Acupuncture and Acupressure

Used in China for over 2000 years. Based on a life force called Chi. If it is disturbed illness results. Acupuncturists insert special needles into specific points on the body which occur along meridian lines. These rebalance the Chi and is virtually painless. Acupressure operates in a similar way, but pressure is applied to the same points. Make sure your practitioner is registered.

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) 63, Jeddo Road, London W12 9HQ Tel 0208 735 0400 website http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/about-us.html

BMAS The British Medical Acupuncture Society is a UK group of family doctors and hospital specialists who practice Acupuncture alongside more conventional techniques. BMAS, BMAS House, 3 Winnington Court Northwich, Cheshire CW8 1AQ Tel: 01606 786782Fax: 01606 786783Email: admin@medical-acupuncture.org.uk BMAS Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (formerly Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital) 60 Great Ormond St, London WC1N 3HRTel: 020 7713 9437 Fax: 020 7713 6286Email: bmaslondon@aol.com website: http://www.medical-acupuncture.co.uk/

Alexander Technique

Developed by an Australian Actor in 1900, he overcame vocal problems by eliminating tension in the head, neck and back. It is a learned technique and a standard course is 25 lessons. It concerns posture, balance and ease of movement. Alexander Technique teachers train for3 years and there are 860 in the UK. To be effective you need to attend regularly for at least six months as the learned technique has to become part of your day to day life.

The Society of Teachers for the Alexander Technique (STAT)

1st Floor, Linton House, 389-51 Highgate Road, London NW5 1RS 0207 284 3338

website www.stat.org.uk

Aquafit

Aquafit is aerobics in the water, helping fitness and giving your muscles a massage while you work out. It is inclusive and virtually anybody can take part. There is a session suitable for all needs, even people who cant swim. It promotes fitness for life and aims to maintain stamina, strength, and suppleness. It is also good at reducing stress levels. Working out in water has a range of benefits. The key one being that the water acts as a cushion protecting joints such as the spine and ankles. Buoyancy lifts and supports the body, giving a feeling of freedom and providing an environment in which exercise movements and relaxation are easy. Also, water offers resistance. This means you can tone and develop muscle groups in a low impact environment. Water movement around the body has a massaging effect, helping to work the less used muscles during exercise. Also, the temperature of most pools means you can work hard without over heating the body. Participants can work at a level which suits the, so choose a class for your fitness level and age. The use buoyancy aids and pool sidebars is allowed. You can also exercise at a pool depth to suit you, and you can take a friend along for moral support Aquafit is fun, participants are encouraged to enjoy exercise and at the end of the session to relax. There are Aquafit classes at most local swimming pools.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy dates back to the Egyptians around 1500-2000BC. Aromatherapists believe each essential oil has its own special properties and in using differing oils they can cater for different needs. These oils can be used in different ways. Massage is the most common, but you can buy the oils and add a few drops to the bath, or you can apply them in creams and lotions.

The major benefits are physical, emotional and mental relaxation. This can help where there is tension and rigidity due to Parkinsons. It can also aid sleep, pain, anxiety and depression.

There are two principal bodies, the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) 20A The Mall, Ealing Broadway, London W5 2PJ

telephone 0208 567 2243/0208 567 1923 website: http://www.ifaroma.org/

The International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists IFPA82 Ashby Road Hinckley LeicestershireLE10 1SN Telephone: 01455 637987Fax: 01455 890956E-mail: admin@ifparoma.org Website: www.ifparoma.org

Art Therapy

Art Therapy is the use of art for self-expression under the guidance of a trained Art Therapist. There is no prior experience needed to participate and in fact any Art with a therapist or not can be regarded as therapeutic. Art therapy helps change and development and is helpful where other forms of expression may become limited. It has been shown to give increased self confidence and self esteem, a sense of achievement and improved quality of life. British Association of Art Therapists, 24-27 White Lion Street, London N1 9PD

Tel: 020 7686 4216 Fax: 020 7837 7945 email: info@baat.org Web http://www.baat.org/

Autogenic Therapy

Autogenic Therapy is a research based relaxation technique that promotes self-empowerment and peace of mind. 'Autogenic' means generated from within and once learnt, Autogenic Training becomes a skill for life which helps to control anxiety and reduce stress and increases wellbeing. This is a valuable skill which those diagnosed with Parkinson's can learn within 8-10 45 minutes lessons, as it helps to control anxiety and can aid sleep. The British Autogenic Society belongs to a number of reputable Psychotherapy organisations and practitioners are required to complete a 3 year training.

The British Autogenic Society, Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, Great Ormond Street. London WC1N 3HR Tel: 0207 391 8908

e-mail baspromotions@googlemail.com website www.autogenic-therapy.org.uk

Ayurveda

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian healing system. It is an integrated approach based on the belief that the Universe, including us, is composed of five elements and the healing process is about balancing these elements. The treatment can include changes of lifestyle and diet, herbal remedies, exercises and meditation and diagnosis includes history, pulse, eyes, tongue, urine and bowel movements to determine root causes of disease. Plants of the Mucuna family have been known and used in India since ancient times. Natural levadopa was extracted from these plants until it was synethised

Ayurvedic Medical Association UK 1079 Garratt Lane Tooting Wandsworth London SW17 0LN United Kingdom. Tel: 0208 682 3876

Ayurvedic Practitioners Association 23 Green Ridge Brighton BN1 5LT e mail: info@apa.uk.com Tel 01273 500 492

Web www.apa.uk.com/