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Acorn’s Therapist of the Month – Eileen Strong

Personal stories, Therapies Posted on Thu, September 28, 2023 10:00AM

Hi all,

Eileen here.  I’ve been working at Acorn for quite a few years, offering a range of different therapies  including massages, facials, mind-body and meridian-energy healing (Emotional Freedom Technique)  and Meditation. 

I am based in the therapy room directly next to Acorn Reception, which overlooks the Market Place, and am available for appointments and consultations on Fridays from mid-morning to late evening.  On-line therapies via Zoom are also available on Mondays.  You can find all my offerings and availability for either of these via the Acorn website and booking system.  

George, our Sports Massage Specialist, also works from the same room that I use but on different days (obviously!) .. and here we are together, having a chat about therapist stuff in our Acorn setting.

Eileen and George in our shared therapy room at Acorn.

However,  many therapists work outside of a fixed therapy room.  Many therapists are mobile and will visit you at home; I know quite a few hairdressers, chiropodists and reflexologists who only ever work mobile. 

I also have friends who are “full time festival therapists” who only ever work the festival circuit and earn most of their annual income that way.. they might be doing massages from dawn till dusk at places like Glastonbury Festival, very lucratively,  but the downside being it’s very seasonal income; they usually have a home base of sorts for the winter months, or have other jobs to supplement their income.  Some therapists enjoy working the big cruise ships (lots of tips!) too.

Having a therapist skill-set can present opportunities all over the world! And for me, at least, definitely creating opportunities to jump in the campervan and take off on a road trip.  Let me share a few recent examples with you, if that’s ok!

Last month (August 23 as I write this!)  I was invited to teach a 2-day “Learn Quantum-Touch” workshop in Scotland, so I treated it as a bit of a road trip adventure and went up to Falkirk in a campervan, tagging on a day or so either side of the workshop to explore some of the local visitor hotspots. I had a great time up there, and was able to re-connect with some previous Scotland workshop students who have since become great friends.  I’m planning on getting back up there to teach another workshop early next year.   

In September this year I had a more local road trip adventure with my Festival Therapist hat on.  Here’s a short video showing the highlights from that:

I don’t take my full therapist offerings to the festivals as it’s more of a mobile-therapy set up .. otherwise, there is just simply too much equipment for me to lug about! 

My most popular treatment at festivals is a good old “neck back shoulder” massage and “Indian Head Massage”. Also Quantum Touch energy-healing;  these are fantastic for helping people recover quickly from the aches and pains (and stress!) of a night in a tent on a sleepmat .. and to help them relax more quickly into the chill-out vibes. 

I also met 1 lady who was in the middle of scheduled chemotherapy treatments and was feeling pretty grim and tired;  she just wanted a relaxational/massage based therapy so she could “feel a bit more human” again so I was able to offer her a Cancer-Touch Therapy therapy (also called Comfort Touch) which she really appreciated.

I have noticed that  there seems to be a lot more interest in the energy-based therapies at the moment (Quantum-Touch / spiritual healing / Reiki etc).  Perhaps it’s a reflection on how many more people seem to be wanting to take more responsibility for their own health, and take a more “preventative medicine” type of approach (which is how the East have done it for years) rather than waiting until something is “broken” then trying to get it fixed.  

And welcome to the Festival Therapy Room

Next month, I am off up to Buxton for the Health and Healing Festival (aka Mind Body Spirit show on 28 & 29 Oct 2023) where I’m doing a Quantum-Touch talk and live audience demo, and also offering mini treatments all weekend and promoting my next upcoming Quantum-Touch trainings.

So as you can see, as a therapist, we get lots of opportunities to get out there in the big wide world, walk our talk and strut our stuff. And that’s in addition to us having a job that we already love doing, that’s rewarding, fulfilling .. and  really helps other people feel better fast!

Eileen Strong

Holistic Therapies

SPECIALIST WELLNESS DAYS at Acorn – how can we help you?

General Health & Wellbeing, Therapies Posted on Thu, February 23, 2023 10:47AM

By Eileen Strong 21/2/23

Last  month, we shared with you our idea for hosting specialist “Wellness Days” at Acorn.    Each of our Practitioners has some very specific specialist skills, experience and knowledge that can be combined with a genuine passion to help you, dear reader, enjoy an awesome Wellness Day experience that we know you will love.

This initiative was initially inspired by World Cancer Day .. with a wonderful team of specialists here at Acorn who are super-passionate about helping people on their “cancer wellness journey”.  So whether you (or a loved one) are experiencing treatment now … or, are now fully in remission and have experienced the rigors of cancer treatment in the past .. we CARE! 

Yet we want to find out how we can absolutely create a beautifully supportive, nurturing, and practical  experience for you at Acorn that will help you fill in any gaps that perhaps have been missed so far .. a bit of extra support if you need it, brainstorming, inspiration, motivation, pure TLC … treating you as a whole person, mind body and spirit. 

So once again, may we invite our readers who have any experience of Cancer to participate in our Survey.  Thank you to everyone of you who took the time to do that last month, we really appreciate what you have shared with us so far.  And of course, we’ll be branching out into other specialist areas too !! 

Help us to help you .. and others too – complete our Survey

Please take just 2 minutes out of your busy day to  click below to complete this very short, concise Survey – it will help us to plan and select our Top 3 most  important services that we’ll offer to our clients on the Wellness Day.

Click to Complete Cancer Wellness Day Survey

Just fill in the survey, then click SUBMIT.  You’ll receive a confirmation from JOTFORM to let you know it’s been sent.    Thank you so much for taking the time!  We really appreciate your help.  (Feel free to remain anonymous on the form if you prefer to do so, but if you do share your name and email address, we’re happy to get back to you personally)

Alternatively, please email me direct at to register your interest and receive the survey direct to your inbox.


General Health & Wellbeing, Therapies Posted on Thu, September 22, 2022 11:33AM

October marks the Breast Cancer awareness month- time to raise awareness of the importance of research, prevention and early diagnosis of this condition which is affecting many women and men around the World.

It’s so important to feel comfortable with and know your body so that you can pick up on any changes as and when they arise.

Cancer Research UK lists the following as symptoms which may be linked to breast cancer:

  • a new lump or thickening in your breast or armpit
  • a change in size, shape or feel of your breast
  • skin changes in the breast such as puckering, dimpling, a rash or redness of the skin
  • fluid leaking from the nipple in a woman who isn’t pregnant or breast feeding
  • changes in the position of the nipple
Ladies… get them checked!

FRI 21 OCTOBER is “Wear It Pink Day”


Book any of the following Cancer support treatments with Eileen on Fri 21 October, and 20% will be donated to “Breast Cancer Now” fundraising Breast Cancer Now (registered charity 1160558)

Hand on Heart 90 minute (normally £55)  Wear It Pink – Hand on Heart

Soothe & Nurture 60 minute (normally £45)  Wear it Pink – Soothe & Nurture

How we can support you on your Cancer journey

Therapies Posted on Tue, January 28, 2020 11:25AM

Feb 4th is the World Cancer Day

Hydrotherm Tranquil Sea Massage and Spa-Ritual Mind-Body Connect treatments

“An out-of-the-blue cancer diagnosis has to be right up there in the top five of life’s not so pleasant little surprises. You’re feeling good, maybe a little more tired than usual, which you might just put down to your age, and a busy lifestyle.  Then a routine test, another test, and then you get the result.  And life is never going to be quite the same again….”

Two weeks later, Victoria had undergone 2 rounds of surgery for early stage breast cancer, and was about to undergo 6 weeks of radiotherapy.  She described feeling “bruised and beaten up” and her emotions were on the proverbial roller coaster, however hard she tried to “carry on as normal.” She just didn’t feel “normal” at a time when she needed to feel normal the most.

Here at Acorn, we want to make sure our clients feel reassured, cared for, and not judged in any way.  We want to help them feel safe and nurtured.

If you are currently in treatment for cancer, recovering from surgery, or have past experience of cancer and are now in remission, we can help you experience a wonderful relaxing and supportive treatment with our unique offering that combines  Hydrotherm Massage techniques and Cancer Touch® therapy, adapted and personalised just for you.

There are some enormous physical, mental and emotional benefits that gentle massage and touch therapy can bring.   Here are just a few:

  • Moisturises the skin, particularly after radiotherapy damage (using 100% organic preparations)
  • Can help relieve muscle wastage and soreness due to inactivity, and improve range of motion
  • Decreases oedema and improves circulation
  • Stimulates endorphine secretion that can help pain relief and reduce the need for pain medication
  • May help decrease symptoms related to chemo and radiation, such as fatigue, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, nausea
  • Can help improve elasticity in scarred areas
  • Increase relaxation and decrease stress
  • Helps mental clarity and mindfulness
  • Improves sleep and relaxation
  • Decreases anxiety and depression
  • Provides relief from isolation
  • Re-establishes a positive body image
  • Helps to give the client a sense of participation in the healing process

In recognition of World Cancer Day on 4th February,  book your cancer support consultation with Eileen anytime during the month of February and you will get 20% off the price of your subsequent first Hydrotherm Tranquil Sea Massage or Spa-Ritual Mind-Body Connect Wellbeing treatment (inc organic facial).  (Offer applies to 60 and 90 minute treatments only)

Just a note on why we invite you to book your consultation first:

  • A meet and greet with your therapist before your first treatment is essential. We will need to know what type of cancer you have/had, the cancer site, if it is still present and what treatment you are receiving so we can work around hospital appointments
  • We’ll ask about medications, because some may have side effects such as hair loss, feeling cold, dry or sensitive skin, nausea, sensitivity to smells. 
  • We’ll still need to ask about your medical history, including heart conditions, DVT or anything that is normally contra-indicated for massage that requires GP permission first
  • We’ll need to know if you had any operations (e.g. stoma, lymph node removal) so we can adapt for recent scar tissue, pain, discomfort, flexibility and positioning for your treatment
  • Any equipment that may be fitted, such as PICC lines, or if a cool cap has been worn so we know to avoid stimulating the scalp.
  • If any lymph nodes have ever been removed or could have been compromised by radiotherapy so that we can adapt your treatment due to the increased risk of lymphoedema.

Once all these details are taken into consideration, we can then give a clear explanation of what we recommend for you, and can even demonstrate the type of massage or touch that will be used.  Remember, we will never turn you away because of cancer, and we are fully insured and highly trained to safely adapt treatments for you according to your unique needs.  We look forward to meeting you before 29 Feb 2020 so you can make the most of our special 20% discount offer.