To find out a little more about the therapies that I offer, please select the relevant therapy options.
Please note that your first appointment will also include a 5-10 minute consultation for therapeutic massage and 15-20 minutes for sports/remedial massage.
Tailoring your massage
You may want to sample hot stones massage but not have a full hot stones treatment? You might be suffering from tension headaches and would like some Indian Head or Rejuvenating Facial Massage included in your full body massage? If this is the case, or you would just like some further advice, please feel free to contact me to discuss further.
All my treatments are available both in my treatment room or I also provide a mobile service in your own home (ladies only, within 5 miles of Ruislip).
What are Holistic Therapies and Why Try Them?
The word “holistic” derives from the Greek word “holos” meaning whole.
Holistic Therapies have evolved over thousands of years and differ greatly in their approach to modern Western medicine. Rather than treating an individual symptom (eg a migraine) in isolation, a holistic therapist will look at the whole person – mind, body, spirit and emotional state – to identify and treat any imbalances which could be causing the client’s symptoms or “dis-ease”. By helping to restore balance (homeostasis) mind, body and spirit can work in harmony, improving energy flow and vitality and allowing the body to heal itself naturally.
Complementary – not alternative
All of the therapies I provide are complementary and not alternative – that is to say, they are not in any way intended to be used instead of recommended treatments from your GP or medical professional. However for minor ailments and general wellbeing, complementary holistic therapies can be extremely beneficial to restore balance and help you back to good health and wellbeing.
Complementary Therapies are also ideal to use alongside conventional medicine to help cope with stress, anxiety, fatigue and pain, especially if caused by chronic or degenerative illness. They are rarely contraindicated and have few side effects.
Prevention is better than cure
Modern Western medicine treats illness, but if you look to ancient Eastern culture, the emphasis is on prevention rather than cure. By staying healthy, both emotionally and physically, you are less prone to illness and if you do become ill, your body is in a much better position to heal itself. Many of my clients initially come to me because of a particular symptom or condition they are struggling with. However, they then continue to come regularly after their issues are resolved, not only to prevent symptoms re-occurring but also for relaxation, to improve their general wellbeing and because they enjoy it!
The effects of stress
Too much stress can affect you in more ways than you think:
In today’s fast-paced and stressful world, our minds and bodies are put to the test daily and it has been reported that around 75% of illness is stress related.
Stress induces the “Fight or flight” response. This is primarily a primitive response to our brains telling us that we are in danger (think caveman being chased by a wild animal!). All five senses are heightened and increased adrenalin is circulated around the body to enable us to run away or stay and fight. A certain amount of stress is an important (and potentially life-saving) part of our lives. However, due to the increased stress of modern day life, our bodies can go into a permanent fight or flight situation which leaves muscles overly-tensed and fatigued, blood pressure increased , minds unable to switch off and can also have a negative effect on our digestive and reproductive systems. It also leaves us more vulnerable to illness.
By engaging the parasympathetic (rest and digest) system, our body is taken off high alert. Muscles relax, our digestive systems start to work properly again, blood pressure lowers, our senses return to their normal state and balance of mind and body (homeostasis) can be achieved. Research has shown that both massage and reflexology help to engage the parasympathic system and it is no coincidence that you feel sleepy or hungry after a treatment. You may even hear your tummy begin to rumble during your session – a sign that your digestive system is returning to its relaxed state!