Complementary Therapies in Barnsley

We have a wide range of Complementary Therapies to offer here at Western House Consulting Rooms, to learn more about what complementary therapies we offer please click on the therapy you wan to know more about. If you like futher information about any of our therapies please contact us by clicking Here.


Reflexology is an alternative medicine involving the physical act of applying pressure to the feet, hands or ears with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without using oil or lotion. An natural healing art based on the principal of reflexes in the feet and their referral areas correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through applying pressure on those reflexes relief of tension, circulation promotion and natural function of the body is gained.


Aromatherapy is an alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, essential oils and aromatic compounds to alter a persons mind, mood, cognitive function or health.

Hopi Ear Candles

Hopi Ear Candles are a Thermal Auricular Therapy which is a pleasant and non invasive treatment of the ears, used to treat a variety of conditions.

Hopi Ear Candles induce a revitalising heal upon the head and ears which soothes, relieves and relaxes.

Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy (also known as The Bowen Technique) is a gentle form of bodywork which works on the soft tissues and aims to resort balance to the body as a whole. Due to it's gentle nature, It is suitable for people of all ages starting from babies with colic.

What are the key points of Bowen Therapy?

  • Clothing does not have to be removed
  • There is no hard manipulation of tissues
  • It is not form of massage or acupressure
  • The experience of Bowen is gentle, subtle and relaxing
  • A Bowen Therapy session will last aproximately 1 hour during which there are short breaks where the client is left resting to allow the body to assimilate the information
  • Most cases respond giving relief within 48 hours
  • It is recommended that most cases require 2 - 3 sessions however chronic or more complex conditions may require more sessions

What has Bowen been observed to help?

  • Pain management (Bowen is a therapy choice for the University of North Durham NHS Pain Management Clinics)
  • Sports injuries
  • Acute and chronic back pain
  • General aches and pains
  • Sciatica
  • Neck & shoulder complaints
  • Jaw discomfort (TMD / TMS)
  • Asthma
  • Hayfever
  • Headaches / Sinus
  • Stress and tension related issues
  • Digestive issues
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Relaxation
  • Heel and foot pain

Other aspects that many people report to have seen improvement with after a course of treatments:

  • Quality of sleep
  • Mood elevation
  • Ability to concentrate and focus
  • General relaxation
  • Positive outlook on life
  • Relaxation

Jackie Raw Homeopathy

For more information about Homeopathy with Jackie Raw, please visit her website:

Intergrated Medicine

Integrated Medicine is an effective combination of conventional science based medicine and complementary therapies, based on ancient wisdom and healing practices. An integrated approach to healing the individual as a unit of mind, body and spirit provides safe, practical and holistic health care.

My vision of integrated medicine is inspired by the WHO definition of health – ‘A state of total physical, mental, spiritual and emotional well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. I qualified in conventional medicine in 1986 and then trained in various complementary therapies. While working in a variety of hospital jobs, I explored ways to integrate the individual as a whole – mind, body and spirit.
Complementary therapies work on the subtle energy system composed of energy centers and meridians. Research has suggested that individuals who are motivated, willing to take responsibility and involve themselves in their own treatment, have better outcomes and recovery from illness. Integrating the two achieves disease management, health promotion and service management with lasting cost effective benefits and satisfaction for the health professionals and the individuals.


I qualified in conventional medicine in 1986 and gained experience in hospital jobs, specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology while looking for a way to integrate healing of mind, body and spirit.
Starting with personal growth and development in 1996 and Reiki from 1997 – I am working towards my ideal of integrated healing combining conventional medicine and complementary therapies, providing holistic healing enabling individuals to find balance, well-being and harmony in their lives.
I use different complementary therapies including Crystal therapy, Acupuncture, Quantum touch, Reiki, Metamorphic technique and Angel Essences

Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient system of healthcare that has been practiced for over 2000 years. It is based on the concept of “Qi” (pronounced “chee”) our own innate energy that flows through the body via the channel system (meridians). This energy or life force, enables all metabolic processes within the body, be it the muscles, organs, mental processes or emotions. Placing needles at specific acupuncture points in the body has a regulating affect on this flow of energy. This energy “Qi” can be felt as it arrives at the needle by both patient and practitioner. The needle is merely a conduit for energetic change and directs or disperses Qi to where it is needed according to each individual diagnosis. Disease is proposed to result from the flow of Qi being disrupted, contributing to an imbalance of yin and yang (opposing forces) which can result in both physical and emotional symptoms. TCM looks at the person as a whole and aims to rebalance both physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of their life. The purpose is to address the root causes of disease, to bring about a long term, and sustainable solution to health and well-being.

Acupuncture is not the only treatment modality used in TCM:

Tuina: Chinese medical massage is used in conjunction with needling to treat Musculo-skeletal conditions and disperse pain. It is also very useful in the treatment of children.

Moxibustion: A burning herb (Mugwort artemisia vulgaris) used to warm the channels to disperse pain. It Is also used at specific points to support immunity: Used in cancer care to help patient’s complete chemotherapy by preventing low white blood cell count (leukopenia). Can be used to help turn a breech baby after 32 weeks. Currently used in Africa to aide treatments for drug resistant TB.

GuaSha: A bodywork technique that scrapes the skin to move stagnation. Very useful for dispersing pain in tight muscles. In China this is traditionally used at the first sign of a fever to shorten viral illnesses.

Electro-acupuncture: low level current is passed through the needles to help quicken healing. Can be particularly useful with chronic conditions of the joints such as arthritis.

Chinese Dietry Energetics: Diet is considered an important part of healing in TCM. Foods are viewed in energetic terms eg. Hot, cold, damp forming or drying etc. according to your individual diagnosis, advice can be given on foods to aide recovery and foods to avoid.

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Massage Therapies

Massage is used for both pain management and relaxation. At Western House Consulting Rooms we offer the following types of massage:

  • Full body Swedish massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Back, neck and shoulder massage
  • Aromatherapy massage
  • Indian head massage
  • Foot and leg massage
  • Facials
  • Sports massage

Having regular massage can help with:

  • Lowering the heart rate and blood pressure
  • Improving circulation and lymphatic circulation
  • Improving immune function
  • Keeping the joints, muscles and connective tissues flexible and improves your range of motion
  • Helps decrease stress and tension
  • Reduces aches and pains
  • And most importantly makes you feel good!

A frequent question that we get asked is “How often should I have a massage?”

Usually for pain management we recommend once a week for at least 4-6 weeks. After that we reduce the treatments down to what we call maintenance massages, you may find you would like to come once every 2 weeks or maybe once a month. It is entirely up to you. Often when your body is getting ready for a massage it will let you know!

Having regular massages makes you more aware of your body and you will instantly know to rebook back in for a treatment.

Tracy works at Western House on a Monday and a Thursday please call (01226) 730249 to make an appointment for a lovely relaxing massage or for a deep tissue treatment.

Our Complementary Therapists in Barnsley

Sue Brierley


I am a passionate and intuitive acupuncture practitioner, having qualified from the renowned & highly regarded Northern College of Acupuncture with a 1st-class BSc (hons) degree. I am fully licensed  and a  member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).

I have extensive and comprehensive biomedical knowledge in anatomy and physiology. I incorporate many Chinese medicine treatment modalities such as bodywork, Guasha, Cupping, Tuina, neuromuscular techniques and Moxibustion.  This wide knowledge base empowers me to create treatment plans that are effective and personal to you.

Some of the conditions that can be treated with acupuncture include:

  • Stress and anxiety (including PTSD and depression)
  • Pain (from migraines to fibromyalgia
  • Digestive health (IBS and indigestion)
  • Women’s health (menopause and PCOS symptoms)
  • Respiratory health (hayfever and CPOD)
  • Reproductive health (infertility and pregnancy)

For further information on the conditions acupuncture can help with or to find out more about what happens during a treatment session please click the link to Sue’s website:

To make an appointment to see Sue please contact us at Western House Consulting Rooms in Barnsley on (01226) 730249.

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Tracy Murray

Body Massage Therapist

My treatments Include: Full Body Swedish Massage, Deep tissue Massage, Back, neck and shoulder massage, Aromatherapy massage, Indian head massage, foot and leg massage and also facials.

My patients are usually referred from the Clinicians from Western House as I can help provide pain management. My aims are to get your body in top working order by offering pain relief in the form of helping to release those tight muscles and working on trigger points that can build up within the muscles (these are often known as knots!)

I also like to keep you focused on your wellbeing as tension and stress can be stored in the muscles and form more pain, here’s a link to an article which tells us how we store stress and some great tips on how to let the stress go.

I have several patients that attend their sessions and feel great physically afterwards but also feel very tired, this is because the body has relaxed during massage and released the stresses and strains you were holding on to. I always advise my patients to go home and rest, drink plenty of water and have something light to eat. In the following days after a massage, you may feel sore and it may feel like you’ve done a tough session at the gym, this is very common and shouldn’t last any longer that 48-72 hours.

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Western House Consulting Rooms is located in the heart of Barnsley close to the new Old Mill Lane college campus