Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting and manipulating filiform needles into various points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes. The word acupuncture comes from the Latin acus, "needle", and pungere, "to prick". In Standard Chinese, acupuncture is called (zhenbian), or a related word, "zhenjiu", which refers to acupuncture together with moxibustion (a traditional Chinese medicine therapy) According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture points are situated on meridians along which "qi" ( "life energy" ), flows.
The Pilates method and principles encompass an exercise system unlike any other. It can be described as an unique method of body conditioning, combining a low-impact and safe approach to realign, elongate and strengthen the whole body, restore muscle balance and flexibility, acquire effective breathing and core stability, thus preventing and relieving long standing postural aches and pains.
Massage is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance the function and promote relaxation and well-being. The word comes from the French massage "friction of kneading", or from Arabic massa meaning "to touch, feel or handle" or from Latin massa meaning "mass, dough". In distinction the ancient Greek word for massage was anatripsis, and the Latin was frictio. Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure-structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving - tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles , tendons , ligaments , skin , joints , or other connective tissue , as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system . Massage can be applied with the hands , fingers , elbows, knees , forearm , and feet. There are over eighty different recognized massage modalities. The most cited reasons for introducing massage as therapy have been client demand and perceived clinical effectiveness. In professional settings massage involves the client being treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair , or lying on a mat on the floor. The massage subject may be fully or partly unclothed . Parts of the body may be covered with towels or sheets.
Herbal Medicine has been practiced for centuries and continues to be the main form for 80% of the world's poulation. Increasingly, scientific research is showing the efficacy of the complex chemistry of plants. Our practice uses the finest organically sourced plant based on remedies. We believe in combining the best of modern herbal research with the wisdom of accient systems like Ayurveda.
Naturopathy recognizes that the mind, body and spirit are interconnected and need to be in balance for optimum health. Imbalances within us are expressed as disease. We are affected by inherited tendencies and the environment we live in. Naturopathy seeks to strenghten the body's own powerful healing forces through detoxification and nutritional therapies alongside botanical medicines and lifestyle improvements.
Hypnotherapy We all go into an hypnotic trance several times a day - such as when we are going to sleep and when we are waking up, when we concentrate on watching a TV programme or arrive home and cannot remember the drive or journey.
Hypnosis can be used to bypass the 'critical faculty' of the human mind so that more positive suggestions can be introduced into the subconscious that will better serve the hypnotic subject in their daily life.
Our critical factor comes into play when we experience our very earliest thoughts so that our self-image is formed by the age of four. Our conscious minds cannot remember or retain every single memory or piece of information that we are presented with on a daily basis, so the 'critical faculty' in our conscious mind rejects things that the unconscious mind is not prepared to accept.
These include all the things that do not fit in with our belief systems, so that if we hold a belief, for example, that we are not intelligent, any praise on about how bright we are or any of the clever things that we have done will be filtered out. It is much more difficult to get a person to change their view of themselves purely through addressing the conscious mind, so this is where hypnotherapy really helps by directly addressing the unconscious mind.
Reflexology Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy. It is a wonderfully relaxing therapy which helps you unwind and regain a natural balance. Reflexology may be one of the ways to mitigate the stresses of modern life. It is a natural therapy which restores health and well-being through stimulating the body's own healing mechanisms.
Reiki is a spiritual practice developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui that uses a technique commonly called palm healing as a form of complementary and alternative medicine and is sometimes classified as oriental medicine by some professional bodies. Through the use of this technique, practitioners believe that they are transferring healing energy in the form of ki through the palms
FitBack & Bumps is an Ante and Post Natal Educational Exercise Programme run by Chartered Physiotherapists. It brings mums and mums-to-be together to share pregnancy experiences and will help you to: - Exercise safely during and after your pregnacy. - Reduce the aches and pains associated with pregnancy. - Reduce stress incontinence by strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. - Reduce pelvic and back pain by strengthening your core. - Flatten your tummy after pregnancy. - make new friends and share your pregnancy experiences.
SPORTS & EXERCISE MEDICINE -Designated an NHS specialty in 2005, Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) is the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sport and exercise injuries and musculoskeletal conditions.