Therapies Available at the Elysia Therapeutic Centre

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


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


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


Soul-wisdom Workshops

Soul-wisdom means seeing and understanding the living architecture of our inner-life, the way our thoughts, feelings and actions interweave and impact on each other and us as a whole-being.

The Workshops help with personal empowerment in the face of changes and choices you might be facing or want to make in your life.

They can help us understand the dynamics of the soul; how we get stuck with fear, anger or doubt; how we can find authentic ways to make life choices more comprehensible, meaningful and manageable; how understanding choice and purpose enables us to see with new eyes.

Soul-wisdom workshops are for everyone, they help develop skills in relating, leadership and self-leadership.

In the workshops a clear and practical framework for understanding the living architecture of our soul is shared. The workshops use with mindfulness, story-telling and art, through contemplation, sharing and reflection.

The foundational workshop is called Soul’s Choice and is available at the Centre. Further support is available in the form of: Coaching – one-to-one support for life management and goal creation; mentoring – individuals working on Projects; consulting – to leaders and leadership groups in organisations; further soul-wisdom workshops and formal teaching curriculum; public talks and evening workshops

Melanie Taylor


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


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


Holistic Skin 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.

Elizabeth King


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


Metahealth and Metakinetics

Information will be available shortly

Catherine McKean


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