Urban health retreat restoring Health, Energy & Well-being

Tel: 0131 672 2286

Shona McDiarmid, Founder & Therapist


Founder of Balanced Lifestyle, Shona McDiarmid has always been interested in people, thoughts and behaviour. On an academic level, she completed her Masters in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh in 2008. This gave her an in depth understanding of how certain behaviours can have a negative impact on mental and physical health.


Shona went on to apply this knowledge to her practical work which varied from the brain injury and neuroscience unit at the Royal Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh, children’s residential units, older adults and most recently working for Alzheimer Scotland as a Specialist Dementia Carer Development Worker.


Whilst working for Alzheimer Scotland, Shona used to organise pamper days for the carers and people with Dementia. You couldn’t put a price on their responses. The carers reported that their stress, anxiety and worry had temporarily subsided, enabling them to cope better with their loved ones' illness. The loved one with Dementia experienced reduced anxiety, agitation and worry. At this point, Shona learned quite simply that the human touch, with the intention to heal, can be extremely powerful.


It was through Reiki training that Shona became very aware that we are more than just our physical body. Hence, we also have an energy system that can be thought of as a record or representation of all our experiences to date, and for full psychological health, our energy system needs to be balanced and unblocked.


From this point Shona decided to move forward into the field of holistic health care, taking previously learned skills with her, and this formed the basis of Balanced Lifestyle.


Balanced Lifestyle also incorporates fitness classes and meditation to add a 'wholistic' approach to health.


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Balanced Lifestyle

1st floor, Kingston Grange

Liberton Golf Club

297 Gilmerton Road


Tel : 0131 672 2286

Text : 07921 823930


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Contact information

Tel: 0131 672 2286 

Text: 07921 823 930



1st floor, Kingston Grange

Liberton Golf Club

297 Gilmerton Road


EH16 5UJ


Reception Opening Times

Monday:      Open for classes only

Tuesday:       1.30pm-6.30pm

Wednesday:  1.30pm-6.30pm

Thursday:      9.30am-2.30pm

Friday: 9.30am-5.30pm

Saturday:       9.30am-5.30pm