Muddy tries: Clinic on the Green
If I were to start a competition to find the cutest, quirkiest alternative therapy centre in rural England, I think the Clinic on the Green would have a good stab at winning it. Sitting on the green (well, what did you expect?) in Bletchington, a sleepy, pretty village 2 miles north of Kidlington, 5 miles east of Woodstock and 6 miles south of Bicester is a small, stone building, warm and welcoming in the sunlight, that offers a range of treatments from osteopathy, podiatry and sports massage to the more unusual offerings like Reiki, Maya Abdominal Massage and Emotional Freedom Techniques.
It’s also the first private practice in Oxford to offer hydrotherapy rehab though unless there was a portal to an aquatic world through the loo door I’m guessing you have to go off site for that one.
The building basically consists of a small reception space – enough for a desk basically, moving through to a large, attractive treatment room, with high ceilings and exposed beams. if they’d have been greedy, it’s possible to have made two pokey treatment rooms, but instead it’s one luxurious, airy, relaxing space, with a separate table and chair area for consultation.
I tried the Maya Abdominal Massage, a therapy that addresses the position and health of pelvic and abdominal organs, which change as supporting muscles and ligaments weaken when, for example, you’ve had two children out the sunroof and a third via the metal salad dressers, and your body alignment is totally ruined I tell you!
This is also a treatment that can potentially assist those having difficulty in conceiving, or suffering from menstrual cramping, endeometriosis and fibroids and digestive disorders (or in my case, Digestive disorder, seriously I can eat a whole packet in one go).
Bella Aris (above) was the practioner, and soooo lovely she was too, taking a very detailed history of my births-from-hell and how this manifests itself with my regular back problems. A mother of three herself, as well as being a doula, and massage therapist with close to 20 years experience, she knows a thing or two about this side of things.
Then it was a relaxing, non-invasive, firm but pleasant 1 hour treatment focusing on stimulating and massaging the abdominals and helping the position of my uterus, and then a back massage to help things from the other side so to speak. I really liked the fact that Bella also taught some basic techniques for me to do myself rather than trying to hoik me straight back for another treatment, recognising that not everyone can afford to pay £50 per hour of an extended period fo time.
It’s very difficult to judge efficacy after one treatment of course, but my back has been fine since, so something went right. I think if I was struggling to conceive I’d book in too, it just offers something different.
It’s true that the drawback of having a single treatment room is that there is not massive flexibility in terms of when the therapists are available to treat, as they all have their booked days, but I guess that’s something that’s flushed out in the first phone call. On the basis of my visit, it’s full marks on position, quirkiness, professionalism and treatments. A Muddy thumbs up.