"Aromatherapy is the systematic use of essential oils in holistic treatments. Essential oils, extracted from plants are thought to possess distinctive therapeutic properties. These natural plant oils are applied in a variety of ways, for example:
An essential oil is an aromatic, volatile substance extracted from a single botanical source by distillation or expression. Essential oils have been utilised in fragrances, flavours and medicines for thousands of years and there are some 400 different oils extracted from plants all over the world." (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council - CNHC www.cnhc.org.uk)
"Bowen technique is a soft tissue remedial therapy that involves the therapist using fingers or thumbs to move over muscle, ligament, tendon and fascia in various parts of the body.
The main feature of Bowen technique is that between sets of moves the therapists will leave the room and allow the patient to rest. This is a key element of Bowen and is a defining aspect of the technique." (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council - CNHC www.cnhc.org.uk).
Children also respond well to Bowen and I have worked with many children with conditions ranging from asthma, glue ear to autism and cerebral palsy. (Please see www.bowen4children.org.uk for more details).
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Ear candling is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries in many cultures throughout the world. They are hollow tubes made from unbleached cotton or linen and hardened with beeswax.
You will lie on your side on a massage table and a protective cloth with a slit in it will be placed over the ear. The ear candle will be lit and gently inserted into the opening of the ear. Once treatment is completed, it will be repeated on the other ear. During treatment you may experience gentle heat around the ear area. You may hear popping sounds and a pleasant crackling as the ingredients are burning.
Indian head massage has been used in Asia for over 5,000 years and works specifically on the area surrounding the head, scalp, face, neck, shoulders and upper back. Indian head massage comes from Ayurveda, an ancient method involving natural therapies, which takes into account mind, body and spirit.
An Indian head massage usually lasts for approximately 30-45 minutes, although the treatment can be shortened to 15-20 minutes if it takes place in the workplace.
You will be invited to take a seat and relax on a low backed chair. The use of oils is optional e.g. sesame, coconut, mustard, olive or a special blend of oil with added herbs and spices. If oil is used, a towel will be used to ensure your modesty. Alternatively, you can remain fully clothed.
Massage "There are over 80 types of massage therapy and in all of them, therapists press, rub, and otherwise manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body, often varying pressure and movement.
Practitioners mostly use their hands and fingers, but may use their forearms, elbows, or feet. Typically, the intent is to relax the soft tissues, increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged areas, warm them, and decrease pain." (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council - CNHC www.cnhc.org.uk)
Despite being used for many years, massage is only now building a body of clinical evidence to support its use in the healthcare arena. Guidelines recently published by the National Institute for Clinical Evidence (NICE) recommends that patients with persistent, non-specific low back pain have access to a choice of different treatments, including massage. The NICE guidelines state “The effect of massage on patients with chronic low back pain lasted at least a year after the end of treatment.”
As with all treatments, a full consultation should be completed with your therapist to ensure that massage is right for you.
*Savingy P, et al (May 2009). Low Back Pain: early management of persistent non-specific low back pain. London: National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care and Royal College of General Practitioners. Available from the NICE website at: www.nice.org.uk.
"Reflexology deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which are believed to correspond to parts of the body.
It is a unique method, using the thumb and fingers, usually performed on the feet but in some cases also on the hands and ears. A practitioner will work the reflex areas, which may help to relieve stress and tension." (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council - CNHC www.cnhc.org.uk)
Reiki is a non-invasive complementary therapy, said to use natural energy flow for well-being. Reiki may be used on the whole body or can be localised to a specific part of the body. A full body treatment can last between 45 to 90 minutes, with a localised treatment lasting approximately 20 minutes.
You will remain fully clothed and typically be asked to lie on a massage table or be seated in a chair. Your therapist may need a few moments to enter a calm state and will then place his or her hands on or near various parts of the body, including head, torso, knees and feet. The hands will remain in each position for up to three minutes before moving to the next position.
Stone therapy is an exceptionally relaxing treatment, rooted in ancient therapy practices and used to create balance within the body. Hot basalt and cold marble stones are used by most therapists, with the positioning and temperature of the stones tailored to the individual client.
A stone therapy treatment provides a deep massage to the whole body as well as concentrated areas. Stone therapy is based upon geothermal therapy, which is the application of either heated or chilled stone to the body for the purpose of changing physiological responses.
A therapist will apply warm, oiled stones in several ways during the treatment. Stones will be placed on the body, delivering heat to concentrated areas and your therapist will massage other areas of the body with more heated stones in comfortable strokes.
Cold stones are also useful for muscle ache as they have a soothing effect.
The relaxing 30 minute treatment involves placing your feet into a spa bowl filled with warm salted water. An Energizing Cartridge creates a flow of electrons and a bioenergetic field that provides a relaxing and enjoyable treatment. The feet have an 2000 pores in each foot and therefore offer one of the best points to administer the treatment which is both efficient and convenient.
Results have been excellent. Clients report hugely increased feelings of well being and with over a thousand testimonies gathered this is an outstanding aid to wellness. Modern lifestyle takes its toll on your body more so than you realise. This becomes particularly apparent when examining the balance of bio-energy in your body's cells.
Fire Cupping is the method of using glass cups to create localized circulation by a vacuum, and forcing blood and lymph flow where the area is blocked or deficient. The Chinese have been doing this since ancient times by using heat to create the suction action of the glass or bamboo cups. This vacuum effect causes the blood to flow to the area in need of help and healing.
The lymphatic system, which is closely linked with the immune system, helps to clear the body of harmful metabolic waste products, foreign material, and cell debris. Every cell in our bodies release metabolic waste products into, and takes up nutrients from a surrounding solution called the extracellular fluid. Cellular nourishment and efficiency depends on how fast and how completely waste material is removed from the extracellular fluid. The meridians are one of several pathways for toxins released from the extracellular fluid to exit the body. Capillaries and lymphatic channels will also pick up toxins and carry them to the liver and kidneys, where they will be detoxified and/or excreted.
Cupping reduces general aches and pains in our bodies. This can be related to stress in the body, imbalances of hormones and fluids, lack of blood flow, and temperature in the muscles and joints. When a cup is place on or around a problem area, the pull of the cup creates warmth and circulation in the area. As soon as I release the cups, the pain is reduced.
Cupping has many benefits. I use it mostly for tight shoulders, neck and back pain, pain in the shoulder joint and arms, knee and leg pain, increasing immunity and getting over flu and colds in record time, loosening any tight muscle, relaxation, fatigue, uncontrolled muscle spasms, as well as cellulite control and weight reduction. And much much more!
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