Complementary Therapies

Eastgate Complementary Health Centre in Leicester provides a broad range of complementary therapies to help improve health and reduce stress. Our team of experienced and dedicated practitioners are here to provide you with a complementary and alternative approach to health care and well being.

Below is a list of available therapies at Eastgate Therapies Centre in Leicester


Acupuncture was introduced to the Western World in the early seventies and since then has gained popular recognition in the treatment of disorders and disease. By stimulating specific points of the body lying just below the surface of the skin, energy flow is regulated and good health restored. Today it is widely used with great success to treat conditions as diverse as musculoskeletal pain, anxiety, gynaecological problems and skin complaints.

Ilan Shahor | Julie Devlin


Aromatherapy is a natural treatment combining therapeutic massage with essential plant oils to improve health and prevent disease. It is a powerful anti-stress treatment and deeply relaxing. Many conditions, including muscular pains, rheumatism, sinusitis, depression, anxiety, blood pressure and skin complaints will benefit from this revitalising therapy.

Michele White

Bowen Technique

This gentle, non-invasive treatment was developed in Australia, between 1960 to 1986 by natural therapist and chemist, Tom Bowen. It came to the UK in 1993 and is now practised all over the world.

Using the fingers and thumbs, the practitioner makes a series of “rolling” moves on specific points all over the body. These points are on muscles, ligaments and tendons. The Bowen move deeply relaxes and detoxifies the whole body. It can help to reduce pain and tension allowing the body to recharge and rebalance itself. Bowen therapy is beneficial for back, neck & shoulder problems, for pregnant women with back pain, for stress, sports injuries, digestive problems, ME and asthma among others. It is suitable for all ages and children respond particularly well to the treatment.

Bowen is not intended as a substitute for conventional medicine, and if you are concerned by symptoms always consult your GP.

Pat Hughes

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine has been practised in the East for over 2000 years. Traditionally, prescriptions contain between 3 and 16 herbs which are boiled for about 40 minutes and then drunk. Nowadays, they are often taken as powders or pills. Chinese Herbs are a safe, holistic way of restoring health, being especially effective in the treatment of skin conditions, gynaecological problems, gastrointestinal complaints and fatigue.

Ilan Shahor

Chiropractic (McTimoney)

A system of gentle manipulation to treat disorders of the joints and muscles using only the practitioner’s hands. At each treatment, the skeletal system of the body is assessed and pelvic bones are realigned before the spine is adjusted on each vertebrae. Pain, discomfort and stiffness relating to the joints and bones; muscular aches and pains; sports injuries; migraine; whiplash and trapped nerves can all be treated with this gentle form of Chiropractic treatment.

Liam Mulvany | Paul Hemmings | Mayoorie Patel

Counselling & Psycotherapy

Counselling offers a confidential and private space where personal difficulties can be explored and resolved. Psychotherapy focuses on psychological methods for treating mental and emotional problems with an ultimate goal of personal development and self-understanding. An appropriate therapy for relationship problems, bereavement, addiction, life crises, eating disorders or any other unresolved personal problems.

Susan Levey | Stephen Nicholls

Craniosacral Therapy

A development from osteopathy, CST is a extremely gentle and is suitable for all ages and conditions. Using no manipulation the practitioner focuses on the palpable motion of the fluids of the spine and head. The patient experiences a sense of deep relaxation. Physical restrictions and emotional tensions in the body are gently eased. The treatment is individual to each person and aims to get to the underlying causes of symptoms.

CST has a calming effect on the nervous system and can prove helpful in cases of anxiety, shock, trauma and post operative conditions. Other conditions often seen include, TMJ dysfunction, headaches & migraines, ME, and pain.

CST is also effective in helping pregnant women to relax and ease back pain & nausea. It is especially effective in supporting babies recovering from birth, with symptoms such as colic, sleep problems and excessive crying. Please talk to the Pat Hughes for more information.

CST can be used safely with other complementary therapies and with conventional medicines.

Pat Hughes | Petra Traynor

Herbal Medicine

One of the oldest forms of healing, with references dating back thousands of years. Following an in depth consultation, remedies are individually mixed from plant tinctures according to the needs of the patient and may also be supplemented by creams and tablets. By addressing the causes of an illness and not the symptoms, the results are ultimately more beneficial and the low incidence of side effects makes herbal medicine a very safe choice. Herbal Medicine can treat almost any condition that you might see your doctor for, including skin complaints, digestive disorders, heart and circulation problems, gynaecological disorders and stress related conditions.

Annabel Todd


Homeopathy is a therapeutic system based on the theory of “like cures like” – meaning that a substance which can cause particular symptoms in a healthy person can also cure similar symptoms in an unhealthy person. The homeopathic approach is holistic and thus the various symptoms or illness experienced are perceived as expressions of a more central imbalance within the whole person. By using a homeopathic remedy that is similar in essence, but stronger than a person’s symptoms, the body’s own healing forces are stimulated into correcting this imbalance. In this way, harmony and health are re-established. Homeopathic remedies come from natural sources from the plant, animal and mineral kingdoms and are made using a unique system of succussion and dilution, creating a potent essence of the original substance. Homeopathy is safe and gentle to use for all age groups from new-borns to the very elderly, and may be particularly beneficial during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It can also be an effective choice for the treatment of common childhood illnesses as well as behavioural issues.

Many people seeking homeopathic treatment have diagnosed chronic conditions of all types, including auto-immune disorders. Some have presenting complaints which have no definite diagnosis, others are suffering with emotional or stress-related problems. Sometimes people simply want help in coping with life changes. Homeopathic remedies can be part of your overall healthcare plan and may be taken alongside conventional medication. They can be effective for people who have illnesses that doctors say they cannot help with or for people who suffer with adverse side effects from medications.


Hot Stone Massage

This innovative technique goes beyond the experience of a typical massage therapy and enters deeper dimensions of relaxation. Using special iron-rich basalt volcanic stones the client is engulfed in warmth and the therapist can massage more deeply. The heat from the stones has the ability to loosen tight muscles and to enhance flexibility. The pressure and placement of the stones makes the person feel grounded and secure. The radiating heat, into even the deepest of muscles, promotes a feeling of well being and relaxation of the mind. The heat from the stones helps to regulate blood flow. It also helps to rid the muscles of toxic waste products, which build up from stress and bad lifestyle habits. Stiff joints benefit from the penetrating heat, making this an excellent choice after exercise or any physical work. Hot stone therapy is also used to help relieve stress, depression, PMT and is also effective for some skin disorders.

Michele White


Somewhere between wakefulness and sleep is the state of consciousness that hypnotherapists tap into, forming a bridge between the mind and body in order to help you achieve desired changes of behaviour. It is helpful for those with stress and anxiety problems, unwanted habits, lack of confidence, relationship difficulties, neurotic behaviour, sex problems, phobias, migraine, etc.

Annabel Todd

Indian Head Massage

A massage which unlocks daily tension and brings about an enjoyable sense of well-being. A range of techniques are used which cover the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp, face, arms and hands. This massage can help to relieve many ailments including tension headaches, eyestrain, stress, anxiety, insomnia and neck and shoulder aches and pains.

Michele White

Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional Therapy examines the ways in which the food we eat affects our health. After taking a detailed health history, the therapist plans an individual programme that may include dietary changes, nutritional supplements and identifying food intolerances. Since “we are what we eat”, Nutritional Therapy can help most health problems, including IBS and other digestive disorders, many skin conditions, migraine, catarrh, asthma, MS, fatigue, candida, heart and circulation complaints, PMS and menopausal symptoms, and arthritis. It can support cancer patients by strengthening the immune system. It helps to prevent degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis and is an excellent preparation for pregnancy.

Nita Mistry

Perrin Technique

Treatment for ME. Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia

The Perrin Technique has been developed by an osteopath, Dr. Raymond Perrin, since 1989. It is a manual system of diagnosis and treatment that has proved effective in helping people with ME/CFS.

It has been tested in two separate clinical trials. The first examined the change in symptoms following a year of treatment. The second repeated the first study and used MRI scanning in order to examine further the possible mechanisms of improvement.

Perrin’s research has provided strong evidence that CFS/ME involves a disturbance of the drainage of toxins from the brain and muscles. These poisons often enter the body as viruses, bacteria, parasites etc, or as environmental toxins. Also some toxins are a product of an over stressed immune system, caused by constant physical and emotional stress.

In CFS/ME the drainage system for the toxins is compromised, leading to an excess of toxins in the brain and spinal cord – the central nervous system. With the central nervous system congested many of the different symptoms complained of by CFS/ME patients can readily occur.

The treatment aims to manually stimulate the drainage of the offending toxins from the central nervous system. This is achieved by gentle stroking movements at specific areas of the upper body, combined with gentle manual treatment to the cranium and spine. Together with relaxation of the surrounding muscles, the Perinn Technique eventually improves the health and function of the body as a whole.

A personal programme is tailored to suit you. An information pack, taking a detailed medical history, and a diagnosis are given to you at the consultation. This includes an examination of the spine, abdomen, head and the lymphatics of the thorax, which includes breast tissue. (A chaperone should attend the initial consultation. The first treatment includes teaching self massage excercises for use at home.

Pat Hughes has been personally trained by Dr. Perrin and is the only licensed practitioner offering The Perrin Technique in Leicester. Please contact Eastgate Centre for more information and look at The Perrin Clinic website:

Pat Hughes


A system of healing of Japanese origin consisting of attuning to the Life Energy and the laying on of hands, enabling the body to regain it’s inner balance whilst giving feelings of harmony and well-being. Reiki is a non-invasive, spiritual healing method which can benefit most conditions including depression, stress, ME, asthma, aches and pains and arthritis.


Remedial Massage

Remedial Massage is a physical therapy and involves manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. It releases physical aches and pains, as well as emotions, which can be locked in the soft tissues. Massage is a deep therapy and works to correct imbalances caused by bad posture, injuries, back pain, lifestyle, stress and many other problematic conditions.

Michele White

Sports Massage

Clinical sports massage is a vigorous, deep form of massage to the soft tissues of the body. It encourages good muscle condition, circulation and flexibility, as well as helping prevent and heal injuries of everyday life. Very useful in treating pulled muscles, backache, joint stiffness, trapped nerves, sporting and non-sporting injuries.


Thai Herbal Compress Massage

Thai Herbal Compress Massage combines the healing effects of traditional Eastern massage techniques with heated herbal compresses. The compresses contain up to 20 traditional Thai herbs such as kaffir, lime, turmeric, camphor, lemongrass, prai, menthol, tamarind, to name but a few. The herbs are renowned for effects such as invigorating, purifying, relaxing, relief of tension and easing respiration. The deeply relaxing and penetrating heat from the compress soothes aching muscles whilst the essential oils released from the herbs are absorbed by the skin aiding the relaxation of muscles to allow joints to move more freely. They may also help soften, nourish and moisturize the skin, soothe skin irritation as well as brighten and tone the skin.

Michele White

Tinnitus Clinic

Audiology is a many faceted branch of medical science. Many people with hearing loss and tinnitus experience high anxiety and sleeplessness as well as the inability to hear, or the buzzing, hissing and ringing often associated with tinnitus. Dr Sylvia Kewish at The Tinnitus Clinic in Eastgate Therapies Centre uses clinical diagnostic tools, questionnaires and psychological approaches to help patients achieve the improved quality of life they are seeking. Sylvia will work with clients during an in depth assessment to measure the impact tinnitus and hearing loss is having. This is the first step to a recommendation from the clinician for a suitable treatment package.

An important part of tinnitus treatment is the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques and educating the client about tinnitus which assist in reducing anxiety about this condition. Using evidence based treatments which only available at The Tinnitus Clinic, Sylvia can work with clients to reduce tinnitus symptoms and improve clients quality of life. New treatments include Desyncra Acoustic Neuromodulation and Levo Tinnitus Therapy which is used during sleep. Ear wax removal through microsuction is also available at the clinic. This is the only form of ear wax removal endorsed by the British Society of Audiologists and Sylvia is fully trained and experienced in this method. Audiologists are registered with the Health Care Professions Council which, along with the British Society of Audiology, provides national guidelines on testing which must be adhered to. Tinnitus Clinic treats adults only.

Mark Williams

Ultimate Facial Treatment

Using products containing only natural botanical & herbal extracts and the highest quality essential & seed oils, this holistic facial is deeply cleansing, rejuvenating and corrective. The 1 hour treatment involves deep cleanse & tone, exfoliation, mask, moisturise and extensive massage of the face, neck & shoulders.

Michele White

Ultimate Body Treatment

The 1 hour ultimate body treatment begins by applying a natural sea salt scrub which contains several key invigorating essential oils to remove dead skin cells and condition the skin. The scrub is removed using hot (steamed) towels before applying an absorbent body mask. The mask combines essential oils and antioxidants to aid in the removal of toxins, nourish the skin and improve skin surface texture. Once the mask has been absorbed a lotion or oil (containing natural botanical extracts) is used to massage the body; moisturising the skin and relieving muscle tension.

Michele White