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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 contact your therapist to arrange Please contact the therapists directly to arrange an appointment.
If you have any mobility issues, please contact your therapist who will make sure your specific needs are met.
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 the essence of flowers and plants were used for sacred rituals, healing, health, well being, relaxation, revitalisation, and beauty.
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 include: · Relaxes tired feet · Improves blood and lymphatic circulation · Enhances lower limb mobility · Restores level of Prana · Promotes sound sleep · Relieves eye-strain 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 it 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 and relaxing therapy that helps 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 a '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, colds, and flu.
Once both ears have been treated, the therapist will massage the feet sensory organs, endocrine, and lymphatic system in order to enhance the effects of the candling. A lot of 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.
Hot Stone Massage
This is an age old therapy dating back 5000 years to India and most certainly even the Mayan culture. Ayurveda, the ancient healing tradition of India, spoke of a universal source of all life. The energy called ‘Prana’ is the breath of life which moves through all forms to give them life. Hot stone therapy or hot stone massage is a speciality massage that uses smooth, heated stones. They are often basalt, a black volcanic rock that absorbs and retains heat well. It is a deeply soothing, relaxing form of massage. The heat helps ease tight muscles.
Indian Head Massage
This 5,000 year old Ayurvedic therapy is a tried and tested way of promoting relaxation and well-being. 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. It can provide relief from aches and pains, symptoms of stress, insomnia, promote hair growth, soothe, comfort, and re-balance your energy flow which gives you a deep sense of peace, calm, and tranquillity.
Pregnancy massage is usually done in a side-lying position with plenty of pillows or cushions for support. The massage addresses the neck, arms, hands, back, hips, pelvis, legs, and feet. Studies have shown that mothers who receive a massage during pregnancy are more likely to nurturing the bond between mother and baby, and helps promote the child’s development. Babies born from less-stressed mothers are calmer, less fussy, and perform better on infant development. It provides relaxation by relieving stress on joints, easing pain, and helping with postural changes associated with the progressing pregnancy. Massage therapy is also believed to stimulate the endocrine system, which helps to stabilise hormone levels and relieve nervous tension. Massage oils and creams that contain Vitamin E helps 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, the body is in a state of “imbalance”, and vital energy pathways are blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively. The application and effect of the therapy is unique to each person. 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 and Swedish massages with acupressure and shiatsu techniques, combined in an amazing, stress busting massage. The energising massage relieves aches, pains, and daily stresses. The chair massage treatment includes a variety of pressure techniques to the back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, and scalp leaving you feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and revitalised. Further benefits include: Easy to deliver anywhere with virtually no preparation time and little space required · Promotes corporate health and well-being · Increases stress management awareness · Reduces work-related stress or injuries · Increased morale and performance capacity · A preventative tool against RSI · Relief from muscular aches and tensions in the back, neck, and shoulders · Instant stress reduction · Feel good factor · Mental clarity · Renewed Energy and Vitality · No oils are used · You remain fully clothed and seated in an ergonomic massage chair.
Thai Foot Massage
Thai Foot Massage is a massage that involves stretching and massaging the feet, hands, and legs 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, and takes its origins from China where the art has been practised for thousands of years. It has elements of Shiatsu, Reflexology, Chinese massage & Yoga incorporated into the massage itself and is said to stimulate the activity of internal organs.
Tibetan Massage (Ku Nye)
Ku Nye originated in the ancient kingdoms of Tibet over 3900 years ago and is a practice indigenous to the Tibetan Medical tradition. Techniques of Ku Nye include the kneading, rubbing, and pressing of muscles, tendons, and the application of pressure to various points and 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 and mental condition, and enhance performance levels. Sports massage is not only a performance enhancing massage it is also a health massage suitable for anyone as it optimises the physical and mental condition. Our qualified sports therapists have a sound knowledge of the muscular and skeletal system, and 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, and many others. This deep and 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, muscle strength, tone, and break down scar tissue to promote healthy tissue regeneration. The therapist will work to your optimum comfort level, so don’t worry if it sounds painful!
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 behaviours 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 practising 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 Psycho-dynamic. Person-Centred counselling is based around the person and their motivations and agenda, not the counsellor’s. This approach emphasises 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 psycho-dynamic 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 difficulties 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, underpinning 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 appropriate 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 of 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 and is 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 well-being. The therapist is not there to modify behaviour, but to assist the client in exploring how they want to change and to help them resolve their difficulties in their own way. There are many psycho-therapeutic 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 Well-being (TMW)
TMW is an easy-to-learn sequence of movements designed to improve physical and emotional well-being. This course will give you a simple but powerful way to release tensions in your mind and body, restore balance, confidence, and relaxation. TMW has origins in Tai Chi and Chi Kung and is suitable for any age or level of mobility.
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.
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).
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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.
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