Holistic Therapies

ACUPUNCTURE

£30 for 30 minutes

 

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at certain points on the body. Acupuncture is based on the belief that an energy, or 'life force', flows through the body in channels called meridians. This life force is known as Qi (pronounced 'chee').

 

It is understood that when Qi cannot flow freely through the body, this can cause illness and that acupuncture can restore the flow of Qi, and so restore health. Some scientists and acupuncturists believe that acupuncture may stimulate nerves and muscle tissue, and that this may be responsible for any beneficial effects.

 

Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of health conditions. It is often used to treat pain conditions such as headache, lower back pain and dental pain, but is also commonly used against conditions ranging from infertility to anxiety and asthma. There is some evidence that acupuncture works for a small number of other conditions, including migraine and post-operative nausea. However, there is little or no scientific evidence that acupuncture works for many of the conditions for which it is often used.

 

After a full consultation has been carried out and treatment explained to each client, the fresh needles will be inserted into specific points of the body. Depending on the injury will depend on the length of time the needles are left in each client. Once the treatment is completed, the needles will be removed and discarded safely. After the treatment there may be some redness or bruising to the skin but this will improve in a few days.

AROMATHERAPY

£30 for 30 minutes

                           £40 for 60 minutes

                                                      £65 for 90 minutes

 

Aromatherapy is a gentle massage which involves the use of essential oils. The oils are selected based upon the client’s needs and preferences of smell. This treatment can be used for a variety of physical and emotional problems including stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, pain, insomnia, coughs and colds, burns, scar tissue, digestive problems and skin disorders.

 

Clients report that the process of having a gentle massage with aromatherapy oils is a wonderfully relaxing and soothing experience. Depending on an individual’s needs, essential oils can be used to soothe, uplift, energise, relax or stimulate. Aromatherapy is the systematic use of volatile plant oils known as essential oils for the treatment or prevention of disease. It is a form of complementary therapy designed to treat the whole person and not just the symptom or disease by assisting the body's natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself.

 

Essential oils consist of tiny aromatic molecules that are readily absorbed via the skin during massage, and whilst breathing they enter the lungs. These therapeutic constituents then enter the bloodstream and are carried around the body where they can deliver their beneficial healing powers.

CUPPING THERAPY

                                                                        £30 for 30 minutes

                                            £45 for 60 minutes

 

Cupping therapy is said to open the ‘Meridians’ of the body. Meridians are the conduits within each of us through which energy flows to reach every part of the body, its organs and tissues. Opening the flow of energy, or increasing the circulation in the body strengthens its ability to heal.

 

Cupping is used for lower back pain, sprains, soft tissue injuries, sports injuries and helping relieve fluid from the lungs, from chest congestion or chronic bronchitis. In addition, it can alleviate the symptoms of or resolve menstrual and digestive problems.

 

Patients report that the sensation during treatment simply feels as if something or someone is tugging at their skin. It can have the sensation of a deep massage.

 

The only side effect of this treatment is that there may be what looks like circular bruises where the cupping was done. This painless bruising typically clears up in 3-10 days. It is best to keep the area covered and free from drafts. To reduce the appearance of the bruises, you can apply arnica cream to the affected area and drink plenty of water.

GUA SHA THERAPY

£30 for 30 minutes

                           £45 for 60 minutes

 

 

In Gua Sha massage, the term “gua” means “scraping” or “to scrape”, and “sha” is the term used to describe the millet-like redness that may occur after the treatment that has been carried out. Interestingly, Gua Sha massage technically isn’t a massage at all. Rather, Gua Sha is the name of the instrument that is used during the treatment. This massage therapy can be performed on its own or it can be used in conjunction with another form of massage.

 

Another name for this therapy is “spooning”. The most common scraping instrument that is used is a buffalo horn, which has a very smooth comb-like shape – without the teeth. Jar lids or Chinese soup spoons can also be used. The Gua Sha, or instrument, is used because the hands alone may not be enough to dispel heat, increase oxygen to the area, and stimulate blood flow in the way that the Gua Sha can. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the buffalo horn has cold properties, and it is therefore effective in helping to dispel heat from the body.

HOPI EAR CANDLING

£30 for 30 minutes, includes the candles

 

Quite different from conventional wax candles, a Hopi ear candle is actually a cotton tube, dipped in beeswax, honey and therapeutic oils, that is lit and painlessly inserted into the ear to draw out impurities, relieve pressure in the head and sinuses, and aid hearing problems. Although a client may only have an issue with one ear, each treatment is carried out on both ears and a mini facial massage carried out to complete the treatment and help remove any blockages around the sinuses. Once the treatment has been completed, if you wish, the remaining part of the candle can be open to reveal any impurities which have been drawn from the ear.


 

 

Users of Hopi ear candles have reported success in treating balance and inner ear problems, build-up of wax, ringing in the ears, tinnitus, hearing difficulties and sinus problems as well as colds, ‘flu, sore throats, stress, headaches and migraines. The treatment is suitable for children and is a good alternative for people who have found syringing uncomfortable. The client remains fully clothed throughout this treatment.

INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE

£30 for 45 minutes

 

Indian Head Massage is a massage of the shoulders, neck, scalp and face. Designed to relief stress and tension, this treatment is beneficial for those who suffer from headaches, migraines and those who suffer from high levels of stress. The treatment can be performed with or without the use of oils. We use traditional Indian hair oils which helps improve the condition of the hair and promote hair growth. The oil I use will depend on the colour and condition of each clients' hair.

 

 

The aim of Indian head massage is to release the stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders. The client sits in a chair for the first part of the treatment. The treatment uses a range of different movements including application of deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulder and scalp areas. In addition, we gently stimulate and stroke specific pressure points on the face, with the client lying on the couch. This treatment can also be carried out above the clients clothing and without using oils.

 


 

Indian head massage is especially good for relieving stress, tension, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, migraine and sinusitis. Clients report that the experience is deeply calming and relaxing; leaving them feeling energised, revitalised and better able to concentrate. The traditional Indian Oils will improve the condition of the hair and scalp as well as encouraging new hair growth.

REFLEXOLOGY

                                          £30 for 45 minutes, general programme

£45 for 75 minutes, specific programme

 

Reflexology is a holistic therapy based on the belief that there are points on the feet – reflexes – that correspond to organs and systems within the body. By stimulating these reflexes with light pressure it is aimed to restore balance. Reflexology does not diagnose, nor offer a cure for medical conditions but is a therapy designed to activate the body’s own healing powers.

 

Reflexology is a deeply relaxing and nurturing treatment and many people like to have it for this reason alone. It can also be helpful for conditions such as hypertension, depression, stress & insomnia. The clearing and balancing effects of reflexology make it particularly helpful for such things as digestive disorders and sinus congestions etc.

 

For women: Problems related to hormonal imbalance such as PMS, menopausal symptoms, and the distress caused by them respond particularly well to reflexology. Reflexology may be helpful for certain infertility problems and difficulties conceiving in women. It aims to balance and improve the hormonal environment for conception, stimulate secretion of and balance levels of oestrogen and progesterone, stimulate ovulation, improve blood supply to the reproductive organs, as well as inducing deep relaxation and de-stressing.


REIKI

                                                                        £20 for 30 minutes

                                             £40 for 60 minutes

 

Reiki is a simple process. The recipient simply lies on the couch and relaxes. If they are unable to lie down the treatment can be done in a seated position, the main thing is that the recipient is as comfortable as possible. There is no need to remove any clothing as Reiki will pass through anything, even plaster casts.

 

The practitioner gently places their hands non-intrusively in a sequence of positions which cover the whole body. The whole person is treated rather than specific symptoms. Reiki heals by charging negatively affected parts of the energy field with positive energy. Energy fields in the body each have different vibratory levels and Reiki practitioners use their hands to affect and hopefully rebalance these vibrations in the negatively affected part of the body. The treatment is carried out with the client fully clothed at all times.

 


Reiki can be used to relieve the symptoms of chronic illnesses such as anxiety, insomnia, back pain and arthritis, and it often produces long-term beneficial changes. Aside from treating physical, mental and emotional problems, most clients report that a Reiki treatment feels wonderful, and promotes a sense of relaxation and well-being.

 

Reiki is based on the premise that illness is caused by a disruption in the body’s energy field or life force. By using specially designed symbols and channelling energy, it is believed that the body can be filled with positive energy causing the disease-making negative energy to disappear, therefore re-balancing the body.

STONE THERAPY

(HOT & COLD)

£30 for 30 minutes

                           £40 for 60 minutes

                                                      £65 for 90 minutes

 

Stone Therapy is the technique of applying either hot or cold stones to the body. Stones of various shapes and sizes are used to carry out the massage, giving various effects and pressure.

 

HOT STONE THERAPY

Basalt stones are heated with water and then incorporated into a deep tissue massage. At the end of the treatment the stones are re-heated and strategically placed on the body. The client is then left for 5-10 minutes before a final massage is carried out to remove all the stones.


 

Hot Stone therapy can help in the treatment with muscular aches, pains, and strains, rheumatic and arthritic conditions, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, back pain, and insomnia. It also helps to improve circulation and can help reduce stress, anxiety, tension and depression.

 

COLD STONE THERAPY

In certain cases cold stones can also be used to help muscular injury and inflammation. Marble stones are cooled using water and then applied to the body or used during massage techniques. The application of cold stones stimulates the nervous system by causing the blood vessels to contract and increasing the lymph flow of waste materials round the body.

THAI HAND & FOOT MASSAGE

£30 for 30 minutes

 

Thai Hand and Foot massage is a unique massage of the hands, lower legs and feet which involves hands on stretching and massaging along the Thai energy lines. This is a very firm, refreshing, revitalising and detoxing massage. The massage involves using a variety of massage tools to produce different pressures and sensations on the area being worked.


 

 

Thai Hand and Foot massage is deeply relaxing and can relieve stress and tension, improve circulation, enhance concentration, clear thinking and create a feeling of mental calmness and physical well-being which can last several days following treatment.

 

 

Thai Hand and Foot Massage is a traditional technique which produces a deep and unique feeling of balance, relaxation and well-being. This is a very firm, refreshing, revitalising and detoxing massage that provides many health benefits. This form of massage incorporates aspects of reflexology, acupressure, shiatsu, Ayuverda, yoga, traditional massage and lymphatic drainage.

 

THAI HERBAL COMPRESS

                                                                        £30 for 30 minutes

                                            £40 for 60 minutes

                 £65 for 90 minutes

 

The traditional Thai Herbal Compress is a heated muslin parcel of aromatic herbs and spices used for centuries throughout Thailand to relieve tired and weary bodies and minds.

 

 

The compresses are soaked, steamed and then used on the body by patting, pounding or rolling them onto the skin. The heat from the compress carries the herbal essences and essential oils deep into the skin, underlying tissues and organs. The treatment brings about a deep sensation of comfort and warmth whilst stimulating the body to detoxify and heal itself.

 

 

Thai Herbal Compress massage combines the healing effects of traditional Eastern massage techniques with the heated herbal compresses which contain a blend of 7-14 aromatic and therapeutic traditional Thai herbs to simultaneously achieve a relaxing and invigorating effect on the mind and body.


 

 

Thai Herbal Compress offers several potential benefits including deep relaxation, reduced stress and fatigue as well as boosting emotional and physical well-being. The hot compresses are ideal for alleviating painful, stiff, sore, or pulled muscles and ligaments. As the compresses are hand-made they can be individually designed to help with a variety of conditions such as chronic pain, arthritis, stress, migraines etc. The client can take the compresses home and are given instructions on how to re-use them to replicate this treatment.