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Therapies and treatments

We will guide you in choosing the wellness retreats and therapies most suitable for your current needs, and ensure your visit to Cape South is effective, enjoyable and aligned with your budget and timelines.

We understand your need to plan around busy life commitments and we are happy to tailor your visit to suit the time you have available.

You will receive a naturopathic consultation at the start of your residential package, and these can also be booked within a day clinic programme.

You can read more about the facilities and services all health retreats have available. Here are some of the therapies and practices we offer at Cape South:

Acupuncture can have a positive and powerful healing effect on injury and illness by enhancing the body’s natural healing ability.  Acupuncture is globally accepted as a valuable treatment for specific health conditions. There are hundreds of scientific medical studies that prove its effectiveness. The wisdom and practice of Acupuncture have been successfully helping people to heal for thousands of years.  Acupuncture is a holistic approach aimed at helping the body to restore balance on all levels. Practitioners use a variety of techniques to create change in the physical body as well as the emotional and spiritual bodies. Acupuncture can be used separately, or in combination with other natural therapies and allopathic healthcare. The usual course involves 6-8 treatments. The person’s response is monitored and the next phase of treatment is determined, if required, depending on the nature of the complaint and the current state of the patient’s health.  The longer the condition has been present and the worse the patient’s basic state of health, the longer the treatments take to achieve the desired outcome.

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to enhance physical and emotional wellbeing. It is the fastest growing natural therapy at this time, attracting media attention and becoming highly popular with many people.

Essential oils are the ‘life force’ of the plant from which they are extracted, usually by distillation. They have individual chemical constituents which give them unique therapeutic properties. Essential oils have many healing properties to assist with promoting total holistic wellbeing.

When essential oils are applied to the body during a massage, the essential oils enter the skin through the hair follicles where they are absorbed in to the blood stream and circulated around the body. People respond to the sense of smell on an emotional level more strongly than any other sense. The area of the brain associated with smell and memory is called the Limbic system, and in the nasal cavity there are olfactory nerves which respond to the intricate range of aromas you are present to through each changing moment.  This information is sent to the hypothalamus and pituitary gland which governs the hormonal systems, which respond by triggering a variety of chemical actions within the body, such the release of specific chemicals that relaxes, calms, stimulates and, when positive, creates a general feeling of wellbeing.

Aromatherapy has many benefits to the person being treated and can:

  • Enhance mood and general feeling of wellbeing through massage and the use of essential oils.
  • Improve blood and lymphatic circulation through massage and the use of essential oils. Depending upon the essential oils used the blood vessels will either constrict or dilate thereby raising or lowering blood pressure.
  • Balance the hormone production by the endocrine system. Essential oils such as clary sage can mimic oestrogen.
  • Strengthen the immune system by helping to kill viruses, bacteria and fungal infections.
  • Reduce pain.
  • Encourage restful sleep.
  • Improve digestion and the maintenance of healthy joints and muscles.

Colonic irrigation, also known as Colonic Hydrotherapy, is a safe and effective method of cleansing the colon by repeated gentle flushing with warm filtered water under very low pressure, using specialised massage techniques on the tummy area to stimulate release. The treatment is odourless and is not painful.

Because our “modern lifestyles” are completely unnatural this leads to a build up of toxic waste in our bodies that accumulates over the years. Many factors contribute to this accumulation, the most common are:

Stress, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, high alcohol consumption, high caffeine consumption, etc.

Unlike damaging laxatives, colonics do not make the bowel lazy. Colonic Irrigation exercises and strengthens the bowel, promoting a return to regular, complete bowel movements.

A clean, healthy and fully functioning bowel could reduce the possibility of you developing bowel cancer, increase energy levels and improve mood and mental clarity, reduce headaches, enhance sleep, improve digestion and absorption of vitamins and minerals, resolve problems such as I.B.S (irritable bowel syndrome), bloating, wind, diarrhea, heartburn, candida, thrush, bad breath, improve skin complexion and conditions, assist in weight balancing and body shaping.

A course of colonics may assist you in losing inches or weight due to the release of stored waste material and gas. The improved environment combined with a good diet will encourage the “good bacteria” to grow, boosting your immune system, bowel health and overall wellbeing.

The use of Colour as a Therapy is a holistic, non-invasive and powerful therapy which dates back thousands of years; evidence of this can be found in ancient texts from India, China and Egypt. Colour is simply light of varying wavelengths and, as such, is a form of energy that is used in Colour Therapy. This light energy affects all living cells. Used in the right way, these different frequencies of light, i.e. colour, can have a profound and healing effect. It is a well know scientific fact that everything has a vibration – we all have our own unique vibration/frequency.  Colour Therapy aims to balance and enhance our body’s energy centres by using the colours of the light spectrum, which can help to stimulate our body’s own healing process.

Colour Therapy can be used for any problem whether, physical, mental, emotional or spiritual for specific problems as well as an overall relaxation therapy. Colour Therapy is safe and effective and can be used either alone or with any other therapy, whether complementary or orthodox medicine – for adults, children, babies and non-human animals alike.

With a holistic approach to healing Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is a non-manipulative technique that aims to alleviate a range of conditions. Every cell in the body expresses what we call Craniosacral Rhythm or Primary Respiration. These are subtle rhythmic motions, tide-like rhythms, and are a direct expression of health in the body. At the core of the body the cerebrospinal fluid, which bathes and cushions the brain and spinal cord, expresses this motion in a tide like ebb and flow. All the other tissues and structures of the body follow their own particular pattern. Craniosacral therapists are trained to listen to the body in such a way that we are able to feel these expressions of the body and get a sense of where the cranial rhythm isn’t expressing itself as it could be.

When we have stress and trauma in our lives, which we all do, our tissues may contract in response to this and remain contracted. We may start to feel fragmented. We may not have the resources to deal with what is happening and so become overwhelmed. This can all affect how our cranial rhythm is expressed in our bodies, and so start to affect our health, physically, mentally and emotionally. A Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist offers a relational touch through presence and spaciousness that duplicates the secure, stable relationships necessary for healthy growth when we are infants. This is the security our brain is looking for. By listening to the body in this way, the body gets to tell its story and feel heard without judgment or expectation. When we are present with someone’s expressions of his or her life force in this way, healing takes place. The Intelligence in the body starts to reorganize the body’s tissues and this can bring about change down to the neural and cellular levels. The body starts to come back to a place of wholeness, rather than fragmentation. Tissues release, fluids flow unrestricted, patterns of holding change in the body. Old trauma patterns held in our tissues resolve. Health is restored.

Every day, we are exposed to toxic substances through what we eat, what we wear, the cleaning supplies we use and pollution in the air we breathe, just to name a few. Using body wraps for detoxification can help eliminate some of those harmful toxins from your body and provide essential vitamins and minerals to your body’s largest and most visible organ — your skin. Detox body wraps use either clay or mud as a base. Clay is able to draw impurities out of the skin naturally and may contain minerals useful for sustaining healthy skin.

The following is a list of a few of the most common ingredients added to the clay or mud base, and how they benefit your skin.

Sea salts: Reduce swelling and act as an exfoliating astringent, helping to draw out toxins, kill bacteria and tighten skin.

Seaweed: Contains vitamins A, B1, C and E; calcium, magnesium and phosphorus; and essential amino acids. These vitamins and minerals absorbed through the skin work together to draw out toxins from the surface of the skin, increase circulation and aid in maintaining the skin’s connective tissue, collagen.

Aloe vera: Soothes, moisturizes and softens the skin while killing fungus and bacteria.

Herbs: Many herbs applied externally or taken internally (by drinking tea, taking supplement capsules or eating as seasoning on food) have detox properties. They are effective for topical detox because skin is capable of absorbing their helpful ingredients.

The greatest benefit of detoxifying your body with wraps is improving the health and appearance of your skin. While it’s true that toxins can be extracted from your body through this process, remember that the benefits of these wraps are only skin-deep. Despite some claims to the contrary, the detoxifying ingredients in body wraps are not able to penetrate beyond your skin, nor draw out toxins from your other organs. For those results, you’ll need to try a detox diet or whole body cleanse.

The Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without the invasiveness of needles. Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while you think about your specific problem – whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc. — and voice positive affirmations. This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the “short-circuit” – the emotional block — from your body’s bioenergy system, thus restoring your mind and body’s balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical disease.

We are all made up of energy. When you break down what you are made up of you will find that:

Your human tissue (body) is made up of cells. Your cells are made up of molecules.

These molecules are made up of atoms. These atoms are made up of protons, neutrons and electrons.

These elements are made up of subatomic particles. When all of these are broken right down to the source you will find that you are made up of fast vibrating energy!

In many Eastern traditions it is well understood that energy needs to flow freely through the body in order for us to maintain a state of balance or homeostasis. When we develop an illness or injury, or when we experience any kind of stress or emotional trauma, the flow of energy is disrupted and can cause a blockage. This blockage can cause illness or add to our feelings of stress and inability to cope with life. We live in a world of energy that nourishes and maintains all living things. When this energy flows uninterrupted there is balance and harmony within and around us, and we experience a sense of wellbeing.

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Meditation is commonly used today for relaxation and stress reduction, and can produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During a guided meditation you may invited to form mental images of places or situations you find relaxing. You try to use as many senses as possible, such as smells, sights, sounds and textures. You may be led through this process by a guide or teacher. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process may result in enhanced physical and emotional wellbeing. The emotional benefits of meditation can include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage your stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions

 Research suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain
  • Sleep problems

Herbalists treat a very broad range of health situations and issues. Herbal medicine is helpful in chronic and long-standing conditions but equally has a place in some acute situations. Herbs can be effective on multiple levels, are non-addictive, present few adverse effects compared with pharmaceutical medicines and are suitable for all ages. Herbal medicine is the practice of using plants in health and illness, in the context of a holistic approach where a full range of factors such as diet and lifestyle are considered in the treatment process. A practice that has been going for such aeons in the history of people and planet that one writer named it ‘the longest clinical trial in human history’. (Stuart, 1979, cited in Gabrielle Hatfield’s Encyclopaedia of Folk Medicine: Old World and New World Traditions, 2004).

Using plants as healing agents takes the approach of supporting, rather than suppressing, our bodies in their function, helping them to work at more optimum levels and regain the balance that is instrumental to health. The herbalist also takes care to explore the background to a person’s health, in order to find ways for you to address imbalance yourself. So we take into consideration elements of the whole life – what you eat and how, lifestyle, emotional and spiritual health. Often there are modifications that you can make to bring changes, before even using the herbs. The herbs are there though for added supportive power should you need it!

Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their specific symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient. Homeopathy is based on the principle that you can treat ‘like with like’, that is, a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat similar symptoms.

When you see a homeopath it’s their job to get a thorough understanding of your health and the exact symptoms you are experiencing, so that they can find a homeopathic remedy which matches you and your symptoms as closely as possible. During this confidential, in-depth ‘case-taking’ process your homeopath will want to know precise details of your current illness, but will also consider other aspects of your health including your past medical history, diet, lifestyle and personality.

Homeopathy is a holistic medicine and as such takes into account all aspects of the individual and their symptoms before making a prescription. This first consultation will usually take between one and two hours, depending on the practitioner. You will be asked many questions and some of them will seem strange for those not used to homeopathy. The practitioner is building up a picture of your unique make up, a bit like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. A follow up consultation will usually be around four weeks, although in some cases it may be sooner. The session can be carried out via the email, Skype or telephone if necessary. The homeopath will ask about changes that have occurred, using their detailed notes as a reference point, before deciding on the next step in your treatment.

Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. Each 1 ½ -hour hot stone massage therapy session promotes deeper muscle relaxation through the placement of smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body. Our professional massage therapists also incorporate a customized massage, with the use of hot stones which offers enhanced benefits.

The premise behind hot stone massage therapy is that the direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to their deeper muscle layers. Combining hot stone protocols with a full body massage provides a very healing and effective experience. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation.

Benefits include:

  • Relief from pain and tension created by strained and contracted muscles
  • Relief from pain associated with chronic conditions, i.e; fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Decrease in pain and muscle spasms
  • Reduction in chronic stress and tension
  • Increases in flexibility in joints, aiding in easier mobility and movement

Iridology has been practiced since history has been recorded. In ancient India, Egypt and China, doctors and priests were making health related diagnoses based on the condition of the iris. Iridology is a safe, non-invasive diagnostic technique that provides a valuable guide to health. The eye reveals body constitution, inherent weaknesses, levels of health and transitions that take place in the body according to the way one lives.

There are thousands of individual fibres present in the iris, and are of infinite variety. Changes appear in the iris before the physical symptom develops, and therefore preventive action may be taken to improve health and avoid those diseases which might otherwise follow. Iridology does not reveal specific diseases because many diseases create similar changes in body tissues.  The iris reflects the condition of the tissues (eg. inflammation, acidity, toxicity, congested lymph, hardened arteries, etc.). Iridology can be an important tool in enabling restoration and maintenance of health through building up our immunity and innate life force.

Kinesiology is a comprehensive system of health care that utilizes manual muscle monitoring feedback – otherwise known as muscle testing – to identify and correct imbalance in the whole person. Kinesiology addresses all aspects of health and wellbeing. Kinesiology is a proven effective method that is grounded in anatomy and physiology and has it’s origins in traditional as well as contemporary medicine. It is completely natural and non invasive, yet profound in its results. An unparalleled feature of Kinesiology is that it allows direct access to our body’s innate wisdom, whereby the cause of imbalance can be detected and our unique and priority healing needs can be established. A key principle is that we all have innate healing energy which aims always to maintain optimal health and equilibrium. Due to varying stressors however, there are often blocks to this healing capacity and the body may then require help in achieving this balance. The body has the wisdom to heal itself, and Kinesiology can access that information in order to assist the natural healing process.

A Health Coach is a supportive mentor and wellness authority who works with you to help you to feel at your best through food and lifestyle changes. Instead of prescribing a type of diet or way of exercising, Health Coaches tailor individualized wellness programs to meet their clients’ needs. Relationships, exercise, career, and spirituality are just as important to your health as the food you eat. Health Coaches understand this and take a holistic approach to supporting the whole person.

The lymphatic system is a vital bodily defence against infection and disease. Lymphatic drainage massage is one of the best things you can do to help your body help itself. The human lymphatic system is, in a sense, the body’s second circulatory system. The tonsils, adenoids, spleen, and thymus are all part of the lymph system. Our lymph nodes are soft, small internal structures located in the armpits, groin, and neck, as well as in the centre of the chest and abdomen. The lymph nodes produce immune cells that fight infection while filtering lymph fluid to remove foreign material. When bacteria or other immune threats are present in lymph, lymph nodes increase production of infection-fighting white blood cells, which can cause the nodes to swell. The lymphatic system has no “pump” of its own to move lymph through the system, as the circulatory system has the heart. Rather, bodily movement and breathing function to move liquid lymph through the vessels and filters of the lymph nodes. For people who get too little exercise and eat too much processed food, the lymphatic system can easily be overtaxed – resulting in a body that is susceptible to infection and disease.

According to a lymph system article (http://www.jonbarron.org/article/optimizing-your-lymph-system) by Jon Barron of the Baseline of Health Foundation, lymphatic massage can increase the volume of lymph flow by as much as 20 times, vastly increasing the system’s ability to remove toxins and infectious materials. Studies have found lymphatic drainage massage to be a medically beneficial form of physical therapy for a range of health problems.

Naturopathic and medical diagnostics are used to assess your current health status, and to establish your unique health picture, and the under laying cause of the condition/s you might be experiencing. Our naturopaths will need to understand your individual profile; diet, how you sleep, and hereditary factors, past and present lifestyle in order to build the picture. We then develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your condition that will enable you to return to full health and creative capacity.

Before the Initial Consultation: You will be emailed a Health Evaluation Form and a Three Day Food Diary to fill in and email back prior to your initial consultation. We also ask you to bring any medications and/or supplements that you are currently taking along with any lab or diagnostic test reports.

Initial Consultation: During the consultation, we go through your Health Evaluation Form in great detail and identify any lab tests that might be needed, create a sound health picture, and then discuss your expectations for your visit and our advice to ensure that your visit is used to greatest effect and provides you with best value.

The initial consultation generally takes around 45 minutes. We can then design a personalised Treatment Plan for your visit that takes into consideration your health care needs and goals.

A comprehensive 1 1/2 hour consultation may be advised, during your stay at Cape South, to achieve a greater profile of your condition and to enable us to provide you with detailed dietary and lifestyle recommendations, meal plans, recipes, nutritional or herbal supplements and, where necessary, recommendation for on-going therapies.

Follow-Up Consultation: For residential clients on wellness retreats, a follow-up consultation is usually scheduled at the end of your visit, and again after 4 weeks. For day clients, a follow up consultation will be proposed between 3 and 6 weeks following your initial consultation, depending on your health condition. Follow-ups allow us to monitor your progress with the treatment plan, provide further support if needed and identify any necessary changes.

Naturopathy is a holistic form of healing that focuses not just on the physical symptoms of illness, but on the health of the whole person. Only when you address the underlying cause of illness can you achieve true healing. Naturopathic treatment stimulates your body’s natural process of healing while supporting and strengthening you. The information gathered from your health history along with the findings from the clinical examination and our extensive professional experience guide us to decide which techniques are best suited to provide you with the best care possible.  Nutritional supplements, dietary recommendations, herbs, flower essences, celloids, and homoeopathy are amongst the modes of treatment. Naturopathy is compatible with standard Western medicine, as well as all forms of alternative healing. Standard Western medicine is excellent for acute situations and life-saving surgery. The techniques influence the nervous system and gently encourage the body to balance and heal.

The major focus of naturopathic nutrition is that everyone is an individual, it takes into account the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the whole person when assessing health problems. Naturopathic nutrition recognises food selection and preparation as a healing art that seeks to address imbalances in the body. By creating the most favourable conditions to stimulate and enhance the body’s natural healing power through diet, lifestyle and possibly supplementation, a naturopathic nutrition practitioner can help people with a range of health problems.

We aim to seek out and advise ways to remove or reduce the cause of disease, rather than simply suppressing the symptoms. We believe in this holistic approach that shifts the view of healthcare from one focused on the management of symptoms to one that aims to improve health and wellbeing; it is one of the fundamental differences between the naturopathic approach and conventional medicine. We seek to assist you to alleviate and prevent ailments by making dietary changes to correct the nutritional and biochemical imbalances that lead to ill health. During the consultation, recommendations are made to restore the balance, which may include guidance on avoiding certain toxins and allergens, detoxification and the use of supplementary nutrients such as high-dose vitamins. The consultation takes about 90 minutes, during which time your current health problems, medical and family history, diet and lifestyle will be assessed. Laboratory tests may be recommended, which give indications of nutritional imbalances, the functioning of the liver and the digestive system. A personalised nutrition and lifestyle plan will then be drafted, which will include dietary recommendations, and may also include a nutritional-supplement plan based on an analysis of the condition and laboratory results.

Phyto essence is the science of plant energy – the use of the infinite energy of plants to restore balance and harmony to people of the world on all levels of consciousness. Spiritual, Mental, Emotional and Physical. Using the vibration of plants for healing is not a new scientific approach. In fact it is timelessly old. For centuries it has been well understood that plants have an extremely important role in our lives. Not only do we live and survive by eating plants but also we use them to restore our bodies to health. It should come as no surprise that the energetic aspect of plants plays a vital role in ensuring healing on a profound and subtle level. This philosophy is an understanding of the inter-relationship between our souls and our being and the physical manifestations which often appear as symptoms of illness.

Many years of research have been conducted into matching the electro-magnetic frequencies of healthy cells to those of plants. Plant energy is captured as a memory by the traditional sun method. Thousands of tree nuts and seeds and plant and flower essences have been gathered from all over the world. We attempt to formulate our phyto essences to match your unique health profile to assist your body, mind and spirit to restore homeostasis and allow you to return to your full vitality.

Reflexology is a therapeutic form of foot massage which stimulates tissues and organs of the body by manipulating the corresponding reflex points on the feet. Reflexology is used for relaxation and stress relief as well as promoting health, blood circulation and lymphatic circulation. By placing pressure on a reflex point this can stimulate the normal function of the corresponding organ involved, for example, the secretion of a hormone. Reflexology is great for pain relief as it interrupts pain pathways and encourages the release of endorphins to ease your aches and pains. Some of the benefits of reflexology are:

Stress reduction – When we are stressed our body’s defences break down and we become more susceptible to illness and disease. By inducing deep relaxation, the nervous system can function normally and the body can return to a state of balance.

Improved nerve function – There are 1000′s of nerve endings in the feet. When neural pathways are impaired, messages are delivered slowly and unreliably. Reflexology encourages the opening and clearing of neural pathways allowing the nervous system to function optimally.

Pain reduction – Reflexology interrupts pain pathways and encourages the release of endorphins easing pain and allowing the body to relax.

Improved circulation – Stress and tension tighten up the cardiovascular system and restrict blood flow causing sluggish circulation. By increasing the state of relaxation, reflexology allows the cardiovascular vessels to conduct the flow of blood naturally and easily.

Improved Immune function – Reflexology stimulates organs of the immune system, and encourages lymphatic flow, thus reducing risk of infection.

Increased Energy – Reflexology opens up energy pathways throughout the body revitalizing and energizing the body giving an improved sense of wellbeing.

Reflexology works on all the different systems in the body such as the reproductive system, digestive system, endocrine system, immune system. By supporting all of the systems in the body Reflexology can assist in many different health conditions and help the body to function at optimum levels.

Relax and rejuvenate your entire body, restoring health, vitality and an improved sense of wellbeing.  Clinical reflexology is customised to your individual needs and health concerns.

Reiki treatment is a process that anyone can enjoy in the normal course of their life. Reiki can be used alongside other conventional or complementary treatment and often helps to provide emotional support during recovery. The system of Reiki was founded in Japan in the early 1900′s by Mikao Usui and has been passed down from teacher to student since this time. It was introduced to the West in the mid 1900′s by Hawayo Takata who was born in Hawaii of Japanese descent. Reiki is most often translated as “universal life force energy” and is pronounced “Ray Key”. It is a combination of two Japanese words, Rei which means “Spirit” or “Universe” and Ki which is “life force energy”.

The healthier we are the more Ki (life force energy) we have flowing through our body. Reiki helps to correct energetic imbalances and blockages within the body. It can be used directly on injuries, illnesses and areas storing emotional trauma. Reiki is a natural, vibrational, hands-on healing practice which utilises the presence of universal life force energy to support the body’s self healing ability. Using the energy our own bodies create, Reiki helps to move the energy to the areas that require it the most.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of energy healing that will leave you feeling deeply relaxed, renewed and at peace. Reiki can help enhance every aspect of your health and wellbeing. Reiki can help with physical injuries and illness, stress, depression, anxiety and emotional traumas.  It can be used to help with physical disease or injury, as part of a stress management programme or simply to help bring you back into balance when you are feeling worn out and stressed.

The method of receiving Reiki is simple. The recipient remains clothed and lies on a couch or sits on a chair and relaxes. The practitioner gently places their hands in a series of non-intrusive positions on or near the body. There is no massage or manipulation. The whole person is treated rather than specific areas. Sessions can take 45 minutes to an hour-and-a-half, depending on the client’s needs.

Each person experiences Reiki differently depending on their individual needs at the time. Clients may or may not feel sensations during a Reiki treatment. Benefits reported by recipients include deep relaxation promoting a calm, peaceful sense of wellbeing on all levels. Some people feel sensations of heat, tingling, or experience seeing colours, whilst others can have an emotional response, indicating that shifts are taking place, allowing harmony to be restored. The benefits of Reiki are as varied as the people who use it. They can range from pain relief, stress reduction, decreased healing time after surgery, more energy, pain relief and many more.

Chanting and mantra recitation have been part of Hindu spirituality and the healing power of yoga for thousands of years. Given the recent interest in mind-body medicine, it’s not surprising that this ancient tradition is experiencing a modern-day renaissance. Sound can set a mood and has a powerful effect on how we feel throughout the day. Whether our conscious minds are paying attention or not, our bodies take their cues from these sounds and rhythms, knowing when to get energized and when to slow down. A growing body of research suggests that when used in a directed way, sound can also help us reduce stress, create a deep sense of wellbeing and even promote healing. From playing Bach in the nursery to yogic chanting in the oncologist’s office, sound therapy is gaining popularity as both a preventative medicine and as a complement to more-traditional treatments. Good for both the mind and the body, it has been shown to help lift depression, clear sinuses and help cancer patients recover more quickly from chemotherapy.

Using the human voice and objects that resonate to stimulate healing (think tuning forks and singing bowls), sound therapy is one of a growing number of subtle-energy therapies that make up the field of vibrational medicine. Sound therapy works more gently – but just as powerfully – to return the body’s own vibrations to their natural states.

Swedish massage is extremely beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension. Swedish massage technique is designed to relax the body by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. It is claimed that this technique may also decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol and boost the immune system. Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching.

Massage is vital for relaxing tight and tense muscles. Many people don’t realise how much a tight muscle impacts on important things such as posture. A tense muscle can throw off your body’s balance. Before long, muscles that were not initially tight begin to tense as they compensate for other parts of the body. This then becomes a chain reaction that can spread far from the initial problem spot.

  • Massage helps to reduce pain by the release of endorphins (also known to elevate the mood).
  • Relieve physical dysfunction – an overly sore muscle cannot function properly.
  • Reducing stress and anxiety by relaxing both mind and body.
  • Creating a feeling of wellbeing and enhanced self-esteem.
  • Improved circulation to the skin, causing increased nutrition to the cells and encouraging regeneration.
  • Enhancing blood flow; delivery of fresh oxygen and nutrients to the tissues is improved and the removal of waste products, toxins and carbon dioxide is hastened via the venous system.
  • Can help temporarily to decrease blood pressure, due to dilation of capillaries.

Tibetan Singing Bowls is an ancient form of sound healing, used for centuries for healing and meditation purposes. The singing bowls create a range of sounds to restore the normal vibratory frequencies of diseased and out-of-harmony parts of the body, mind and soul. The sounds generated by Tibetan Singing Bowls are a type of energy medicine that promote healing from stress disorders, pain, depression, and most forms of disease. Healing processes are initiated through entraining our brainwaves to synchronise with the perfect resonance of the bowls. Unique tones create the perfect state for deep meditation, creative thinking and intuitive messages.

Sound Healing experts say that Tibetan Singing Bowls can have far-reaching implications that occur on emotional and spiritual levels. It is a regenerative process married to a spiritual awakening that can have profound consequences on illness, disease, and all aspects of our lives. The medical director of the Deepak Chopra center in California, Dr. David Simon, found that the sound from Tibetan Singing Bowls as well as chanting are chemically metabolized into ’endogenous opiates’, that act on the body as internal painkillers and healing agents.

Our energy, our circulation, our life itself depends on the expansion and release of our breathing mechanism, the movement we create within our bodies and the constant exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. If our breathing becomes restricted we may limit the effectiveness of this process and this may show up in physical illness, general lack of energy, or feeling emotionally drained or upset.

Indeed restricted breathing can be caused by emotional upset. We hold our breath to prevent ourselves being overwhelmed by our feelings and when this becomes habitual we lose the ability to breathe deeply and connect to our spiritual wellbeing, our relationship to love and joy.

Transformational Breath encourages a full diaphragmatic breath. This, in turn, massages all the organs that come into contact with, or are affected by, the movement of the diaphragm.

Because it encourages a constant, flowing, open breath, the specific breath pattern in Transformational Breath can access blocked areas of emotion without usual holding habits. In this way, past emotional memories held in the body can surface and finally be integrated. With regular, brief periods of practice, the breath will begin to flow more freely at all times and it is common for people to report better health, mental clarity and emotional freedom. Extracts from www.transformationalbreath.co.uk

A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck. Trigger point massage therapy can alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. The recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort. Releasing constricted areas in the muscles will alleviate pain. You may experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment, and if received on a regular basis Trigger Point Therapy can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.

Yoga is a mind-body practice, a physical and mental discipline that may help you achieve peacefulness of body and mind. This can help you relax and manage stress and anxiety. Yoga has many styles, forms and intensities. Hatha yoga is one of the most common styles of yoga, and beginners may like its slower pace and easier movements. The core components of most general yoga classes are:

  • Yoga poses – a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility. Poses range from lying on the floor while completely relaxed to postures that stretch your physical limits.
  • Controlling your breathing is an important part of yoga and can help you control your body and quiet your mind.
  • Meditation may be part of a yoga class and can help you learn to still the mind and become more aware of the present moment without judgement.

 The potential health benefits of yoga include:

  • reduced stress and anxiety, and it can enhance your mood and overall sense of wellbeing.
  • improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength.
  • reduced risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
  • Yoga might also help alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia.

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