Starting with gentle warming and kneading strokes we gradually work deeper, pinpointing the muscles that are compensating for the injury. Using very deep strokes, Trigger Point, and Myofascial Release we work to loosen knots in the fascia (the connective tissue that binds everything together in the body), reducing tension and restoring balance. Sometimes I use Structural Integration to iron the muscles back into place when they have migrated or stretched out of alignment. To gauge the right pressure for you I use a number scale and ask for regular feedback – there is nothing worse than a massage that is not deep enough or that is painful! Follow the link to find out more…
I draw on my extensive business experience along with specialist trauma training in the therapeutic field to offer crisis support to organisations who wish to offer this to their colleagues. This may be in response to situations such as the sudden and unexpected death of a colleague, redundancy, merger and acquisition.
Groups may have a specific task in mind, a common interest or may simply have as its purpose the personal development of the individual members. Group work may be standalone or can complement individual work. Groups may be made up of discrete team members or individuals across an organisation or even across different organisations. Consideration is given to issues such as conflicts of interest. Groups can also be a space to explore interpersonal dynamics, particularly in organisations. Why is one person always angry? Why is another always late? The task is for the group to own the dynamics collectively, which are often replayed during the group work itself anyway, and to use its collective power to drive change.
Supervision work can be of individuals or groups in all helping professions, including coaching and counselling. Often it is a professional requirement to have a supervisor but this should not be seen as the only reason to request supervision. Working with a supervisor is not like working with a counsellor. The supervisor will not invite you to explore personal issues, although issues might arise that could be separately taken to therapy. A supervisee brings their work with other people into the supervision session and between the supervisor and supervisee, any difficulties and uncertainties are explored within the supervision relationship. This can be powerful at times, as any anger, grief, confusion, despair or whatever that the supervisee brings from their own work is brought alive during the session with the supervisor.
Coaching support can range from very specific task work – short term with a clear purpose and goal – to helping someone break down a much bigger issue and subsequently working through the various sub issues. Often this is work related but not necessarily so. Help can be practical but may also involve developing personal awareness. This can help individuals understand their blocks to dealing with issues on their own. Coaching sessions may be very regular at the outset and more spread out as the individual develops to implementing their newly defined plan. Goals may be defined but they are not necessarily fixed in stone. The coaching sessions can involve reviewing and re-assessing as well as celebrating successes and achievements. In helping you explore career decisions, practical help can be offered in terms of completing application forms and preparing for interviews.
Working one to one offers an opportunity to have your own space to explore issues which are causing you difficulty or distress. Individual counselling offers you this space to speak with someone independent of the circumstances and experiences which are impacting you. This allows a different perspective to be aired and considered and may offer new insight and ideas on how to think about and approach the situation causing difficulty. The work is supportive but may at times feel challenging. However, it will go at a pace which suits your individual needs. This work may be short term or could happen over many months. It may be about a very current issue or may involve looking at something which happened earlier in life, but which is impacting you still today. There are no rules around this and the amount of sessions and focus of the work is something you will agree with your therapist.
Health Within – Therapeutic massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, myofascial release, seated acupressure and guided relaxation sessions.
Therapeutic massage is a gentle but firm massage. It is a form of touch that is specifically developed to assist deep relaxation in body and mind. Focusing on manipulation of the muscles and soft tissue, encouraging movements in the joints, stimulating circulation and eliminatory systems of the body and boosts the immune system. It can be a rewarding and nourishing experience, and can reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, bringing together balance and a sense of well being.