Therapies Available at the Elysia Therapeutic Centre

Oasis Group Work

Navigating the Inner and Outer journey; fostering Spirit in the Life of the Soul

Journeying can happen in many ways. In Oasis we celebrate the courage of the human spirit to survive the challenges that difficult life experiences can bring. Hidden sources of creativity and inner healing lie within each human being. Through facilitated support in groups this potential is enlivened and warmed through conversation. A true listening space for participants is encouraged, where each one is recognized, celebrated and valued in their own struggle and achievement.

Weekly Oasis Group sessions run in the mornings and include time to share in a small group over a cup of tea; participants work with conversation to explore their life stories though vocation, destiny and life questions. Biographical and artistic exercises help us gain new perspectives, insight and strengthen self-confidence.

A full Oasis Course has Three Pathways of 12 weeks each. Each one may be taken on an individual basis. The Pathways are all accompanied by artistic exercises and healing stories from various traditions. These provide powerful pictures through which we can explore our own journeys.
 

Melanie Taylor


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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Holistic Skin and Body Care

Working with the skin, using natural ingredients and high quality organic products, the Centre offers an integrated approach to all skin conditions, including assisting with the challenges of acne, rosacea 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.

We offer deeply nurturing treatment packages like the Rose Face and Body Treatment Package to help restore harmony and balance, increase vitality and leave you looking and feeling both radiant and rejuvenated.

A variety of other holistic body treatments are available for example: Warm Bamboo Massage; Indonesian/Balinese Massage and the traditional Chinese medicine technique of Cupping.

Caroline Swain

Elizabeth King


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


Kinesiology

Kinesiology or, more properly, energy kinesiology, is a therapeutic meeting of East and West – a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and methods discovered in chiropractic and osteopathy. Kinesiology’s unique and highly versatile tool is muscle testing, which is a way of communicating directly with the body or unconscious.

Muscle testing can be used to get information from the body about what is beneficial or detrimental to it. This information might be about levels of stress, stressors or the causes of stress; energy (qi) imbalances and how they can best be corrected; whether, which and how much of a supplement or other remedy is useful; which foods and nutrients are required for optimum health or performance; the identification of allergens; and so on.

Kinesiology is based on three amazing discoveries:

(1) Muscles can be tested for their integrity and indicate a stressed (unlocking muscle) or unstressed (locking muscle) response to any stimulus.

(2) Different muscles have an association with specific energy channels (or meridians). This means that individual meridian energy imbalances can be monitored through muscle testing. Interventions from chiropractic, osteopathy and TCM can restore the proper functioning of the muscle and correct energy imbalances, thereby contributing to better health and improved posture.

(3) Through testing a muscle, unconscious information can be presented to consciousness. For example, a person recalls an event and muscle testing reveals whether or not the event is stressful to the person in the present. Equally, when this stress has been healed, muscle testing will indicate this.

Muscle testing is an extraordinarily versatile tool, and kinesiology has opened up a whole new area of effective and verifiable healing methods.

Touch for Health training
4 levels x 3 days each level

This training, suitable for both lay people and health professionals, requires no previous training or experience. The qualification, which is four levels delivered three days per level (though there is no obligation to complete all the levels and a certificate is achieved for each level), is certified by the International Kinesiology Conference (IKC), and respected internationally. Touch for Health, developed from Applied Kinesiology, is the most well known kinesiology training and is regarded as the basis of all other kinesiology systems.

For the lay person this training provides extremely useful tools that can be applied to friends and family to restore and maintain health, and is a wonderful experience for self-development.

For the professional, or aspiring professional, it provides methods and tools that can considerably enhance any health practice, and is the basis of all further kinesiology training.

For more information about Touch For Health:
https://www.ikc-info.org/TFH_Classes.aspx

Jonathan Livingstone


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


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


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


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

Caroline Swain


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.

Anna van Zelderen

Adrian Large

Monika Horber