Bowen therapy is a soft tissue remedial therapy that involves the therapist using fingers or thumbs to move over muscle, ligament, tendon and fascia in various parts of the body. This therapy can be effective to help relieve everyday stresses and revitalise the whole person. Each Bowen therapy session varies according to the particular problems of the client. By focusing on the lower and mid back and legs, the upper back, shoulders and the neck, a sense of wellbeing can be achieved, helping relaxation, aiding sleep - helping to remove everyday stress and anxiety that can make us feel under-par or prevent us functioning at our optimum.
Chiropractic is a treatment where a practitioner called a chiropractor is trained to diagnose, treat, manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, and muscles), as well as the effects these disorders can have on the nervous system and general health. They have a specialist interest in neck and back pain, but when they assess patients, they take their entire physical, emotional and social wellbeing into account. Chiropractors use a range of techniques to reduce pain, improve function and increase mobility, including hands-on manipulation of the spine. As well as manual treatment, chiropractors are able to offer a package of care which includes advice on self-help, therapeutic exercises and lifestyle changes. Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly.
Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychology are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing. The therapist will do their best to help you to look at your issues, and to identify the right course of action for you, either to help you resolve your difficulties or help you find ways of coping.
Dietitians are qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level. They work with both healthy and sick people. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law, and are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard, and in the best interest of their patients. They work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, government and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). Dietitians advise and influence food and health policy across the spectrum from government, to local communities and individuals.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is also referred to as tapping or psychological acupuncture. EFT focuses on the acupressure points on the meridians to restore and balance to the body. Based on Chinese medicine, meridians are paths through which chi or energy flows maintaining our health. When the body is out of balance this can have a negative impact on us physically, mentally and emotionally. It is believed that restoring this balance by tapping on these points on the meridians can relieve any negative symptoms. EFT uses the fingertips to tap on the acupressure points which are located just under the surface of the skin. The treatment is relaxing, non-intrusive and changes take place relatively quickly.
Havening uses touch, attention and imagination to trigger electrochemical changes in the brain. Havening Techniques are designed to remove negative feelings stored in your memory from past traumatic or stressful events, which may be holding you back from progressing with your day-to-day life. The Havening techniques are a rapid and effective treatment for stress related physical and psychological conditions. Havening is also a great tool for relieving negative stress, boosting resilience, accessing positive emotional states, enhancing achievements, goal orientation, reducing present moment distress and depotentiating traumatically encoded memories.
Homeopathy is a medical philosophy and practice based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself. Kinesiology uses the gentle art of muscle testing to identify structural, chemical or emotional imbalances in the body. These muscle monitoring techniques are designed to gain accurate information about what is needed to help the mind, body and spirit.
Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy that utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious change to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The process itself aims to alter our state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and focussing the subconscious part. This heightened state of awareness - reached using skilled relaxation techniques - allows the therapist to then make appropriate suggestions.
Kinesiology uses the gentle art of muscle testing to identify structural, chemical or emotional imbalances in the body. These muscle monitoring techniques are designed to gain accurate information about what is needed to help the mind, body and spirit. Kinesiology, therefore, may be understood as a system of natural health care which combines muscle monitoring with the principles of Chinese medicine to assess energy and body function, applying a range of gentle yet powerful healing techniques to improve health, wellbeing and vitality.
In all types of massage therapy, the intention is to relax the soft tissues, increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged areas, warm them, and help the body to relax. In a typical massage therapy session, the practitioner will discuss symptoms, medical history and the desired results. The practitioner generally performs some evaluation through touch before beginning the massage. Massage may be found to bring relief from everyday aches, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address feelings of anxiety and tension, and aid general wellness.
Nutritionists use their knowledge of the science of food and nutrition to work with individuals and groups of people to help them make the right choices about what they eat. They understand the impact of food and nutrition on the human body and aim to promote good health and prevent diet related conditions in people who are well. They work in a range of non-clinical settings to influence food choices at an individual and a wider public health level. The title ‘Nutritionist’ is not protected by law, meaning that anyone can advertise their services as a Nutritionist. Therefore, it is important to find a Nutritionist who is appropriately qualified and registered by a trustworthy professional body. The Association for Nutrition (AfN) is a well-respected professional body for nutritionists in the UK and has a list of Nutritionists who have received an approved level of training. Some Nutritionists are also registered Dietitian's.
Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person's muscles and joints. It is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together. Osteopaths use physical manipulation, stretching and massage, with the aim of increasing the mobility of joints, relieving muscle tension, enhancing the blood supply to tissues and helping the body to heal.
Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease. Physiotherapists help treat physical problems linked to a number of the body's systems, including musculoskeletal – bones, joints and soft tissues, neuromuscular – the brain and nervous system, cardiovascular – the heart and blood circulation, respiratory – the organs that help you breathe, such as the windpipe, voice box and lungs.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the belief that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which are believed to correspond to all organs and parts of the body. Reflexology may help to alleviate and improve symptoms such as everyday stress and tension. The practitioner will make a visual and tactile examination of the area to be worked before beginning the precise reflexology massage movements. The particular types of movements involved require the application of an appropriate pressure using the thumb and fingers. Reflexology can be a wonderfully relaxing experience where you can take time out from everyday pressures. The therapist’s expert touch will help you relax which can help improve mood, aid sleep and relieve tension. The result is an overall sense of wellbeing.
Shiatsu is a touch based therapy that applies pressure to areas the body through loose comfortable clothing for the purpose of promoting and maintaining wellbeing. Shiatsu can support and strengthen the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person – addressing the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of the body. Shiatsu originated in Japan from traditional Chinese medicine, with influences from more recent Western therapies. Although shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, in practice a practitioner uses touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow. It is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and wellbeing.