Meet: Jenny, homeopath and yoga teacher

Jennifer Hautman is a registered Homeopath and trainee Yoga teacher.
BA (Hons), MA, BSc (Hons), RSHom, YA200.

How did you come to Homeopathy?
I’d never heard of homeopathy until in my 20’s, I was volunteering at the Crossroads Women’s Centre in Kentish Town.  Any time anyone was ill with any problem, the women there always recommended homeopathy and swore by it.  They were also the first people I met who suggested I question vaccines.  Eventually I was curious enough to give homeopathy a go, for a minor rash.  But soon after my dad became ill and it was on his deathbed that I really saw the power of homeopathy.  Twenty minutes after giving him a remedy, he went from incoherently writhing in agony, to being calm and coherent.  He sat up, got out of bed, went to the loo, had some food, and spent the afternoon chatting with his family.  It was so amazing to feel that I’d done something in a seemingly powerless, hopeless, hospital situation.  Two years later I started training to become a homeopath, and now I also co-ordinate the Arnica North London parents support group for promoting natural immunity (and questioning vaccines) www.arnica.org.uk.

Who or what inspires you in your profession?
My patients.  I love them all.  And homeopathy itself.  It continues to amaze me every time I have the privilege to witness it in action.

What is your favorite remedy?
The Similimum!  (In other words the one that heals you).  The tricky bit is finding it out of the thousands we have available.  Thankfully we have computers to help now, but the skill is still in knowing how to use them, and the art is in interpreting the results you get.

What is it that you love about what you do?
I love getting to know people, listening to them tell me where they are at now, what they need help with, and even better, being in a position to actually help them help themselves, and then best of all, watching them flourish.

What area of homeopathy are you most interested in?
Helping mothers and children to sail through the primal period (from preconception & pregnancy though to birth and the early years) with joy, strength and natural immunity.

How long have you been practicing?
I qualified in 2007, then gave birth to my son at home in a pool in 2008, and started my own practice in 2009.  Before that however I had been assisting and sitting in with Jennifer Dooley RSHom at the free and low cost homeopathy clinic at the Crossroads Women’s Centre since 2006, and just took my son along with me.  Pregnancy, birth and motherhood were an immense learning curve that enhanced my practice greatly.

What do you think is the most important thing about your treatment?
That it’s safe, non-toxic, not addictive, effective, cost-effective and sustainable.  Truly a medicine for the 21st Century.  What’s more, it’s easy and inexpensive to use at home or whilst traveling in acute situations.  Plus children love it.  What could be better?

Tell us three things that people don’t know about Homeopathy.

  1. Homeopathy was introduced to the U.K. by Dr Quin in 1828, is sanctioned by the UK Government and the Royal Family, and has been part of the National Health Service since it’s inception in 1948.
  2. According to an unpublished report by the World Health Organisation written in 2005, Homeopathy is the fastest growing system of medicine in the world.  For more on homeopathy around the world, see: http://www.hautmanhomeopathy.com/around-the-world
  3. Users of homeopathy include: NASA Scientist Amy Lansky, Florence Nightingale and Charles Darwin (who’s experiments with plants proved homeopathic effectshttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2816387/ ).

Where did you study?
My first degree was in Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex in 1996, followed by a Masters in Latin American Studies at the University of London in 1998.  Having decided I didn’t want to work in academia, but wanted to help people in a practical and effective way, I later did a Batchelor of Science in Homeopathy at the University of Westminster in 2007, followed by a Yoga Teacher Training course from 2011 – 2013 with Dr Elena Voyce (previously a forensic medic before becoming a yoga teacher).  In between was a lot of travel, various jobs, 15 years of volunteer work at the Crossroads Women’s Centre, and motherhood.  One reason I wanted to train to be a yoga teacher was to spend more time getting to know my somatic body knowledge and less time using my intellectual brain, but then I just discovered so many great books about yoga that I seem to spend more time reading about it than doing it.  The sooner I put away the books and start teaching, the better.

Where do you see your practice in 5 years’ time?
In five years time I will be both a homeopath and an established yoga (and possibly pilates) teacher, specializing in pregnancy and post-natal yoga, whilst continuing to manage Clerkenwellbeing Ltd.

What has been your most interesting case?
That’s a tough question.  All my patients are interesting.  But if I have to mention one as an example, I could mention one of my first patients at the Clinic.  She came to me pregnant with her second child.  After the birth of her first child she had suffered from post-natal depression, and now that she was pregnant again, it was coming back.  She did not want to take anti-depressants again, and she had another chronic health issue that also affected her mental health.  Very quickly after starting treatment, her mental state improved, and in time her chronic issue improved considerably.  She had a wonderful birth of her second child who she described as a joy and a very easy baby, and to my knowledge has remained well ever since.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Playing various Lego, Pixar and Hotwheels games on Playstation with my son, hanging out with my family and reading Modesty Blaise comics and novels.