A form of alternative therapy in which manual pressure is used to stimulate specific points on the body along what are considered to be lines of energy.
Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the fingers to gradually press key healing points, which stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. Acupressure was developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago. Using the power and sensitivity of the hand, Acupressure Therapy is effective in the relief of stress-related ailments, and is ideal for self-treatment and preventive health care for boosting the immune system.
Acupuncture is an ancient form of therapy requiring very fine needles inserted at specific points in the body to release blocks and to facilitate healing.
Traditional acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body's qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely.
By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body's natural healing response.
TBCCT accepts acupuncturists from all traditions and is offering free membership to all acupuncturists who hold an acupuncture qualification and have full professional indemnity (if legally required).
Aromatherapy uses aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical wellbeing. Aromatherapists blend therapeutic essential oils especially for each individual and use them for topical application, massage, inhalation or water immersion to stimulate the desired responses.
The different aromas, and the chemical constituents of the oils, produce different emotional and physiological responses. Essential oils can be massaged into the skin, added to bath water or vaporised in an oil burner. Aromatherapy has been practised for centuries in various cultures, the modern version of Aromatherapy we use today was developed mainly in France.
Flower essences are herbal infusions or decoctions, made from the flowering part of the plant, which uniquely address emotional and mental aspects of wellness. The first 38 flower remedies were formulated by a British physician, Dr. Edward Bach, in the 1930's, although new remedies from other plant species are now available.
Today, there are many different systems of flower essences. Bach, Maui, Australian, Californian etc. Each work at the non-physical level, clearing emotional and behavioural patterns rooted deep in the psyche.
Apart from Bach Flower remedies, practitioners of other holistic therapies often use flower essences as an add-on to their main therapy. If you are a practitioner of Flower Remedies and satisfy the criteria for membership, then you will be welcome to join our family.
Herbal medicine is the oldest and most universal system of medicine, currently relied on by over 80% of the world’s population.
Herbal medicine uses plant remedies to alter the condition of the body.
A herbalist aims to treat the underlying cause of ill health, with the treatment focusing on the individual patient and not the specific condition.
Many countries have long traditions of herbal medicine, and at the BCCT we welcome Herbal parishioners from all disciplines – Ayurvedic, Western, Chinese and others.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that treats individuals with highly diluted substances. Homeopathic medicines are made mainly from plants and minerals that are highly diluted and added to lactose tablets. The Homeopath aims to match the specific symptoms with the most relevant medicine to trigger the body's natural system of healing.
Homeopathic medicine is based on the principle of treating 'like with like'. Therefore, a substance that causes certain symptoms will treat people with those symptoms. for example, an onion makes you cry and your nose run, it will therefore be useful in treating certain types of cold where you have a runny nose and eyes.
The principle of treating 'like with like' dates back to Hippocrates (460 - 377BC), homeopathy has been used worldwide for over 200 years. It was discovered by Samuel Hahnemann, a German doctor who was unhappy with the medical practices of the day and looked to reduce the damaging effects of the medicines and practices of the day.
There are many forms of massage available today, training is available in many forms of massage such as Swedish massage, sports massage, Shiatsu, Lomi Lomi, acupressure, Indian Head massage. Each has their value in providing relief from stress and physical ailments.
Massage therapy improves circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues.
It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps clear lactic acid and other waste, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.
Massage therapy is used for relaxation and for a variety of health conditions such as back pain, inflammatory conditions, stress relief, and relief of musculo-skeletal conditions.
Massage therapy relieves stress. It is thought to help the body's stress response by lowering levels of hormones such as cortisol. Massage therapy also appears to enhance immune function.
The Naturopathic Practitioner is skilled in using of supportive physical forces and agents such as: light, water, air, thermal effects, magnetism, earth, electricity or vibration.
They harness the patient's own life force more directly by using massage, through rest, by exercise, by stimulating reflexes, by making dietary prescriptions, by psychotherapeutic interventions or by employing the patient's own capacity.
The naturopathic practitioner uses a number of therapeutic approaches, for example: acupressure, acupuncture, colonic hydrotherapy, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, iridology, kinesiology, massage therapy, nutritional therapy, manipulative therapy, phytotherapy (herbal medicine).
Reflexology, or zone therapy, is an alternative medicine involving the physical act of applying pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that this effects a physical change to the body.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy".
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
As well as Reiki, there are many other types of healing methods available to us today, such as Chakra healing, colour therapy, crystal healing, tree spirit healing, animal healing. All are of great value and therapists of all healing practices are welcome to join our family at the BCCT.
Shiatsu in Japanese means "finger pressure"; it is a type of alternative medicine consisting of finger and palm pressure, stretches, and other massage techniques. Shiatsu practitioners promote it as a way to help people relax and cope with issues such as stress, muscle pain, nausea, anxiety, and depression.
A traditional hands-on Japanese healing art, Shiatsu can help in a wide range of conditions from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular sessions help to prevent the build-up of stress in our daily lives.
Tui na is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, fire cupping, Chinese herbalism, Tai Chi, and Qigong. Tui Na is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese Taoist and martial arts principles in an effort to bring the eight principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into balance. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press, and rub the areas between each of the joints, known as the eight gates, to attempt to open the body's defensive chi and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles. Techniques may be gentle or quite firm. The name comes from two of the actions: tui means "to push" and na means "to lift and squeeze." The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction, with the stimulation of acupressure points.
In ancient China, medical therapy was often classified as either "external" or "internal" treatment. Tui Na was one of the external methods, thought to be especially suitable for use on the elderly population and on infants. Today, Tui Na is subdivided into specialized treatment for infants, adults, orthopaedics, cosmetology, rehabilitation, sports medicine, etc. In modern China, many hospitals include Tui Na as a standard aspect of treatment. In the West, Tui Na is taught as a part of the curriculum at some acupuncture schools.
The Sanskrit word Yoga is translated as 'union'. the practice of yoga helps to co-ordinate the breath, mind and body to encourage balance in physical, mental emotional and spiritual spheres.
In the 1980s Yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. the most popular form of yoga at that time was Hatha Yoga. Since then, there have been many different schools of yoga, each having its own value usually led by a guru or practioner of yoga.
Patanjali's Yoga Sutras are thought by many to be the authroative texts of yoga. Patanjali in fact, was not the originator of yoga, but a great exponent of it. He wrote the Yoga Sutras, which lay out the foundations of yoga as it is practiced today. Yoga is derived from the Ancient Hindu texts of India.
There are many disciplines of yoga, ultimately leading to the same destination. This has been summarised by yogis as 'One Truth, Many Paths'. Some people practice yoga for physical benefits and some for spiritual benefits, in fact, practicing yoga regularly, will deliver both types of benefit.
The BCCT welcomes Yoga teachers from all disciplines.
If the therapy you practice is not mentioned on this site, we will consider accepting any therapies not mentioned on this site as long as they conform to our conditions of membership.
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