Elizabeth Reid Dunkerley
is offering a new treatment at York Clinic – ‘HEARTS’, a therapeutic approach drawing on the most relaxing techniques of several complementary therapies. Here she explains more about it…


Developed by Ann Carter BA. Dip.Health ED., Cert. ED. Cert NLP., Dip. NM

Hands on

HEARTS was developed by Ann Carter in the mid-1990s at a cancer care centre at a large hospital in Manchester to meet the needs of individuals at different stages of their illness.

The different aspects of HEARTS can be used in any combination for people who are anxious, find it difficult to relax or unable to sleep. HEARTS was designed to be used where conventional massage techniques were inappropriate and in any situation where well intentioned touch could be beneficial to the patient. All HEARTS treatments are given through a fabric covering so that patients remain clothed

The treatment will always include Hands on, Empathy with the hands and Textures, Sounds of tranquil music or the human voice and Aromas are optional but enriching elements. The combination of components of HEARTS make the therapy time truly client focused and Relaxing.

HEARTS is a versatile approach using a combination of relaxation techniques to help calm and rebalance the body and mind with profound results.


Elizabeth is a practising complementary therapist providing aromatherapy and massage therapy treatments at the York Clinic on Tuesdays and Saturdays. She is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists and is on the Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register. Elizabeth has undertaken further study and training in the areas of the HEARTS Process, advanced massage, aromatherapy and massage in cancer care and stress management.

Elizabeth will be writing a couple of case studies in the area of the HEARTS Process and cancer care and would like to offer a complimentary HEARTS treatment to two individuals who are willing to participate as a case study. All information given will be treated in confidence and the individual will not be named. The area of the case study is to look at the present history of the patient, the choice of HEARTS treatment, followed by the effectiveness and results of a HEARTS treatment and feedback from the patient. If you are willing to participate, Elizabeth is ideally looking for one person who is currently in a caring role looking after someone with cancer and one person who is presently at any stage of their cancer journey. The HEARTS process is an area of pure relaxation.

Further information about Elizabeth can be found on the York Clinic website, or on her own website. To book an appointment, please contact the York Clinic on 01904 709688 or email@yorkclinic.com. For more information you can email Elizabeth directly at contact@elizabethreiddunkerley.com.


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