Acupuncture

Therapists: Tracey Bramham, Sue Church


Traditional Acupuncture is part of the traditional medicine of China and has been practised for over 2000 years and now is widely practised in the West. Acupuncture helps to reinstate our own innate healing capabilities which often become exhausted. In addition, acupuncture is used a preventative medicine to promote good health which is seen as more than just an absence of disease.

Although acupuncture can be effective with specific conditions the treatment focuses on the person rather than the illness. During treatment, fine, disposable needles are inserted into the skin/energetic channel of the body releasing emotional and physical blocks as well as supporting any deficiency. Diet and lifestyle are also discussed.

Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of numerous conditions including headaches, migraines, digestive problems, menstrual disorders, aches and pains, bell's palsy, asthma, hay fever, stress, tiredness, depression and anxiety, panic attacks, ME, fibromyalgia, arthritis, back pain, ulcerative colitis, IBS. high-blood pressure, menopausal symptoms, fertility problems. pregnancy, pain in childbirth, sinus problems, autoimmune diseases, and any collection of strange symptoms, problems with scars, blood sugar imbalance, diabetes, fascitis.


Alexander Technique

Therapist: Anne Lammar


The Alexander Technique was developed a century ago and is now scientifically recognised throughout the world as a powerful method of dealing with physical and mental stress, encouraging personal growth and transformation. It is a way of becoming more aware of balance, posture and movement in everyday activities. Most of us have learned habits which interfere with our natural poise, coordination and functioning.

The role of the Alexander Teacher is to re-educate the whole body using gentle guidance with the hands and subtle thought processes. This helps unravel our inappropriate responses and encourages the natural reflexes to work again.


Art Mindfulness

Therapist: Dorota Hrycak




This is a series of six two-hour workshops promoting mindfulness and creativity through painting and other artistic activities. Over the duration of the course you will have the time and space for personal reflection and development. We will also use this space to connect to harmony and beauty, to colour and shape, utilising the natural desire to create, in order to support spiritual growth. Creative and explorative sessions will be integrating therapeutic artistic activities with mindfulness and meditative practices. This allows for a flow of creative energy which is spontaneous, free and non-judgemental to help bring you to the present moment, and distance yourself from the stress of day to day life, making you more aware and attentive, peaceful and quiet. This is a vibrant and nourishing journey to self-development and understanding. No previous experience in art or meditation is needed. The Workshops are open to all wanting to express themselves through colour.


The fee includes all art materials and equipment.


 Further details on: dorotahk@yahoo.co.uk






BodyTalk

Therapist: Alexandra Dominique Datwyler



BodyTalk acknowledges the profound influence the psychology of the body has on our health. We think of psychology as only relating to the mind, however, every part of the body has specific emotions and beliefs that are associated with it. These underlying emotions and beliefs as well as any contributing environmental, biochemical and ancestral factors must also be addressed for dis-ease to be resolved. BodyTalk seeks to address the “whole person” meaning no aspect of the human experience should be overlooked.



The beauty of BodyTalk is that it provides insights into the areas of your bodymind that need attention and in what priority and sequence they need to be addressed. BodyTalk helps you to appreciate how disease develops and why it is maintained. Then, with the use of structured intuition, biofeedback and a variety of non-invasive techniques, the BodyTalk practitioner helps to reestablish better communication within the body and refocus your body’s natural healing response.



What might seem like an obvious problem to you is not necessarily the one your body needs to have addressed first. Each session is completely individualised for each person.



If you’d like to know more about BodyTalk or discuss your requirements, e-mail youhappyfirst@yahoo.co.uk or call Alexandra on 07504 750869.



Bowen Technique

Therapist: Sue Church


The Bowen Technique is a fast and effective body treatment which operates within a holistic framework. It is safe to use on anyone, from the new born to the aged and immobile, and produces lasting relief from pain and discomfort.

A treatment involves the application of sequences of moves on the body carried out in a very specific and systematic manner. There is no forceful manipulation, rather cross-fibre manoevering of muscle, tendon, ligment or nerve, using varying degrees of pressure and incorporating resting periods to allow the body to respond.

The Bowen Technique stimulates circulation, encourages lymphatic and venous drainage, promotes assimilation of nutrients and elimination of toxins, increases joint mobility and improves posture.

The Bowen Technique works extremely well in most conditions including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Knee, hip and ankle pain, tight hamstrings
  • Sciatica, tight, stiff or frozen shoulder
  • Tennis and golfers elbow
  • RSI and Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • TMJ - jaw problems
  • Lymphatic drainage problems
  • Shin pain
  • Cramps
  • Coccyx
  • Pins and needles and numbness
  • Facial pain, bells palsy
  • Colic in babies


Coaching

Therapists: Jade Amma, Nigel Burgan



Coaching is a skill whereby the coach will help take the client from where they are to where they want to be, through effective use of questions and various tools, exploring the options available, then producing a workable plan of action, holding the client accountable along the journey in a supportive and non judgemental way.



In the UK coaches do not tell you what to do and coaching should not be confused with other disciplines such as consulting, mentoring or counselling.



Counselling

Therapists: Lauren Carter, Richard Potts, Poospah Riley


Counselling is a contractual arrangement by which a practitioner regularly meets a client, in privacy and confidence, to explore distress the client may be experiencing. This may be a difficulty; their dissatisfaction with life; or loss of a sense of direction or purpose. Counselling and psychotherapy will help you make decisions but a practitioner will not tell you what to do.

Through exploration you will gradually become clearer about the choices you are currently making. These insights will help you to make more informed decisions about the way you choose to go forward.

Different therapists work from different perspectives - you can find out more at www.bacp.co.uk (seeking a therapist, theoretical approaches).

A person-centred approach highlights the self-healing capacity within us all, and the quality of the therapeutic relationship. An existential approach is concerned with searching for ways to live a more meaningful life within the constraints of being human.


Counselling Psychology

Therapist: Patrick Walford


Counselling Psychology is a speciality within professional psychology that maintains a focus on facilitating personal and interpersonal functioning across the life span. The speciality pays particular attention to emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related, developmental, and organisational concerns.

The practice of Counselling Psychology encompasses a broad range of culturally-sensitive practices that help people improve their well-being, alleviate distress and maladjustment, resolve crises, and increase their ability to both normal developmental issues and problems associated with physical, emotional, and mental disorders. The specialisation holds a unique perspective in the broader practice-based areas of psychology.



Craniosacral Therapy

Therapist: Anne Lammar


Caniosacral Therapy is an extremely gentle hands on therapy using no manipulation. At the core of the body the cerebrospinal fluid which bathes and cushions the brain and spinal cord, expresses a motion in a tide-like ebb and flow. This moves the bones of the skull and is reflected in the organs and all the structures of the body. However, congestions and restrictions in the body's functioning show up in the way that this craniosacral motion is expressed.

Treatment is comprised of this gentle listening touch, which is both diagnostic and therapeutic. It assists the release of compression and stress in tissues, bones, organs, fluids and the nervous system, towards a higher level of functioning and a revitalisation of the mechanism as a whole.

Craniosacral therapy is safe and suitable for people of all ages, even in fragile or acutely painful conditions. Injuries, birth trauma, colic, learning difficulties, exhaustion, migraines, backpain, dental trauma, ME symptoms, etc., all react favourably to this treatment.


Deep Tissue Massage

Therapist: Alexandra Dominique Datwyler


Deep Tissue massage is designed to relieve pain and muscle tension throughout the body. This type of massage is extremely beneficial because it reaches the deepest layer of muscles, fascia (connective tissue surrounding the joints) and tendons. The goal in Deep Tissue massage is to breakdown adhesions (tense areas within the muscle). Adhesions in the muscle are very important to address because they cause pain, inflammation and limit motion of the muscles and joints.


Deep Tissue massage may be done with 3 and 6 fingers, reinforced fingers, a flat elbow, opposing thumbs, the heel of the hand or foot and the forearm.


Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage


  • Alleviate pain Recover from injuries (sports, traumatic, whiplash, falls, etc.)

  • Increase mobility

  • Decrease muscle tension

  • Recover from repetitive stresses (sports, computer use, lifting, etc.)

  • Improve Posture Relief from Osteoarthritis Relief from Fibromyalgia


EFT Emotional Freedom Technique

Therapists: Nigel Burgan, Philip Gowler, Poospah Riley



EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique, also called the "Tapping Technique", is a new discovery and a fast evolving treatment within the field of meridian energy techniques which has proven to be very effective in holistic healing.


In the technique tapping is performed on acupuncture points (points which lie on energy channels called meridians) in order to release blockages within a person's energy field. It is believed that when energy is blocked in any part of the body it affects the harmonious flow of energy throughout the whole system; body, mind and spirit. This disruption in the flow of energy can then result in disease (dis-ease) and, if not dealt with, can eventually develop into serious physical or mental illness. By tapping on the acupuncture points the blocked energy, wherever it is, is released thus allowing natural healing to take place, restoring harmony and balance in mind, body and spirit.





Hypnotherapy

Therapists: Jade Amma, Nigel Burgan



Hypnotherapy is a form of complementary therapy where by the therapist will guide the client into an altered state of consciousness usually through various relaxation techniques. This state is called hypnosis.

Whilst the client is in this state they will find that the conscious mind is relaxed and the subconscious mind is actually in a heightened state of awareness.

The skilled therapist will now essentially talk to the subconscious mind to help the client achieve their desired outcome.

Most people find it very relaxing and are surprised that they are still fully aware of their surroundings during the session.

Hypnotherapy is regularly used to help clients alleviate fears and phobias, weight loss, stopping smoking , improving confidence or maybe just to sleep better.





Indian Head Massage

Therapists: Alexandra Dominique Datwyler, Caroline Smith



Concentrating on the upper part of the body, including the back, shoulders and arms, as well as the head and neck IHM is given with the client clothed and seated. It is a holistic treatment similar in effects to other forms of massage providing many physiological and psychological benefits. It is a valuable treatment for stress and after treatment the client will feel an improvement in their whole system.



Life Coaching

Therapist: Jade Amma


A Life Coach is someone who will help you get, and stay, motivated to change an area of your life, as well as teach you the skills needed to achieve it. It is very practical and will help you stay focused on what you want to change, whilst also helping to remove what stops from achieving the life you dream of. In essence it is about helping you get the most out of yourself and your life - like a sport coach who will help an athlete be the best they can be.

Life Coaches have different experience, training and specialities so it is important that you find the right one for you before you begin; once you do, the results can be quite spectacular.


NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming

Therapists: Nigel Burgan, Philip Gowler


Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)


NLP is devoted to discovering how to think, and communicate effectively with yourself and others. It gives us the tools to unlock our minds and free them up, it has been used for many years now not just as a therapy but also as a way to coach success in all walks of life.


NLP draws on best practice from a wide range of disciplines such as psychiatry and psychology, hypnotherapy, neuroscience, life coaching, linguistics, counselling, and education. NLP can therefore provide a variety of solutions and techniques which makes it a very flexible and proven therapeutic solution.


Neuro: concerns your neurological system. We experience the world through our senses and that sensory information gets translated into thought processes, both conscious and unconscious. These thought processes activate the neurological system which affects our physiology, emotions and behaviour.


Linguistic: refers to the way we use language to make sense of the world, how we capture and conceptualise experience and how we communicate that experience to others, not only through our words and tone of voice, but also through our body language.


Programming: this shows how we code or mentally represent our experiences. It includes our internal processing and thinking patterns that we use to make decisions, solve problems, learn, evaluate and get results.


NLP shows you how to recode your experiences and organise your internal programming so that you can get the outcome you want and get rid of behaviours or thought patterns that you don’t want.






Nutritional Therapy

Therapist: Priya Kannath


Nutritional therapy is the application of evidence based nutritional science and nutritional medicine in promotion of optimum health. Nutritional therapy intends to support prevention or cure of diseases or helps to alleviate symptoms through dietary and lifestyle modifications. It helps to improve overall health and well-being by addressing imbalances and improving immunity. The aim of nutritional therapy is to treat underlying causes rather than treating symptoms.

Nutritional therapy can be helpful for a range of conditions including:

Difficulty in losing weight, Lack of energy, Fatigue, Food intolerances and Allergies, Diabetes, High cholesterol , High blood pressure, Premenstrual Syndrome , Menopause, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Wind, Bloating, Fibromyalgia, Candida , Intestinal permeability, Arthritis, Asthma, Sinusitis, Hay fever, Migraine, skin conditions such as Eczema, Acne, Psoriasis etc.



Prenatal & Birth Trauma Therapy

Therapist: Anne Lammar


This is a therapeutic process developed by Dr Ray Castellino collaborating with William Emerson & Franklin Sills. The work is based on Ray’s 30 years' experience as a natural health care practitioner, consultant and teacher; helping babies, children and adults heal their pre-natal and birth trauma. In addition to this, the process has the principal impact of encouraging loving bonding within primary relationships.

It is a process that anyone of any age can experience. By using subtle energy awareness, empathy and incorporating craniosacral techniques, the therapist helps find the unexpressed or unrecognised movement patterns and emotions.

Mirroring and reflecting these back, this inspires the inherent wisdom in each of us to heal itself and resolve the trapped energy from these traumas. This proactive treatment can help heal the pain before it manifests itself in present day functioning and so prevent full expression of our potential.


Psychic Readings

Therapist: Caroline Smith



This is a complex process with different levels of communication involved; from interpretation of the Aura or energy field, to communication with Spirit helpers and Guides. Past lives may also be visited. Although Information received may be unexpected as the focus will be on the needs of the sitter there is opportunity for specific questions to be asked during the reading.


Qi Kung Yin Tuina Massage

Therapist: Sue Church


This is a form of Chinese massage using the same principles for diagnosis as used in Acupuncture but using the hands to clear blockages and strengthen the inner body.

This massage can be helpful for most conditions as used in Acupuncture and Shiatsu. See Acupuncture and Shiatsu.


Reflexology

Therapists: Sue Church, Caroline Smith, Caroline Smith


We know that the early Chinese, Indians and Egyptians worked on the feet to promote good health. Today, many of the same techniques have been developed into a modern scientific method called Reflexology.

There are energy zones that run through the body, and reflex areas in the feet that correspond to all major organs, glands and body parts. The therapist works on the feet, applying pressure with the thumb and fingers.

Reflexology is very effective for conditions brought about by the stresses of modern life.


Reiki

Therapists: Nigel Burgan, Sue Church, Alexandra Dominique Datwyler


REIKI


Reiki is a Japanese form of hands-on stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the principle that we all have energy flowing through our bodies, which sometimes becomes stuck or damaged. These blockages can be caused by physical illness, negative thinking or difficult experiences. Reiki aims to remove these blockages and to restore a healthy flow of energy. Most people feel physically and mentally very relaxed after a session, although sessions can bring up suppressed emotions, helping to release pent-up feelings. For a few hours after a session, and sometimes a few days, you may feel more emotional. Eventually your feelings will stabilise. This process should feel very cleansing and cathartic. Some people report heightened perception following sessions – perhaps feeling able to see more clearly or better able to notice sounds and smells. Reiki can also help with pain reduction.


Clothed, you will either lie down or sit upright on a chair with your eyes closed. Reiki healers place their hands on or above various locations on your body to perform the Reiki healing. The session will be conducted in silence. It is recommended that immediately following a session you drink plenty of water and try to take some time out.




Shiatsu

Therapists: Sue Church, Mira Mahoney


Shiatsu has its origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Touch is the essence of Shiatsu. The Patient lies on a comfortable mat on the floor, fully clothed and through the medium of touch self-healing can be healed.

Physically, Shiatsu stimulates the circulation of blood, the flow of lymphatic fluid and the activity of the nervous system. This can release toxins, deep-seated emotions and tensions from the muscles and encourages the hormone system into more balanced activity.

At a more subtle level, Shiatsu enables the receiver to relax deeply to get in touch with his own body's healing ability and gain a greater sense of calmness and well-being.

Shiatsu :-

· assists recovery from injury, major diseases or surgery· reduces the effects of stress (the cause of many modern problems)

· treats insomnia, migraines, digestive disorders, menstrual irregularities

· alleviates tension in the body and mind, aches, pains, anxiety and depression

· strengthens the immune system

· helps restore good posture, muscles and joint pain.

· indicates the cause of any particular of discomfort on a deep level.

· helps you get in touch with your own body and feelings

· creates a space to relieve a busy mind


Swedish Massage

Therapist: Alexandra Dominique Datwyler



The classic Swedish massage is deep and very soothing for tired muscles. This massage is used for specific problems as well as to prevent injuries occurring.  Therapeutic stretching is included for a better result of the treatment. Are you feeling stressed or have a lack of energy in daily life? Then choose a soothing and relaxing massage for your well-being. The massage treatment will be adjusted to what you most need at the time.

Swedish Massage is not only a powerful antidote to stress; it is also an excellent means of enhancing overall feelings of well being. It helps to boost the immune system, preventing illness, and when used regularly it contributes significantly to the quality of life. The beneficial effects of massage include;

· easing of stiff and aching muscles

· stimulating circulation

· alleviating stress and tension

· reducing fatigue and insomnia

· stimulating the body's natural healing processes



Thai Traditional Deep Tissue Massage

Therapists: Atchara Willmott, Atchara Willmott




Thai Massage is one of the four branches of Traditional Thai medicine. This is a healing technique that was practised before doctors. The massage involves deep tissue massage and yoga like stretching and it takes place on the floor on a firm mattress or a mat. It is a therapeutic procedure that provides relaxation and restores healthy blood circulation. It is a traditional treatment for improving flexibility, relieving stress and tension, and for the treatment of back pain, stiff neck, shoulder pain, and sports injuries including muscle and tendon strain.




Traditional Thai Massage technique is known as the most holistic type of therapy. It combines modern scientific knowledge of anatomy of physiology with the disciplines of traditional oriental medicine. It employs combinations of rhythmic acupressure, body rocking and deep assisted stretches to relieve muscular tension and enables more blood to be carried throughout the body. A number of gentle techniques are carried out using the feet, knees, elbows, palms, forearms and thumbs. Treatment generally falls into one of two categories; full body routines and localised therapy and may last between 30 minutes to 2 hours.



Timeline Therapy

Therapist: Philip Gowler


Timeline© Therapy


When asked to think about how we perceive time, we tend to mentally see time as a line, with our past on one side and future on the other, and ourselves standing in or near the Timeline in the ‘now’. If you have negative emotions or beliefs now, then there would have been a specific time in the past when we acquired that emotion or belief, which also means there was a time when we didn’t have it. By allowing our mind to travel back before the emotion or belief was created, we can see that it has in fact no useful value. In fact, that negative emotion has had an equally negative effect on our life right from the moment we acquired it. Recognising this, we can then let go of it, and in so doing we can actually see and feel that negativity removing itself from our timeline right up until the present, and that it will have no power over us in the future. Imagine how empowering it feels to let go of years of anger or guilt, or sadness.


Timeline© therapy is also excellent for setting goals. If we place a future goal in our timeline and make that picture as vivid and sensory rich as possible, it will create such an impression on our unconscious mind that we will not only work towards that goal consciously, we will do it unconsciously. Therefore we are much more likely to succeed.





Transpersonal Psychotherapy

Therapist: Richard Potts


“Psychotherapy” literally means “mind healing”. Psychotherapy is a relationship in which the therapist works with clients to help them understand themselves, their lives and their difficulties more clearly. While many perspectives have emerged in the field of Psychotherapy in the 20th Century it is possible to identify four major viewpoints: the psychoanalytic, the behaviourist, the humanistic and the transpersonal.

Transpersonal Psychotherapy can help clients in the same way as any other type of therapy, as it encompasses the understanding and methods of the earlier orientations. In addition the transpersonal approach works with the client to help them (re)discover their spirit, and to experience the deep essential core of themselves – who they really are.

Transpersonal psychology believes that behind the masks, culturally conditioned beliefs and roles of each individual lies a deeper state of being that transcends individual identities, and that the individualised self or persona is only one manifestation of this deeper Self. Transpersonal counselling and psychotherapy works on the fundamental principle of building and expanding on people's strengths or 'qualities'.

There are many problems that can be helped by transpersonal psychotherapy. Some of these include depression, relationship difficulties, low self esteem, anger management, bereavement, loss and grief, addictions and abuse.