A Westbury woman who says she has found a cure for crippling arthritis through alternative therapy has realised her dream of opening up her own therapy centre, and is holding an open evening next week.
Mother of two Lisa Lawes opened Red Barn Retreat in August. At the end of a winding country lane in Fulwell, the tranquil and elegant venue is aptly named.
Mrs Lawes, aged 43, said: “When I walked in here, even though it needed lots and lots of work doing to it, it just felt right. You just know that you’re away from the hustle and bustle.”
Mrs Lawes, who grew up in Padbury, was a hairdresser until arthritis in her hands drove her to seek help.
She said: “No matter what the doctors gave me, I wasn’t feeling any better.”
A family member put her in touch with herbalist, iridologist and reflex touch practitioner Jo Oliver.
Mrs Lawes said: “It wasn’t just the herbs and the treatment. It was her outlook on changing things for the better. That inspired me in everything from what I used on my body to what I started eating.”
Red Barn Retreat has four therapy rooms where treatments available include acupuncture, physiotherapy and beauty treatments.
Taster sessions will be available at an open evening from 5pm to 8pm on Thursday, November 21.
Mrs Lawes said: “What I feel I have invested is my passion and my time.
“I just feel very passionate that there is a gap in the market and I want to offer something that makes people feel better inside and out.
“I think life is very superficial and there is a lot of stress behind closed doors.”
Call 01280 702816 or see www.redbarnretreat.co.uk