Bringing our Blogs Together

As Breathe Holistic Therapy has developed over the last 9 years I have introduced a number of specialised blogs with their own aim and focus including this media archive  blog.  This blog aims at recording and celebrating Breathe Holistic Therapies presence in the media, largely reporting charity events. .

Each of the blogs I've developed include information and interesting posts exploring subjects all relating to one thing: the work of Breathe Holistic Therapy and needs of the clients.  I have now decided it is time to consolidate all the blogs into one. I aim to make the posts more accessible and easier to find. All future posts sharing interesting news reports will now be posted on the Breathe Therapy Blog.

All the previous posts will still remain published here and can be read or shared again, remaining available to you into the future.  I hope you find the single blog more accessible and continue to enjoy reading.

Posted on July 8, 2016 and filed under hypnotherapy, charity.

Hypnobirthing Kidderminster In the Local News

I was proud to share my hypnobirthing and reflexology registered practitioner status in the local Kidderminster news papers in February 2016.


Kidderminster CNHC practitioner one of 63,000 health practitioners

ready to help transform the nation’s health

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care has reported to Ministers that 63,000 health practitioners stand ready to help transform the nation’s health.  Local Reflexology and hypnobirthing practitioner, Joanne Carthew based in Kidderminster, is now proud to be one of them.

Joanne explained: ‘As a CNHC registrant I am proud to be part of the health and care workforce and agree that we do have an important  role to play in this new approach to health”

Harry Cayton, the Professional Standards Authority Chief Executive, stated that we need to look for new ways to deliver care fit for the 21st century. He called for people in charge of health and care services to use a wider range of occupational groups, including complementary therapies.

He said: “The NHS is re-examining the way it delivers services and is exploring new models of integrated care better-suited to today’  He continued: ’.....we no longer have to depend solely on doctors and nurses but can create broader multidisciplinary teams. We must invest in prevention and wellbeing to deliver healthcare for the 21st Century. The complementary therapists registered with CNHC are among the health practitioners who have a key role to play in this new model.”

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) is an Accredited Register and Joanne Carthew is registered with them. Joanne commented: “I am passionate about promoting local people’s wellbeing through reflexology and hypnobirthing. I have been working within the community for many years and welcome the opportunity to be recognised as a valued therapist by the CNHC. I particularly enjoy maternity work and feel privileged to work with many pregnant clients at such a special time in their lives”

The accredited register enables people to choose therapists with confidence knowing they are competent, professional and safe. To find out more about CNHC visit: or call 020 7653 1971. 

Posted on February 25, 2016 and filed under hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapist Holds fundraising day in Kidderminster

mindfulness group

Mindfulness fundraising day; lowering stress and raising funds for Worcestershire Association of Carers.


A Kidderminster hypnotherapist, Joanne Carthew, is using her Mindfulness training skills to raise funds to support local carers.  Worcestershire Association of Carers (WAC) gives vital support for those adults providing unpaid care –this could be for a neighbour, relative or friend.

Worcestershire Association of Carers is a registered charity providing an independent source of information, advice and support for the 63,000 unpaid adult carers in Worcestershire. They provide a wide range of services, including direct support and training. To find out more, you can call WAC’s helpline on 0300 012 4272 or visit or you can email:

“There are at least 63,000 unpaid carers in Worcestershire” explained Joanne “as a therapist and volunteer at a local hospice I see both the value of caring but also the difficulties experienced by carers and their families.  Many carers experience high levels of stress, anxiety and depression.  I decided to run a Mindfulness charity day because Mindfulness can encourage a sense of calmness and resilience, giving individuals some peace in a frantic world.”

Joanne will be holding the fundraising day on Saturday October 17 at Breathe Holistic Therapies Kidderminster Treatment room.  Individual “Introduction to Mindfulness” sessions will be available and all donations will go towards WAC’s valuable work.  You do not have to be a carer to book; the day is open to everyone interested in Mindfulness.

To find out more and book your “Introduction to Mindfulness” session please call 07531 121199, email or  visit  for more information.

Posted on November 2, 2015 and filed under charity, mindfulness, hypnotherapy.

Kidderminster Shuttle Promote charity day.

It was great to see the Kidderminster Shuttle supporting our charity reflexology day with this positive article.

" Charity day will be ideal therapy

A KIDDERMINSTER woman who carried the Olympic torch through the town will be using her reflexology skills to help prevent sudden cardiac arrest deaths in youngsters.

Refloxologist Joanne Carthew, of Breathe Holistic Therapy, will be giving foot massages for a donation during a charity day on Saturday.

She is raising cash for Hand on Heart – a charity that gives funding for defibrillator packages, including a defibrillator and CPR training,to secondary schools.

The treatment day will take place at Ms Carthew’s treatment room in Trimpley Drive.

She said: “Twelve young people  die due to a sudden cardiac arrest every week in the UK.

“As a mother, I want schools equipped with defibrillators so I can be sure all children have the best possible chance of survival.”

Ms Carthew has been working with Sainsbury’s in Kidderminster during its charity partnership with Hand on Heart since July, 2012. Previous events included a photo opportunity with the Olympic torch, which raised £182, and a massage and reflexology day for store staff.

Ms Carthew was nominated to carry the Olympic torch through her home town for her charity work and being part of the community. She works at Mary Stevens Hospice, in Stourbridge, and is also part of the fund-raising committee for St Catherine’s Primary School in Kidderminster."


Photo Fundraiser

Breathe Holistic Therapy is working with the Hand on Heart charity to raise money for life saving defibrillators. These will be distributed to local high schools.

Why do we need them? Over 250 children die in British schools each year form sudden cardiac arrest. 80% of those children had no known illness. I found this shocking, and as a mother I wanted to know every child would have the best possible chance of survival. Having access to a defibrillator gives the child a 75% chance of survival, without one their chances drop by 10% every minute they wait for the ambulance.

Sainsburys in Kidderminster also felt this was a fantastic charity to support. On August 6th we joined together and raised £182.67 simply by using our therapist Jo's Olympic torch! Photos in return for a donation was great fun and many local people were thrilled to hold the torch and get a picture.

baxter collegeFundraising will continue over the next months and hopefully life saving defibrillators will soon be in our local schools.  Baxter College has already received their defibrillator and other schools should soon follow.


For Reflexology in Kidderminster. Please contact 0753 1121199

Kidderminster Sports Awards

Kidderminster reflexology massage therapist and Olympic torch bearer Joanne from Breathe Holistic Therapy was honoured to be invited to the sports awards in Kidderminster. The Wyre Forest Sports awards was a fabulous opportunity to applaud the local community. 


Sports men and women from Kidderminster of all ages were awarded and celebrated.

It was a fabulous opportunity to meet local Olympian Alison Young and Paralympian Claire Cashmore. Hearing their stories was inspiring and educational.

A real highlight was seeing and holding a Paralympic silver medal,  after watching the games and enjoying it immensely it was a complete treat to actually hold a medal.

Kidderminster and the Wyre Forest has so much to be proud of and its wonderful to see our reflexology massage therapist involved in such celebratory community events.

Jo from Breathe Holistic Therapy is an Olympic Torch Bearer in Kidderminster

Video courtesy of Andy Davis

On May 24th the Olympic Torch relay travelled through Kidderminster. Reflexologist and Massage therapist Jo Carthew was chosen to be an Olympic torch bearer because of her commitment to fund raising and volunteer work.  The Olympic Torch relay was well supported in Kidderminster, the streets were lined with supporters, even the local elephants joined in with the flag waving!

Video coutesy of Roy Hart

Raising a Smile for Smile Train

Breathe Holistic Therapies latest fundraising event was held in November. We worked to raise money for Smile Train, a charity working to operate on children with cleft lips and palates in the poorest countries in the world. Smile Train can give children not only their smiles but a real chance of a better life.

At Breathe Holistic therapy we held a fundraising weekend and the local primary school also helped by selling charity wrist bands. We aim to raise enough for one operation, so its smiles all round!

Kidderminster Shuttle

" Boy, 8, raises cash for youngsters with cleft palates

A SELFLESS Kidderminster youngster has been raising money for children with cleft lips.

Eight-year-old Jacob Carthew sold wristbands to his friends and teachers for the Smile Train charity, which provides cleft palate surgery for youngsters.

The year four St Catherine’s CE Primary School pupil raised £25 for the charity.

Headteacher Sarah Power said: “It is lovely that Jacob has taken the initiative like this and we were glad to support him.”

Helping hand: Finlay Fitton, left and Jacob Carthew, with the wristbands. Helping hand: Finlay Fitton, left and Jacob Carthew, with the wristbands.

Posted on November 10, 2011 .