Proprietor, practitioner and therapist; Candice Lucas has vast experience within Holistic Health and hopes to help encourage a greater sense of wellbeing with her knowledge and use of Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Self-care, Relaxation and Massage.
Candice successfully graduated with the BSc (honours) degree in Herbal Medicine from Lincoln University; where she studied for 3 years covering modules in phytochemistry, biochemistry, nutrition, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, medical examination and differential diagnosis, as well as pharmacy, clinical and diagnostic skills; where she applied her academic knowledge during 500 hours of clinical practice with patients at the University’s Herbal Medicine clinic. Fully qualified in Clinical Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Swedish Body Massage, Lava Shells Massage and Thermal Auricular therapies; providing a wide range of therapeutics which can be individualised to meet the specific needs and preferences of all clients.
Candice is also a qualified Beauty Therapist and now incorporates the use of nature within her treatments and skin care range. Having completed a module in Pharmacy during her Herbal Medicine studies and the combination of Aromatherapy has allowed Candice to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of how plant based ingredients can help the skin and overall wellbeing; developing a range of base ingredients which can be further developed to individually prescribe all areas of skincare for her clients and patients to include treatment for specific skin conditions, general beauty based skin care, to specialised skincare products. A member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), the UK’s leading professional body representing herbal practitioners; ensures that she meets the high level of professional standards, adheres to strong codes of conduct, ethics, and practice and undertakes ongoing professional development set by the association. She is therefore fully insured, passed all Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and is obliged to take part in continuing professional development, making her practice fresh, relevant and safe.
Candice encourages all opportunities to raise public awareness about the use and practice of Herbal Medicine and Holistic Health; providing talks and workshops to local groups.
In 1995, Candice qualified in Beauty and Holistic Therapies from The Park School of Beauty Therapy; Retford, Nottinghamshire, working in several salons before opening her own business. Alongside this, she entered the world of teaching within further education where her hours and commitment gradually increased. Candice undertook studies within teaching and is a qualified Assessor, Internal Verifier and Teacher; holding all relevant qualifications. Candice has taught at Lincoln, Newark and Gainsborough College for 16 years and is still teaching today, although a lot less hours.
In 2010; Candice was faced with the diagnoses of breast cancer; which made her question her current work-life balance and lifestyle. It was at this time her growing interest and passion for Holistic Health and Complementary Medicine grew.
Over the last 5 years; the importance of health has been a growing passion and the use of Holistic Medicine can have such a huge impact on achieving this. Lifestyle factors and Stress can greatly influence our health and lives. Candice hopes to encourage and educate the importance of balance; helping the body and mind to achieve equilibrium. Chronic illness, Inflammation and Fatigue appear to be the root of many conditions felt by so many of us today. By taking charge of one’s health and having a greater knowledge of how to do this has drawn Candice closer to Holistic Healing and Herbal Medicine; combining a holistic approach with valid scientific rationale.
Uprooting the cause of illness is paramount when hoping to achieve long lasting health improvements. Candice is keen on the integration of orthodox and complementary medicine; committed to act in the best interests of all her patients and clients; identifying any 'red flags' and will refer patients back to their GP or specialist if necessary. Trained to understand modern drugs and herb-drug interactions; thus only prescribing herbs that will not interfere with any medications a patient may already be taking. Likewise this is accounted for in all hands-on therapies offered at Naturalibrium.
Overall, Candice hopes to offer all her clients and patients a highly skilled and professional service.
If you would like to find out more about Naturalibrium and Herbal Medicine and how it can help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!