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As part of our vision of promoting health and well-being in Wales, we provide complementary therapies, psychotherapy and physiotherapy services on-site at the centre. Please note that we currently don’t have access for people with disabilities but we are working to rectify this. Please contact the therapists directly to arrange an appointment.
What's On Offer:
Aromatherapy is an ancient art of healing utilising the properties and aromas of essential oils.
Its roots can be traced back as far as 3000 B.C. where flowers and plants and their essence
were used for sacred rituals, healing, health, well being, relaxation, revitalisation & beauty,
among other things.
It was not until the 20th century the term “Aromatherapy” was used, “Aroma”, meaning
fragrance, & “Therapy”, meaning treatment. Aromatherapy is a fast growing therapy in
holistic medicine. It is a healing art that treats the “whole” person; body, mind and spirit and
uses essential oils for therapeutic, cosmetic, fragrant and spiritual use.
Aromatherapy uses pure essential oils skilfully and in a controlled manner to influence the
body, mind, and spirit for physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual well being
Aromatherapy Facial Massage
Ayurvedic "Kansa Vatki"
Kansa Vatki Foot Massage has been practised in India for centuries, following the tried and tested Ayurvedic tradition. A small metal bowl, mainly copper, is at the heart of this treatment and it helps to re-balance the tridosha of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The treatment involves working on the feet and lower limbs using effective massage techniques. A soothing session helps to draw out excess heat, leaving the entire body cool, refreshed and relaxed. Benefits: · Relaxes tired feet · Improves blood and lymphatic circulation · Enhances lower limb mobility · Restores level of Prana · Promotes sound sleep · Relieves eyestrain from prolonged computer use
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Cupping Massage Therapy
Deep Tissue Face Massage
Hopi Ear Candle Treatment
Ear candles are made from unbleached natural cotton and beeswax and are fitted with a filtered end to make comfortable and safe for ear insertion.They create a light suction action (chimney effect) an alternative to ear syringing. People find it to be a soothing, relaxing therapy that may help to relieve tension, stress, anxiety, clear the mind, soothes ears and sinuses.
Ear candling is a holistic treatment designed to help treat conditions associated with the ear, nose and throat. It is a technique that involves placing 'candle’ made of cotton, soaked in beeswax, honey and herbs into the ear canal in order to stimulate the ear and facilitate the removal of excess wax and impurities. Ear candling can be used to promote deep relaxation and is thought to have therapeutic benefits which can help to relieve stress and revitalise the body.
Regular ear candling treatments are thought to provide beneficial relief from the following conditions:
- sinus problems, compacted ear wax, tinnitus and headaches/migraine, hay fever, anxiety and stress, post flying and driving pressure, swimmer’s ears, vertigo, snoring and colds and flu.
Once both ears have been treated, therapist will massage feet sensory organs, endocrine and lymphatic system to enhance the effects of the candling. A lot of people people experience an immediate relief but generally, the longer you have had the condition, the more ear candle treatment sessions you will need to see a noticeable improvement.
Together with head, face massage and reflexology is a total bliss!
Hot Stone Massage
This is an age old therapy dating back 5000 years to India & most certainly even the Mayanculture. Ayurveda, the ancient healing tradition of India, spoke of a universal source of alllife. The energy called ‘prana’ is the energy, or the breath of life which moves through all forms to give them life.Hot stone therapy or hot stone massage is a specialty massage that uses smooth, heatedstones. They are often basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs & retains heat well. It is adeeply soothing, relaxing form of massage. The heat helps tight muscles release.
Indian Head Massage
This 5,000 year old Ayurvedic therapy is a tried and tested way of promoting relaxation and wellbeing.Indian Head Massage (Champissage™) includes massage of the shoulders, upper arms, neck, scalp, face, ears and energy balancing. This method is the brainchild of Narendra Mehta. It is based on the traditional form of Champi (head massage) practised in India for over 1,000 years.It is a wonderfully relaxing therapy. The massage is safe, simple to learn and very effective to give, without the need to undress or use oils. It can provide relief from aches and pains, stress symptoms, insomnia, promote hair growth, soothe, comfort and rebalance your energy flow which gives you a deep sense of peace, calm and tranquillity.
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Pregnancy massage is usually done in a side-lying position with plenty of pillows or cushionsfor support. The massage addresses the neck, arms, hands, back, hips, pelvis, legs & feet.Studies have shown that mothers who receive massage during pregnancy are more likely togive their babies massages, thereby nurturing their bond & promoting the child’s development. Babies born from less-stressed mothers are calmer, less fussy & perform better on infant development.It provides relaxation by relieving stress on joints, easing pain, & helping with the postural changes associated with the progressing pregnancy. Massage therapy is also believed to stimulate the endocrine system, which helps to stabilize hormone levels & relieve nervous tension.Massage oils & creams that contain vitamin E may help keep the skin supple, which can reduce the discomfort caused by the stretching belly.
Reflexology is a complementary therapy that works on the feet or hands enabling the body to heal itself. Following illness, stress, injury or disease, it is in a state of “imbalance”, and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. For each person the application and the effect of the therapy is unique. Sensitive trained hands can detect tiny deposits and imbalances in the feet, and by working on these points the Reflexologist can release blockages and restore the free flow of energy to the whole body. Tensions are eased, and circulation and elimination is improved.Reflexology has anecdotally been shown to be effective for: stress-related conditions, migraine, fertility, sleep disorders, hormonal imbalances amongst many other problems or conditions.
This versatile form of massage incorporates traditional sports & Swedish massage with acupressure & shiatsu techniques combined in an amazing, stress busting massage. The energising massage relieving aches, pains & daily stresses.The chair massage treatments include a variety of pressure techniques to the back, neck, shoulders, arms, hand’s and scalp leaving you feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and revitalised.Easy to deliver anywhereVirtually no preparation time & little space requiredPromotes corporate health and wellbeingIncreases stress management awarenessReduces work related stress or injuriesIncreased morale and performance capacityA preventative tool against RSIRelief from back, neck and shoulder muscular aches and tensionsInstant stress reductionFeel good factorMental clarityRenewed Energy & Vitality No oils are used and you remain fully clothed and seated in an ergonomic massage chair
Thai Foot Massage
Thai Foot Massage is a massage of the feet, hands and legs that involves stretching & massage to clear energy lines. It can also be performed with the use of a stick to stimulate the reflex points on the feet that correspond to the internal organs of the body.Thai Foot Massage is an ancient and powerful therapy, & takes it’s origins from China where the art has been practiced for thousands of years. It has elements of Shiatsu, Reflexology, Chinese massage & Yoga incorporated into the massage itself & is said to stimulate the activity of internal organs which has been used for over 3000 years.
Tibetan Massage (Ku Nye)
Ku Nye originated in the ancient kingdoms of Tibet over 3900 years ago & is a practice indigenous to the Tibetan Medical tradition. Techniques of Ku Nye include the kneading, rubbing & pressing of muscles, tendons & the application of pressure to various points & channels. Chi is the final part of Ku Nye therapy which involves cleaning the oils from the body using barley or chickpea powder.
Warm Bamboo Massage
Sports massage therapy is traditionally aimed at athletes or those involved in intense physical activity, to prevent injury, maximise physical & mental condition & enhance performance levels. Sports massage is not only a performance enhancing massage it is also a health massage suitable for anyone as it optimises physical & mental condition. Qualified sports therapist have a sound knowledge of the muscular & skeletal system & tailor the massage to your specific requirements.
Massage techniques are often supplemented by other massage styles, including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, acupressure, lymphatic, shiatsu, ayurveda, kahuna & many others. This deep & highly effective massage will leave you feeling as if your muscles have been put through a workout as the therapist works deep into the muscles to increase blood flow, break down scar tissue to promote healthy tissue regeneration, muscle strength & tone. The therapist will work to your optimum comfort level, so don’t worry, it sounds more painful than it actually is.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is a practical and solution-focused talking therapy. It works by helping people understand the connection between their thoughts, feelings and behaviour and then, with this insight, offers the chance to make changes. By challenging unhelpful patterns, or sometimes learning to accept things as they really are, relief from a diverse range of distressing issues becomes possible. CBT can help you to make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts. This makes it easier to see how they are connected and how they are affecting you. CBT, unlike some of the other talking therapies, focuses mainly on the ‘here and now’, looking for ways to improve your current state of mind and resolve problems and difficulties. That said, talking about the past can, at times, be useful in order to understand how it may be affecting you now. Like a personal trainer, the therapist guides and encourages but cannot actually do the hard work of making changes for you, so practicing between sessions and undertaking weekly tasks is central to CBT’s success. CBT has been shown to help with many different types of problems. These include anxiety, depression, panic, phobias (including agoraphobia and social phobia), stress, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and many other issues that people may experience such as anger, low self esteem or physical problems such as pain or fatigue.
An integrative counselling approach combines different approaches- in this case, Person- Centred, CBT and Psychodynamic. Person-Centred counselling is based around the person and their motivations and agenda, not the counsellor’s. This approach emphasizes the relationship between counsellor and client and is very much a two way process focused on honesty, trust and working at a deep emotional level. A psychodynamic approach explores the person’s past and patterns of way of being that are repeated throughout the persons life. Themes and patterns are explored to uncover root causes and how they affect the here and now of a situation. Sometimes, a persons diffculties are best suited to a CBT approach which deals with the present and works upon changing thoughts and behaviours. This is a more structured approach which will involve the use of worksheets and work in-between session.
These approaches are tailored to fit the person, their difficulties and their personality. Some people find exploring their past the best route to make sense of their problems or focusing on the feelings of a situation, but others might prefer working in the present. The approach used is dependent on the person’s preferences and what works best for them. However, underpining this approach is the generation of a non-judgemental, safe environment in which a person is able to explore their life and their difficulties. Because of its flexibility, integrative counselling is appropiate for a wide range of difficulties including relationship breakdown, bereavement, anxiety, depression and stress, low self-confidence and general apathy to name but a few.
People seek psychotherapy for many reasons but a common factor is usually some form psychological discomfort. It may be that events from the past are continuing to influence the present in negative ways. Patterns of behaviour established out of awareness may be repeated in current relationships in a way that is unhelpful, causing distress. Many people approach the therapeutic process because they feel a need for self development and have decided it’s their time to explore personal growth. The aim of psychotherapy is to help the client arrive at a fuller understanding of their way of being in the world and how this affects their motivations, relationships and emotional distress. The process is no longer viewed as something that the “expert” therapist does to the client through some sort of magic cure, but rather as a collaborative journey aimed at helping the individual enhance their own sense of wellbeing. The therapist is not there to modify behaviour but to assist the client explore how they want to change and help them to resolve their difficulties in their own way. There are many psychotherapeutic approaches – some practitioners work within one distinct theoretical framework, for example psychoanalysis, while others prefer to integrate several approaches into their work, determined by client need. Above all, and regardless of approach, it is the client – therapist relationship which is central to the effectiveness of the process. Healing occurs in the context of a non-judgemental, authentic and empathic meeting with the client, with confidentiality at its heart.
Tai Chi Movements For Wellbeing (TMW)
Are you experiencing tension in your body and mind?
Does your life move so fast that sometimes you forget to breathe?
Have you forgotten what it’s like to feel at peace with yourself?
Do you ever feel uprooted – blown around by life’s challenges?
Using gentle movement, TMW can bring you back to the centre of your life. You will experience yourself as someone who can release and rest, even in the middle of chaos. It is by returning to this more natural state of being that you can begin to change your relationship with yourself, others and the world.
We will work with movement and breath, experiencing our bodies coming into balance and alignment, and learning from those experiences. When do you push yourself too far? When do you hold on too tight? What happens if you do less, if you listen to what your body is telling you?
The movement is based on simple, repetitive gestures, which engage the whole body in a flowing sequence. Different focuses are used during the sequence adding a powerful force for change. If you root yourself physically your whole system – mind, body emotions and spirit – responds and you feel more grounded.In a world facing huge change and uncertainty there is an even greater need for us to be flexible, balanced, centred and connected. Only then can we live our life and not just survive it.
TMW is an easy-to-learn sequence of movements, designed to improve physical and emotional wellbeing. This course will give you a simple but powerful way to release tensions in your mind and body, and restore balance, confidence and relaxation. TMW has origins in Tai Chi and Chi Kung and is suitable for any age or level of mobility.
Diana Wilkinson is a TMW trainer and currently works as an NHS physiotherapist
Beginners 8-Week courses (cost £56):
250 Cowbridge Road East, Canton, CF5 1GZ
THURSDAYS 6.15 – 7.15pm
Contact Diana for the next dates.
Yoga and Qi Gong
Qi Gong (also spelled Ch’i Kung) is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine from China.
It is the art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy (qi).
Qi Gong practice leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil state of mind. In the past Qi Gong was also called nei gong (inner work) and dao yin (guiding energy).
Training Schedule For 2017
Minu is running four Qi Gong workshops throughout the year, the first two are on 20th May & 17th June. For more details, or to book your place, please contact Minu directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: Please wear loose comfortable clothes
Yoga (1 ½ hours) 10 week course For people with some yoga experience
7:00 to 8:30pm = 1 ½ hours
Drop in £7.50 or ten for £65
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Come And Join Us!
Yoga and Qigong classes to be held at Samye Foundation Wales, 250 Cowbridge Road East, Canton, CF5 1GZ.
The Mindfulness and Wellbeing centre has a lovely hall overlooking the garden to practice in.
To book or for further information, please contact Minu:
Tuesday Mornings Beginners 6 Week Yoga Course Begins 25th April
6 sessions for £36
The beginners course is the ideal way to begin your practice and discover yoga in a safe environment. It is perfect for people who like to learn sequentially. You will also learn key yoga postures and the fundamentals of yoga practice such as the importance of breath and alignment.