Shropshire Star

The benefits of holistic healing: What it's like to be a holistic therapist

After more than 25 years working in a very stressful and targetdriven environment, Gail Cooper decided it was time to make a change.


She decided to embrace her love of holistic therapies by qualifying as a coach, yoga and meditation teacher, crystal healer and journal therapist.

Three years ago, she set up her crystal shop, Meridian Life in Newport Indoor Market and has also recently opened her own wellness studio, The Wellbeing Pod.

“Although I loved my job, I found I was being called along a different path in life, that path being to help others on a one-to-one basis through my love of all things holistic,” says Gail, who held a number of sales and marketing management roles in the house building industry.

“I was practicing yoga and meditation on a daily basis myself, along with using crystals to help with my health and I found that the combination was doing wonders for my wellbeing,” she explains.

After experiencing first-hand the benefits, Gail decided to take the leap by changing career – and says she hasn’t looked back since.

“It really changed my life and I took the step from having a corporate career to running my own business as a holistic therapist. It was definitely the right decision,” she explains.

Since then her business has gone from strength to strength and she continues to run her healing crystal and holistic gift shop at the indoor market on Fridays and Saturdays, advising people of the benefits of using crystals for healing and your overall wellbeing.