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.
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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Metahealth and Metakinetics
META-Health® is an advancing organ-bio-psycho-social framework, that adopts a systemic method of enquiry and analysis. It theoretically explains and practically demonstrates the cause, meaning and process of any dis-ease on a biological, psychological and behavioural level. Meta Health is a scientific framework, based on research via brain relay diagnostics and a set of guiding principles.
Principles of Meta Health® are that nature does not make errors or mistakes and our organism is a highly intelligent, orderly and sophisticated system, so there is no separation between body, mind and spirit embedded in the social environment. Meta Health explores significant emotional events and threshold breaches of stress as the beginning of the disease process, using brain relay diagnostics and evolutionary embryonic layers to determine organ reactions which are in stress and regeneration phases. It uses a person’s subjective perception and feedback to determine how the significant stress has imprinted on a person’s biology, psychology and brain.
Meta Health® is not a diagnostic tool for disease nor a therapy, it precedes therapy, using a framework of Meta Analysis. It identifies how significant emotional events are connected to physical symptoms, brain relays, belief structures, emotions, feelings and patterns of behaviour; creating an awareness for a client as how unexpected events can imprint on a person’s physical, emotional, social, environmental and spiritual well-being. Once a Meta Analysis is completed then a therapeutic and coaching plan can be implemented.
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.
Medical Doctor – Anthroposophic
Anthroposophic doctors are all conventionally trained Physicians with additional training in the use and prescribing of anthroposophical medicine.
Anthroposophic Medicine is integrative medicine. It is rooted in the science-based medicine of the present, but takes into account the whole human being in its method, diagnosis and therapy. It pays equal attention to the body, soul and spirit of the patient, recognizing the person’s unique biography.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 Rhythmical Massage, Therapeutic Art, Eurythmy or Counselling.
Anthroposophic Medicine was established by Dr. phil. Rudolf Steiner and Dr. med. Ita Wegman in 1920. Since then it has been continuously developed further in hospitals and by independent doctors. It is now practised in over 60 countries. The therapeutic system is a multiprofessional one, with shared concepts for diagnosis and therapy.
More information about Anthroposophic Medicine https://www.anthroposophicmedicine.org.uk/
To see more on how anthroposophical doctors are trained see http://www.anthroposophic-drs-training.org/anthroposophic-medicine/