In the Media

Here are some media items I have been involved in or produced on my specialist subjects.

A Talk at the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine

I presented a talk at the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine conference in January 2023. The aim was to explore the benefits of massage and focused nurturing touch for people living with dementia. We started with an exercise to notice the immediate effect of touch interventions, briefly explored touch starvation which was experienced during the pandemic and how this impacted wellbeing, and looked at some of the ways massage and touch can improve the wellbeing of a person living with dementia. You may wish to skip from about 3mins to 5:07mins in while it goes quiet while we indulged in some hand massaging, feeling first hand the impact it can have on regulating our stress levels.

The benefits of massage for people living with dementia

Peace Process

A case study illustrating the start of a course of treatment for a client who has a more rare form of dementia caused by hydrocephalus. This case study also notes the essential oils used and why as well as exploring how to “hold space” as a therapist.

Peace of Mind

My 1st piece of national editorial which was published in International Therapist by The Federation of Holistic Therapists in July 2011 on massage & dementia. This explores how touch, time & communication can help improve the wellbeing of someone who lives with dementia.

What’s good for your heart is good for your head

A blog about the chemical relationship between body, mind and emotions, and the implications of disease, with a focus on dementia.

Massage for Dementia

Interview on local community radio broadcast October 3, 2014.

Because Feelings Matter Most

A piece I wrote for the Complementary Healthcare Information service UK which explores why touch is probably the most lasting sense we have and how we can use it as an appropriate medium for communication, expression and addressing a multitude of mental, emotional, spiritual and physical issues.

Chemistry at Work

An article I wrote about being involved in the local STEM project in Cornwall promoting that science is everywhere. I wanted to bring together the impact of art and science and how there are pathological pathways affected by inhaling essential oils; neurochemistry at its most fun! Here”s what a reader said: “I’d just like to say I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the latest edition of International Therapist […] I also felt very inspired to read the article about introducing essential oils to schoolchildren within a Chemistry class. How creative, interactive and educational!”

Awards

Nicolle was recently shortlisted for an award and received a special mention for seeing the person behind an illness.

Awards

Nicolle was given an award at the inaugural Complementary Therapy Awards, which took place at a special celebratory lunch held in London.

Dementia and Trauma

An editorial published in International Therapist reflecting on how being diagnosed with any serious illness can be traumatic, and dementia is no exception.