Alternative Therapist offering: Yoga Classes, Corporate Services, Kids & Teens Yoga, Back Care Classes, Breathing Exercises, Meditation and Relaxation. Reflexology and Indian Head Massage.
What Is Dru?
Designed to be practised by people of all abilities, all fitness levels and all age groups. Dru is a style of yoga that can be quickly dipped into or learnt in more depth over a lifetime.
'Dru Yoga should be available in every GP surgery.' Dr Hilary Jones
Dru Yoga is a graceful and potent form of yoga, based on flowing movements, directed breathing and visualisation.
With its foundations set firmly in ancient yogic tradition, Dru works on body, mind and spirit—improving strength and flexibility, creating core stability, building a heightened feeling of positivity, and deeply relaxing and rejuvenating your whole being.
Sat: 10.00 - 11.00am Adult YogaLongniddry Bowling Club
Corporate Yoga or Meditation classes can be organised on request.
Reflexology is a treatment using compression massage of the feet. In the feet there are reflex areas corresponding to all parts of the body which means the body can be treated as a whole.
The method has been used for several thousands of years and is known to have been practised by the Chinese and Egyptians.
Your Reflexology treatment will begin with a thorough consultation detailing your medical history, general health, diet and lifestyle. You will remain fully clothed during the treatment, removing only your shoes and socks. A full treatment lasts an hour.
If you are suffering from any of the following, then Reflexology could be of help to you:
Reflexology can also improve circulation and reduce pain in the body and feet.
Massage and therapy prices
Swedish Massage A massage tailored to suit your needs, a personalised blend of oils will either tone, detoxify, energise or soothe the body as they are massaged deep into the skin. Full body treatment (1 hour)
Indian Head Massage Designed to help ease tension - to relieve and calm emotions of the mind. Focusing on the scalp, face, neck, shoulders and back, this treatment alleviates stagnant energy, gets rid of toxins to help balance the body’s natural harmony. A wonderful treatment for relieving: headaches, stress, sinus problems, muscular tension and promoting sleep. 45 min treatment
Reflexology A deep compression massage of the feet, Reflexology works with subtle energy flows, revitalising the body so that the natural internal healing mechanisms of the body can do their own work. The lower legs can be massaged, or Reflexology can be combined with a leg massage. 1 hour treatment
Combination Massage Combination massage uses different techniques aiming for total relaxation and pure indulgence. This massage combines Swedish massage, scalp massage, and foot massage. 1 hour
Kids & Teens Yoga
Alison can offer yoga, breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation for children aged 3 up to teenage years.
3-5 year olds - Alison can make this experience meaningful for the preschoolers by repetition, storytelling and singing.
6-8 years olds - Alison can engage the children in yoga stories that are more complex and creative helping them to use their imagination.
9-12 year olds - Children of this age are becoming more secure in who they are and more sociable, they can thrive working in pairs and and in small groups. Upper primary school children enjoy being stretched and challenged, with a feeling of accomplishment. Games can provide opportunities for non-competitive interaction, and help to build self-confidence, a sense of achievement and foster positive connections with others.
13-18 year olds - Emphasis on relaxation and meditation can help students deal with peer group pressure and the stresses of schoolwork and exams.
INTRODUCTION TO NICE GUIDELINES
These are the guidelines which Doctors and Health Professionals in the NHS use to advise and treat people for a wide range of conditions. NICE stands for National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
The NICE guidelines for Low back Pain (early management) recommend that people with back pain should be told that it should settle with major treatment, and that keeping moving is essential. One of the treatment options that the guidelines recommend is a structured group exercise programme tailored to the individual.
SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF THE DRU BACK CARE PROGRAMME.
Recently, two randomised controlled trials at Bangor University have investigated the effectiveness of the Dru Back Care Programme.
The results from these two studies show that compared with the usual care, the Dru Programme is associated with statistically significant reductions in back pain.
In a recent study with NHS employees, 56 staff who practised the Dru Back Care Programme for eight weeks reported only 2 sickness absence days due to musculoskeletal conditions compared with a control group of 53 staff who missed 43 days during the same time period.
This indicates for employers, the Dru back Care Programme can generate substantial coast savings by reducing the number of sickness absence days due to back pain and musculoskeletal conditions.
Alison can offer taylor made breathing, stretching exercises and relaxation for Corporate clients. The workplace can often be a hectic place and performance and happiness can be increased with these simple exercises.
Book wellbeing days at your organisation, to reduce stress, benefit staff's health and well-being. Therapies can promote healing, relax muscles, help pain. Improve posture with massage and stretching.
Providing a range of options to help people get back to work. For example, for the many people on long- or short-term sickness absence who have musculoskeletal disorders or mental health problems, this could include:
> back management programmes.
> Promoting physical activity in the work place through applying NICE guidance. NICE stands for National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
Breathing, Meditation & Relaxation
Benefits of Meditation and Relaxation
Did you know that an estimated 80 to 90 percent of visits to the doctor are due to stress-related illnesses or conditions?
Most sicknesses and diseases have been traced to a root cause of chronic psychological stress.
Stress wreaks havoc on your body, weakening your immune system and accelerates aging. Many physical symptoms and illnesses are related to stress - such as adrenal fatigue, diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, heart disease, high blood pressure, insomnia, high cholesterol, migraines, arthritis, decreased memory and ability to concentrate.
When under chronic stress, the body loses its ability to regulate the inflammatory response, which can lead to the development and progression of disease. What goes on in your body is greatly influenced by our powerful mind-body connection. The damage stress can cause is pretty scary, but relax, there is something you can do about it. Relax.
You can dramatically improve your health and help counteract the damaging effects of stress by practicing deep relaxation techniques such as yoga or mediation.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School discovered that deep relaxation changes our bodies on a genetic level. In the study, long-term practitioners of relaxation methods such as yoga and meditation, had far more active "disease-fighting genes," compared with those who practiced no form of relaxation.
They found genes that protect us from disorders such as pain, infertility, high blood pressure and even rheumatoid arthritis. The changes were brought about by what they call "the relaxation effect," a phenomenon that could be just as powerful as any medical drug but without the side effects.
The researchers found a range of disease-fighting genes that were active in the relaxation practitioners that were not active in the control group. In just 2 months, the genes that help fight inflammation, kill diseased cells and protect the body from cancer all began to become active.
Another study found that meditation lowered blood pressure in a similar way to blood pressure-lowering medication. In addition, a month of relaxation exercises was shown to boost natural killer cells in the elderly, increasing their resistance to tumours and viruses. All of this research clearly shows how a person's state of mind affects the body on a physical and genetic level.
How can relaxation have so many beneficial effects? Stress has a host of negative effects on the body. Your body releases the hormones adrenalin and cortisol in response to stress. This raises the heart rate and blood pressure and weakens your immune system.
Deep relaxation is linked to higher levels of feel-good chemicals such as serotonin and growth hormone that repairs cells and tissue, and has anti-aging benefits. Relaxation techniques help to counteract the effects of stress - lowering heart rate, strengthening your immune system, improving memory, digestion and sleep. It helps to fight inflammation and disease.
Want to reap the benefits of relaxation's healing powers? You want to achieve a state of deep relaxation where tension is released from the body on a physical level and your mind completely switches off. Although lounging around at home is relaxing, you really need to strive for a deep relaxation state to achieve the helpful effects.
Yoga, meditation and even repetitive prayer and mantras all help to bring about the relaxation effect. The more regularly you practice these techniques, the more benefits you'll receive.