Helping heal the scars of war
Harrogate beauty therapist, Rebekah is working with a national charity to offer free treatments to servicemen and women who are dealing with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Rebekah French, who runs Beauty by Rebekah on Kings Road, is a member of the Healing Hands Network Charity and was invited to join a special project to help returning troops cope with injuries sustained in action – both mental and physical.
Treatments on offer include massage, reflexology and reiki and those using the service will receive four free sessions, as well as an initial consultation and post-course evaluation session.
"Studies by the NHS have found that hands-on therapies can heal the mind as well as the body. Many service personnel have reported that the treatments give positive results, allowing them to start moving on," explained Rebekah.
“Some say they have fewer flashbacks, others that they are able to sleep properly for the first time in years, others that their physical pain has eased. I believe hands-on treatments can be amazingly beneficial to those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and I’m honoured to be part of this project.”
PTSD is a debilitating psychological and physical condition that affects not just the person directly involved but their partners, children and families. Many struggle to adjust to normal life when returning from active service and often become depressed, turning away from their loved ones.
The Healing Hands Network is a small, UK-based charity with unique experience in treating PTSD. It was founded in 1996 and all members are fully-qualified and experienced therapists.
Anyone who would like to find out more about the project and how it could benefit them or a member of their family can contact Rebekah French on 01423 705051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contact the Healing Hands Network, contact Sandra Griffiths on 01885 410620 or email email@example.com.
Above: Rebekah treating a war victim in Bosnia