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.
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.
In these times of outer uncertainty and insecurity it is helpful to connect with ourselves in a deeper way to find inner peace and strength. Here are some suggested Eurythmy Exercises put together by Euryhmy Therapist, Ursula Werner. If questions arise, please feel very welcome to contact her directly via Email and to also if you are new to Eurythmy and would like more information or a conversation how to access it.
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.
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.
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
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/
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.
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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.
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.
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.