Therapies

Please scoll down for important information about what happens before, during and after a therapeutic treatment. Further information is available throughout the website.

What do Complementary and Holistic Mean?

In this context, complementary means in addition to and alongside existing mainstream prescribed medication and/or treatments. This maintains, restores, enhances and aids the positve effects of that treatment - and therefore the recipient's health. Holistic refers to treating the whole being - not just specific symptoms. This restores equilibrium (homeostasis) and promotes a healthy balanced body, mind and spirit. Are you lying comfortably? Then we shall begin!

Initial Consultation Prior to First Treatment:

This is a one-off consultation for every new client before the very first treatment from me or my wife. It is free if held at the same time and place as the first treatment and lasts about 30-40 minutes on top of the treatment time. Asked for are: personal details, the reasons for treatment, health, wellbeing, lifestyle, medications and so on; this involves clients' honesty and the filling in and signing of a confidential form, all of which is explained at the time.

A GP or Consultant's note may be asked for to confirm that a therapy or treatment is not going to adversely affect any condition, medication, or if there are any other considerations; it is advisable to bring an original current note along to the initial consultation to save time. It is a client's responsibilty to keep us informed of changes to any old, new or existing issues raised and to check with their GP if a therapy may affect other treatment received. We cannot be held responsible for a client's health if we have been misinformed by them. Before each subsequent session, a few moments are taken to ask if there are any changes of which we should be aware.

Clients are over 16. On the rare occasions a child under 16 is treated, please note we will not proceed without the receipt of an original, currently dated doctor or consultant's note and written permission from the legal parent or guardian before or at the time of the initial consultation. They must be with a parent at all times.

Client Confidentiality:

The purpose for keeping and updating of case notes is to tailor a treatment and therapies to a client's individual requirements and specific needs. If a chaperone is present, they will be asked to sign a confidential form to confirm their presence and that everything is in order; this is countersigned by the client. This information is soley for the use of myself, my wife if giving Reiki and the client's health practitioner(s) where necessary. No details are ever be passed to anyone else unless there is a life endangering risk to the client, myself or my wife, other people, or chaperone; this is explained to the client at the time. All details, verbal, written or otherwise during any appointments with me or my wife are kept in the strictist confidence and securely stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1984). Each client is an individual and of course we are more than happy to answer any questions and we ensure each treatment is bespoke to suit the needs and wants of the client wherever possible.

Before a Treatment Begins:

Covering client upThe client prepares any prior necessities before arrival so after receving payment, set-up can be quick. The area(s) of the body to be treated must be clean and free of potions or lotions; and it is preferred that hair is tied back, jewellery and make up are removed. The client undresses if necessary - a large towel is held up so no one sees anything if needed. They are then helped to sit or lie in the required position and the treatment will begin.

 

During a Treatment:

The client is either fully dressed, unclothed down to underwear or partially unclothed and covered Area worked on is the only area exposedwith the towels provided if necessary to ensure modesty and comfort at all times. The area of the body being worked upon is the only area that is exposed for that time and when that section is finished, it is covered up again before moving to the next part. Any area of the body may be omitted; this could be due to contraindications or purely personal preference - likewise more time can be spent on a certain area. The level of pressure applied is adapted to ensure it is both effective and comfortable.

Specialist oils, creams and powders known as 'mediums' are used. To add to the ambience, soothing background music is available if requested (or client's own music can be played, of course).

After a Treatment and Aftercare:

When a session is finished, excess medium is wiped off and the client is helped to sit up if necessary and a large towel is held up for modesty reasons while they re-dress. The following aftercare advice is important and strongly recommended:

  • Sit up slowly and stay still for a couple of minutes to re-orientate as light-headedness is common
  • While doing this, drink the water given, to help flush toxins from the body and rehydrate
  • Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee or other stimulant-containing food or drink, nicotine or drugs (other than those prescribed by a medical practitioner)
  • Have a quiet 24 hours if possible, avoiding strenuous activity or exertion
  • Avoid any heat treatments
  • It is strongly recommended to wait a few hours before driving or operating machinery as drowsiness may impair judgement. However, if driving after a treatment, keep the window open, but much better still, have someone else drive.
  • Continue to drink about 8 glasses of water a day to continue ridding the body of toxins and to replenish fluids

Side Effects: 

Most people have a sense of well-being, calmness and relaxation straight after a therapy session, others find the experience uplifting and revitalising. However, for some, these feelings may come some hours later. It is not uncommon to experience some side effects, known as 'the healing crisis'. This is a reaction to the stimulation of the body's functions and the resulting increased movement of waste and toxins. This is perfectly normal and is the body's positive reaction to therapy which will pass within a day or so. Symptoms may include some of the following:

  • symptoms worsen for a while before improving
  • increased thirst
  • headache
  • increased urination
  • wooziness, lightheadedness
  • increased emotional response
  • fatigue
  • aching muscles and stiffness
  • increased nasal mucous production - stuffy nose