I have suffered with lower back disc problems for many years and undergone two surgeries. Over the years I have been treated by many osteopaths, chiropractors and the like and I can honestly say that Dasha is in a different league to them all. When I first started seeing her my back was in one of the worst states I have ever suffered and both physically and emotionally I was incredibly low. Her skill, depth of knowledge and experience have helped me immeasurably. However, as well as these key ingredients she also brings incredible intuition, empathy and genuine concern which, by helping on an emotional level, in turn helps the physical. Dasha heals in a holistic way which is extremely powerful and this short testimonial cannot truly express in words what she has done for me and my back. Nikki, New Forest
I went to Dasha with what I thought was a sinus problem, affecting the whole of one side of my face. I was instantly impressed by the depth of her knowledge but it is this combined with Dasha’s deep listening and genuine concern for her patients’ wellbeing that makes her exceptional. Dasha looks beyond the obvious symptoms to work with the root cause of the pain. Obscure as some of the methods may seem at first, they make strong intuitive sense and she has a straightforward approach, explaining things in a very honest and inclusive way. After each treatment I left feeling not only calmer but also enlivened, liberated. To be freed from the pain without having to resort to drugs was a great relief. Best of all, Dasha has given me the means to deal with the symptoms myself when they do recur. This is real healing. Melanie N, Brockenhurst
I just wanted to thank you so much for the help you have given my family and I through cranial sacral therapy. When I first read the blurb about CST in the Sure Start newsletter I wasn’t sure if it would be right for us to come along but as the birth had been difficult- 14 hours of labour on only gas and air and then an emergency caesarian I thought we would ‘qualify’ especially as Amelie was a little bit colicky when I first made the booking. Not knowing anything about CST I didn’t know what to expect and didn’t realise that you would be able to help with the trauma of losing one of our twins half way through the pregnancy especially as it took me five years to get pregnant on the sixth round of fertility treatments, and the knock on effects this would have on myself and my husband.
As you know Jack and I had one or two counseling sessions but the work you do is like magic! I don’t know what it is exactly but all I know is that it works. Both my husband and I have felt so much better after your sessions. I can see now that there was still so much grief litterally trapped inside my body probably even on a cellular level and through your work it feels as if this grief has been lifted from my body and now the real healing process can start. I expect this is what alternative therapists refer to as the holistic approach to healing. I think generally women tend to be more open to this kind of thing than men and I know my husband is always far more skeptical than me but even he had to admit that he is starting to feel a shift and that it is really helping him.
Once again, thank you so much.
Emma R, London
Craniosacral Therapy released the physical chest pain and head pain resulting from the loss of a baby. It was the first step towards recovery without which I never would have been able to get over the depression and the physical pain.
In only 3 sessions it cured my headache, cleared my lungs, helped release my breathing, and gave me valuable tools to cope with anxiety and expressing my grief.
Dasha Andrews has been more helpful to me than a physiotherapist, osteopath, heart surgeon and a psychologist combined, and I am very grateful to her.
Jack R, London
Thank you Dasha for helping with our daughter’s various problems. Being able to offer the range of treatments of Cranio, Homeopathy and Physiotherapy has really helped her overcome the problems she was born with – scoleosis and hip displasia. You treated her as a whole person and I am pleased to say that she is nearly walking (at last) and holding herself upright plus her skin is so much better after the homeopathy which gently helped her without any side effects.
Esme S, Brockenhurst
‘Dasha has the most wonderful warm hands and as they make you feel safe all sorts of forgotten emotions and pains come out. I never know what to expect in a session, tears or calm, but I always feel better afterwards – my husband says I float around all day. I had a very bad road accident 13 years ago and thought the resultant aches and pains were with me forever. Now they are dissipating, my posture is improving and I have more energy. She is amazing!’
Emily H., Lymington
Dasha’s work was originally commissioned by the Hillmarten Sure Start programme and was targeted to provide support for mothers and their babies before and after pregnancy who would otherwise be unable to afford complementary therapies. However the Children’s Centre Management Committee were unanimous in supporting the work for a further financial year based on the success and feedback from clients on the treatment she provided. Her work was also complimented by the Consultant Midwife who sits on the Committee.
I have been impressed with her professional approach to the clients and collegues and the cordial way she treats people making them feel comfortable and at ease.
She has ensured that health services staff are informed of her work through regular contact, information giving sessions and bright readable publicity which has made the referral system simple and straightforward.
I am happy to refer her to other settings.
Head of Paradise Park Children’s Centre, Islington N7 8SE
Priceless treatment, gentle, very effective, saves lots of money that would be spent on conventional treatment which is probably not as effective!
Jana Cepelakova and Anoushka, London
Dagmar Zimmermann ( maiden name) has been employed by American Medical Centre St.Petersburg as a physiotherapist for two and a half years. She has performed physical therapy, manual therapy and participated in our Prenatal Teaching Clinics.
She has been a valuable asset to our clinic, providing the only western physical therapy available in St. Petersburg. She is professional and courteous with patients and they have positively responded to her sensitive and caring nature. She is technically excellent in her profession and our physicians were comfortable referring patients of all kinds to her.
Dagmar is punctual, dependable and presents herself appropriately for her profession. She is extremely well-liked by her collegues at our clinic and her presence will be missed. I recommend her without hesitation to any program to which she applies and I am sure that she will make a valuable asset to any clinic or teaching institution.
Dr. Timothy Mead
General Director, American Medical Center, St. Petersburg, 1997
Dasha Andrews was a complementary therapist and therapy co-ordinator at Palace. She started in September 2003 and left in March 2007 after a maternity leave. Palace is a children’s charity providing therapies, teaching sessions, family support and developmental play for families with disabled children.
Dasha used her skills to deliver a range of therapies for Palace families inclucing physiotherapy, craniosacral therapy and homeopathy. As lead therapist she undertook initial appointments for new families to understand the problems facing the child and family and created a therapeutic package for the family to undertake at Palace.
Dasha supported her therapist colleagues by developing structures within Palace to accommodate a wide range of therapists most of whom were part time and self employed. She ensured all of her colleagues had supervision and support within Palace, increased the therapy session times and ensured everyone followed the palace ethos, policies and procedures. Dasha helped to engage new therapists including replacements for herself.
In her sessions Dasha supported parents and carers emotionally by listening and offering her expertise while treating the child. While at Palace Dasha gained extensive experience of working with children with a range of disabilities such as Cerebral Palsie, Epilepsy, Autism, ADHD, Down’s Syndrome as well as rare conditions and those who have no diagnosis. the children range in age from from new born to 18 years.
Everyone at Palace enjoyed working with Dasha, her work, experience and personality are missed. We wish her well in her new endeavours.
Sue King, Director, Palace for All www.palaceforall.org.uk