Baby massage

Infant Massage
Infant massage is not a new idea, moreover it is one that is being re-discovered.

Infant massage is an art of nurturing which encourages loving communication between parents and their children, by encouraging positive physical contact, bonding and stimulation of child’s development.

The first few months after having a baby can be a challenging time for parents; massage can therefore play a vital role in enriching the lives of both the baby and its parents by bringing
a sense of fulfilment, contentment and well-being. For the older baby it can help them with many ailments, e.g. constipation, sleep patterns etc.

The Benefits of Infant Massage
Bonding with a new-born is not always a natural consequence and massage can help a parent to develop a deeper understanding of the importance of touch.

The benefits of baby massage are reciprocal, what ever helps the baby also helps the parent, and whatever helps the parent aids the healthy development of the child

Benefits for Babies/Infant

Stimulates the baby’s circulation
Stimulates and strengthens a baby’s immune system
Aids digestion (can help to relieve colic and constipation)
Encourages faster weight gain
Improves the appearance and texture of the skin
Soothes and comforts, helping to relieve anxiety and birth trauma
Reduces tension, restlessness and irritability
Promotes relation and helps induce sleep
Gives babies reassurance through skin contact
Helps parent-baby bonding due to intimate interaction time
Teaches babies about communication

Benefits for Parents

Deepens and strengthens the relationship between a baby and its parents
Father or other primary carer, such as a grandparent, can enjoy the same emotional fulfilment as the mother, and can increase bonding
Massaging a baby benefits the breast-feeding mother by enhancing the secretion of prolactin, which is essential for
milk production
Helps parents relax
Helps parents to read baby cues/non-verbal signs
Helps increase confidence and self-esteem in parenting role
Increases parents’ ability to help relax baby in times of stress/distress
Provides for a special time for intimac
Aims as a Baby/Infant Massage Instructor

to enable the parents to understand the benefits of baby massage
to enable parents to participate in providing massage to their babies
As an instructor I will use a doll to demonstrate the strokes of the massage. It is also important to allow the parent to develop their own style. I keep the classes small to enable me to move around the room giving advice to each individual mother and baby. Having had personal experience of pregnancy, birth and post-natal depression I feel able to empathise with mothers and bring my experiences to support mothers during their time with me

Reflexology

Ancient history indicates that Reflexology was originally practised in Egypt, India and China around 2330 B.C.

Reflexology is a therapy which involves using the thumb and fingers to apply pressure to the feet and/or hands. There are points on the hanReflexology Imageds and feet that relate to organs, glands and systems of the body and by applying pressure to these reflexes, congestion can be cleared allowing energy to flow freely. When the body is not working in harmony a reflexologist can feel congestion in these reflexes and, by eliminating toxins and improving circulation, allow the free flow of energy.

Reflexology treats the mind, body and spirit which restores balance and harmony to the whole body.

It is a non-evasive treatment with the client only taking their shoes and socks off. Reflexology can be enjoyed by almost anyone from children to the elderly.

Vertical Reflex Therapy (VRT)

A revolutionary technique which stimulates reflex points on the dorsal area of the feet while they are in an upright, standing position. This uses the body weight to achieve deeper access to specific reflex points. It also focuses on Synergistic Reflexology which simultaneously works the hand and foot.

VRT is a short, effective treatment which can be used alone, or in combination with conventional Reflexology. The body responds rapidly to VRT and it can be incredibly useful when managing the symptoms of pain.

Massage

Therapeutic Massage/Deep Tissue Massage
For thousands of years, the laying on of hands, or massage, has been used to heal or comfort, and forms of massage are found in almost every culture. Massage is the manipulation of soft body tissue, such as muscle, and hands, thumbs, fingers, forearms or elbows can be used to apply pressure on to areas of the body.

Regular massage strengthens and tones the entire body system. It can stimulate or alternatively calm the nervous system, help to ease tension, stiffness and pain, leaving the recipient with an enhanced sense of well-being.

Deep Tissue Massage is a massage technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibres of the muscles, tendons and fascia.

Therapeutic Massage/Deep Tissue Massage Image Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles not with the grain. Deep tissue massage helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue. Deep tissue massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. However, if the massage is done correctly you should feel better than ever within a day or two.

Neuro-Muscular technique (NMT) can be built in and applied as part of a normal massage routine. When muscles are held in a tight position for prolonged periods of time the nervous system begins to accept this position as the new normal state for the muscle and consequently the muscle remains contracted. NMT is achieved by applying focused pressure on a particular area of tightness for up to 90 seconds. What happens next is that the nervous system suppresses its normal reaction to contract and, after a short period, tension in the area is released and the pain diminishes as relaxation occurs. Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a name for a variety of techniques that stretch, strengthen or break down fibrous adhesions. It uses the patient�s own effort and movement, rather than that of the therapist to treat the problem.

Kinesiology

The word “Kinesiology” comes from the Greek word kinesis, which means “motion”. Kinesiology is a system of health care that uses muscle testing and treats the whole person using safe, simple techniques. It is truly holistic and aims to bring the whole person into balance, addressing all aspects of health; structural, nutritional, emotionally, mental and electromagnetic.

Dr George Goodheart discovered in the 1960’s that messages from the brain to the muscles can be disrupted by any number of stresses, including foods, hormones, chemicals, emotions and physical ailments.

Kinesiology combines muscle testing with the principles of Chinese medicine to discover energy imbalances which could affect the individual’s health. It draws on the theories of Chinese meridians to understand how these energies can be balanced. Kinesiology assessment uses muscle testing to let the body reveal precisely the location and/or nature of its imbalances and dictate its preferences for treatment. Kinesiologists use safe and simple corrections to bring the body back into balance. These corrections will sometimes include food supplements, vibrational remedies (ie Bach remedies), neuro-lymphatic points are massaged, acupuncture meridians are traced and neuro-vascular points are held to bring fresh blood to the area of congestion.

Whatever the symptoms, kinesiology balances the body and puts it in the optimum state to heal itself by removing negative stresses, be they physical, chemical or emotional. All ages can benefit.

What can I expect from a Kinesiology treatment?
On your first visit I will assess your overall health by applying a small amount of pressure on your arm (muscle testing). I can assess whether you have toxic metals and assess what food intolerances you may have. The body directs the sessions by
telling me what is happening within it. If I place a suspect food
or stimulus on your body then the muscle will respond by going
weak.

There is an element of energy balancing techniques to help ensure good emotional and physical health.

Appointments are normally made at 1 or 2 month intervals, depending on your presenting symptoms.

Some of the many symptoms that can be helped include:

  • Accident Trauma
  • Allergies
  • Constipation
  • Digestive Problems
  • Headaches
  • PMS
  • Weight Problems
  • Fears
  • Grief
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Candida
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Eczema
  • Hyperactivity
  • Sciatica
  • Insomnia
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Thyroid
  • Neck Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Backache
  • Dyslexia
  • Fatigue
  • Migraine
  • Sinusitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Stress
  • Menopause
  • Panic Attacks

Indian Head Massage

Massage has always played an important part in Indian life, featuring in the earliest Ayurvedic texts that date back nearly 4,000 years. Indian Head Massage springs from this rich tradition and has been practised for over a thousand years.
The head, neck and shoulders are important energy centres within your body. If you are feeling stressed or angry, tension tends to accumulate. Indian Head Massage works on the tiny muscles of the head which is a great relief for tension headaches. It involves working with a firm and gently rhythm to help unknot blockages and relieves the build up of tension.

Indian Head Massage works on the shoulders, arms, neck and head to relieve tension and muscle aches and pain. The client is sat down on a chair fully dressed. Oils can be used by simply exposing the shoulder area. It is a
deeply relaxing massage and can be performed anywhere, even at your desk at
work.

What can IHM help with?

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Sinus problems
  • Neck pain
  • Tension in shoulders and arms
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Sinusitis
  • Tinnitus
  • Ear Ache

Clinical Hypnotherapy

Hypnosis (or trance) is a naturally occurring state of consciousness in which the mind’s focus is concentrated on a specific thing or thought. How many times have you been making a journey by car or walking and arrived at your destination not able to remember having got there? Or have been jolted back to reality by some one speaking to you and said “sorry, I was miles away”, You will have slipped into trance.

Contrary to popular belief it is not the same as being asleep, you, the client, will feel comfortable and relaxed, there is no such thing as a hypnotised feeling and you will be in control and aware of your surroundings at all times.

This makes it a very safe therapy, it is not possible to make anybody do or say something against their will.

How does Solution Focused Hypnotherapy work?

Hypnotherapy is growing in popularity every day because it is a safe proven method of helping people overcome their problems and improve their lives.

It works so well because unlike many other forms of therapy, a hypnotherapist can work directly with the subconscious, the area of the mind which is so often the cause of our problems. When “in trance” it is possible to bypass the conscious mind and communicate directly with the subconscious mind. By working directly with the subconscious we can unlock the key to our problems and permanently change patterns of thought and behaviour in a beneficial way.

With Solution Focused Therapy the emphasis is very much on helping the client to resolve their problems, to help them change their perspective on particular aspects of their life allowing them to make positive changes. By encouraging clients to focus on their own inner resources, to work towards things being how they want them to be, solutions can be found that allow them to move forward in their lives in a positive and beneficial way.

This is a very modern form of therapy, which does not require lengthy analysis, or dwell un-necessarily on the past.

This method also incorporates Suggestion Therapy, which allows desired positive changes to be made by using the client’s increased sense of awareness and acceptance of positive suggestion. Altering the client’s beliefs, or negative programming and replacing them with positive suggestions is highly effective in helping with fears, phobias and addictions.

 

  • Anxiety and Stress Anger
  • Confidence/Self-Esteem
  • Depression
  • Obsessions
  • Smoking – Addictions
  • Weight Management
  • OCD
  • Childbirth
  • Fears/Phobias
  • IBS
  • Insomnia
  • Panic Attacks
  • Performance and Exam Nerves
  • Sexual and Relationship Problems

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is by no means a new concept; its roots can be traced back to the early Egyptian people 5,000 years ago.

Aromatherapy treatment involves the use of essential oils from plants to improve physical and emotional well-being. Essential oils are extracted from various parts of a plant, such as petals, barks, twigs, roots, leaves, seeds and resin. There are many ways in which to use essential oils including inhalation, in the bath, compresses and massage. Massage is an excellent way of applying the oils to the body and increases the healing potential of Aromatherapy.

Essential oils are uniquely blended specifically for each clients requirements. Home blends, such as bath oils, skin cream etc can be made up in the same way so that you can continue the aromatherapy experience at home. Essential oils in a cream can be very beneficial for skin ailments such as psoriasis, acne, eczema, oily skin, dry and dehydrated skin etc.

Try out the following blends and see for yourself:-

Muscular tension, aches and pains
15ml base oil, sweet almond oil or apricot kernel oil
2 drops of eucalyptus
2 drops of chamomile
2 drops of lavender
Mix the blend as above and massage in to affected areas.
Headaches
15ml base oil, sweet almond oil or apricot kernel oil
2 drops rose
2 drops of lavender
2 drops of eucalyptus
Mix the blend as above and rub onto temples and forehead.

Do not put essential oils directly on skin, apart from Lavender & Tea Tree, always use a base oil.

Allergy testing

An estimated 1 in 3 people has an allergy. Some of these are to airborne substances such as pollen (hay fever), house dust mite, animal hair, household products and cosmetics. The most common of allergies is the food you eat.

There are several reasons why a person has an allergy. Among these are lack of digestive enzymes, leaky gut, candida and immune deficiency.

  • What are the symptoms?
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Eczema
  • Bloating
  • IBS
  • Weight problems
  • Headaches
  • Sinus problems
  • Hay fever
  • Insomnia
  • Behavioural problems in children

How to test for allergies and intolerances?
By using kinesiology we can identify the foods and the underlying causes. We will test how we re-balance the underlying causes and advise you to eliminate the foods if possible. Once the underlying causes have been
dealt with the suspect foods can then be
re-introduced.

Who’s affected?
Babies, young children and adults are all affected. There is an increase in
eczema in children which could be caused by food intolerances or airborne
allergies. Children’s behaviour can also become affected if intolerant to
foods and additives.

What can I expect from a treatment?
A treatment lasts for an hour and is carried out fully clothed. Gentle pressure is applied to a lower arm muscle (muscle testing) and a response is monitored. Any subsequent sessions will normally be at monthly intervals.

Smoking & Addictions

Many people turn to hypnotherapy to help give up smoking because everything else they have tried has failed.It is therefore testimony to the effectiveness of hypnotherapy that they are then able to succeed. It is not therefore surprising that New Scientist states that Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking (Cognitive reactions to smoking relapse, Vol 135) or a recent article in Womens Weekly recommends Hypnotherapy stating that Research has shown that this can be five times more effective than nicotine replacement, they also recommended the NCH website as the place to find a therapist, you need look no further!

We are all aware of the effects smoking has on our health; for more information try www.givingupsmoking.co.uk .

So why can it be so hard to give up? As most people consciously want to give up it is not hard to work out that it is the subconscious that promotes the need to smoke. For those who struggle to give up the battle between the conscious and subconscious mind is weighted in favour of the subconscious.

Using hypnosis we can access the sub-conscious mind and tip the balance in favour of the conscious.

Providing that your conscious intent is that you 100% want to give up smoking the battle can be won, we cannot however magically make you a non smoker if you are not 100% committed to giving up.

Smoking sensation is one session lasting between 1˝ to 2 hours.

Fears & Phobias

Fears and Phobias can be extremely debilitating, a fear of heights or enclosed spaces amongst many others, can have a negative effect on our every day lives.

Our minds can be re programmed to react to fear, or strong emotions generated when we encounter real danger by activating our flight or fight response – a reaction designed to ensure our survival in hostile environments.

A phobia is created when our mind generates a similar emotional reaction to something that poses no rational treat or danger, activating the flight or fight response. These responses can be as a result of a traumatic experience, but can also be generated as a result of our thoughts.

By reducing overall anxiety and desensitising the memory templates associated with the object of the phobia, which can be anything from the more common, such as spiders, enclosed spaces and flying to the unimaginably obscure, we can change the emotional response and therefore how the mind reacts.

By using hypnotherapy phobias can usually be dealt with in three to five sessions.