ABOUT THE CLINIC
Osteopathy aims at restoring an optimum relationship between the different body parts. It involves the manipulation of nerves, muscles, joints, fascias and organs. Areas of restrictions, often distant from the original discomfort, can cause a problem elsewhere. Therefore, treatment may occur in areas away from the original complaint.
Physiotherapy focuses on the recovery of the injured area. Nerves, muscles and joints are mobilised. Rehabilitation plays a major role to help you regain flexibility, mobility, strength, and a good posture. Home exercise programme and ergonomic advice help you to maintain the outcome of your treatment and minimise the risk of recurrence.
Both disciplines believe in the body’s own natural healing abilities. They differ in their therapeutic approach but can complement each other. Both are offered either singly or in combination, depending upon what is best for you.
Virginie offers physiotherapy, osteopathy with specialised skills in obstetric and paediatric osteopathy and somatic experiencing in Central and North London.
Years of Experience
Somatic Experiencing Practioner
I work with a body and mind based approach using, according to the patient's needs, a range of tools which may include physical therapy, integrative osteopathy ( sacro-cranial, visceral, neural, fascia and functional) and somatic experiencing with a special interest in pregnancy related issues, paediatrics, physical and medical trauma, spinal & sport injuries, pain, stress and PTSD.
Throughout my practice I will look at you as a whole and aim to address the cause(s) of the problem instead of just the symptom. My aim is to work with you collaboratively rather than on you - ideally it needs to be a working partnership!
I qualified in 1985 as a physiotherapist in Strasbourg in France (diploma of masseur-kinesitherapeute) and in 2003 as an Osteopath (BSc) Hons. in London. I completed a Masters degree in Paediatric Osteopathy in 2009 and qualified as a Somatic Experiencing practitioner in 2020.
I have attended post-graduated courses in Europe and in the US in cranial osteopathy with the Uppledger Institute , the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy and Biodynamics with the late Dr James Jealous, in women' health with Renzo Molinari, Jean-Pierre Barral and Dr Bernadette de Gasquet, in visceral osteopathy at the Barral institute with Jean-Pierre Barral and his team of instructors.
I am passionated about horses and am currently following a 2 year 1/2 part-time Equine Osteopathy course with Janek Vluggen at the Vluggen Institute in Germany.
I am registered with the Health & Care Professions Council ( HCPC), the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). and the Somatic Experiencing Association (SEAUK). I am a member of Pelvis Partnership.
"Virginie has treated me twice post-operatively for cartilage arthroscopy, and has also treated me for various sporting inuries over the years. Her approach is very professional and she treated me as a patient in a holistic manner, looking for the causes behind injuries rather than treating just the injuries themselves. She is very open minded in her care and looks to find individual solutions tailored to my needs".
Richard B. (Barnet)
"Virginie Host has magic hands. I came to her in agony after two other physiotherapists said they couldn't help me - but in just one session, Virginie had me on the road to recovery. "I have been her client for a number of years now and she has treated me for conditions including post-natal recovery, a chronic word-related condition and a road traffic accident injury. Every time, Virginie heals with her gentle manner and expert knowledge. I recommend her to all my friends and colleagues and recommend her to you too."
Jane H. (Surrey)
"Over 10 years ago I had become resigned to a life of lower back pain. After 2 discectomies for a ruptured disc, and visits to a number of 'top' osteopaths, I was left feeling wobbly and at a real low. It was in1999 that I discovered Virginie and with what felt like completely non-invasive treatment (crainial work) over 6 months she had me back to normal. I now see her several times a year, usually following gardening or a long car journey, and that, along with pilates has changed my life. Virgine is indispensable to me. My children, husband, friends and I all swear by her gentle magic. She is the best kept secret in the world of Harley Street medicine! "
Margot J. (London)
020 8447 3805
For emergency only: 07779 134 081
Your health insurance (excluding Bupa, AXA Health and Vitality) can cover your treatment, in most cases with a referral from either your GP or consultant. Aviva covers osteopathy only. You pay me directly for the treatment then simply claim the amount back from your health insurance. If you are unsure please check your policy with your insurance company.
Please note that cancellations within less than 48 hours notice will incur a charge.
I look forward to helping you soon.
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Wednesday : subject to room availability
Monday 10:00 – 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 – 18:00
Friday 10:00 – 18:00