OCD

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OCD

Suffer from an obsessive compulsive disorder? We can help.

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Are you experiencing one of the following symptoms?

About OCD

The onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder usually occurs during adolescence or young adulthood and younger children.  There has been a good deal of research carried out over the past few years regarding the causes of OCD. It has been speculated that there might be several kinds of OCD and that, in particular, OCD that starts in childhood may be different from that which begins in adulthood. Whatever and whenever the onset it is a pattern of behaviour that once served a positive purpose. The subconscious mind’s sole purpose is to keep you safe; your survival is paramount.  Feeling safe is often about feeling as though you have control and choice in major areas of your life. If this feels impossible (children especially have very little control or choice) the mind creates a pattern of behavior that gives an illusion of control and choice. Because it is the limbic system that is responsible for this survival strategy there is no rational thinking involved (that’s the job of the prefrontal cortex). With this understanding there are some therapy models which can retrain the brain (interrupts the neural pathways) and establish new patterns of behaviour (create new neural pathways).

Top Tips to fight OCD

  1. Recognise the triggers
  2. Learn to resist OCD compulsions
  3. Challenge obsessive thoughts
  4. Manage stress

How we can help you

Cognitive Behavioural therapy and Cognitive Hypnotherapy are extremely effective for helping most people be rid of OCD. EMDR and AMDR also can make permanent changes to help you be rid of your disorder. Latest research based on Neuroscience shows conclusively that we can change brain patterns with certain therapeutic approaches. This means permanent change is completely possible   

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EFT Emotional Freedom Technique

Emotional Freedom Technique

EFT Emotional Freedom Technique

What EFT is and how it works​

Emotional Freedom Technique

Definition:

Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT is a relatively new discovery based on ancient healing principals over 5,000 years ago, from the ancient Chinese Shoalin and Taoist monasteries.

The Eastern healing arts of acupuncture, acupressure, shiatsu massage and reflexology, amongst others, were derived from the energy maps established by these early healers.

The EFT process also draws important influence, especially for deep emotional and psychological issues, from the many people who have contributed over the ages to the understanding of human psychology.

TFT was founded by the psychologist Dr Roger Callahan in 1979. Dr Callahan was a trained traditional psychologist who used many traditional techniques to work with his clients. One of Callahan’s stdents simplified the TFT process; Gary Craig developed Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).  In 1995 he released his own tapping techniques which involved tapping all the meridians in sequence… without concern for the order. He added the reminder phrase, spoken at each tapping point

Recent studies and MRI images have shown  actual changes in the  brain  proving how effective EFT is in making permanent changes in the way we think and feel. EFT is very effective in providing fast pain relief  and being rid of tinnitus too. 

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Barbara is a qualified EFT practitioner, having trained with Karl Dawson, the creator of Matrix Reimprinting. Karl  is one of only 29 EFT Masters worldwide.

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Cognitive Hypnotherapy

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Cognitive Hypnotherapy

What cognitive hypnotherapy is and how it works​

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Definition:

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a effective model for helping people make the changes they want, to change their perspective or get rid of life limiting beliefs and move from the negative to the positive. These changes can happen over a  short period of time and the affects can be amazing whether it’s losing a fear or phobia that restricts your life or finding the confidence in you that helps you move forward in a relationship or your working life.

It is important to know that the hypnotherapy part of this powerful therapy approach is just one tool in the tool box. Cognitive Hypnotherapy uses the best techniques from other proven therapeutic models to facilitate fundamental change also. 

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Traditional hypnotherapy can tend to be a one-size-fits-all approach that is heavily dependent on scripts, but we are all unique and experience the world and our situations in unique ways – and our problems are often the result of miscalculations our brains make about the meaning of things when we’re younger, which will also vary from person to person, so the solution needs to be tailored to that uniqueness. This is fundamental to Cognitive Hypnotherapy. It means that Quest Institute trained therapists are adept at listening to clients and using the most appropriate techniques from a range of disciplines put together in a way that suits how the client thinks.

Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapists have a wide range of approaches to utilise with the client, whether from hypnotherapy, NLP, EFT, AMDR positive psychology, cognitive behavioural therapy or gestalt to create a bespoke treatment plan for the client.

Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a effective model for helping people make the changes they want, to change their perspective or get rid of life limiting beliefs and move from the negative to the positive. These changes can happen over a  short period of time and the affects can be amazing whether it’s losing a fear or phobia that restricts your life or finding the confidence in you that helps you move forward in a relationship or your working life.

These changes are made at the best possible speed for you to experience lasting transformation.

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Reflexology

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Reflexology

What reflexology is and how it works​

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Definition:

Reflexology works by applying pressure to points on the body, specifically the feet, in order to improve health, relieve pain and promote relaxation. Reflexologists believe that certain zones on the feet, hands and ears correspond to various glands, organs and muscles located elsewhere in the body. When pressure is applied to these zones, people claim to experience beneficial health effects. For example, massaging the tips of the toes is believed to stimulate the head and brain and relieve headaches, while pressure applied to the ball of the foot is believed beneficial to the chest and heart.

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Reflexology produces a variety of physical changes in the body. Overall relaxation is evident, which in itself is beneficial for health and well-being. Reflexology has also been shown to improve circulation and assist in the removal of waste products from the body. The increase in blood flow also enables vital nutrients to reach the cells of the body, which greatly improves oxygenation. The pressure and physical contact of reflexology offers many of the same benefits as other forms of massage therapy.

The exact way reflexology works in unknown, but a number of theories exist to explain its benefits. One primary theory is that reflexology works by sending a calming message to the central nervous system by way of the peripheral nerves in the hands and feet. This message signals the body to adjust its tension level, enhancing relaxation and increasing blood flow. A second theory suggests that the stimulation resulting from a reflexology session releases endorphins and monoamines; two compounds that work to control pain and induce relaxation. A third theory, called the Zone Theory, indicates reflexology works in a similar manner to acupuncture. This theory suggests the body is divided into 10 vertical zones, and that every muscle and organ in the body can be stimulated by working on the corresponding zone point in the hands and feet

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Pain Management

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Pain Management

What pain management is and how it works

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Definition:

Pain is a signal, an alarm to make you aware some part of your body may be or may become damaged. Once you recognise and take steps to remove the cause of the pain or act to remedy the damage being done there is no need for the pain to continue. How many times have you contacted the surgery for an appointment with your GP and found that when you get to your appointment the pain has disappeared or the symptom is no longer presenting? This is because you have taken action in order to address the problem. Many aches and pains and ailments are rooted in brain processes that can be affected by your mental attitude and emotion, promoting good mental health or letting go of emotional issues repairs a lot of ailments the body can suffer with. Our pain clinic offers several therapies all of which are very successful for most people in managing, diminishing or negating pain.

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Different approaches provide different solutions. We have a range of therapies that can help you either manage or be rid of pain.
NeuroKinetic Therapy. Known as Neuromuscular Reprogramming® (NMR®) in its previous incarnation, is an innovative and increasingly well-known method of manual therapy which utilises manual muscle testing to assess and correct dysfunctions of the coordination system of the brain. Working primarily with the nervous system to resolve movement problems which can cause the lack of function or pain people experience. Pain should not define you.

Myofascial release 

Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue which forms fibrous layers in a continuous spiders web from head to toe, with no beginning or end. Fascia surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, organs, and nerves. Myofascia, pronounced “my o fash a”, is fascia which covers and links all your muscles and bones. If you eat meat, this is the white membrane like substance that surrounds what you want to eat.

Biofeedback Neuro Stimulation

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a safe and very effective hands on technique to reorganise the fascial tissue and break down adhesions. This involves applying gentle sustained pressure to directly lengthen, stretch, soften and improve the health of the fascial layers to relieve pain, resolve structural and postural dysfunction, restore function and mobility (and release emotional trauma), resulting in a feeling of being more at home in your own body.

SCENAR helps our adaptation systems produce mediators, hormones and other chemical substances, redirecting the body’s energy back to the injury and gives the body what is known as “Primary Focus”, it can then begin to repair itself.

EFT

EFT is very effective in helping manage pain in chronic illnesses such Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s Disease, Diabetes and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It has been researched extensively, with strongly positive results for its effectiveness in resolving both emotional and physical difficulties.  It is gentle enough to be used by people in chronic pain and with the pain that comes from chronic disease.

Massage 

Our therapists focus on acute and chronic pain conditions that arise in the muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments. Whether this pain has arisen from injury, poor posture, overuse (i.e. repetitive strain), stress or any other reason we aim is to relieve your pain and improve your flexibility.

 

The pain management team can help you with

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Pregnancy Reflexology

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Pregnancy Reflexology

What pregnancy reflexology is and how it works​

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Definition:

Women can suffer from many health issues while pregnant due to the changes that occur in the body; insomnia, tiredness, swollen joints and  SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction). This is caused by an instability  or stiffness in the pelvic joints at either the back or front of your pelvis.  From morning sickness to helping with labour there is a place for reflexology throughout your pregnancy. Our reflexologists have undergone  specialist training to ensure you and your baby have the safest and most effective therapeutic experience. In addition our therapist will tailor the treatment session to suit your needs specifically. 

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Keeping the hormones balanced during pregnancy is as important as before pregnancy, as this enables the body to support the pregnancy to it’s maximum.

Reflexology can reduce these symptoms to enable freer movement.

Pregnancy can cause it’s own emotional stresses for the woman and therefore regular reflexology is helpful to relax and create a feeling of calm for the woman to look forward to the forthcoming event.  Using lymphatic drainage techniques reflexology will drain excessive fluid from the feet and help the lymphatic system to flow better and work more efficiently throughout the body.

Pregnancy Reflexology can help you with

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Reiki

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Reiki

What reiki is and how it works​

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Definition:

People use Reiki to relax and strengthen their well being; reduce pain, anxiety, and fatigue; help manage symptoms; reduce side effects of medications; and support recovery after injuries or surgery.

Description:

Reiki is a good integrative therapy to try because people generally start feeling better very quickly with Reiki. As anxiety and pain lessen, and people feel hopeful about regaining their health, they feel more able to incorporate other needed health interventions or make needed lifestyle changes. Reiki therapy often clears the mind, enabling patients to better evaluate the sometimes conflicting medical information being offered by various specialists, so they can make important treatment decisions with greater confidence. In this way, Reiki can help people become more actively involved in their own health.

Reiki can help relieve

  • stress and stress-related aliments
  • depression, anxiety
  • emotional balancing, self-esteem, mental clarity
  • fatigue, problems sleeping
  • pain reduction or elimination, releasing tension in the body
  • maintaining general wellness
  • making or handling changes in your life
  • relationships (singles, couples, families)
  • trauma, grief
  • sexual/physical/emotional abuse
  • pre and post surgery (relaxation before surgery, reduce recovery time, and help with pain management)
  • help to reduce side affects of medications or treatments (including individuals with cancer)
  • living with chronic conditions
  • mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual healing
  • improving immunity
  • individuals in hospice comfort care

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Pregnancy Massage

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Pregnancy Massage

What pregnancy massage is and how it works​

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Definition:

Pregnancy massage is tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and therapists who are trained in prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly. Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care.

Description:

Massage may help to address many common discomforts associated with pregnancy. Your centre of gravity changes as you grow through through your pregnancy putting additional stress on your shoulders, back, hips and abdominal muscles. Sciatic nerve pain is often commonly experienced by many women in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back.

Ligaments relax and your pelvic joints become less stable, pulling your pelvis forward, resulting in lower back pain and sometimes pelvic instablity, otherwise known as SPD. Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction is caused by a misalignment or stiffness of your pelvic joints at either the back or front of your pelvis. Pelvic pain or SPD can occur from around the 12th week of pregnancy onwards, but it is also recognised as a postnatal issue.

Studies have indicated that a pregnancy massage performed during pregnancy can help reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and help improve labour outcomes and newborn health.

The evidence points strongly to maternal and newborn health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.

Pregnancy massages are not offered during the first trimester. The reason is the potential for miscarriage.

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Massage – Swedish

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Massage – Swedish

What Swedish massage is and how it works​

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Definition:

Massage Therapy Strengthens the Immune System, aids relaxation and relieves tense and tight muscles

Swedish massage is one of the most commonly offered massage techniques. It’s sometimes called a classic massage. The technique aims to promote relaxation by releasing muscle tension. Swedish massage is gentler than deep tissue massage and better suited for people interested in relaxation and tension relief.

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In Sweden, “Swedish massage” is simply known as “classic massage”.  The five main techniques used in Swedish massage — stroking and gliding; kneading; rubbing; tapping or pounding; vibration — are probably what spring to mind when you think about a “typical” massage.

Regular therapeutic massage sessions provide significant benefits beyond the immediate relaxation we enjoy. People who experience high levels of stress tend to get sick more than others. Combine stress with lack of sleep and poor nutrition, and our immune system’s ability to naturally protect itself against bacteria and infection is greatly reduced. So the question is: What are the benefits of massage on immune system?

Clinical studies have indicated that regular massage not only helps alleviate stress, but can naturally increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity (the activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”) and decrease the number of T-cells, which improves the body’s immune functioning overall. In one study by Gail Ironson, M.D., HIV positive men were given 45 minute massages five days a week, for a month. They showed an increase in serotonin and an increase in cells that are viewed as the first line of defense in the immune system.

Benefits of Strengthening the Immune System

  • Increases the body’s natural killer cells
  • Aids in the fight against bacteria and infection
  • Naturally enhances the body’s ability to get nourishment to important areas

Swedish massage can help you with

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Massage – Clinical & Remedial

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Massage – Clinical & Remedial

What clinical and remedial massage is and how it works​

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Definition:

Regular soft tissue massage can calm the nervous system, assist circulation and regulate the flow of fluid throughout the entire body. This nourishes and cleanses cells, assisting the regeneration of tissue, aids flushing the body of harmful wastes and toxins, increasing resistance to sickness and disease.

Description:

After a vigorous personal training session we all know there is nothing better than a good massage for easing out those aches and pains. Whilst it is often seen as a ‘luxury’, massage plays an important part of any health and fitness plan, enhancing your recuperation, regeneration and recovery. Sports massage is especially helpful where realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue becomes necessary.

From a clinical perspective there are many other times massage can also be useful: for those suffering from hyper, or altered sensitivity; during or after a pregnancy (pre and post natal); for specific pathologies such as fibromyalgia; post surgery; or after limb removal.

Amputation is a physical and psychological trauma that has a profound influence on the life of an amputee. Providing comprehensive rehabilitation services and programs to individuals recovering from amputation is, therefore, a complex process, generally utilising a multidisciplinary team approach to address an individual’s functional, emotional, social and psychological needs.

Clinical and remedial massage can help you with

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