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Can Crystal Healing Help

Can Crystal Healing Help?

crystal healing - crystals

Crystal healing is the placement of crystals over the chakras and subtle energy centres of the body. During treatment, the practitioner will choose what crystals they deem best suited for the client utilising its energy healing qualities for their specific needs. Crystal healing has the ability to clear and remove energy blocks within the aura that cause physical and emotional distress, helping to deal with past trauma, phobias, addictions, etc.

According to practitioners of Crystal Therapy, each Crystal has its own healing qualities and although they can be used individually it is more common for a combination of crystals to be used. Some examples of the healing qualities are: –

Carnelian: 2nd chakra. Helps asthma, and blood pressure. And affects the circulatory system, kidneys, stimulate appetite, emotions, sexuality, physical energy, celebration, reproductive system, menstrual cramps, arthritis, kidneys, gall bladder, pancreas. Confidence, assertiveness, drive, Balance creativity and mental processes.

Emerald: 4th to 7th chakra. Lifts depression and relieves insomnia. Has a tranquillising effect on the heart (emotions). Respiratory system, heart, lymph nodes, blood, thymus, balance blood sugar, childbirth, eyesight. Strengthen heart chakra for growth, peace, harmony, patience, love, and honesty.

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Crystal Healing Scotland

Crystal Paths

 

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Applied Kinesiology, Dr George Goodheart

Applied Kinesiology

Please note that the information given refers to Applied Kinesiology as developed by the American chiropractor, Dr George Goodheart, in 1964, and not Kinesiology, the study of the mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement.

Applied Kinesiology - muscle testingPronounced kin-easy-ology, there are many different branches but they all utilise the same basic tool…………muscle testing. Muscle testing is a painless procedure that involves the practitioner applying gentle pressure to specific parts of the body, testing the response of the underlying muscle. The particular part of the body being tested is specifically positioned, in order to isolate the muscle (as far as possible) being tested. The muscle will either give way, at least slightly, or it will easily be able to resist the pressure from the practitioner. The resulting responses are used by the Kinesiologist as a means of diagnosis, to gain information and to decide what course of action what is required.

Kinesiology can help deal with a broad spectrum of complaints including emotional problems, educational problems, structural problems (posture), etc.

During a course off treatment, the practitioner will take a case history, then they will advise you how to position the particular muscle or muscles they want to test, also advising how much effort is necessary in resisting the pressure that is applied to the particular muscle. The practitioner may rub, tap or hold points on the body. They may use magnets, homeopathic remedies, or flower remedies and, occasionally use tuning forks, colour, or sound. The choice of treatment is totally determined by the muscle testing and no two treatments are alike as that treatment is for the person and not the condition………. Two people may have the same condition but they, themselves, are different so the course of treatment will be different.

Verbal muscle testing (not used by all Kinesiologists) is when the muscle testing response is sought by verbally asking questions: with a locked response of the arm indicating yes and an unlocked/spongy response indicating no. The practitioner will then systematically question, while muscle testing, in order to establish what treatment course is required. Verbal questioning can also be used alongside muscle testing.

Many other therapists have incorporated Kinesiology techniques into their diagnosis/treatment plans. These include, Chiropractors, Bowen therapists, Homeopaths and Aromatherapists.

 

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Minna Oldfield

 

 

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Thai Massage and the Prana Nadis

Thai Massage

Thai massage stretch for the triceps muscle.

It is thought that Thai massage has its earliest roots in India and has been a healing therapy for millennia.

Theoretically, Thai massage is based on the concept of meridian system (energy lines) called Prana Nadis. The influence of its Indian origin lies in Yoga philosophy and the movements and stretches of Thai massage clearly have Yoga roots. The philosophy of Yoga states that life energy (Prana, Qi, Chi, Ki) is absorbed from the air we breathe and the food we eat and that we are supplied with this vital energy along this network of energy lines (also known as the meridian system in Traditional Chinese Medicine).

Any disturbances in the flow of energy result in an insufficient supply of Prana, which can in turn leads to illness and disease. By stimulating these energy lines with massage, Thai massage can release any blockages, facilitate the free flow of Prana, and help to restore general health and wellbeing. Thai massage mainly uses ten meridians and the important acupressure points that lie on them. By massaging these meridians and points it is possible to treat a wide range of diseases and to relieve pain.

Contrary to Western style massage, traditional Thai massage concentrates on the flow of Prana and any work with the physical body is secondary. Effleurage, which dominates in Western massage, is absent from Thai massage where the emphasis is on the energy points (acupuncture points) and these are pressed, or general pressure is used. Thai massage utilises a lot of stretching and many of these resemble Yoga stretches and postures and are sometimes described as ‘applied Hatha Yoga’.

In India and Thailand, massage was always considered to be a spiritual practice closely connected with the teachings of the Buddha. Until fairly recently, it was mainly in the Buddhist temple where massage was taught and practiced. Even today one of the most important massage schools in Thailand is at the Wat Po monastery in Bangkok.

A truly good Thai masseur performs his art in a meditative mood (Chen/Zen state) while working with full awareness, mindfulness and focus, “listening” to the feedback from the Prana lines and energy flow.

Thai massage is usually done on a futon mat on the hard floor whilst wearing loose and comfortable clothing.

 

Some common ailments that Thai Massage can help with are:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Insomnia
  • Low energy
  • The effects of stress
  • Fatigue
  • Back pain
  • Tension
  • Stress

 

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Thai massage stretch for the trapezius and levator scaulae muscles.

 

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Edinburgh Prana Lotus

Thai Massage in West Midlands

 

 

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Taiji, the calm within the storm

Taiji

Taiji benefits all ages. You are never too young, or too old, to learn.

Originating in ancient China, Taiji (also written as Taiji Quan, Tai Chi, Tai Chi Chuan) has gained enormous popularity throughout the world as its health benefits have become more recognised.

Taiji, as practiced in the west today, is a usually seen as a slow, choreographed, set of posture that is used for exercise, relaxation and health. It can perhaps best be thought of as a moving meditation.

There are a number of different styles (family styles such as Chen, Yang, Li, Wu & Sun as well as the more recently formalised Beijing styles) and within these styles there are various forms which consist of a sequence of movements and postures. Originally developed as a martial art, each of these movements was formulated with self-defence in mind.

Taiji has its origins in Taoism and Taoist martial arts. The literal translation of Taiji Quan is “Supreme Ultimate Boxing.” This is not a big-headed, boastful, claim to be the supreme martial art as the term “Supreme Ultimate” refers to the Tao. The symbol that is usually referred to as the Yin/Yang symbol is actually called Taiji and it represents the duality of our perception of Tao, of which the universe is only part. Taiji, in this context, can be seen as a microcosm of the Tao (universe) as its movements, shapes and breathing patterns reflect dynamic forces and interactions of the universe.

The concept of Qi is a fundamental part of Chinese medicine and philosophy. Qi is the intrinsic energy that the universe is made of, and it is also the energy that animates the body. The movements of Taiji promote the circulation of Qi within the body creating health and vitality. The Qi circulates through pathways that are known as meridians and the meridian contain the access points that are used by acupuncture, shiatsu, tuina, etc. for their healing properties and by martial arts for their harming properties.

Using these principals, Taiji Quan is a sophisticated method of combat where the Taiji Quan practitioner aims to neutralize his opponent’s use of force (strength – Li) before “borrowing it” and applying a countering force (focus – Jing) of his own. This is the interplay of Yang and Yin.

To the uninformed, it is hard to see how these slow, graceful and fluid movements could be used for defence against someone who is attacking with speed and strength. In any confrontation, the Taiji practitioner will also move faster………… with a speed to match his attacker’s but with the same fluid, relaxed and rooted movement that has been practiced in the form. It is by practicing at a slow pace that perfection in balance, rooting and technique can be gained.

However, for the vast majority of Taiji players, the martial aspect is never really touched on and the emphasis is on the tranquillity of mind and body, along with all the health benefits, that Taiji provides.

Taiji fosters calmness and tranquillity of mind as the focus of the practitioner is solely on the precise execution of the forms. The precision that is required within the postures also helps correct poor postural alignment that can contribute to tension, excess pressure on joints, or injury.

Today we may use Taiji to rid ourselves of the fatigue that stress, overwork, poor posture and the lack of atunement with our own body can bring. It is aid that Taiji increases longevity…………. This is something that modern scientific research is starting to agree with. This longevity does not mean that you will live forever. What it does mean is that daily practice promotes a healthy body, clarity of mind, better balance, denser bones, better circulation, more balanced blood pressure, lower (more efficient) respiration, and a more efficient and active lymphatic system (assisting the immune system. The list goes on! One more thing that Taiji can do for you is that you smile more……… Great big smiles, that
come from deep within.

 

In the words of Aldous Huxley (from Island):

“No leaps, no high kicks, no running. The feet always firmly on the ground…movements intrinsically beautiful and at the same time charged with symbolic meaning. Thought taking shape in ritual and stylized gesture. The whole body transformed into a hieroglyph, a succession of hieroglyphs, of attitudes modulating from significance to significance, like a poem or a piece of music. Movements of the muscles representing movements of the consciousness…It’s meditation in action; the metaphysics of the Mahayana expressed not in words, but through symbolic movements and gestures.”

 

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Taiji has great health benefits.

 

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Taiji, Taiji Quan & Neijia, Lanarkshire

San Bao Martial Arts School, Lanarkshire

T’ai-Chi London

Town & Village Tai Chi and Qigong is based in Carlisle but covers a large area within Northern Cumbria, running classes as far south as Shap and Penrith and as far north as Brampton.
 

 

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Feldenkrais Method – Moshé Feldenkrais (1904–1984)

Feldenkrais Method

Feldenkrais method at work

Developed by Moshé Feldenkrais, DSc (1904–1984), the Feldenkrais Method is a somatic educational system that aims to improve the range of movement, aiming to expand and refine the use of the self through awareness (propreoception), in order to reduce any limitations in movement (including any resultant pain), promoting general well-being. Usually regarded as a complementary medicine practice, although in Sweden it is practised within the general healthcare system.

Moshe Feldenkrais was a distinguished scientist and engineer whose career included work at the Curie Institute in Paris in the 1930’s. He believed that good health is founded on good function and asserted that his method of body/mind exploration improved health by making individuals more aware of their minds and bodies: “What I am after is more flexible minds, not just more flexible bodies”.

This is a method that employs self-awareness, experiential self-education and movement…………. Self-movement rather than movement through manipulation. His background as a physicist and engineer was augmented by his love of the martial
arts (Judo & Ju Jitsu) went a long way towards his pioneering work.

There have been several scientific studies carried out to investigate the effect of Feldenkrais treatments. One of these, in 1999, used a randomized controlled trial to investigate whether Feldenkrais or physiotherapy would reduce complaints from neck pain, shoulder pain and disability. There were three groups and the participants were randomly assigned to 1) the Feldenkrais program, 2) physiotherapy treatment, or 3) a control group. The Feldenkrais and physiotherapy groups were given over 16 weeks of paid work. The Feldenkrais group showed a significant decrease in complaints from neck and shoulders and in disability during leisure time. The Physiotherapy group showed no change in complaints and the Control group showed a worsening.

Benefits:

  • Greater relaxation and well-being.
  • Relief from tension and muscular pain.
  • Easier and fuller breathing.
  • Increased vitality.
  • Improved performance.
  • Greater ease in everyday activities.

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Craniosacral Therapy Info

Craniosacral Therapy Info

Craniosacral Therapy - back treatment

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands-on healing technique, which does not involve manipulation. It is a new technique based on the work done by Dr. John E. Upledger who, in the 1980’s, discovered the CranioSacral System. Dr. Upledger is now recognised as a world-renowned authority on CranioSacral Therapy. It works directly with the body’s physiological, energetic and psycho-emotional systems and offers the opportunity of improved quality of life.

During treatment, the therapist gently mobilises and releases the craniosacral system (the soft tissue of the cranium and the spine down). It focuses on the cerebrospinal fluid, which surrounds the brain and the spinal cord, dealing with any irregularities in the flow of this fluid. The therapist listens, via the hands, to what is going on in your body, identifying any irregularities in the flow and helping to relieve any pain and tension held there.

The movement of the cerebrospinal fluid is believed to create a vital body rhythm that is important for health and well-being and it is thought that this therapy may be beneficial in treating many issues, including hyperactivity, cerebral palsy, dyslexia and stress related problems.

The craniosacral system is made up of membranes and spinal fluid that enclose and protect the brain and spinal cord. The cerebrospinal fluid is constantly circulating, moving rhythmically, and Craniosacral Practitioners learn how to monitor this movement/rhythm with their. Just as doctors are able to make certain inferences from cardiovascular and respiratory systems (heart or breathing rhythms) we can now gather information about the condition and function of the craniosacral rhythm within the body. The vibrancy and flow of this system is extremely important as the velocity and amplitude represents the
health of the system, reflecting the health of the nervous system.

Treatment usually takes place a quiet, private setting with clients remaining fully clothed. The session (typically lasting approximately one hour) is performed with the client reclining on a treatment table while the practitioner stands or sits, positioned at various times throughout the session at the client’s head, torso or feet.

Craniosacral Therapy helps to boost general well-being, improve quality of sleep, increase energy and reduce stress. It is non-intrusive and works with the entire structure, physiology, mind and spirit.

 

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Reiki of Dr Mikao Usui

Reiki

Reiki in action, ki transmition over the head.

The word reiki derives from the Japanese word reiki (meaning “mysterious atmosphere”), which was originally derive from the Chinese word língqì (“supernatural influence”). However, Reiki practitioners prefer to use “Universal Life Energy” as its translation.

Reiki is a system of natural healing which evolved in Japan from the experience and dedication of Dr Mikao Usui (d. 1926). Dr Usui, a Japanese doctor, developed or rediscovered Reiki towards the end of the 19th century while studying ancient Buddhist texts. He was inspired to develop this healing system from those teachings, spending many years of his life in study, research and meditation. Once Reiki was complete, he spent the rest of his life in the practising and teaching the system.

There are two main branches of Reiki, usually referred to as Traditional Japanese Reiki and Western Reiki. The main difference between them is that Westernised forms tend to use systematised hand-placements while the Japanese Reiki branches tend to have a more intuitive approach. Reiki has a three-tiered hierarchy of degrees, usually referred to as the First, Second, and Master/Teacher level, all of which are associated with different skills and techniques.

Reiki was introduced to the United States, in the 1970’s, by Hawaio Takata, a Japanese woman living in Hawaii. Takata having learned it from one of Usui’s pupils, Dr Chujiro Hayashi.

The Usui system of Reiki is a simple technique, using hands-on healing and sacred symbols that have been used for healing purposes for thousands of years. In using  Reiki techniques, the vitalizing, intrinsic force of Universal Life energy is channelled from the universe and transferred, through the hands, to various energy centres in the receiver’s body.

Reiki is said to intensify vibration of body molecules so that blockages that may cause disharmony and disease are released. It helps with all kinds of physical, mental, emotional or spiritual issues as Ki energy permeates the physical, mental, emotional, and several spiritual bodies and is fundamental to their development.

Reiki is a spiritual path (not a religion) as well as a form of healing that enhances the wellbeing of both the receiver and the giver.

During a Reiki session, the recipient remains clothed and usually lies on a couch and relaxes. The practitioner gently places their hands non-intrusively in a sequence of positions which cover the whole body. Being a holistic system, it is the whole person that is treated rather than any specific symptoms. A full treatment usually takes 1 to 1½ hours.

 

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Reiki in action, ki transmition to the back.

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Carol Gough, Cardiff

Anita Levie, Stoke-on-Trent

Reiki South London

 

 

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Reflexology, the Ingham Method

Reflexology

Reflexology in action.

Reflexology is a form of therapy that involves applying pressure to specific reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body as well as the using massage techniques (effleurage) on the feet. Reflexology is based on the feet being a reflection of the body and, as a whole, corresponding with it. So, it is possible to find out which areas of the body are out of balance by working the feet. Treatment can also be given, via the feet, to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanism. The hands and ears also have similar reflex areas and can be used.

Reflexology traces its origin reaches back to 2330BC. In 1899 the Tomb of Ankhmahor, situated on the northern side of Teti’s pyramid at Saqqara, was excavated and some of the reliefs, on the walls, show that the ancient Egyptian physicians used a form
of reflexology. The tomb is more commonly known as the Physicain’s Tomb.

Modern Reflexology was pioneered, researched and developed in the 1930’s by Eunice Ingham. The Ingham Method is the leading method of Reflexology used throughout the world.

By stimulating the reflex points correctly, Reflexology can help many health problems in a natural way and can be used for preventative maintenance as well as reacting to any existing issues. However, the primary benefit of Reflexology is that the client can achieve a deep state of relaxation (the alpha state, where the brainwave pattern has slowed down).

 

Benefits of Reflexology:

  • Relieves stress and tension.
  • Improves circulation.
  • Increased relaxation.
  • Improve your energy
  • Reduces pain.
  • Reduces anxiety.
  • Improved sleep patterns.

 

A Reflexology session usually lasts about an hour. There is no need to get undressed as it is only the shoes and socks that are required to be removed. After a session, the client may become aware of the changes taking place as toxins are released, processed and eliminated from congested systems.

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Reflexology chart.

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Gill Wah, Ross & Cromarty

Leeds Reflexology

Sonia Campos, Brighton

 

 

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Shiatsu of Namikoshi and Masunaga

Shiatsu

Shiatsu being applied to the Yu points.

Shiatsu (pronounced shee-at-soo, from shi, meaning finger, and atsu, meaning pressure), originated in Japan and was recognised, by the Japanese Government, as a separate and distinct therapy. The first known reference to shiatsu is thought to have been in the 1915 book, by Tenpaku Tamai, Shiatsu Ryoho.

According to the Japanese medical department of the Ministry of Welfare –  “Shiatsu technique refers to the use of fingers and palm of one’s hand to apply pressure to particular sections on the surface of the body for the purpose of correcting the imbalances of the body, and for maintaining and promoting health. It is also a method contributing to the healing of specific illnesses.” — December, 1957.

 

There are two main schools of Shiatsu: Namikoshi style and Masunaga (Zen) style.

 

Namikoshi Style

In 1940, Tokujiro Namikoshi founded the Japan Shiatsu College and systematised a form of shiatsu therapy based on Western anatomy and physiology. Namikoshi’s system of shiatsu is defined by the application of pressure using the fingers, palms the thumbs on points that are related to the central and autonomic nervous systems with the aim of preventing and curing illness by stimulating the body’s natural powers of recuperation and promoting general good health.

Diagnosis and treatment are combined with the hands and fingers of the therapists being sensitive enough to detect abnormalities in the skin or muscles, or body heat on contact, being able to pinpoint these irregularities and determine a treatment plan.

Holistic in nature, Namikoshi Shiatsu treats the whole body as well as focusing on any localised areas that require additional attention.

 

Masunaga, or Zen, Style

Zen Shiatsu was developed by Shizuto Masunaga (1925 – 1981) who was born into a family of Shiatsu practitioners. After graduating in Psychology from Kyoto University, he went on to graduate from the Japan Shiatsu College (1959) and went on to teach Psychology at there. Masunaga studied traditional shiatsu methods alongside the classic oriental medical texts, integrating these with western psychology. Masunaga went on to open his own Shiatsu school in Tokyo, the Iokai Shiatsu Centre. He integrated the traditional methods with western physiology, and went on to develop the extension of the classical meridians to cover the whole body along with a coherent theory to back his approach.

Masanuga, recognized extensions of the acupuncture channels in the arms and legs (known as the supplementary meridians). He thought that shiatsu should be holistic and involve the whole body. Zen Shiatsu requires the practitioner to be focused and sensitive to the Ki, and use both hands during treatment, the “mother” hand providing support and connection while the other hand treats by applying pressure to the tsubos (points).

In both styles the essence of shiatsu is that diagnosis and Treatment are combined.

Shiatsu was one of the eight disciplines named in the Collins Report adopted by the European Parliament in 1997 (European Parliament 1997) which called for steps to regulate complementary therapy practice.

 

Some of the conditions that respond well to Shiatsu:

  • Headaches
  • Migraine
  • Back Ache
  • Stiffness
  • Neck & Shoulder Pain
  • Panic Attacks
  • Palpitations
  • Stress
  • Digestive Disorders

Shiatsu is done at floor level on a futon mat. The recipient remains fully clothed and loose, comfortable, clothing preferably should be worn.

 

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Shiatsu neck stretch technique.

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Lifelines, Dingwall

Jane Harper, Cornwall

Pro Holistic Shiatsu, Lanarkshire Pro Holistic provide Shatsu, Sports Injury treatment, Stress Management & Qigong form their clinic in East Kilbride.

 

 

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Rolfing, developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf

Rolfing

Rolfing - Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D

The name “Rolfing” was derived from the founder of the therapy Dr. Ida P. Rolf (1896-1979) of New York. Dr. Rolf had a Ph.D in biological chemistry and, while still young, she became an Associate at the Rockefeller Institute, studying mathematics and atomic physics in Zurich, and homeopathic medicine in Geneva.

 

Fundamentally, Rolfing consists of some basic concepts about human structure:

  • Most human beings are significantly out of alignment with gravity.
  • People function better when they are lined up with the gravitational field of the earth.
  • The human body is so plastic that its alignment can be brought into harmony with gravity at practically any time of life.

Structural Integration is the key to Rolfing as it breaks down a build up of unwanted tissue/facia that is developed by the body to compensate for posture that is out of the natural line of gravity, creating support for the resulting unnatural posture. In time, the neuromuscular system recognises this un-natural position as normal and natural. The aim of Rolfing is to re-educate the body in order for it to regain its natural/proper alignment in relation to gravity, in other words regaining its structural integration.

 

What Structural Integration does:

  • Releases the body from lifelong patterns of tension.
  • Relieves chronic strain and allows the muscles to be more efficient.
  • Relieves back, neck and joint pain.
  • Realigns and balances the body in gravity.
  • Improves posture.
  • Increasea vitality.

As a result of Rolfing, the thickened and toughened tissues become soft, re-hydrated and more pliable. This enables structural integration, changes the body’s patterns, organising the imbalances in the tissue and shifts the weight and balance of the body more evenly. This gives the muscles the ability to relax and loosen, creating a more upright and balanced posture with greater flexibility, range of motion and ease in movement.

Dr. Rolf developed many different techniques to release immobilized joints increasing mobility and stability. Rolfing works with the deep myofascial structures. These structures are loose connective strong tissue that often contain fat and covers all muscles. Rolfing use gentle hands-on techniques but often, due to the build up of different types of fascia, some people may experience some discomfort during the treatment.

The aim of Rolfing is to educate each patient about their body, making them aware of their responsibility to maintain optimal function. The key to optimal function is alignment and once the patient starts to understand the structural integrity of the human body and experience the health benefits that result it is harder to return to old habits.

 

Therapist info

Rolfing method being applied.

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Ian Edwards, Stonehaven, Scotland

The Rolfing Space, London & Brighton

 

Resources

Further information on Rolfing including case studies, etc.

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