The Alexander Technique helps you to help yourself by teaching you a way of thinking that could change your life. Using the Alexander Technique we can learn to live our everyday lives with more ease and freedom and bring a lasting improvement to our physical and mental well-being. By learning how we can use our minds and bodies in daily life we can identify, release and prevent unnecessary tension and unhelpful habits.
Practicing the Alexander Technique can help change the habits that contribute towards functional problems such as back pain, muscle tension and stiffness, poor posture and breathing problems and we can influence our response to stress, often removing the underlying causes of physical difficulties, stiffness, pain and discomfort.
What happens in a lesson?
With discussion and gentle manipulation the therapist can help you discover how to reduce unnecessary tension and to experience an easier way of moving. Together you can explore some of the ideas behind the Alexander Technique and discover what may be causing your difficulties. The hands on work can help to explain these ideas.
The therapist can help you to discover how you can live with less tension by helping you think about HOW you move and by gently guiding your body through simple everyday movements like standing and sitting and walking. It may also be possible to explore particular activities like working at a computer, playing an instrument, a sport or any activities that interest you.
No special clothing is required providing it is loose and comfortable.
Alexander Technique is provided by Linda Wyman.
Price: £40 for 45 Minutes
Essential oils have different healing properties for body and mind. They are diluted in carrier oils and with a the massage they are believed to be absorbed through the skin. Also when essential oil molecules are inhaled they affect the limbic system of the brain. The limbic system controls emotions and influences the nervous system and hormones. A massage with the essential oil can work from different levels.
Who can benefit?
Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to people with conditions involving stress or emotions, for example insomnia, depression headaches, digestive disorders, premenstrual syndrome and back pain. Essential oils can affect heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, digestion and the immune system.
What happens during an aromatherapy massage?
After a consultation, your therapist will select with you one or more essential oils and which are mixed in a base oil. The oils can be used in a full body massage or to massage specific areas. The subtle aroma of the essential oils will fill the air around you during the massage.
Aromatherapy Massage is provided by Ruth Muheim
Price: from £40
Hypnosis is a natural, effective way of making contact with the inner (unconscious) self, a source of many of our problems as well as a tremendous reservoir of unrecognised potential strength and knowledge. Modern Hypnotherapy can help with a variety of physical issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and mental/emotional issues such as phobias and panic attacks.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a well evidence-based psychological therapy for a number of psychological problems such as anxiety disorders. In this treatment an emphasis is placed on current patterns of thinking and behaviour that contribute to a particular problem. Understanding and modifying these patterns is a focus of treatment to help people achieve their goals for change.
Within this therapy people also learn strategies for coping in the future. It is a time-limited therapy where the therapeutic relationship is collaborative and it is a widely recommended treatment in national and international guidelines.
You can discuss your interest in this therapy with Dr Julie Hardie (Clinical Psychologist) .
We all have times in our lives when we struggle. Counselling can provide an opportunity to explore and deal with issues in a safe, confidential setting. These issues might be related to a particular problem, a crisis, feelings of stress and panic, difficulties with a relationship, a lack of purpose, or unresolved issues from the past. Counselling can also help with general personal development.
What to expect from a counselling session
You will be encouraged to develop greater awareness of yourself and greater insight into your problems by exploring your feelings and experiences in the present and perhaps what still affects and influences you from the past. Talking confidentially in a supportive non-judgmental environment can provide you with an opportunity to resolve the problems you are currently experiencing and help bring about change.
Counselling is provided by Delphine Feneulle-Adderley.
A concessionary rate may be negotiable for people on low income (This is subject to limited availability).
CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of improving health and function in the body and mind, by correcting fluid imbalances between the cranium (skull) and sacrum (base of the spine).
In the early 20th Century, William G. Sutherland investigated the movement of the bones of the skull and developed techniques to correct abnormal motion between these bones. In the 1970’s Dr. John Upledger investigated the relationship between the movement of the bones in the skull and spine, and the fluid within the brain and spinal cord. These investigations resulted in the development of the therapeutic application of the CranioSacral techniquThis gentle therapy encourages the body to work naturally to restore health and vitality, and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium. CST has been shown to be effective for: chronic pain, migraine, eye difficulties, sinus and ear problems, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments and learning difficulties, sleep disorders, digestive disorders, stress-related conditions, and other physical and psychological disorders.
CST is suitable for all ages, including very young children and babies, and may bring relief from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. After you have completed a course of CST treatment for a specific condition, many people find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments to maintain health and well-being.
What happens when I go for treatment?
The therapist will ask a few questions related to any specific conditions you may have, and any medications you are on. You will remain fully clothed, and be asked to lie on a couch and relax. The therapist will, using a very light touch, place their hands on different areas of your body, to gently correct the fluid imbalances within the system.
The application and the effect of the therapy are unique to each person. After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very definite way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; sometimes people report feeling tired, but this is transitory.
CST is provided by Kathryn Watt, Jacqui Loudon and Hanka Psenikova
Price: from £40
Holistic (Swedish) Massage
Holistic Massage is also called "Swedish" or "Therapeutic" Massage. The treatment can work on specific areas (back, neck and shoulder etc). It can also be a whole body massage.
By using different techniques, the massage helps to relax the muscles, drains away accumulated toxins, improves circulation, stimulates the nervous system and balances the life forces.
What are the benefits?
Holistic massage can help with many conditions. It can release pain and tensions in muscles and helps with mobility. It is relaxing as well as invigorating affecting nerves, circulation and muscles while giving a sense of well being. It is useful, not only for the above benefits, but as a regular treatment for stress management.
After a consultation with your therapist you will lie on the couch, with most of your clothing removed. Large towels preserve your modesty throughout the treatment. Specific areas of your body are worked on with varying degrees of pressure, depending on your individual needs and preferences.
Price: from £40
Hot Stone Therapy
Hot Stone Therapy is a massage where warm basalt stones in different sizes are used to treat. Some warm stones are also placed on specific places on the body during the treatment.
The warmth of the stones makes the massage a deeply therapeutic treatment which has a calming effect on body and mind. The smooth heated stones relax the muscles and ease tensions. It can also bring relief to areas of chronic pain. The treatment can be a full body massage or can concentrate on specific areas.
Hot Stone Therapy eases muscles stiffness and can provide relief from pain. It can increases the circulation and may help to reduces chronic tension and stress. HST can increases flexibility and can help with many health conditions.
The treatment can be calming and nurturing, yet some clients feel invigorated.
Price: from £40
Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage developed over 1000 years ago from the Ayurvedic principles which encourage balance in order to achieve and maintain health. This is attained through massage techniques which treat the physical body as well as aiding the body’s energetic flow. Relaxing and calming, Indian can be tailored to ease tension away and induce a wonderful feeling of wellbeing or as an energetic stress-busting therapy it can leave you stimulated and energised.
Working on the central nervous system, a variety of massage movements are used to relieve tension, stimulate circulation and improve joint mobility. In keeping with the Ayurvedic principles, Indian Head Massage also works on the body’s energy pathways and chakras to free blockages and restore balance.
Along with treating medical complaints such as headaches, sinusitis, muscle tension in neck and shoulder, stress or eye strain, Indian Head Massage can improve circulation and concentration, stimulate hair growth, improve the health of the hair and aid the detoxification process.
What to expect from an Indian Head Massage
During a treatment, the client can choose to remain fully clothed or the back can be massaged with oil. After a brief consultation the client will lay on the couch. With an Indian Head Massage back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face are treated. Clients have the choice of whether oils are used during their treatment or not. The oils can be hugely beneficial for skin and hair. The treatment can also be done seated. IHM can be tailored to your individual need.
How can mindfulness help you?
Mindfulness has become a “hot topic” in Western psychology as research suggests that mindfulness meditation can help you:
Cope better with stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and illnesses.
Develop calmness, clarity and resilience
Regain control of your "inner critic" and become kinder to yourself
Increase confidence and hope
Live life for today and enjoy life more.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a way of being present which is accessible to everyone of us. It is our innate ability to pause and pay close attention to what we are feeling, thinking, sensing or doing from moment-to-moment, without getting lost into old habits of the mind such as ruminating about the past, worrying about the future or criticizing ourselves.
Practicing mindfulness is like exercising a muscle. As our mindfulness muscle becomes stronger, we can see more clearly the patterns of our mind and learn to respond more skillfully and compassionately to challenging thoughts, feelings or physical sensations. While mindfulness training cannot eliminate the inevitable pain that life brings, it can lessen our suffering which is often the result of our unhelpful and automatic reactions to life.
One-to-one mindfulness training
At Hawthorn Holistic Therapies, Delphine Feneulle-Adderley offers one-to-one mindfulness training and will tailor each session to your own needs. She will introduced you to some simple meditation practices and help you bring mindfulness and compassion into your daily life. As an experienced mindfulness practitioner and trained counsellor, she will also give you plenty of time to share your experience and explore any obstacles to your practice in a mindful and compassionate way.
Price: £25 for an introductory session and £45 for each session thereafter. Each session lasts one hour. A reduced rate may be negotiable for people on low income. (This is subject to limited availability).
Nutritional Therapy is relatively new in the UK and is both scientific and holistic. It helps an individual achieve their best level of health using a personalised nutritional and supplementation programme. It aims to get to the root of a health condition and address the underlying cause, instead of focusing on symptoms only. Each nutritional programme is carefully tailored to suit the needs of the individual based upon information provided in a detailed dietary, lifestyle and health questionnaire followed by a one-to-one consultation.
Nutritional Therapy is most successful when done in phases, therefore several consultations are normally necessary to achieve the best results. After the initial consultation, subsequent consultations are normally 4 - 6 weeks apart, however the frequency and number of appointments depends on you.
Many people arrange a Nutritional Consultation for the following reasons:
Weight Loss Assistance, correct nutrient deficiencies, improve digestive function, balance hormone levels (PMS, menopause), increase energy levels, for immune support, bring blood pressure to a healthy level, improve inflammatory conditions and cholesterol levels, Skin conditions and Allergies.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy which works on the feet or hands and can help to balance and relax body and mind.
Whilst the art of Reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, it wasn’t until 1913 that Dr William Fitzgerald introduced this therapy to the West as ‘zone therapy’. He noted that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone. In the 1930’s Eunice Ingham further developed this zone theory into what is now known as Reflexology. She observed that congestion or tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body.
Reflexology can help to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium.This gentle therapy encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance. Reflexology is suitable for all ages and has been shown to be effective for: back pain, migraine, infertility, arthritis, sleep disorders, hormonal imbalances, sports injuries, digestive disorders and stress-related conditions and more.
What happens during a Reflexology treatment?
After a consultation you take off socks and shoes and you make yourself comfortable on the couch. The treatment involves gentle, yet precise massage movement to all the reflexes of the feet.
"Reiki" is derived from "Rei" which describes universal energy and "Ki" which means the fundamental life force. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."
Reiki originated in Tibet and was rediscovered in the nineteenth century by Dr Mikao Usui, a Japanese monk. It has been passed down by Reiki masters since that time and today is practised worldwide.
How can Reiki help?
Reiki may works on many levels: Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual. It can helps to reduce stress and relaxes and promote healing.
What to expect from a Reiki treatment
The therapist will do a consultation. Remaining fully clothed you will be asked to lie on the couch or remain seated if you prefer. The therapist then places his/her hands on or around your body.
Each person experiences Reiki differently. During the treatment you may or may not feel sensation. The treatment can give you a feeling of well-being and calmness.
Shiatsu, like acupuncture, is based on Oriental medicine and aims to balance the body's energies through the use of acupressure massage techniques.
Shiatsu deeply relaxes the body, calms the mind and produces a sense of well-being. It can help a range of conditions from specific injuries to general ill- health e.g. back pain, sports injuries, reduced mobility, depression, stress, low energy and digestive problems.
Vital energy (Ki or Chi) flows through the body in channels called meridians. These may become blocked, producing physical, mental or emotional ailments. Shiatsu aims to stimulate the flow of Ki through acupoints to create positive changes in energy patterns and achieve healthy balance.
What to expect from a session
Several techniques are used to contact the meridians, ease joints and muscles and improve breathing: gentle holding, pressure applied with palms, thumbs, elbows or knees, stretches and joint rotations. Treatments are as gentle or as deep as required. The practitioner bases this on an initial detailed consultation and checking in throughout the session. Shiatsu is practised on a futon on the floor or a couch. It can also be done seated if unable to lie down. The client remains fully clothed throughout.
Before and after...
• Please wear loose, warm, comfortable clothing, preferably cotton e.g. sweatshirt, tracksuit trousers and cotton socks.
• Do not eat heavily two hours prior to treatment and avoid alcohol.
• After treatment drink plenty of water to smooth the flow of changes through the system and rest if possible
Sports and Remedial Massage
Remedial massage works on musculoskeletal injuries which includes spasmed or torn muscles and ligament sprains.
When tissue damage occurs, some bleeding will take place and scar tissue will develop, which is a vital part of the initial healing process. However, often excessive amounts of scar tissue form, and if the condition persists, will increase even further. This leads to the creation of adhesions and fibrous tissue. For a muscle to function the fibres need to be able to glide smoothly over each other. In the early stages, scar tissue is quite sticky and can bind fibres together. Over time a local area of muscle fibres can mat together into a hard lump or knot.
Adhesions can also form between ligaments, tendons, muscles and bone, which can lead to restricted movement of a joint. Remedial massage techniques will prevent excessive scar tissue formation by stopping these cells from binding together. Where scar tissue has formed, massage can break it down so that it can be either absorbed and eliminate, or aligned with the muscle, thus making the damaged area stronger and hence less likely to cause problems in the future.
Repetitive or excessive use of a muscle can cause continuous muscle spasm within an area. These muscles only partially relax after contraction and cause pain in the affected area. This in turn can cause misalignment of the surrounding bones such as the pelvis or vertebrae. A typical example of this is back pain. Advanced Remedial Massage can use Muscle Energy Techniques to release this spasm, hence eliminating the pain in the area. Advanced Remedial Massage can also be very effective when used on frozen shoulders, sciatica and the entrapping of nerves caused by overtight muscles.
Finally, massage affects the nervous system in several ways. It stimulates the nerve receptors which control tissue tension and it can stimulate the body’s natural opiates such as endorphins thus reducing pain and increasing the sense of well-being.
Who can benefit?
Anyone with a muscular, skeletal problem can benefit from remedial massage. This includes back, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, frozen shoulders, pins and needles caused by muscle tightness, knee and ankle problems and problems with the rib cage.
Price: from £45
Tai Chi and Qigong
Tai Chi is a slow, gentle form of exercise suitable for people of all ages and most levels of fitness. It resembles a slow, classical dance and can be thought of as a type of meditation in movement. It often brings about a feeling of relaxation and peace of mind while subtly exercising the body. It is made up of a sequence of slow, flowing moves called a form.
Qigong (pronounced ‘Chee Gong') is similar to Tai Chi and much easier to learn. It is also a slow flowing form of movement and especially beneficial for relaxation. After several lessons you may be able to remember some Qigong and practice it effectively in your own time.
Each Tai Chi or Qigong lesson is carefully tailored to suit the needs, fitness levels and capabilities of the individual/class. After practicing Tai Chi and Qigong you often feel calm, healthy, happy and revitalised.
Who might benefit from a Qigong lesson?
Qigong is suitable for people of all ages and levels of fitness. Many people arrange an individually tailored lesson for the following reasons: To ease stiffness and aches and pains, help build up balance and co-ordination, for stress reduction and help with depression and concentration, to increase energy levels and for enjoyment. It is also ideal for those who haven't exercised for a long time.
Western Herbal Medicine is the use of plants and dietary change to help the body to regain or maintain good health.
Western Herbal Medicine fits easily alongside orthodox medicine. Western (not Chinese) Herbal Medicine uses the same concepts, dividing the body into systems: respiratory, urinary and so on. We understand disease processes in the same way. We share a long history, only diverging in the twentieth century when orthodox medicine chose to use drugs synthesised in a laboratory rather than unchanged plant material.
We use herbs to help the body to heal itself rather than intervening with drugs or surgery. Responses are often slower and less dramatic, but health improvements can be longer lasting because we focus more on the underlying cause than the symptoms. We use unchanged plant material rather than a drug containing one active chemical. One plant may have many beneficial effects without unwanted side-effects: for example Meadowsweet, from which aspirin was first derived, is anti-inflammatory and also soothing to the gut. Pharmaceutical drugs, on the other hand are usually designed for one specific purpose but invariably have unwanted side-effects. Because plants are also food, we pay a lot of attention to the patient’s diet. This is particularly helpful in cases of arthritis, candida imbalance, psoriasis and those experiencing menopausal difficulties.
Our degree course includes many of the same subjects as orthodox medicine and 500 hours of clinical practice. We are also required to pass a rigorous practical exam approved by our governing body, the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.
Most western medical herbalists prefer to use herbs from Europe because these plants evolved alongside us and are therefore more likely to suit our constitutions. We have a huge range of herbs to choose from so we can usually find alternatives to endangered species such as Devil’s Claw, which is destroyed when harvested because the medicinal compounds are in the root.
Increasingly scientists are isolating chemicals from herbs and demonstrating their medicinal properties. Hawthorn, for example, has constituents with proven cardio-vascular properties and no side-effects. Such knowledge is a useful addition to the traditional herbal wisdom accumulated over the centuries.
Herbalists and GPs
With good communication there should be no conflict between herbal medicine and orthodox medicine. With your permission we are happy to discuss your problems with your GP and we always encourage you to tell him/her that you are consulting us. We will refer you back to your GP if we think you need tests or drugs we cannot provide.
There is a First Consultation fee of £65. This reflects the full consultation (1 and 1/2 hours) and research after the session. Appointments thereafter are £40 per hour, £28 half an hour. Herbal medicines cost approximately £8 per week - less for children.