My name is Susan Janikowski and I live and work in London. I am a medical herbalist, reflexologist and practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT). I have over 15 years of experience working in holistic healthcare. My practice now focuses on women’s health care combining natural, plant-based treatments with bodywork. It is my passion to support women through all their life cycles, from the fertile years through to menopause. I feel very blessed to be in service to women and bring my love of plants into my work, while creating more awareness of these powerful healers into the lives of others.
Much of my work is about enhancing natural fertility, menstrual health, pregnancy, post-natal care and menopause. I also support women and couples through assisted cycles including IUI, IVF, ICS and donor egg cycles.
Depending on your individual needs, I will suggest which therapy I consider to be most appropriate for you or may integrate several therapies into a personalised treatment plan.
My holistic approach means I address the uniqueness of each woman I work with. In supporting the whole person I use personalised rather than prescriptive treatments for particular conditions. Although symptomatic treatments have their place, for long lasting results it is important to address the underlying causes of illness and view symptoms in the context of a person's life. I recognise how important physical, mental, emotional and spiritual factors all affect health and well-being. Changing deeply held beliefs systems and patterns of behaviour can profoundly affect your physiology and ability to heal. Even during pregnancy a mother’s thoughts have the power to affect her baby’s future health.
Furthermore I acknowledge nature is a powerful source of healing. Deepening your connection by working with the cycles of nature can greatly enhance your wellbeing. This can include dietary and lifestyle modifications according to seasons or awareness of your menstrual cycle in relation to the moon phases. The endocrine system, in particular the thyroid and adrenals are very much affected by daily and seasonal changes so will benefit when this awareness is integrated into daily life.
Ultimately,I believe true healing comes from deep within each of us. It is a process that needs time, patience, self-awareness and self-care. My role as a holistic practitioner is to support you in your process and provide you with information and practical tools to make better health choices.
My initial training was a 4 year BSc (Hons) degree in Herbal Medicine at Middlesex University. The training included medical and plant science, nutrition and aromatic medicine. My professional body is the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), established in 1864 and I am fully insured to practise.
After completing my degree in herbal medicine I started exploring body work to complement my practice. I went on to qualify in reflexology and am a member of the Association of Reflexologists (AOR). I have also completed studies in Ayurvedic Marma Massage with Ayurvedic Theory.
My interest in women’s health led me to train in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (ATMAT) in the US. I also have a diploma in Natural Nutrition, which taught me the principles of nutrition with a holistic perspective.
More recently I have been studying Endobiogenic Medicine, an integrative approach to medicine developed over the past 40 years by two Parisian doctors, Dr Christian Duraffourd and Dr Jean-Claude Lapraz. It based on the principle that the body is a whole system in which all hormones and organs are linked together and a very deep my understanding of human physiology. This approach has hugely influenced my approach to herbal medicine and allows me to offer my clients a very detailed evaluation.