Definitions


22 Strand DNA

22 Strand DNA Activation is carried out by a practitioner who has attended the designated training programme. It is considered to be an activation of spiritual empowerment and that the outcome of this is to activate your divine blueprint, help one understand one's life purpose and awaken gifts within.


Acupressure

Acupressure is part of Chinese medicine and is based on the same principle as Acupuncture though without the use of needles. The same pressure points are stimulated along the meridians of the body to dispel energy blockages and to allow the body to heal itself and return to optimum condition. The aim is to treat the body as a whole. The techniques used not only initiate a self healing process but may also bring about profound relaxation of body, mind and spirit.


Acupuncture

Acupuncture is part of an ancient and sophisticated form of treatment which originated in China, but which has increasingly spread throughout the world. It involves the insertion of extremely fine, hair-like, pre-sterilized, stainless steel needles at pre-determined points on the body surface, known as acupuncture points, to restore internal health. Acupuncture may therefore bring the body into balance and assist the healing process through the regulation of qi - energy, blood and fluid in the body. Acupuncture may remove blockages, stimulate the immune system, harmonise emotion, improve blood flow, reduce pain and inflammation and stimulate healing in the body's tissues. Acupuncture can be used alone or combined with other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment such as herbal medicine or Chinese massage called tui na or it may be used in conjunction with other complementary therapies such as osteopathy. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and very different to the needles used when, for example, having blood taken. Generally the client feels little or no discomfort. Licensed acupuncturists are required to work within clear standards relating to hygiene and safety thus providing protection against the transmission of infectious diseases. The acupuncture needles used in treatment are pre-sterilised, single use and disposable.


Alexander Technique

Alexander Technique is a system of body awareness designed to promote wellbeing by ensuring minimal effort in maintaining postures and carrying out movements. It is not a series of treatments or exercises but rather a re-education of mind and body to change movement habits of our everyday life. The technique is taught using both verbal and physical guidance. Some of the outcomes of practicing the technique may be improved posture and movement and a reduction in musculo skeletal conditions. It's founder originally developed it to alleviate throat and vocal distress.


All Love

The overall purpose of ALL LOVE is spiritual growth and healing through love. ALL LOVE is based on the premise that everything in our world is vibration. The brain is our master controller and emits vibrations in the form of brain waves. The aim of ALL LOVE is therefore help a person create and maintain healthy brain waves. By learning how to vibrate at a higher frequency it is believed that this has the potential to balance emotions, physical body, spiritual health and mental processes.


Allergy testing

Allergy tests are any of several different methods of testing used to determine whether a person is allergic to substances such as food, mould, pollens, animals, penicillin, chemicals and venom. There are several different forms of allergy tests such as skin tests, hair analysis, elimination tests, blood tests and muscle testing used by kineseologists. A range of complementary therapists may be trained to administer a particular type of allergy test.


Angel Healing

Angel healing is a concept which involves communication and connecting with angels and archangels. The idea behind angel healing is that by establishing communication and connecting with angels and their energy source it becomes possible to identify, transform and heal a wide range of ailments. It is possible to attend courses aimed at helping a person to connect with the angels. However, some angel healers believe they facilitate healing of their client by connecting with the angels on their client's behalf.


Angel Therapy

Angel Therapy is a non denominational healing method which involves working with a person's guardian angels and archangels with the aim of healing every aspect of that person's life. Angel Therapy may also help a person to receive divine guidance from the Creator and from angel's. Angel Therapy and Angel practitioner are trademarked worldwide as registered terms. Animal Therapy Animal therapy uses animals to help heal adults and children. A wide range of animals may be used including dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, birds and dolphins. Animal therapy is most commonly used to help people heal emotionally and physically. The nature of the persons condition will determine how the animal is used to help heal an adult or child.


Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy uses essential oils and similar aromatic compounds extracted from plants in order to improve the client's mood, cognitive function and overall health and wellbeing. Having taken a case history, the aromatherapist chooses oils selected for the client's individual needs and these are generally applied using massage techniques. In the hands of a professional aromatherapist, this therapy can be used to improve various symptoms. Many clients report that aromatherapy massage brings about deep relaxation.


Art Therapy

The desire and aim of Art Therapy is to enable the client to effect change and growth on a personal level and to discover a healthier sense of self. It is a non threatening therapy which provides an alternative to those who struggle with language to express what they are feeling. No artistic skills are required, just an openness to creativity and spontaneity. The therapist usually provides a number of art materials such as paint, pencils, pastels, crayons, clay, collage materials and puppets. Therapy is carried out in confidential one to one and group settings by a qualified art therapist and it is suitable for children, teenagers and adults.


Ashtanga Yoga

Yoga is a practice that aims to unite the mind, body and soul and it has many benefits for physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Ashtanga Yoga is one of many styles of Yoga involving a series of poses performed sequentially beginning with the sun salutations. Movements are linked to the breath and the poses move continually and quickly. It is a vigorous form of Yoga and, as such, this may build flexibility, strength, stamina and concentration.


Astrology

Astrology is the study of the correlation between celestial objects such as stars and planets and earthly events. It is believed that the configuration of planets and stars at the moment of birth determines one's inclinations, strengths and weaknesses. This information may therefore be used by an astrological counsellor or astrologist to help a person better understand and respond to life issues, specific situations and also to provide a forewarning of possible pitfalls in life.


Aura Photography

Aura Photography, otherwise known as Kirlian photography, is used to transfer a person's aura onto a photograph. The practitioner uses a specialized camera to take the photograph in order to give the person a visual representation of their aura. The aura is created by the body's vibrations which the aura camera shows as colours. Once a photograph is taken the meaning of the colours may be interpreted by a colour specialist with the aim of giving the client a deeper insight into their emotional state and overall health and wellbeing.


Aura Soma

Aura Soma is a colour and light therapy and has been described as a 'non intrusive, self selective soul therapy'. The therapist provides over 100 bottles, each containing live energies from natural essences, and the client chooses from these. It is believed that the colours the client chooses reflect the colours of his/her own aura and that they can reveal his/her soul's purpose and the challenges he/she will face which, when overcome, become their gift. It is also believed that the live essential oils in the aura soma bottles work in a subtle way to heal a person's energy field.


Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture can be defined as acupuncture performed using fine needles inserted in points of the ear or which have been mapped to specific anatomic areas of the body. Sometimes an acupunctoscope is used instead of needles. Whilst it was originally based on ancient Chinese acupuncture, it was developed in the West. It is a specialized complementary therapy which aims to relieve many chronic complaints.


Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic Medicine originated in India and is a system of traditional Indian medicine now practiced widely in the West. The basic philosophy of Ayurveda is that that in order to maintain good health it is important for each person to maintain his or her original nature or prakriti. The state of natural balance will be maintained and restored at a physical, spiritual and psychological level by eating foods and performing activities that are in harmony with our nature. The therapy encompasses a range of treatments which may include herbal medicine, massage, Yoga and dietary change to maintain and restore health and wellbeing. Ayurvedic doctors/practitioners therefore work with patients with a wide range of conditions.


Baby Massage

Baby massage is gentle and rhythmic stroking of a baby's body sometimes with the aid of non fragranced vegetable oils. Whilst it is often performed within a group under the instruction of a qualified instructor, it can also be done at home with the aid of a suitable baby massage DVD or online instruction. Whilst baby massage may encourage and aid the bonding process and help the baby to feel loved, it also has many documented benefits for both parent and baby.


Bach Flower Therapy

Bach Flowers comprises a complete therapeutic system that uses dilutions of flower essences developed by Dr Edward Bach aimed at balancing physical and emotional disturbances. There are 38 original Bach Flower remedies plus Rescue remedy, each prescribed for a particular emotional and mental problem. It is believed that practitioners who have received training in Bach Flower remedies can treat every variety of emotional imbalances with the 38 remedies.


Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a method of treatment that uses monitors to feedback to the client physiological information. Biofeedback may help the client to develop control over certain physiological processes and this may be particularly useful for stress related conditions and for conditions where there is muscular dysfunction. Once feedback is gained from the biofeedback system used, the practitioner can help the client to make changes.


Bio-energy Therapy

Bio-energy works by balancing the energetic system within the body, enabling the energy to move more freely therefore unlocking the body's natural healing processes. It can affect positively both physical and emotional wellbeing. It is suitable for all age groups including children and can be applied across a broad range of conditions. During treatment the therapist scans the body's energy field with hand movements and uses protocols to eliminate energy blockages and treat specific conditions. The client may feel warmth, cooling, tingling or a magnetic pull. Throughout the treatment the client remains fully clothed.


Bio-energetic medicine

This therapy works with Mora testing and the science of this therapy owes its origins to both homeopathy and acupuncture. The Mora test uses fine measurements, typically taken from a hair sample and, using a series of ampoules which contain the energy pattern from foods and organ tissue, the practitioner carries out tests which may help him/her to discover allergies to foods, drugs or other substances, the extent of stress in the body and which organs of the body are most affected, any mineral or vitamin deficiencies, imbalances in the body and toxicity levels, if any, and if there are any bacterial, fungal or viral infections. The results of the test are then used to offer nutritional and lifestyle advice.


Body Code

Body Code aims to identify and correct imbalances that may cause physical and emotional problems. Much of the process works with the body's energy, releasing trapped emotional energies (emotional baggage) and correcting chakra and meridian flows. There is a physical side as well; looking for issues like infections, toxins, nutritional deficiencies and structural imbalance. People who may benefit from Body Code, want to create the ideal conditions for the body to return to a natural state of wholeness.


Body Stress Release

A combination of mechanical, emotional and chemical stressors may, over a sustained period of time, contribute to an accumulation and overload of Body Stress. If the body is unable to deal with this effectively the body stress can become locked in and create various symptoms such as aches and pains, headaches, backache and tiredness. By applying gentle precise pressure the Body Stress Release technique may encourage the body to release stored tension.


BodyTalk

BodyTalk uses biofeedback to communicate with the body with the aim ofdiscovering its healing needs. When ill health occurs the body's internal communication system becomes weakened. The aim of BodyTalk is help repair the body's internal communication system. During a session a qualified BodyTalk practitioner will use a simple biofeedback system to discover areas of the body in need of balancing. Once imbalances are identified she or he will address these usually by some light tapping, by the contacting of various points on the body and by deep breathing. The therapy is considered suitable for all ages.


Bowen Technique

Bowen Technique is a hands on holistic muscle therapy. The technique aims to activate the body's own healing abilities, releasing muscle spasms and re-aligning skeletal imbalances as well as increasing lymphatic drainage and blood supply to the affected area. During a session the practitioner uses his/her hands on parts of the body such as muscles or other soft tissue using gentle rolling movements. These movements may activate a systemic response and a short pause is then observed to allow the response to be activated. A pattern of movements and pauses continue throughout the treatment.


Brennan Healing Science

Developed by former NASA physicist, Barbara Brennan, Brennan Healing Science combines hands on healing techniques with spiritual and psychological processes to promote physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. It focuses on clearing blocked energy and balancing the body's energy field and is considered suitable for all ages. Some of the techniques which may be used are spiritual guidance, healing with colour and sound and work with the aura.


Cellular Healing

Cellular healing refers to several healing modalities which aim to help clients deal with painful memories stored inside the body's cells. Once we go back to those painful memories and 'dig' them up, it is believed that we can heal. So cellular healing is therefore defined as the process by which healing bodily ailments occurs by releasing suppressed memories and emotions so that cells can re-generate normally.


Chakra Healing

Chakra healing, also known as chakra balancing, chakra therapy or chakra work, refers to healing methods aimed at re-balancing the chakras to bring them back to a normal state ie spinning in complete balance with the energy flowing freely. A chakra healer may use a variety of tools to achieve this including colour, crystals, essential oils and light, sound or touch.


Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a health-care profession that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves, especially related to the spine. Chiropractic treatment mainly involves safe, often gentle, specific spinal manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. Apart from manipulation, chiropractors may use a variety of techniques including ice, heat, ultrasound, exercise and acupuncture as well as advice about posture and lifestyle. Although Chiropractors are best known for treating back and neck pain, patients also consult chiropractors regarding a range of other, related conditions. By law, chiropractors must register with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). It is an offence for anyone to call themselves a Chiropractor if they are not registered.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT]

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT] is a form of psychotherapy based on the cognitive model which asserts that the way we perceive situations influences the way we feel emotionally. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy aims to help people identify their distressing thoughts and evaluate how real they are. Once this has been accomplished, the client can be supported to change his/her distorted thinking. The emphasis is consistently on solving problems and initiating behavioural change. Some problems it has been shown to help are: anxiety, depression, phobias, OCD, bulimia, PTST, low self esteem and some physical symptoms such as pain and fatigue.


Colon Hydrotherapy

Colon Hydrotherapy [also known as Colonic Irrigation] can be likened to an internal bath of warm filtered water. It helps cleanse the colon of accumulated faecal matter, mucoid deposits, gas and toxins. It is conducted by a trained practitioner who introduces filtered water at regulated temperature into the rectum. With special massage techniques the water begins to soften any deposits and cleanse the colon of faecal matter which is piped away with the waste water. Many conditions may respond well to Colonic Hydrotherapy including constipation, bloating, flatulence, diverticulitis, IBS, Candida and intestinal parasites. Some other conditions may also well respond well to the general cleansing of toxins and old accumulated faecal matter.


Colour Therapy

Colour therapy is rooted in Ayurveda. It is based on the premise that particular colours are infused with healing energies. It is said that a trained colour therapist [sometimes known as a chromatherapist] can use light in the form of colour to balance energy and promote healing in mind and body.


Counselling

Counselling is an umbrella term that covers a range of talking therapies. It is delivered by a trained practitioner who works with a client over the short or long term to help him/her to develop self knowledge, self esteem and the ability to take control of his or her own life. Counselling may be concerned with addressing and helping clients to resolve specific issues, making decisions, coping with crises and painful life events, working through conflict or improving relationships with others. Counselling may be generic ie a broad range of techniques are used or may be specific ie it uses a specific counselling model such as psychodynamic or interpersonal counselling.


Cranial Osteopathy

This therapy is considered suitable for people of all ages and is often the preferred choice for babies and young children. Based on the osteopathic principle of structural re-alignment, cranial osteopathy uses gentle manipulative pressure to the head and other parts of the body to encourage the release of stresses and strains. Suitable for supporting clients with a range of painful conditions, it is sometimes used in combination with other osteopathic techniques.


Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a hands on therapy which may assist the body's natural capacity for self repair. It is based around the gentle and natural motion of fluids which surround the spine and which have an influence on the whole body. During a treatment the client usually lies on a treatment couch. The therapist makes very gentle contact and 'listens' via the hands to the body and may identify and help to relieve pain and tension held there. This is a gentle therapy and it may be suitable for babies, children and the elderly and adults. It is particularly well known for helping those with back pain, stress, emotional problems, headaches and migraines. Many people may have heard of the benefits of craniosacral therapy for babies and small children. Restrictions arising during birth may result in babies having colic, sucking problems, breathing problems, restlessness and irritability. They may respond well to craniosacral therapy.


Crystal Therapy

Crystal therapy is the use of crystals and gemstones to facilitate balance and healing. The crystals may be carried or worn by a person or they can be placed where the healing vibration can be felt. A crystal contains a single molecular structure which emits a constant frequency. Crystal therapists believe that the energy body works on frequencies and that therefore the crystal can promote healing and re-generation emotionally and physically.


Cupping

Cupping is an ancient therapy and is based on traditional Chinese medicine. It works by creating a vacuum, using specialised cups usually made of glass, and applying them to specific parts of the body such as the back, shoulders, neck and stomach. The aim of this is to clear blocked areas, loosen muscles, expel cold and damp from the tissues [a Chinese Traditional Medicine term] reduce swelling and pain and increase the blood flow to these areas. It is often used in conjunction with Chinese Acupuncture and may especially be used for respiratory conditions and to heal muscle stiffness and aches.


Dowsing

Dowsing is the skill of using a diving rod or pendulum to locate underground sources of water, other substances or objects. It is also sometimes used to diagnose illness and it can be used to locate people. Dowsers commonly used a simple pair of L shaped rods or a pendulum with a metal or crystal weight suspended.


Drumming

A simple definition of therapeutic drumming is that it is drumming undertaken for beneficial effects. It can be done alone, with a drumming/music therapist or in a group and is not limited to any specific tradition or culture. There are no limits to the rhythms or drums that can be used and it is non competitive. It can encourage individual creativity and is a holistic activity that can have a healing effect on physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual functioning.


Emmett Technique

The Emmett Technique is a muscle release therapy developed by Remedial Therapist, Ross Emmett. It involves the application of light finger pressure or switches at specific points on the body. These are in sequences that may enable gentle releases for common problems which include neck, back and shoulder pain. Whilst it is used to address pain and discomfort and improve movement restrictions, it may also restore a positive emotional state. It is a technique which can be used in a complementary way with any other body work or exercise system though it also a standalone technique in its own right.


Emotional Freedom Technique

Known as EFT for short, this therapy uses gentle tapping or holding of acupuncture points located mainly on the hands and face. It may help to alleviate emotional problems or self limiting beliefs about ourselves which often, in turn, cause stress or anxiety. Some of the symptoms it may be effective for are: the relief of depression, anger, removal of cravings, PTSD and psychosomatic pain. Clients usually see improvements in their first couple of appointments but some further treatment may be needed.


Eye Movement De-sensitization Re-processing [EMDR]

EMDR is a form of psychotherapy, frequently used for Post Traumatic Stress Dis-order [PTSD]. A client is asked to bring to mind unpleasant emotional images and beliefs about themselves related to an event which was traumatic. With this thought in mind, the therapist asks the client to bring his/her attention to outside stimuli such as eye movements and finger tapping. The client will be then asked to discuss what the exercise has brought up and this can be used for another exposure exercise. This continues until the client's distress has reduced.


Feng Shui

Feng Shui is the Chinese art of positioning objects especially graves, buildings and furniture based on a belief in patterns of yin and yang and the flow of Chi which may have positive or negative effects. Feng Shui aims to create a living or dying environment which is in harmony with nature and which supports a good flow of Chi [universal energy] inside the body.


Freudian Psychoanalysis

As its name implies, Sigmund Freud was the founder of this therapy. Psychoanalysis is a form of psychotherapy used to treat clients who have a range of mild to moderate chronic emotional problems. Simply put it involves the exploration by a suitable qualified therapist of a person's unconscious thought processes through methods such as free association- saying what comes to mind - and dream analysis. The goal is to find and overcome the unconscious areas of resistance which block mental growth and cause mental ill health.


Gestalt Psychotherapy

Gestalt Psychotherapy is and existential/experiential form of psychotherapy that emphasises personal responsibility. It focuses on the whole of an individual's experience: their thoughts, feelings and actions and also concentrates on the 'here and now' ie what is happening for the client from one moment to the next. A Gestalt therapist will use many techniques and exercises aimed at intensifying feelings and resolving conflicts from the past so that the client can focus on living for today. The focus is on experiencing and doing rather than talking about the problem.


Guided Self Healing

Guided self healing is a holistic therapy that works on emotional, mental and physical levels. It is an integration of traditional and body centred psychotherapies, energy healing and spirituality aimed at helping the client to become more self accepting, able to resolve symptoms at their root cause, discover the wisdom and learning from their life story and live with greater health, happiness and choice.


Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is the most popular and basic form of Yoga and it is concerned with breathing and singular movements through which it seeks to balance mind, body and spirit. Hatha Yoga concentrates on one of the eight limbs, asna [postures] and believes that by engaging in a number of postures it is possible to strengthen and add flexibility to the body whilst achieving harmony. Whilst it has many recognised benefits, those who experience stress report that it is very beneficial.


Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine [or herbalism] is a traditional medicine or folk medicine practice based mainly on the use of plants and plant extracts used either to prevent or treat disease. Most cultures have their own style of herbal medicine such as Indian Ayurvedic medicine, western herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. Herbal medicine practitioners undergo lengthy training and all herbal prescriptions are individually tailored to the client's needs.


Holistic dentistry

A holistic dentist seeks to identify the least toxic way to accomplish dental treatment. The materials and techniques used in practice are chosen because the holistic dentist considers them to be the least toxic to the patient's body. Mercury free fillings, for example, are chosen and local anaesthetic containing adrenaline may be avoided. Holistic dentists sometimes complement their dental skills and knowledge by training in other complementary therapies such as homeopathy so they can provide a more holistic treatment approach to dental care.


Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a non toxic from of medicine that stimulates the body's own healing abilities to treat a wide range of symptoms. It was developed by Dr Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician. It is based on the principle that like cures like which, in simple terms, means any substance which can produce symptoms in a healthy person can cure similar symptoms in a person who is sick. A second principle is that the practitioner should give the least amount of medicine to evoke a healing response. Currently there are approximately 3,000 homeopathic remedies used to treat and also to prevent illness.


Hopi Ear Candling

This therapy is also known as Thermo-Auricular Therapy. It is named after a Native American tribe who are said to have first introduced this therapy to the West, although some representatives of the Hopi tribe dispute that this custom derived from them. Hopi Ear Candles are not normal candles, but a hollow tube made out of cotton flax. To stiffen the flax, they are impregnated with beeswax and herb oils. The treatment is reported to be gentle and relaxing and usually takes up to an hour. The tubular candle is placed over the ear and lit. As it burns it produces gentle heat, which, combined with the oil and herbs, soften the wax and draw it through the candle. Once the candle has burned to within 20cm (4 inches) of the bottom end, the candle is removed, and the ear and surrounding area is massaged. The treatment is then repeated on the other ear. Some of the conditions Hopi ear candling is reported to help are: excessive wax, earache, sinusitis, rhinitis, tinnitus, headaches and migraines.


Hot Stone Therapy

Hot Stone Therapy involves the application of water heated basalt stones of varying sizes to key points of the body giving a deep massage and creating sensations of heat and warmth. The direct heat may relax muscles. This therapy may help in the treatment of muscular aches and pains, rheumatic and arthritic conditions, MS, Fibromyalgia, back pain and insomnia [it is advised you consult your GP prior to treatment]. It also may help to improve circulation and may help to reduce stress, anxiety, tension and depression.


Hypno-Birthing- the Mongan method

Hypno-Birthing - the Mongan method is a complete antenatal education. Birthing classes are intended to help the pregnant woman have the most natural childbirth possible, using self hypnosis, relaxation techniques and breathing techniques. One of its main aims is to put the pregnant woman back into control of her birth. It is said that hypno-birthing allows birth to be experienced in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of fear and tension that prevent the birthing muscles from functioning as nature intended.


Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy, a treatment used for mental and emotional problems which uses hypnosis to help people. It works by teaching people how to attain a state of deep relaxation that then gives access to the subconscious mind. Hypnosis can be the key that unlocks the door in the 'power house' of thoughts, memories and emotions thus giving access to the power of the mind's untapped capabilities. There are two different treatments using conscious hypnosis: suggestion therapy which is used for problems such as smoking, nail biting, slimming, pre- test nerves, relaxation and confidence and analytical therapy which is used to discover the causes of psychological problems. Hypno Analysis may thus reveal the cause and provide a safe and therapeutic opportunity to reprocess it, consequently relieving symptoms.


Indian Head Massage

The main aim of Indian Head massage is to release the stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders. The client, fully clothed, usually sits in a massage chair for the treatment. The therapist uses a range of different movements including application of deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulder and scalp areas. In addition, the therapist will also gently stimulate and stroke pressure points on the face. Indian Head massage is considered useful for relieving stress, tension, fatigue, insomnia, some headaches, migraine and sinusitis. Clients report that the experience is deeply calming and relaxing, leaving them feeling energised and revitalised and better able to concentrate.


Integrative Energy Therapy

Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) is considered to be a gentle, nurturing way to empower and balance a client's life by helping him/her release patterns of the past for good. Feelings and sensations are stored in the cells of the body much like facts are stored in the cells of the brain. Negative or traumatic experiences, stress, unexpressed emotion, fear, anger, resentment or self-limiting beliefs can become "stuck" (or suppressed) in the body and inhibit or disrupt the flow of vital life force at a cellular level. These energy blockages may limit our experience of life and can result in a lack of spontaneity, energy depletion, a feeling of unrest, agitation or disease. To heal this IET uses a unique Cellular Memory Map to target specific areas in the body where these "cellular memories" are stored, helping to release them on all levels - physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. As these blocks are cleared, the suppressed charge of energy diminishes and the energy field is re-balanced leading to greater health and wellbeing.


Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is a healing orientated medicine that takes account of the whole person - mind, body and spirit. It places emphasis on the partnership between patient and practitioner in the healing process and makes use of all appropriate therapies both conventional and complementary.


Iridology

Iridology involves the examination of the iris in the eye. Each person's iris is completely unique and it is considered to carry the body's genetic blueprint. People can acquire inherited physical weaknesses that may have affected previous family members. It is believed that these may be detected through Iridology. By examining the eye, the Iridologist assesses a person's overall state of health and well-being. He/she is also able to assess which conditions a person may have the potential to develop if they neglect their health. Iris analysis may also be a useful means of assessing levels of toxicity in the body. During the consultation, the Iridologist uses a torch and magnifier to carry out the analysis. Iris analysis is a completely safe, hygienic and non-invasive process. This ancient approach is considered holistically effective because it gives an accurate picture of the person's genetic pattern. This pattern is something that will not change during that person's lifetime.


Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar Yoga, which is the most widely recognized approach to Hatha Yoga, was created by B.K.S. Iyengar. This style of Yoga is characterized by precision performance and the aid of various props, such as cushions, benches, wood blocks, straps, and even sand bags, and hence is sometimes called 'furniture Yoga'. Pupils learn through a carefully graded and systematic programme of asana (posture). Pranayama (breath control) is gradually introduced once students have a firm foundation of theYoga practice. Yoga practice may both relax and energize the body and mind and bring vitality, flexibility, strength, concentration, self-confidence and mental calm. It may also help the student overcome and prevent many stresses, strains, aches and pains and promote a firm foundation for health and well-being.


Journey Therapy

The Journey is considered to be a healing and transformational process aimed at awakening one's true potential. It is a step by step process which aims to help people to overcome a wide range of challenges, physical ailments, emotional traumas, relationship problems and career performance issues. The Journey was founded by Brandon Bays and is the result of her own continual work on herself and her personal experience. Journey therapists have attended the designated training programme though individuals can gain an understanding of the process by reading the book, 'The Journey'.


Jungian Psychotherapy

Jungian analysis is a specialized form of psychotherapy in which the Jungian analyst and patient work together to increase the patient's consciousness in order to move toward psychological balance and wholeness, and to bring relief and meaning to psychological suffering. The process can treat a broad range of emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety and it can also assist anyone who wishes to pursue psychological growth. At the heart of Jungian analysis is a realignment of conscious and unconscious aspects of the personality with an ensuing creation of new values and purpose. The focus of sessions may derive from the client's experiences in their daily lives, their memories of the past, their feelings and reflections in response to such experiences, memories or interactions with the analyst and their dreams or other spontaneous forms of expression.


Kinesiology

Kinesiology is a method of identifying any imbalances a person has by monitoring their ability to hold their muscles against light pressure. Each muscle is related to an organ and also to an energy pathway called a meridian. Together the muscle, organ and meridian form a 'circuit'. If there are chemical, emotional, structural or energetic stresses affecting the circuit, the muscle tested will feel 'spongy', indicating an imbalance. Once an imbalance is found the kinesiologist uses a muscle test to get feedback about what factors are aggravating the imbalance and what will help to rebalance it. At that point the practitioner will be able to provide advice and support aimed at correcting the imbalance.


Life Coaching

Life Coaching is a process that helps people to create positive and meaningful change in many areas of their lives. It aims to empower them to create fulfilling, balanced and happy lives by providing the focus, motivation, self confidence, self belief and self awareness needed to make positive changes. Typically a session lasts about an hour and clients may contract for either a single session or a number of sessions with the Life Coach.


Lomi lomi massage

Lomi lomi is a Hawaiian massage, also known as the "loving hands" massage. Its name helps to explain its principles - the massage works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, allowing the recipient to relax and give in to the nurturing touch. Lomi lomi works from the belief that memories are not just stored in the brain and mind, but also in every cell of the human body. The long, continuous strokes of the massage aim to help the body let go of its old patterns and behaviours, which can be the cause of as many stresses and strains as muscle tension. "Lomi lomi" translates to "rub rub" in Hawaiian, and reflects the broad, flowing strokes made with the therapist's fingers, thumbs, palms, arms and elbows. Macadamia, palm and coconut oils are usually used as moisturisers in the massage to keep the strokes smooth and also to nourish the skin. Lomi lomi aims to treat the body and mind as one whole being. It is thought to release tension, assist blood and lymph flow, help to eliminate cellular waste, rejuvenate the body, and instil a sense of peace, harmony and well-being.


Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic drainage is a holistic approach that aims to promote a healthy lymphatic system. The therapy consists of manual massage performed by a trained lymphatic drainage therapist. The therapist focuses on specific lymph nodes and points of the body with the intention of helping lymph move through the body. To this end special rhythmic strokes are used in the process which may be found to be relaxing. The lymphatic system has an important function in moving toxins away from healthy cells and carrying germ fighting materials to cells when these come under attack from viruses.


Magnet Therapy

Magnet therapy involves the use of magnets of various sizes and strengths placed on the body to relieve pain and improve health and wellbeing. It is believed that Magnet therapy will increase blood flow through the body and that it will aid the relief of aches and pains, particularly in those suffering from arthritis. Various magnetic products can be purchased for those wishing to use as a self help approach.


Manipulative Therapy

Manipulative therapy involves the techniques of soft tissue massage and joint manipulation usually with the purpose of relieving pain and improving health and wellbeing. The term 'manipulative therapy' refers to both Osteopathy and Chiropractic though some manipulative therapists use this title without being registered by the General Osteopathic Council or the General Chiropractic Council.


Massage

A recent scholarly article identified over 80 different styles of massage! Massage refers to the manipulation of muscle, connective tissue, ligaments and tendons with the aim of enhancing the function of those tissues and promoting health and wellbeing. Some of the reported benefits of therapeutic massage are relief from pain or easing of pain, stress reduction and enhancement of athletic performance.


Meditation

Meditation refers to a family of self regulation practices that focus on training attention and awareness on, for example, the breath in order to bring mental processes under greater voluntary control and thereby foster general mental wellbeing and/or development of specific capacities such as calmness, clarity and concentration' Walsh and Shapiro [2006]. There are dozens of styles of meditation and, because of this, the word 'meditation' may carry different meanings in different contexts. Meditation has been practiced since antiquity by numerous religious traditions though as a practice without religious association it has also been found to have many benefits. Many research studies have been carried out on meditation and various methods of meditation have been linked to changes in metabolism, blood pressure, brain activation, stress reduction and pain reduction to name a few.


Mediumship

Mediumship is the faculty that allows an individual an exchange with the Spirit world and facilitates communication between the earthly plane and the Spirit plane. A medium is therefore defined as someone who is endowed with a mediumistic faculty and therefore is able to act as an intermediary. It is believed that because this faculty is innate in man, we are all mediums to some extent though mediums are normally defined as those for whom the faculty is more pronounced or developed. Numerous people suffering from grief have testified to the healing benefits of mediumship.


Metamorphic Technique

Metamorphic Technique is a practice that combines two elements: first, a gentle touch is applied to areas of the feet, hands and head that correspond to the spine, as identified in reflexology and in a further development called pre-natal therapy. A second element that is unique to the Metamorphic Technique is known as 'detachment'. It allows the practitioner to leave aside their personal beliefs and assumptions and to make no attempt to help or influence any process that may be going on for the client. This creates a relaxed environment of freedom from manipulation and it reflects a respect for the innate capacity of people to direct their own lives. Since the Technique is a practice, rather than a therapy or an energy/spiritual healing session, there is no need to take a case history or to offer advice or guidance. Practitioners of the Metamorphic Technique do, however, attend a course of study.


Mickel Therapy

Mickel therapy is a 'spoken' therapy developed by Dr David Mickel. It aims to help the client understand why their body is experiencing physical symptoms and gives them the tools to use so that their body can stop sending symptoms. Although a 'spoken' therapy, it is not a form of psychotherapy. It is often used with clients presenting with anxiety, IBS, ME, fibromyalgia and depression and a typical course is 12 - 15 sessions.


Music Therapy

Music therapy is the prescribed use of music and musical interventions for the purpose of restoring, maintaining and improving emotional, physical, physiological, spiritual health and well-being. It is administered by a trained music therapist to persons of all ages who require special services usually because of behavioural, social, learning, or physical disabilities. Music therapy can be conducted in many settings such as hospitals, health clinics, day care facilities, schools, mental health centres, substance abuse facilities, nursing homes, hospices, rehabilitation centres and private homes on a 1:1 basis or in a group setting. It addresses non-musical goals and no musical ability is needed in order for the client to benefit from a music therapy treatment.


Neuro Linguistic Programming [NLP]

NLP is a change management tool developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970s. It aims to help transform the way people think and act so that they can lead better, fulfilling and richer lives. It is used in business management, psychology, sales, sport's coaching and personal development. Neuro Linguistic Programming explores the relationship between how we think [neuro], how we communicate [linguistic] and our patterns of behaviour and emotions [programming]. It can be taught to groups or used with individuals.


Neurolink

Neurolink uses the brain's ability to take control of the body to effect repairs to the system. Its philosophy is rooted in the principle that the brain governs optimum function of all the body's systems. Unless the brain is communicating appropriately with the body a client will not have complete wellness or recovery. When the body 'breaks down', either physically, emotionally, pathologically or chemically Neurolink suggests the tolerances have been exceeded and therefore the response of the body to this is either pain or illness. This means the brains ability to control the systems is being exceeded and it is unable to fully govern what is happening. A Neurolink practitioner will investigate the status of the body's function (glands, organs muscles, tendons, ligaments) as they work together. The practitioner then uses a series of sequential and prioritized steps to determine if there is congruency between the brain and other parts of the body, such as glands, organs, muscles, joints and fascia. If there isn't congruency, then there is confusion between the neurological circuits of the body which results in dysfunction and symptoms. Neurolink then identifies and resets the body systems with the brain. The brain's connection to the body is similar to an electrical circuit. In order to make everything work together, broken connections need to be reconnected. Neurolink works by directing the patient's brain to identify and correct the organization between its left and right sides, thereby creating balance and congruency in the body. Neurolink practitioners work with a range of conditions: physical/structural ,pathological, hormonal/chemical and emotional.


Numerology

Numerology is the use of numbers to interpret a person's character of divine the future. It is not a therapy as such. It is based on the Pythagoras' assertion that all things can be expressed in numerical terms. Using a method in which each letter represents a number, modern numerology attaches a series of digits to a name and uses these along with a person's birth date to reveal his/her true nature and his/ her prospects.


Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional therapy uses nutrition to promote health and wellbeing and to prevent and manage a wide range of health concerns ranging from fatigue, weight management and stress through to diagnosed medical conditions. Nutritional therapists can help those want to take positive action in managing their health through making better dietary and lifestyle choices. Nutritional therapists use a wide range of tools to help them access their client. A detailed case history is taken and, if required, tests may be carried out to provide further information. The therapist is then able to provide a tailor made plan to facilitate greater health and wellness. This may include the prescription of supplements and the provision of eating plans and recipes.


Osteopathy

Although Osteopaths treat many conditions, most people think of them as 'Back specialists'. Back pain is what many osteopaths treat a lot of the time though they may also treat any part of the musculo- skeletal system. Osteopathic treatment does not target symptoms only but treats the parts of the body that have caused the symptoms. Osteopaths have a holistic approach and believe that a person's whole body will work well if it is in good structural balance. They use a wide range of techniques including massage, cranial techniques (sometimes referred to as 'cranial osteopathy') and joint mobilization and this breadth of approach allows them to focus on a patient's precise needs. Osteopaths assess and treat people of any age from the elderly to the newborn and from pregnant women to sports people. By law, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOC). It is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered. The most common conditions that osteopaths work with are: back and neck pain, shoulder and arm problems, pelvis, hip and leg problems and sports and other injuries. However, patients have found osteopathy helpful for many other conditions.


Past Life

Regression Past Life Regression is a therapy based on the principle of cause and effect, sometimes know as karma. It requires a belief in re-incarnation. It is thought that actions, thoughts and emotions experienced in a past life may present in this life in another form, for example, allergies, phobias, chronic illness or simply a feeling of not being at ease. By using past life regression it is believed that the unconscious mind can go back in time in order to access the origins of old patterns and emotions to enable the client to release them and heal them.


Personal development

Personal development is a highly individual process of self improvement. It may include activities to improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. It is not limited to self help but may be include formal and informal methods used by a number of professionals such as life coaches, teachers, counsellors, managers and mentors aimed at to developing others.


Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession which views movement as central to health and well being. Physiotherapists aim to identify and make the most of movement ability by health promotion, preventive advice, treatment and rehabilitation. Core skills used by chartered physiotherapists include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and the application of electro physical modalities. Physiotherapists work in a range of statutory and private healthcare settings and physiotherapy is a regulated profession. They work with a broad range of physical problems in particular neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.


Phytobiophysics

Based on the Mossop Philosophy, Phytobiophysics uses the vibration of plants to restore balance and harmony on all levels of consciousness-Spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. It is a method of analysis used to determine health on all levels. The testing process identifies disease, taints, disharmony and imbalance. The remedies used are made from natural plant extracts aimed at stabilising and restoring health on all levels. Our emotions play a big part in our physical health. If we have unresolved stress or emotional issues these can become trapped and cause long term health problems. During the consultation, the flower remedies are matched specifically to each individual. They may allow the release of emotional blocks and so enable the body to balance on all levels, then allowing the release of retained toxins which are the cause of many physical problems. Essentially the Flower Formulas are collections of essences, made from living flowers and plants from all over the world which, when combined, resonate on a particular frequency. They are not accidental mixtures of flowers and over the course of years of research they have been refined to a point where each formula has been targeted to regulate specific cellular systems in a very accurate manner. They are natural, free from chemicals, non-addictive, safe for babies and the elderly and everyone else in between. They may release energy blocks, aid the body to get rid of toxins and poisons of modern-day living and help in assimilating nutrients.


Pilates

Pilates is a form of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. It is focused on building strength without bulk, improving flexibility, agility and posture and helping prevent and rehabilitate from injuries. The primary focus is spine awareness, proper breathing and core strength and flexibility. The desired outcome is a balanced, strong and supple body, flat stomach, balanced legs and a strong back. It can be done by someone with any level of fitness and can be adapted for some people with disabilities. Most people attend a Pilates class to learn how to do the exercises accurately.


Podiatry

Podiatry, also known as chiropody, is the diagnosis and treatment by podiatrists of diseases and disorders of the feet. A podiatrist also has a role in the prevention and correction of foot deformity, keeping people mobile and active, the relief of specific pain and the treatment of infection of the foot. Whilst available within the NHS it is also offered on a private basis. It is not, strictly speaking, known as a complementary therapy.


Psychotherapy

There are many possible definitions of psychotherapy just as there are many different types of psychotherapy. Broadly, however, it may be defined as the treatment of a behaviour disorder, mental illness or other condition by psychological means. It aims to increase a sense of wellbeing and can be made available for individuals, couples, families or groups. Psychotherapy employs a range of interventions, [depending on the type of psychotherapy], based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behaviour change.


Re-birthing

Rebirthing is a conscious breathing technique which aims to bring into awareness not only our unconsciously held beliefs and emotions but also the relationships we have with our bodies, ourselves, our close relationships and our world. When someone consciously breathes with this awareness, it may be possible to resolve, integrate and heal previously unresolved issues within that person. This frees up energy, bringing greater aliveness and joy and allowing the client to move towards fulfillment of our potential as human beings. Issues are explored with a re-birther and the re-birther and the client works with the material that surfaces. In total, a rebirthing session may take approximately 2 to 3 hours. Rebirthing works on the principle that there is a direct connection between mental and physical well being and the openness of the breathing. It is therefore believed that relaxing and releasing the breath dissolves tensions in both the body and the mind.


Rogerian

Psychotherapy Rogerian Counselling, also known as person centred counselling, was developed by Carl Rogers in the 1940s and 1950s. It focuses on the individual's self worth and value. Being valued as a person, without judgement, can help the client to accept who they are and to re-connect with themselves. The therapist endeavours to create a comfortable, non judgmental environment by demonstrating congruence [genuiness], empathy and unconditional positive regard toward the client with the goal of aiding them to find solutions to their own problems. It is therefore considered to be a non directive style of counselling that has application to a wide range of emotional problems.


Reflexology

Reflexology is an ancient Chinese technique that uses pressure-point massage, usually on the feet, but also on the hands and ears, to restore the flow of energy throughout the entire body. The science of Reflexology has been around for thousands of years. It is based on the theory that there are reflexes in our hands, feet and ears that relate to every organ and part of our body. When these reflexes are stimulated with pressure and manipulation, nerve function and blood supply may be improved, which may, in turn, alleviate stress and a wide range of health problems.


Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese word meaning 'Universal Life Energy'. It is an ancient tradition of healing by the laying on of hands. It is believed that Reiki activates and accelerates the body's own ability to heal itself and that it can work at a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Like everything else around us the energy adjusts itself to the needs of the recipient which helps to achieve a state of health and wholeness. This 'hands on' safe relaxing non manipulative complementary therapy may assist with lowering stress and increasing overall health and wellbeing. It is possible to attend Reiki training courses to learn how to give treatments to self and to others.


Rolfing

Rolfing was developed by Ida Rolf who set up the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in 1971. Rolfing is a system of deep tissue manipulation based on the theory that re-balancing and re-aligning the body with the earth's gravitational force results in, for example, more energy, increased breathing capacity and alleviation of chronic pain. A professional Rolfer practitioner will use physical pressure to stretch and guide connective tissue. A complete treatment involves a course of ten sessions.


Scenar Therapy

Scenar therapy uses a small hand held device that sends electronic signals into nerve receptors in the skin. These aim to activate waves of neuropeptides which are natural healing and regulating substances including some of the strongest known painkillers. It is used for a range of health problems including back pain, sport's injuries to neurological problems. It is different to the TENS machine.


Seichim

Seichim is considered to be like Reiki as it is also described as a universal life force energy. However, Seichim is also known as the Living Light Energy, or Rainbow energy. Seichim energy is considered to be more subtle than Reiki and has been described as a more feminine energy. It aims to balance both the feminine and masculine energies and to assist in healing the physical and emotional body. As with Reiki, the healing energy is believed to be passed to a person's body via a practitioner placing their hands on or above the body.


Shamanism

Shamanism has its origins in Mongolia and Siberia and is based on the belief that the condition of the soul must be addressed in order for healing to occur. Relief of pain, anxiety, and stress, as well as spiritual and emotional healing are considered to be common benefits of a Shamanic healing. Shamans believe that there are realities that exist beyond the dimension that we experience on Earth. They believe that all creation is alive -rocks, plants, animals, trees, fish- and work regularly with these forces of nature. The role of the Shaman is to mediate between different realities to treat disease and create harmony between the physical and spiritual dimensions. Shamanism may be considered to be a combination of "magic" and medicine. A Shaman is a warrior who uses his power to combat disease, demons, and practitioners of black magic. Shamans also perform rights to assure success in hunting and fishing, to protect the tribe's lands and increase and develop the family.


Shiatsu

Shiatsu is based on a holistic system of traditional Chinese medicine where illness is thought to result from imbalances in the natural flow of energy or qi. Shiatsu therapists uses finger and palm pressure massage applied to energetic pathways of the body called meridians with the aim of improving the flow of qi. It is used for a wide range of conditions. The client remains fully clothed and the treatment is done either on the floor or on a low massage table.


Sound Therapy

Sound Therapy is based on the principle that all life vibrates at various frequencies and the human body has frequencies that can slip "out of tune"due to emotional or energetic inefficiencies. When these frequencies are "out of rhythm" they lead to physical and emotional health issues. Sound healing or therapy is therefore the therapeutic application of sound frequencies to body/mind of a person with the intention of bringing them into a state of wellbeing and health.


Spiritual Healing

Spiritual healing is a collective term for a vast selection of treatments which may also be known as energetic healing, vibrational healing, or clairvoyant healing. One definition that can be given to Spiritual Healing is that it is healing that occurs solely through the use of energy. The healer is felt to be an instrument of the divine or channel for energy, directing that energy to bring their client relief. The healer acknowledges that he or she does not do the healing, healing occurs spontaneously without the healer making conscious choices.


Stress Management

Stress Management is the use of methods that require a response to change by a person and includes identifying stressors, eliminating negative stressors and developing effective coping mechanisms to deal with the stressors. Examples of coping mechanisms are: muscular relaxation, breathing techniques, biofeedback, guided imagery and problem solving. A number of different therapies may include stress management as an outcome.


Style Coaching

Style Coaching brings together personal styling and life coaching. A Style Coach aims to help the client to make positive changes to his/her outer image whilst empowering him/her to grow in self confidence and self belief. Style coaching is based on the belief in the mind/body link, that is, that the way one sees oneself on the outside has a positive or negative effect on how one sees oneself on the inside and vice versa. Style Coaching is often used as a tool to help a client reach his or her personal and professional goals.


Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is gentle manipulation of the soft body tissue with the use of quality oils. It may help improve skin and muscle tone, rid the body of waste products and improve circulation. This treatment is particularly effective in relieving muscle tension thus inducing deep relaxation and aiding sleep. Massage is usually offered either for back, neck and shoulders or as a full body massage.


Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art and exercise system thought to have originated from the Taoist monks in ancient China. It involves slow motion, moving meditative exercise. It has numerous reported health benefits and it can also be used for self defence.


Tapas Acupressure

Technique Tapas Acupressure Technique was established in 1993 by Tapas Fleming. It incorporates elements of and builds on other acupressure techniques and offers a broad approach to removing self limiting habits from the subconscious mind that may cause anxiety or stress. It is different from tapping therapies in that it involves holding meridian points whilst accessing the brain directly with one hand on the back of the head.


Thai Massage

Thai massage was developed by Buddhist monks about 2,500 years ago. It uses passive stretching and gentle pressure along the body's energy lines or meridians to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension and balance the body's energy system. It is also reported to be both relaxing and energising. It takes place on a futon mat and the client wears loose fitting clothing.


Theta Healing

Theta Healing is a system of self-development, education and applied knowledge for people from all walks of life that are ready and committed to move forward and create positive change in their lives and the lives of others. It aims to work on all levels, including physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, by clearing the blocks and obstacles that are preventing the client from achieving his/her fullest potential in life. Theta Healing works by utilising the power of the client's natural brainwaves to access the subconscious mind where the limiting beliefs and feelings that are blocking him/her from achieving his/her dreams and goals are stored. Once accessed, the therapist is able to use the Theta Healing technique to change limiting beliefs and feelings into empowering ones. It is reported that the person receiving Theta Healing experiences a deep positive change instantly as Theta Healing works on releasing, deeply ingrained fears, negative beliefs and feelings hidden within the subconscious mind and installs positive, enhancing ones in their place.


Thought Field Therapy

Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is a sequential tapping procedure that Dr. Roger Callahan discovered over 30 years ago It is described as providing a code to nature's healing system. When TFT is applied to problems it is thought to address their fundamental causes, balancing the body's energy system and allowing the client to eliminate most negative emotions or fears within minutes. It has been used for weight loss, to stop smoking, removing phobias, trauma relief, overcoming pain, and much more.


Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM] is an ancient holistic system of health and healing. It is a complete system of health care with its own unique theories of anatomy, health and wellbeing. It emphasizes diet and prevention and, using acupuncture, herbal medicine, specific forms of exercise, focuses on stimulating the body's natural healing powers. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners work with a wide range of conditions.


Vibrational Medicine

Vibrational Medicine is also known as Vibrational Healing or Energy Medicine. It is based on the scientific principle that all matter vibrates at a precise frequency and that ,by using resonant vibrations, balance can be restored to the body allowing healing to occur. There are many forms of Vibrational medicine including Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Reiki, Seichim, Spiritual Healing, Crystal Healing and the use of flower/tree essences.


Yoga

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline, originating in ancient India. It is a system of exercises practiced as part of the Yoga discipline to promote control of body and mind. The ultimate goal of Yoga, or of the person practicing Yoga, is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquillity while meditating on the Hindu concept of divinity or Brahman. Having said that, the goals of Yoga are varied and range from improving health to achieving moksha which is liberation from all worldly suffering and the cycle of birth and death (samsara), at which point there is a realization of identity with the Supreme Brahman. Many individuals in the West use Yoga practice as a means of improving health and reducing stress without reference to the spiritual dimension and, as such, it is widely available for all age groups.


Yoga for Children

Yoga offers an opportunity for children to exercise independently and non competitively in a focused setting. Yoga for children may help develop strength, balance and flexibility, encourage good posture, body alignment and concentration and foster the ability to quieten the mind. Most Yoga classes for children will be run by appropriately trained Yoga teachers and indeed it is essential that children practice with adequate supervision.


Yoga for Pregnancy

Pre natal Yoga can be practiced throughout pregnancy from the first trimester right up to early labour. A pre-natal Yoga practice is similar to a typical Yoga practice combining poses, breathing and meditation. However, some Yoga poses should be avoided so a specific pre natal Yoga class may be beneficial. Pre-natal Yoga has a number of possible benefits including easing back and leg pain and reduction of swelling, relief of insomnia and reduction of anxiety and stress before and during labour.

Ivan Bell Osteopath Northern Ireland, Osteopathy for pain relief. Registered Osteopath