottavia in only 2 sessions. Her help and methods in dealing with stress and anxiety are more effective for me than 6 sessions of 1:1 couselling I had prior to meeting her. It truly has began a better path for me emotionally and mentally. I’m learning a lot! (Alice)
Sometimes You Have to Trust What You Don't Understand: ...I felt totally safe, at ease and free ... Ottavia's sessions gave my mind the rational reassuance of scientific method while also somehow addressing my inner weight and burdens in ways I cannot confess to understand, but was grateful to have experienced. My body felt lighter and unburdened by her unique mix of treatments and her widom has helped me gain some rationale to my experiences which has given peace and finally answered some of my 'why' questions. Healing journeys are often long and with Ottavia I feel no pressure to move faster than I feel able. I see visiting Ottavia as a positive investment towards a less burdened life. (Karen)
Transformative: I was recommended to see Ottavia by a friend after recently being diagnosed with PTSD... Working with Ottavia has been immensly transformative in shifting not only the way I think about processing the issues I have on an emotional level, but also physically releasing ongoing tension in my body. Her knowledge of how the body works alongside an indepth understanding of trauma come through clearly and in an unforced way. I trusted her from the off, which is very important when dealing with the combination of issues I have...I can't recommend her highly enough. If you have a long standing injury or trauma which is blocking you in any way, go see her. (Val)
Highly Recommend: Ottavia is a very intuitive, wise and generous soul. She does this work with her heart firmly in the right place and this is illustrated through the integrity in how she works. Having almost no experience of Reiki or Crystal work before coming to see Ottavia, I was impressed by how through the work, we were able to reach a deep emotional level, not always accessible through using words alone. Thank you ! (Charlotte)
Ottavia: It’s hard to pinpoint quite what reiki is or how it works but after three sessions with Ottavia I’m painfree after a long spell of being ruled by pain. What I didn’t expect from reiki was to leave my sessions with Ottavia with such a powerful sense of wellbeing and calmness. I feel like she has put me back together again. (Lindsay)
But this is not what I came for!: Ottavia is quite extraordinary and I mean that in the full sense of the word. She is deeply intuitive and listens to everything, including the things you don’t say out loud. She takes your hand and gently walks with you as you find your way to the core of why you’ve come to see her. I have no idea how she does what she does, or why chrystals and Reiki work but I do know I am more whole than I have been since I was a child. (Liz)
Saved from the brink: One of the reasons I am still here today is due to this amazing woman. Having fallen into a deep depression, I could only see one way out. Ottavia took me under her wing and started the long slow process of healing. From that first session where there was complete darkness to the sessions when the bright intense light lit up my inner being, Ottavia was there to guide me through the process. She is truly a wonderfully gifted person who I would encourage everyone to see. (Peter)
It works!!: I have suffered from severe anxiety for most of my life. Now, thanks to the brilliant talented and empathetic Ottavia, it is something that is no longer ruling my life. Ottavia has provided the healing and tools which mean that I can accept and love the person I am, and use my feelings of anxiety to push forward in a very positive way. I am astonished that this works - but believe me, this has changed my life!! (Mark)
Other offerings - Reiki workshops
I regularly run Usui Reiki courses for all levels in Bath. Please take a look at the list of Reiki events and get in touch for more details and to register your interest.
Training, qualifications & experience
Working with Chronic Pain and Syndromes training with Peter Levine (Ergos Institute, October 2020).
I am currently completing my training to become a Somatic Experiencing practitioner to work with people who have been impacted by trauma in their life.
Aromatherapy and medicine of the Soul: the Wounded Healer and the Alchemical journey (AromaGnosis, 2019)
Aromatherapy for trauma and addiction (AromaGnosis, 2018)
I have a deep understanding of how attachment underpins both physical, psychological and emotional health having undertaken a course in Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice at the Bowlby Centre, London (2018).
Advanced Crystal Therapy (FSCH Dip) and Therapeutic Healing (2016).
I use counselling skills in the therapy context having completed a 36hrs Counselling Skills Module (Crystal Healing advanced diploma course, 2015).
I achieved Shinpiden - Reiki Master/Teacher level in Original Usui Reiki in 2011.
Other available therapies
Essential Oils, Spiritual Healing, Trauma Work, Chronic Pain and Syndromes, Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping)
Distant healing / all sessions: 60min £50
Somatic Experiencing: 60min £50
Reiki, Soul integration and Crystal Healing / New client: 75min-90min £60
Soul Integration, Reiki and Crystal Healing/ Follow up: 60min £50
Reiki and Soul Integration / Follow up: 90min £75
I am a registered member of the BRCP (British Register of Complementary Practitioners) Energy Medicine Division and of SEA UK (Somatic Experiencing Association UK).
I am fully insured for my therapeutic healing practice.