Regain Your Health

Regain Your Health

by Lisa De Silva

The Alternative Healthcare in Haywards Heath is a haven for health and well-being. With an extensive range of treatments, therapies and classes, your health is of the upmost importance here, whether for a chronic disorder or general overall wellness.

The Alternative HealthcareIf you are looking for an alternative way to regain your health to its fullest in the New Year, let The Alternative Healthcare revive both your health and energy. Based in Haywards Heath, the centre offers state of the art treatment rooms, a team of accomplished health professionals, a light and spacious yoga studio and a health cafe. With a welcoming and supportive vibe, whether you want to detox, de-stress or address a chronic disorder, you’ll feel better as soon as you arrive.

The big idea for the centre came to owner, Melissa Toleman, after a serious health issue with her young son, which Western medicine failed to control. Melissa turned to Ayurvedic medicine as nothing else had worked. Thankfully, the Ayurvedic treatment, based on a combination of diet, massage and herbal medicine, not only worked, curing her son completely from juvenile arthritis, but proved to be a life changing experience for Melissa too.

Inspired by the success of the treatment and the desire to help others, Melissa had a vision to create somewhere offering integrated healthcare, with an emphasis on treating individuals, not simply symptoms, in a supportive and caring environment. “Ayurvedic medicine is bespoke. As we all have different bodies which react to diseases and disorders in different ways, Ayurveda treats the whole person, not just the disease or the symptoms. In that sense it is truly holistic and all the treatments are designed to rebalance an individual’s physical, emotional and mental health,” she explains.

The Alternative HealthcareThe centre has an Ayurvedic doctor and consultant available for appointments, alongside a variety of therapists offering treatments which range from reiki to acupuncture, massage to hypnotherapy, shiatsu to psychotherapy. The range of treatments on offer are constantly updated and new for 2016 are macrobiotics, astrological counselling and natural, non-invasive face lifts. The range of children’s services is also expanding to offer yoga, Kung Fu and clinical psychology.

Over the coming months, the centre will be developing their programme of Packages which will include Detox, Destress, Fertility, Well Woman and Sports. Each package comes with a set number of treatments which give clients the flexibility to pick and mix according to their specific needs.

The idea to integrate a whole host of health and wellbeing treatments was prompted by Melissa’s experiences when trying to get help for her son. “When Louie was ill we were sent to Brighton, then London and had appointments all over the place. I felt lost and confused and so I wanted Alternative Healthcare to be able to operate within one space, to help people feel nurtured and secure when dealing with health issues.”

Another aspect of healthcare that Melissa found lacking was the actual care itself. “It’s why I decided on the name, Alternative Healthcare, with all the emphasis on care,” she tells me. A caring philosophy lies at the heart of the centre, which offers off site visits, for those unable to travel and low cost Thursdays for those on low incomes.

So, if you have been living with a chronic condition, or simply feel out of balance, make 2016 the year you help your body repair, recover and regain its vitality, with a visit to The Alternative Healthcare.


While all types of disorders and diseases can be helped, below are some of the more common health problems that the professionals at The Alternative Healthcare deal with:

  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety & Panic Attacks
  • Skin disorders – psoriasis, eczema etc
  • Insomnia
  • IBS
  • Lupus
  • ME
  • Infertility
  • Addictions
  • Weight Issues
  • Stress
  • Asthma

The Alternative Healthcare - MassageSELECTING TREATMENTS

  1. There are four different ways to select treatments for your specific health requirements:
  2. Book Direct – If you know which treatment you require, simply call up and book.
  3. Ayurvedic Consultation – If you have a chronic condition, such as IBS, insomnia, psoriasis or ME, book to see the Ayurvedic doctor who will devise a programme of treatments with you.
  4. Personal Advice – Call in or call up Melissa who is happy to guide and advise clients towards relevant treatments.
  5. Packages – book a specific package from a choice that includes Fertility, Detox, Destress, Sports and Well Woman.

The Alternative Healthcare - LogoAVAILABLE TREATMENTS

This is a selection of the wide range of treatments on offer, please check The Alternative Healthcare website for more details.

Ayurvedic Medicine

Recommended for chronic conditions. Offers holistic person-centred treatments

  • Ayurvedic doctor for consultation and personalised holistic diagnosis
  • Treatments include diet, herbal medicines and massage
  • Rebalances physical, emotional and mental health

Talking Therapies

Recommended for emotional issues and supports coping with physical illness

  • Hypnotherapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (sometimes known as Tapping)
  • Contemporary psychotherapy
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

Bodywork Therapies

Recommended for rehabilitation & sports injuries

  • Osteopathy
  • Thai Massage

Alternative Therapies

Recommended for emotional issues and supports coping with physical illness

  • Reiki
  • Acupuncture
  • Shiatsu

Massage Therapies

Recommended for those looking for support, nurturing & re-energising

  • Ayurvedic Massage
  • Well Woman Massage
  • Fertility Massage

Lifestyle Therapies*

Recommended for daily relaxation

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Tai Chi
  • Meditation & Chi Kung

* Introductory offer – £20 unlimited Lifestyle classes for 2 weeks


The Alternative Healthcare - LogoTHE ALTERNATIVE HEALTHCARE

Address: The Annexe, Oathall House, 70 Oathall Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 3EN

Telephone: 01444 474447



Opening times: Mon-Fri 7.00am-7.00pm, Sat 9.00am-5.00pm