WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine which is based on the idea that the living body has a life force energy called Qi. Qi flows along highways known as meridians. The qi or life energy can become out of balance when there is disharmony in the body. The energy can block, for example, because of external invasion or due to internal conditions such as difficult emotions. These result in the development of symptoms.
WHAT DOES A TREATMENT INVOLVE?
During your first visit a case history will be taken. You will be asked questions about your specific complaint as well as your medical history, diet, sleeping patterns and any other relevant aspects of your life. If there is a physical or structural problem a short examination may be necessary. Acupuncturists gain much information by looking at the tongue and by taking the pulse. From all of these details a diagnosis will be made to suit your particular needs.
People can benefit immediately from acupuncture though it is usual to have regular treatments for six weeks to set the body on its road to recovery. Sessions may then be continued at less frequent intervals according to the patients requirements. Each treatment will last up to an hour.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine sterilised needles into the body. The needles cause a tingling sensation to be felt in the body, some people call it a dull ache. Treatment can be very relaxing and some patients have fallen asleep during a session. Cupping and moxa heat and some massage may be used during a treatment if necessary.
In just one hour we can test for over 150 food, drink and environmental substances.
To book your appointment with Carolyne da Silva, please call us on 01749 673070.
My daughter recommended Allergy Test UK, as her youngest son had had eczema from a young age, and was told he was dairy intolerant. So removing dairy from his diet improved his skin greatly.
After being tested by Carolyne de Silva, I was found to have a bad intoleerance to both dairy and yeast. So the process of eliminating these from my diet began, and I was also lacking in Vitamin D.
A course of probiotics and vitamin D tablets were started.
It would appear that having a few months of stress and getting run down, my yeast levels elevated and caused the problems. Over the course of 6 months my hands got back to normal, but testing sitll found my intolerances existed but were getting less and less.
So after just over a year after starting my treatment with Allergy UK, I decided to revert to my 'normal' diet and visited Carolyne in early March 2015. My intolerances were negliigible.
My hands are now back to normal and I know how to manage my diet (which isn't too difficult) with adhering to it completely.
So with Carolyne's assistance, I am now as good as new!!!
The Bowen Technique is a gentle therapy that is applied to areas of the body, using thumbs and fingers in a specific process or order.
The move is a rolling type move of the thumbs and forefingers, and is designed to stimulate nerve pathways which allow a 'conversation' to take place between different nervous systems of the body. Between each set of moves, the therapist leaves the room to allow the communication process to take place. These breaks increase the effectiveness of each subsequent set of moves.
The move does not slide or flick over the surface of the skin, but uses the slack in the overlying skin to move over the underlying tissue, so each move covers a small area, defined by how far an individual's skin can move over a targeted area.
Bowen is very gentle and suitable for all ages.
The Bowen move is very distinctive and is applied at very precise points on the body. It involves the movement of soft tissue in a specific way. The move is a rolling-type move of the thumbs and forefingers, and is designed to stimulate the tissue and nerve pathways, creating a focus for the brain.
The move does not slide or flick over the surface of the skin, but uses the slack in the overlying skin to move over the underlying tissue so each move covers a small area, defined by how far an individual's skin can move over a targeted area.
The most fundamental principle of Bowen is that it is the client doing the work not the therapist, and for this to happen the body needs time and to be left alone. It is during the breaks that the work starts to take effect and changes are implemented.
Counselling is a talking therapy where you have the opportunity to discuss emotional and psychological issues in complete confidence.
Anyone can benefit from counselling. I offer you a safe place to work through whatever you need to talk about and will listen to you without judgement. I offer one to one counselling with adults and young people for weekly hour-long sessions for as long as you need.
What can counselling help with?
Counselling can help with a variety of common mental health problems including depression, anxiety, stress, phobias and OCD. I also work with trauma, PTSD and abuse issues, grief and loss and addictions.
I am trained as an integrative counsellor and work holistically with the mind, soul, emotions and body according to the nature of your difficulty. I like to work creatively and can offer therapy using music, art and food.
I specialise in addiction counselling and clients living with disabilities and life limiting illnesses. Male identity issues in these confusing times are another special interest.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work within their ethical framework. I am also a member of the International Cultic Studies Association and will work with survivors of cults and spirtual abuse.
To contact me, Chris Soloman, please ring me on 07872 376351 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I charge £40 per session with concessionary spaces available for those on benefits or a low income.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I trained in biodynamic Craniosacral therapy at Karuna Institute in Devon, it is a 2 year diploma course that was developed by Franklyn Sills a pioneer in biodynamics and founder of Karuna Institute.
My background is in nursing I trained 20 yrs ago at st bartholomews hospital in London and worked as a district nurse for many years and currently practice as a nurse in wells in a Gp referral service.
Cranial is suitable for all ages from babies and digestive and sleep issues to older age and restoring wellbeing
Biodynamic cranio sacral therapy is a profound therapy that supports the body to heal itself through reducing stress and building energy.
The practitioner uses light touch to feel the natural rhythms of the body and helps a client to release tension and access levels of stillness.
Throughout life we all experience many knocks both physical and emotional, these stresses can build up and restrict the natural flow of energy and happiness within us.
Craniosacral therapy allows the body to unwind these patterns in a natural and gentle way, without retraumatising the person, this occurs through gaining awareness of what's going on in our bodies and then through access to stillness of mind and body.
A type of massage therapy, deep tissue massage involves applying firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It's used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
Not all of these benefits have been scientifically proven, but according to Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine, and over-the-counter drugs.
Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain. People often notice an improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.
If you are interested in a massage to prevent sports injury, address sport-specific concerns, or to help with muscle recovery after sports, consider getting a sports massage.
Facial Energy Release is a precise and gentle facial massage which releases accumulated muscle tension held in the face, scalp, neck and shoulders.
This wonderfully relaxing treatment improves the skin's tone and natural elasticity, reducing expression lines and wrinkles; giving a youthful vitality to the eyes.
However, Facial Energy Release is more than a beauty treatment. Only a small amount of product is applied to the skin - the magic is all in the technique. Being an holistic therapy, it works on the whole body to restore the natural flow of energy; so balancing body, mind and spirit.
Our Facial Energy Release practitioner is Ann Bolus MAR
To book your appointment with Ann, please ring her on 07896 994690
or contact her by email at email@example.com
Homeopathy is a holistic therapeutic system based on the principle of 'like treats like'.
A substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses can be used in small amounts to treat similar symptoms.
Homeopaths use specially prepared remedies, given mainly in liquid or tablet form. Prescriptions are tailored to each individual patient, according to their specific symptoms.
Homeopathic philosophy is based on a process of looking at the whole person, rather than at a specific condition in isolation. Looking at mental, physical and emotional symptoms that are present with the specific condition. Homeopathy is a safe non-toxic holistic medicine.
Homeopathy deals with the whole person not just the part that is considered sick. Therefore, a case may start in one place and end in another as you gradually improve an individual's health over the course of their treatment.
For more information see the Society of Homeopaths web site or please give me a ring: - 0772598934
Holistic massage is a well-known treatment that not only focusses on tense muscles as a physical result of stress, but it also takes into account a client's emotional and spiritual wellbeing. It is an ancient method of healing that stimulates the blood circulation and clears the lymphatic drainage system which assists in releasing toxins from the body. By recognizing that illness and stress affects not only one's physical but also emotional, spiritual and mental well-being, Holistic Massage allows the body's natural healing abilities to come forth and balance the entire body as a whole. This massage technique has been used for thousands of years in Egypt, China and India. The term "holistic" derives from the ancient Greek word "holos," which means "whole." By definition, Holistic Massage treats the whole body as a single entity, and is specifically tailored to each client. Holistic Massage is one of the choice treatments that clients need the most in today's demanding life style.
Hopi Ear Candling has been used for centuries by many cultures. It's historical roots can be found in Asia and the N and S American Indians.
There are many conditions and symptoms that can be relieved with ear candling: excessive wax, tinnitus, neuralgia, sinusitis, rhinitis, colds/flu,
headaches/migraines, vertigo, motion sickness and snoring. It can assist with hearing and balance, depending on medical diagnosis, is soothing and helpful for earache, stress, nervousness and children suffering from glue ear. Candling can draw out infectious material from deep inside the earand sinuses.
During treatment, a lighted candle is placed in the entrance to the outer ear, and is burned down to a safe level and then removed. This is then repeated on the other ear. A head and facial massage follows to enhance the candling, to stimulate lymphatic drainage and acupressure points and to further drain the sinuses. The treatment is gentle, effective, pain free and safe.
Hot stone therapy is a specialist massage that uses smooth, flat, heated basalt stones that are positioned along your spine, in the palms of your hands and along your legs. Typically from river beds, basalt stones are used for massage as they have a rich iron content that retains heat. Cold marble stones are often used in the treatment to help aid with detoxing and healing the body.
Your spa therapist will warm the stones in water until they are within the precise temperature range of between 120 and 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
A hot stone massage may begin with a traditional Swedish massage technique to prepare your muscles. Your spa therapist will then place the warm stones on key acupressure points on your body. The stones warm and relax your muscles, allowing deeper pressure to be applied during your massage.
Using massage oil and a combination of strokes and techniques, your spa therapist will massage your neck, back, arms and legs, with and without the stones. You should always tell your spa therapist if the stones are too warm or the pressure is too intense.
Allow plenty of time for your hot stone treatment; arrive 10 minutes early to allow yourself time to relax. If it is your first time at the spa you'll be asked to complete a pre-treatment health questionnaire. Avoid eating a heavy meal or drinking alcohol prior to the treatment.
The origins of hot stone therapy can be traced back to over 2,000 years ago, when the Chinese used heated stones more than 2,000 years ago as a means of improving the function of internal organs.
The combination of hot and cold stones encourages your body to detox and heal through increasing your lymphatic flow and encouraging your body to remove waste products.
Some other benefits of hot stone massage include:
Hot stone therapy is not recommended for anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, varicose veins, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, decreased pain sensitivity, recent wounds, areas of weakened or inflamed skin, tumours, metal implants, recent chemotherapy, radiation or surgery or are on medication that thins the blood. If you think you may be pregnant, let your therapist know.
If you have a serious medical condition you need to provide us with a letter from your doctor or practitioner confirming that the treatment is suitable for you.
Hypnosis is a state of altered consciousness where the subconscious can accept strategies that are more beneficial to the individual. It is also a state which is relaxing and calming. So if you want to reduce anxiety and simply chill out hypnotherapy is a great way to do it.
I use a proven system to guide you to a much better and healthier life without cigarettes.
In just two sessions you can begin to breathe easier, smell better and taste food again.
Indian Head Massage or Champissage as it is sometimes known, is a treatment based on an old Ayurvedic technique involving work on the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face and a variety of massage movements.
There is no need to remove clothing, although it would be helpful to wear something comfortable such as a t-shirt to help access to the neck muscles. Treatment normally begins with deep kneading and probing of the neck and shoulder muscles. The head is then worked with the scalp being squeezed, rubbed, gently tapped and prodded. The hair is briskly tussled and gently combed. Pressure points are gently worked on and acupressure points can be stimulated to help relieve sinus pressure, stimulate the circulation and increase alertness. The client then rests for at least 20 mins.
HOW IT HELPS?
Deeply relaxing, Indian head massage can be used to relieve accumulated tension, stimulate circulation and restore joint movement.
Lymphatic drainage relieves congestion of the lymphatic vessels by manually moving excess fluid to the lymph nodes within the body. Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a 'pump' and the system can become sluggish and tired after periods of neglect due to diet, or through injury or medical treatments.
After an initial consultation, the therapist will recommend the approximate number of treatments and their frequency. Each treatment will last approximately one hour. The therapist will then blend an oil using diuretic essential oils and begin by massaging gently the two main drainage points of the lymphatic system. The massage then works from the extremeties, e.g. hands or feet, back towards the drainage point, thereby returning the fluid to each lymph node along the route. Unlike a normal massage, the movements are gentle, light and use slight pumping movements, to improve appearance of the affected area and to help restore natural drainage.
How It Helps
Lymphatic drainage is deeply relaxing and will relieve fluid congestion in swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes, swollen legs and other areas of oedema. It can also be useful in cases of cellulite to improve the texture of the skin and to release water from the cells.
To book your appointment with Belinda Mayne, please call us on 01749 673070
There are few times in life when you need a good massage more than when you are pregnant! Massage during pregnancy has numerous benefits:
Pregnancy massage can be taken from the 2nd trimester right up until the birth! It is completely safe to receive and the warm nurturing oils used are blended specifically for mums-to-be. We recommend at least a 75 mins treatment for your first session as it includes an initial consultation.
90 mins - £55.00
75 mins - £50.00
60 mins - £45.00
Once baby has arrived, it's equally as important to find time for that post-natal massage. Not only is your body recovering from childbirth, but your new job as a mum, carrying, feeding and falling asleep with your baby in strange positions, may be causing a whole new series of aches, pains and poor posture. If you have not had a C-section you can go for a post-natal massage as soon as you feel up to it. Otherwise you would need to leave 6 weeks post surgery. This massage may be taken side lying if this is more comfortable and you will be well padded under tender parts! The oil is blended by an aromatherapist and is safe to use while breastfeeding. Similarly we recommend at least a 75 mins treatment for your first session as it includes an initial consultation.
Baby Massage is available as either a 5-week group session or individual one-to-one sessions. Whichever session you choose you will learn to do a full body massage on your baby and learn Baby Yoga and Baby Reflexology techniques. The combined Massage, Yoga and Reflexology will give you the tools to soothe and relax your baby and help you deal naturally with a number of conditions such as colic, constipation, teething, eczema and poor sleep patterns.
Other benefits include:
To attend Baby Massage, babies should be at least 6-8 weeks old, have had their 6-8 week check and have no medical conditions where it would be inadvisable to massage such as infection, high temperature or a recent fracture. Babies can attend Baby Massage classes up to pre-toddling stage - however it is advisable to do it before they get too wriggly at around 6 months.
Naturopathic Nutrition is an evidenced based complementary therapy aimed at using natural whole and where possible organic foods and supplements to support your health. After an in- depth consultation treatments are tailored to your individual needs targeting the cause of your symptoms to support your body to heal itself
Naturopathic Nutrition can support with a range of common health conditions including:
Initial consultation - 1.5 hours £55
Follow-up consultations - 45 mins £30
Registered Nutritional Therapist
Dip CNM - mBANT - rCNHC
Our signature 'Top to Toe' Organic Facials incorporate the best elements of both massage and facial to give you a completely holistic experience. The session starts with a foot massage and ends with a scalp massage and includes a complete facial treatment using the Neal's Yard Range of organic and natural products which are ideal whether you are looking for hydration, anti-ageing, replenishing or balancing.
Your treatment includes our natural lift facial massage which works deep into the facial tissues and on the lymphatic system to help to soften lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone and give your complexion a wonderful glow. The mix of massage and acupressure strokes also effectively targets problem areas such as puffiness around the eyes, frown lines or a loose jaw line.
With the focus on both body and face - you can be sure to leave this treatment looking and feeling your very best!
Osteopathy is a primary healthcare profession that focusses on the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal problems and the effects that these can have on your general health.
Broadly speaking this means that we find physical solutions to physical problems and will look at all aspects of your life in relation to the symptoms that you are experiencing. We will consider your past medical history, your lifestyle and the environment you work in, as well as additional factors (such as children!) that may have an impact on you.
This means that you will get truly individual care that will be tailored to your circumstances. It is important to note that classical and cranial osteopathy are not different from osteopathy, they are merely labels that help to represent a particular viewpoint or that indicate a certain approach to treatment.
Ancient wisdom and modern neuroscience show that emotional difficulties are expressed powerfully in the body yet the symptoms can feel disconnected from a clear emotional source making them hard to understand. Caroline works with traditional therapy dialogue but also with a variety of methods including encouraging a deepening awareness of body sensations and breath, exploring images or working with movement and touch. The therapeutic relationship is foreground in all her work. Caroline provides a safe space and empathic presence for reflection and processing difficult emotional blocks. She works with a wide range of issues: depression, anxiety, shame, trauma, bereavement, relationships, abuse, self-esteem, and more. She works with adults of all ages for both short and long term work. In this way Caroline aims to help you find more creative and fulfilling ways of living.
Counselling is a talking therapy where you have the opportunity to discuss emotional and psychological issues in complete confidence.
Anyone can benefit from counselling. I offer you a safe place to work through whatever you need to talk about & will listen to you without judgement. I offer one to one counselling with adults and young people for weekly hour-long sessions for as long as you need.
Counselling can help with a variety of common mental health problems including depression, anxiety, stress, phobias & OCD. I also work with trauma, PTSD & abuse issues, grief & loss and addictions.I charge £45 per session with concessionary spaces available for those on benefits or a low income
Reflexology is one of the best ways of bringing health and balance to the whole body. It can really help us live happier and healthier lives.
This complementary therapy is based on the theory that specific points of the feet, lower legs, hands, face and ears correspond with all organs, glands and body parts. By working these points with precision, massage generates deep relaxation and so enables the body to balance itself and stimulate its own healing abilities.
This gentle, nurturing therapy is suitable for everyone. A qualified therapist will instinctively regulate the pressure, technique and duration of a treatment for the maximum benefit of their client.. After a treatment, most people experience an improved frame of mind and a sense of deep relaxation.
Our reflexologist Ann Bolus is a Member of the Association for Reflexologists
To book your appointment with Ann, please ring her on 07896 994690
or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reiki is an ancient form of healing. The word Reiki is Japanese, where ''Rei'' means ''Universal'' and ''Ki'' means ''Life Energy''. Reiki is the vital life energy which flows through all living things and which can be activated for the purpose of healing, working on all levels - spiritual, physical, mental and emotional.
How Reiki Works
The Reiki Healer acts as a channel for this life energy which the recipient of a Reiki treatment draws via the healer, activating the body's natural ability to heal itself.
Reiki goes to the deeper levels of a person's being, where many dis-eases have their origin. It works wherever it is most needed within the body, mind and spirit, releasing blocked energies, cleansing the body of toxins and working to create a state of balance.
Effects of Reiki
Reiki is helpful, wherever there is a will to get well, in treating any dis-ease, even chronic ailments, and will complement and increase the effectiveness of other kinds of treatment and medication. It is a completely safe, natural and holistic method of hands-on healing. It is a great tonic and if you are well, Reiki will help you stay that way.
To book an appointment for Reiki, please call us on 01749 673070
Remedial massage is one of the most effective and readily available ways to prevent and treat muscle injuries, pain and soreness.
Remedial massage is based on the fact that soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) respond to touch. Most pain is myofascial (soft tissue) in origin. Trigger points (sensitive points in muscles, which radiate or refer pain to various parts of the body) can mimic many conditions. Muscles not only move our joints, they stabilise them, and they provide armour for the internal organs, minor problems with these functions cause more pain than most people realise. Most headaches originate in the muscles of the neck and head. Much of the pain of such conditions as angina comes from the hypercontraction of the chest muscles. Much abdominal and pelvic pain can be caused by trigger points in the abdominal and pelvic muscles. Low back pain and sciatic pain are far more likely to originate in muscles than in vertebral disc problems.
Although many clients who consult a remedial massage therapist have pain as a result of specific injuries (whiplash, falls, sports injuries, etc.), RSI (repetitive strain injuries) and other work-related problems, the vast majority originates in postural (structural) alignment problems that sometimes go back to childhood and adolescence.
Many remedial massage therapists have attained additional training, which usually includes more in-depth study and qualifications in anatomy and physiology. This extra knowledge and understanding will enable the massage therapist to carry out an assessment and provide appropriate treatment for a wide variety of conditions. It is always advisable to consult a doctor before receiving a massage for specific conditions which may not be related to soft tissue.
Treatment employs massage techniques designed to treat both deep and superficial tissues, not dissimilar to those used in sports massage. The remedial massage therapist uses skilled manipulation combined with in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology to bring about pain relief, correcting and normalising the body's muscles and soft tissues.
The word "Shiatsu" means "finger-pressure" in Japanese. Sharing its roots with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shiatsu is a powerful oriental healing art, based on stimulating the flow of ki/chi (life energy) through the simplicity of touch. It is sometimes known as "acupuncture without needles".
Shiatsu is considered an excellent tonic to maintain good health and may help many stress related problems.
Shiatsu's comforting and unconditional support is also considered beneficial for dealing with emotional challenges or difficult life transitions.
Shiatsu embraces various techniques including acupressure, massage, stretches and rotations to smooth the flow of Ki and move the body/mind/spirit towards a more harmonious state.
A Shiatsu treatment typically lasts around 50 minutes during which the client wears loose-fitting garments and lays on a futon on the floor. Some aspects of the treatment may cause a little short-lived discomfort or highlight tender areas, often where energy is blocked, but an overall sense of wholeness usually follows. After treatment, clients often feel both relaxed and energised, with a sensation of having woken from restful sleep.
In contrast to a symptoms-based approach, Shiatsu emphasises a reconnection and deepening awareness of the dynamic flux of all the energetic qualities of the universe (Tao) to promote good health and vitality.
Although there are many styles of Shiatsu, the clear guiding principles of Zen Shiatsu, founded by Shituzo Masunaga inform most Shiatsu practice in the UK. His approach incorporates Hara diagnosis (abdominal palpation), Jitsu/Kyo theory, Makko Ho exercises, extra-meridian association and pathways and some aspects of western psychology.
To book your appointment with Mark Pogson, please call us on 01749 673070
Deep soft tissue work applied to specific problem areas, or generally, to prevent the gradual build up of aches and pains, and to promote relaxation.
Stretching for contracted muscles and joint mobilisation techniques, for stiffened joints, to restore the range of movement.
Whether you are an athlete or occasional exerciser, regular sports massage can act as a preventative treatment removing the accumulation of tissue strains which could lead to a more serious injury. It can also produce a relaxed feeling of general well being.
1-2-1 + Small Group Yoga With Jane Hobbs
Member of Yoga Alliance UK Member of YogaKidz Worldwide
• Are you a beginner and feel worried about joining a large yoga class?
• Would you like to master some basic moves in Yoga before joining a group?
• Would you like to get together with a friend or two to practice yoga in an informal setting?
• Do you have an injury or medical condition and would like a personalised yoga plan to help you?
• Are you pregnant and would like some individual help in learning yoga in a safe and caring environment?
Whatever your situation you can learn yoga in a 1-2-1 or small group setting ensuring you receive effective and safe instruction tailored exactly to your needs. Yoga + Pregnancy Yoga Per session
60 mins £40.00
Jane is a fully qualified, accredited and insured yoga and pregnancy yoga teacher and has been practising Yoga for more than 20 years. Her style is fun and informal and suitable for everyone regardless of age, size or health.