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Holistic Treatments

Aromatherapy

in general is the use of aromatic plant extracts (essential oils) to improve health and emotional well-being and restore balance to the body. Most aromatherapists will select a small number of essential oils whose properties will be of particular benefit to the client, and incorporate these into a full body massage. Clients may also be advised to use certain essential oils in the bath or a diffuser/vaporizer at home.

aromatherapy

The Bowen Technique

is a gentle, painless, holistic, remedial body therapy, based on the principle of `less is more` and consists of small precise moves on specific points of the body which are light and gentle. They can be used on anyone, young, or old. The bowen ‘moves’ are organised into sets, with frequent and important pauses in between to give the body time to equilibrate. The break allows the body the opportunity to create a decision about what action needs to be taken in response to the moves given. In the process other information can be gathered by the body. It is common for areas not being directly treated to respond to the treatment.

bowen

Hopi ear candles

Also referred to as 'hopi ear candling' this treatment involves inserting and lighting hollow candles (made primarily from linen, honey and herbs) into the client's ears. When the candles have extinguished naturally, the client's outer ear is massaged. Thermal auricular therapy is said to benefit a number of conditions affecting the ears, head and sinuses.

hopi ear candle

Indian head massage

Both a stimulating and relaxing treatment, indian head massage concentrates on the face, scalp, shoulders, upper back and upper arms. Traditionally, oils are used to condition the hair, scalp and skin, but many clients in the west prefer to have a 'dry' treatment. Clients usually remain fully clothed. Therapists may include some 'chakra' energy work towards the end of the treatment.

indian head massage

Massage

also known as holistic or swedish massage is both a relaxing and stimulating treatment. With the use of oil or other massage medium, the therapist manipulates the client's soft body tissue, helping to; improve skin and muscle tone; rid the body of toxins; and improve circulation. This treatment, like many other holistic treatments is particularly effective at tackling stress.

back massage

Pregnancy Massage

Massage during pregnancy differs from a regular massage in a couple of ways. Positioning during a massage is critical to the safety and well-being of both the mother and the baby she is carrying. The massage table is set up so you are in a semi-reclining position on your side. This is not only really comfortable for you as mother-to-be, but safe for your baby. Extra. Body pillows are used to provide support to ensure your comfort during this quality time
Benefits of Pregnancy Massage include:
* Tranquil relaxation and reduce stress.
* Relief from muscle cramps, spasms, and myofascial pain, especially in the lower back, neck, hips, and legs.
* Increase in blood and lymph circulation, which can reduce swelling.
* Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints.
* Improves outcome of labour and eases labour pain.
* Enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues.
* Provides support for the new mother with physical and emotional strains of mothering.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

The lymphatic system is responsible for helping fluid and waste leave the body and for regulating the immune function. When the lymphatic system becomes blocked, fluid builds up and stagnates causing the entire system to become toxic, making us feel sluggish and more susceptible to viral or contagious disease. Lymphatic drainage is a delicate form of massage that stimulates the body's lymphatic system, aiding the body to eliminate waste and toxins, transporting nutrients to the cells thereby providing a boost to the immune system and enhancing the metabolism.

Nutritional therapists

identify ways in which the client can improve his or her health and general well-being through diet. Following an in-depth consultation, the therapist will discuss any possible nutritional deficiencies or food intolerances that the client may have; suggest appropriate tests (e.g. Food allergy can indicate a medical condition); produce a special diet plan, include foods and supplements that will be of particular benefit to the client.

On site massage

This refers to a form of massage that is carried out in a specially constructed chair, usually in the office environment. It is said to be particularly useful for those suffering from pain and tension in the back, neck and shoulder regions. As the client remains clothed, pressure-point techniques - which involve applying pressure to concentrated areas - usually form a major part of the treatment

on site massage

Reflexology

is based on the principle that reflex points on the feet are connected to corresponding areas throughout the body. In this way, the feet can be seen as a 'map' of the body. Reflexologists work on the reflexes with their thumbs and fingers us in specialised massage techniques, said to help correct imbalances throughout the body and release blocked qi (energy).

reflexology

Reiki

is said to accelerate the body's own natural ability to heal itself, on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. It involves the reiki practitioner placing both hands on or above the client in specific positions, which 'opens' up the body's energy channels and helps to clear any blockages that may be affecting the flow of ki (or qi/energy).

reiki

Thai Massage

is a vigorous treatment that aims to promote health by balancing the flow of qi (energy) within the body. A typical routine will include deep stretches (often assisted with yoga-like postures), joint mobilisation and pressure work on various acupoints. Variants include thai foot and thai hand massage, which concentrate on those specific areas of the body.

thai foot massage

Emotional Freedom Technique

Eft is based on the theory or foundation statement. 'All negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body's energy system.' in addition to having a physical body, which is fuelled by food, we humans also run on this intricate energy system which is fuelled by electrical impulses, which run through the body and brain. This energy system holds the key to many of the disturbances we experience in our daily lives. When it is out of balance, our emotional life could be compared to a car that is in desperate need of a tune up. This electromagnetic energy that flows through the body and regulates our health is only recently becoming recognized in the west, where modern medicine has concentrated on the physical and chemical nature of the body. Eft could be described as psychological acupuncture, as it utilizes the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments, but without the invasiveness of needles. Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used, to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the body, while tuned into a specific problem - whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain or anxiety. The creative use of statements enables the person to tune into the issue and remain focused on the problem during the treatment. This is vital to the success of the therapy. This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing of the statements works to clear the 'energy disruption' or 'emotional block' from your body's energy system, thus restoring your mind and body's balance

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