holistic therapy

The Holistic Approach to health differs from the conventional medical approach in that it takes into account the whole patient and his or her environment, rather than just focusing on the symptom or the part of the body that has the problem. Holistic medicine is the concept of creating balance between mind, body and soul.

As part of the big picture we will look at nutrition, emotions, previous illnesses and treatment as key factors that can influence your health. Our home environment, pollution, stress, the weather, relationships and the chemicals in food and water, are also major causes of dis-ease.

Symptoms are great indicators that our bodies are out of balance they highlight our need to make some adjustments if we are to regain our health and vitality. If we ignore or just suppress the messages (symptoms) then we can expect bigger problems to arise. Holistic therapy aims to restore the body and its immune system to a state of balance, allowing the body's natural healing mechanism to function effectively. Holistic therapies complement conventional medicine and help to relieve side effects, boost the immune system and accelerate the healing process.


Gentle, natural, and non-invasive relief from:

  • Stress and tension
  • Back pain
  • Digestive disorders
  • Poor circulation
  • Migraine and headaches
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Allergies
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual problem
  • Joint pain
  • Depression
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Skin condition


Aromatherapy is the therapeutic inhalation and topical application of essential oils extracted from medicinal plants. These amazing plant remedies can effectively relax, balance, rejuvenate, restore and enhance body, mind and spirit. Aromatherapy stimulates the immune system, strengthens resistance to disease and helps to combat infections. It is especially helpful for women's problems such as PMS and menopausal distress. It aids digestion easing cramps, bloating and the symptoms of IBS. Aromatherapy optimizes the functioning of the respiratory system - helping with coughs, tonsillitis, and sinusitis. It eases muscular aches and pains and promotes muscle relaxation and tone. Aromatherapy can lower blood pressure, reduce stress levels and combat insomnia and other stress related disorders. It can alleviate tension headaches and helps to deal with different emotions, such as anxiety, mild depression, grief, etc.


Massage is one of the most effective healing arts. Gentle massage affects the nervous system through nerve endings in the skin, stimulating the release of endorphins, the body's natural 'feel good' chemicals, to help induce relaxation and a sense of well-being, to relieve pain and reduce levels of stress chemicals. It helps reverse the damaging effects of stress by slowing heart rate, respiration and metabolism and lowering raised blood pressure.

Stronger massage stimulates blood circulation to improve the supply of oxygen and nutrients to body tissues and helps the lymphatic system to flush away waste products. It eases tense, knotted muscles and stiff joints, improving mobility and flexibility. Its many benefits include deep relaxation, improved circulation and postural awareness.

The Holistic Approach offers:

  • Aromatherapy massage
  • Thai Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • Transforming Touch Massage

Each form of massage is unique; they all involve the amazing healing power of touch. You will want to use these differences to suit your specific needs at different times.

Aromatherapy massage is a gentle treatment using plant oils together with massage, a powerful, soothing way to support the body on many levels, wonderful for reducing the negative effects of stress.

Thai massage is a combination of yoga, massage and acupressure techniques. It is performed on floor mats with the patient fully clothed. The recipient will experience a deep sense of calm, improved flexibility followed by renewed energy and vitality.

Swedish massage can be performed as a whole body treatment or to target specific areas of tension, it is an invigorating and rejuvenating treatment ideally suited to more physical ailments.

Transforming Touch massage Works on body mind and spirit. This beautiful treatment takes relaxation to a new level. Transforming touch is ideal for everyone, it is gentle yet deep, soothing yet re charging.


Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning “universal life energy” Reiki is a hands on healing art where energy is channeled through the hands of the therapist directly to the client. Reiki activates the body’s natural ability to heal itself, releasing blocked energies, clearing the body of toxins and working to create a state of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance and harmony.

Reiki is effective for:

  • Managing stress and tension
  • Support during times of crises, depression, Illness & bereavement
  • Speeding recovery after surgery and injury
  • Supporting conventional medicine & minimising side effects
  • Replenishing and supporting carers
  • Personal growth and self-confidence
  • Promoting harmony within relationships
  • Perception of inner clarity, wisdom, and intuition

Reflexology involves the gentle manipulation of the feet or hands to stimulate the body’s own healing process.

You do not have to be unwell to enjoy Reflexology. It is a beneficial treatment that can be used on any person, old or young, male or female. It is wonderfully effective during pregnancy and for the health of children and babies.

Each pressure and reflex point is directly linked to the relative parts and organs of the body. When applying pressure to specific points, blockages and toxins are released improving the function of the major body systems, enhancing overall health and well-being.

Reflexology helps maintain good health and can help many conditions, some are listed below.

  • Constipation
  • Fertility
  • Pregnancy
  • Digestive problems
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual
  • Migraine
  • Skeletal problems

 As well as combating stress, reflexology has been found to have psychological benefits such as improving self confidence and helping to increase your ability to focus and concentrate.


Herbal medicine is the use of leaves, flowers, berries and the roots of medicinal plants to prevent, relieve and treat illness. Balancing hormone levels, lifting depression and improving the workings of the body systems are included amongst the many benefits of herbal remedies.

Herbal medicine is the oldest known form of healthcare to mankind. Herbs have been used by all cultures throughout history; plant medications operate in basically the same manner as their pharmaceutical counterparts, which is via their chemical makeup. It is herbal medicines wholistic nature that allows them to gently yet positively effect the body without the negative side effects commonly found with pharmaceutical preparations.

Herbal medicine has a great deal to offer when used to facilitate healing in chronic, ongoing problems. It can also be used effectively to treat numerous ailments, such as digestive disorders, the common cold, insomnia, headaches, and a host of other problems traditionally treated by nonprescription, over-the-counter medications. Increasingly, many aspects of herbal medicine have been supported by rigorous scientific research.


The definition of kinesiology is the science of movement. Its theories are based on Chinese medicine, testing the flow of energy in the acupuncture meridians by isolating certain muscle groups. Kinesiology is a holistic system that allows the body to communicate accurately its physical and emotional imbalances.

Kinesiology uses muscle response to ’ask the body’ what help it needs to address a particular issue. Kinesiology has a reputation for helping with problems that have not been resolved through other means because it addresses the issue holistically. For example, an apparent physical symptom such as eczema, IBS, PMS, asthma, pain etc, may be the result of an underlying emotional, physical, chemical or electro-magnetic imbalance. Kinesiology identifies the true issues related to your symptom and the most appropriate approach to healing, which may involve diet, nutritional or herbal supplements, healing, massage, energy balancing or aromatherapy.

Kinesiology analysis allows us to identify the most effective natural remedies to bring the body back into a state of balance and harmony.


Individual consultations are offered in a private treatment room in Elstree, Hertfordshire. Home visits are sometimes available by prior arrangement. The Holistic Approach provides an extensive list of treatments. Prices vary between £25-00 and £55.00. To discuss your individual requirements or to book an appointment, please call the clinic on 07778 379879.

Please Note: Out of courtesy, please give 48 hours notice of cancellation prior to treatment. Please ring 07778 379879 to cancel. Failure to do so, will result in the full fee being invoiced.


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