“Many people go through crises in their lives without really having somebody to talk to. Or they do have somebody, but do not want to discuss particular issues. Many people accumulate distress inside (which sometimes attracts them to ways of ‘numbing out’ – alcohol, television and other blessings of modern life). We all have some experience of what a difference a good chat and a sympathetic listening ear can make. Now multiply that by ten, and you have good therapy.” – Michael Soth
A course of psychotherapy enables a patient to focus on the psychological impact that their conditions may be having on them. The therapist and the patient will build up a personal and trusting relationship with one-another, and during this process, the mental health and sense of well-being of the patient may be vastly improved.
One of the corner-stones of alternative healthcare, massage therapy is among the oldest forms of medicine in the world and also one of the most credible forms of pain relief and relaxation. Massage has also been proven to temporarily reduce blood pressure and heart rate, as well as helping those suffering from depression and anxiety. Medical studies reveal massage to be invaluable in alleviating the painful symptoms of Cerebral Palsy, an illness that we work closely with. Massage also improves blood circulation, which can be very helpful in easing the joint pain caused by Multiple Sclerosis.
We promote many different forms of massage therapy, including:
Swedish Massage Therapy
Therapists use long, firm strokes and kneading or circular movements on the superficial layers of the body’s muscle. This can improve circulation and be very beneficial for reducing pain or joint stiffness.
Hot Stone Massage
Heated, smooth stones are used to apply pressure and heat to certain points on the body, particularly along the back. The heat can deeply penetrate the muscle and remove any tension, loosening tight muscles.
Deep Tissue Massage
The therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques to target the deeper layers of the muscle and connective tissue. This type of massage helps relieve pain that is more consistent or that induced by physical injury. The work focuses on a small area of the body, rather than the whole body, at any one time and can be used to treat specific muscular-skeletal disorders.
Reflexology is a non-invasive form of treatment where the practitioner works with her thumbs to massage all areas of the feet (and sometimes hands.). In this way she covers all the reflex areas, each of which corresponds to a part of the body. By massaging specific areas, the Reflexologist deduces which parts of the body are out of balance and works to redress this balance and return the body to a state of homeostasis.
As well as treating ill-health, Reflexology helps maintain good health and promotes a pro-active approach to one’s own well-being. Early detection of potential problems allows preventative measures to be taken, whilst the alleviation of existing symptoms and the possibility of treating them make this an increasingly sought-after therapy. Many NHS establishments and hospices now provide it for their patients. Reflexology aims to eliminate toxins from the body, achieve balance and harmony, and treat medical conditions such as:
high blood pressure
irritable bowel syndrome
stress related problems
Above all, Reflexology is a pleasurable and immensely relaxing treatment. So many people these days suffer stress, tension and are unable to relax: it is well documented that this can lead to ill-health. So few of us make time to put ourselves first and, in our busy and demanding lives, the Reflexologist offers you an opportunity to unwind, your body a chance to work more efficiently and the alleviation of symptoms.
Originating from China, this technique involves applying physical pressure onto various points on the body that require pain relief. Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the fingers to gradually press key healing points, which stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. Acupressure was developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago. Using the power and sensitivity of the hand, Acupressure Therapy is effective in the relief of stress-related ailments, and is ideal for self-treatment and preventive health care for boosting the immune system. Acupressure releases tension, increases circulation, reduces pain, and develops spirituality and vibrant health.
Shiatsu is Japanese for “finger pressure,” and consists of finger and palm pressure, stretches, and other massage techniques. Shiatsu is traditionally performed on a futon mat, with clients fully clothed. This type of massage therapy, as with Acupressure, concentrates on pressure points; however, it uses a more diverse range of techniques, such as stretching, rolling and vibrating. It can help in a wide range of conditions from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular sessions help to prevent the build-up of stress in our daily lives.
This more contemporary treatment centres around the use of touch as a relaxation technique. Typically the therapist will strategically place their hands gently upon the patient’s body and induce a sense of profound calmness and tranquillity. The benefits can be both physical and mental, and is most frequently used in the alleviation of chronic neck and back pain. CST can be extremely beneficial to those who suffer from Autism, helping them to find ease with themselves and their surroundings. This therapy is popular with cancer sufferers who are undergoing stressful treatments such as chemotherapy.