Sorrel Pindar BSc (Ost), MPhil, Registered Osteopath & Health Coach
Health is never a matter of mind or body – both are always involved. My approach to healthcare therefore is to work with both mind and body. My training allows me to do this by combining hands-on manual therapy with coaching. This way I can support you as you start to make the changes you need to make in order to get your health back on track.
My interest in hands-on therapy stems from my experience of osteopathy for my eldest when she was still a very young baby. The treatment she received was nothing short of miraculous (at least that’s how it seemed to a first-time mum). At the time I was on maternity leave from my job as a council officer and contemplating a move to Belgium with my husband. In thinking about a career move that would allow me to spend more time with my children, osteopathy seemed the natural choice.
After completing my five years of training at the London School of Osteopathy, in 2002, I went into practice on my own, and I have always worked in the heart of Bedford, serving people from the town and the surrounding villages.
In 2007 I trained as a Perrin practitioner which enabled me to offer treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, using the Perrin TechniqueTM. Since then, I have treated hundreds of patients suffering from CFS/ME and fibromyalgia and many have been able to resume a normal life.
. In 2017 I commenced training in NLP (neurolinguistic programming) with Beyond NLP, and qualified as a Master Practitioner in September.
My work with M.E. and fibromyalgia led me to see the important role coaching can play in supporting sufferers on their journey into recovery. And in 2016 an opportunity presented itself at just the moment when my own life changed dramatically. This was when I decided to train in NLP (neurolinguistic programming), with Beyond NLP, and I qualified as a Master Practitioner in September 2017. With the skills learned from my NLP training, I found that I was a much more effective coach.
Since then I have started using coaching alongside osteopathy to work with patients with long-term pain, such as low back pain and osteoarthritis, as well as fibromyalgia. These combination sessions form the BrainWorks programme, which enables patients to harness the power of their own mind to get rid of pain which is no longer serving a useful purpose. I also work with clients suffering from anxiety, poor self-esteem and feelings of not being good enough – which may in turn underlie physical problems such as fibromyalgia.
I have since continued my coach training with Jamie Smart and am close to completing his Clarity Coach Training. Clarity coaching is founded in the understanding that we all have an innate capacity for healing and wellness, a concept which is shared with many within the osteopathic community. Whether I am coaching or working with my hands, I am always aware that my client has that innate capacity for healing and my role is to help connect the person with that capacity, and remove some of the barriers which get in the way of healing.
I am registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), which exists to protect patients by ensuring that osteopaths meet the required professional standards. I am also a member of the Institute of Osteopathy. I participate in an ongoing programme of continued learning, to ensure that my skills and knowledge are kept up-to-date.