Lymphedema

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Lymphedema

Suffer from an Lymphedema? We can help.

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Are you experiencing one of the following symptoms?

About Lymphedema

Lymphedema affects the lymphatic system. This system has three main functions:

  • Draining excess tissue fluid: It balances the fluid in the blood and the fluid in the tissues. This is known as fluid homeostasis.
  • Fighting infection: It provides immunity by assisting the body’s immune defense against foreign bodies, such as bacteria.
  • Absorbing fats: It absorbs lipid nutrients from the intestine and transports them to the blood.

A disruption to the lymphatic system can, in the long term, undermine its ability to drain fluid properly. As a result, excess fluid can build up in parts of the body.

Lymphedema increases the risk of infection and other complications because the lymphocytes cannot reach parts of the body where swelling occurs.

Top Tips to fight Lymphedema

  1. Exercise
  2. Avoid sun beds, steam rooms, and saunas.
  3. Build strength 
  4. Eat healthily 

How we can help you

The aim is to encourage the lymph fluid to move away from the swollen area, so it can drain normally. It also helps lymph fluid drain through the healthy lymph vessels. This helps control swelling.

Fluent compression strokes provide a gentle, consistent wave-like massage to the treated areas, increasing circulation and helping remove waste and toxins from the body whilst promoting a sense of calm and relaxation.

Lymphatic drainage should be offered by a qualified practitioners only. 

For pregnancy and postnatal care

For pregnant and lactating women,  gives comfort especially in legs and feet when fluid retention strikes. MLD also helps breast feeding relieving  the problems of blocked ducts and sore tight breasts.

After cancer surgery 

Lymphatic treatment is often required after cancer treatment and when the lymph nodes have been removed. Having lymph nodes removed can cause some long term side effects. Lymph nodes drain fluid from your arms and legs. If the surgeon removes the lymph nodes, fluid can build up and cause swelling in your arms or legs. This is called lymphoedema.

For healing

Reducing pain and discomfort post surgery or injury.  Decongesting the swollen and sore tissues through therapy, pain and discomfort would be reduced.

 

Therapies to help you

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Trauma

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Trauma

Suffering from a the effects of a traumatic event? Or a traumatic childhood? Or PTSD? This can help.

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Are you experiencing one of the following symptoms?

There are many different reasons for unprocessed or unresolved trauma

The limbic system in our brain is hardwired to assess everything as a risk unless proved otherwise; Our mind is an amazing survival tool! It is equipped to help us survive even in the most extreme situations. People often underestimate the severity of a traumatic event they have experienced, but once the mind has experienced a trauma it works very hard to ensure you don’t have another similar experience. Sometimes even a event which is only a small part (sense) of the original trauma, will trigger your mind and body to react. For example, an isolated smell, sound or a feeling.  Like sitting in the park on a summer’s day without a care in the world (seemingly) and a panic attack ensues. Why would that happen? Well, the brain and body takes in 11 million bits of information every second. Its job is to pattern match everything (sight, sound, sense, taste, smell and hearing) and to alert your sympathetic system if it recognises something which maybe similar to a trauma that you’ve experienced previously (even decades ago). And no matter how severe the trauma is (being unexpectedly physically attacked for example) or how small it seems (Teacher humiliating you if front of your peers) the brain will process the trauma in the same way. 

To keep you from experiencing that trauma again your mind will create thoughts such as “I don’t like this” (low level) to feelings both physical (can’t breathe or trembling) and bodily (panic, trapped etc) (high level) or even abreaction (reliving the experience) so have no option other than to flee or to fight! 

Recommended reading: Waking the Tiger by Peter A. Levine and The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

Top Tips to fight Trauma responses

  1. Be aware that changes can be made, that you don’t have to be trapped in this mindset forever. Trauma is not a life sentence 
  2. Find your ‘tribe’. No one can understand what it is you are going through and this means feeling isolated and alone which makes your life seem far worse. Connecting with people that support you, don’t judge, criticise or dismiss your feelings and opinions is essential
  3. Resist self soothing behaviours that is detrimental to your health. Alcohol, drugs and self harm are some of the behaviours that help dull the pain but, of course, bring about other problems and issues which means you’ll have more to deal with.
  4. Find an experienced therapist you can work with. Trauma and PTSD can be overcome however you will need help to make the changes in the brain which will process and /or reframe the way the brain is holding the trauma experience. Most importantly find one you feel that you can trust, work with. A therapist that makes you feel you can build rapport with. Ask for a free consultation before considering working with therapist and trust your intuition.

How we can help you

We have several qualified and experienced therapists that can help you to process unprocessed trauma. Irrespevtive whether you suffer from PTSD, childhood trauma or trauma from a significant event the mind and body processes the trauma in the same way. EMDR, EFT, AMDR are all very effective ways to help process and resolve the trapped trauma. Working with both the mind and the body is vital. The latest developments in neuroscience and psychoneuroimmunology  has discovered solid evidence of the pathways in which the mind and body mutually communicate. EMDR, AMDR and EFT all work with this understanding. We need to wok with the body as well as the mind if we are to heal the wounds of trauma. 

Therapies to help you overcome Trauma

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Emotional Wellbeing

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Emotional Wellbeing

Feeling stuck, ill at ease or lacking energy or motivation? This can help.

emotional-wellbeing

Are you experiencing one of the following symptoms?

There are many different causes for disruption to your emotional well being

Feeling stuck, frustrated, lacking motivation or constantly worrying are just a few of the symptoms you can experience that lets you know that your emotional well being needs addressing. Struggling to understand your emotional needs can be very disturbing and frustrating. You may use distraction or denial to push the feelings and thoughts from your mind only to find they resurface time and again. Subconsciously held beliefs (‘I am not worthy’, ‘I am not lovable’, ‘I am a failure’, ‘I am not important’) are responsible for holding you back from living your life the way you want to; To have fulfilling relationships, enjoying your job, applying for the job you’d really love to do for example. 

 

Top Tips to fight disruption to your emotional well being

  1. Be aware that negative feelings and emotions all have a positive intention
  2. Notice feelings and emotions rather than the thoughts. Acknowledge these emotions rather than suppress them  
  3. Learn and use EFT techniques to help regulate or negate strong emotions  
  4. Exercise produces endorphins which minimises discomfort 
  5. Teach your brain to sleep well. Sleep is restorative for both the mind and the body  

How we can help you

We have several therapeutic approaches which help you to explore what limiting beliefs you hold and why you act and react in certain situations. Many of the therapeutic approaches make changes in brain (neuroscience) and can help you let go of the limiting beliefs permanently. This in turn can change negative behaviours and habits helping you to be the best version of yourself.

Therapies to help you improve your emotional well being

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Stress

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Stress

Feeling stressed? This can help.

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Are you experiencing one of the following symptoms?

There are many different causes for stress

Stress is difficult to avoid completely; in small doses stress can be beneficial, for example helping to be motivated to get a job done. However a constant source of stress can be debilitating and lead to emotional, mental and physical problems.  Because people experience stress for different reasons, not everyone experiences every type of stress symptom. For example, while one person may only experience emotional stress symptoms, someone else may experience more severe stress that can cause additional types of symptoms.

Our wide range of therapies can help you relieve or eradicate stress. Whether you choose a relaxing Massage to ease muscle tension, Reflexology or Reiki for relaxation or Counselling or Hypnotherapy to get to the source of the problem and start to change your life we can help you.

Top Tips to fight Stress

  1. Make time for self care
  2. Recognise your triggers
  3. Avoid self soothing habits such as alcohol, drugs, gambling and shopping  which cause further problems 
  4. Realise that you don’t have to be responsible for other people’s responsibilities. Take a step back if there’s too much going on 
  5. Talk to someone you trust

How we can help you

Decide how you want to manage the stress in your life.  Do you want to work on your emotional responses to stress triggers? Do you believe at some level you find things stressful when others don’t? Then we can help you using approaches such as coaching, counselling , EFT or CBT. 

If you feel that a holistic approach may work for you then it’s a question of you giving your self some time for self care. Regular treatments can relieve you of those stressful feelings both in the body and the mind and provide a much needed top up of positivity, de -stress and relief.    

Therapies to help you overcome or manage stress

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Depression

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Depression

Suffering from Depression? This can help.

depression

Are you experiencing one of the following symptoms?

There are many different causes for depression

Depression symptoms vary from person to person. It’s important to realise that everyone will feel down or depressed from time to time; it’s a part of normal life flow. However if you find you’re experiencing  feelings and emotions such as hopelessness, despair or lack of motivation that just won’t go away, you  may have depression. Depression can be mild, moderate or severe. Life changing circumstances (divorce, relationship breakdown, job loss or financial difficulties can bring an onset of depression. Childhood trauma, Traumatic events, chronic illness and unexpected life changes can also bring on depression. 

Feeling isolated, not understood and lonely (even if you have people in your life) is linked to depression. This is a key element for most people and is far more contributory that most people recognise. 

Top Tips to fight Depression

  1. Avoid alcohol as much as possible. Alcohol can make you more depressed.
  2. Exercise can help. Exercise releases feel good chemicals in our brain and body. Even a 20 minute walk can lift your mood.  
  3. Make positive connections. One of the key contributors to depression is isolation. Connecting with the right people can make all the difference to your emotional well being. 
  4. It is really important to look after yourself, even more so when you are depressed. Self care can take different forms such as eating well, getting a good nights sleep, exercising, time to enjoy a hobby or interest and of course booking a massage or another type of therapy session.   
  5. There are several evidenced based approaches that can help you be rid of or manage your depression. Book a free consultation with us to find our more.  

How we can help you

We have several therapeutic approaches which help you to explore what limiting beliefs you hold and why you act and react in certain situations. Many of the therapeutic approaches make changes in brain (neuroscience) and can help you let go of the limiting beliefs permanently. This in turn can change negative behaviours and habits helping you to be the best version of yourself

Unsure what‘s the best solution for you?

Contact us now for a free and friendly first consultation.

Insomnia

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Insomnia

Can‘t sleep at night? This can help.

insomnia

Are you experiencing one of the following symptoms?

There are many different causes for sleepless nights

There are 3 main areas to look at when dealing with chronic insomnia. By process of elimination you can discover exactly you need start in order to change your poor sleeping habits for good. 

Let’s look at your environment to begin with. We need some key ingredients to ensure we have the optimum environment for a good night’s sleep – Quiet, calm, comfort and a peaceful  mind. 

Noise. It stands to reason that we need a quiet place so not to be disturbed during the night. So if you have any uncalled for noise that wakes you, you need to take steps to eliminate the source of the noise or sound proof your room. Other people, passing traffic, pets, children, a snoring partner,  weather and suchlike can all disturb your sleep. Take action, make changes and begin to sleep better. 

Try to eliminate tech from your bedroom altogether. Blue light from devices disrupts your melatonin levels. Watching TV or scrolling through your devices before bed stimulates your brain when in fact you need to relax, zone out and become drowsy rather than alert. Recent research shows it’s been suggested that sleeping near a phone, in a home with Wi-Fi, or in an apartment building with many Wi-Fi signals can create chronic sleep concerns as the constant bombardment of Wi-Fi pollution interferes with falling asleep and sleep patterns. For many, sleep deprivation is just the start for larger concerns. The development of depression and hypertension have also been linked to inadequate sleep 

Discomfort. Aches and pains are great sleep disruptions. A poor mattress can be very uncomfortable and cause aching muscles and impact on the spine and other areas of your body. Ill health and physical pain can impact negatively on your sleep. Find ways to manage your pain. Changing medication or working with an alternative health practitioner will help you manage your pain better.  Make sure your bedroom isn’t too warm . A cooler bedroom is best for optimum sleep health (around 15 to 22 Celsius for adults).  

Irregular bedtimes can have the same effect as jet lag on our mind and body recent research shows.  Try to make bedtime as regular as possible as often as possible. Just like with other habits, the brain will create neuropathways and sleeping will be become a good habit.

And finally, anxiety, worry and stress are major contributors to poor sleep. Some people are in a pattern of not sleeping without realising their is an anxiety running in the background that is responsible. Others wake and go straight into thinking, worrying and problem solving. For some, a body feeling (tightening chest, irregular breathing or swirling or sinking sensations in the stomach wakes them. These are all ways your mind lets you know that there is something that you need to pay attention to.  

Top Tips to fight Insomnia

  1. Ditch the technology. Resist watching TV, using your mobile or tablet in the bedroom.
  2. Check out ways to improve your environment. Is your room too hot? Too noisy? 
  3. If your suffer from chronic pain or illness, find a way of managing it better. Book a consultation session with our body rehab specialist, Marcus Nash. 
  4. If you’re in discomfort, pee too frequently or generally ache book some sessions with Vicki Hudson for a tailored treatment programme which includes a verity of holistic treatments such as reflexology or massage .
  5. Quietening that mind will need some expert help.If you suffer from excessive worry or anxiety which keeps you awake ask for a free consultation. We have several therapists, experts in their fields, which can help you be rid of anxieties.

How we can help you

Whether you suffer from a physical discomfort or pain, or a emotional disturbance such as anxiety, trauma, night terrors or nightmares we have a range of expert approaches that can help.

Book a free consultation to talk to someone about our approaches, how they work and how they may help you get a better night’s sleep night after night.  

Unsure what‘s the best solution for you?

Contact us now for a free and friendly first consultation.