We offer over 30 different complementary therapies available at our London centres in Notting Hill and Islington. Therapies have been an integral part of the community at The Life Centre since we first opened our doors in 1993. Meet our therapists or contact our reception team who are happy to advise on the right therapy for you. To book an appointment please contact our reception team.

* Available for babies and children, as well as adults.

** Specially suitable during pregnancy: if you would rather not treat aches and pains or illnesses with medication, try one of our natural therapies.

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Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs **

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine sterile needles to clear blockages in the meridians of the body.

It is based on the principles of Chinese medicine, which assert that the life force (Chi) flows through the twelve meridians of the body. Each meridian is associated with a particular body system or organ. Sluggish or blocked meridians give rise to health problems and imbalance.

Treatments

  • First appointment — 45 mins
  • Follow-up — 30 mins
  • First appointment, Consultation only (no treatment) — 15 mins
  • Mei Hung

    Wednesdays, 18.00-21.00
    Saturdays, 14.30-18.30
  • Gang Zhu

    Tuesdays, 13.00-21.30
    Wednesdays, 13.00-17.00
    Thursdays, 13.00-21.30
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Advanced Clinical Massage

A method which has as it’s aim to help people reduce pain from injuries and chronic pain conditions and restore health and balance to the person in a holistic sense. As well as recent and long standing injuries, conditions that can be helped by massage include fibromyalgia, stress-related tension, headaches and migraine, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and fatigue related to chronic illnesses. The Jing method incorporates Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, slow deep tissue massage, acupressure, use of hot and cold stones and stretching techniques, as well as still energy work

Treatments

  • 60, 90 or 120 mins
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Aromatherapy Massage

The systematic use of essential oils in holistic treatments to improve physical well being. Essential oils, extracted from plants, possess distinctive therapeutic properties that can be utilised to improve health and prevent disease.

Their physiological and psychological effects combine well to promote positive health. The oils are ready absorbed through the skin and have gentle physiological effects. Aromatherapy is an especially effective treatment for stress-related problems and a variety of chronic conditions.

Treatments

  • Aromatherapy & reflexology combination — 80 mins
  • Aromatherapy — 60 mins
  • Aromatherapy massage — 80 mins
  • Karen Clayton

    Fridays, 17.30-21.30
    Sundays, 10.00-14.00
    Thursdays, 08.30-12.30

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Ayurvedic Back Massage

A massage treatment for your neck, back, shoulders and arms. Excellent for frozen shoulders, sciatica, muscle tensions, strains, backache. A revitalising massage for a full back relaxation.

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  • 30, 45 mins
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Ayurvedic Detox/Exfoliation Massage

Ayurvedic detox treatment , specific ground ayurvedic herbs are vigorously rubbed over the body to help draw out impurities and reduce water retention. Udvartana is good for exfoliation, cleansing skin , pure blood circulation.

Treatments

  • 30, 45 mins
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Ayurvedic Dosha Consultation

A dosha constitution and short consultation. Ayurvedic healing system aims to bring health to the physical body, peace on the mind and inspiration on the spirit.

Treatments

  • 30 mins
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Ayurvedic Facial Massage

Ayurvedic face massage – an ancient procedure that will leave you smiling with a visible natural face lift. Working on the face , neck and head , Mukhabhyanga is a remedial therapy where firm pressure lifts facial muscles leaving youthful glow that is a result of regular treatments. Massage to marma(vital) points increases energy flow and is also beneficial for problem lines.

Treatments

  • 45 mins
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Ayurvedic Facial Treatment

Exfoliation, mask, steam, warm oil massage and ‘marma’ points to reduce stress and fatigue. The expression becomes uplifted, more serene and the skin complexion fresher and toned.

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Ayurvedic Full Body Massage

Abhyanga helps to balance daily life, promotes relaxation and detoxification, and relieves fatigue, anxiety and skin complaints such as eczema. It also increases body awareness, strengthens all body parts and internal organs. Very beneficial to improve sleep. Ayurveda suggests that a full body massage every 3 weeks will help the body to eliminate toxins faster from the system.

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  • 60, 90 mins
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Ayurvedic Head Massage

Shirobhyanga works by releasing the tension stored at specific marma (vital) points of the head and neck and with a firm and gentle rhythm which relieves stress. It also nourishes the scalp promoting healthier hair. Best treatment to eliminate tensions, chronic neck problems, migraines, and improve blood circulation and lymph flow.

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  • 30, 45 mins
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Ayurvedic Pummelling Massage

Therapeutic ayurvedic herbal powders are crushed in a traditional pestal and mortar and tied into a muslin cloth which forms the medium for this treatment. known in India a bolus. After warming , oil is applied to the body using the bolus and an ayurvedic technique known as pummelling. This is treatment is extremely nourishing, strengthening and rejuvenating.

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  • 30, 45 mins
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Cranio-Sacral Therapy *

The body experiences subtle rhythmic tidal motions, which are thought to be a direct expression of the health of the system, both physical as well as mental and emotional. Palpation of these tide-like motions allows craniosacral therapists to facilitate change in areas of restriction. This restriction of movement corresponds to a lack of the capacity of the life force to express its self-healing. Through the application of subtle, intelligent touch, a wide variety of chronic and acute conditions can be treated as well as providing a way to induce profound relaxation and to raise vitality.

Craniosacral Therapy is so gentle that it is also suitable for babies, children and the elderly.

Treatments

  • 60 mins

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Energetic Body Work

Energetic Bodywork is an effort in the field of psychosomatic and alternative healing that demonstrates the links between specific tissue and emotional stress, which ultimately leads to the solution best for you.

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  • 60 mins
  • 90 mins
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Facial Reflexology

Facial Reflexology is a method of stimulation of energetic points on the face. Sharing the same principles as Foot Reflexology, Face Reflexology works to identify, through palpation and consultation, imbalances within the body and then aims to rebalance through a planned sequence of techniques. Using hands and fingers, facial muscles and nerve endings are stimulated and re-invigorated, opening up the energy (Chinese Meridian) channels throughout the body.

The face is one of the areas most richly supplied with nerves and blood vessels. This non-invasive treatment is based on the theory that areas on your face are connected to areas of your body, and stimulating them will help to balance underlying energy imbalances promoting wellbeing.

Facial Reflexology is not a beauty treatment. However, it does have rather lovely beautifying side effects, quite literally ‘lifting` the face to make your face feel and look smoother and more toned. It also encourages lymphatic drainage, stimulates the facial nerves, increases blood flow and muscle tone, helps to build up new skin tissue and improves skin tone.

It is particularly good for balancing hormones, helping with menstruation, menopause, ovarian cysts & regulating ovulation & thyroid function. It’s great for the immune system and mood helping with anxiety, depression, stress & can even help you to give up smoking.

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Homeopathy * / **

Working on the principle of curing like with like, a detailed case history is taken in order to select a remedy.

Homeopathy is an effective and scientific system of healing which assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. It recognises that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and that it is the patient who needs treatment not the disease.

Homeopathy can be used to treat almost any condition and is extremely effective in treating children.

Treatments

  • First appointment — 90 mins
  • Follow-up — 45 mins
  • Children under 12, First appointment — 60 mins
  • Children under 12, Follow-up — 30 mins
  • 60 mins
  • 45 mins
  • Children — 45 mins
  • 30 mins

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Hot & Cold Stone Massage

All of the benefits of hot stones, with additional benefits from cold stones: pain reduction, reduction in muscle soreness and decrease in swelling. Alternating hot and cold, this is believed to cause a flushing of the tissue fluids and improve many of the neurological responses which will create the best environment for healing.

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Hot Stone Massage

This treatment uses heated basalt and chilled marble stones to give a really relaxing and detoxifying massage. tones are specifically mapped out to work into the body and then used to massage with oils, this can be a facial massage, reflexology massage, alternatively it can all be incorporated into a luxurious full body treatment.

Treatments

  • 60 mins
  • 90 mins
  • 120 mins
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Hypnobirthing **

Relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques to eliminate the fear and tension that cause long labour and pain, replacing it with confidence, calm and comfort.

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Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy enables one to access and utilise the power of the unconscious mind in order to overcome problems, make changes and achieve goals.

Treatments

  • Hypnotherapy 5 PATH (3-5 sessions) — 80 mins
  • Hypnotherapy for smokers (2 sessions) — 80 mins
  • Self-hypnosis sessions 7 PATH — 60 mins
  • The Balance Procedure — 60 mins

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Indian Head Massage **

Massage of the scalp, face and shoulders, which soothes, comforts and re-balances the energy flow in order to promote a feeling of peace, tranquillity and well-being. Very effective for easing stress, anxiety and insomnia.

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  • 30, 60 mins
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Manual Lymphatic Drainage **

This is an extremely light, repetitive hands-on treatment that re-energises the lymphatic system to expel toxins from the body.

Skin is massaged across and along pathways to increase the flow of the lymphatic system, correcting any excess of fluid within the body tissues. During and after pregnancy it alleviates fluid congestion, reduces stretch marks and helps with tired legs, back pain and other aches and pains.

Treatments

  • Full body — 90 mins
  • Specific — 60 mins
  • For pregnancy — 60 mins

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Massage combined with one-to-one Yoga

A longer session of 90 minutes or 2 hours, dividing time between hands on therapy and a one to one yoga session.

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  • 120 mins
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McTimoney Chiropractic * / **

McTimoney Chiropractic is a gentle whole body manipulative treatment aimed to rebalance the body’s joints, bones and muscles.

At every consultation the whole body is assessed and treated as needed using the practitioner’s hands only. Since the bones are never forced into place, the treatment is relatively gentle and comfortable to receive.

Treatments

  • 60, 30 mins

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Metamorphic Technique *

In this subtle transformative and healing technique, a light touch on the spinal reflexes in feet, hands and head stimulates the recipient’s own inner energies.

Treatments

  • 60 mins
  • Children under 16 — 30 mins
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Myofascial Release

Working slowly and gently directly onto skin without use of oil, freeing restrictions in the myofascia using a listening touch. To relieve pain, resolve structural dysfunction, restore function and mobility and release emotional trauma, will be incorporated into a Clinical Massage Treatment.

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  • 60, 90 or 120 mins
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Nada /Ear Detox

This helps balance organs through auricular acupuncture; this has helped countless people detoxing off substances from nicotine to methadone this is a complimentary therapy helping support any individual going through a detox process. This is most effective done frequently during the detox period.This helps balance organs through auricular acupuncture; this has helped countless people detoxing off substances from nicotine to methadone this is a complimentary therapy helping support any individual going through a detox process. This is most effective done frequently during the detox period.

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  • 30m mins
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Natural & Organic Facial

Organic facials strengthen, heal and revive, giving energy, restoring vitality, lifting and tightening the facial muscles, reducing stress in the face and helping to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. We use the word “Core” because the crystals come from the core of the earth and this helps to reconnect us to who we really are, grounding us and helping us to release what no longer serves us.

It includes:
• Deep cleanse and exfoliation to remove surface skin cells.
• Lymphatic drainage with Crystals to ground, stimulate circulation and cell function, and help with elimination of impurities.
• Two Face Masks
• Facial Massage
• Massage to scalp, neck, arms and shoulders
• Reiki
• A mini foot massage.

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  • 60, 90 mins

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Natural Lift Facial Massage

Natural Lift Facial Massage involves a sequence of techniques, which act as a natural facelift with no need for surgery, helping you to look and feel younger. It incorporates a unique blend of highly effective techniques drawn from both Japanese Face Massage and Indian Face Massage, using Acupressure and Facial Reflexology.

This advanced method of traditional facial massage treats the surface and also deep facial tissues with highly refined, gentle hand and finger manipulation.

These massage techniques can release stresses and traumas locked deeply into the muscles and energy of the face, head and neck. Our face is often our mask, hiding who we really are, and it takes much energy to maintain this “front”. Dropping this mask can be the door to profound relaxation and inner ease.

THESE TECHNIQUES CAN:
• Increase blood circulation, enabling capillaries to deliver nutrients more efficiently to the skin’s surface.
• Stimulate the nervous system.
• Improve lymphatic flow transporting bacteria and toxins away from skin cells.
• Strengthen and tone muscles, helping to prevent sagging skin and fine lines.
• Repair and balance the condition of the skin, minimising the ageing process.
• Balance the chi, improving the health and appearance of the facial tissue.

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  • 30 mins
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Nutrition

We are all unique. Individual. As such we all have different nutritional needs that match our lifestyle and environment. Nutritional therapy works by bringing the body into balance, providing each patient with the correct nutrients from food and sometimes supplements.

The goal is to get to the heart of each patient’s issues, looking at body systems imbalances, rather than treating symptoms in isolation. Functional tests are sometimes used to understand the health and efficiency of a body system.

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  • 60, 45 mins
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Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a system of physical medicine designed to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal problems including :

• Spinal injury, disc degeneration and prolapse, arthritic conditions
• Peripheral joint conditions and injury
• Neck and shoulder pain
• Post surgical recovery eg after hip replacement
• Headaches, migraines and whiplash injuries
• Sports injuries
• Many stress related symptoms and conditions

After a full medical case history and examination is taken in the first session, the techniques used are always gentle and specifically chosen to realign the patient’s body in order to improve the function of their spine and/or limbs and therefore successfully relieve their symptoms.

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  • 45 mins
  • Children - 45 mins
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Cranial Osteopathy * / **

Cranial Osteopathy is a specialisation within osteopathy and can be used to treat many of the above problems and is also particularly useful in treating :

• Post traumatic injury eg traffic accidents, whiplash and head injuries
• Stress related disorders
• Post surgical recovery and scar tissue release
• Geriatric degenerative conditions of the elderly
• Pre and post natal physical issues for mum eg spinal and pelvic pain
• Colic, reflux, feeding and sleeping problems in newborns
• A wide range of physical issues in older toddlers and children

Osteopathic treatment has a very broad range of treatment options and conditions which will benefit any age group from newborn to the very elderly.

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  • 45 mins
  • Children - 45 mins
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Past Life Regression

Past life regression is a process used as a tool to help you answer questions and solve problems that you are tackling in this life, using hypnosis in a calm and gentle way to access the deeper parts of yourself in your subconscious mind.

Taking a past life journey reveals many things on many levels and the process gives opportunity to reconcile and heal the issues that emerge. Those issues will be paralleling the issues that need addressing in this life. Sometimes the parallels are obvious, sometime they take time to digest, but always there will be subtle shifts in our awareness that allows us to take a step forward.

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  • 120 mins
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Pregnancy Aromatherapy Massage **

In pregnancy aromatherapy massage, essential oils are used systematically in holistic treatments to improve physical wellbeing. Essential oils, extracted from plants, possess distinctive therapeutic properties, which can be utilised to improve health, prevent disease and can be especially beneficial in pregnancy, pre- and post-natally. Their physiological and psychological effects combine well to promote positive health, and a unique therapeutic combination of essential oils tailored to your special requirements will be blended. The oils are ready absorbed through the skin and have gentle physiological effects.

Whilst being treated, a specially designed system of pregnancy cushions enables you to lie in supreme comfort.

Treatments

  • 60 mins
  • Karen Clayton

    Fridays, 17.30-21.30
    Sundays, 10.00-14.00
    Thursdays, 08.30-12.30

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Pregnancy Massage **

Pregnancy massage helps to improve the circulation, reduces puffiness and heaviness, releases tight muscles and promotes good posture. By reducing stress levels and encouraging physical health, massage assist the healthy balance of pre- and post-natal hormones, easing the emotional transition to motherhood.

The treatment can be with or without cushions.

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  • 60, 90, 120 mins
  • Some therapists - 30 mins
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Pregnancy Reflexology **

Nerve endings in the feet are gently massage to stimulate vital organs in the body and encourage the body’s natural healing processes. During pregnancy it is particularly recommended for digestive problems, headaches, morning sickness, oedema, tired legs, feet and lower back, raised blood pressure and labour ease. It can also be used to induce overdue labour.

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  • 60 mins
  • Some therapists - 30 mins
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Private Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is the personalised application of yoga techniques to fit the current needs and interests of the individual. It is an integrated mind-body approach for restoring balance and adaptive functioning to the physical (musculoskeletal), physiological (digestion, respiration, cardiovascular, endocrine, and immune), and mental/emotional systems.

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  • First appointment - 90 mins
  • Follow-up - 60 mins

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Reflexology

A therapy in which the nerve endings primarily in the feet are stimulated by specific massage techniques to effect changes in specific parts of the body, boosting health and healing. Nerve endings are imbedded in the feet and hands that then travel to the spinal cord and to various parts of the body. Stimulating these nerve endings thereby helps promote relaxation, improve circulation, stimulate vital organs in the body and encourage the body’s natural healing processes.

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  • 60 mins
  • Some therapists - 30 mins

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Reiki

A Japanese form of spiritual healing and means “Universal life energy”. Acting on the aura, physical and emotional levels, Reiki is a system of hands-on healing, whereby energy is transferred using the Chakras or energy centres of the body. It is beneficial for easing many conditions including stress and related conditions, and is also beneficial for emotional imbalances and relaxation.

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  • 60 mins
  • 90 mins
  • 120 mins

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Rejuvanessence

A light massage treatment of the face, which release muscular tension in the 91 muscles of the face and gently helps the connective tissue to regain its elasticity and vitality, reducing frowns, wrinkles and worry lines and greatly improving the complexion and texture of the skin. Tense muscles have bad circulation which blocks energy paths causing tension, pain and discomfort.

Rejuvanessence also works on the acupuncture points and meridians to release this blocked energy thus relieving headache, jaw, neck and shoulder pain. The energy in the body is balanced, the nervous system find tuned, and harmony of body and mind is restored.

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  • 60 mins
  • Debra Morrice

    Wednesdays, 9.30-12.30
    Saturdays, 10.00-14.00
    Fridays, 9.00-11.00
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Rolfing *

Rolfing is an original and scientifically validated system of body restructuring and movement education.

Through a process of re-education, Rolfing brings the body back into alignment with gravity. Rolfing isn’t just vigorous deep-tissue massage — a Rolfer actually wants to change the structure of your body. By creating freedom of movement and space within the structures of your body, the restricted connective tissue, muscle fibres, joints and internal fascial web are released from life-long holding patterns.

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  • 70 mins

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Skilful Touch Bodywork

Skilful Touch Bodywork comes from the foundations of Rolfing but is more of a general whole body treatment. While it uses the same technique as Rolfing — Myofascial Release — it is not considered “process work” for the body and so can be received on a more ad hoc basis to support removing discomfort from the connective tissue system.

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  • 70 mins
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Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing is a form of Body- therapy aimed at relieving and resolving the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental and physical trauma-related health problems by focusing on the client’s trapped survival cycles and associated sensations (or somatic experiences).

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  • 70 mins

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Sports Massage

The muscle balancing techniques and remedial exercises of this therapy provide an important aspect to the posture, strength, and balance of the skeletal alignment and the patterns of the movement.

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  • 30, 60 mins
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Thai Yoga Massage

A dynamic and interactive form of massage, Thai Yoga Massage relaxes and stimulates the lymph, blood and energy flows. It works by mobilising and opening the joints, gently stretching muscles and tendons. This treatment addresses the whole body, balancing, and deeply relaxing whilst also focusing spot-specific work for key areas of concern. In the traditional Thai manor, we deeply work each major muscle group whilst improving flexibility and range of motion.

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  • 60, 90 mins

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The Balance Procedure

A powerful, unique energy procedure to relax and balance the mind, body and spirit. Combining ancient philosophy with modern quantum science, this powerful life-long self-help process can heighten your awareness of how you are creating your world.

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  • 60 mins
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Therapeutic Massage

A relaxing, total body massage by which stress and tension stored in the body are released through a variety of effective manipulation techniques.

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  • 30, 60 mins
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Trigger Point Therapy

Working on specific areas of pain and sensitivity that may be referring pain to other areas of the body. Getting to the site of the pain to efficiently reduce pain which may be experienced over a larger area. Will be incorporated into a Clinical Massage Treatment.

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  • 60, 90 or 120 mins
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Tui-Na

Related to Acupuncture, whereby pressure is applied in varying degrees to the body, Tui-na removes blockages to the flow of energy, thus restoring balance, boosting the immune system and aleviating many common ailments.

Treatments

  • 30, 60, 90 mins