Acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practiced in China and other Eastern countries for over 3,000 years. It is based upon principles which aim to achieve balance and harmony within the body. Needles are gently inserted into carefully selected points on the channels of the body to stimulate the healing process. Acupuncture is now incorporated into NHS services. Some of the conditions that can be treated by Acupuncture are: Stress, anxiety, panic attacks, weight loss, fertility issues, back pain, insomnia, migraines and addiction.
Osteopathy is a system of healing which realigns the musculo-skeletal system through massage and manipulation, allowing the body to heal itself. After a comprehensive case history + examination, a diagnosis, prognosis + treatment plan will be provided.
Mother and Baby Osteopathy
Mother and baby osteopathy can see women through both pre and post-natal complications including gestational diabetes, pelvic girdle pain/symphysis pubis dysfunction, birth after cesarean and breech presentation, making this time in a woman’s life an enjoyable and healthy experience. Benefits of these gentle treatments are felt by both mum and the baby equally. After birth, the treatments can help to relieve symptoms of colic, reflux, feeding issues, tongue tie, sleep problems and more.
Cupping has been used for thousands of years and is an important part of Chinese medicine. It is a method of creating a vacuum on the patient’s skin using warm glass cup to dispel stagnation and improve Qi (energy) flow. It is a great treatment for headaches, pains and aches, relieving tension and more.
Medical acupuncture is a form of dry needling (acupuncture) where the needles are inserted in painful and tight points in the muscles to alleviate pain, improve flexibility and prevent injuries. The main difference between medical acupuncture (Western) and Chinese Acupuncture (Eastern) in that medical acupuncture is focused on helping with skeleto-muscular complaints, looking at muscle restrictions and trigger points, where’s Chinese acupuncture is based on Qi and energy flow and looks at the whole person. The Medical Acupuncture session consists of taking client’s medical history, examination regarding current pain condition, to make sure the appropriate dosage of acupuncture needles is used, and discussing the treatment plan with the client. Medical acupuncture can help with most acute and chronic pain conditions (such as lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain, headaches and migraine, knee pain, tennis elbow and others) The session length typically is 60min but follow up 30 min sessions can be very effective if necessary.
deep tissue massage
This is a massage technique that works on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. Similar to Swedish massage, deep tissue massage uses slower, firmer strokes and pressure than other treatments. It involves deep finger pressure that concentrates on particular areas and follows or goes across the fibres of muscles and tendons. Deep tissue massage is a blanket term that describes a number of different therapies and is often used medically by physiotherapists and chiropractors.
Deep tissue massage helps to refresh and relax muscles, increasing the blood flow and therefore the oxygen flow around the body. This gets rid of toxins in very sore and strained muscles, which helps them to strengthen and heal.
Deep tissue massage is often used to treat people who are recovering from accidents and for sports injuries as it increases blood circulation in muscles that are underused, relieves chronic muscle tension throughout the body and can also break down scar tissue as well as “knots” deep in the muscles.
manual lymphatic drainage
A gentle technique that works through the body’s fluid system to activate the circulation of the tissues and stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems. These subtle manual manoeuvres activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation, reducing oedemas and detoxifying the body. Some of the disorders that can be treated with manual lymphatic drainage are; fluid retention conditions, swollen tissue conditions, arthritis, sinus problems, sprains and injuries (where manual lymphatic drainage is a very useful adjunct to physiotherapy).
Fascia is a tough tissue that surrounds every muscle, bone, organ, nerve, + blood vessel in the body. Myofascial release is a highly effective form of structural bodywork which seeks to create good function by undoing fascial restrictions, which may have occurred from injury, inflammation, as well as over time from poor postural habits or repetitive motion. Therapist works using slow, steady pressure with minimal oil or lotion, locking into the restricted tissue until release occurs. Therapist may use subtle or indirect work, deep and direct work, as well as active or passive client movement. Myofascial release creates greater mobility and function, relieves pain, gives new freedom to movement and a sense of ease and space within the body.
This therapy is a mix of trigger point therapy, myofascial release and muscl energy technique.This therapy brings balance to the nervous and muscular-skeletal systems to alleviate pain and return injure tissues to normal function. A holistic approach, it utilizes specific, targeted soft tissue treatment, flexibility stretching and self-care to eliminate the causes of most muscular aches and pains.
soft tissue therapy + therapeutic massage
Soft tissue therapy is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons and ligaments. it’s applicable for anybody wishing to guard against or recover from soft tissue injury.
sports + remedial massage
Sports + Remedial Massage involves the use of massage, soft tissue manipulation + exercise advice to reduce physical aches + pains, whether they’re caused by sport, injury, or simply the stresses of modern life. People all over the world are discovering its wide ranging benefits which can also help a variety of medical conditions. It addresses specific areas of tension within soft tissue to help facilitate muscle balance + postural health.
thai yoga massage
Thai Yoga Massage works to stimulate, open + balance the flow of energy through the sen lines to assist the body in its natural tendency towards self-healing. This is achieved through rhythmic manipulation of sen lines; mobilization of joints; passive stretches + applied Hatha Yoga asanas. Thai Massage balances the elements of the mind + body.
Tui Na is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with Acupuncture, Cupping and Chinese Herbalism. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques, Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of energy or “Qi” through the body’s system of energy channels, allowing the body to naturally heal itself.