The Barbican Therapy Centre offers a range of complementary therapies for the body and mind





Therapies A-L. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the use of volatile plant oils for preventative care, healing and general physical well- being. These essential oils can be used in different ways, including massage, bathing and inhalation. When essential oils are inhaled, the receptors in the nose are stimulated and the impulse is transmitted to the emotional centre of the brain or “limbic system”. The limbic system is connected to areas of the brain linked to memory, breathing and blood circulation, as well as the endocrine glands that regulate hormone levels in the body. The properties of the oil, the fragrance and its effects, determine stimulation of these systems. When used in massage, essential oils are not only inhaled, but absorbed through the skin as well. They penetrate the tissues and find their way into the bloodstream where they are transported to the organs and systems of the body. Different oils are thought to act on the body in different way, having a relaxing, energizing, calming or uplifting effect.

Popular because of its non-invasive nature, aromatherapy is used for a wide range of health problems such as anxiety, insomnia, and stress related conditions. Many people find it useful in treating arthritic and rheumatoid pain, headaches, and pre-menstrual tension. It is sometimes available in maternity services and is widely used in palliative and cancer care in hospitals and hospices. Some people also use aromatherapy just for its relaxation effects.

Therapists need to be made aware of any health problems that the patient may have, particularly cardiac, respiratory, neurological or dermatological conditions.


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Therapies A-L. Counselling

Counselling

Most people at some time in their lives, experience difficulties that are hard to understand or come to terms with and at times like this it can be helpful to talk things over with a trained counsellor.

At the Barbican Therapy centre we provide counselling for people facing many kinds of problems such as:

  • Marital and Relationship issues
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Anger management

How does counselling work?

The counsellor will encourage you to talk about the problems and help you to explore their possible effects. By carefully listening and checking back, your counsellor will help you focus on the main issues and understand your feelings about them.

Although counsellors do not give advice, they do help you to work through your difficulties and move on to a happier and more fulfilling life.

Is counselling Confidential?

Yes, with very few exceptions, counselling provides a safe place in which to talk through your concerns and anxieties.

Your counsellor is someone dedicated to helping you to deal with your difficulties and cope with them in a new and more effective way.

How many sessions are needed?

We offer short and longer term counselling and psychotherapy. You don’t have to agree to any specific number of sessions.

For some people, 2-3 is enough, whilst others continue for many months.

How are the meetings arranged?

Simply call us at the centre to make your first counselling appointment. The sessions are normally for 1 hour each week arranged between you and the counsellor.


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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that works on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. Similar to Swedish massage, deep tissue massage uses slower and firmer strokes and pressure than other treatments - deep finger pressure that concentrates on particular areas, and follows or goes across the fibres of muscles and tendons.

A Deep Tissue Massage with Jodie Hansen will last for one hour and costs £40.

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Geo Thermal Therapy, also known as La Stone or Contrast Therapy, is a refreshing massage treatment, combining the application of hot stones, made from volcanic basalt, black stones and cold stones, from white marble.
This two hour treatment will restore, revitalise and energise. Leaving you feeling thoroughly relaxed and balanced in your own skin.
It provides your circulation with a great boost, with the combination of hot and cold stones and massage, promoting vasodilation and vasoconstriction. The widening and narowing of our blood vessels.
The hot stones (vasodilation), are calming, warming and sedating. The cold stones (vasoconstricton), refresh and stimulate, your body and mind, bringing temperature normalisation to the body in a neat, clean way.
This complete treatment ends with a facial massage with Rose or Frankincense oil and White Tea Eye Gel, from Neal’s Yard organic products.
Geo Thermal Therapy is with Ali Trott and is a two hour treatment at £90.



Holistic Massage

One of the first questions asked about holistic massage is "What does holistic mean?" Holistic means 'whole'. So this form of massage deals with you as a 'whole'. Like other therapies, it is not just looking to treat the symptoms, but to establish the cause, whether it be internal or external. The aim is to rebalance the body so it achieves homeostasis or balance.

For the body, the massage helps taut muscles to learn to relax and this, combined with strokes to aid lymphatic drainage, helps to release toxins. The benefits can be felt by all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles.

A Holistic massage will last for one hour and costs £45.

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Homeopathy


Is a holistic medicine in which treatment is tailored to the individual. Most disease is not a single isolated event but is an expression of disharmony in the whole person. So, homeopathy looks at a much larger picture than individual symptoms. This includes the person’s constitution, past medical and life history, mental and emotional state, life-style and much more.
Homeopathy uses natural remedies to stimulate your body’s ability to heal itself. It works on the principle that ‘like treats like’ : a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms.
Homeopaths often see patients with long-term, chronic problems, many of which have failed to respond to conventional medicine. We also work with people with acute illness and infections such as childhood illnesses. As a system of medicine, homeopathy is aimed at treating the person, rather than the disease diagnosis, and as such can be considered in almost any ill health, where tissue has not been irrevocably damaged.



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Hot Stone Massage

This is a very relaxing and penetrating massage using smooth stones varying in size combined with flowing massage techniques. This massage is great for tired or tense muscles as the heat from the stones works deep into the muscle tissue helping to release tension. Hot Stone massage is suitable for everyone and is an excellent de toxifying massage, whether it’s for tired or overworked muscles or for pure relaxation.

The cost of a Hot Stone Massage is: £45 for 45 minutes or £60 for 75 minutes and is with Allison Trott

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Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for treating such conditions as addictions, anxiety, depression, obesity, phobias, pain relief and stress.

Hypnosis is not a state of sleep but a state of relaxation varying from light to deep. Tests have shown that a person is neither unconscious, nor asleep. Tests have shown that a person in deep hypnosis is in a state of deep relaxation and engaged in normal mental activity.

In this relaxed state, the mind is usually more open to the process of change. As such, client and therapist can work safely together using an agreed approach, to enhance mental, physical and emotional well-being.

Hypnosis and Hypno-psychotherapy can help to achieve positive and lasting results in:

  • Cessation of dependencies and habits:
    E.g. Smoking, Eating disorders, Nail-biting.

  • Management of stress related disorders:
    E.g. Phobias, Panic attacks, Insomnia, Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Managing personal crises:
    E.g. Accident/trauma, Miscarriage, Bereavement, Redundancy, Divorce, Coping with illness.

  • Optimising psychological well-being:
    E.g. Stress, Anxiety, Depression.

  • Achieving personal growth:
    E.g. Building/rebuilding self-esteem, Resolving relationship difficulties, Enhancing job/career satisfaction, Improving sporting performance.

Only a selection of the many challenges we face, as fallible human beings, are mentioned above.

There are many others and they can be discussed in strict confidence with the therapist.


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Indian Head Massage

Champissage (Indian head massage) works on the physical, mental and subtle levels of the whole person.
It works on the upper body, back, neck, shoulders and the head and face, the areas that are most vulnerable to stress.
It is a de-stressing programme for the whole body.
Indian head massage usually takes between 30 and 40 minutes.
You can sit in a comfortable chair and there is no need to remove any clothing.
Most people leave feeling refreshed and calm.

Physical and subtle benefits

Through physically working on the scalp, face, neck and shoulders, many positive physical and subtle benefits can be obtained.

  • General and specific relaxation for muscles, providing immediate relief
  • Fibrous adhesions can be broken down.
  • Dispersal of toxins from tense, knotted muscles.
  • Relief from chronic neck and shoulder stiffness.
  • Loosens the scalp.
  • Relaxation of the whole person.
  • Increase oxygen uptake in tissues.
  • Improved circulation of blood in previously congested muscles, providing extra oxygen to the brain.
  • Stimulation and improvement of the circulation of the lymphatic system.
  • Restores joint movement and mobility.
  • Promotes hair growth.
  • Helps with: eye strain, ear ache, Tinnitus, jaw ache, sinusitis, congestion, neck and shoulder stiffness.
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system.
  • Can help with Insomnia.
  • Helps with: mental tiredness, anxiety, edginess, depression and stress.
  • Promotes a sense of calm, peace and tranquility.
  • Promotes high levels of alertness and concentration.

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Geo Thermal Therapy (hot and cold stone massage).

Geo Thermal Therapy, also known as La Stone or Contrast Therapy, is a refreshing massage
treatment combining the application of hot stones, made from volcanic Basalt, black stone and
cold stones made from white marble. This two hour treatment will restore, revitalise and
energise. Leaving you feeling thoroughly relaxed and balanced in your own skin.

It provides your circulation with a great boost, with the combination of the hot and cold stones
and massage, promoting vasoconstriction and vasodilation (the narrowing and widening of our
blood vessels). The hot stones (vasodilation) are calming, warming and sedating. The cold
stones (vasoconstriction) refresh and stimulate your body and mind, bringing temperature
normalisation to the body in a neat, clean way.

This complete treatment ends with a facial massage with Rose or Frankincense oil and White
Tea Eye Gel from Neal’s Yard organic products. This restorative treatment costs £90.

The benefits of Hot Stones.
Promotes deep relaxation.
Improves the blood circulation and flow of energy.
Reduces chronic stress and tension with their sedative effect.
Increases flexibility in the joints, aiding mobility and movement.
Relaxes the muscles enabling effortless massage to deeper layers of the muscles and fibres.
Brings heat to the body in a clean and neat way, helping with conditions such as Arthritis,
Fibromyalgia, Hypertension and musculoskeletal problems.

The benefits of Cold Stones.
Decreases swelling and inflammation.
Helps with muscle spasms.
Relieves Headaches.
Isolates Pain.
Promotes healing of sprains, strains, contusions, sports injuries and rehabilitation.
Decreases Oedema.
Increases muscle tone.
Increases respiratory, heart rate and blood pressure.

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