Raquel Martin - BSc Hons, Dip NT, mBANT, CNHC Registered Nutritional Therapist
I am a certified nutritional therapist and also a Reiki practitioner. I practice NT and Reiki at East Croydon Medical Centre and also Reiki at St George's hospital (as part of Full Circle's team of therapists - www.fullcirclefund.org.uk/our-team/therapy-team).
If you suffer from fatigue, skin conditions, gastro-intestinal complaints, lack of sleep, stress, mood disorders, hormonal imbalances (e.g. thyroid, sex hormones), auto-immune disorders, you are struggling to lose weight or you would simply like to eat more healthily, you may benefit from a consultation.
Prior to the initial consultation I will send you a food diary and a short questionnaire to complete and send me back before the appointment. This will help me build an initial picture of you. An initial consultation lasts between 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes. During this time, I will gather information about your health through careful history taking. The questions that I will ask you will be geared towards finding the root cause of your symptoms. Using all the information gathered, I will create a nutritional programme that is unique to you. Your treatment plan is likely to include nutritional advice, lifestyle changes and, if necessary, supplements on a short term basis.
Now a bit about me...
Please visit my website www.raquel-martin.com and click on 'Testimonials' to see what some of my clients had to say about me. Also, click on the link below to see the reviews left in Google for me.
I graduated from the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) with a diploma in naturopathic nutrition. The College of Naturopathic Medicine is one of the UK’s largest, most highly-respected and well-known natural medicine training providers, with colleges all over the UK and Ireland. During my final year at CNM, my final portfolio was selected to represent outstanding work in that year’s accreditation visit at CNM.
My interest in nutrition started as I struggled with my own health issues a few years ago. As time went by, I had to stop doing sport, which made me feel distraught and pushed me to find a way to recover. After visiting several doctors, doing tests, physiotherapy…etc. for over a year, I wasn’t getting any better. Eventually, I followed a nutritional protocol and today I am healthy and I can do sport like I used to. This was a huge eye opener for me as to the healing power of food, to the point that I decided to change career and qualify as a nutritional therapist.
Before making this career move to nutrition I worked in the corporate world for almost twenty years, so I am fully conversant with the challenges of trying to follow a healthy lifestyle with the daily juggling act of a stressful job.
Continually learning and deepening my knowledge is of vital importance to me. New studies are done every day and with them, new research information comes to light; I love keeping up on what’s going down in the health world, which means that I regularly attend CPD (continual professional development) lectures and seminars. This keeps me up to date with new research, practical applications and most importantly, safe practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Nutritional Therapy (CNM).
Member of BANT. CNHC Registered for Nutritional Therapy.
BSc Hons Economics.
Reiki Usui Shiki Ryoho Levels 1 and 2.
Member of The Reiki Association. CNHC Registered for Reiki.
These are some of the conferences and online courses that I have attended in the last few years:
Toxicity and Detoxification, by Dr. Joe Pizzorno and Lara Pizzorno
Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, by Dr. Sarah Myhill
Light at the end of the tunnel - Naturopathic Techniques for Chronic Fatigue, by NNA
Thyroid Health, by Robyn Puglia and Ben Brown
Why nutrition is the key to Alzheimer’s, by Cytoplan
Natural Therapies for Chronic Illness with Judy Rocher, by AONM
SIBO online certified course, by Dr. Allison Siebecker (Invivo Clinical)
Chronic Illness Uncovered: Lyme Disease,Viral Pathogens,Morgellons,Mould & More.. , by AONM
Organic Acids the Complete Picture with Elizma Lambert: The OATS Whisperer
Autoimmunity and Pathologies driving Chronic Disease States in our Clients, by Amrita Nutrition
The Brain Microbiome - Dr Marco Ruggiero
Dr. Chris Shade: The Right Steps to Real Detoxification
Gastrointestinal Health Mastercourse, by Dr. Jason Hawlerak
Nutrigenomics, by MyDNAHealth and also by CAM
Methylation, by Seeking Health
Nutrigenomics Testing, by Anne Pemberton
British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy
The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy is the professional body for Nutritional Therapists.
There are different BANT membership classes, including Full Member, Fellow Member and Student Member.
All BANT practitioners must have met the required standards of training, be fully insured and adhere to the BANT Code of Ethics and Practice.
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
The CNHC encompasses many types of alternative therapy, including massage, aromatherapy and nutrition.
In order to be admitted to the register a practitioner must have studied to the National Occupational Standards for that profession/discipline, or have reached the equivalent of the National Occupational Standards through other relevant training or at least three years of experience and been assessed by their peers.
A practitioner must also have professional insurance and agree to abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of nutrition deal with
If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have this medical condition, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
- £75 for a 60-90 min initial consultation.
- £45 for 30-40 min follow up consultations.
- The cost of the initial consultation also includes one 10 min. phone chat.
- £55 for 1.5 hrs initial consultation and treatment.
- £45 for 1 hr regular treatments.
I believe that there is a mind-body-soul connection and that all need to be balanced to achieve a state of wellbeing. Being able to offer Reiki as well as nutritional therapy means that, if and when appropriate, I am able to offer support at all levels, creating a truly holistic approach to my client’s health and wellbeing.
I also believe in the inter-connectedness of the body. My background in data analysis and statistics means that I can use my logical mind to analyse my client’s information and connect different symptoms, which may appear uncorrelated, until I build a picture that gets me to the root cause of my client’s health condition. Only by tackling the root cause of a health issue will there be permanent long term health improvements.
I aim to empower my clients to take control of their own health; I achieve this by coaching them rather than just prescribing.