Reflexology the ancient practise of manipulating the hands and the feet to improve the flow of energy in the body. It is a natural, holistic, non-invasive treatment which improves a persons’ physical and mental well-being through human touch. It dates back to 2500 BC in China and Egypt. A wall painting, found in the tomb of Egyptian physician Ankhmahor at Saqqara (about 2300 BC), shows treatment being administered.
Reflexology is based on the principles that there are reflex areas in the hands and feet that map or mirror the bodies’ structures, glands and organs. The word “reflexology” has a distinct meaning that is quite relevant to the treatment. A reflex is when stimulation at one point brings about a response in another point / area. The word “ology” means the study of that branch of science.
Reflexology promotes a feeling of relaxation and well-being. It also helps to bring about homeostasis in the body and promotes healing. It encourages good circulatory, nervous, digestive, and reproductive systems. Illness, stress, tension and fatigue can each have the effect of causing the body imbalance. Energy is wasted fighting the problem or struggling mentally with negative attitudes. Reflexology encourages the body’s own energy flow and as the body and mind regain their balance, they can work more efficiently.
Hopi Ear Candling aka Thermal Auricular Therapy is a pleasant treatment of the ears used to treat a variety of conditions. The ear candles induce a revitalising heat upon the head and ears which soothes, relieves and relaxes.
The candle, a hollow cylindrical tube is placed in the ear and held in place by the therapist. It contains herbal, essential oil & tincture extracted ingredients, the main ones being flax, honey, beeswax, sage, camomile, St. Johns Wort & beta-carotene.
It is an ancient and 100% natural therapy handed down by many civilisations. It has been used for healing for many thousands of years. However the practise reached the modern world via the Native American Hopi Indians of North Arizona.
When the candle is lit and gently placed into the ear, a moderate suction action is created, lightly manipulating the tympanic membrane. They work on a chimney principle drawing any impurities to the surface where they can be gently removed. They equalise the pressure in the head and ears making them suitable for most conditions. Secretion flow is gently stimulated and the vapour collects and removes impurities or deposits.
As the treatment is able to stimulate the ear, nose and throat, all the sinuses can be relieved over a series of treatments.
Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment involving the art of using the fragrant essential oils extracted from plants, to improve physical and emotional well-being. It is both an art and a science that involves the basic constitution of our body. One treats the ailments of the mind and the body through aromatherapy by blending the required parts of different oils, and then creating a balmy complex that is used to create a heavenly experience.
Essential oils are aromatic, mostly liquid substances extracted from various parts of a plant, such as from petals, barks, twigs, roots, leaves, seeds and resins. These natural substances display a broad range of therapeutic effects and actions on the body.
Indian Head Massage is based on an ancient Ayurvedic healing system practised in India for over 1 000 years. It is a wonderfully relaxing therapy that involves massage of the soft tissues in the upper back shoulders arms neck scalp and face. The therapist uses a range of different massage pressures and rhythms to stimulate these areas and help balance natural energies and clear any localised areas of negativity. There are many benefits e.g. higher levels of alertness and concentration and relief from tension headaches and eyestrain. However Indian Head Massage is not just physical; it works on an emotional level also calming the spirit promoting relaxation and relieving stress.
Indian Head Massage may be of benefit as part of contemporary health service program, where it has the potential to stimulate the body to heal itself & reduce the rate of progress of the prevailing condition. It can be used as part of a client’s relaxation routine and may also have the potential to combat the side effects of certain necessary drug regimes.
Reiki is a Japanese technique that promotes healing and relaxation whilst reducing stress. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”
It is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.
Treatments treat the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.