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..
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.
Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) is one of the oldest herbal systems in the world with a long history going back to the 3rd century BC.
Despite its longevity, it is continually evolving to meet new demands of modern clinical settings including meeting research standards.
CHM is still offered as part of the main healthcare system in China alongside Western medicine.
Just like acupuncture, CHM is based on the concepts of yin & yang and qi/ vitality. Herbal prescriptions aim at restoring the balance between yin & yang and unblocking or nourishing vitality. Each prescription is tailored to your personal circumstances and usually made of the combination of several herbs.
CHM is used in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions, including:
* Digestive complaints, including IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), indigestion and ulcerative colitis
* Gynaecological problems, including pre-menstrual syndrome (PMT), painful periods, menopausal syndromes, endometriosis and some forms of infertility
* Urinary conditions, including chronic cystitis
* Rheumatological conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
* Headaches and migraines
* Chronic fatigue syndromes, whether with a background of viral infection or in response to other situations
* Anxiety and depression
Chiropractic is a straight forward method of adjusting the bones of your body to improve the alignment of your skeleton. Through this process it can help the nervous system to work more efficiently. The purpose of chiropractic care is to realign and rebalance your body to relieve pain and discomfort and increase mobility, allowing your body to work at its optimum.
A misalignment of the joints can occur for many reasons; some of the most common are incorrect lifting, car or sporting accidents, falls, stress and poor posture. This can lead to symptoms such pain and restricted mobility.
The McTimoney method of chiropractic was developed by the late John McTimoney over 50 years ago. It is well known for being a precise, whole body approach to chiropractic care. It seeks to eliminate the cause, not just treat the symptoms, and through subtle adjustments, chiropractic care can relieve pain and discomfort, increase mobility and provide a route to better health.
What are the benefits?
Patients seek treatments for a wide variety of conditions and for general well being. The following conditions can benefit from chiropractic care:
– Back, neck and shoulder pain
– Pain, discomfort and stiffness in joints
– Migraine and tension headaches
– Muscular aches and pains
– Sports injuries
– Arthritic pain
Who is it good for?
McTimoney Chiropractic is an effective treatment for everybody including babies, children, pregnant women and the elderly.
To understand hypnosis and how it can help, it is useful first & foremost to understand that our mind works on two levels, the conscious and the unconscious/subconscious.
The conscious mind is responsible for approximately 12% of our thought power and is the part of the brain concerned with logic and reason. This part of our brain allows us to think, act and make decisions.
The subconscious mind is responsible for the larger 88% of our thought power and is concerned with imagination, memory and also controls our habits and emotions. The subconscious mind doesn’t differentiate between fact and fiction.
By relaxing and distracting the conscious mind during hypnosis the therapist will communicate directly with the unconscious part of us which allows habits and unhelpful thought patterns and emotions to be changed quickly and easily. We harness the 88% mind power to our advantage in hypnosis enabling this part to become highly suggestible to positive ideas and triggers. This will automatically elicit a positive response or habit in our daily life.
Hypnosis is a natural state that all of us enter regularly every day. During a treatment as a client, you will be fully aware and in control at all times.
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.
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.
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.
Herbal medicines are plant-based medicines made from differing combinations of plant parts e.g. leaves, flowers or roots. Each part can have different medicinal uses and the many types of chemical constituents require different extraction methods. Both fresh and dried plant matter are used, depending on the herb.
Herbal Medicine is suitable for people of any age, including children, who respond especially well to the gentle actions of herbs. Each patient is treated as an individual – a Medical Herbalist recognises that no two patients are the same.
Trained Medical Herbalists treat a wide variety of conditions. They focus on treating the whole personal – physical symptoms and emotional health. Click on the links below to find out more about how a herbalist approaches specific conditions.
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.
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:
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
a range of techniques, including deep tissue massage and stretching
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Therapeutic Massage, also known as Swedish massage or remedial 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.
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.