Meet The Team
Vivien Kay – Founder and Owner
Simply Healing is the result of many years of work for Vivien Kay – our founder, and who is still very much the driving force and inspiration behind the ethos of our holistic and natural approach to health and wellbeing. She comes from a long line of woman healers and herbalists. She is always looking for ways to help people get an insight into their lives in a positive way.
Having worked as a healer and teacher for many years, from her main practices in Surrey and Central London – she was one of the first people to offer Healing from Consulting Rooms in London’s prestigious Harley Street. It had long been Vivien’s ambition to set up a detox programme here in the UK that would rival those that she had herself undertaken up to 20 years previously in the USA featuring colonic hydrotherapy, specialist herbal supplements and juice fasting.
Having spent many years travelling around the globe learning her craft, working with the Shaman of the Jungles and Mountains of Peru, Healers of the Indigenous Peoples in Canada and Mexico, as well as soaking up the Wisdom and Ceremonies of Ancient Egypt. She then began assisting and guiding likeminded travellers in pursuing their own spiritual journeys to these ancient power sites, helping them to unfold their own inner strengths. Having spent most of the late 1980’s and 1990’s combining her Travelling, Consultancy and Teaching, in early 1999 with the arrival of grandchildren and a desire to settle and finally bring her vision to fruition, meant that she began to actively focus on finding the right property in which to make it a reality.
In late Summer that year Alliblaster House – a former Nursing Home was put up for sale and the retiring owner was so inspired by Vivien’s vision, she turned down various property developers bids in order that her very happy and special nursing home could continue to help people – it was clearly meant to be.
After a lengthy refurbishment process, that vision came to life in 2000, running successful tailor-made holistic retreats which brought together some of the benefits of detoxing with Holistic Therapies, whilst Vivien also continued her Consultancy work and Teaching. During that first few years working to gather together a great team of therapists, specialising in detox therapies. Vivien was then able to fully embrace that original vision of a dedicated Retreat offering guests a full Juice Cleanse. What’s more whilst embracing changes, exploring new things along the way, and adding a few treatments, all Simply Healing retreats are all still based on this original ethos of Juicing, Cleansing Herbs, Colonic Hydrotherapy and Holistic Therapies.
In Vivien’s own words:
“My interest in Detoxing began in 1985 when I found a book about Candida Albicans. Having been diagnosed with ME, as I read it all made sense to me, my body was so toxic that it could not heal. Headaches, aching joints, bloating, chronic fatigue and the list went on. So I tried to cut out certain foods to establish what the cause of my ailments were. I had a little improvement but it was not really working so a girlfriend suggested I go and see Maggie in the USA.
Off I went to San Diego in California for a month long Juice only detox. I found so many answers to so many issues there and the rest as they say is for another story. Having initially planned to stay for a month, I stayed for three months and tried several Detox Programmes, some good and some not so good! From these trials Maggie and I worked out a programme between us which we then used on ourselves and friends as guinea pigs.
We have from that time tried other options but always come back to the original programme because it works. Fresh Juice, herbal supplements, Colonic Hydrotherapy, Massages and tender loving care. Lots of water and gently does it. When you leave here, you are ready to make changes, to stay clean and full of energy.”
Caroline Kay – Managing Director
Where Vivien is the Inspiration, Caroline is the Practicality. Her role in the Business has grown over the years, from general help and reception, through to taking on the role of Managing Director in 2011.
Having spent her teenage years surrounded by Vivien’s work, and hearing about her many adventures, it seemed a natural progression to work alongside Vivien to help build the business. At the time of Simply Healings inception her son was just a few months old, and it therefore seemed the perfect time to focus on assisting her mother in achieving her dream to set up a Detox Retreat in the UK.
Her role in the Business is the Managerial side of things, to ensure the smooth day to day running behind the scenes to ensure that clients have a beneficial and relaxing retreat. Despite not being a therapist herself she has a full working knowledge of all our treatments and also the products that we use, and is instrumental in putting together the packages for maximum benefits and deciding on our product ranges.
She also loves to meet the clients and is more than happy to have a chat by the fire to find out how you are doing, and help you through the detox process. Her main role with clients is scheduling the treatments each week, she has a great understanding of every treatment and its benefits as part of the detox process and how each treatment can complement and also hinder each other. Therefore, she takes a lot of time ensuring that clients have all their treatments, including pre-booked additional treatments, in the right order and sequence that the client can gain the maximum benefits of all aspects of their stay, whilst maintaining the retreat aspect.
Since taking over as Managing Director, she has become much more involved in understanding what our clients’ needs are and how best to help them. Taking the time to listen to what our clients would like in order that we can constantly improve the levels of care that we give them to ensure that they can leave us feeling that they achieved what they wanted to.
In Caroline’s own words:
“Over the years my interest and knowledge in detoxing and retreating has grown significantly. When you see the progress that people can make in their health and wellbeing goals in as little as 5 days, it really inspires me to help more clients achieve the same results.
I am particularly passionate about helping clients that are here for help with their weight issues. Having struggled for many years with weight management myself, I fully understand that for some people there comes a point where you feel that you have tried everything and nothing works so you start to feel a failure, that the people around you don’t understand how you feel, or how difficult it is to even know where to start.
I think it’s important for everyone to try and understand the reason for their weight issues. Just telling someone they need to go on a diet doesn’t achieve anything, there are so many healthy eating plans and diets out there it can all become very overwhelming, especially when you try something and it’s not right for you. I believe very strongly rather than just giving someone a diet plan, or healthy eating regime you need to take time to understand their needs, their feelings and also what is achievable for them. There are many factors to understanding why some people gain weight and why others don’t. Illness, medication, hormones, poor digestive function, poor uptake of insulin, stress, how much exercise we undertake, what we eat, when we eat it, do we eat too much, do we not eat enough?
I believe that what we offer here is a safe and nurturing environment, in which clients can start to achieve their goals in a fully supportive environment, where we understand how hard it can be.”
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