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Wild health is robust, adaptable, and self-reliant.

My practice is based on observation of the natural world. I look for what works; what helps us get well, stay well, and live longer without reliance on industrialized medicine. Rooted in a background of research in animal behaviour and physiology, and willing to explore whatever works, I use an integrative approach drawing on traditional and modern practices of health-maintenance.

Achieving a natural vitality involves taking responsibility for our own well being.

Practices which integrate physical, emotional, and mental cultivation are important for long term health management. The longevity practices of Taoist adepts, Qigong and neigong are particularly powerful in this regard, aspects of which were adopted by Buddhist monks aiming to improve health after long periods of sedentary meditation. Getting ourselves moving in mindful processes seems particularly pertinent to the needs of modern sedentary lifestyles. More details…

Receiving regular treatments from competent bodyworkers can alleviate acute symptoms reducing a need for medication or surgery, and also identify physical, mental, and emotional imbalances before serious problems appear. This makes it possible to make proactive changes to mainteain health.  More details…

“Years after recovering from a slipped disc, any stress continued to go straight to the same weakness, leaving me in agony and completely debilitated. Shiatsu treatments have made a very real difference to my life – I feel like I have a new body – one which no longer lets me down.” Lynne Ward (Head teacher)

Wild animals do not rely on the pharmaceutical industry to cure their ills. They have evolved and developed a range of health maintenance strategies to enhance survival. Wild animals therefore make excellent models of a healthy lifestyle. My original training as a biologist lead me to research and publish the first book on animal self-medication.  Natural selection has favored those animals who find health-modulating substances in the wild. Remnants of these abilities are still functional in humans and domestic animals although disrupted by modern dietary imbalances and lack of experiential development. [Photo: chimpanzee selecting medicine c/o Prof M. Huffman] More details…