“It may be that the ability to know the necessity for help; to know how to look for that help and then most importantly, how to ask for it, is one of the primary transformative dynamics that allows us to emancipate ourselves into each new epoch of our lives.”- David Whyte
Body work is the term used to describe the use of touch and pressure on specific points throughout the body to free what is known as Chi. Chi is the life-force and energy in the body which can become stagnant in parts of the body which are diseased. The body work session is an hour long and very often individuals experience a deep sense of relaxation akin to a good nights sleep. It often induces a state of REM sleep, even in a short period of time. The process is very similar to the Rosen technique in which the practitioner is deeply present to the person and the tension stored in the body. It is only when we are touched therapeutically by another that we become aware of how tense we actually are and we can begin the process of letting go. In my practice of body work I have found it especially beneficial for lifting depression and reducing anxiety. There is much research that addresses how emotion is stored in the body and it is frequently found that talking therapy/psychotherapy is more effective when done in conjunction with some form of body work. Body work has the capacity to release trapped emotions and the compassionate presence of the practitioner creates a safe space in which to process these feelings/blockages.
The Art of Listening
Our lives are so busy and it is easy to get caught up in distraction and lose touch with how we are feeling about what is happening in our lives. Most people have not learnt adequate tools for processing and understanding emotion and what it represents. Very often the default mechanism is suppression. Usually, later on in life we find that which was suppressed has not gone away and we are at a loss as to how to deal with ourselves and our feelings. Having someone neutral to speak to can make a profound difference as it gives us a space in which to be honest with ourselves and face the pain and difficulty we are experiencing, with the intent to heal that pain in the present moment. I have found over the years in my practice that individuals often lack the tools to empower themselves in facing and dealing with states of internal stress. In therapeutic listening sessions I provide the individual with various exercises and knowledge that can help them find direction, meaning and resolution.
Laboratory Blood work
Like your GP, Homeopaths are registered with the laboratory health services and can send for testing to Ampath/Lancet laboratories for diagnosis and management of the condition.
Food Intolerance testing (In office blood test)
It is estimated that around 70% of the South African Population suffer with food intolerances/sensitivities. Symptoms of food intolerances include: eczema and asthma in children, dermatitis and rashes, chronic mucus, postnasal drip and chronic cough, urticaria, migraines, headaches, fatigue, sugar cravings and chronic bloating. Food intolerances are different from food allergies and require identification so that appropriate dietary changes can be made. Furthermore, 70-80% of the immune system resides in the intestinal (colon) tissue, therefore a healthy colon is crucial to the well-being of the rest of the body. Persisting food intolerances that are not identified nor addressed can easily lead to chronic impairment of the immune system and chronic inflammation which is the main contributing factor for the development of autoimmune disease.
Nutrition, lifestyle and Detoxification programmes
“Let thy food be thy medicine”- Hippocrates
Most of the chronic diseases listed on the ‘conditions treated’ page are lifestyle diseases and as such when appropriate changes and measures are made these diseases can be prevented to begin with! Correct nutrition is vital for maintenance of health. Unfortunately, in our modern era much of our daily food is refined and exhausted of its natural minerals and nutrients. The wide-spread prevalence of additives, preservatives, colourants, pesticides and hyper-allergenic ingredients in the food are not recognised by the body because they have no nutrient value. As such they can begin to affect changes in the body and in the long term can contribute to the “switching on” of genes that code for specific diseases that may have otherwise remained dormant. Eating an overly-refined, unbalanced diet significantly contributes to changes in biochemistry in the body and lays the pathway for inflammation to begin. When this is not addressed, the internal millieu of the body changes and conditions for disease become present. Add internal stress into this situation and it is no wonder ill-health is the result.
Weight Management Programme
Weight management programmes are specifically suited to your needs and body. Any underlying conditions that may be preventing you from losing weight (such as hormonal or endocrine imbalances) are assessed and treatment combines the use of appropriate natural medications, juicing and dietary changes to stimulate the body into achieving healthy weight loss. The psychological and emotional frame of mind is also considered as it frequently has part to play in the process.
Autosanguis therapy is the practice of using autologous blood derivatives from the individual patient, in homoeopathic form, to treat allergies and autoimmune disease specifically. It is extremely effective as it works with the innate immune system of the individual’s body and has the capacity to down regulate the inappropriate immune response that characterizes autoimmune disease and allergies to begin with. The treatment is completely individual and each medicine can only be used by the person from whom the medicine is made. Please contact us for more information.
Iridology and Live Blood Analysis
These alternative diagnostic techniques, in collaboration with laboratory blood work allows for further information to be gauged about the individual patient. Valuable information regarding the body’s detoxification ability, the presence of parasites and yeasts, tissue pH and other important markers can be understood through these techniques.
Heavy Metal Testing and Oral Chelation treatment
In our current times we all suffer from increased exposure to heavy metals through our foods, vaccinations, dental amalgums, cigarette smoking, air pollution etc. When heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic and cadmium reach high saturation levels in the body a number of changes in the nervous system as well as immune system can occur in the body. Conditions like Alzheimers, Autistic spectrum disorders, and neurological conditions all have potential links with increased heavy metal exposure. Please contact us for more information.