Hello, I'm Kate Palmer-Marshallsay. I had a fantastic career, pre-children, which I loved. It was hard work, long hours yet plenty of satisfaction. So, how did I discover complementary therapies, which then lead me to become a complementary therapist?
In 2004 I was presented with, for me, a life threatening illness. I needed my family and friends like I’d never needed them before. Naturally I received help from medical professionals – without their help, I may not be here today. After a few years the illness returned with a vengeance. Again, I took medication and thankfully my health improved. The medication certainly fixed the ailment, but it wasn’t enough to help my mind, body and soul. On the inside, I was broken and out of balance. I was functioning but not living, and if possible I wanted to prevent the illness returning. I was young and had a young family that depended on me. I had to be well. I wanted to live, and live as well as I could.
I was lucky, I had a wonderful doctor who I could share my thoughts and feelings with and knew he wouldn’t pressure me to take medication I didn’t necessarily need. It was him who suggested I look at alternative therapies that would complement the medication I was taking and alleviate the side effects this gave.
The first complementary therapy I discovered was Reiki and I was amazed by the results it brought me - it was almost like magic. My health improved, and for the first time in years I was living. Through having the treatment, I discovered I too could be attuned and give myself Reiki. Little did I know at the time but this was the first step to understanding the benefit of how holistic or complementary healing works and how I could then give the healing to others.
Living in today’s busy and fast paced world, we find we often push our bodies to the limit and only respond when something isn’t moving or working as it should be. People are living longer today than they ever were, due to many reasons including better living conditions, better earning potential and of course great medical advances. Our body, although an amazing machine, needs to be treated with respect and care. We often take our health for granted and only begin to appreciate its vulnerability when ‘it’ lets us down – where as in fact, we’ve often let ourselves down when we have not cared for it appropriately. As a complementary therapist, I recognise that our pains or discomforts are the symptoms of an imbalance within our body. These imbalances may be due to many reasons – poor diet, lack of exercise, too little sleep, stress, emotional issues or addictions.
We can eat and drink sensibly, we can exercise also, but even with the best intentions, sometimes life just gets too much, things wear out and stress levels rise. We currently live in a very materialistic throw away culture. Many people are driven with the need to always want more; just that little bit more – yet it’s a want, not a need. Where as in fact all our bodies need is a well-balanced healthy lifestyle, safe and clean living, a variable healthy diet and moderate exercise.
Speaking from personal experience, I see life as a gift, one that is sometimes taken for granted. Life is not just about being wealthy, popular, highly educated or being perfect, it is also about being content, being humble and being kind. Complementary therapy is not intended to serve as a one-time fix. It is an ongoing journey of discovery in finding answers to ultimately live better and be healthier.
Enjoy the little things in life, for one day we may look back and realise they were the big things.
"I have had a number of reflexology sessions with Kate. I wish I had met Kate sooner as I have benefited greatly. I feel so relaxed after every treatment as her healing hands give my health such a boost. Kate is full of knowledge and wisdom and listens with kindness and compassion. I would highly recommend."
"Kate is absolutely amazing. She is warm and friendly but always professional. Kate's Reflexology is the best I've had and after each treatment, without fail, I feel rebalanced, re-energized and well. I can't recommend her highly enough."
"After only 2 sessions with Kate, I have already placed her in the category of 'one of life's treasures.'
Kate is passionate about the healing process of her therapies. Her perception of what her client requires is quite astounding; combining therapies to achieve the best outcome. After the session, she gives detailed feedback of her findings and how she dealt with them, with any concerns, if any.
Although, I had the knowledge that its always best to have more than one session to maintain the therapy, but there was no pressure to have more sessions or buy in bulk from Kate.
I have passed Kate's details onto friends who I know will benefit, and that Kate will gain the sense of reward that she will have made a difference; as with myself."
"Kate is super. I have been having treatment for the past 2 years and seen the benefits. She is very professional and has a wonderfully warm energy. The whole experience of Reflexology is relaxing and has improved my overall wellness. She is amazingly talented and knowledgeable and I enjoy my Reflexology treatments hugely. I look forward to my next visit!"
"I first saw Kate for Angelic Reiki over a month ago. This was a really powerful experience for me, and I was a little skeptical at first, but I left the experience feeling more connected to my Archangels. Kate completely puts you at ease, and I would definitely highly recommend her services."
"This was an amazing experience for me. Kate is so warm & welcoming, I was nervous beforehand but it’s honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done. I booked an angelic reiki session and I left with a different outlook on life after going through a difficult time. It was just what I needed at the time. And I would definitely book again with her going forwards."
"I have been seeing Kate for well over 6 months and I have made such a positive breakthrough within myself - my subconscious, mental wellbeing and body alignment. Originally started with the Reflexology Lymph Drainage for long covid and that helped immensely with my recovery. I had then switched to Reflexology with Reiki which has been so healing and has helped a lot with my physical and mental health. Kate has such a soft and healing nature. I always feel like a brand new woman after our sessions. I cannot recommend Kate enough."
"I met Kate at a Mind, Body and soul Fayre a few years ago and had a taster Reflexology session. Since then I always travel to Kate in Camberley although there are Reflexologists locally to me in Basingstoke.
Kate is friendly and welcoming and very accommodating, I am mild asthmatic and unfortunately find incense etc aggravates me so Kate always ensures she opens the windows and clears the room for me for when I arrive.
Kate is very knowledgeable, I am always amazed at what Kate can tell me by giving me a Reflexology session/Angel Guidance, I always feel completely relaxed and calm after a session. I wouldn't go anywhere else."
"I have been going to Kate for Reiki treatment for some time now and I find her treatment always helps me immensely. I would definitely recommend her as I always come away feeling relaxed and at peace. I have learnt so much about myself how I can help with the healing process as a result of my treatments with her."
"I have been having reflexology lymph drainage with Kate for a while now. Very effective and relaxing. Kate always makes me feel special. Lovely experience. Highly recommend."