Heal­ing Hands comes to give re­lief in Ken­ton

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Health­care comes in many forms and now, with the es­tab­lish­ment of Heal­ing Hands in Ken­ton-on-Sea, the com­mu­nity has ac­cess to three pro­fes­sion­als in their field of­fer­ing psy­chol­ogy (Shan­non Eck­ley), clin­i­cal massage and ther­a­peu­tic re­flex­ol­ogy (An­gela Pat­tin­son) and a chi­ro­prac­tor (Dr Keri Pur­don).

The busi­ness, which is based in Port El­iz­a­beth, has opened a satel­lite branch in Ken­ton-on-Sea and the team look for­ward to bring­ing their ser­vices and ex­per­tise to the com­mu­nity.

Psy­chol­o­gist Shan­non Eck­ley is a HPCSA-reg­is­tered coun­selling psy­chol­o­gist in pri­vate prac­tice which she com­menced in April 2013 af­ter com­plet­ing her hon­ours de­gree at the Univer­sity of Lon­don, UK and her masters de­gree in psy­chol­ogy at the Nel­son Man­dela Univer­sity in 2012.

Prior to qual­i­fy­ing as a psy­chol­o­gist, Eck­ley was qual­i­fied as a reg­is­tered nurse in Cape Town in 1993 and prac­tised in both South Africa and the UK.

“I am com­mit­ted to help­ing peo­ple. I be­lieve that a good psy­chol­o­gist needs to up­hold the prin­ci­ples of hon­esty, in­tegrity, trust, pa­tient con­fi­den­tial­ity, best prac­tice, be non-judg­men­tal, as well as dis­play­ing ex­cel­lence in eth­i­cal prac­tice,” said Eck­ley.

Eck­ley works with both ado­les­cents and adults, with her main ar­eas of in­ter­est in­clud­ing ad­just­ment dis­or­ders, per­sonal de­vel­op­ment, ado­les­cent and adult in­di­vid­ual ther­apy, cou­ples/ mar­i­tal ther­apy, sub­stance abuse, anx­i­ety, mood dis­or­ders, is­sues re­lated to self-es­teem, be­reave­ment and trauma coun­selling.

An­gela Pat­tin­son pro­vides clin­i­cal massage and ther­a­peu­tic re­flex­ol­ogy ther­a­peu­tic re­flex­ol­ogy. She com­pleted her stud­ies in 1998 and went on to fur­ther her stud­ies in re­flex­ol­ogy through The School of Ef­fec­tive Re­flex­ol­ogy Meth­ods.

“I have an im­mense pas­sion for the hu­man body, not only in its de­sign and func­tion but also with its abil­ity to heal it­self. My goal when treat­ing my pa­tients is to get them to a point where their body is able to do that,” said Pat­tin­son.

Pat­tin­son of­fers most forms of massage ther­apy. How­ever, her pas­sion lies in sports massage, my­ofas­cial re­lease (trig­ger point ther­apy) and massage in preg­nancy.

“I also do Swedish massage, aro­mather­apy, hy­drotherm and man­ual lymph drainage – area spe­cific only,” said Pat­tin­son.

Chi­ro­prac­tor Dr Keri Pur­don found her call­ing af­ter spend­ing four years work­ing and trav­el­ling around the world and re­ceived a full aca­demic schol­ar­ship to study chi­ro­prac­tic at Life Univer­sity in Atlanta, Georgia, US where she grad­u­ated magna cum laude.

Af­ter prac­tis­ing in the US for 11 years, she de­cided to move back to Port El­iz­a­beth where she has now been prac­tis­ing for al­most seven years.

“My prac­tice is in­cred­i­bly di­verse and I see a wide va­ri­ety of pa­tients. These range from in­fants with colic and con­sti­pa­tion is­sues, ath­letes for per­for­mance and preven­tion of in­jury, women with in­fer­til­ity chal­lenges to 80-year-old in­di­vid­u­als with back and neck pain.

“I also spe­cialise in pa­tients with sco­l­io­sis and in­di­vid­u­als who have prob­lems af­ter back and neck surgery.

“It is a priv­i­lege to be part of the heal­ing process and pro­vid­ing hope for so many peo­ple who didn’t re­alise that chi­ro­prac­tic care can pos­i­tively af­fect their lives in such a wide range of ways,” said Pur­don.

Con­tact Heal­ing Hands on 072-083-9416 to make your ap­point­ment or visit the prac­tice at shop 9 and 10 at the Cy­cad Cen­tre in Ken­ton-on-Sea. THE ladies of Pan­dora’s Home In­dus­try, Ken­ton-on-Sea, pulled out all the stops in aid of Man­dela Day on July 18.

Two teams were fielded, with the sole pur­pose of mak­ing this day spe­cial for their cho­sen char­i­ties.

One team, con­sist­ing of three ladies, de­cided to choose the Sinethemba Cen­tre for Dis­abled Learn­ers in Marselle, and set out to cro­chet three blan­kets for these pupils – some­thing they could drape over their shoul­ders or knees in the cold weather.

Dur­ing a visit to the school they iden­ti­fied a des­per­ate need for writ­ing ma­te­rial and, through do­na­tions from their mem­bers, and even a re­tired mem­ber, they were able to hand over a sup­ply of pa­per, pen­cils, erasers, crayons and colour­ing books.

When com­pleted, the chil­dren’s art­work will be dis­played on the walls of the class­room.

To make the day even “sweeter”, pupils were treated to cake and bis­cuits.

The other team con­sisted of mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who gath­ered around a ta­ble in Pan­dora’s on a Thurs­day and knit­ted squares that were then sewn to­gether to make up blan­kets for the SPCA. These will be handed over to the an­i­mal shel­ter at a con­ve­nient time.

Pan­dora’s Home In­dus­try thanked all the ladies who made the ef­fort to pro­vide a spe­cial day for the most needy in so­ci­ety.

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