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

Therapies M-Z. Nutrition

Nutrition

Nutritional therapy is a system of healing based on the belief that food provides the medicine we need to obtain and maintain a state of health; our food is our medicine and our medicine is our food. Many disorders, ranging from chronic fatigue, energy loss, insomnia and depression, to backache, skin complaints, asthma and headaches can be relieved effectively with nutritional therapy. A nutritional therapy practitioner will look for nutritional deficiencies, allergies and intolerances, as well as circumstances that can cause poor digestion or absorption in the stomach and intestine. Nutritional therapy is useful in treating chronic conditions that are not responding well to conventional medicine such as allergies, bowel and digestive disorders, depression, migraine and some skin disorders.

The therapist will take a medical history, and usually the patient will complete a questionnaire on diet and lifestyle. If the therapist needs detailed information on the patients eating habits, the patients may need to keep a food diary. Diagnostic tests may be required to check for food allergies or nutritional deficiencies. The practitioner will recommend dietary changes and advise about any vitamin or mineral supplements that are needed. Treatment usually consists of an initial appointment lasting up to one hour, and a series of follow up consultations of shorter duration, so that the therapist can monitor progress and changes, and tweak the therapeutic diet as necessary.


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Osteopathy

Oesteopathy is a natural treatment of the structure and alignment of the body. The osteopath treats the whole person, and aims to release the structural cause of a problem rather than simply the symptoms.

Osteopathy believes that your body possess self-regulatory mechanisms and has the inherent capacity to defend and repair itself.

The osteopath sees the body as a integral unit and does not regard any particular part as more important than the other.

The treatment involves the manipulation of the bones, joints and connective tissue. This manipulation may be firm, but is always gentle.

A whole variety of ailments including stress may be traced to structural misalignmnet of the body.

Headaches, neuralgia, premenstrual syndrome, asthma, arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome may be treated by osteopathy, as well as injuries such as sprained ankles, sports injuries, RSI, whiplash or post-accident trauma.


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Therapies M-Z. Reflexology

Reflexology

Reflexology is a system of complementary medicine that maps out the reflexes on the feet and hands to all the organs and the rest of the body. By applying pressure and massage-like techniques to these reflex points on the feet and hands, the related parts are positively affected, and blood, nerve and lymphatic systems are invigorated thus improving supply.

Reflexology can be used as a form of preventative maintenance, as well as to treat specific medical conditions. It is useful in treating arthritis and menopausal symptoms. The Reflexologist at the Barbican Therapy Centre is Allison Trott .


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Reiki

Reiki incorporates elements of other many healing practices such as: Aromatherapy, Crystals, Chakra balancing, Meditation and Naturopathy. It involves the transference and chanelling of energy to enhance the body’s natural ability to restore and rejuvenate.

Reiki has many benefits: it brings about deep relaxation, detoxifies the system, increases vitality and enhances the vibrational frequency of the body.

Reiki can be used for many ailments such as reducing anxiety and stress, relieving pain, headaches, stomach upsets, back problems, respiratory problems, PMT, menstrual problems and sinus problems.
Reiki is a gentle and non invasive interaction between the practitioner and the recipient, encouraging a sense of completeness and balance within our physical, spiritual and emotional lives.

Reiki practitioners are: Allison Trott and Jodie Hansen.


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Remedial Massage

Remedial massage uses various techniques such as Muscle Energy Technique, Neuromuscular Technique and Soft Tissue Release to remedy muscular dysfunction, restore balance to the body and free the body of pain. Advice on exercises, stretches and nutrition is also part of treatment to aid recovery.

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Swedish Massage

Swedish massage treatment relaxes, de-stresses and revitalizes the body both physically and mentally. It also helps to remove toxins from muscles and blood.

Swedish Massage is a great accompaniment to a healthy diet, good posture and regular exercise, helping the body to recover from the stresses of everyday life and massage gives a wonderful feeling of well-being.

Swedish massage can help by:
  • Relieving aches, pain and stiffness
  • Reducing stress, nervous tension and anxiety
  • Toning muscles, increasing mobility and preventing atrophy
  • Sedating or stimulating nerve endings
  • Improving circulation and lymphatic flow
  • Removing metabolic waste products

A one hour massage costs £45

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Sports Massage

Sports massage helps to ease out the tensions in the muscles and soft tissues of the body when we have been over stretching ourselves either in sports, running, hard exercise or just in the stresses and strains of everyday life. Sometimes we are holding tension by sitting in the office chair.

It combines the gentle movements of Swedish massage with deeper work and gentle stretches to ease out tension and restore the natural balance of the body.

Sports therapy is not only for sports people but also for anyone who has tension or minor injuries.

Massage is helpful both before and after events, keeping the body supple and aids the warming up and cooling down exercises that are most helpful for the activities of the body.

Each session lasts for 1 hour and begins with a short consultation with you to assess your needs. You can choose either a full body massage for relaxation or ask us to concentrate on a specific are of tension, injury or strain.

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Shamanic Healing

The age old practice of shamanic healing provides a deep and profound healing process that can restore imbalances within a person’s soul or energy body.
A healthy soul is paramount to a healthy life.
Each shamanic healing session is spirit led & offers a doorway into healing, transformation & empowerment.
This healing can be in the form of shamanic journeying, soul retrieval, power retrieval, plant spirit healing, shamanic blessing, medicine stone grounding, ancestral clearing, extraction or ceremonial work.

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Traditional Thai Massage

Traditional Thai massage is performed with the recipient wearing loose clothing, on a soft futon mattress. This style of massage by nature, is strong and has a deep effect on the body from the wonderful spinal stretches. Expect to be outstretched physically whilst having an invigorating yet relaxing effect. You will leave feeling restored and refreshed, and that little bit taller.

A Traditional Thai massage lasts for one hour and costs £45.

Thai massage is with Mrs. Thanyapat Hongpipatkuan.

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