Therapies

The Complementary Therapies offered by our practitioners

Acupuncture

Traditional Acupuncture is a system of medicine, which has been used by the Chinese and other Oriental peoples for thousands of years and has now gained widespread popularity and recognition in the West. Acupuncture is based on the understanding that the good health and wellbeing of the body, mind and spirit are dependent on the appropriate functioning of the body's vital constitutional energy, known as 'Qi' (pronounced 'chee').

Many symptoms of illness and disease are the direct result of imbalances and obstructions within the energy systems, which can inhibit our ability to enjoy good health. A comprehensive consultation, diagnosis and then treatment plan, is aimed at restoring the equilibrium and vitality of your energy, in order to stimulate the body's natural healing processes to restore good health, as far as nature will allow.

Treatment is suitable for most people of all ages and occupations and works well both with patients receiving both conventional medical treatment from their doctor, as well as with many of complementary therapies. Acupuncture can help a wide variety of conditions, whether they be of a long term chronic nature, or are more recent and acute.

Some 2600 qualified acupuncturists are registered with the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) which maintains high standards of education, discipline and codes of practice in order to ensure the health and safety of the public.

Anger Therapy

Anger and stress management therapy offers you the opportunity to talk about your problems in a confidential environment. You can receive help and support to manage your anger and reduce stress in your life, assessing the personal difficulties and problems faced by young people and their subsequent counselling needs Anger therapy is used to help people who have a problem managing anger / stress in their lives. It involves working on an individual basis with a therapist exploring not just the problem but the unused potential of the individual. Different therapists use different models of working. The therapy may use various techniques like relaxation and stress management to help the individual with coping strategies.

Anger therapy can improve self-esteem and self-confidence, which can lead to better personal and professional relationships. It can give you greater awareness of how to address your anger and the anger of others. It can give the individual an Increased ability to understand their feelings and how to express them appropriately. Anger therapy is most effect on those people who feel that they are ready to change for themselves and are prepared to work on their thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is based on the healing properties of essential plant oils. These natural oils can be diluted in a carrier oil and massaged into the body, inhaled, used in a bath, or in a cold compress next to the skin.

An aromatherapy massage is based on massage techniques which aim to relieve tension in the body and improve circulation. This, practitioners believe, allows oil molecules absorbed into the bloodstream during massage to pass efficiently through the body to the nervous system. Benefits of the aroma may also be obtained when oils are inhaled both directly and during the massage treatment bringing about a general feeling of well-being in an individual.

Massage in general is mainly used to promote relaxation, treat painful muscular conditions, and reduce anxiety There is some evidence that aromatherapy massage reduces anxiety scores in the short term in settings including intensive care, cardiac surgery, and palliative care.

Ayurvedic Aromatherapy Massage

Ayurvedic massage is one of the oldest forms of physical therapies. It originated in India over 5,000 years ago and is believed to be an effective means of alleviating body ailments. Body massage is an integral part of the Ayurvedic system of healing and incorporates the massaging of marma energy points*. The aim of the massage is to achieve a restorative, harmonised balance of energies within the body, mind and heart. The relaxing massage eases muscular pains and aches, removes toxins, strengthens the energy of all body organs, calms the mind and revitalises the whole body. Therapeutic, aromatic massage oils are selected according to your body (doshra) type, energy balance and seasonal changes.

*Marma points are sensitive, energetic centres that have an impact on health and wellbeing. Ayurvedic massage enhances the flow of Prana healing energy (positive life force of energy) within the body. Marma points are similar to pressure points used in acupuncture and acupressure.

Ayurvedic Facial Massage

This unique marma point, massage focuses on the face, head and neck. The gentle massage uses warm, aromatic oil to massage to promote release of tension and impurities. It stimulates the circulation and lymph drainage, helping facial muscles to relax, restoring natural balance and a healthy glow to the face. Ayurvedic face massage is the most non-invasive and natural face lift that you can have. Regular facial massage helps the face to look rejuvenated, healthy and toned. It also has a beneficial effect on the sinus and brings harmony and balance to the whole body.

Ayurvedic Kansa Vatki Foot Massage (KV)™

This massage uses simple, yet effective massage techniques that focus on the feet and lower limbs with emphasis on foot chakras and marma energy points. KV foot massage balances the bio-energetic principles (doshas) of Ayurveda that regulate body functions. This treatment is good for everyone and ideal for all those who spend long hours on their feet.

At the heart of the therapy is the use of a small metal bowl which contains copper, zinc and tin. Copper is associated with reducing joint and muscle pains and inflammation. Zinc helps the functioning of immune and digestion systems. Tin is believed to be helpful for digestion, relief of headaches and insomnia. KV massage will leave you feeling relaxed refreshed and rejuvenated. Ghee, Sesame oil or Coconut oil are used depending on individual constitution.

Baby Yoga

Yoga with babies offers multi-sensory stimulation and physical activity, combining flowing movements, poses, stretching and strengthening, singing, touch and eye contact. Yoga classes exercise both baby and mother by stabilising and strengthening the pelvic floor, stomach and back muscles. Above all yoga with babies is great fun!

During a baby yoga class, the baby is mostly lying on its tummy, back or in a parent's arms. For parents, this class gives the special time necessary to bond with and learn about the baby's emerging personality. Most of the yoga is for the child, but the parent will learn breathing and relaxation techniques as well as practice some yoga for themselves, though no yoga experience is required.

Body/Mind Dynamics

In the Body/Mind Dynamics Programme we look to ease the body and the mind with perceptive clarity and understanding, for the one affects the other. When there is pain in the body there is usually discomfort and pain in the mind. It is the degree to which we are aware of the latter and the intent with which we are prepared to deal with it once we become conscious, that will determine the improved health of the former.

We do this by following a journey on the path to awareness by delving into memories of discomfort in our lives, especially in childhood that may be long forgotten now, but nonetheless still exert a very strong hold over us on a subconscious level and consequently colour everything we do or say, (with a view to exposing the destructive patterns and sending them on their way, letting them go,and replacing them with behavioural attitudes of complete acceptance of the self in the present).

We may wonder why we keep making the same mistakes in relationships, careers, weight issues, finances and so on, but once we can recognise the self-destructive patterns that are unconsciously affecting the whole of our lives, our mental, emotional and physical health, we can prepare to re-programme and release them once and for all. The BMDP takes us on a very powerful and liberating voyage of self-realisation!

Bowen Technique

The Bowen Technique is a non-manipulative, holistic body-work therapy. It is very gentle and has proved to be very effective for the majority of people. Since it is so gentle and can be performed through light clothing, it is suited to all ages from neo-nates to the frail elderly, whether fit, injured or disabled.

The practitioner uses thumbs and fingers with minimal pressure to make subtle, rolling movements over connective tissue at precise points of the body, starting on the lower back. These moves stimulate energy, which, in short, addresses the body's own resources to heal the system. The body responds by balancing, integrating and re-aligning itself, often resulting in a remarkably rapid reduction in pain and other symptoms as well as increasing energy levels, relaxing the person and restoring a sense of well-being.

A wide range of conditions have been found to respond to The Bowen Technique, including joint pain, back and neck conditions, sports injuries, frozen shoulder, headache and migraine, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, depression and stress, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, skin problems, digestive and respiratory problems, to name just a few. Fortunately for the patient, only few treatments are usually needed to address most complaints.

Counselling

Counselling is for people who find themselves in need of someone to confide in. The person may be struggling with difficulties in their private or working lives or have become ill, and are seeking experienced help within a private setting. They may wish to change aspects of themselves or their lives.

Counselling offers support, encouragement and guidance to relax and explore difficulties. Present circumstances and relationships will be looked at and maybe circumstances and relationships in the past. As the client begins to understand more of themselves and how they relate to other people they will discover solutions to their problems, gain more control and feel much better within themselves.

Some of the more common problems are: child & adolescent difficulties, significant life changes i.e. death, divorce, illness, disability, redundancy blocks in achieving life's goals, anxiety, depression & phobias emotional, physical & sexual abuse, stress & recurring symptoms, post traumatic distress, low self esteem, self worth & self confidence, relationships at home & at work, bullying & sexual harassment.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy, or CST, is a form of treatment that originated with William Sutherland, an American osteopath of the 1930s who theorized that the manipulative techniques that osteopaths were taught could be applied to the skull. Sutherland knew from his medical training that the skull is not a single piece of bone, but consists of several bones that meet at seams; and that the cerebrospinal fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord has a natural rise-and-fall rhythm. Sutherland experimented with gentle manipulation of the skull in order to correct imbalances in the distribution of the cerebrospinal fluid.

Contemporary craniosacral therapists practice manipulation not only of the skull, but of the meningeal membranes that cover the brain and the spinal cord, and sometimes of the facial bones. Many practitioners of CST are also osteopaths, or DOs. In CST, the patient lies on a massage table while the therapist gently palpates, or presses, the skull and spine. If the practitioner is also an osteopath, he or she will take a complete medical history as well. The therapist also "listens" to the cranial rhythmic impulse, or rhythmic pulsation of the cerebrospinal fluid, with his or her hands. Interruptions of the normal flow by abnormalities caused by tension or by injuries are diagnostic clues to the practitioner. Once he or she has identified the cause of the abnormal rhythm, the skull and spinal column are gently manipulated to restore the natural rhythm of the cranial impulse.

Craniosacral therapy appears to be particularly useful in treating physical disorders of the head, including migraine headaches, ringing in the ears, sinus problems, and injuries of the head, neck, and spine. In addition, patients rarely require extended periods of CST treatments.

Crystal Therapy

The Earth is approx. 4.6 billion years old. Many crystals are as old as the Earth. Many are believed to be older, originating from somewhere in outer space. Crystals are constantly being formed and many new varieties are discovered as the oldest ones become very rare. How do they work? Think of crystals as tools. They enable you to do the job more effectively. They are like amplifiers, speeding the process of healing. Each crystal has one molecule which is repeated throughout its structure.

We are made up of billions of molecules. When we are ill, the molecules are out of tune, a bit like an orchestra playing off key. A crystal can act like a tuning fork, one note to which everything else can be tuned in so that harmony is restored. Nature has produced these wonderful tools to help us reassess our lives and receive answers to a variety of questions about our health, or what decisions we should take, the paths we should follow. Life is for living, for fun and happiness. If our lives are not proceeding in this way, we need to take appropriate steps to restore us to our natural state of wellbeing.

Facials

There are many types of facials to choose from, but most facials use natural aromatherapy products chosen for your skin type. Included is a deep cleanse, scrub and mask. Lymphatic draining massage, pressure point techniques and specific products help cleanse, revive and revitalise the skin.

Flower Remedies

Dr Edward Bach (1886-1936) discovered the power of flower remedies for healing in his research between 1928 and 1935. His medical researches had led him to the understanding that much of our ill health is due to our emotional and mental state, which causes dis-ease in the physical body. Dr Bach was a homeopath as well as a doctor of medicine. Each remedy is devised to treat a different feeling or emotion. Since Dr Bach discovered Flower Remedies several other practitioners have enlarged upon the Flower Remedy repertoire. Among some of the more well known are Australian Bush and Bailey's Flower Essences.

Flower remedies work by stimulating the body's own capacity for healing, by balancing negative feelings or emotions, helping you to take control, feel good about yourself and get more out of life. They are suitable for all the family and are simple to use. Flower remedies help us to cope with the stresses and strains of life from impending exams, driving test or a visit to the dentist, through break up of relationships, even trouble with sleeping. There are prescriptions, which can help those giving up smoking or aiming to lose weight. (However the remedy will not make you give up smoking or lose weight on its own!)

The Remedies are suitable for women, men, children and pets, they help with anxieties, fears, grief and many other emotional states. They can be taken alongside any prescribed medication you are already taking without side effects. Flower Remedies are prepared as a prescription designed for you individually. They are completely natural and safe to use at any time. There is no limit on how many times you can take them or for how long.

Herbal Medicine

Herbalists use their knowledge of plant medicines and their therapeutic applications in order to to relieve illness and promote health. Herbal medicine is a holistic health system that aims to address the needs of patients by working at a physical, physiological and emotional level. They treat a range of illnesses, allergies and chronic physical conditions by using the whole plant, part of the plant (such as the leaf) or a preparation of the plant, in order to maximise the human body's healing capacities. Modern herbal medicine combines traditional herbal philosophy and knowledge with modern medical understanding.

Herbalists will carry out initial consultations with patients to diagnose a condition or illness and this usually includes a physical examination and a series of detailed questions covering all the systems of the body, but may also include observation and assessment of a patient's body language and other factors using knowledge of plant remedies in order to prescribe appropriate medicines to treat a wide range of illnesses in order to assist the body's own healing efforts; this may involve growing, preparing and producing herbal medicines, and advice on patients' diet and lifestyle.

Homeopathy

The practice of homeopathic medicine began officially in the 1800s by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician. The basic idea of homeopathy is that the human body's natural state is one of health and that we possess the ability to heal ourselves. It is a belief based on the idea that symptoms are not meant to be suppressed with medication but used as an indication of what the body needs in order to heal itself. The idea is that when we follow the directions provided by our symptoms, we will know to stimulate our healing processes in order to make ourselves well.

Homeopathic doctors dilute known medicines in order to make them more powerful, according to their beliefs, while minimizing toxic reactions and negative side effects. They consider the wellbeing of the whole patient - mental, emotional, and physical - when deciding upon a treatment where conventional doctors often only consider the physical manifestations of an illness and how to treat it.

Hopi Ear Candling

This treatment involves using hollow ear candles that burns whilst in the ears. This is a tradition that has been used in Asia and also by the native North and South American Indians.

Despite the idea of burning candles, it is a wonderfully soothing treatment using specific 'Biosun' Hopi ear candles that are hand made using 100% original and natural ingredients. (these candles are certified medical products according to EEC guidelines 93/42 EEC).

The action of the candles induces a pleasant warm feeling in the ears. The physical effect is described as soothing and relaxing, and has been found beneficial for many ear complaints such as glue-ear, re-occurring ear infections. Most treatments include facial massage and sinus draining using selected essential oils suitable for your skin type, to give a relaxing finish to you treatment.

Hot Stone Massage

This is a popular and relaxing holistic treatment. Penetrating heat from smooth oiled and warmed stones is used to relieve tense muscles and stiff joints. Combined with Swedish techniques, it stimulates circulation, increases serotonin levels, improves muscle tone and promotes total mind and body relaxation. This massage creates an unforgettable, thoroughly relaxing experience.

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is the use of water as a medical treatment, either internally or externally. Hydrotherapy has been proven effective in various ways. It is used as a means of physical therapy, promoting relaxation, and relieving minor aches and pains. There are many medically accepted uses of hydrotherapy.

Each involves water in the form of ice, liquid, or steam. Some of the more common examples of hydrotherapy include using water to clean wounds; making warm moist compresses, ice packs, whirlpool or steam baths; and drinking water in order to reduce dehydration. Hydrotherapy includes the use of warm compresses, which expand blood vessels. This temporarily increases circulation, helps relax muscles, and reduces pain. Warm water in the form of a bath, Jacuzzi, or hot tub also provides relaxation and stress relief. The steam used in a humidifier can reduce the discomfort of minor sore throats and colds. Steam, from a sauna, hot shower, or "sweat lodge," can warm and moisten the nose and breathing passages. Hydrotherapy in the form of ice packs is used to reduce inflammation and swelling. The coldness constricts blood vessels and reduces circulation to the area, thereby decreasing fluid and swelling. The use of water for heating and cooling the body is also called hydrothermal therapy.

Hydrotherapy is also used in physical rehabilitation and exercise. When performed in water, these activities can cause less strain on the bones and joints. The water also offers resistance to movement, which helps build muscle strength. Dehydration, which can be a serious medical problem, is treated by giving water or liquids, either by mouth or intravenously (directly into a vein through a needle). Some proponents claim one form of hydrotherapy, which involves frequent enemas, cleanses the bowels, (as in Colon Therapy).

Hypnotherapy

Most people will experience hypnosis as a state in which they become more aware of their inner being, their emotions and state of mind so as to make it possible to work and transform those emotions and states which may have become a problem. You will not lose consciousness or awareness, but become able to gain a different perspective on what has been troubling you. Most people talk and act as if the conscious mind is the prime mover behind our behaviour and regard the unconscious mind as something vague, that they are not really aware of. In fact, the unconscious mind is always working, monitoring and affecting all the physical and psychological functions of the mind and the body, from blood pressure and hormone levels to states of hunger and fatigue, even when we are asleep. The sum of what we have learned and experienced is also stored within the unconscious mind, and our memory holds far more than we can usually remember at a conscious level.

Through accessing that unconscious mind, Hypnotherapy can help you learn how to react differently to certain situations and help you to understand better the development mechanism of your mind. It also is possible with Hypnotherapy to access memories and past events which are still having a detrimental impact on the present. By understanding better what happened and how patterns of behaviour and feelings were created, then it becomes possible to transform how those memories affect us in our life. You can't erase and forget the past, but you can learn to feel differently about it.

Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage as a tradition dates back about 1,000 years, and is still practiced by women and men in villages all over India, even as a regular part of a visit to the hairdressers. The various oils used in this scalp massage, such as coconut, sesame, almond and olive oil, contribute towards lustrous hair and revitalises circulation at the hair roots.

This simple safe treatment takes approximately 30 minutes, involving a flowing sequence of movements covering the upper back and arms, shoulders, neck, head, scalp and face. There is no need to undress as it is performed though clothing. Oils are not used in treatments unless requested in advance. This treatment has an overall calming effect and is highly beneficial for: Eyestrain, tinnitus, headaches, sinusitis and insomnia, stimulation and improvement of lymphatic drainage, helps circulation, alertness and concentration.

Life Coaching

Life Coaching is all about where you are going to... not where you are coming from. It's about the future...and making it the very best it can be. Coaching is one of the most talked about Life programmes of recent years... simply because it works, it gets lasting results and it helps us all achieve our true potential.Coaching helps you define where you want to go and it gets you there faster and more easily than if you worked on your own. Coaching is about "the now and the future".

A coach gives people the confidence and ability to move forward in a positive manner in the areas of their life where they crave change. Coaching is about breaking down barriers that prevent this change from happening and creating the ideal environment for positive action to take place. It is a totally holistic approach that looks at the present and sets goals for a totally successful future. Life Coaching begins with an awareness that every human is born with the ability to be, do or have, whatever they want in life. By the time we become adults, many of us have lost this ability. But, eventually, we experience the feeling that our lives are drifting off course and that "there must be something better than this". Coaching is a professional and personal relationship between two people, the coach and the client.

It is a completely practical skill, underpinned by a good knowledge and understanding of the theories and applications of personal development. A Life Coach enables the client to recognise and maximise their potential, encourages and facilitates clients in identifying their own personal challenges, and above all works alongside the client to help them achieve those self-defined goals.

Massage

Massage improves circulation and drainage, improving recovery from injury and exertion by increasing nutrient and oxygen supply and the release of toxins. It also increases freedom of movement and facilitates relaxation and a feeling of wellbeing. Swedish Massage uses a combination of five specific types of stroke: Effleurage (long gliding strokes) warms, relaxes and drains the tissue; Petrissage (kneading) increases circulation; Frictions (deep tissue manipulation) loosen adhesions, improving freedom of movement; Vibration also loosens adhesions but can also be used to free up congestion, particularly in the lungs and abdomen, and Tapotement (percussive movements) releases tension and spasm. Passive and active bending or stretching movements also address specific areas of tension.

Clients' bodies are 'draped' with a towel or sheet to protect their modesty as one part of the body is exposed and worked at a time. Massage has no doubt been with us since very early in our evolution. In the West there was an increase in its popularity when a French doctor, Ambroise Pare, incorporated a more anatomical and physiological approach in the early 19th Century. Per Henrick Ling, a Swedish fencing master and gymnast is generally credited with the development of the system which we now know as 'Swedish Massage'.

However, although he used and made popular similar movements as part of his training, it would appear to be a Dutch practitioner, Johan Georg Mezger, who adopted French names to denote various strokes; when he and contemporary writers used these terms when discussing Ling's methods the misnomer that today's methods are attributable to Ling resulted. So much for 'Swedish' Massage!

Meditation

"Meditation is a way to find the underlying stillness beneath the thinking, busy mind, and be at ease with your experience of here and now." (Cait Collins'). The physical and psychological well-researched benefits are wide ranging, including relaxation. Meditation practices have been explored and taught for thousands of years.

Our contemporary rich fund of teachings comes from both masters of wisdom and Western style research. Classic practices are founded on awareness of breath and body, and include using various simple techniques for relaxation, presence and quiet mind, healing, loving ourselves and the world, forgiveness and compassion. While safe and easy, the practices are subtle so beginners are best guided by experienced teachers.

Routine practice and integrating skills into daily living underpin all ranges of therapy and self development. While the resulting 'awakening' is known to lead to development of extraordinary abilities, a major aim of wisdom teachings is unity awareness. Through the quiet core that connects all we know the unity of all, and this is a major step in relieving the suffering of all beings and the healing of the planet.

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine treats health conditions by utilizing the body's inherent ability to heal. This is a very safe,natural therapy which utilizes the services of several different alternative medicine techniques to heal prospective patients. Naturopathic medicine encompasses a myriad of healing practices, including diet and clinical nutrition; homeopathy; acupuncture; herbal medicine; hydrotherapy;therapeutic exercise;spinal and soft-tissue manipulation;physical therapies involving electric currents, ultrasound,and light therapy;therapeutic counselling;and pharmacology. Naturopathic treatment works with the person's vital force,his or her body's ability to fend off diseases and illnesses by itself, without intervention.

It does not utilize any major surgery or the use of synthetic drugs at all. Naturopathy focuses on healing the person,not the disease.However,its main focus is in preventing diseases before they occur,rather than actually treating them. It accomplishes this by locating the underlying causes of disease. Naturopathic physicians are all trained in the basic tools of natural therapeutics,and most work with diet and nutrition while specializing in one or more other therapeutic methods.

The patient is often told to amend his or her diet and lifestyle. Moreover, homeopathy or acupuncture may be used to expedite recovery time.Herbal medicines may be used as tonics and nutritive agents and vitamin and mineral supplements and glandular tissue extracts may be administered depending on the patient's nutritional needs and excesses.

Hydrotherapy and various types of physical therapy might be required.The patient's level of emotional stress may be determined to see if it needs to be eased to allow the digestive system to function in the relaxed environment required for proper digestion(i.e. prevent ulcers). It is becoming increasingly common for medical organizations which in the past have opposed the advent of naturopathic medicine to now embrace it.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming / NLP

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) was begun in the mid-seventies by a linguist (Grinder) and a mathematician (Bandler) who had strong interests in (a) successful people, (b) psychology, (c) language and (d) computer programming. NLP means different things to different people. While it is difficult to find a consistent description of NLP among those who claim to be experts at it, one metaphor keeps recurring. NLP claims to help people change by teaching them to program their brains.

We were given brains, we are told, but no instruction manual. NLP offers you a user-manual for the brain. The brain-manual seems to be a metaphor for NLP training, which is sometimes referred to as "software for the brain." Furthermore, NLP, consciously or unconsciously, relies heavily upon (1) the notion of the unconscious mind as constantly influencing conscious thought and action; (2) metaphorical behaviour and speech, especially building upon the methods used in Freud's Interpretation of Dreams; and (3) hypnotherapy as developed by Milton Erickson.

Nutrition

Nutrition. Proper nutrition, along with exercise, is absolutely fundamental to everyone's health. Concerns from appropriate caloric intake to ensuring that required nutrients are ingested on a daily basis can have a huge impact on physical as well as psychological and emotional health. Registered dieticians are counsellors trained in proper nutrition. They are University-educated and licensed by the government, which requires both the appropriate degree and a set amount of practical experience.

Dieticians approach nutrition from a community health as well as an individual perspective, studying trends in good and bad diet and making recommendations based on the latest science. A qualified dietician should be consulted if poor nutrition may be a concern, or if you are considering embarking on a diet or a new exercise programme.

Nutritional consultants take a different approach to nutrition than dieticians. While dieticians generally follow standard science, as partially expressed in the Canada Food Guide, nutritional consultants see nutrition from a more holistic perspective. They are usually practitioners of other therapies such as chiropractic or herbalism. They take into account a large number of factors including environmental factors or contaminants, allergies, and often also the results of an iridological exam. Based on this information, they recommend dietary changes or supplements that may include whole, natural foods, various vitamin or herbal supplements, or more specialized dietary programs such as a macrobiotic diet believed to be effective against cancer.

Pilates

Joseph Pilates grew up a very sickly child in Germany in the late eighteen hundreds, but through studying a variety of disciplines and bringing together influences from all of them, he improved his fitness to such a level that he was used as an anatomical model by the age of fourteen. Pilates was working in the UK as a self-defence trainer at Scotland Yard but with the outbreak of the First World War he was interned as an enemy alien. Whilst in the camp he worked in the infirmary where he further developed his ideas.

Pilates had what is now termed a wholistic view of health, being concerned not only about the contribution of physical activity but also mental and nutritional aspects and he is credited with none of his patients succumbing to the influenza outbreak. After the war Pilates first returned to Germany and then emigrated to the US where he set up a studio in the same building as the New York Ballet. We have performers, including dancers and athletes, to thank for Pilates as we know it; they recognised the value of his approach in both prevention of and recovery from injury as well as improved performance.

Since then Pilates has been influenced and modified according to medical and related research, but remaining true to the original Contrology, it works from the centre out, reminding the body how to stabilise the core first. Other focuses are breathing efficiency, alignment and general stability, balance and control. The results include improved posture, tone, mobility, and ease of movement. It also works very well alongside other bodywork techniques such as Osteopathy and McTimoney Chiropractic, to stabilise improvements and is suitable for all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy has existed in one form or another for all of human history, from simple advice from friends and family to priests to modern psychoanalysts. It is the confidential discussion of the mental and emotional state of the patient with a therapist in an attempt to discover the causes and alleviate the symptoms of psychological problems. Such problems and their causes are often hard to identify and understand, and difficult to 'cure'. Most often the simple act of discussing things with a therapist on a regular basis can resolve a problem.

Psychological counselling can also be an important component in overcoming physical symptoms caused by stress, anxiety or depression, or for help with substance abuse problems.

Reflexology

Reflexology is a gentle complementary therapy in which the practitioner applies controlled pressure with thumbs or fingers to specific areas of the feet (or sometimes the hands). It is based on the theory that every organ, structure and part of the body is mirrored in the feet and that any problem or tension in the body is reflected in the related part of the foot.

Reflexologists do not claim to cure specific illnesses, but to encourage the body's own healing mechanisms to restore and maintain the body's natural equilibrium. Reflexology practitioners do not treat conditions - they treat people, and reflexology is not a substitute for orthodox medical treatment. However it has proved very beneficial for a wide range of chronic and acute conditions - especially for all stress-related problems.

Many practitioners have reported that clients with problems such as sinusitis, asthma, migraine, depression, ME, muscular and skeletal disorders, menstrual problems, hypertension, bowel disorders etc have benefited from treatment. Reflexology has also helped small babies with colic, maintained peak condition in athletes and brought peace to the dying.

Reiki

Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that allows everyone to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve health and enhance the quality of life. An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student by the Reiki Master. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through you and surrounds you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit and creates many beneficial effects including relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and well-being. Many have reported miraculous results. Reiki is a simple, natural, and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use.

Relaxation Massage

The long, slow and rhythmic strokes of Swedish massage, and techniques such as petrissage, are used to manually stretch the muscles and surrounding areas. This massage plays an important part in the treatment of stress and its related symptoms. The techniques used sooth, calm and relax the body’s responses to stress, anxiety and tension leaving the client with a true feeling of well-being.

Therapeutic & Deep Tissue Massage

The preferred treatment for those who want 'a good deep massage'.

Specific techniques are used to manually stretch the muscles and surrounding tissues. Areas of pain and stiffness can be eased and released from tensions, allowing important nutrients to be delivered to the muscle fibres, and by-products of muscle activity, such as lactic acid, to be transported away and eliminated by the body, leaving the muscle loose, healthy and will decrease tensions to the nearest joint.

Yoga

Yoga is an Indian system of body movements that combines exercise and meditation in order to improve flexibility, strength, and peace of mind. From the Sanskrit word 'yuj' meaning yoke, it is designed to enhance the connection between mind, body and spirit. It is a slow, gentle form of exercise, which makes it appropriate even for seniors and the disabled.

A Yoga session is divided into breathing, relaxation, meditation and posing phases. Controlled, deep, rhythmic breathing helps settle the mind. The student then conducts a kind of mental bodily inventory to go deeper into a state of relaxation, which prepares the mind for meditation. The poses are slow, gentle stretching movements which resemble an athlete's warm-up exercises, but positions are held for longer periods and vary greatly in simplicity, from standing straight to headstands.

Yoga has a number of beneficial effects; it induces a strong relaxation reaction, which has many physiological as well as psychological effects; it is also a good physical workout, which stretches and strengthens muscles and improves cardiovascular health.