What is Complementary Therapy?
These days conventional western medicine and complementary therapies often work well together to the benefit of the client. In recent times, conventional medicine has widened its scope of understanding and practice to include a more holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment. Equally many complementary therapies incorporate a scientific understanding of anatomy, physiology and psychology. However the skills of complementary therapists are used alongside and are never intended to replace diagnosis and treatment by conventional medicine. All Munro therapists recognise this and comply carefully with the guidelines and codes of conduct – not only of Munro Health – but also of their various specialist governing bodies.
Munro Health has had over 20 years experience of helping clients to find a more comfortable and helpful state of physical and spiritual wellbeing. The holistic approach to treatment traces its roots back into antiquity; including Greece and the Far East.
The core belief shared by Munro therapists is that the whole person should be evaluated and treated holistically and with respect.
Treatment will ‘complement’ (ie ‘work alongside’) conventional medicine.
With thanks for therapy definitions:
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
Definition of Acupuncture from
British Acupuncture Council
Reflexology is a complementary therapy based on the belief that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which are believed to correspond to all organs and parts of the body. Some practitioners may also include work on points found in the face and ears. Reflexology works on an individual basis and may alleviate and improve symptoms such as everyday stress and tension.
During a typical reflexology session the reflexologist will take a detailed medical history. Sessions are usually performed in a comfortable chair or couch. If it is to be performed on the feet, the client will be asked to remove footwear and socks but other forms of reflexology require no removal of clothing. The practitioner will make a visual and tactile examination of the area to be worked before beginning the precise reflexology massage movements. The particular types of movements involved require the application of an appropriate pressure using the thumb and fingers.
Reflexology can be a wonderfully relaxing experience where you can take time out from everyday pressures. The therapist’s expert touch will help you relax which can help improve mood, aid sleep and relieve tension. The result is an overall sense of wellbeing.
In all types of massage therapy, the intention is to relax the soft tissues, increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged areas, warm them, and help the body to relax.
In a typical massage therapy session, the practitioner will discuss symptoms, medical history and the desired results. The practitioner generally performs some evaluation through touch before beginning the massage. Oil or powder help reduce friction on the skin and the therapist may use other aids, such as ice, heat, fragrances, or machines.
Massage may be found to bring relief from everyday aches, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address feelings of anxiety and tension, and aid general wellness. It can also be used in support of other therapies to assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries.
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils to help deal with everyday stresses and emotional well-being. Essential oils, extracted from plants, are thought to possess distinctive properties, which may be used to improve overall emotional and spiritual health imbuing the user with a sense of relaxation and calmness.
In a typical aromatherapy session, the aromatherapist will ask questions about previous medical history, general health, wellbeing and lifestyle. This helps the practitioner to choose and blend the safest and most appropriate essential oils for the individual. The oils may be applied in combination with massage or the aromatherapist may suggest other methods.
Aromatherapy may be found to be helpful to those wanting to reduce everyday stress and so help with the ability to cope, relax and sleep. As well as being used in individual therapy sessions and at home, it is also used in a variety of settings, including hospitals and hospices.
Shiatsu is a touch based therapy that applies pressure to areas of the surface of the body through loose comfortable clothing for the purpose of promoting and maintaining wellbeing. A Shiatsu practitioner will initially consult with the client and plan the Shiatsu treatment. The client will then be positioned comfortably, with appropriate adjustments being made throughout the session. Clear and accurate aftercare advice will be given.Shiatsu is a Japanese word that literally means finger pressure and derives its theoretical and practical roots from the ancient traditions of Oriental medicine.
Today it is an autonomous treatment method influenced by Chinese, Japanese and Western knowledge. In addition to being regularly used by thousands of people all over the world, a variety of charities, health foundations, NHS trusts and hospitals in the United Kingdom provide Shiatsu to support patients whilst receiving treatment for a range of health issues and to help them maintain their general wellbeing.
Acupuncture is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for thousands of years. The focus is on you as an individual, not your illness, and all symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to affect the flow of your body’s qi, or vital energy.
British Acupuncture Council
It was during a holiday in Sri Lanka, back in 2000, that Ayumi found the benefits of massage with essential oils, derived from plant extracts. Once her interest was aroused she wasted no time in studying and gaining qualifications in this valuable skill. An accomplished practitioner of Indian head massage too, Ayumi has observed the power of aromatherapy.
“The deep relaxation you can find through this therapy is really special. Plant oils nourish the skin too, and Munro clients really feel the difference after treatment.”
Tabitha has been massaging for 17 years, and we are very glad that she is part of our team. We know from experience that our clients relish the caring and comfort that accompanies massage, and using essential oils to pamper and nourish the skin simply enhances their experience.
As Tabitha says: “I believe that we all need the power of holistic healing touch in our lives, and I am passionate about helping people feel good about their mind, body and spirit.”
Nazan is an experienced, highly qualified and committed practitioner of this branch of classical Chinese medicine. Treatment is directed very much with the individual patient in mind, and tailored to suit his or her needs. Understanding the cause of the illness or issue, and treating the root of the problem is key, rather than just treating the symptoms in isolation.
Nazan believes that acupuncture should be available and affordable to as many people as possible, and he recognises that – through Munro Health – this can be made possible.
Karen is a committed and qualified reflexologist, who is totally persuaded by the effectiveness of her skill and craft. Her aim is to stimulate the reflexes to encourage the body to heal itself and to restore its natural balance and wellbeing. Karen knows well that many illnesses are stress related and her treatments are designed to relax and reduce stress.
“What an enjoyable experience to be able to work with clients who might otherwise not be able to experience holistic treatments. The joy of working on a client who has been anxious about trying something unknown and different – and then leaves the treatment room with a big grin on his face! Being helped to relax and share stories with me: it’s so nice to give something back, through the Munro, even if only for a few hours a week.”
Like all our therapists, Jerry has a thriving reflexology practice outside his work with the Munro. His training also includes the art of Indian head massage, orthopaedic reflexology and facial reflexology. Not content with working to help clients across London, he is also secretary of the West London Branch of the Association of Reflexologists.
“I am passionate about reflexology, and truly believe tin its beneficial effects. It also seems to be excellent for reducing stress and relieving tension."
I have over 10 years of clinical experience in Acupuncture and studied (Traditional Chinese Medicine) for 6 years to obtain degree level. I also attended an intensive Acupuncture training course at Guiyang Hospital in China and then later won a scholarship to study again in China. As well as having extensive experience in treating acute and chronic physical and mental/emotional problems with both adults and children, I have specialised training in Tai Qi and Qi Gong and advanced Synergistic Energy Healing techniques. I incorporate massage, and bodywork into all my acupuncture treatments as I feel this strengthens and magnifies both the experience and the outcome.
Practicing Acupuncture is my passion. I love my job and I am continuously in awe of the results that are achieved in clinic. I really enjoy meeting and helping the varied types of people who pass through the clinic and feel honoured to be in a position to offer advice and healing to and with them.
Shiatsu is an ancient form of bodywork from Japan. The therapist uses her thumbs, elbows, knees or feet, depending on what is required. Its roots lie in traditional Chinese medicine . At Munro Health, we recognise the power of human touch, bringing harmony to the flow of our different energies. Aruna is an experienced and highly qualified practitioner of this ancient skill, and our clients are enthusiastically grateful for the opportunity she brings to promote wellbeing in both body and mind.
Aruna says: “I know my clients benefit from their treatment. It’s written in their faces at the end of a session. It gives me great joy to be working with people who may not be able to afford such treatments without the support of Munro Health.”