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


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


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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Bowen Therapy

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.

Adrian Large


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.

Adrian Large

Anna van Zelderen

Monika Horber


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


Body Awareness

Body Awareness is a low impact class useful for all levels incorporating slow, mindful movements that raise bodily awareness to heal persistent tension-based patterns in the body. Corrective exercises are used that are ideal for overcoming bodily pain as well as dramatically increasing flexibility through the healing power of brain-to-muscle awareness and re-education. Body Awareness is based on the principles of Somatics, Feldenkrais as well as breath work and yoga.

Harriet Quinn


Biographical Counselling

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

Annette Gordon


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/

 

Dr Claudia Kempfen


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