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Abdominal-Sacral Massage is a combination of bodywork techniques that address common complaints of the reproductive and digestive systems and lower back problems.
Acupressure is a traditional Chinese healing method in which the fingertips are used to apply pressure to stimulate key healing points (this contrasts with acupuncture, where needles are used). When these key points are stimulated they restore the free flow of energy around the body.
Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine, which started in the East and is now firmly established in the West. In this system of healing illness is seen as an imbalance of energy.
The Alexander technique teaches people let go of unnecessary tension in order to improve their posture, movement and coordination.
Allergies are the bodys adverse reaction to substances in our everyday environment, such as pollen, dust and certain foods.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to help promote and maintain health and well being. In a treatment it is done through the sense of smell and through the absorption into the skin.
Arts therapy is a form of psychotherapy which uses the creative process of making art, music or drama to improve a person's physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Autogenic Training and Therapy (AT) was developed by a research psychiatrist, Dr Schultz, over 85 years ago. He designed a simple way to induce deep mental relaxation at will, bringing with it remarkable mental and physical benefits.
Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old system of natural healing originating in India.
Biofeedback therapy involves training patients to control physiological processes such as muscle tension, blood pressure or heart rate. Although these are normally involuntary processes a biofeedback therapist can help patients manipulate them and hence alleviate their symptoms.
Bio-Resonance uses a sophisticated piece of electronic equipment called a Bio-resonance System to provide a special type of energy medicine. Its purpose is to re-balance you holistically, using energetic resonances to help dissolve underlying energetic imbalances that can result in poor health at many levels.
Body Stress Release
Body Stress Release is designed to help the body release its stored tension. The technique involves the practitioner locating stored tension, especially along the spine, and releasing it with a precise application of pressure.
Bowen Therapy is a soft tissue rolling and stretching technique, applied using your practitioner's fingers or thumbs, almost always as near as practical to 90 degrees across the fibres that you wish to have the greatest effect on. This can be muscle, ligament, tendon, fascia 'any soft tissue'.
Chiropody & Podiatry
Chiropody (or podiatry) involves the treatment of foot related problems including ingrown toenails, athlete's foot, verrucas, corns and calluses, painful feet, cracked skin and bunions. The chiropodist/podiatrist may just need to remove any hard skin, clip toenails or check whether you are wearing the right shoes.
Chiropractic is described by the General Chiropractic Council as 'a 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'.
Clinical Pilates focuses on posture, core stability, balance, strength, flexibility and breathing to treat a variety of muscular injuries. It is an adaptation of traditional Pilates in that the client is normally treated on an individual basis by a physiotherapist and given a target program specific to their injuries.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT is a talking therapy that focuses on the way people think ('cognitive') and act ('behavioural').
Colon Hydrotherapy is a completely natural treatment that is enjoyed by thousands of people every day, from celebrities and film stars to ordinary people of all ages, from all walks of life.
Colour therapy and the colour mirrors system is best described as The Language of the Soul. It is an ideal complement to other alternative therapies such as aromatherapy, reiki, EFT, NLP, kinesiology, reflexology and matrix re-imprinting.
Counselling is a type of talking therapy which involves a person discussing emotional difficulties and problems in a supportive and confidential environment. The counsellor is not there to give advice or to be judgemental, rather their role is to listen to the client with empathy and help them understand their feelings and behaviour with the hope that the client finds their own solutions to the problems.
Craniosacral Therapy involves lightly touching your head, spine and other parts of the body to relieve pain and tension in the body and to promote a sense of well-being.
Crystal Therapy is the ancient art of laying-on-of-stones. Gems, stones and crystals are laid on the body over the chakra points. Each crystal has its own unique healing properties based on the energy or vibrations it both attracts and releases. This allows energy to flow more freely between the crystal and the body allowing you to direct concentrated energy to particular areas.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a one-on-one form of psychotherapy that is designed to reduce trauma, stress, panic and anxiety.
Emmett Technique is a muscle release therapy developed by Ross Emmett. The therapist uses the application of light pressure at specific points and in sequences that relax muscle tissue and help improve body posture and movement.
Emotional Freedom Technique
Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT is a healing tool that can provide impressive results for physical, emotional, and performance issues. It operates on the premise that no matter what part of your life needs improvement, there are unresolved emotional issues in the way.
Energy Medicine is any practice that works with energy as a vital, living, moving force that is at the foundation of our well-being.
Fascial Stretch Therapy
Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is a form of assisted stretching, that is performed with the client lying on a massage couch. Unlike other stretching techniques, FST starts at the joint capsule and focusses on stretching the muscles and the fascia in multiple planes, rather than just muscles.
Flower Essences Therapy
Flower essences are herbal infusions made by immersing fully-blooming flowers in spring water and placing this in sunlight.
A Foot Health Practitioner is qualified to provide routine foot care within the private sector. Treatment is carried out within a clinic environment or in the comfort of the patient's own home.
The Havening Technique was created and developed by Dr Ron Ruden and his brother Dr Steven Ruden. It is designed to alter and disrupt the negative emotional response.
The meaning of 'healing' is 'to make whole'. The practice of channelling subtle but powerful healing energy with positive intent goes back centuries. All healing supports self-healing, helping us to regain balance of mind, body and soul so that we can thrive and live the lives we all deserve.
Herbal medicine uses plants, or mixtures of plant extracts, to treat illness and promote health. It aims to restore your body's ability to protect, regulate and heal itself.
Homeopathy is a system of natural healthcare that has been in worldwide use for over 200 years. Homeopathy treats each person as a unique individual with the aim of stimulating their own healing ability. A homeopath selects the most appropriate medicine based on the individual's specific symptoms and personal level of health.
Homotoxicology is a scientifically proven and extensively researched medical practice that studies the effects of toxic substances on the human body.
Hydrotherapy is mainly a hot and cold water therapy, which also uses invigorating and healing pressure of water upon the body.
The Hydrotherm system is a British invention and has gone on to be made in the UK. In 1992 creator John Holman designed the system to help himself continue as a Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist as he, like many Therapists had lower back problems and RSI in his wrists. A simple design of two warm water cushions, headrests and an air filled bolster became the solution.
Modern hypnotherapy combines clinically proven techniques and a scientific understanding of how the brain works with the state of trance to help people make significant positive changes within relatively short periods of time.
Indian Head Massage
Indian head massage is based on the Ayurvedic system of healing which has been practiced in India or over a thousand years. It involves a massage to the head, face, upper back, shoulders, arms and hands that relieves tension in the muscles. It is calming and relaxing leaving you feel energised, revitalised, stimulated and able to concentrate to concentrate better.
Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is an evidence-based, affect-focussed approach shown to be effective for a broad range of psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression, psychosomatic illnesses, as well as personality disorders. Research indicates positive outcomes are long lasting, with improvement continuing after termination.
Kinesiology is the study of body movement. It uses muscle testing to determine possible causes of imbalances in a person's body. Treatment takes the form of the kinesiologist testing muscles in different positions and then using the response to realign the body.
Life coaching draws upon a variety of tools and techniques from other disciplines such as sociology, psychology, neuroscience, positive adult development and career counseling with an aim towards helping people identify and achieve personal goals.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is an advanced therapy in which the practitioner uses a range of specialised and gentle rhythmic pumping techniques to move the skin in the direction of the lymph flow.
Massage Therapy covers a wide variety of techniques including some of those listed separately on the site. Examples include Swedish massage (which involves long strokes, kneading, rolling and taping), Sports massage (which combines techniques such as Swedish massage and Shiatsu to meet the specific needs of athletes)
Matrix Reimprinting (MR) is a holistic client led treatment, which incorporates and builds on traditional Meridian based EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), or Tapping. Matrix Reimprinting evolved out of EFT, developed by EFT Master, Karl Dawson.
Maya Abdominal Therapy
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (ATMAT) support reproductive and digestive health. It is a non-invasive external massage founded on ancient Maya healing techniques.
Meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness and enhancing overall health and well-being.
Microsuction is the safest form of removing ear wax and other debris from the ear. It uses gentle suction from a regulated medical suction pump, as opposed to the old-fashioned syringing or irrigation that flushes the ear with high pressure water.
Mindfulness involves paying attention to the present moment; to your own thoughts and feelings and to the world around you. Mindfulness helps to change the way you think and feel about your experiences, especially those which produce a stressful response.
Myofascial Release is a soft tissue therapy that uses manual massage techniques and low level stretching to release muscular tightness.
Naturopathy involves the use of natural therapies such as acupuncture, homeopathy and herbal medicine, the use of physical therapies such as kinesiology and advice on nutrition in order to prevent the onset of illness and disease. Naturopathy is based on a number of core principles including:
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy.
Nutritional Therapy is the use of diet and nutrition to maintain or improve a person's health and wellbeing. It takes a holistic approach which addresses both the causes of the problem and the symptoms. Nutritional Therapy is used to help with issues with digestion, low levels of energy, sports performance, allergies, asthma, high blood pressure, joint and muscle pain, weight, migraine and insomnia to name just a few.
Osteopathy is an effective form of hands-on healthcare that aims to improve how the body functions to reduce pain and improve people's quality of life.
Physiotherapy is the treatment and prevention of injury through the use of movement and exercise, massage, hydrotherapy and other techniques such as acupuncture and electrotherapy. Physiotherapy is generally used to treat:
Pilates is a complete exercise method developed by its founder, Joseph Pilates, who dedicated his lifetime to improving physical and mental health. Pilates focuses on building your body's core strength and improving your posture through a series of low repetition low impact stretching and conditioning exercises.
Psych-K is short for psychological kinesiology and was created by Rob Williams. It provides ways of identifying and transforming beliefs that limit you, into beliefs that support you.
Psychotherapy is used to treat people with emotional issues and mental health conditions. It primarily involves talking through your difficulties with a therapist, but may also involve alternative methods such as art, music and movement. Psychotherapy will address your feelings and behaviour and sessions may also involve a partner or other family members.
Psychosensory Techniques and Principles is the amalgamation of a series of healing systems, which have been linked together by Kevin Laye based on the best of the best of techniques learned over the course of his therapy career where he trained with originators of the techniques.
Reflexology involves the massage and application of pressure to the feet in order to improve the body's natural healing defences. Working on the feet is something that has been around for years and we know that certain cultures did so to promote health.
Regression Therapy is a way of working with a client's subconscious mind to find the source of a psychological problem.
Reiki is an accepted form of alternative therapy commonly perceived as a form of spiritual healing and yet it's far more than this. I consider Reiki supportive as a belief and behaviour approach towards personal fulfilment.
Relationship Therapy & Couples Counselling
In a relationship one or both members of a couple can often feel stuck in some way. Perhaps one partner wants the other to change and the other does not want to or know how to. A couple may find yourselves blaming each other or drifting apart. Relationship Therapy aims to address this.
Rolfing was developed by Dr. Ida Rolf and is a method of physical manipulation of the body's myofascial system over a series of sessions with the goal of realigning the body and improving posture. Each session in the Series deals with a key area of the body.
Sex Therapy is for secure couples or individuals seeking help for dissatisfaction in their sex lives.
Shiatsu means 'finger pressure' and the practitioner will use of thumbs, fingers and palms to apply pressure to certain pressure points in order to restore balance and harmony to the body. Shiatsu is used to relieve stress and tension and has also been known to treat back pain and stiffness of the muscles.
Speech Therapy & Language Therapy
Speech Therapy focuses on receptive language, or the ability to understand words spoken to you, and expressive language, or the ability to use words to express yourself.
Sports therapists are experts in musculoskeletal disorders. They help those involved in sport overcome injuries and preventing them happening in the first place.
Structural Integration or Rolfing works with both the muscles and fascia (myo-fascia) of the body, to release tension held within it and re-structure it.
Tension and Trauma Releasing
Tension and Trauma Releasing was developed by trauma specialist Dr David Berceli to reduce the impact of stress or tension from the body from everyday life or from traumatic life experiences.
Thai massage looks like a cross between acupressure, yoga, and zen shiatsu and is inspired by Buddhist teachings. The actual massage consists of slow, rhythmic compressions and stretches along the body's energy lines, also called sen in Thai.
Thermo-Auricular Therapy (Ear Candling)
From around the world, there have been various references to the historical practice of ear candling, (thermo- auricular therapy) both to treat medical conditions of the ear, nose or throat, or for ritual and ceremony. Historically these have been described as made of material such as pottery, bark, fabric, or reeds.
Thought Field Therapy
Thought Field Therapy (TFT) was developed by Roger Callahan an American psychologist. It works by stimulating the body's energy meridians through gentle tapping with a view to releasing blocked energy and relieving conditions such as phobias, anxiety, trauma and emotional problems.
Yoga therapy combines traditional yoga with modern medicine. It comprises postural and breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and meditation to suit the needs of an individual. It is designed to promote all round health as well as assisting particular medical conditions such as:
Zero Balancing is a gentle and powerful way of balancing body energy with body structure. It integrates Western scientific knowledge of body structure with Eastern understandings of energy and healing.