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 is 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 | Kerry Byrne
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. www.massageforhealthleicester.co.uk
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 practiced 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 to 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.
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.
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
Counselling & Psychotherapy
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 the ultimate goal of personal development and self-understanding. Appropriate therapy for relationship problems, bereavement, addiction, life crises, eating disorders or any other unresolved personal problems.
A development from osteopathy, CST is 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 that are 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 Pat Hughes for more information.
CST can be used safely with other complementary therapies and conventional medicines.
Herbal medicine utilises the knowledge gained by ancient traditional medicine and the latest scientific research on health and wellness. A comprehensive case history is taken at the first herbal consultation to gain a full holistic overview of the individual from their physical symptoms to their emotional and mental well-being. This allows the herbal prescription to be tailored to restore balance within the body and mind. The treatment also includes dietary or lifestyle advice that would be beneficial. www.leicesterherbalmedicine.com
Homeopathy is a therapeutic system based on the theory of “like cures like” – meaning that a substance that 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 illnesses 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 newborns 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 to present complaints that have no definite diagnosis, others are suffering from 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 from adverse side effects from medications.
Hot Stone Massage
This innovative technique goes beyond the experience of 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 enhance flexibility. The pressure and placement of the stones make 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. www.massageforhealthleicester.co.uk
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. www.lifestherapy.com
Kathleen Harris Leighton
Indian Head Massage
A massage that unlocks daily tension and brings about an enjoyable sense of well-being. A range of techniques is 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. www.massageforhealthleicester.co.uk
Naturopathy – Diet Evaluation & Nutrition Therapy Included
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 program 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 excellent preparation for pregnancy.
Osteopathy is a systematic method of treating misalignment of spinal and peripheral joints of the body. Through the selective treatment of soft tissues, stretching of muscles combined with active/passive movements of joints. Advance osteopathic techniques include joint mobilisation and articulation with corrective bone manipulation. This helps to restore pain-free mobility and remove lesions. Benefitting the patients by promoting healing and improved joint function with well-being. www.osteopathy-backcare.co.uk
Ozone therapy has been around for over 150 years, used originally to disinfect drinking water and later on used to treat diseases. Ozone therapy is a mainstream practice in many European countries, used by thousands of doctors practising western medicine. It is relatively new to the UK; the first UK ozone medical society was only recently formed. Ozone is created for medical use by using a medical ozone generator from medical grade oxygen. The ozone generator attaches extra oxygen to the traditional oxygen molecule (O2) to create ozone (O3) in specific concentrations depending on the condition being treated. Ozone is then delivered to the patient using different routes, the commonest being intravenous. The effect of ozone is still not very well understood but it seems to work by promoting tissue oxygenation, increasing the antioxidant capacity of the body and modulating the immune response. Ozone therapy is thus used to reduce inflammation and inactivate harmful pathogens. It is used for a variety of conditions including autoimmune disorders, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, chronic infections and to support organ recovery from medication side effects including chemotherapy. As a full member of the German Ozone society, I follow protocols set by this society but at the same time apply my own judgement to fine-tune treatment plans. www.leicester-ozone.co.uk
Dr Ghassan Hamad
Reflexology is a gentle therapy that uses massage and pressure on the feet to reduce tension and bring relaxation and balance to the whole body. It works on the theory that each area of the foot is connected to a specific organ, gland or body system. By working on these reflex areas, studies have shown that sleep can be enhanced, pain can be reduced and psychological symptoms can be improved. Reflexology has been shown to induce relaxation, reduce stress, anxiety and calm emotions. It works to improve health and resilience within the body and prevent illness. www.leicesterherbalmedicine.com
Reiki originates from Japan and uses a hands-on-healing technique where the practitioner channels the ‘universal energy’ that is all around us and directs it into the patient to promote physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing. Reiki works to remove blocks within the auric field or electromagnetic body of the patient to bring balance to the body, mind and soul. The treatment includes a chakra balance and cleanses of the subtle bodies of the aura. www.leicesterherbalmedicine.com
Remedial Massage is physical therapy and involves the 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. www.massageforhealthleicester.co.uk
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. www.massageforhealthleicester.co.uk
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. www.massageforhealthleicester.co.uk
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. www.massageforhealthleicester.co.uk