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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Abhyanga

Ayurvedic massage performed with warm medicated oil, using long connective strokes with additional techniques such as friction, tapping and marma points (this is often performed for a specific medical condition following an initial consultation).

Treatments

  • 60 mins
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Acupressure Facial Massage

This treatment uses acupressure massage to manually stimulate acupuncture points in the face. This is beneficial for relaxation and it is normal for people to have a very restful sleep afterwards. I use facial oil to massage around the collar bone, shoulders, back of neck and face. Ideally you would wear a tank top or strapless top. You may get some oil in your hair; great to relax and unwind.

Treatments

  • 60 mins
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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
  • Gang Zhu

    Tuesdays, 13.00-21.30
    Wednesdays, 13.00-17.00
    Thursdays, 13.00-21.30
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Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a truly holistic system of medicine for diagnosing and treating dysfunction within the body. AK employs muscle testing which facilitates access to body intelligence via the nervous system, acupuncture meridians and other systems. It is therefore a non invasive and extremely effective way of understanding and elucidating the underlying causes of symptoms, referred to as ill health in its many manifestations. Effective therapeutic measures are determined and administered based on the findings of the testing. Several different forms of treatment and medicine are used in AK. For a wide range of health issues, within an appropriate time frame, often symptoms resolve as underlying causes are treated.

Treatments

  • First appointment — 60 mins
  • Follow-up — 30 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

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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.

Treatments

  • 30, 45 mins
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Ayurvedic Consultation

Lifestyle, diet and present condition or illness will be assessed, and appropriate advice, herbs and treatments will be discussed to help you regain health and balance.

Treatments

  • 60 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.

Treatments

  • 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.

Treatments

  • 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.

Treatments

  • 30, 45 mins
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Back & Neck Massage

Using either ayurvedic oil or essential oils followed by steam, this treatment is excellent for chronic neck stiffness and backache, removing tension, and knotted areas.

Treatments

  • 60 mins
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Chiropractic **

Kiran specialises in Prenatal and Postnatal healthcare, specifically helping pregnant women with sciatica, pelvic girdle pain, rib pain, problems with the Sacro-iliac joints and much more.

Kiran uses a “whole person” approach. This approach to wellness means looking for underlying concerns of any disturbance or disruption (which may or may not be causing symptoms at the time) and make fundamental interventions and lifestyle improvements that would optimize the conditions for normal function. Using this unique approach, Kiran is able to help you to accelerate and/or maintain your journey to good health.

Additional techniques that Kiran is trained in are as follows: Activator & SOT non-force adjusting used for Geriatric, Paediatric or any patient who prefers non-force adjusting; Webster Technique for pregnancy patients; Myofascial Release Techniques for soft tissue rehabilitation; Functional Movement Assessment for core stability as related to the spine; Extremity Assessment and Adjusting and Wellness Nutrition to optimize healing/increase energy flow/reduce inflammation.

Treatments

  • First appointment, Pregnancy — 60 mins
  • First appointment, Non-pregnancy — 45 mins
  • Follow-up, Pregnancy — 45 mins
  • Follow-up, Non-pregnancy — 30 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.

Treatments

  • 60 mins
  • 90 mins
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Facial Acupuncture

This works by stimulating Yin organs along meridian lines in your face. It often results in an improvement in your appearance and helps balance your Qi (energy) of your internal organs. Our faces mirror our inner health and wellbeing. When we are well it shows in our faces. Over a course of treatments it is normal to experience an emotional release; all very personal to the individual, this helps us to shed our emotional baggage, heal and feel better. While my treatments are primarily cosmetic, improved tone and texture of skin, reduction of appearance of wrinkles they also work on a deeper level by improving your sense of wellbeing. I do a full health questionnaire and will make sensible suggestions to help improve your appearance and wellbeing.

Treatments

  • First appointment — 90 mins
  • Follow-up — 60 mins
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Foot & Leg Massage

This is not reflexology, you will be lying down on a couch and there will be quite a lot of work on the ankles, drainage of the legs (very good for poor circulation & puffiness), as well as marma points of the feet. Using a blend of essentials oils.

Treatments

  • 60 mins
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Head Massage

This treatment can be done sitting on a chair or lying down. Using a choice of oil according to your needs it can be either energetic or deeply relaxing. Includes work on the neck and shoulders.

Treatments

  • 30 mins
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Holistic Massage

An intuitive approach to massage using essential oils, drainage, some deep tissue work, and chakra balancing technique. It is very healing, and beneficial for stress, anxiety or insomnia. Many clients have reported a therapeutic effect when done a course of 3 – 6 treatments.

Treatments

  • 60, 75 mins
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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 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.

Treatments

  • 30, 60 mins
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Kati or Janu Basti

These are localised treatments on the lower back or knees with medicated oils. Beneficial for arthritic conditions.

Treatments

  • 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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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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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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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.

Treatments

  • 60, 45 mins
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Nutritional Therapy *

Nutrition is increasingly understood as a key element in both physical health and mental wellbeing. But how do we navigate the innumerable choices in an increasingly complex environment in which there is an overload of information, products and people, all offering to heal us? To support our busy lifestyles and the increasing glut of options, an easy and accessible method is required to help incorporate the right approach to food and nutrition in a manageable way.

Samantha’s aim is to offer a helping hand in achieving optimal health, both physically and mentally, by providing a customised, easy to implement and life-style friendly plan.

Whether the concern is weight loss or gain, managing an autoimmune condition, alleviating stress, fatigue, and anxiety, or a general lack-lustre feeling toward life, with the aid of a wholesome diet, we can re-balance the body and restore it to its natural state of harmony.

Treatments

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

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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.

Treatments

  • 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.

Treatments

  • 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.

Treatments

  • 120 mins
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Pinda Sweda

Using boluses with specific herbs and warm oil this treatment is especially recommended for muscular pain on neck and shoulders, or other joints areas, after an initial ayurvedic consultation.

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  • 60 mins
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Pranayama & Meditation (1:1)

This is an excellent way to regain energy, deal with stress and insomnia.

Treatments

  • 60 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.

Treatments

  • 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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Pregnancy Sound Healing **

Sound Healing while you’re pregnant is a very relaxing experience for you and your baby. By listening to the different sounds produced from crystal singing bowls, Gongs, Tibetan bowls and various other therapeutic percussion instruments these all help soothe the body, promoting better sleep, reduced stress and re-energise. Sound tools encourage the brain to move into the deeper Alpha and Theta brain wave frequencies. These are the frequencies that induce deep meditative and peaceful states providing your body with the rest that you need while being pregnant.

Sound is a very powerful technique that has been around for centuries, Sonia’s method of Sound therapy combines carefully considered therapeutic sound techniques that have been shown to affect Physiology, Neurology and Psychology. This approach has been shown to be very effective in improving health and wellbeing.

1 to 1 sessions are different form a group Sound Bath, these treatments are personalised focusing on your needs as well as the babies needs. Sonia has been treating pregnant mums for a couple of years now and these session provide a beautiful sanctuary for you and your baby.

Treatments

  • First appointment - 70 mins
  • Follow-up - 60 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
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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
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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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Sound Healing

Sound therapy is an ancient art that has been practiced around the world for thousands of years, used for healing and transformation. Everything on the planet is in a constant state of vibration, throughout the body in our organs, bones, muscles, cell’s and bodily fluids. If any of these elements become imbalanced this is where problems can occur, by using specific tones and frequencies their vibrations then create a shift into harmonic resonance where transformation and healing take place.

1 to 1 sessions are different form a group Sound Bath, these treatments are personalised focusing on your needs to help detox, energies or heal.

Sonia offers a unique healing experience using Reiki and Sound from her therapeutic instruments. The vibrations from her Gongs, Tuning forks, Tibetan bowls and Crystal singing bowls enable your body to release stress, anxiety and clear blockages creating a peaceful state of relaxation. These treatments are empowering and have long lasting benefits.

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  • 60 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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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.

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  • 30, 60, 90 mins
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Yoga Nidra & Meditation (1:1)

Guided deep relaxation using your own sankalpa (affirmation); it is a very valuable tool when it comes to dealing with challenging difficulties in life, and a regular practice has cumulative effect which allows changes to manifest quicker when needed. The session ends with a short meditation practice.

Treatments

  • 60 mins