Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy)
Physiotherapy is the treatment and prevention of an injury and disease
by natural means. Modern physiotherapy may include any of the following:
- acupuncture/acupressure, reflexology, electrotherapy, exercises, Life
style advice, massage, manipulative therapy, postural training, Pilates
and relaxation. We all abuse our bodies from time to time and we gradually
wear out, as we get older. Physiotherapy can help by improving and assisting
the body’s own natural healing mechanism.
Acupuncture has been effectively used in China for thousands of years,
where they believe that disease arises out of an imbalance in chi (energy).
This may be caused by physical, physiological or emotional problems including
overwork, severe stress or trauma. Acupuncture involves the stimulation
of appropriate points on the body with fine needles, heat (moxa) or finger
pressure. Acupoints or tsubo can be shown to be points of lowered electrical
resistance. Although we do not know how all forms of acupuncture work,
scientists have shown that point stimulation releases some of the body’s
natural chemicals (endorphins). Traditional Chinese medicine stimulates
the body’s natural healing properties and in seeking to restore balance
to the body it offers a holistic approach and not just symptomatic relief.
Manipulative Therapy and Massage
I believe that physical therapy has become far too reliant on electrotherapy
and set mobilising procedures that do not treat the person as an individual
having an aetiology that is unique to him/her. Other manipulative therapies
could also be accused of symptomatic treatment. Osteopathy and Chiropractic
are only as good as the individual practitioner.
I used to practice very gentle massage and manipulative procedures that
take into account the energy make up, circulation, lymphatic and hormonal
make up of the patient. Each organ of the body is related to a particular
muscle, vertebra, peripheral joint as well as having reflected pathways
on the hands, feet and other parts of the body.
There is occasionally a need to adopt a less than subtle approach to massage
and manipulation as in the case of Connective Tissue Massage and forced
manipulation of a joint that has been out of alignment for some considerable
time. (Full details of these methods are found in my first book).
Cranio-Sacral Therapy (C.S.T.)
This is a comprehensive holistic therapy that can effectively treat almost
any condition from physical injuries and functional disorders (digestive,
menstrual, respiratory etc.) to emotional disturbances and persistent symptoms
of obscure origin. It treats the whole person and is not limited to the
head or conditions affecting the head, although it does have a special
role to play in the treatment of cranial compression due to birth trauma.
The Cranio-Sacral system consists of the Membranes (or Meninges) which
surround the brain; the Cranial bones and Sacrum which attach to these
membranes; the Fascia which radiates out from the membranes to all parts
of the body, enveloping every nerve and nerve pathway, and the Cerebro-Spinal
Fluid - a vital and potent fluid produced from within the central nervous
system along the neurological pathways to every structure of the body.
All of these structures pulsate in a symmetrical
balanced rhythmic motion (the Cranial Rhythm) associated with the production
and absorption of Cerebro-Spinal Fluid and reflected out through the Fluid
and Fascia to the body. Blockage or restriction of this fluid will result
in dysfunction and disease. Blockage may result from injury, infection,
inflammation, structural imbalance, emotional tension or any kind of disease.
Treatment consists of the practitioner placing his/her hands very gently
on the body, identifying areas of restriction or tension, and following
the subtle internal pulls and twists manifested by the Cranio-Sacral system
until the points of resistance are encountered and released. Treatment
is generally soothing and pleasant, creating a sense of ease, calm and
relaxation. (The use of C.S.T. is discussed in my books).
Reflextherapy is an umbrella term describing different
treatment approaches developed from the ancient knowledge that the body
is reflected in miniature in the feet, hands and other areas. Gentle pressure
on these areas can promote deep relaxation, pain relief and restore health.
It has existed as a form of therapy for over four thousand years, with
records found in Egypt, India and the Far East. By touching reflected
points, it is thought that connections are established involved the circulatory,
nervous and endocrine systems, thus involving the whole body. Eastern
philosophy also recognises a link with the system of meridians, where
it is postulated that vertical lines of energy link corresponding areas.
These can all be affected by physical, mental or emotional tension resulting
in altered energy states that may be detected and treated on the feet.
Controversially, I see no logical difference between acupressure and reflextherapy
in spite of two differing philosophies.
The Chakras are represented as points on the surface
of the body of vital energetic significance. From each of the points,
a fan shaped whorl of spiralling energy emanates through the more subtle
bodies of the etheric, emotional and mental. Each Chakra is related to
an endocrine gland, meridian, internal organ, spinal level, reflected
area, colour, sound, gem and emotion. It is said that there are 7 Major
Chakras and 21 Minor ones. I obtained my acupuncture doctorate following
my thesis on the association of acupuncture to the Chakras. I have developed
my own unique ways of balancing the Chakra energies and have taught scores
of other practitioners these methods. It is also the subject of my third
and fourth books.
many years I have been dowsing for health at a professional level. This
ranges from a full spectrum analysis to testing for clients who may be
suffering from any form of geopathic stress. If you feel that you require
my services please email in the first instance for specific instructions.
The average fee for the full service is £50.