Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils using various methods of application to enhance well-being of mind, body and spirit. Using pure essences from plants can have a preventative effect and can help with common minor ailments, alongside medical treatment. The oils are extracted from plants, leaves, twigs, bark, flowers and fruits.
The essences have different properties which research has shown to have stimulating, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, relaxing and calming effects. This means that aromatherapy can have an effect on mood/emotions that promote psychological well being. The oils are diluted and tailored to the needs of each individual an IFPA trained therapist ensures a high standard of quality of training. Can be used for inhalation for colds and flu and also with massage as the therapeutic properties and help muscle pain and tension.
Reflexology is a complementary health therapy based on the theory that different points on the feet, hands, face or ears known as 'reflex points', correspond with different areas of the body. The art of reflexology may date back as far as Ancient Egyptian times, however was introduced to the West by Dr William Fitzgerald. He developed 'Zone Theory' believing that reflex points on the feet/hands were linked to different areas in the body within the same 'Zone'.
It was in the 1930's that Eunice Ingham further developed zone theory and introduced what is now Reflexology. Her belief was that congestion/tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
Reflexology is not a substitue for seeking medical advice and therefore is used alongside conventional medicine to promote health and wellbeing.
Holistic/Remedial/Deep tissue Massage:
Holistic means 'whole' therefore holistic massage looks at all aspects, mind, body and spirit. Therefore not only treating physical aspects but also looking at the cause. A treatment session considers all aspects of an individual including both physical and psychological. Massage is currently used to help with relaxation and to help with aches and pains. It can be of benefit for stress as massage can be relaxing, may improve mood, aid sleep, relieve tension in anxiety or stress and helps to promote a sense of general well being. Deep tissue massage can be painful however is effective for muscle knots and lesions. Most people I treat have described the pain as "good pain".
Originating from Japan Reiki is a form of spiritual or energy healing transmitting Ki believed to be the life force energy. Promoting a sense of well being Reiki involves hands on or near the person receiving the treatment. Reiki can help with relaxation and can be useful for stress and helping to rebalance the chakras.
Indian Head Massage:
Is also known as "Champissage" in India and has been used for over a thousand years. This therapy works with both the physical and mental state of mind to help bring about feelings of peace and balance and harmony. Treatment sessions last approximately 30 minutes and focus on the head, neck, shoulders and upper back. By helping to remove toxins and waste that build up in tension and knotted muscles it can bring pain relief, increase mobility and also leave the patient feeling a sense of peace. Can be done through clothing and even in the workplace.