“Just for today do not worry. Just for today do not anger. Honour your parents, teachers and elders Earn your living honestly. Show gratitude to every living thing.”
Dr. Mikao Usui
“Reiki” (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy’, a term used to describe a natural system to help bring about an improved sense of wellbeing and a positive feeling of spiritual renewal. This tradition was founded by Dr Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication. It is a tradition that is open to any belief system and benefits may include deep relaxation and the promotion of a calm peaceful sense of wellbeing.
The method of receiving a Reiki treatment from a practitioner is simple. The recipient remains clothed and comfortably lies on a couch or sits on a chair. The practitioner gently places their hands non intrusively, on or near the body using their intuition and training as a guide. There is no massage or manipulation. Reiki can be used on the person as a whole, or on specific parts of the body. It is also possible to receive Reiki at a distance. Reiki is taught by Reiki Master/Teachers, who have trained in the tradition passed on, in person, from Master to student. Students go through a process of initiation/attunement to the Reiki energy. They are then able to treat themselves and others, not only from a personal and emotional perspective, but also as an aid to individual development and spiritual growth.
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils to help deal with everyday stresses and emotional wellbeing. Essential oils, extracted from plants, are thought to possess distinctive properties, which may be used to improve overall emotional and spiritual health imbuing the user with a sense of relaxation and calmness. In a typical aromatherapy session, the aromatherapist will ask questions about previous medical history, general health, wellbeing and lifestyle. This helps the practitioner to choose and blend the safest and most appropriate essential oils for the individual. The oils may be applied in combination with massage or the aromatherapist may suggest other methods.
Aromatherapy may be found to be helpful to those wanting to reduce everyday stress and so help with the ability to cope, relax and sleep. As well as being used in individual therapy sessions and at home, it is also used in a variety of settings, including hospitals and hospices.
Choosing a practitioner:
It is important to choose a qualified practitioner who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of aromatherapy.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the belief that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which are believed to correspond to all organs and parts of the body. Some practitioners may also include work on points found in the face and ears. Reflexology works on an individual basis and may alleviate and improve symptoms such as everyday stress and tension.
During a typical reflexology session the reflexologist will take a detailed medical history. Sessions are usually performed in a comfortable chair or couch. If it is to be performed on the feet, the client will be asked to remove footwear and socks but other forms of reflexology require no removal of clothing. The practitioner will make a visual and tactile examination of the area to be worked before beginning the precise reflexology massage movements. The particular types of movements involved require the application of an appropriate pressure using the thumb and fingers.
Reflexology can be a wonderfully relaxing experience where you can take time out from everyday pressures.The therapist’s expert touch will help you relax which can help improve mood, aid sleep and relieve tension.The result is an overall sense of wellbeing.
Choosing a practitioner:
It is important to choose a qualified reflexologist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of reflexology.
In all types of massage therapy, the intention is to relax the soft tissues, increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged areas, warm them, and help the body to relax.
In a typical massage therapy session, the practitioner will discuss symptoms, medical history and the desired results. The practitioner generally performs some evaluation through touch before beginning the massage. Oil or powder help reduce friction on the skin and the therapist may use other aids, such as ice, heat, fragrances, or machines.
Massage may be found to bring relief from everyday aches, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address feelings of anxiety and tension, and aid general wellness. It can also be used in support of other therapies to assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries.
Choosing a practitioner:
It is important to choose a qualified massage therapist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of massage therapy.
The benefits are helpful for relieving earache and headache ear nose stress and nervousness whilst also balancing pressure in the ears, forehead and sinuses.
Hot Stone Therapy
All the benefits of a conventional massage such as pain relief but with one stroke of the stone it is equivalent to 10 strokes of the hand.
A thoroughly relaxing treatment. Beneficial in cases of insomnia and will relieve tension in the upper back and neck, whilst stimulating circulation and removing toxins, leaving you with a feeling of well-being.
Private Health Insurance
Some private health insurance plans will help you to pay for reflexology treatments if like Dawns Therapies, the reflexologist is fully qualified. The limit the company will pay depends on the plan you have so please call your insurance company to ask for details. The following companies offer schemes covering reflexology: