Sports / Remedial Massage
Sports and Remedial massage use a variety of techniques, including deep tissue, muscle energy work and stretching to release muscle tension and restore a healthy balance to the musculo-skeletal system. This treatment aids recovery in conjunction with osteopathy. Treatment can also improve the suppleness and strength of the musculature and helps prevent injury. It is a form of treatment that benefits both the sporting and non-sporting populations and regular sports massage can help you to:
- Recover more quickly from injury
- Increase flexibility and improve circulation
- Flush out waste products that cause stiffness
- Recover more quickly between training sessions
- Reduce the risk of overuse injuries
- Train for longer and more often
Clinical Ergonomics Surveys
Clinical ergonomics surveys are designed to reduce the incidence of workplace related injuries (e.g. RSI and back pain) through a comprehensive assessment of an employees working area. The survey assess the individual needs of an employee and matches these to the ideal workplace environment. Such surveys can significantly reduce the level of injuries, reduce absenteeism and ensure that health and safety investment is effectively targeted. This service is proved by Registered Osteopaths Mr Iain Chapman, BSc(Ost), DO and Mr Stephen Moore BSc(Ost), DO
Reflexology is an ancient therapy working on the principle that the whole body is mapped out on the feet or hands. When these reflex points are stimulated it brings about positive healing effects on the corresponding part of the body and on overall health. Reflexology is very relaxing and not only helps with physical problems but affects the mind and emotions, raises energy and is an excellent preventative treatment.
Aromatherapy massage is a gentle, relaxing treatment utilising oils extracted from aromatic plants to promote and maintain health and vitality. It is an ancient therapy that has been used by many different cultures for centuries. The oils are tailored to individual needs and apart from the physical benefits, the oils affect the emotions and the mind.
The word Aromatherapy can be misleading, as the oils do not only work through inhalation. Each one of the oils has specific properties that interact with the body’s chemistry, thereby affecting the organs and body systems and facilitating healing. It is a realxing and wonderful way to balance the whole body and prevent disease.
This treatment aims to relax and balance the body. The massage is tailored to the individual and combines lymphatic drainage, deep tissue work and joint release. It promotes vitality and wellbeing by cleansing and relieving aching, tired muscles.
Deep relaxation massage
If you are feeling tired, stressed out or just a little bit blue, relaxation massages are just the thing for you! The therapist will tailor your treatment to your individual needs, and you can be sure that gentle, rhythmic treatments will leave you feeling pampered and rejuvenated.
Deep relaxation massage can help to:
- Produce a sense of well-being and vitality
- Relieve pain and stress
- Relax and restore tired, aching muscles
- Restore suppleness and improve circulation
- Induce deep and restful sleep
- Identify poor postural habits and work to improve them
- Enhance body awareness
Acupuncture is a complete system of medicine developed over the last few thousands of years in China and the East, and is now continuing to be researched and developed in the West as well.
Clinical experience of over 3000 years has proven acupuncture to be effective for treating many conditions. New research is now demonstrating the biological and biochemical mechanisms for how it works.
Severe and acute illnesses are well dealt with by wstern medicine – however, steroids and chemical drugs often have side effects. Acupuncture works with the body’s own healing mechanisms which leads to fewer side-effects, whilst still being effective.
Specific points on the body, known as acupuncture points, are stimulated by inserting very fine needles, or by massage, pressure or heat. The explanation for the action of acupuncture in terms of traditional Chinese medicine theory is that this allows the body’s energy, or Qi, to flow more freely where it has become stuck, or to gather where it has become depleted. This allows the body’s processes to work more effectively. Clinical studies have shown the effects of acupuncture on various processes, such as hormone production, antibodies and nerve conduction.
Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling
If you are thinking about counselling or psychotherapy you might be looking for some help with changing something about your life. You may have a clear goal or idea about what you would like to be different. On the other hand you may have a more general feeling that things are just not right at the moment and this may be more difficult to put into words. Or perhaps you are in a crisis and looking for support. Therapy cannot change the events in your life but it can help with identifying better ways to move forward and find more satisfying and valuable ways to live.
There are many schools of counselling and psychotherapy. Integrative therapy means a therapists training included a combination of ideas to do with the theory and practice of psychotherapy and counselling. An integrative practitioner will have formed their own approach to their practice coming from a sound grounding in many theoretical models. This means that one integrative therapist is likely to have a different approach to another because each person would integrate their theories differently.
Integrative psychotherapy and counselling can offer you a different perspective and undivided attention in a confidential setting where you will not be pressured, shamed or judged. You will not be given instructions on how to live your life but will be helped to express yourself and given feedback which is intended to help you decide your own way forward. In therapy you can explore how to increase your choices. It can be a great help for someone with an emotional problem but you do not have to be in crisis for therapy to be worth investing in.
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Nutritional therapy practitioners use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.
Some people simply want to check that they are on the right track with regard to healthy eating. Others may want to lose weight or get help with their symptoms. Nutritional Therapists recognise that each person is an individual with unique requirements and take time to define personalised nutrition plan rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. The practitioner evaluates individual needs and uses the extensive evidence base for nutritional science to develop a personalised, safe and effective nutrition and lifestyle programme.
Appointments can be booked at reception or by telephone on 020 8521 7888.
Free 15-minute consultations are available to identify which therapy is most appropriate for your needs.