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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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Stress Management the Holistic Way

Stress Management

Stress management - stress can affect anyone, even the carers.

Stress management refers to a variety of techniques and psychotherapies that are designed to controlling stress levels within an individual, especially chronic stress.

We all know, or at least think we know, what stress is but even the professionals, who have spent their lives studying it, still have difficulty in exactly what stress is. Despite their efforts over the last half-century there is still no agreed definition yet we all know what stress is, in the same way that we all know what happiness is, but like happiness it has different qualities for different people.

Basically, stress is a term that describes our natural fight or flight response. Our primeval survival response that helped our species to continue existing. It is this inborn response that prepares us for fight or flight from anything that we perceive as dangerous, or a threat to our survival. And in the interests of our survival, this response is extremely sensitive and is set to recognise and react to even minute levels of potential danger, whether it is real or merely a perception.

In the 21st Century we may not be being chased by sabre-toothed tigers but this response to danger is still hard-wired into our system. Today’s modern stressors produce the same emotional and physical response but are brought on by a perceived imbalance between demands placed and what resources and time are available. They can be the result of fear of missing a deadline, of making a mistake in a tender, of not getting the job right, of redundancy, of not matching up to one’s peers…………… the list goes on. This means that you experience stress whenever you are faced with an event or situation that you perceive as challenging to your ability to cope. If you see the event or situation as only mildly challenging, you will probably feel only a little stress; however, if you perceive the situation or event as threatening or overwhelming your coping abilities, you will probably feel a lot of stress.

Is this, in itself bad? No, not really. Imagine the relief and sense of achievement of the caveman who has outrun the sabre-toothed tiger………….. Stress is a motivator and, on completion of a successful task, it can be rewarded and the stress levels drop to be replaced by a feeling of euphoria…………… However, it rarely works that way and one stressor can be piled on another until coping is no longer possible. Daily exposure to stressors can have negative consequences by causing hyper-vigilance or over-reaction during times when a state of calm awareness would be more productive. With daily exposure to these stressors, stress hormones can accumulate in the body and cause feelings of being burnt-out or depressed.

 

Effects of stress hormones

Stress hormones act by mobilizing energy from storage to muscles, increasing heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate and shutting down metabolic processes such as digestion, reproduction, growth and immunity.

Constant stress causes continual release of various stress hormones which can cause:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stress-induced hypertension
  • Effects on metabolic processes
  • Lowered energy levels
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Decrease in testosterone levels in males
  • Irregular menstrual cycles in females
  • Lowered immune system

Research has shown that stress hormones are a major contributing factor in many major illnesses including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Certain skin disorders, infections and psychological problems like generalised anxiety, panic, OCD, PTSD, depression, dissociative disorder, phobias and psychosis, have also been linked to cumulative stress.

 

Self-help methods of managing stress

  • Exercise – The easiest way to deal with cumulative stress is through physical exercise. During exercise, we metabolise excessive stress hormones and restore our body and mind to a calmer, more relaxed state. Even five to ten minutes of exercise, where a sweat has been worked up, will metabolise stress hormones and prevent their excessive  build-up. Exercise releases endorphins, which help us to feel better.
  • Taiji – Developed by the ancient Chinese, Taiji is one of the internal (soft) martial. It is increasingly practised in the West as a means of stress management and holistic exercise. Taiji is a series of slow, choreographed movements, or postures. At the core of Taiji is the concept of life essence, or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’), that flows, in meridians, through the body. When the flow of Qi is disrupted, illness is the result. Regular practice of Taiji is said to strengthen and improve Qi and according to scientific studies, Taiji is an effective healing tool for a range of disorders, particularly chronic (for example, arthritis and heart disease) and stress related conditions.
  • Qigong – Qi Gong is a combination of meditation and gentle, fluid, body movement with an emphasis on abdominal breathing. The, proper, practice of Qigong fills the mind to the point where there is no room for the stressors that permeate our daily lives. It is extremely difficult to empty our minds, our thoughts. The universe loves a vacuum and as we try to empty our mind, it takes the opportunity to fill it to overflowing. With Qigong the mind becomes full, full of one thing, the focus on the Qigong exercise. There is no room for anything else and this lets the practitioner step into the eye of the hurricane, to that calm spot where the stresses of life are absent. From there, these stresses can be observed with an air of detachment and life can be prioritised in a way that is beneficial to body, mind and spirit.
  • Meditation – It does not necessarily take years of meditation to combat stress. Meditation provides stillness and nourishment for our conscious (spirit) brain (cognitive mind) and. There are many types of meditation to choose from but they all share the understanding that the more you meditate, the lower the stress levels and the better you will feel. Zen meditation is particularly good for reducing stress levels.
    During Zen meditation, you become more accepting of your thoughts and feelings and how they relate to the world around you. This enables you to reassess your life, your goals and your relationship with the world, enabling your mind to become increasingly peaceful.

 

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Stress management - stress can lead to poor, physical, health.

 

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A, simple, guided meditation

A, simple, guided meditation

I have used this guided meditation with many of my clients who, like many of us, suffer from the daily stress that life can bring.  It is not always possible to take time out (holidays) in order to get away from these stresses but respite can be found, along with increased energy, through simple meditation.

Initially used as a guided meditation,  it is an easy path to follow and soon the guide is no longer required.  A simple exercise that takes up little time yet has amazing results.  It is a real treasure.

  • It is a warm summer day, a perfect day.
  • You are in the terraced garden of large country house where there are people sitting, sunbathing or strolling.
  • It is peaceful and quiet – everyone here has come for a rest and are quietly appreciating the beautiful surroundings and you, like them, are listening to the bird song.
  • As you walk across the lawn you can feel the grass under your bare feet.  It is a comforting feeling.
  • Ahead of you, you see a broad stairway that leads down to the next terrace. There are seven stairs.
  • As you descend each of them you become more relaxed and your breathing becomes deeper and effortless.
  • This terrace is quieter, with fewer people.
  • As you walk across the grass, you become aware of a high wall that has ivy and honeysuckle growing on it.
  • You know this wall well.  It surrounds a secret garden and you have the only key.  It is your garden, your secret place, where you can sit in peace while you relax and recharge your batteries.
  • As you get closer, you can see your secret door.
  • Unlocking and opening the door, you enter a magical space with trees and plants of every kind.
  • The trees provide a canopy of shade with dappled sunlight beaming through.
  • You see your favourite tree and walk over to it, sitting down and resting your back against it.  It is like an old friend who brings feelings of warmth, comfort, and safety.
  • Sitting here, you feel the gentle spots of sunlight that have slipped through between the leaves, gently resting on your skin.
  • Can you feel these small areas of heat?
  • Each of these spots of sunshine contains a smile for you.  A smile that radiates through your whole body.
  • Allow yourself to spend some time here.
  • Feeling rested, you decide to walk deeper into the garden
  • With each step you feel lighter, more at home
  • You become more aware of the scent of the flowers, the colours, the shapes.
  • You hear the birds singing clearer than you have ever heard before.
  • You hear a buzzing and look over to see a honey bee moving from flower to flower.  We often think about busy bees and how they move from plant to plant, working away.  And often we think of ourselves moving through life in the same way, creating aims/goals and struggling to achieve them.  But, look again at the bee.  It is not frantic.  It looks almost aimless as it goes about its work.  It meanders through life but still reaches its goal – it makes honey and honey makes it content………….happy.  The flowers, in themselves, are not goals.  There are points that the bee passes through to achieve its happiness.
  • You hear yourself.  You hear your positive, happy inner thoughts.  Each of these is a treasure to be held on to, to be nurtured.
  • Take your time to explore the garden, yourself and your thoughts.  Feel the energy entering your body, mind and spirit.  Enjoy!
  • It is time to leave your secret garden now.  But it is always here for you and always easy to reach.  Remember, just across the lawn, down the seven steps to the quieter terrace and then a short walk to the door that only has one key.  Your key.
  • You are now leaving the garden, shutting the door behind you, and slowly walking back up the seven stairs that will bring you back into this room.

As you come back into the room, I want you to bring some movement back into your hands and feet by wiggling your fingers and toes.  Then, slowly, open your eyes.

Thought Field Therapy

Thought Field Therapy

Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is a new technique for the rapid relief of all kinds of emotional distress which can provide emotional renewal quickly and safely, with no side effects.  TFT is based on time honoured principles of both contemporary clinical psychology and Chinese medicine, which theorises that energy flows along meridians in the body – when energy gets blocked a person becomes ill.  TFT is a drug-free method of literally tapping into that energy and clearing blockages without using acupuncture needles or other invasive means.  The results are frequently amazing as emotional problems often disappear in minutes.

 

Dr. Roger Callaghan, Ph.D

Thought Field Therapy has been developed by Dr. Roger Callaghan, Ph.D., an eminent American psychologist who qualified in 1950.  Over the years he became dissatisfied with conventional therapy techniques which – in his view – were time consuming and often ineffective. He began to explore innovative therapeutic approaches outside of mainstream psychotherapy which led to the “discovery” of TFT in 1980 when Dr. Callaghan treated a lady called Mary who had severe water phobia.  He had been treating Mary for eighteen months using conventional methods with very limited success and decided to use a simple form of what is now known as TFT – the phobia vanished completely within minutes and Mary remains cured to this day.  This success encouraged Dr. Callaghan to undertake further research and, as TFT took form he drew from many disciplines.  TFT lies at the confluence of quantum physics, biology, meridian therapy, the Eastern understanding of the mind-body’s natural energy system and clinical psychology.  Over the years he has made new discoveries such as “psychological reversal” a state or condition which blocks natural healing, the role of toxins in “undoing” a cure and the effect of TFT on heart rate variability, which have raised the treatment success rate to over 90%.  Initially, TFT was used as a treatment for phobias however, since then, DR. Callaghan has continued to research and develop TFT and it is now used to treat a wide variety of problems including stress and anxiety, panic attack, depression, sports performance and addictions such as cigarettes and food.  TFT can also be used on animals and children.

The term “Thought Field” came about as follows…………Einstein demonstrated that everything is energy.  Thought Field Therapy is based on the premise that even thought is energy.  Perhaps not surprisingly, the energy produced within the brain can be detected and measured with sophisticated tools such as EEG.  Now, for a moment, picture this energy as being bound in a field – no more directly observable, but just a real, as a magnetic or gravitational field, you can experience it’s effects; the same is true with “Thought Fields”.  The Thought Field is the most fundamental concept in TFT.  This intangible “structure” or “scaffold” can contain large amounts of information, but in treating psychological distress, the concentration is on the information which is generating negative emotions.  When someone is terrified of snakes, devastated by a marital break-up, or depressed over the loss of a job, the cause of the disturbance is contained in the Thought Field.  Because what he patient thinks about during treatment is crucial to its success, the term Thought Field was coined to describe where this critical information is found.

More recently, some TFT practioners have reported success in helping clients with physical ailments such as chronic fatigue syndrome, influenza and chronic pain.  In the same way that it eliminates emotional problems, TFT activates the body’s healing system and directly influences the autonomic nervous system.  TFT is also very effective in reducing stress, which in itself can make one more susceptible to illness such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, etc.

There are three levels of training in TFT.  The first is the algorithm level – algorithms being particular sequences of tapping which work best for a given disorder e.g. from fear of spiders to trauma to panic/anxiety attack.  These have  been developed using the Causal Diagnosis procedure unique to TFT and tested on hundreds of clients.  Only when the common efficacy of the treatment sequences could be shown (i.e. a success rate of 75% to 80%) were they granted algorithm status.

The next level is Causal Diagnostic training which enables the practitioner to tailor sequences for each individual client and to identify toxins which may interfere with the treatment.  These “toxins” are innocuous substances like wheat and sugar or perfume and household cleaners which can disrupt the body’s energy system and prevent the perturbations in Thought Fields from disappearing permanently.  This raises the success rate to around 90%.

The highest success rate is achieved using a technique called Voice Technology (VT) which relies solely on the voice for diagnosis and treatment selection.  Like fingerprints, the voice has distinct characteristics which can be reliably analysed.  This can be done over the telephone as VT is not influenced by language, inflection or content and telephone transmission does not interfere with the process of detecting and decoding perturbation.

TFT is practiced all over the world and is being continually developed.  Many practitioners have the facilities to measure the clients’ Heart Rate Variability and have proved that TFT is producing measurable physiological changes as well as psychological healing.  Research into this aspect is ongoing and is providing exciting results.

Shiatsu Therapy

Shiatsu Therapy

SHIATSU (meaning “finger pressure”) – is a Japanese therapy whose roots can be traced back to Chinese medical traditions and the Japanese massage know as Amna. Shiatsu combines Western knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the wisdom of, ancient, Eastern philosophy, employing techniques of manual pressure (using  the fingers, thumbs & elbows) while also employing stretching to release muscular tension and stress.
There are a number of conditions that Shiatsu can benefit.  These include: arthritic pain, menstrual irregularities, insomnia, muscular tension, muscular pain, digestive problems, anxiety, stress, and headaches.

By using sensitive, yet deep, pressure, applied to the tsubos (acupuncture points) along the meridians (the body’s energy pathways) Shiatsu induces a state of deep relaxation that allows the body’s natural healing mechanisms function more efficiently.  It is well documented that stress & tension are detrimental to health and the operation of the immune system.
Shiatsu is, traditionally, given at floor level, on a futon.  However, there are new techniques that allow for treatment to be carried out on a therapy chair or couch.  The client is normally fully clothed during treatment and no oils, etc. are used.
Shiatsu can be used to treat people with specific ailments but the real beauty of this healing system is that it is most efficacious when received on a regular to keep the receiver in a good state of health and wellbeing.
Shiatsu can help with:

  • Stiff neck and shoulders
  • Headaches
  • Digestion
  • Anxiety
  • Migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Menstrual/menopausal imbalances
  • Insomnia
  • Back pain
  • Post traumatic stress
  • Fatigue
  • Poor circulation

“This is the kind of massage I have always dreamed of and now I know it has a name, Shiatsu!” Billie Piper

Chiropractic and N.E.T.

Chiropractic and N.E.T.

Chiropractic is a primary healthcare discipline, which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs and surgery.  The focus of chiropractic is on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects health. It has been used in many countries throughout the world for over 100 years to alleviate back pain and a variety of other conditions including digestive and menstrual disorders, headaches and even colic in young children. One of the most exciting techniques in chiropractic is a new system called Neuro Emotional Technique or NET.

The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. What this basically means is that health is a balance between our structural, chemical and emotional sides. NET allows us to address the emotional aspect to this triad of health in a simple and extremely effective way.

Crucial to an understanding of NET is that its emotions are physiologically, not just psychologically based. A part of the brain called the limbic system responds by releasing combinations of proteins called neuropeptides whenever we experience an emotion and these affect every cell in the body.  Normally, the body processes this neuropeptide release effectively, but at times of lowered resistance, such as when ill or under lots of different stresses or severe stress it is unable to do this effectively.  This results in the body locking onto the response to that emotion and often replaying and responding to it again in a negative fashion. Ultimately this can affect the function of the cells and cause symptoms.

Neuro Emotional Complexes or NECs are physiological manifestations of a trapped, negative emotion that can prevent healing. NET practitioners use muscle testing and kinesiology to isolate these troubled emotional events, then ask the patient to hold a “snapshot” in their mind of this emotional state whilst lightly adjusting their spine and relevant acupressure points. On occasions homeopathic remedies or nutritional support may also be required in order to support the treatment, hence all three arms of the health triad are addressed in order to deal with whatever structural problem has arisen. An example of this is the chronic pain patient who seems to try a variety of different therapies and gets good results but then seems to fall back into their symptom pattern again. Unless the emotional aspect of the patient’s problem is addressed then the chronic pain will continue to prevail.

Another exciting development in NET is NEAT or Neuro Emotional Anti-Sabotage Technique. NEAT attempts to deal once again with emotional traumas which have locked within our body and prevent us from achieving certain goals in our life.

Much of the theory for this technique originates in the early experiments conducted by Ivan Pavlov. In this experiment, Pavlov gave his dog a piece of meat. The dog’s normal response of salivation was observed. The same procedure was repeated while a bell was rung. After repeated trials the dog was observed to salivate solely in response to the sound of the bell. This became known as a “conditioned response”.

In a similar way, we too have conditioned emotional and physiological responses at times of stress. A simple example of this may be a young boy who goes to his doctor when he is sick to get an injection. The injection hurts or may be overly traumatic for the young boy but after a couple of days he has forgotten about it. This same boy twenty years on may want to go to his doctor for a simple complaint but has a panic attack on going into the doctor’s surgery for no apparent reason. Hence we can find a conditioned response from many years ago creating a physiological response that does not allow this person to achieve their goal.  NEAT in this case can be used to find the original traumatic emotional event, correct it and therefore dissipate the physiological response of this person and so allow them to do what they want to do.

Hence in NET we have a technique which allows us to address the emotional, chemical and structural aspects of our health in a very simple and exciting way. Already scientific studies have demonstrated its viability with hypercholesterolemic and phobic subjects, with further research being conducted into emotions and muscle testing correlations in America at present.

One Patient’s Experience:

In 2003, Mhairi* was an extremely healthy 20 year old, working full time and attending aerobics three times a week.  In the winter of that year, everything fell apart.  Mhairi was hit by a severe flu, which she just couldn’t shake.  After many tests, Mhairi was diagnosed with M.E. and clinical depression and was housebound for three years.  Mhairi’s home life was particularly difficult with a father that was extremely domineering and aggressive.  In 2006, Mhairi entered a remission period and undertook a university degree, graduating with honours in 2010.  However, even during this period, Mhairi always felt she was ‘running on fumes’.

One of Mhairi’s main concerns with her illness was that her periods had stopped with her initial flu and had never returned.  Mhairi’s doctor assured her not to worry about this until she wanted to start a family. But after seven years without a cycle, Mhairi insisted on a bone density scan, which showed her to be osteoporotic.  Mhairi was upset and the only treatment offered to her was to take the Pill, which she was reluctant to do due to her already struggling immune system.  The six months on the Pill were dreadful and Mhairi knew she was relapsing again.  Mhairi pushed herself to the limit to complete University, but felt extremely isolated having to deal with her crippling illness and finding no support for the severe symptoms she was experiencing.

Mhairi started work soon after graduating, but had to stop soon after due to her symptoms worsening and was once again housebound.  Mhairi was living at home under very stressful family circumstances, to the point where she had to move out due to the negative effect on her illness.  She had to register as homeless at this time, but finally was referred to a homeopathic clinic for help with her M.E.  A severe wheat allergy was identified and Mhairi was prescribed progesterone and undertook a wheat free diet.  She began menstruating again.

She then started to attend a chiropractor for the chronic migraines, headaches and blackouts she had been suffering from for several years.  Given the history of stress as well as symptoms, the chiropractor discussed NET with Mhairi and, using this technique, her headaches and back pain disappeared, she began to regain her energy.  The treatment helped her to recognize how stress affected her symptoms and deal with this more effectively, but more importantly, helped to break the cycle of the body responding to certain stresses with pain and fatigue.

At this point, Mhairi is preparing to return to her career and rebuild a fulfilling personal life and she attributes much of this change to the NET.

*(Identity has been changed)

Stress at work

stress at workStress at work

Among the most common types of stress is good old-fashioned job stress, stress at work, and it is easy to understand why. With the economic slow-down of the last few years, employers are trying to squeeze more and more work out of their employees in order to keep the profits. Unfortunately, this is all too often the case with workers and people need to learn how to manage work stress. Otherwise, you will simply drown yourself in worry and drive yourself batty with concern over your workload and your job security.

The first thing to remember about job stress is that it really does not help you get work done. In fact, too much stress can actually prevent you from getting through your projects. Though every worker can point to a time when the chips were down and they rose to challenge, the fact is that long-term stress does not help people focus. Yes, short-term bursts of stress can heighten your ability to focus, but any period of stress that lasts longer than a day or even a few hours deteriorates your ability to focus. This is because the very hormones that heighten focus over a short period of time eventually degrade concentration and make you unable to keep your mind on the task at hand. Needless to say, this does not help you in the workplace.

One of the best ways to manage workplace stress is to take a break every so often. This means that you should give yourself a short break about every fifteen minutes or so and avail yourself of a break of a few minutes about every hour.
If you have the self-awareness to notice that you are not able to focus completely, you should give your eyes a break and take a quick stretch break in your chair. These breaks should be taken about every fifteen minutes, as they will allow your brain to recover a little bit of energy and allow you to return to the task at hand.

Additionally, every hour, stand up and walk away from your desk. This break should consist of some task not related to work or your desk and it is vital for maintaining concentration and reducing job stress. Go get a soft drink, take a restroom break, or simply walk the halls for about 3-5 minutes. This will not only give your body a break, it will provide your mind with an opportunity to relax. It is the simple act of doing something mindless that helps your mind. Just like muscles, the brain needs a rest and recovery period in order to get its strength back. Remember, you cannot remain completely focused forever, just like you cannot sprint forever.

If you do not take a break, your mind will start taking its own breaks. This is otherwise known as “having your mind wander.” This is a tremendously frustrating phenomenon and it can create severe job stress. You cannot focus, so you cannot get your work done, so you try to focus, which is causing your mind to wander simply because it has been focusing for so long. Thus, you become more frustrated with yourself and your stress increases. This is an endless spiral and, if you do not deliberately escape it, job stress will consume you until the only thing you can think about is your inability to think about anything other than your inability to get work done.
For those who are in the throes of job stress already and there does not seem to be any way to get out of it, it is time to give yourself a complete break. The best break is, of course, to go home and leave your work behind. However, this is not always feasible and, instead, you need some way to give yourself a break while not leaving your desk.

The best method for relieving job stress at your desk is to close your eyes and take deep breaths. The key to this is to avoid thinking about work while you are doing this breathing exercise. In fact, you should simply concentrate on your breathing. In essence, this is a form of meditation and it is a very good way to refresh your brainpower. This is because, when you are thinking about your breathing, you are thinking about almost nothing at all. After all, you breathe all the time and it comes pretty naturally. Thus, by concentrating on a process that is generally automatic, your mind will give itself a much-needed rest. In fact, some people are so effective at this form of meditation that they receive something akin to concentrated sleep. Though it takes a great deal of practice to achieve this much relaxation from meditation, even simple meditation can help you recover from job stress.

The most important thing to remember about job stress is to simply not worry about job stress. In fact, worrying about job stress will actually create a certain about of stress all its own. Thus, if you simply concentrate on your work, give yourself a break every so often, and give yourself a complete break when you need it, job stress does not need to be a concern.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) uses gentle massage with the aim of promoting and regulating the circulation of the lymph. Lymph flows within the lymphatic system, the third circulatory system of the body.

The lymphatic system is formed by vessels and lymph nodes.  Unlike the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system does not have a pump (in the case of the cardiovascular system, the heart is the pump) and it is totally dependent on the action of gravity and the expansion and contraction of the muscles to pump the lymph around the system.  Lymph is an interstitial liquid, surrounding both, the cells and each organ of the body.

The lymphatic system has multiple interrelated functions:

  • It is responsible for the removal of interstitial fluid from tissues.
  • It absorbs and transports fatty acids and fats as chyle to the circulatory system.
  • It transports immune cells to and from the lymph nodes in to the bones.
  • The lymph transports antigen-presenting cells (APCs) to the lymph nodes where an immune response is stimulated.

Lymphatic tissue is a specialized connective tissue that contains large quantities of lymphocytes.

The lymph, a physiological part of our body, brings to the cells the nutrition they require and removes any toxic elements and particles that are too large to be removed in the blood.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage stimulates and regulates this nutritional exchange between the lymph and the cells of the body by: –

  • Promoting the elimination of the toxins and the accumulated residues of the interstitial liquid.
  • Promoting the distribution of nutritive elements (particularly fats) within the cells.
  • Enhancing the body’s immune defenses by cleaning the lymph nodes of the accumulated residues, which lessen their natural defense activity.

Manual lymphatic drainage assists in the detoxification of the body, helping to re-establish It also produces a state of profound relaxation, therefore serving as an efficient aid in daily life and the stress inherent to it.

Indian Head Massage (Champissage)

Indian Head Massage

Indian head massageIndian head massage, also known as Champissage, is a technique of manipulating soft tissues in the Scalp, neck & shoulders with the purpose of manipulating energy channels. The therapist uses a range of different massage pressures and rhythms to stimulate the head and neck area. The aim is to clear any blocks in these energy channels that could cause ailments/illness. The belief is when the energy does not flow properly, negative energy builds up, causing common ailments, including stress and pain.  Champissage, which is practiced all over Europe, was brought to the west by Narendra Mehta in the 1970s.

Benefits of Indian Head Massage: –

  • stimulates arterial circulation, and increases venous and lymphatic flow
  • aids the circulatory, muscular and nervous systems
  • stimulates the skin and underlying nerve endings
  • frees knots of muscular tension and relaxes connective tissue
  • reduces stress and can induce a feeling of euphoria
  • aids in the elimination of accumulated toxins and waste products

It is particularly effective in addressing the effects of tension & stress.

A typical massage lasts about 20 minutes.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of assessing and improving the function of the Craniosacral system — the physiological body system that includes the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Like the respiratory system and cardiovascular system the Craniosacral system is a physiological system which is vital to normal bodily function. The cranial pulse or rhythm ranges from 6-12 cycles per minute and any irregularities in it can be sensed by a Craniosacral Therapist. Any irregularities sensed can be dealt with by the therapist, unwinding the myofascial system affecting Craniosacral imbalances, allowing the body to self correct and regain a natural rhythm and flow of the cerebrospinal fluid.

Craniosacral Therapy is used to augment the body’s natural healing processes, enhancing the operation of the central nervous system, dissolving the effects of stress, enhancing health and strengthening resistance to disease by increasing the effectiveness of the immune system. Craniosacral Therapy usually requires only five grams of pressure when testing for restrictions in the various regions of the Craniosacral system. It is a system where diagnosis and treatment can be one and the same and the assessment alone can often help solve the presenting problem.