therapies

HEALTH is not merely the absence of dis-ease or pain but the positive state of balance that exists between the body and the mind of the individual. When healthy, a person will  able to respond to traumatic events be they physical such as accidents, falls and infections or emotional. After  any incident such as these the healthy body will be able to return to optimum functioning. Unfortunately, most people are not healthy and need support and help when faced with the traumas that affect us in everyday living.

OSTEOPATHYas we know it today was started by Dr. Andrews Taylor Still in 1874.   He formulated the system of scientifically based manipulative procedures that is now well established as the most effective method of treating musculo-skeletal injuries.

Whilst osteopathy is renowned for treating low back conditions, a vast range of other problems may respond well  to the holistic approach used by the osteopath.   The physiological reason for this is that if the structure of the body has its functioning improved, then the total functioning of the individual will also improve.   Every part of the body is supplied with nerves, these emanate from the spine and, therefore, if there is any detrimental change in the way in which a spinal segment is functioning, then there must be a change in the way in which the organ or part supplied from that segment will function.

Treatment falls into several distinct parts.   First there is the taking of case history to establish how, when and where that pain is and when it started.   Next is the examination which comprises various tests of the spine, nervous system, muscles and joints.   Finally in order to treat the condition, osteopathic soft tissue procedure and if necessary specific joint manipulation will be used.   This is not painful but may be a little uncomfortable. Osteopathy uses manipulative procedures including Osteopathic Articulation, which ensures that the joints are moving correctly and Osteopathic Spinal Manipulation, which restores reduced spinal mobility.

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE is a separate and distinct form of medicine, having its own philosophy and methods of treatment. It is based on the unalterable principle that ONLY NATURE HEALS and it is within the individual ability to restore health.

The principles of Naturopathy are:-

  1. Given the appropriate opportunity, nature will heal.
  2. Correct food is the only medicine that the body requires.
  3. Dis-ease is an attempt to heal by elimination.
  4. All disease has the same common causation.

In practice Naturopathy recognises that the stress of twentieth century living degrades the life force and various factors affect the body’s ability to restore maximum health.   These include chemical imbalance, structural or mechanical distortions and psychological stress.   In order to treat the patient successfully, the Naturopath will always treat the patient as a whole and never attempt to merely alleviate the symptoms.

Raynor Naturopathic Massage
Brandon Raynor travelled the world exploring ancient, traditional and modern massage techniques to find the essence of natural manipulative therapy.  He has gathered the most useful tools together in a therapeutic style which responds to the needs of each individual to help them on the quest for health.  The techniques work deeply into the body’s tissues in order to release long held tensions.  Sometimes this can result in an emotional release in the form of laughter or even tears. The goal of Raynor massage is to find and release any residual tension or blockages enabling the body to find its true expression of health.
Clients remove outer clothing and remain covered with drapes while the practitioner works on areas of tension.

Contraindications:
Your practitioner will always conduct an initial health screen to make sure it is safe to continue with your massage.  Infectious diseases and blood thinning drugs like Warfarin are contraindications to massage.
Your practitioner will postpone treatment during pregnancy.

REFLEXOLOGY

Reflexology is believed to have links far back to ancient times, an art practised by early Egyptians, and how one small area of the foot can affect and stimulate a very different part of the body. Today Reflexology is recognised within the NHS and it’s association with reducing pain, relieving stress and helping to restore wellbeing.

How it works – Reflexology focuses on 10 Zones within the body, and the anatomy associated within each Zone. It is a natural method of using thumb and fingers on the feet’s reflex areas, aiming to locate corresponding organs and glands, to help stimulate and target different areas within the body. Apart from being very relaxing and an excellent way of releasing stress and tension, Reflexology may help with conditions such as arthritis, insomnia, PMT, respiratory and digestive disorders, and may also help relieve different areas of pain and discomfort. Reflexology is suitable for all ages and can be particularly beneficial after illness or surgery and aid recovery. Please ask for further information.

What you can expect:

Your first treatment will consist of an initial consultation, which will allow me to assess and evaluate your lifestyle and your health. From this information I will develop a flexible and personal plan especially tailored to you. You will then be asked to recline on a couch, in a comfortable, quiet room and I will begin focusing of specific areas of your feet. To maximise the real benefits from Reflexology it is often best to have at least 6 treatments over 6 to 12 weeks, or regular follow up treatments.