Unlike traditional medicine prescribed for a specific illness, holistic medicine is recommended based on your overall physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing.
Holistic therapies both treat the symptoms and look for the underlying causes to heal and create a sense of well-being – helping you to relax and face whatever life throws at you next.
Reiki is a non-intrusive holistic treatment working on the energy levels within your mind, body and spirit and works to restore the balance within.
Originally from Japan, Reiki is a technique used for stress reduction and relaxation as well as promoting healing. Reiki means Universal Life Force Energy.
We all have energy flowing within our body and, through the strains of daily life, this flow can become unbalanced or blocked within the seven main chakras. Low energy makes us susceptible to both stress and illness, and can impact how we deal with situations and people.
The energy flow around our bodies is called Aura. During a treatment the energy is drawn into your body where it is needed to restore the balance and well-being. Reiki will aid the body’s own natural healing ability and encourages deep relaxation and calm and people talk of a ‘wonderful glowing radiance’ post treatment.
I am qualified to the Master/Teacher level of the Reiki Usui Shiki.
Indian head massage
Indian head massage is also known as champissage in India; it is of Hindu origin and is a practice which derives from over a thousand years ago.
This is a traditional treatment which relieves tension, headaches and stress with the massage of the face, neck, scalp and shoulders.
The neck and shoulder massage is followed by a reviving scalp massage which relaxes and stimulates encouraging circulation and bringing with it oxygen and nutrients to revive the brain.
The massage finishes with a soothing face massage which works using pressure points and draining techniques which has helped headaches and sinus problems. This aims to relieve stress and tension in the scalp, face, neck and shoulders. It increases circulation and loosens tight muscles.
Swedish massage is also known as the ‘classic massage’, and the techniques used are designed to improve your circulation, soothe your muscles and make you feel more relaxed.
It works with the nerves, muscles, circulation and glands, while promoting well-being and health. It uses softer strokes on the bonier and more delicate parts of the body, and stronger strokes where there is thicker muscle coverage. This adjustment of pressure makes it an ideal massage for relaxation.
Besides the calming benefits, Swedish massage has found to be for:
- easing muscular strainby flushing out toxins
- improving circulation by increasing oxygen flow in the blood
- helping to keep ligaments and tendons supple
- reducing emotional and physical stress
Hot stones therapy
Many ancient cultures have used the healing power of stones for medicinal and spiritual purposes.
Hot stones therapy is a specialist massage that uses smooth, heated basalt stones which are positioned on the key energy points on the body – along your spine as well as in the palms of your hands, along your legs and between the toes. This evokes an aura of warmth, whilst the deep penetrating heat from the stones are used to massage the body to release muscular tension and balance the spirit. With this massage, one stroke with a warm stone is equivalent to five to ten with the hand.
The combination of hot and cold stones encourages your body to detox and heal through increasing your lymphatic flow and encouraging your body to remove waste products. Typically from river beds, basalt stones are chosen for their rich iron content that retains heat.
The benefits of hot stones massage include:
- relaxing tense muscles
- aiding pain relief
- promoting sleep
- improving circulation
Guided relaxation meditation
Meditation is an ancient and increasingly popular practice of relaxation. As the stress levels of our society become higher so does the number of people looking for a method to relieve that stress.
Meditation is a state of relaxed concentration itcan be as short as a few minutes or as long as several hours. Either way, the purpose is to achieve mental, emotional and physical healing and stress relief. It is possible to use meditation to enhance your personal spirituality, it is not necessary to have a religious background to enjoy the benefits of a meditation practice. Meditation is non religious. A guided meditation involves your guide taking you on a journey of breathing, visualisation and positive affirmations. The overall long term benefits of meditation will see:
- reduced levels of anxiety
- improved sleep
- inner calm
- reduced stress
- promotes emotional wellbeing
- may help with addiction
- pain control
Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you are sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Mindfulness meditation involves breathing methods to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress and allowing your mind to be free and when it wanders, bringing it back gently to focus on your breathing.
Meditation can be done anywhere and at anytime, just find a good place where you will be comfortable and won’t be disturbed and a place with little distraction. Your meditation can be as little or as long as you wish. Even a few minutes, to sit quietly, and taking 6 deep slow breaths can be enough to calm your mind and relax your body.