Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together. Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your bodys own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring. Like Chiropractic work, Osteopathy can help with posture. General Osteopathic Council 176 Tower Bridge Road London SE1 3LU UK
Pilates is an invigorating form of exercise for your mind and body that can improve your strength, flexibility and overall mobility. It helps restore your body to balance. As a result, your posture will change and you will move more efficiently. You'll achieve a strong core, develop longer, leaner muscles and improve your overall sense of well-being. It is this holistic approach that sets Pilates apart from many other forms of exercise. Osteopaths, physiotherapists and general practitioners recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise today. Pilates can be beneficial for just about everyone, regardless of age and fitness level. It is very gentle and safe and is beneficial for people with poor body-brain integration, as sometimes seen in Parkinson's. Pilates Foundation Administrator
Psychotherapy can be helpful in the short term to discuss your problems. Often 'talking therapy' as it is sometimes called, can provide a valuable outlet for your feelings of frustration and difficulty. However therapy pursued on a longer term basis, can also produce feelings of calm, deep confidence, a far greater understanding of yourself and an ability to cope with every situation however difficult. It can also provide a stable base and reduce feelings of anxiety and tension. It is important to see a properly qualified Psychotherapist but there a variety of different kinds. Freudian and Jungian therapists work with dreams which can be very useful, but there are many therapists who work in other ways - see - www.psychotherapy.org.uk/different_types_of_psychotherapy.html
The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)is one of two major national bodies.
UKCP 2nd Floor, Edward House, 2 Wakley Street London EC1V 7LT Tel 020 7014 9955 fax: 020 7014 9977
The other is the British Psycholanalytic Council (BPC) British Psychoanalytic Council, Unit 7, 19-23 Wedmore Street, London N19 4RU. Telephone 020 7561 9240 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Web www.psychoanalytic-council.org/main/
Qigong has been called "Chinese Yoga", just as Yoga has been referred to as "Indian Qigong". Qigong can be considered as a combination of a number of Yoga (the science of self-realization) and Ayuerveda (the science of self-healing) practices. Both Yoga and Qigong are excellent for focused stretching, strengthening, and health maintenance. Unlike Qigong, Yoga has no direct martial art application and it is not part of a particular healing tradition per se. Qigong is the foundation of both Tai Chi and Kung Fu (now referred to as Wushu) as well as being considered both part of and precursor to Traditional Chinese Medicine. The word Qigong ("chee-gung"), translates roughly as 'Energy Skills,' which promote health, emotional happiness and spiritual development. These methods combine movement or postures, breath or mantra, and mind-intention to balance and enhance one's vital, life-energy. Health Quigong Federation UK (HQFU) 32 High Street Chislehurst Kent BR7 5AQ e-mail email@example.com Web www.healthqigong.co.uk
Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients.
Whilst the art of reflexology dates back to Ancient Egypt, India and China, this therapy was not introduced to the West until Dr William Fitzgerald developed 'Zone therapy'. He believed that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body within the same zone.
A reflexologist uses hands only to apply pressure to the feet. The therapy and the effects are unique to each person. Sensitive, trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances from touching the feet and by working on the reflex points can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased and the circulation and elimination improved. The body is encouraged to heal itself. Since reflexology treats the whole person, not just the symptoms of particular problems, most people can benefit from treatment. Reflexology is thought to promote relaxation, improve circulation, stimulate vital organs and encourage the body's natural healing processes. Also by helping relax muscles and improve circulation, harmful toxins are eliminated and production of natural chemicals in the brain boosted.
The International Federation of Reflexologists 8-9 Talbot Court London EC3V 0BP United Kingdom Tel (+44) 0870 879 3562
Association of Reflexologists, 5 Fore Street, Taunton, Somerset England TA1 1HX Tel 01823 351010 Fax 01823 336646
The practice of Reiki is an original method of healing, developed by Mikao Usui in Japan early in the 20th century, which is activated by intention. It works on every level, not just the physical. The Japanese word Reiki means Universal Energy. Eastern medicine has always recognised and worked with this energy, which flows through all living things and is vital to well-being. Known as ki in Japan, chi in China and prana in India. Acupuncture, Tai chi and Yoga are also based on the free-flow of this energy in a person. Reiki is a non-invasive therapy whose purpose is to treat holistically and to restore homeostasis. There are many variations of Reiki, but in essence Reiki works at bringing us into balance and is believed therefore to reinforce the bodys natural ability to heal itself at all levels, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. The recipient remains clothed and lies on a couch or sits on a chair and relaxes. The practitioner gently places their hands non-intrusively, on or near the body. There is no massage or manipulation and the whole person is treated rather than specific symptoms.
Reiki Council c/o 4 Westminster Court 81 Albermarle Road Beckenham Kent BR3 5HP e mail infor @reikicouncil.org.uk Web www.reikicouncil.org.uk
UK Reiki Federation, PO Box 71, Andover, SP11 9WQ Tel 01264 791441 Web www.reikifed.co.uk