Therapies Available at the Elysia Therapeutic Centre

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.

Caroline Swain

Monika Horber


Emmett Technique

This is a safe and non-invasive muscle release therapy developed by Remedial Therapist Ross Emmett. The method uses light finger pressure at specific locations to initiate a gentle release of tension.

It is useful to address pain and discomfort and improve movement restrictions, typically in neck, shoulder and back. The results are usually immediate. The treatment can be applied directly to the body or through light clothing.

Adrian Large


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


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/

Dr Claudia Kempfen


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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Art Therapy

There are many approaches to art therapy, from focusing on personal balance and harmony to psychotherapeutically oriented art therapy where one works more directly with life questions and challenges. Combining healing images with self-expression, art can be used as a meditative process, helping to alleviate stress and anxiety. Engaging in the creative process often leads to change and growth, promoting health. Exploring life experiences through colour and form, therapeutic art/art therapy can help to address physical symptoms and emotional pain.

Our therapists offer a wide range of skills within this discipline.

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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.

Dr Claudia Kempfen


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


Eurythmy Therapy

Eurythmy Therapy is based on the understanding that sound and gesture have a specific relationship to maintaining health in the body. This is done by stimulating the bodies natural healing abilities through repeating specific gestures which have an effect cognitively, emotionally and physically. Research in neuro-physiology confirms that there are intimate links between movement and the development and stimulation of the brain. The gestures are recommended by a Eurythmy therapist who will identify with you what you will need.

Eurythmy gestures are related to singing and to speech. Eurythmy as an expressive art form aims to transform the inner movements, which are the source of our speaking and singing, into visible outer movements. Each vowel, consonant, tone and interval has its archetypal gesture, which allows manifold variations. These form the artistic material for the Eurythmist.

Ursula Werner