Nicola Kelsall – Wide Eyed Owl – Exhibitor Profile

We first met her many years ago when she’d qualified as a Sound Therapist. She’s a very knowledgeable and interesting person. Nicola is running a workshop at the Lincoln Event – WorkShop Information Here

Nicola Kelsall is a qualified Sound Therapist, having trained with the British Academy of Sound Therapy, graduating in 2009 to become the first person in the UK to be awarded the Certificate of Sound Therapy qualification. She offers treatments using Tuning Forks, Mantra, Gongs and Himalayan Bowls and has been called “a natural healer” by BAST Principal Lyz Cooper. For her Sound Therapy dissertation, Nicola carried out studies into insomnia; many of the clients who took part in the research had amazing results, with some having suffered from insomnia for decades finally getting a good night’s sleep.

Nicola utilises Vedic mantra, chanted in Sanskrit, considered to be the mother of all languages and often plays a monochord alongside for a more relaxing experience for the client. Mantra can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, as well as for addressing behaviours which are self-sabotaging.

Her tuning forks were designed by Alan Sales, who was a pioneer in complementary medicine and whose tuning forks are recognised the world over. Tuning fork treatments work with the chakras to make changes to their energy. Tuning forks can also be used for a variety of ailments including deep-seated phobias.

Gong treatments can be incredibly powerful, even when the gongs are played softly. Gongs have a very physical kind of energy which feels amazing. Nicola uses large wind (Feng) and earth (Chau) gongs in her treatment process, which can be used as a standalone treatment or combined with Himalayan bowls and/or mantra. She also uses a variety of Himalayan bowls, from very small to very large, to create a bowl massage both on and off the body (don’t worry – large, heavy bowls aren’t put on the client!). They can be very comforting, but can equally be used to alter mindsets. The kind of treatment you receive will depend on what you hope to achieve through the process.

Also, Nicola is also a self-taught crochet artist. Having learned to crochet blankets and baby clothing, she soon discovered the world of freeform crochet – a world without patterns, where yarns, hooks and stitches are mixed almost with abandon. It creates incredibly textured and interesting pieces of crochet called “scrumbles” which can then be joined to produce all sorts of items. She loves creating art with these pieces and focusses on creating Goddess, and Pagan themed artwork, often mounting them on hand painted canvases. She uses a variety of yarns including the popular “Stylecraft” yarns as well as recycled, vintage and hand spun yarns. Many of these pieces are then turned into cards and prints. She also makes smaller items, such as keyrings and magnets, along with the same theme.

In May 2017, Nicola submitted a piece of crocheted artwork into the International Freefrom Fibrearts Guild challenge, requiring a new piece of artwork to be created on this year’s theme “Patterns in Nature”. This resulted in a piece artwork almost a metre tall and featuring a wide selection of yarns to make this a true one-of-a-kind piece. Her entry will be published in a book later this year.

 

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