The term “holistic” is derived from the Greek word “holos”, meaning “whole”, so holistic therapies aim to treat the “whole person” rather than just the condition.

By taking account of the individual’s lifestyle, their emotions, levels of stress, mental attitude, diet, and past experiences and relationships, I provide a range of therapies to promote a deep sense of relaxation and to provide relief from the stresses of everyday living. I am particularly interested in the ‘holistic’ approach to health and well-being, the connection between the mind, body and the spirit, and how the state of one affects the other. Holistic therapies work on all levels to restore the balance in mind body and soul.

By helping to balance and restore the well-being of the mind, body and spirit, the treatments can benefit those with chronic conditions and can also work alongside conventional medicine to help alleviate symptoms of ill-health and promote a feeling of well-being.

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Massage

Massage is an instinctive human response that when we bump ourselves that we rub it and the ‘ouch’ soon goes away. This basic instinct has been slowly developed over the countless generations into a sophisticated healing art and science.

Swedish massage was invited by a fencing instructor named Per Henrik Ling in the 1930’s. When he was injured in the elbows, he reportedly cured himself using tapping (percussion) strokes around the most affected area. He later developed the technique currently known as Swedish massage.

Swedish massage is the most popular type of massage and involves using the hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health. Active or passive movements of the joints may also be part of the massage.

Indian head massage was developed in ancient India as a form of therapy developed from Ayurvedic medicine. In India it is known as Champissage and has been practised throughout Indian villages for centuries as part of the family grooming process.

The lymphatic system is responsible for helping fluid and waste to leave the body and for regulating the immune function. When the lymphatic system becomes blocked, fluid build builds up and stagnates, causing the entire system to become toxic, making us feel sluggish and more susceptible to viral and contagious disease.

Lymphatic drainage is a delicate form of massage that stimulates the body’s lymphatic system, aiding the body to eliminate waste and toxins, transporting nutrients to the cells thereby providing a boost to the immune system and enhancing the metabolism.

Massage during pregnancy differs from a regular massage in a couple of ways. Positioning during a massage is critical to the safety and well-being of both the mother and the baby she is carrying.

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