Our Therapies

Dulwich Therapy Rooms offer specialist clinics and services. You can benefit from our teamwork and experience in treating certain conditions, and as such, you will receive a much a higher level of care. By combining our knowledge and treatment methods more successful results may be obtained.

The principles of acupuncture were originally developed to ensure the longevity of the Chinese emperors.

Eventually, the practice of health preservation and medicine became available to all Chinese people. Its success led to it being used throughout the East and more recently in the Western world.

Health is normally maintained by the body’s ability to correct imbalances, combat disease and repair damage. Ill-health can be caused by poor diet, life style, climate, disease and trauma overburdening the body’s defences. Modern medicine and Chinese medicine vary in how health and disease are studied, and consequently, treated but are similar in the way symptoms are grouped in patterns to reach a diagnosis. 

By assessing the symptoms of your disease or disorder, as well as all other signs and symptoms, your acupuncturist can determine what is going wrong and why it is happening.

By diagnosing in this holistic way, a treatment plan can be made that is tailored to your individual needs.

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Practitioners:

DAN BEVAN

ELLA KEEPAX

Amatsu has its roots in Japanese principles of martial arts movement but clients are often surprised by how gentle, as well as effective, Amatsu is. The treatment is performed fully clothed and there are no cracks or crunches!

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Aromatherapy massage involves a blend of highly aromatic essential oils, specifically tailored for the patient, being applied to the body by using a variety of massage techniques.

Aromatherapy massage can be a deeply relaxing treatment combining the powerful effects of massage and plant extracts.

A great variety of conditions can benefit from aromatherapy owing to the medicinal properties of the powerful plant essences. Each oil has properties that are unique to the plant source from which it was extracted and when inhaled or absorbed through the skin the oil is transported throughout the body via the blood.

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A nurturing healing session, tailored to your needs, using a bespoke blend of Reiki, EFT, NLP, crystal chakra balancing + an Acupoint therapy protocol with Essential Oils to take away & do at home.

Practitioner: Anja Lenka

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.

It’s most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.

How CBT works

CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a negative cycle.

CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts.

You’re shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.

Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past.

It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.

Uses for CBT

CBT has been shown to be an effective way of treating a number of different mental health conditions.

In addition to depression or anxiety disorders, CBT can also help people with:

CBT is also sometimes used to treat people with long-term health conditions, such as:

Although CBT cannot cure the physical symptoms of these conditions, it can help people cope better with their symptoms.

(source of CBT information NHS)

Please Note. Our CBT practitioners are fully accredited Psychologists with extensive NHS experience

To check the availability of our CBT practitioners, click here.

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McTimoney Chiropractic is a primary health profession concerned with the diagnosis,
treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general
health.

McTimoney approach to chiropractic was developed by the late John McTimoney
over 50 years ago and is a gentle, precise, whole-body form of chiropractic making it suitable for people throughout their lifetime, and during pregnancy, from early to later life. People who are anxious about high-force manipulation may find this approach a
preferable option.

During an initial consultation, a full case history will be made, including a detailed
account of current and past symptoms along with work, daily activities and medical history. A physical & postural assessment will be made, including ranges of movement, orthopaedic and neurological tests to help identify the problem. Any radiologist reports you may have from previous scans will be assessed.

Progress and response to treatment are closely monitored in any further
appointments that may be necessary and will be discussed with possible
rehabilitation exercises given to aid recovery.

Chiropractic the McTimoney way has helped thousands of people for over 50 years
and over 8,000 people are cared for by McTimoney Chiropractors each working day.

You or someone you know may be seeking counselling or psychotherapy for a wide variety of reasons. This section offers some background information designed to help make choices or to simply give you more information.

The reasons people come to counselling or psychotherapy are as varied as people themselves. Often, clients have encountered distressing or stressful experiences or situations which they’d like to talk about in a safe setting. These might include present circumstances of bereavement, separation, or other major life transitions, or experiences from the past, such as in childhood. Others seek help in dealing with specific psychological or behavioural traits which they’d like to alter, such as compulsive thoughts or difficulties relating to people. Some people seek counselling to help them explore a general feeling that their lives are not quite right, or to cope with feelings of depression or anxiety. Still others look to counselling as part of their effort to discover or create meaning in their lives. Many people are attracted to counselling as an opportunity to undertake personal development in a safe and supportive environment. It is not at all necessary to have a ‘problem’ to find counselling useful.

People seeking general development as well as difficulties ranging from ‘minor niggles’ to profound distress impacting all areas of life have benefited from counselling and psychotherapy.

To check the availability of our accredited counselling / psychological therapy team, click here.

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In the course of our lives we experience stress, illness and injury – as well as joy and happiness! While we recover from these it is also the case that we may hold the effects of them in our fluids and tissues. This is often experienced as congestion or stagnation. An effect of this is diminished ability for fuller health and vitality and the recurrence of symptoms. The functioning of the body may become compromised where the natural rhythmical motions of the fluids and tissues are inhibited.

The craniosacral therapist uses a light touch of the hands to palpate or ‘listen’ to the body’s tissues and fluids. Differences in their motion and quality can show where there are areas of stagnation and restriction.

The intention of the craniosacral therapist is to listen to the information conveyed by the client through their body to support the body’s own ability to self-heal.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.

For more information see the EMDR institute website

To check the availability of our EMDR practitioner, click here.

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EFT is often referred to as “psychological acupressure”. The technique works by releasing blockages within the energy system which are the source of emotional intensity and discomfort. These blockages in our energy system, in addition to challenging us emotionally, often lead to limiting beliefs and behaviours and an inability to live life harmoniously. Resulting symptoms are either emotional and/ or physical and include lack of confidence and self esteem, feeling stuck anxious or depressed, or the emergence of compulsive and addictive behaviours. It is also now finally widely accepted that emotional disharmony is a key factor in physical symptoms and dis-ease and for this reason these techniques are being extensively used on physical issues, including chronic illness with often astounding results. As such these techniques are being accepted more and more in medical and psychiatric circles as well as in the range of psychotherapies and healing disciplines.

An EFT treatment involves the use of fingertips rather than needles to tap on the end points of energy meridians that are situated just beneath the surface of the skin. The treatment is non-invasive and works on the ethos of making change as simple and as pain free as possible. The combination of sending kinetic energy to our energy system, whilst uncovering and focusing on root causes, facilitates a “straightening out” of the energy system thereby eliminating the “short circuit” to the body’s learnt response or negative emotion.

Homeopathy is a system of medicine that was first developed and practised by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (in Germany) in 1790 and has been continuously developed since.

Homeopathy is gentle. The remedies used are completely non-toxic and can be used alongside conventional medicines.

Uses & who benefits
Homeopathy can help people with all kinds of illnesses and complaints, either on its own or in complement to conventional medicine. It uses a holistic approach in the sense that it treats the whole person rather than only the symptoms. This means that very often there are improvements in areas other than those for which help was originally sought. By treating the whole person homeopathy can be particularly helpful in dealing with vague symptoms or chronic conditions, or simply as a preventative measure. It is safe for babies, children, pregnant and lactating women, adults of any age.

Hopi Ear Candling is a 45 minute session in which both ears are treated. It is a pleasant and non-invasive method for removing ear wax and other deposits from the ear canal.

The ear candles work on a chimney principle, drawing any impurities to the surface where they can be gently removed. They equalise the pressure in the head and ears, making them suitable for most conditions. Secretion flow is gently stimulated and the vapour collects and removes impurities or deposits. Most of these are carried away through the candle “chimney”, although some of them can be found in the condensed candle wax residue after removal from the ear, or could even work their way up to the surface still 24 – 48 hours after a session.

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Indian Head Massage is a fast and effective technique for de-stressing and calming. It involves massage to the shoulders, arms, neck and head. The recipient receives the treatment sitting in a chair and remains fully clothed.

Benefits can include:

  • easing of tight shoulder muscles
  • aiding lymphatic drainage from the face
  • encourasing a good blood supply to the face
  • encouraging a good blood supply to the scalp, nourishing hair roots

Main use

treatment of musculoskeletal problems, sports injuries, work-related muscle tightness & tension

Massage Therapy treats soft tissue by hands-on-massage to improve muscle tone and improve blood flow

Technique
a range of techniques, including deep tissue massage and stretching

Benefits
can help to break down the build up of tension in the body, improve the suppleness & flexibility of muscles and joints, leading to enhanced sports performance and promote relaxation.

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The traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage is a beautiful massage which incorporates lots of long-flowing strokes and often involves massage on several areas of the body simultaneously, creating an extraordinary massage experience in which all parts of the body feel connected.

Lomi Lomi Massage is a unique healing massage that has been handed down through Hawaiian families for generations and is extremely relaxing and nurturing. It aims to bring the body back into balance and instills a deep sense of peace, harmony and well-being.

Any stress, mental or physical, causes areas in the body of restricted lymphatic flow. Lymphatic fluid is vital to the life process, bathing all the cells, it acts as a medium of exchange; trading food for the cells for the waste products. This waste contains microorganisms, damaged cells, and protein molecules that are too large or too toxic to go directly into the blood stream through the capillary walls. When the lymphatic system slows down, these waste products accumulate and stagnate which causes the heavy feeling in your limbs and the overall fatigue experienced in a sedentary life style.

How does it work?
The predominant fluid in your body is lymphatic fluid. This fluid carries nutrients from the food you eat and oxygen from the air you breathe. It also carries toxic poisons, bacteria, cholesterol and viruses away from the cells in your body. Since there is no pump (like the heart for blood) to push this fluid through the body, it is only moved by deep breathing, stretching, vigorous exercise, gravitational force and massage. Manual lymphatic drainage improves the flow of lymphatic fluid.

The pulsating massage action causes the millions of one-way valves that regulate the flow of fluid to open and close, thus allowing a healthy surge of lymphatic fluid throughout the entire body.

Qi Gong originates from China, where it has long been practiced for health and longevity (as well as martial arts prowess). It involves a series of movements in
conjunction with regulation of the mind & breath. There are several categories of Qi Gong (one of which being Medical Qi Gong, of which there are different forms). The gentle and slow forms of Medical Qi Gong such as Baduanjin can be very meditative and calming for the nervous system. Despite it’s gentleness it is very strengthening for the body.

Medical Qi Gong is particularly effective for the prevention and correction of kyphosis (curvature of upper spine/hunched forward posture) and other postural issues. Kyphosis is common nowadays due to increased time spent working at desks, but those spending a lot of time feeding and carrying babies often experience issues in similar areas of the back as the desk workers and also gain great relief with Qi Gong.

Another key area of modern life that Qi Gong can help us with is in the management of stress, which often results in feelings of hurriedness and an inability to enjoy the present moment. Qi Gong provides a wonderful opportunity to slow down, focus on the body and become more grounded.

Benefits of Medical Qi Gong include:


● Improved posture, co-ordination and balance
● A calmer mind and feeling more grounded
● Cultivation and circulation of Qi (energetic life force)
● Improved blood and lymph circulation
● Increased strength and range of movement

1:1 sessions are particularly useful for:

● Anyone new to Qi Gong that would like a strong grounding in it
● Those with specific health concerns that require guidance on which aspects
to focus on (or avoid).
● Those that are keen to receive personalised feedback to progress their Qi Gong practice.
● People that have not exercised for a while (perhaps due to injury or life pressures) and who wish to regain confidence in movement, and to build up their strength gently and with guidance.
● Those that dislike group classes or wants to book sessions at a time that suits their own schedule.

Please attend sessions wearing loose fitting clothes and flat shoes/trainers.

Initial session 1hour £65 (includes assessment and completion of a medical
form)
Follow-up sessions 45min £35.

Nutritional therapy is the use of diet to help you to help you manage a particular condition or to help you reach your optimum health. What you eat can have a dramatic effect on your health and well-being. Nutritional therapy recognizes that everyone has unique body chemistry and so recommendations are specific to your needs.

How does nutritional therapy work?

There are countless ways in which changing your diet boosts your health, increases your vitality and even improves your mood. The aim is to encourage your body to work more efficiently and to support your own healing processes through:
  1. Improving detoxification.
  2. Correcting any vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
  3. Ensuring healthy digestion.

A soothing treatment for body and mind, Organic Facial Therapy gently targets fascia in the head, neck, and shoulders with specialised massage techniques, releasing stored tension and helping to relieve headaches, eye strain, and tight muscles.

A Gua Sha stone is additionally used for facial sculpting and lymphatic drainage, lifting and toning the skin.

During the treatment, the skin is cleansed, exfoliated and moisturised with organic skincare products made with the highest-grade ingredients. Delicately fragranced and suitable for sensitive skin, these products prompt a healing aromatherapeutic experience.

The relaxation benefits of organic facial therapy can hardly be overstated; it is often beneficial for clients struggling with insomnia and anxiety. Radiant skin and a feeling of deep, sustained relaxation follow for days after treatment.

A UNIQUE personalised fragrance consultation gives you the opportunity to create your own signature scent for four wonderfully luxurious natural skincare products, with guidance from an experienced aromatherapist. Caroline will consider many factors during the consultation including your fragrance preferences and any medical conditions or allergies that may be relevant thus ensuring you can have full confidence in the products created especially for you. You will have a variety of ways to personalise your skincare products.

. Pick the products that best suit your skin type and lifestyle

. Choose from a wide range of pure essential oils when creating your UNIQUE fragrance

. Decide the intensity of that fragrance

All products are paraben-free & only ever fragranced with pure essential oils.

All UNIQUE skincare products are presented in attractive glass packaging

Products include:-

– Hand & Body Wash

– Body Oil or Moisturising Lotion

– Body Butter or Moisturising Cream

– Rollerball Perfume Oil or Bath Oil*

* Special dispersible bath oil suitable for use in bath and footbaths

Offered by Dr Helena Belgrave, a psychologist who specialises in therapy for mothers and mothers to be. If you are struggling with, for example postnatal depression or anxiety, during the perinatal period or after, she can help by offering a supportive environment to work on issues troubling you.

Often unresolved issues come to the forefront before or after a baby arrives, and these can play a part in how the mother baby relationship unfolds. New mothers have often said that they utilise therapy to make a fresh start, with the hope that this will have a lasting effect on the well-being of their children. Having a baby can be a daunting, isolating experience, and she is here to help make this less so.

Issues that Helena covers include:

  • Antenatal depression
  • Postnatal depression
  • Anxiety
  • Birth trauma
  • Panic attacks
  • Adapting to having a baby / being pregnant
  • Attachment / bonding issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Dealing with loss (terminations, stillborns, TFMR)
  • Fear of giving birth (tokophobia)

To book a session, please contact Helena Belgrave

Reflexology is a type of massage that involves applying different amounts of pressure to the feet, hands, and ears.

Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. 

They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.

The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them remain independent for as long as possible.

Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle.

At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.

Treatments may include: 

  • – Manual Therapy (Soft Tissue And Joint Mobilisation)
  • – Trigger Point Release
  • – Postural Advice
  • – Exercise Therapy (Exercises To Mobilise Joints And Strengthen Weak Muscles)
  • – Acupuncture
  • – Advice Regarding Ergonomics/Work Station
  • – Advice On Sport Training Programs

The Physio led Pilates sessions are always one to one, and matwork based.

Sessions are focused on addressing specific concerns or issues you may be experiencing. A personalised programme is developed for you following your first session. The first session involves an assessment (including medical history and movement analysis) and learning fundamental Pilates techniques including ‘core engagement’ (or checking it is being carried out optimally for those that are already familiar with this), as well as a few other basic principles that help facilitate correct completion of exercises (such as breathing patterns, and optimal body placement). Follow-up sessions are exercise and movement focused but recap any areas from the first session that need practice or further explanation.

Sessions can include stretch & mobility work, strengthening exercises, balance training and endurance work. Therapeutic & rehabilitative Pilates sessions are 1 hour in duration and charged at £60 per session. Please wear suitable attire (such as pilates/yoga/gym wear). Please enquire directly with Caroline if you would like to know more about the sessions, and if they are suitable for your particular needs.

NB At this time the physio led Pilates sessions can only be offered to those seeking the session with a specific therapeutic or rehab need rather than for general fitness or wellbeing. 



Lymphoedema is a condition that affects at least a quarter of a million people in the UK alone. It is a chronic condition in which the lymphatic system doesn’t work effectively. Lymphatic fluid builds up in the tissues causing swelling that can be distressing and disfiguring.

Our Lymphoedema specialist offers bespoke treatments for the effective management of lymphoedema, providing specialist support, compression therapy, scar therapy, lifestyle advice and of course treatments to reduce swelling, ease discomfort, and help you live your best life.

Aches and pains are an inevitable part of modern life, whatever our age and lifestyle. The human body is a wonderful self-repairing organism, but it isn’t perfect and can’t always fix all the accidents and injuries we get. The older we are, the less well it can repair, so the cumulative effect of postural and occupational stresses, as well as the legacy of past injuries eventually shows. Although that backache, stiff shoulder or painful knee isn’t going to kill us, it does affect our enjoyment of life on many levels. 

Soft Tissue Therapy is not a miracle cure, but it can often come pretty close to that. It involves a range of advanced hands-on techniques, including massage, which have been developed to improve the body’s healing potential and reduce many painful symptoms in our muscular system. Beyond this, a soft tissue therapist assesses posture, movement, tries to identify the underlying causes of these problems and gives advice on remedial exercise and lifestyle which can overcome the difficulties and achieve more profound improvements in your quality of life.

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Osteopathy is a safe, gentle and effective approach using hands-on techniques to diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems, aiming to relieve pain, discomfort and immobility.

The osteopathic philosophy is to treat the person as a whole, not just the specific symptoms. By improving the function of the whole body, osteopathy helps to stimulate the body’s own self-healing / self-regulating processes, aiding a return to health.

Its emphasis is on the interrelationship of the body’s structure – such as muscles, bones, joints, nerves etc – and its function – such as breathing, circulation, digestion, metabolism etc. It is widely used throughout the world and recognised as one of the most effective complementary therapies with an expanding base of scientifically validated research.

During a consultation the osteopath will take a thorough case history and carry out physical examinations, test results and scans will also be taken into account. An osteopath may use orthopaedic, neurological and other system examinations to help assess and diagnose each patient, and if necessary, refer to other health care providers as required. They will observe your posture and ask you to perform some simple movements to help assess how your body is functioning and why you are experiencing your symptoms. Your past medical history, occupation, exercise regime, and any other factors which may be affecting your overall wellbeing, are also taken into consideration.

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Therapeutic Massage, also known as Swedish massage or hlistic massage, works on the muscles to release muscular tension, ease pain, and improve movement in the body. It encourages blood and lymph flow thus increasing oxygen and nutrients delivered to the tissues of the body and encouraging toxins and waste products to be removed.

Whilst the physical manipulation of the muscles helps improve muscle condition and reduce muscular tension, many of the techniques also calm the autonomic nervous system, switching it from its sympathetic mode (adrenaline-driven, fast-paced, stressed) to the parasympathetic mode (concerned with relaxation, healing and cell renewal). This provides an invaluable opportunity for the body to rest on a deep level and repair itself.

Massage therapy is useful in treating deep-seated muscular tension, which can occur due to postural problems from a sedentary lifestyle, hard physical work and prolonged stress. It can be extremely useful in the management of stress when received regularly as part of an ongoing regime.

(from 12 weeks to birth)

Pregnancy massage is a wonderful treatment to support the mother-to-be during changes that occur throughout the various stages of the incredible process of pregnancy.

Techniques are adapted to accommodate the physical changes that occur during pregnancy and to make the treatment as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

Particular attention is focused on the back (especially areas of muscular tension and pain in the lower back) and legs (helping to relieve cramps and reduce fluid retention).

The treatment is valuable and enjoyable at any stage during pregnancy but is particularly beneficial during the third trimester when many issues such as heavy limbs, oedema (fluid retention), leg cramps, lower back pain, and anxiety about the birth can arise.

Shiatsu literally means finger pressure in Japanese and is an ancient therapeutic bodywork with its roots in Japanese and Chinese natural healthcare systems.
The techniques used include gentle manipulations, pressure with the palms of the hands, elbows and knees as well as point work with fingers and thumbs to balance the life flow of energy through the body’s meridians (energy pathways).
Physical and emotional illnesses are regarded as an imbalance of Ki (the universal energy life force) and it is the Shiatsu practitioner’s role to help relieve presenting conditions, restore the equilibrium between the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of the individual and support the client to achieve long-term well-being.

The sensations you may feel during and after the treatment are:
deep relaxation, inner calmness, renewed vitality.

Recommendations (which could be exercise, dietary, breathing etc.) may be made to support you in sustaining the benefits of your treatment.

Benefits

Shiatsu can be enjoyed as a rejuvenating treatment and can help support you through the stresses and strains of life or to treat specific symptoms.

Shiatsu is complementary to and enhances the positive effects of all other systems of healthcare and healing, including orthodox medicine.
Please wear loose, long-sleeved, comfortable clothing with socks.
Treatments are usually given on a floor-level futon.

 

Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese healing system. Translated from Japanese it means ‘Universal Life Energy’.

It is a gentle, non-invasive therapy, through which universal energy or ‘Ki’ is channelled to where it is most needed via a series of hand positions resting gently on or above the clothed body.

Reiki can be used to help all manner of conditions, including stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, sleeping problems, fertility, hormonal imbalances, pain reduction or elimination, making or coping with changes in your life, trauma, grief, living with chronic conditions. Reiki can be used safely alongside other therapies and conventional medicine.

Pulsing is a dynamic form bodywork in which a rhythmical wave-like motion is created throughout the body. It is a movement-based massage, which incorporates stretching and rotations whilst combining a continuous rhythmic rocking, creating an enjoyable, relaxing and energising experience. Pulsing facilitates the gentle release of muscular and emotional tension leading to deeper, easier breathing with greater body awareness. It increases flexibility and is invaluable for people with restricted movement at a site of an old injury, especially if it has now healed but ist still inhibiting movement due to associations with previous pain and discomfort.

The treatment is received fully clothed. Ideally loose fitting clothes should be worn to allow maximum movement.

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