Jane Carroll and Fabrizio Marini only met this year and out of their friendship has come what promises to be a great working partnership. Jane offers massage therapy as well as acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine and Fabrizio is a nutritional therapist. They both work from the Therapy Centre which Jane established in Tomcoole in Barntown in 2005.
Jane’s training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture was with Dr. Vincent Carroll in Lansdowne College but her experience of also working in a conventional medical environment with the in depth knowledge of pharmaceutical practice that this has given her has been instrumental in forming her own practice methods.
She truly sees what she does as complimentary and specialises in working in tandem with whatever conventional medical treatment a client might be having, whilst working in a hospital in Vietnam she was treating everything from stroke patients to the side effects of chemo and radiotherapy. Jane, like any good therapist, works with the person and not just with the ailment. As she says on her website ‘Being a therapist is my passion. I love that I get to make a difference in people’s lives every day.’ Jane treats ailments as diverse as anxiety, sports injury and debilitating pain of all kinds and causes, sinus infections, hormonal imbalance and more with TCM’s methods of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (the burning of specific herbs called moxa) as well as massage and reflexology.
Fabrizio hails from Wexford town and his interest in complimentary therapies was sparked by a dissatisfaction with the fast food industry that he found himself working in and resulted in him turning his life on end and becoming a nutritional therapist. This involved three and a half years study, some under the renowned Richard Burton, in the Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health. Year one was spent learning nutritional health coaching and the next two and a half becoming a nutritional therapist. As three of Only Natural’s staff have gone down this road I know just how much dedication and hard work it takes. Fabrizio certainly ‘walks the walk’ because of his first hand experience of how proper nutrition can turn people’s lives around. As well as his practice Fabrizio works with Nua Naturals, one of this country’s foremost producers of Superfoods and I think his inside knowledge of the industry must certainly be of benefit to his practice.
Treatment with Fabrizio involves providing quite a bit of detail about diet, lifestyle and medical history in advance. Typically this can involve filling out a six page questionnaire and keeping a five day food diary. Fabrizio’s assessment of the client’s situation is based on this information as well as his observation of the person. On this he bases his recommendations be they based on dietary or other lifestyle changes or, only if he deems them absolutely necessary, food supplements. If after typically four weeks following his recommendations, sufficient improvement isn’t noted further tests can be undergone.
What both these practitioners share, apart from a possibly brilliant healing partnership, is a great depth of knowledge and a passionate belief in how their individual therapies can and do bring real and lasting health benefits to their clients’ lives. But as well as their strengths they’re aware of their limitations. As Jane said to me ‘There are certain things I can do very well and certain things I can’t do at all, what I’m offering are the things I can do well.’