Our specialised team at ESPA Life at Corinthia consists of traditional Chinese medicine acupuncturists and herbalists, naturopaths, physiotherapists, personal trainers and spa professionals.
This team of holistic health professionals, influential specialists, and outstanding spa therapists has been hand-picked for their exceptional knowledge and expertise.
They will work closely with you to find the best combination of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), spa treatments and fitness sessions to help restore balance and achieve your desired health and lifestyle goals.
Acupuncture / Traditional Chinese Medicine
James Mutkin is a qualified acupuncturist, holding a Bachelor of Medicine from Beijing University in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
James is passionate about his profession and the clients he treats. He believes in continual development and furthering himself as a teacher and practitioner by bringing together traditional theory, clinical understanding, and current research.
James sees Chinese medicine as a holistic healthcare model which focuses on all aspects of the body, its structure and internal functioning and the mind-body connections. The art of Chinese medicine is in its ability to bring together nutrition, acupuncture, herbal medicine, meditation and breathing (Qigong), exercise (Tai Chi), and massage (Tui Na). The practice of which is the art of health preservation and the essence of Chinese medicine.
James also specialises in obstetrics and gynaecology, skin disorders, injuries and pain management, and has helped set up and run maternity and fertility support clinics within the NHS, as well as being involved in a number of both private and NHS pain clinics.
James is on the Professional Conduct Committee for the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ATCM), the largest professional regulatory body for traditional Chinese medicine in the UK, and is a member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM).
Medical Masseur and Physiotherapist
Available Tuesday and Thursday to Sunday
Heshmat joins the Wellness team at ESPA Life at Corinthia as a Medical Masseuse and Physiotherapist. He is a HCPC registered physiotherapist and a member of the CSP, and holds a Physiotherapy degree from Iran and a Physiotherapy MSc from University of East London.
Heshmat’s professional experience includes musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy in hospitals, private clinics and community-based settings. His experience also extends to holistic screening and assessment and treatment of patients of varying ages with musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, including low back pain, neck pain, post-operative rehabilitation, scoliosis, fractures, degenerative joint disease, whiplash injury, congenital anomalies, sport injuries, spinal cord and head injuries, stroke (CVA), MS and peripheral nerve injuries.
Within his work Heshmat uses different physiotherapy interventions to relieve pain, increase range of movement, strengthen muscles and improve function appropriate to the patient’s condition. This includes the use of electrotherapy modalities (faradic and interferential current, TENS machine and ultrasound), hydrotherapy, rehabilitative exercise therapy, manual therapy techniques, spinal traction, manipulation, soft tissue mobilisation, orthotic and assistive devices prescription, PNF techniques, as well as gait and balance training.
With a passion for his profession and the clients he treats, Heshmat continually works to bring together traditional theory, clinical understanding and current research to provide an holistic approach to his treatments.
Sally Barrat RCST
Sally gained her qualifications from the College of Craniosacral Therapy and specialises in an integrated approach using both mechanical and biodynamic methods of treatment. Her interest is in prenatal psychology and how trauma affects the body. Sally has a refined sensitivity to deeply connect with people, wherever they are at in their lives, offering space for clients to get back in touch with their core. Her client base is varied, working with babies, children and adults with both acute and chronic condition.
Prior to qualifying as a craniosacral therapist, Sally supported stroke survivors with communication difficulties and was a listening volunteer at the Samaritans for those going through crisis. Sally believes that the body holds a wisdom to maintain and promote health, and that with the right support, a listening hand and a grounded witness, transformation can occur.
Offering the highest degree of confidentiality and integrity, Sally is a member of and abides by the codes of ethics of the Craniosacral Therapy Association and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and is committed to continuing professional development.
Aside from her work as a therapist she is an avid practitioner of Iyengar Yoga and is currently undertaking a teacher training program. This also feeds into her work and improves her understanding of the mind-body complex.
Osteopath and Health Practitioner
Helen Beuschel is a registered osteopath and primary health practitioner with a BSc (Hons) in Osteopathy from the British School of Osteopathy, and also Biochemistry/Toxicology from the University of Surrey. She is member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) specialising in trigger point needling, and of the Sutherland Cranial Society (MSCCO); a Thai Yoga massage practitioner, and is trained in ergonomic assessment.
Diabetes is an area of particular interest having been involved in research at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Prior to osteopathic training Helen worked for 10 years at BBC Post Production, and has provided osteopathic treatment to BBC staff and contractors since 2005.
As an osteopath she embraces the whole body/mind approach fundamental to Osteopathy, and combines it with diagnostic/scientific/medical and engineering knowledge to ascertain the multi-faceted factors causing pain and ill-health. Once the pathology/injury mechanism is understood treatment can begin using methods ranging from subtle cranial/biodynamic techniques; massage; articulations; acupuncture; and manipulations. Individually tailored and sustainable advice is then provided allowing self-maintenance in today’s over-stimulating modern lifestyles.
To be the best for any patient Helen believes a practitioner has to be without ego and aware of the limitations of their own expertise. Therefore she regularly attends courses to increase her own knowledge base and establish a network of like-minded practitioners in other disciplines to ensure you as the patient have the best outcome possible. At ESPA Life the team are uniquely balanced to provide this service and Helen will refer to the disciplines available or externally as appropriate.
As a practitioner Helen has experience with people from a range of ages/backgrounds/cultures and resolutely ensures discretion both in terms of confidentiality and appropriate treatment/behaviour.
15 years on, osteopathy continues to delight and inspire her, with each patient bringing a new challenge and knowledge.