Acupuncture is a system of healing, which has been practiced in the Far East for thousands of years to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. According to acupuncture theory, our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy – Qi – moving in a balanced way through channels beneath the skin. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors, including anxiety, stress, anger, grief, poor nutrition, infections and trauma. The insertion of fine needles into the channels can stimulate the body’s healing response and help restore natural balance. As well as relief from a particular condition, many people find that it provides an enhanced sense of well-being and relaxation.
In the first appointment, the acupuncturist will assess your general state of health in order to give you the most effective treatment, by discussing your health issues, taking your pulse and looking at your tongue. You are recommended to visit your acupuncturist once a week initially. Sometimes the effects of the treatment are dramatic and only 1 or 2 treatments are required, and other patients may need treatment over several weeks.
Fiona Bullock BA (Hons) Lic Ac MBAcC
Women experience musculo-skeletal aches and pains associated with pregnancy and the post-natal period. The physical changes during pregnancy can put the body under huge strain. Women gain an average of 14 kilos (around 2 stone) in weight during pregnancy. Add to this, hormonal influences and mix with stresses of modern life, it is no wonder that many women suffer and don’t know what to do for the best. With pelvic health physiotherapy, a holistic approach is used to assess each patient and then a variety of treatments including manual therapy, soft tissue release, acupuncture, exercise and advice are used to ensure a safe and comfortable pregnancy and recovery.
Pregnancy and vaginal delivery are risk factors for pelvic floor dysfunction. Other contributors are menopause, smoking, obesity and previous gynaecological surgery.
One in three women will suffer some pelvic floor dysfunction in the form of incontinence, urgency, frequency, pelvic pain or sexual dysfunction. Embarrassment means it often takes 10 years before women seek help and many just choose to live with their secret.
These patients are sensitively assessed, allowing them to discuss their personal concerns and ensuring full confidentiality. Treatment is explained and discussed fully to ensure client comfort and no surprises. Questions can be asked and fully answered any time prior to or during appointments.
Dee Woodcock BSc (Hons) HCPC Reg MCSP MPOGP
In such a busy, fast paced world we need to find ‘Balance’. Complementary therapies can help release tension and stress and enable you to boost your immune system whilst improving your energy levels and general feelings of well-being. They are designed to treat the whole person by assisting the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself.
Remedial Massage Therapy is a deep massage. It is used to treat strains, sprains or any injury where the skin is intact. It helps remove blockages, scar tissue and adhesions, speeds up recovery and encourages a more complete healing. It also helps relieve muscle tension, eases aches and pains and reduces stress hormones by boosting the circulatory system, helping eliminate toxins and thereby nourishing all the body’s cells. Through boosting the immune system we can feel revived, relaxed and refreshed.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils (highly concentrated plant extracts) in a carrier oil, specially blended for an individual person’s needs. It is applied to the body through massage and works on both a physical and emotional level. Blends can also be tailor made for home use. Anti-inflammatory creams, cooling sprays and gels can be made to help between treatments and for self-help.
Reflexology is a massage and pressure therapy applied to the feet or hands. It treats the whole person and not just the symptoms, helping the body regulate and balance itself. Reflexology can improve energy levels and promote a feeling of well-being. It can help stress related disorders such as tension headaches, IBS, insomnia, feelings of anxiety and mild to moderate depression. It is also very useful during hormonal changes in a woman’s life. It can help with the pressure of fertility treatments, encouraging the body to relax well. It can be aimed specifically for women during pre-conception, pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period, helping to alleviate common symptoms such as nausea, constipation, heartburn and swollen ankles, whilst improving energy levels and aiding sleep.
Indian Head Massage originates from the ancient healing practice of Ayurveda. It helps relieve upper body muscle tension and disperse toxins from the body. It stimulates the circulation and relaxes the neck and scalp muscles where lots of people hold tension. Indian Head Massage can help relieve chronic upper body tension from sitting at a computer all day or driving long hours/distances, reducing headaches, migraine, sinusitis and eye strain whilst also improving hair condition and aiding deep sleep.
Natural Face Lift Massage is a treatment using Japanese face massage based on acupressure and meridian theory which dates back thousands of years in Japan and China. This is a wonderfully relaxing yet energising treatment on the face and head that is suitable for both women and men. It works on a superficial and deeper level to improve the texture and muscle tone of the skin, improving the flow of lymph and encouraging the removal of toxins. By working Tsubo points on the face and scalp it helps to prevent lines, reduce wrinkles and puffiness – a natural facelift!
Justine Jackson BA (Hons) MIFPA
Sally Triner VTCT IHHT MFHT
CBT is a structured, evidence-based therapy which can be used to treat a range of emotional problems. CBT identifies connections between how we think, the way we act and how we feel. During therapy, we will work out if and how changing behaviours and/or thinking patterns could help you to feel better.
At your initial assessment it will be explained more about the way CBT works. Once you have completed the assessment it will be explained how CBT can be used to help with the particular difficulties you are experiencing.
For more information about CBT, please visit the BABCP website