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André Duarte, Olive Tree Therapies founder and lead therapist

Nice to meet you and welcome to my practice! 

My name is André (he/him/they/them) and I’m an experienced bodyworker and integrative Yoga therapist informed by Ayurvedic and Yoga tradition as well as my 12-year background in the mental health field. This means my approach is to treat body, mind and spirit as a unified whole and never as separate entities.

 

I combine different techniques as and when appropriate to create a treatment completely tailored to you. Techniques I may use include several modalities of massage, Aromatherapy, Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), Ayurveda and Reiki.

 

My therapy room offers you a place to relax, feel good and heal – a sanctuary where you can focus on your own needs, slow down and let go of the burdens of this busy world.

 

Olive Tree Therapies is an LGBTQ+ proudly owned business and ally to all Queer people.

 

Qualifications:

  • Somatic Trauma Therapy (School of Holistic Therapies, Edinburgh - currently studying, to be completed in 2024)

  • VTCT (ITEC) Diploma in Complementary Therapies (Citylit, London - Distinction)

  • 100 hours Certification in Ayurvedic Massage and Panchakarma Therapy (School of Ayurveda and Panchakarma, Kannur, India - Distinction 'A' grade)

  • Certification in Integrative Yoga Therapy (School of Ayurveda and Panchakarma, Kannur, India - Distinction 'A' grade)

  • VTCT (ITEC) Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (London School of Massage, London - Merit)

  • Diploma in Oncology Massage (Cancer Support Scotland, Glasgow)

  • MA Fine Art Practice / Filmmaking and Photography (Glasgow School of Art - Distinction)

  • BA (Hons) Psychology and Criminology (Coventry University - 2:1)

 

Short courses:

 

  • Deep Tissue (Brighton School of Massage, Brighton)

  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage (Gateway Workshops, Glasgow)

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My ethos

My ethos is to offer person-centred, honest and evidence-based care for each client that also makes a minimal impact on our natural environment. My approach is informed by my 10+ year Yoga practice, Ayurvedic medicine and my 12-year experience in the mental health field. As such, you can expect a well-rounded approach that addresses the whole individual and not just individual parts.

 

I strive to provide a safe, nourishing, trauma informed and judgement free space to leave each client with a profound sense of wellbeing, having experienced the healing power of touch. Respect for people of all backgrounds, body shapes and genders is of paramount importance to me.

 

I can support you whether you have specific aches, pains or medical problems, are working towards a sports event or goal or whether you simply want to relax and de-stress. 

When needed and requested, I will provide you with adequate signposting, information and advice about your condition and symptoms as well as guidance on yogic practices such as breathing techniques (pranayamas), yogic postures (asanas), meditations and lifestyle. When appropriate, I will signpost you to another healthcare professional who might be in a better position to support you.

 

The essential oils I use in my work are pure and organic. The massage oils are always organic, non-refined and cold-pressed. When you come for a treatment, you will be able to choose between a range of massage oils including olive, avocado, grape-seed, almond and sesame. My Ayurvedic oils are of high quality and often imported from India (please note not all Ayurvedic oils are vegan).

 

By working in the above ways, I hope to contribute to a healthier, happier and more mindful world. 

If you have more questions about me, my practice or the way I work, please read the FAQ’s section of the website or get in touch with me directly.

André Duarte, Olive Tree Therapies founder and lead therapist
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