The first session with Lucy will be up to 1 ½ hours, as she needs to gather as much information as she can about you in order to understand your unique health needs. This will include your full medical history, current medical complaint, detailed information about your diet and lifestyle together with what your goals with regard to your health might be and what you want to achieve from your sessions. Ongoing sessions will be up to 1 hour and might include dietary advice, making up a Bach Flower Remedy, discussing laboratory testing if appropriate, or body work treatment such as a hydrotherapy treatment, breathwork and breathing exercises, therapeutic massage or Reiki.
This really should be called thermotherapy as it is the use of water to apply a hot or cold stimulus to the body. Hydrotherapy has a wide range of benefits and can help with pain relief, reducing inflammation, improving circulation and stimulating the immune system. Various aspects of this treatment can be taught to use at home yourself, making it an affordable therapeutic tool for anyone.
There are many different ways in which hydrotherapy can be used in a treatment. One example might be the use of a “hot roll”. This involves using a hot towel roll to gently massage heat onto the skin, not dissimilar to a hot stone massage. During treatment the roll is unwrapped to help maintain the heat. It is a particularly effective treatment for neck and shoulder tension and is often followed with massage.
If your therapeutic plan involves hydrotherapy, you may be asked to bring a bikini top or trunks to your session. Lucy will discuss hydrotherapy with you in detail if this will be part of your protocol.
Naturopathic Dietary Therapy
Naturopaths believe that a person’s health can be greatly influenced by the condition that the digestive system is in. Indeed, we are extremely excited about the recent advances in the scientific understanding of the gut microbiome as well as the gut-brain axis. Lucy has been trained in naturopathic nutrition and will analyse a person’s diet as part of working together with her clients on a therapeutic plan. Lucy might suggest alternatives or changes that may be affecting your health. For example, she may advise a client with an inflammatory condition on foods that reduce inflammation. In cases of digestive complaint she may advise on which foods are integral to maintaining good bacteria in the gut (prebiotic foods). She is also trained to work with food elimination diets to help identify any food intolerance (often stated as the gold standard in intolerance testing, this does require a great deal of discipline and patience from you).
Bach Flower Remedies
The Bach Flower Remedies are a system of healing created by Edward Bach for addressing emotions such as fears, cares, anxieties and worries that may be contributing to ill health.
Bach believed that by treating emotional states such as fear and worry then a person will be happer and better in themselves. Improving the emotional state in this way will help balance the triad of health and restore vitality.
Large numbers of people who take Bach Flower Remedies report that they feel more positive, optimistic and happier as a result. Lucy will go through the flower remedies with you if this is a treatment you are interested in and will then make up a remedy for you to take home.
“At first, Lucy and I talked about what was going on in my life. The conversation resulted in Lucy creating a personalised Bach’s remedies concoction in a large bottle for me to try out and take away. It’s amazing!
Next, I laid down on the massage table for my Reiki session. As I closed my eyes, Lucy worked on me. It felt like I was having a massage but Lucy wasn’t kneading my muscles. It was a strange sensation; quite warm. And it felt like my brain was finally being rewired as it was being encouraged to relax.
By the time, I left Lucy’s office I felt both relaxed and energised. It was a Monday morning as I walked back along the King’s Road but it felt like a Sunday afternoon. This was my first real Reiki experience and it’s definitely not going to be my last. I’m going back for more next month as a feelgood treat to keep my MOT maintained.”
[Posted on the Kings Road Rocks blog, April 2011. www.kingsroadrocks.com]