Indian head massage is an Indian tradition dating back 4000 years. The origins can be traced to family members who sat behind one another, massaging with oils to promote healthy hair growth, shine and heal scalp conditions with herbs, spices and oils. Oils with different healing properties were used, depending on the person's condition and what they would get out of the treatment. The massage techniques have always been commonplace in India. Indian head massage is also part of Ayurvedic tradition of medicine, which has been used for a similar length of time. Ayurvedic medicine is based on holistic healing, incorporating mind, body and spirit. The vital force will work at optimum strength if mind, body and spirit are balanced in a person (or indeed any living thing). The Westernisation of Indian Head Massage: Indian Head Massage has become westernised to combat stress in our modern lifestyles. The massage therefore includes neck, shoulders, upper arms and back to just below the scapula area. It is now used widely in offices where stress and aches and pains have become common place. This Massage simulates blood flow to all areas of head, neck and shoulders and should leave you feeling relaxed in mind and body.
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning "Life Energy" and is a system of healing that involves the laying on of hands. It is thought that Reiki is well over 2,500 years old, used originally by Tibetan Buddhist monks, but it was rediscovered in the 1800's by a Japanese man, Mikao Usui. Reiki has a way of naturally flowing to the area where it is most needed in a person receiving treatment. It can effect changes on many levels, i.e. physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
The Healer's hands are placed in certain positions on the body and the Reiki energy flows into the patient, regenerating, rebuilding and balancing. This can be performed on a couch, in a chair or in any position the client is comfortable in. A blanket can be used to keep the client warm though the session. The healer can also arrange to send healing.
Crystal Therapy is an ancient treatment which has started to grow in popularity again in recent times. Although a therapy in its own right, crystals are now used by many therapists to enhance the effectiveness of other treatments.
During a crystal healing session, crystals are placed on or around the person, who remains fully clothed. The person can be lying on a couch, lying on the floor or simply seated.
The subtle energy system of the person – meridians, chakras, pressure points etc are energised and balanced and clients often report experiences such as deep and profound states of relaxation during the treatment. Some other effects commonly attributed to crystal therapy are a sense of feeling refreshed, uplifted and energised. The treatment is non invasive and suitable for everybody.
Reflexology, sometimes known as reflex zone therapy, works on the principle that all the systems and organs of the body are reflected in the feet. When specific foot reflex points are stimulated, energy pathways are opened up, revitalising the body so that the natural internal healing mechanisms of the body can do their work.
The client will either lie on a couch for this treatment or lie in a specialist reflexology chair. Antiseptic wipes, body shop foot sprays and natural foot creams are sometimes incorporated into the treatment. A crystal reflexology tool will also occasionally be used.
The healing art of reflexology has been known for thousands of years and was first practised by the early Indian, Egyptian and Chinese people. It was first introduced into Europe in the early part of the twentieth century and England in the sixties. The main objective is to help people attain and maintain a better state of health and wellbeing.
Reflexology is a truly holistic and non-invasive complementary therapy and can:
The client will lie on the couch first to one side and then to the other. Hopi ear candles are used, balanced on the ear opening and lit with a match or a lighter. They burn down to a specific point; they are then put in a glass of water to put out the flame. The clients face is protected with a tissue in the rare cases of ash falling. This treatment is non invasive and very safe.
Hopi ear candles originate from The Hopi, the oldest Pueblo people, who have a great medicinal knowledge & high degree of spirituality. The ear candles are made from pure beeswax, honey extract & traditional herbs i.e. Sage, St John's wort, Camomile & essential oils. The ear candles have a purely physical function. A light suction action, creating a chimney effect & the movement of the flame creates a vibration of air in the ear candle; this generates a massage-like effect on the eardrum. This induces a pleasant feeling of warmth and balance of pressure in the ears, forehead & sinuses. It is soothing and helpful for earache & headache, ear noise, stress & nervousness. It is used for soothing and also releases pressure which causes pain in and around the ears and sinuses. It can also relieve nasal blockages and improve sense of smell. It is a very relaxing treatment and as it doesn't take very long, it is usually followed by a short session of another therapy, i.e. gentle facial, scalp massage or some soothing reiki.
Homeopathy treats according to the Law of Similars, i.e. treating like with like. The practitioner gives the patient a remedy that matches their symptoms. It is a natural healing process and homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body to heal itself.
An imbalance in a person's vital force/life energy will manifest in the body & will produce symptoms of disease.
Homeopathy is an effective way of treating both chronic and acute symptoms experienced by the patient. By using this method of treatment, the patient's vital force is re-balanced.
Patients are treated individually & holistically. They are given a remedy that matches their own unique presenting picture. This picture is made up of mental, emotional & physical symptoms & will include information on character, lifestyle, diet, fears, sleep patterns, stress factors etc. The practitioner will spend at least an hour with the patient, often longer, in order to gather all the relevant information to make up this picture.
The remedies given are all made of natural substances, plants and minerals. Homeopathy is a very gentle approach to healing; the medicines rarely have side effects and are not dangerous.
With Thai Foot Massage the client is asked to lie on a couch for this treatment (or possibly the floor if a couch is not available). Occasionally creams or a crystal reflexology tool can be incorporated into the treatment, however it is generally done without these.
Thai foot massage is a massage of the feet, lower legs and hands and it involves stretching the legs. Its aim is to clear energy meridians by using acupressure and some reflexology points. It originates in China but continues in Thailand and is still taught by Buddhist monks in the temples. It has elements of shiatsu, reflexology, Chinese massage and yoga incorporated into the routine.
The movements were practiced to promote longevity, prevent disease, increasing core strength and ultimately developing the spirit, bringing balance to the body’s immune system, and many more benefits.
Nei Gong can be considered a form of energy management. If we imagine the energy in our body is like a bank account, then spending all our energy can leave us in debt. By increasing our core reserve of energy, we can increase our internal wealth. Modern day living depletes our energy reserves; doing these gentle exercises regularly helps to build up our core energy and restore the balance.
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