My work includes Chartered Physiotherapy, Structural Integration (also known as Rolfing) and Esoteric Healing. These treatments are explained below.
Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function to as near normal as possible when someone is affected by injury, illness or by developmental or other disability.
At my clinic I treat a wide range of conditions and all ages of patients are welcome. Plenty of time is given for discussion and assessment and the focus of treatment is on finding the root cause of the condition. Advice is given on practical ways patients can “treat themselves” between sessions and often the key to this is increasing the awareness of their bodies and how they move throughout their day. From their new awareness they can then build a body which supports them more easily whether they are in static postures such as sitting or lying or more active postures such as walking or in training.
Conditions treated include:
- Neck and Back pain
- Postural Problems
- Decreased flexibility
- Flat feet
- Other joint pain
- Poor Walking patterns
- Chest conditions
- Sports Injuries.
I run regular Relaxation and Posture classes locally and present workshops around the UK.
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Home visits are available in Dundee area and North East Fife.
Structural Integration is a method of hands-on body work and movement training which helps you to reconnect to your body and increase your awareness of your posture and how you move. It consists of:
Hands on manipulation of the connective tissue system.
- Rebalancing the body around a central axis – the line of gravity.
- Often a ”recipe” of ten sessions.
- Movement and awareness exercises and advice.
Structural Integration, also nicknamed Rolfing, was developed in the 1960’s by American biochemist Dr Ida. It is a mainstream form of treatment in USA alongside physiotherapy and osteopathic care and is the favoured choice of many sportspeople including cyclists, golfers and dancers.
How does it work?
Structural Integration works by lengthening and opening the patterns in the connective tissue. As a result, the thickened, toughened tissue becomes soft, re-hydrated and more pliable, thus allowing movement and flexibility. Structural Integration changes the body's compensations because it organizes the imbalances in the tissue. The systematic approach to relating gravity through the connective tissue layers aligns the body and improves posture. The body lengthens allowing muscles the space to work and joints the freedom to function.
What is connective tissue?
The connective tissue system is an interconnected river system throughout the whole body that protects and supports all muscles and joints, the lymphatic, vascular and nervous systems and every single organ. 70% of our body is formed from connective tissue and thus maintaining this system in good order is vital to our wellbeing.
Because energy flows through the connective tissue, any significant physical or emotional insult to the body causes problems (stagnation) in the energy flow followed by associated thickening or scarring of the connective tissue. This leads to problems in the corresponding body part.
Treatment aims to address these problems. Through gentle hands on manipulation. connective tissue can rehydrate, lengthen and become more flexible. As fascia (connective tissue) is lengthened it allows muscles to move more efficiently. When this restricted tissue is released and lengthened, the whole body can return to its structurally optimal position. There is a renewed freedom of movement around joints and a feeling of spaciousness in the body. This results in improved posture and function as well as increased energy levels and a sense of wellbeing.
‘The connective tissue system has a strong influence over the harmony, posture and movement of our body’.
What are its benefits?
The benefits of Structural Integration are wide and varied and may include:
- Pain Relief
- Improved Posture
- Improved Balance
- Improved Flexibility
- Improved Body Awareness
- Increased Energy Levels
- Improved Clarity
- Greater Self Confidence
- Improved Breathing Capacity.
Who is it suitable for?
All ages from babies to age 99 may benefit from this work. It can treat many physical conditions, such as joint pain, postural problems, stiffness and poor function as well as supporting sports men and women as they train. Structural Integration can also assist on an emotional level and some patients come for treatment for depression, anxiety and insomnia.
Although offered as a package of 10 sessions, each session having a different focus and each building on previous ones, it is not essential to have 10 sessions. Each person is assessed as an individual and treated according to their specific needs. Even one session can be very beneficial.
Our bodies talk to us all the time about the choices we are making, how we feel and what is supporting us or dragging us down. In a world in which the pace of life seems to be gaining momentum it can be easy for us to get caught up in the motion and ignore these messages, choosing to override them because we have a deadline to meet, or we just want to get the job done. Or perhaps we simply find it hard to say no.
Esoteric Healing gives us an opportunity to stop the momentum we are in and reconnect to our body. We begin to see the bigger picture of how we have been choosing to live our life and the patterns of behaviour and movement, from which have created a body of function rather than freedom.
Using gentle hands on techniques over clothes, esoteric healing removes the blockages which have been holding us back allowing us see the world more clearly. Through learning to observe the world rather than absorb it we can detach from the emotional hooks holding us back.
From there we are free to make choices on how best to support our new awareness. We may choose to build a rhythm which has an easier flow, we may use our new clarity in our communication with others, or we may simply choose in each moment to stay connected with our bodies and the messages it constantly shares with us.
Esoteric Massage is a gentle but profound form of massage, unique in
its ability to restore true movement to the body by creating the right flow of energy through the muscles and joints.
Esoteric Massage helps to release the ingrained disharmony or ill energy, which has been causing the body to move or function in a harmful way.
As each person is unique the massage is tailor made to suit your needs.
An Esoteric Massage might include one or several of the following:
Calves and kidney boost, full back, hands and arms, spine and wings, lower legs and thighs, energetic facial release.
The massage involves skin contact and all techniques are very gentle using oil and esoteric cream.
What can Esoteric Massage treat?
The massage itself is a very deeply re-connecting form of healing that leaves you with greater awareness and body connection.
This form of therapy also works well alongside any existing medical care you are receiving, offering steady support in aiding recovery or for optimal health.
Chronic fatigue, sleeplessness, headaches, chest conditions, back and joint pain, depression, anxiety, and many other conditions may be supported by Esoteric Massage.
Energetic Facial Release
“The truth of your life runs throughout your body.”
We store on our faces what we emotionally feel. Although we tend to look at our features and perhaps even be critical about how we look, what we are actually seeing on our faces is a reflection of what we feel in our bodies.
For example we might see the tiredness around our eyes and cheeks, or a tightness in our jaw, or maybe lines of tension on our brow. We may have face creams and cosmetics to cover it up but the truth is there are many emotions held on our faces that are a reflection of what is going on in our bodies and how we are feeling on a daily basis.
The energetic facial release uses very gentle massage techniques to help us to re-connect with our faces and release these emotions.
It is a very relaxing, beautiful treatment, which works well as a stand alone treatment or in conjunction with Esoteric Healing and Esoteric Massage.
Esoteric Healing, Esoteric Massage and Energetic Facial Release are all modalities taught by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.