Therapies Available at the Elysia Therapeutic Centre

Rhythmical Massage

This is a very gentle form of massage with flowing movements that penetrate deeply. An element of suction rather than pressure is used to enhance the flow of fluid through the body. The rhythmical quality of the treatment strengthens and supports the rhythmical processes within the body, which are at the basis of good health. Rhythmical Massage was developed from the classical Swedish Massage in the 1920’s by Dr Ita Wegman, a medical doctor trained in Physiotherapy and Massage.

Harmonising and strengthening the warmth of the body helps to release tension and contributes to an enhanced feeling of wellbeing.

The oils and ointments used are carefully chosen to meet the particular needs of individual clients. They are made from natural, mainly organic or biodynamic, ingredients and are additive and chemical free.

People often comment on a new sense of wellbeing, of feeling more upright and freed from feelings of heaviness.

Adrian Large

Anna van Zelderen

Monika Horber


Pain Care – Rheumatology

Pain forms an important part of human experience and survival. When it occurs due to injury, it can make sense to us. However, if pain persists or when pain occurs without an obvious cause, it can easily become unsettling and threatening.

Rheumatic conditions are often characterised by pain and/or stiffness felt in our limbs and/or spine. They can be due to relatively well understood diseases, such as osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis, but also less well understood conditions such as
fibromyalgia.

Holistic medical consultations are available at the Elysia Centre with a fully qualified and registered Consultant Rheumatologist, Dr Rainer Klocke.

This service is available for those with difficult pain or stiffness in joints, muscles, neck and/or back (e.g. due to arthritis, fibromyalgia or spondylosis).

To book a medical consultation with Dr Rainer Klocke, please call the Centre directly 01384 392 072 or email: info@elysiacentre.org

Dr Rainer Klocke


Pilates Rehabilitation (1-on-1)

Pilates is a mind-body approach of exercises that target the deep postural or inner core muscles of abdomen and spine in order to promote core strength and stability and therefore free up the movements of the limbs.

Pilates focuses on correct movement quality (rather than quantity) developing better body awareness and posture.

This is done through well coordinated flowing movements, which help to contribute to muscle strengthening as well as lengthening; thus releasing unnecessary tensions.

Modified Pilates exercises can be beneficial for those suffering with (low) back pain, neck-shoulder problems, poor posture, arthritis, etc.

Exercises will be tailored to your individual needs, aiming to integrate the essence of the exercises into your daily life-activities, which can contribute to improved strength, flexibility and wellbeing.

Anna van Zelderen


Oasis Group Work

Group Work – Fostering the Life of the Soul

To promote and enable life-changing bridges to be built from one human being to another through facilitated group work.

Combining several anthroposophical therapies, participants are taken upon a journey of self-discovery, of personal narrative, artistic creativity and a deep link with the natural world.

Guided in small groups, participants find a supportive space in which their shared life journeys enrich and, through art, conversation and story telling, new meaning and fulfilment are found. The bonds created in shared endeavour bring richness to everyday life events, and much needed healing for the world and ourselves.

Melanie Taylor


Nutritional Therapy

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food” (Hippocates)

Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy adopts a functional medicine approach to identify and address imbalances within the body which may lead to symptoms or sub-optimal health. To achieve this all systems of the body and their interconnectivity are considered.

An initial consultation usually lasts approximately 1.5 hours and involves the practitioner taking a detailed case history of the patients’ medical history, family medical history, health of each system of the body, symptoms, current diet and lifestyle and a short physical examination. The practitioner will then talk the patient through a detailed plan consisting of nutrition and lifestyle advice, natural supplements and herbs (if appropriate) and sometimes some functional tests may be recommended to explore the issue in more detail. A written plan is then sent to the patient within 48 hours. Follow up consultations usually take place on a monthly basis and last approximately 30-45 minutes. During these sessions progress is monitored and new recommendations are made to support continued improvement.

Nutritional Therapy can be used to help address many conditions, including IBS, hormonal imbalances, depression, inflammation, allergies, toxicity, weight management, skin conditions, lack of energy and poor sleep. It is also extremely powerful in improving a person’s overall well-being and reducing the risk of developing chronic disease in later life.

Lara Seago


Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a state of being where we experience the present moment directly and on purpose, without making a judgement of the experience. It focuses the mind on whatever is happening to us “now”. The practice of mindfulness teaches us to experience the present moment fully – literally to “stop and smell the roses”.

Sue Rogers


Reflexology

Reflexology is a therapy that is applied to the feet (or hands) which has a profound, relaxing and harmonising effect on the whole body.

The treatment consists of gently applying massage movements or pressure onto particular areas of the feet (reflex zones). Reflexology can also be considered as an alternative for people who may feel uncomfortable with a whole body massage. Sessions last about an hour and are usually experienced as deeply relaxing.

It is possible to come for a single session of Reflexology, or for a series of treatments.

Please enquire as to what would suit you best. Our therapists are also available if you would like to ask about how Reflexology could help with any particular physical conditions.

Modern Reflexology was fully developed in 1930 with the creation of charts mapping out the reflex zones of the feet and hands. This was based on scientific research showing that the stimulation of specific areas of the feet or hands has a balancing effect on the corresponding parts of the body. However Reflexology has existed in many cultures, such as Egypt, India and China for centuries.

Monika Horber


Biographical Counselling

Biographical Counselling is a healing process of working one to one with a counsellor, aimed at opening yourself to new understanding through facing the questions your life-path has set you and finding the inner-resources you need to face your challenges and tasks.

It offers a new perspective on life crisis that takes account of our bodily, soul and spiritual existence, the cycles and rhythms of biographical development and the dynamics of human struggle.

We live in a time when outer supports and securities are falling away while the inner questions of reality come ever more into daily consciousness. We deeply explore our soul-life in order to identify the understanding-patterns that we have developed, some helpful, some unhelpful, in order to choose which serve us best.

An increasing number of people live with existential questions that no other generation has had to face with the same intensity. In the course of their lives, many people confront events, uncertainties and moral dilemmas that leave them feeling lonely and bewildered. They may lose their connection to others, to themselves and to the source of their own potential.

Biographical Counselling is based on an imagination of human potential and challenge in the 21st century that inspires a search for renewed meaning, creativity and connection and links individual development with a path towards social renewal.

I can understand another soul only by transforming my own, as one transforms one’s hand by placing it in another’s. Jung

Annette Gordon


Naturopathy

Naturopathy is a holistic and complementary approach to healing, which seeks to promote positive health by strengthening and supporting the body’s inherent self healing powers.

The aim of the Naturopathic Consultation is to get to know each person individually and to find out what is blocking or obstructing inherent vitality. In this respect a full case history is important. There may also be a need to gather more information from special examination techniques, for example Iridology is a useful means off assessing the constitutions strengths and weaknesses. Postural and structural examinations are also undertaken.

Good nutrition is fundamental to health care and should be the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Part of the consultation is devoted to looking at the clients diet and if necessary, making appropriate recommendations for improvements or changes. The health of the digestion is of paramount importance and often needs to be addressed as many illnesses can be traced back to a poorly functioning digestive tract.

Special therapeutic methods which may be worked with during a course of naturopathic treatment:

Osteopathic principles are incorporated into the Naturopathic Body Adjustment. By treating the spine and peripheral joints, vitality can be enhanced and an increase in the energy throughout the body can be promoted.

Constitutional Hydrotherapy

This is a therapy which has been developed and refined over many years. It is a deeply acting treatment which has a strongly regenerative and detoxifying effect. It involves the use of hot and cold compresses to enhance the flow of blood through the main metabolic organs and the organs of elimination.

Additional complementary treatments

Compresses with herbal decoctions, fomentations and packs are offered where appropriate. Other remedies which help the body to better health, include Herbal Medicines, Homeopathic Remedies and Flower Essences.

Adrian Large


Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy, aims to enhance and restore movement and quality of life where someone’s ability to move and perform functional activities in everyday life is limited. This could be due to illness, injury, surgery, or other disability.

Physiotherapy can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions where aches and pains, muscular strains and sprains, poor circulation and movement restrictions need to be addressed.

Different techniques can be applied such as manipulation, exercises, soft tissue techniques and massage aiming to improve mobility and strength, releasing muscular tension and improving circulation contributing to relaxation and wellbeing.

Anna van Zelderen