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.
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.
Holistic Eye Care
At the Elysia Therapeutic Centre we have a team of therapists with specialist knowledge and techniques for helping with a wide variety of Eye problems.
We offer to complement and extend any existing care you may be receiving, with an appropriate combination of targeted therapies and treatments.
Central to our approach is work with a specially trained movement therapist (Brenda Newton: Eurythmy Therapist). She will work with various exercises individually tailored to the needs of the client.
Naturopathy (with Adrian Large) can offer a great deal to identify the underlying causes of health problems. Naturopathy places great emphasis on appropriate adequate wholesome Nutrition for the maintenance of good health. Modern research confirms the importance of this, and has also discovered the role certain key nutrients play in some of the more serious eye conditions. It follows from this that appropriate Nutritional Supplementation will play an important role in any treatment plan.
Other modalities may also be indicated such as phyto-therapy (Herbal Medicine) and potentised medicines (Homeopathy).
Physical therapy may also have a role to play. The integrity of the spine is important, particularly the cervical (neck) vertebrae.
The aim is to remove obstacles to health and to give space to the bodies self healing processes to become effective.
Adrian Large is a qualified Optician (Optometrist). He took his Degree in Ophthalmic Optics at the City University, London. After being in practice for a few years he took a training in Remedial and Rhythmical Massage. Later he trained as a Naturopath. His original profession of an Optician, gave him a keen interest in the whole field of Eye care. He now brings a wealth of experience gained in world of Complementary Medicine to the whole spectrum of eye problems and conditions. He is registered with the GOC, CAHSC, and the CNHC.
Cancer Care – Mistletoe Therapy
A cancer diagnosis can be a traumatic event. Many feelings arise such as uncertainty, fear and anxiety. Many people experience a sense of urgency that some form of treatment should start soon.
Mistletoe Therapy (Viscum) is now well-known world wide as a well-researched and well thought of cancer treatment. This has the possibility of being given alongside any conventional treatment.
Anthroposophic Medicine, which developed the Mistletoe Therapy, can also offer help and support to the cancer patient. An anthroposophic doctor will be able to oversee the Mistletoe injections and also give general medical support to the patient.
At the Elysia Centre there are, in addition, various therapies available which have arisen out of the same understanding that address the whole person. Many of these therapies have been found to be particularly helpful to the patient suffering from cancer. The art of movement, called Eurythmy, has been developed into a remarkable transformative therapy with special sequences of movements which work with the formative principles in nature and can bring healing to specific illnesses.
The physical body can be addressed directly with the gentle but deeply acting Rhythmical Massage and the Nursing massage technique Rhythmical Einreibung.
Deep existential questions often arise at this time around the meaning of life. There can be a need to work through various pressing life issues. Biographical Counselling, or Psychotherapy can be helpful, as can a support group such as the Oasis Group. The search for meaning can be greatly supported by looking at the pathways of our biography, or through therapeutic art and conversation. The heightened awareness of one’s own mortality may spur one on to want to bring more meaning and creativity into one’s life. There is much to be explored through the artistic therapies via the mediums of colour, Therapeutic Art, Modelling, Sculpture Therapy, and Speech Formation.
Appropriate Nutritional and dietary advice will also be important.
Developed by Tom Bowen, this is a safe and effective form of treatment suitable for all ages. The technique consists of a series of gentle moves on various parts of the body, applied with fingers and thumbs. It is gentle, relaxing and non-invasive.
It can be performed through light clothing. The basic treatment sequence can be effective in helping to relieve everyday stresses, and revitalise the whole person. More complex moves can address specific problems.
Holistic Skin & Body Care
Working with the skin, using natural ingredients and high quality organic products, the Centre offers an intergrated approach to all skin conditions, including assisting with the challenges of acne, rosacae and eczema.
For problematic skin conditions, the skin care therapist may work in conjunction with other practitioners who will assist in addressing the internal causes.
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Our counselling and psychotherapy service is delivered by professionally qualified and registered practitioners who deliver up to date clinical approaches for a diverse range of mental and emotional health needs. All our practitioners and are experienced in supporting individuals and/or couples and families with symptoms and issues concerning:
• Stress, anxiety and depression
• Bereavement, grief and loss
• Life crisis
• Eating disorders
• Self harm
• Loss of meaning and purpose
Appointments can be booked with the therapists listed on our website or by phoning the Centre and booking online. Each counsellor or psychotherapist works with their clients individually.
Other treatments are also available at the Centre should you wish to enquire about these with your therapist. These include nutritional advice, massage therapy, therapeutic art, eurythmy therapy, Life Coaching and group work.
At Elysia we work with insights into how physical, soul and spiritual health are inter-related. Such insights develop new awareness for creating a healing path that enables the client to establish their well-being anew.
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.
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.
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.
Medical Doctor – Anthroposophic
Anthroposophic doctors are all conventionally trained Physicians with additional training in the use and prescribing of anthroposophical medicine. This is an integrated approach to medicine, which combines anthroposophic and homeopathic medicines, which safely complement conventional health care. This approach addresses the individual’s physical constitution, social environment and biography; in effect a bio-psycho-social approach to health and healing. It has been particularly effective at helping people with complex and long-term health problems whilst also offering a preventative approach to health care. Consultations with the doctor sometimes include recommendations for supporting treatments, for example massage, art, eurythmy or counselling. To see more on how anthroposophical doctors are trained see http://www.anthroposophic-drs-training.org/anthroposophic-medicine/