OMH Therapies opened at Edinburgh Airport in 2006 and the name alludes to the sacred syllable taken from Indian Sanskrit, a vibration “OM” and the letters stand for Oils – Massage – Healing which are the basic components for the treatment experience.
Our logo is a fusion of the Reiki symbol and the OM symbol shown below which represent the calm, peaceful and healing environment we have worked hard to create and continue to nurture. Our therapeutic treatments from different cultures have been carefully constructed through passion, diligence, determination, experience and quality training.
Like Life itself, we grow, develop and change through time and our move from Thistle Street to Randolph Crescent facilitated expansion and we now offer Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Mindfulness and various health promoting classes and workshops seven days a week which has taken us from mobile site to Boutique Spa to the all encompassing Health & Well Being Centre we find ourselves in today.
Sadna Kanani (BSc) – Director
OMH Therapies is a product of the unique vision of its founder Sadna Kanani. Sadna studied a BSc in Complementary Therapies – Aromatherapy from Edinburgh Napier University.
After 11 years at the helm of OMH Sadna has embarked on a new adventure in Malaga, Spain where she is planning alongside her sister Bindi to open a Therapy, Yoga & Cookery Retreat Centre in the sunshine. Sadna has entrusted the continuing care and guardianship of OMH to Lee Noquet, her long standing friend and colleague who was there at the beginning in the Edinburgh Airport location and has promised to allow OMH’s presence in Edinburgh to continue.
Lee Noquet (BA (Hons), BN) – Director
Lee’s association with OMH began in 2007 when she joined the team at the Edinburgh Airport site before assisting in the move and management to the Thistle Street shop. Lee has now returned as Guardian/Director of OMH.
Lee has a background in hospitality and catering having managed and refurbished two small hotels and wedding venues prior to moving to Edinburgh.
After a series of major life events Lee decided to move to Edinburgh where she successfully completed a BA (Hons) in Complementary Healthcare in both Reflexology & Aromatherapy which led to a new career path. Not content with a one sided approach and believing always in integrative healthcare, she decided to study further and qualified with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BN) and has since specialised IVF Nursing an area where she still dedicates part of her time.
Lee’s intention is to continue to nurture Sadna’s vision for OMH as a centre for health and well being. She is committed to the continued growth and development of the OMH Community.
Reflexology has always held Lee’s attention like no other treatment and she has developed a sound and intuitive practice with 12 years of experience. She promotes self-empowerment and teaches resilience over dependency and always encourages clients to strive towards being the best they can be; mentally, emotionally and physically.
She is also qualified in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Indian Head and Seated Acupressure Massage therapies, Chinese Cupping and is a Reiki Master. She has always been passionate about people and concentrated particularly in women’s health but is keen to develop more treatments and workshops designed and directed at men exclusively.
Our Family Of Therapists
Roberta Giovedì (Dip)
Available Tuesday – Fridays
Roberta initially studied marketing and business communication to degree level in Italy which is her homeland. Before settling in Edinburgh, Roberta travelled extensively Australia and South East Asia where she spent time as environmental activist and as a project manager for the Orangutan Foundation Indonesia. She eventually moved to Bali where she settled for 7 years working on permaculture and sustainability program with local farmers. It was in Bali where Roberta first became interested in massage therapy, training in Balinese massage.
Drawing on her experiences, Roberta brings richness to her practice through the knowledge and wisdom she developed from her immersive experience in Bali, embracing tradition and culture. She is passionate about helping people to create sustainable life styles. To this end she has offers tailor-made massage using a unique combination of different techniques form various studies since and looks at all aspect of being – body, mind and spirit.
Joanna Bednarek (DSM, DRSM, SMTO)
Available Tuesdays Thursdays Saturdays & Sundays
Joanna was born in Poland, where she studied Slavic Literature, Culture and Politics at Jagiellonian University, before later moving to Munich, Germany. It was here that she became interested in holistic health following her experience working with children with ADHD. Having seen the effect that nutrition and lifestyle can have on peoples’ lives, she decided to pursue this as a career and went on to study nutritional therapy. This interest in helping others has developed over the years, and Joanna has spent time both furthering her knowledge and branching into functional medicine practices. Since moving to Edinburgh 5 years ago, she has worked as a support worker and health adviser, as well as managing Jan de Vries Health Center. Joanna is now excited to dedicate more time to another of her passions – massage. .
Giovanna Castaldo (BSc, MSc)
Available Fridays – Mondays, and late night Tuesdays and Thursdays
Giovanna, originally from Italy, graduated in Biological Science , specialising in nutrition and was awarded a first class honours degree in both (BSc, MSc) in 1998 and 2004 respectively from the University of Naples.
We were delighted to welcome Giovanna back into the bosom of OMH family after a period of absence which she spent living in the USA. The team all feel are richer for the wealth of experience she brings which she shares so generously with her colleagues and clients alike.
Timea Jakab (Dip)
Available Fridays – Mondays
Originally from Hungary, Timea is a fully qualified Sports Massage therapist with 10 years’ experience and a qualified personal trainer. A keen sports woman herself, Timea understands the importance of excellent nutrition, training and stretching habits which can strengthen muscles and enhance performance. She is very motivational and encourages her clients to work towards optimal health by building fitness and strength for longer happier healthier lives.
She is also a qualified Hot Iron and Spinning Trainer and hopes in the future to offer private 1:1 sessions and general fitness classes at OMH in the future, watch this space…
Timea is a breath of fresh air with a very positive, happy disposition and “can do ” attitude that is a welcome addition to the OMH Team.
Stefano has a background in studies of Ayurveda treatment, one of the world’s oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems, deepening extensively the fundamental principles of energy healing, bodywork, and ayurvedic medicine, which he studied in Sardinia where he originally comes from.
He has always been keen on massage. Giving it. Getting it. Everything about it. He firmly believes that most of us, certainly in this culture, are touch-deprived. In recent years, studies have been carried on some incredible emotional and physical health benefits that come from touch. This research is suggesting that touch is truly fundamental to human communication, bonding, and health.
He feels that one of the most powerful forms of touch is massage—the most rehabilitative therapy that has been used in one form or another as far back as human memory and recorded history allow.
After 12 years of experience in Ayurveda, Stefano moved into Edinburgh to thrive and nourish his spiritual life and todevelop other different massage techniques by adopting a variety of modalities including swedish, deep tissue, myo-fascial release. He works the entire body and is sure to work any specific areas of concern with a 360 degree mentality (working all around the entire area), as everything in the body is connected.
Stefano has also trained in treating people living with cancer, Indian Head massage, Deep tissue and Reiki, believing that all bodies deserve a safe, judgement-free space to receive energy healing. He incorporates this belief into his Reiki practice and is dedicated to creating accessibility and awareness around alternative medicine services. He applies Reiki for self-care and believes in the power of Reiki to promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing for others.
Lin Graham (Dip)
Available by request on Saturdays only
Lin studied biochemistry to degree level and for many years worked in Medical Research. Feeling that this path was not quite right she began her training in bodywork some twenty years ago with Aromatherapy and Swedish massage. Since then she has qualified in Seated Acupressure Massage with advanced techniques, Indian Head Massage, Reiki Healing and Balancing and Hot Stone Massage. She has also attended numerous CPD courses in bodywork and movement and dance. Her main interest is how body mind and spirit are interwoven within the whole being each affecting the others.
Lin is passionate about helping people to find a way to release unwanted stresses as she believes they have far reaching effects on body mind and spirit. Many years of dance training in several different styles has lead to her interest in, and awareness of alignment.
Working at first on herself she is studying the connection between alignment and stresses on body mind and spirit and how that can be used to help heal and balance. Also as a Pilates teacher Lin often combines massage and alignment issues in a session. Areas of tension are identified and addressed in massage, stretching techniques and suggestions for self-care. She will tailor a massage to suit the client using a combination of different techniques.
Lin splits her time between the Clinic, Corporate On-site Acupressure teaching Pilates and other workshops, and Dancing.
Audrey Yeardley B.Ed (Hons)
Available by request on Thursdays only
Give or take the odd detour, Audrey took up a self-imposed challenge at a very early age to follow the voice of her intuition. Like most psychics, this means listening to an inner voice-and being comfortable in the dream world- frequently being taken out of personal comfort zones, where the road to developing and fulfilling this kind of potential is like travelling through a labyrinth; and trust in what you are being told is essential.
Audrey visits OMH most Thursday’s from 11.00 – 16.00 and is available for spiritual guidance, Tarot Cards and Numerology and sessions last from 30 -90 minutes. Audrey has always been very generous with her time but she does have to travel some distance to be with us and therefore we kindly ask that you offer at least 24 hours for cancellations.