Complementary & Holistic Therapies
Complementary and holistic therapies are used to treat a range of physical and mental health conditions. There are different types of therapies that can help. It’s not a one size fits all. Different people find different therapies work best for them – but almost everyone, young and old, can find huge benefits.
At IMI all our therapists are fully qualified in their respective fields, including relevant professional memberships and insurance. Many have extensive training with other methods and will employ these as needed. We have a vast array of therapies where you can feel confident and safe. If you are unsure which to try, our Integral Health Advisors are also on hand to signpost you to the most appropriate practitioner and therapy.
From relieving pain and stress, to increasing joint flexibility, decreasing muscle spasm and tension, improving sleep, emotional wellbeing and so much more – we can help.
Complementary and holistic therapies available at IMI include:
- Bach Flower Remedies
- Bowen Therapy
- Cranial-Sacral Therapy
- Facial Reflexology
- Himalayan Crystal Healing
- Japanese Cosmo Facial
“There is no true healing unless there is a change in outlook, peace of mind and inner happiness.”
—Dr Bach, British physician (1886-1936)
The original system of Bach Flower Remedies consists of 38 flower-based remedies. These remedies are designed to gently restore the balance between mind and body by casting out negative emotions such as fear, worry, frustration, and indecision. They also address other emotions that can interfere with the equilibrium of the being as a whole. The remedies restore harmony to the user, so that the body is free to heal itself.
Developed in the 1920s by Dr Edward Bach, Bach Flower Remedies are an all-natural treatment to address emotional imbalances that impact health and wellbeing. The remedies are made from wildflowers and are safe for adults, children, babies and even pets.
The Bach Flower Remedy sessions are a deep process of self-discovery and emotional awareness, allowing you to understand and pinpoint the underlying emotions that directly impact your overall health and wellness. During the session your Bach Remedy practitioner identifies the specific remedies - your customised personal mixture - that can help you in managing your emotional state, restoring balance, and laying the ground for a powerfully beneficial state of mind.
Each individual experiences the effect of Bach Flower Remedies in a different way. It will mainly depend on which emotions the client is impacted by, and for how long.
While BodyTalk does not diagnose or treat specific ailments, it allows the body’s own healing abilities to effect change. Clients have exhibited long-lasting and ongoing improvements in these areas:
- Allergies (e.g. asthma, hives, skin disorders
- Emotional disorders (e.g. anxiety, depression, insomnia)
- Autoimmune disease
- Children with speech delay, learning disorders, epilepsy
- Chronic pain
- Digestive disorders
- Vertigo (dizzy spells)
BodyTalk is a consciousness-based, non-invasive therapy that works with the body in its healing process. It can be used as a stand-alone system that addresses a variety of health conditions, or integrated with other health systems and therapies to promote effective and faster healing.
BodyTalk is a simple and effective holistic therapy that allows the body’s energy systems to be re-synchronized so they can operate as nature intended. Each system, cell, and atom is in constant communication with each other at all times. Through exposure to the stresses of day-to-day life, however, these lines of communication can become compromised or disconnected, which then leads to a decline in physical, emotional and/or mental well-being. Reconnecting these lines of communication enables the body’s internal mechanisms to function at optimal levels, thus repairing and preventing disease while rapidly accelerating the healing process. In this way, BodyTalk stimulates the body’s innate ability to balance and heal itself on all levels.
The BodyTalk Process
- The BodyTalk System facilitates communication with the body’s innate wisdom through neuromuscular biofeedback. This feedback provides the practitioner with a “yes” or “no” answer to any question that is asked of the body. The innate wisdom thus provides the practitioner with accurate guidelines with regard to the body mind requirements for optimum health.
- By following a comprehensive protocol of questions, the BodyTalk practitioner can establish exactly what balancing the body needs in order to harmonise body mind function. This involves finding out which organs, endocrines, or body parts need to be corrected to heal communication between them at the physiological, biochemical, circulatory, nervous, emotional and energy levels.
- The client and practitioner touch the parts that need repair and the practitioner then uses his/her fingers to gently tap the head of the patient in order to focus the brain toward that repair. BodyTalk “tapping” is based on an ancient Hatha Yoga technique, and experiments with biofeedback apparatus have shown that such “tapping” causes increase in the brain activity in relation to the specific parts being touched.
- The practitioner then lightly taps the chest to store the changes in the heart energy complex, which ensures that the new balance is held in deep memory and is therefore lasting.
Bowen Therapy (ISBT) treats:
- Frozen shoulder
- Repetitive stress injury
- Dental or Facial pain
- Many muscle or joint pains of unknown origin
- Emotional stress and anxiety
It is effective in treating a broad range of muscular and structural complaints as well as visceral problems in areas such as the stomach, lungs, kidneys and bladder. It is also helpful in cases of degenerative illnesses and alleviating symptoms for cancer clients.
Bowen Therapy is a non-invasive form of bodywork in which gentle rolling moves are applied to specific points on muscles, tendons and ligaments. It allows the body to regain and maintain even weight distribution, corrects pelvic imbalances, increases the circulation of blood, lymph and vital energy.
Used to treat a range of conditions related to dysfunction and pain, insomnia, emotional or energetic blockages and can also bring about profound shifts in consciousness.
Focus is on cranial sacral system – the system that comprises the brain, spine and sacrum. Touch is very gentle (more so that Bowen Therapy) and aims to enhance the functioning of the cranial-sacral system - comprises the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Through gentle palpation, it complements the body's natural self-healing mechanism to calm the nervous system, restore energy, and encourage ease of body movement.
Cranial-Sacral Therapy treats:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Back pain, neck pains
- Brain injury; spinal cord injury
- Central nervous system disorders
- Chronic fatigue
- Immune disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)
Facial Reflex Therapy Sorensensistem™ treats:
- Organ related symptoms
- Muscle pain and tension
- Stress and emotional imbalances
- Hormonal imbalances
- Neuropsychological illnesses, such as brain diseases
- Rejuvenating the face, toning and tightening hanging skin and deep wrinkles
Developed by world renowned reflexologist Lone Sorensen, Facial Reflex Therapy Sorensensistem™ combines Chinese energy meridians and acupuncture points, Vietnamese and South American body maps and modern science of neuroanatomy to allow the therapist to identify imbalances in the patient’s health and provides the knowledge to begin the healing process. It aims to re-balance the client on all levels: physically, psychologically and energetically, and works with the entire body system to address specific issues.
The holistic treatment works by using gentle facial massage techniques for precise stimulation of reflex points, nerve points and zones on the face to send impulses to the brain and bring the body’s energy (qi) back into alignment and balance.
Facial Reflex therapy can be used for both children and adults. Treatment is individualised based on the client’s health concerns.
Most people find Facial Reflex Therapy Sorensensistem™ to be deeply relaxing. It also appears to have rejuvenating, uplifting and toning effects on the face.
Crystal healing helps address the modern-day challenges: headaches, difficulty in sleeping, anxiety, lack of energy and other states as to restore balance to our stressful lives.
Crystal healing is a gentle and soothing therapy that employs crystals and gemstones as conduits for natural healing energy. The stones channel positive energy and work holistically to harmonize the mind, body and emotions, in order to improve your wellbeing. During a healing session, various stones or crystals are placed on your chakras points, or around your body, to construct an “energy grid”. The technique is based on guidance and learning from internationally renowned crystal master Katrina Raphaell (Katrina Crystal Academy), who has developed these grids so they consistently create a gentle yet powerful healing energy.
The Crystal Healing sessions provide a deep process of emotional discovery, allowing you to understand and pinpoint the underlying events and emotions that directly impact your overall health and wellness. During the session our practitioner will also assist you by identifying your personal stone which you can carry daily and be a part of your everyday life to increase your overall feeling of well-being.
Each individual experiences the effect of Himalayan Crystal Healing in a different way. Some may feel heat or a tingly sensation; some may have visions while in this relaxed state; some even cry after the session because of the emotional release that occurs; while others relax into sleep. In the days that follow a session, you may experience a feeling of physical or emotional detoxification this is your body healing itself.
- Anxiety-related issues
- Tobacco addictions
- Weight loss
- Build up confidence, assist in exam preparation and important decision-making
Hypnotherapy or therapeutic hypnosis combines the access to unconscious mental processes, obtained through the hypnotic state, and the possibility to take action on those processes while the person is in this modified state of consciousness. This method is particularly interesting as it is a brief therapy: the person only needs a limited number of sessions before he/she can start to feel the effect of the intervention, which is not the case in most other types of therapy. It is possible to treat light to moderate psychological issues without a deep root cause in less than 5 sessions. For moderate to more severe issues or to treat problems that have been with the person most of their life, they may consider to spend at least 5-10 sessions.
Any health issues involving a person’s mind or emotions can be relieved through hypnotherapy. However, physical impairment is not an indication for hypnotherapy, except as a psychological support method when combined with a medical approach.
Iridology is not a treatment therapy but rather a diagnostic tool used to detect underlying signs of developing disease. Your Iris Report includes information on your current state of health, presented in a holistic manner, with a focus on three key areas:
- Analysis of your strengths
- Analysis of your areas of weakness, and opportunities for development, based on your symptoms and background
- Diet and lifestyle recommendations and tips (from an iridology perspective)
Iridology provides information about the body tissues that can indicate a predisposition to a specific illness, often before symptoms appear. It cannot detect parasites or germs, but it will indicate the presence of an inflammation, or a toxic condition, which could be a precursor to their development.
Iridology is the science and practice of eye analysis to reveal a person’s relative state of health. The patterns, structures, colours and degrees of lightness and darkness in the iris can review information such as inherent strengths and weaknesses in the body, the precise location of over-activity, irritation, injury or degeneration of the tissues and organs. Toxin accumulation levels can be identified, as well as nutritional and chemical imbalances.
Iridology is safe, non-invasive and painless. The entire process: iris photo, interview, analysis and debrief, takes about two weeks.
The benefits include:
- Rejuvenating the face, toning and tightening hanging skin and deep wrinkles
- Illuminating and refreshing the skin
- Eliminating pigmentation spots and acne
- Improving physical and emotional health
- Eliminating toxins
- Energizing the entire body
Japanese Cosmo Facial Lifting is a neuro-sensorial procedure that is performed on the face, using ecological and natural products. As a non-surgical alternative to a facelift, it stimulates 21 traditional acupuncture points through the facial tissue to help with its regeneration. It also tones the muscles of the face, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, leaving the face skin looking fresh and luminous.
- Improve nerve function
- Boost energy levels
- Relieves depression, stress
- Increase Circulation
- Elimination of Toxins
- Migraines and headaches
- Speeds up recovery after an injury or surgery
- Reduces sleep disorders
Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet and hands. It has been used to treat a number of health conditions for thousands of years. Reflexologists believe that these areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems. By applying pressure on these specific points there is a beneficial effect on the organs and person's general health by improving blood supply and activating nerves. Stimulating these reflexes properly can help many health problems in the natural way as a type of preventative maintenance.
The underlying theory behind reflexology is that there are areas on the feet and hands that correspond to specific organs, glands and other parts of the body. Reflex pressure sends signals that balance the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce pain and stress. Therefore it promotes relaxation, improves circulation, reduces pain, soothes tired feet, and encourages overall healing.
Reflexology is a highly individual treatment tailored to each person, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting wellbeing as a whole. Several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. Studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of people with cancer.
“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.”
Reiki is a gentle and effective healing form that involves the transmission of energy (qi) through the hands. Traditionally, this was only performed in the East by Qi Gong masters. However, a Japanese master, Usui, found a way to teach others without the decades of training that used to be involved. This system is called Reiki.
A Reiki practitioner first imagines certain symbolic images to bring down healing qi (or in Japanese, ki), then the practitioner places his or her hands on the client's body. The client's own body then draws in the amount of life-force energy that it requires. It is felt as a warming and relaxing sensation by most people. The body utilizes this energy for relaxation, repair, and revitalisation.
Though Reiki has become quite a popular and relatively easy certification to achieve in recent years, at IMI we are blessed to have a Reiki master who has trained with some of the original teachers from the Usui Reiki Tradition. This master has taught over 6,000 students and teachers at seminars throughout the world.