Therapy Options

I use a range of therapeutic modalities, my primary methods are Tui Na and Bowen Technique. I also include DaoYin (Chinese Yoga) to enable self help.

I should point out that I do not provide basic Swedish massage. As a therapeutic therapist I find other approaches more useful. If you are seeking a general massage there are plenty of such services available.

The human body is a miracle of evolution, it’s adaptability has enabled the human race to populate the entire planet with all of its diverse climates and challenges, yet this very adaptability has the potential to cause us many problems. This is particularly true in the modern industrialised world. The environment that we have created, in many ways, could almost appear designed to harm us.

TuiNa

This is a therapy originating in China it was the precursor to Japanese Shiatsu, often done through light clothing, it uses a combination of pressure points, deep pressing / rubing and gentle passive movement. It is thought that Per Henrik Ling (responsible for systematising Swedish Massage) observed Tui Na treatments on his travels through Asia. These techniques have existed in the East for many centuries and have only recently been understood in the west with the growing awareness of the importance of fascia in the body's structure and function.

Chinese Martial Arts and Daoist Arts: I use certain aspects of Martial Arts movement training including elements of Tai Chi Chuan and a Yoga method called Dao Yin to support the physical therapies. Read more...

Bowen Technique:

Bowen Technique is a relatively modern creation. It was devised by an Australian called Tom Bowen in the forties and fifties. Tom studied a range of skills including shiatsu and added his own unique insights to create his own methodology. Bowen Technique is a highly effective therapeutic methodology.

The style of Bowen that I employ has a particular focus n the Importance of Symmetry, that is to say I target areas of specific tension that are preventing the body relaxing into normal tonal symmetry.

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Dao Yin:

The aim of Dao Yin is to develop a relaxed, strong and flexible body and a calm, clear and focused mind.

The postures although stretching should never be forced or painful, pain creates tension which is self defeating. It has been shown to be of great benefit in achieving and maintaining general health.

Two thousand years before the creation of Pilates and the concepts of core body strength entered the mainstream, DaoYin was already addressing these issues.

In DaoYin nothing is pushed or painful. If you've done other Yoga you 'll know that that is not always the case.

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Per Henrik Ling

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Tom Bowen

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Ge Hong Chinese Physician

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