COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES FOR HEALTH AND WELLBEING
What are Complementary Therapies for Health and Wellbeing?
This name is given to treatments that consider the whole person and are safe to use alongside conventional medicine. These therapies are not just a treat, they may help you when you are in pain, discomfort or in need of some relaxation. There is increasing evidence of their efficiency and they are also very pleasant!
For Lymphatic Massage (MLD) please see Massage Therapies
Myofascial Release (MFR)
The above therapies can be useful in supporting clients for
General Health and Wellbeing
Neck and Back Pain
Migraine and Tension Headaches
Low Energy Levels
Relieve Stress and Anxiety
Chronic Pain Management /Fibromyalgia etc
Chronic Health Conditions
Longer Term Conditions, such as Cancer
Physiological Beneﬁts can;
- enhance lymphatic drainage – this helps to reduce fluid retention and prevent oedema
- reduces stiffness
- balance the nervous system
- induce a feeling of deep relaxation in the body
- help to restore balance in the body
- help to increase energy levels as blockages and congestion in the nerves are eased
- stimulate the body’s natural immune system
- increase the oxygen and nutrient supply to the tissues by increasing the blood circulation
Psychological Beneﬁts can;
- promote a general state of well-being
- calm and soothe the mind
- help to reduce nervous tension
- help to lift the mood and reduce feelings of depression
A light touch whole-body treatment technique developed by John e Upledger DO,QMM:
A hands-on treatment, done fully clothed.
Working with the body’s cerebrospinal fluid flow to pinpoint and address problem sources, which nourishes the central nervous system and improves overall health and well-being by boosting the body’s ability to selfcare.
Craniosacral therapy helps to alleviate the aches, pains, and strains of life, improving coping mechanisms to allow for better management of stress.
The long-established principle of reflexology is that a relationship exists between the nerve endings on the foot and parts of the body including organs, glands, spine, and limbs.
Reflexology is a unique method of massaging the feet using specific techniques, producing a positive effect on the nervous system. It works through stimulating the body’s own ability to rebalance and heal itself.
Reflexology is a holistic therapy, meaning it takes into consideration the whole person; the emphasis of the treatment is on the individual rather than the condition.
Aromatherapy massage uses essential oils (highly concentrated plant oils) added to the massage oil or lotion.
Inhaling essential oils through the nose is thought to promote beneficial changes in the mind and body by affecting the limbic system in the brain.
Essential oils are also believed to be absorbed through the skin. This wonderful flowing massage uses tailored blended oils with a base to suit your individual requirements
Myo = Muscle | Fascial = Fascia | Release = Release
Fascia is a continuous sheet of tough connective tissue that holds us together and helps the body move in coordinated patterns.
Fascia is an interconnected 3D web of connective tissue that gives our body its shape, structure, and functionality.
In a healthy hydrated state, fascia is able to stretch & move without restriction. Trauma such as injury, illness, surgery, physical or emotional stress will cause the fascia to tighten and dehydrate resulting in fascial restrictions.
This is a major factor of muscle pain and restricted movement. Over time, restrictions often lead to troubled sleep, irritability, fatigue, poor posture, numbness & tingling, headaches, weight changes, depression and increased cortisol levels, all of which leave us more susceptible to illness and injury.
About the therapy
Myofascial release therapy is a very soothing and effective hands-on technique. Gentle sustained pressure into fascia literally melts the tissue, releasing restrictions throughout the whole body. A release may trigger emotions or an urge to lift and move the limbs around – this is known as fascial unwinding. Immediate benefits have been described as “feeling loser and lighter. ”
Myofascial release is usually incorporated within remedial massage treatment. However, a full treatment is particularly helpful for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, stress, postural imbalances, chronic pain, headaches, emotional trauma.