Be Well Devon ~ Roberta Hutchins BSc MCPP

Herbal Practitioner  ~  Yoga Teacher
Reflexologist  ~  Voice Dialogue Facilitator


A helping hand  on your healthcare journey ~ BE WELL


I am an integrated health practitioner with a passion for helping you on your healthcare journey.  I wish to inspire and support you to make the choices that enable you to be well


I have been practicing as a Medical Herbalist for over 10 years and as a Reflexologist for over 20 years. I went to my first Yoga class in 1996 and have been teaching since 2011.  My first experience of Voice Dialogue was over 20 years ago and I completed my three years of training to be a facilitator in 2017.  I have personally benefited from all of these therapies inspiring me to share them with you.


I love learning and spend a lot of my time on continuing professional development courses increasing my knowledge in my areas of expertise and learning newer skills. It is my experience that there is no 'one size fits all' prescription for wellbeing and that having lots of tools in my toolbox helps me be a more effective practitioner. I find that taking into account all aspects of your life and health - physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual - helps me give the most effective advice and treatment according to your specific needs.


I graduated with a first class honours degree in Herbal Medicine from Middlesex University and have been working in the field of Herbal Medicine since 1997. I worked for several years as a research assistant at the Centre for Complementary Health Studies at Exeter University and have since been involved in the production of publications for the British Herbal Medicine Association (BHMA) and The European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy (ESCOP). I am currently the Editor for the ESCOP Monographs and the Company Secretary for the BHMA. 


I am a herbal practitioner dedicated to the safe, responsible and effective use of herbal medicines.  I believe that incorporating traditional knowledge and clinical experience with the modern scientific evidence provides the best basis for clinical practice of herbal medicine. I believe that integrated medicine is the way forward and that herbal medicine should become an important element of mainstream healthcare.


Talks, short courses, herb walks

In 2016 I taught the 5 part Living Medicine Self Care with Food and Herbs course with my colleague Helen Barnett.  

Please contact me if you would like details of current dates of talks or herb walks, if you would like to register your interest in future events, or to book an event.

I am available to give talks or run short courses on various aspects of herbal medicine, stress management, healthy eating and living, or anatomy and physiology.


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Reflexology

I was trained in Precision Reflexology at the School of Complementary Therapies in Exeter in 1997. Precision Reflexology uses a technique called ‘linking’ to enhance the power and definition of a treatment.

‘Linking’ involves gently holding more than one specific reflex point at the same time; this increases the rebalancing effect on the body’s energy. Many patients comment on sensations of vibration or unusual energy within specific parts of their body during ‘linking’.

Yoga

I began practicing yoga when I was 21 years old and for many years attended a weekly class with a wonderful teacher. I thought at that time that I would like to be a yoga teacher but considered it out of the realms of possibility and decided to study massage and reflexology and then went off to University to study herbal medicine.

My yoga teacher passed away and I did not attend yoga classes for a couple of years. I began to notice all sorts of old health problems creeping back and decided that yoga was a crucial part of my staying well. I came back to yoga practice in 2009 and quickly decided that it was the right time in my life to study yoga more deeply. I decided to take the Devon School of Yoga foundation course which inspired me to continue onto their Teacher Training Course.  I  have since completed an advanced yoga teacher training with Donna Farhi in New Zealand.  One of my favourite pastimes is furthering my yoga studies by attending workshops and retreats and most recently I have been studying Somatic Movement.

I teach what I call gentle yoga. My teaching is greatly influenced by my interest in mindfulness practices from Buddhism and practicing a form of Tibetan yoga called Kum Nye. My classes are essentially a form of mindful movement focusing  on an awareness of the breath and incorporating hatha yoga postures.

I have been teaching yoga since 2011.

Voice Dialogue - I had my first voice dialogue session over 20 years ago and having found it enormously beneficial for personal development and resolving sticky life situations, decided to embark on professional training. I completed my 3 years of training in 2017.