|Therapies Offered||21st February 2018|
Personal and Spiritual Developmental Work and Stress Management
I provide a tailored approach working with individuals as well as groups via workshops. Group work is a positive way to work on general topics. I facilitate workshops and provide a safe space for people to learn more about themselves as well as looking at key themes related to self awareness and personal growth. Each person's experience is unique and by using an experiential approach, as well providing information each individual has the opportunity to explore and learn more about themselves and find ways to implement what has been learnt into their lives. I always aim to provide a safe and supportive environment.
It may be that you would prefer a one to one session to address a specific problem or issue in your life. One to one's are invaluable as the focus is entirely on the individual and more ground can be covered in this way. I usually incorporate EFT when working with individuals.
For my next workshops please see link "classes and workshops".
Emotional Freedom Technique
EFT is a healing emotional system which can also be used to relieve physical pain and symptoms. It is a form of energy medicine which works on the principle that negative emotions are a disturbance in the body's energy systems. In short EFT is a meridian energy therapy.
Dr. George Goodheart the founder of Applied Kinesiology as well as Dr. Roger Callahan, the founder of Thought Field Therapy (TFT) were both crucial to the emergence of EFT. It is a simplified version of TFT and was developed by Gary Craig, a Stanford Engineer, a Master Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and self development enthusiast. Gary Craig has made this therapy universally applicable for all mental, emotional and physical issues.
EFT has its origins as far back as 5000 years ago when the Chinese and Taoists mapped out subtle energies and meridian pathways in the body. EFT works by tapping with the fingertips on various points of the body. This helps to balance the meridian energies which can become disrupted when one thinks about or becomes involved in an emotionally disturbing situation or circumstance. It removes the emotional charge from the memory despite the memory still being present. Thought patterns often take a healthy form as a result. EFT can be described as acupuncture without the needles.
EFT can be effective with many conditions; here are a few examples:
Anxiety and panic attacks, anger, addictive cravings, depression, fears, guilt, phobias, general negative memories, low self esteem and confidence, pain and symptom management, performance issues, stress etc.
For example, if a person has been experiencing guilt, this feeling would be attached to one or more memories. This results in the feeling of guilt being triggered with similar situations and becomes a pattern within the person. Stage one of an EFT session would be to identify the memory and the feelings and emotions attached to it. Tapping on all the aspects identified will dissolve the emotions and guilt feelings. The client will still have the memory but not the unpleasant feelings associated with that memory. This in turn can have a positive knock on effect with other situations in life that may have induced guilt and thereby creating a positive change in thought process.
An EFT session will involve a consultation and will usually last 60 - 90 minutes.
A soothing and non invasive complementary treatment using universal energy flow from the therapist's hands to the client by placing hands on or near the recipient.
It is a natural therapy that is gentle and therefore suitable for all ages. The client remains fully clothed for this treatment and will lie on a couch or sit if more appropriate. The Reiki Practitioner will then enter a state of calm before proceeding. They will place their hands on or near the body at various points working from head down to the feet. They may be guided intuitively to certain areas of the body.
It is a deeply relaxing treatment where you may experience warmth or tingling in certain areas. These sensations are quite normal as this is the energy movement within the body, gently re-energising and clearing any blocked or “stuck” energy.
It can help many conditions by simply entering a state of relaxation and calmness and allowing the energy to kick start the body’s own natural capacity to self heal.
The treatments can last from 30 to 90 minutes. You will receive after care advice to best support the beneficial effects of the treatment.
Meditation can mean many things to many people but its primary purpose is to promote deep relaxation and inner peace by stilling the mind and allowing it to feel rested. For those more adept and seeking further spiritual development, meditation is used as a means of entering a deeper level of reality to allow greater transformation of one's being.
Meditation has been used for thousands of years in the East and its benefits have now become more accepted in the West. There are different forms of meditation but for all, the overall purpose apart from relaxation is to allow one to enter a peaceful space which can bring about transformations, creativity, clear out negative emotions, balance the energy and bring about a calmer approach to life's challenges.
I run regular meditation groups / classes for beginners and for those who have more meditation experience. My main focus is on visualisation techniques for meditation and relaxation as well as allowing time for learning about meditation and exploring experiences in terms of personal growth.
The benefits of meditation are more evident if practised on a regular basis. See Classes and Workshops
Reflexology works on the body energetically and helps to rebalance and clear any energy blocks within the body and its systems. A variety of pressure techniques applied to the feet will activate the body towards self healing and induce deep relaxation.
A Brief History of Reflexology
From past records it has been known that Chinese, Indian and Japanese to name but a few cultures worked on the feet to promote wellbeing and good health. Many of these techniques along with a modern approach have been incorporated to become what we now know of as Reflexology.
Energy zones that run through the body and reflex areas on the feet that relate to various organs within the body have been a long established principal. Modern Zone Therapy, as practised in the early years of the twentieth century, was developed on this principal by Dr. William Fitzgerald. As proof he demonstrated that applied pressure on one part of the feet anesthetized the corresponding area within the body.
In 1930, Eunice Ingham, a physiotherapist and from whom current day reflexology practice exists, also used Zone therapy. She applied her knowledge further by concluding that the feet consisted of an area that could easily be accessed, as energy zones run through the body from head to toe. As the feet were particularly sensitive, Eunice concluded that they would be the most responsive to applied pressure, thereby stimulating the body and allowing it the opportunity to heal itself. She continued to map out the entire body on the feet and discovered that varying amounts of pressure applied to certain points had a therapeutic effect far greater than zone therapy. She found that her clients experienced pain reduction amongst other beneficial results.
What are some of its benefits?
Reflexology has many benefits apart from simply providing deep relaxation. It can:
• Help poor circulation
• Rid the body of toxins
• Increase energy levels and revitalise the body
• Aid the body’s return to homeostasis
• Be used as preventative health care
• Improve or relieve digestive disorders
• Improve or relieve respiratory disorders
• Improve general confidence levels
• Increase mental alertness
• Help balance emotional states
• Strengthen the immune system
• Improve the general functioning of all organs
It is a nurturing treatment, which promotes balance thereby returning mind and body to a state of harmony and equilibrium.
The therapist applies light pressure by using the thumbs, working on one foot at a time. The treatment is completed with a relaxing foot massage.
A treatment lasts up to one hour, with an in depth consultation process for the first treatment. You will receive after care advice. As with many natural therapies a course of 4 - 6 treatments is recommended to achieve greater benefits. One treatment alone will however still provide desired relaxation.
Reflexology can help to increase energy and reduce stress levels thereby restoring harmony and balance to mind, body and spirit.
Aromatherapy is a wonderfully relaxing and beneficial treatment by using aromatic oils applied to the body by massage. The oils can also be used in different ways at home from inhalations, bathing in oils, room fragrancing providing benefits for all the family as well as instilling relaxation amongst other uses.
Brief History of Aromatherapy
The ancient art of using aromatic oils for health, beauty and as a preventative measure against disease, dates as far back as the Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilisations. The Romans brought the knowledge of essentials oils to Britain.
In the Middle Ages aromatic oils in the form of pomanders were used to ward off infection during the Great Plague. In fact people used to rub them into their skin, hair, clothes and bathe in them. The oils apart from having a lovely scent provided protection against infection and was also used to ward of head lice and insects. Physicians carried small containers attached to their walking sticks to reduce the risk of catching contagious infections.
The decline of the traditional use of essential oils and their efficacy occurred in the nineteen century when the oils were chemically copied, resulting in a loss of their therapeutic properties.
The twentieth century saw research begin once again into the healing properties of essential oils. The French Scientist Renée Maurice Gattefosse, discovered the healing property of lavender oil on burns when he himself was burned badly on the hand by an explosion. He was amazed to see how quickly the burn healed with no scarring after he had dipped his hand into the nearest liquid which happened to be a vat of lavender oil. He continued to experiment with essential oils during the First World War on soldiers’ wounds and discovered that healing was accelerated.
Renée’s research into essential oils led him to classify their healing powers on the body’s systems. He focussed on the nervous system, the endocrine system, metabolism and vital organs.
Now in the twenty first century Aromatherapy is generally recognised as being a Complementary Therapy that is beneficial to health, beauty and wellbeing. It has become more and more accepted as a beneficial Complementary Therapy by the National Health Service.
How are essential oils obtained?
Essential oils are derived from plants, shrubs and trees. The oils are potent with curative properties. They can best be described as being the essence or “heart and soul” of a plant that is used for therapeutic purposes.
The oils are extracted by three main methods depending on the plants. Distillation is used for most flowers and leaves. Expression is used mainly for citrus fruits and finally Solvent Extraction is used for more delicate flower petals such as orange blossom or rose. Essential oils are in fact not oily but watery. Their scent is very strong and must only be used externally in very small quantities blended in a carrier oil such as sweet almond.
How are essential oils Used?
Essential oils can be used in various ways. The most beneficial is to receive a course of treatments from a qualified Aromatherapist. A therapist will often advise you on how to use oils at home and will recommend the most suitable oils for you. Many therapists will mix a blend that can be used at home for bathing or massage or simply burning in a burner. It is important to respect the potency of these oils; they must be used with care and only externally.
What are the benefits of essential oils?
The best advice for all is to use Aromatherapy regularly as a form of prevention thereby maintaining good health and energy balance within the body. However this requires commitment and discipline and with our modern and busy lifestyles today this can be challenging for many people. Committing to regular Aromatherapy massage perhaps once a month is advisable to maintain well being, reducing stress levels and muscular tension often created by stress. Stress is the modern day “affliction” and can wreak havoc within the body if levels reach an unacceptable point.
Aromatherapy can help with:
• Digestive disorders
• Respiratory ailments
• Strengthen the immune system
• Poor circulation
• Menstrual problems
• Muscular aches and pains
• Nervous tension
• Stress and anxiety
• Fatigue and exhaustion
• Inflammatory conditions
• Emotional states
There are many others conditions that can benefit from this therapy.
What does a treatment consist of?
Your first treatment consists of an in depth consultation in order to choose the most beneficial oils for you. Consultation and choosing of oils will continue to form part of subsequent treatments as well as after care advice. All of this will of course be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
Your treatment will then begin.
Once your massage is completed you will be offered water to drink and time to come round gentle. Treatments last from one to one and a half hours. Your therapist will provide after care advice and if appropriate may have a blend of essential oils ready for you to use at home to maintain the benefits of your treatment. One treatment will provide a wonderful feeling of relaxation, however it may be beneficial to commit to further treatments in order to notice more marked improvement to any presenting condition or long term general wellbeing.
Aromatherapy is a natural relaxing fragrant therapy that can be used for all ages restoring mind, body and spirit to a state of balance and harmony.
Sound Therapy uses a wonderful symphony of sounds created by Himalayan and crystal bowls as well as the voice to bring the body back into balance energetically. Sound works specifically on the subtle energies of the body to bring about an optimum state of being. The frequency of Sound works gently on all levels of being, emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.
I am a qualified Practitioner of Sound Therapy having trained with the British Academy of Sound Therapy. British Academy of Sound Therapy - (BAST)
I run Therapeutic Sound related workshops,Sound Baths, Sound Scapes and Drumming Workshops as well as working one to one with Sound Therapy.
Please contact me to find out more about individual treatments and workshops.
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