Therapies and treatments

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Therapies and treatments

Here are the current treatments we offer at Cape South, please let us know if you are interested at time of booking:

Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils to enhance health and well being. Essential oils, revered for their aroma and their therapeutic value, are pure concentrated extracts distilled from plants, which contain pheromones, antibiotics and cell regeneration agents that energise, protect and nourish. The practice of using essential oils dates back to Ancient Egyptian times and later used by Chinese, Greek and Ayurvedic practitioners. Today, the use of essential oils is backed by greater scientific understanding. Aromatherapy is a safe, gentle and therapeutic when provided by fully trained and qualified practitioners with a background in anatomy, physiology and chemistry.

Essential oils have many constituents that may help to reduce pain and inflammation, balance hormones, reduce the effects of stress and promote relaxation, help protect against bacterial and viral infection. Essential oils also help stimulate the immune system. Essential oil blends are created for the individual needs based on the presenting symptoms as well as considering current health status and medications taken.

Every day, we are exposed to toxic substances through what we eat, what we wear, the cleaning supplies we use and pollution in the air we breathe, just to name a few. Using body wraps for detoxification can help eliminate some of those harmful toxins from your body and provide essential vitamins and minerals to your body’s largest and most visible organ — your skin. Detox body wraps use either clay or mud as a base. Clay is able to draw impurities out of the skin naturally and may contain minerals useful for sustaining healthy skin. The following is a list of a few of the most common ingredients added to the clay or mud base, and how they benefit your skin. Sea salts: Reduce swelling and act as an exfoliating astringent, helping to draw out toxins, kill bacteria and tighten skin. Seaweed: Contains vitamins A, B1, C and E; calcium, magnesium and phosphorus; and essential amino acids. These vitamins and minerals absorbed through the skin work together to draw out toxins from the surface of the skin, increase circulation and aid in maintaining the skin’s connective tissue, collagen. Aloe vera: Soothes, moisturizes and softens the skin while killing fungus and bacteria. Herbs: Many herbs applied externally or taken internally (by drinking tea, taking supplement capsules or eating as seasoning on food) have detox properties. They are effective for topical detox because skin is capable of absorbing their helpful ingredients. The greatest benefit of detoxifying your body with wraps is improving the health and appearance of your skin. While it’s true that toxins can be extracted from your body through this process, remember that the benefits of these wraps are only skin-deep. Despite some claims to the contrary, the detoxifying ingredients in body wraps are not able to penetrate beyond your skin, nor draw out toxins from your other organs. For those results, you’ll need to try a detox diet or whole body cleanse.

Herbalists treat a very broad range of health situations and issues. Herbal medicine is helpful in chronic and long-standing conditions but equally has a place in some acute situations. Herbs can be effective on multiple levels, are non-addictive, present few adverse effects compared with pharmaceutical medicines and are suitable for all ages. Herbal medicine is the practice of using plants in health and illness, in the context of a holistic approach where a full range of factors such as diet and lifestyle are considered in the treatment process. A practice that has been going for such aeons in the history of people and planet that one writer named it ‘the longest clinical trial in human history’. (Stuart, 1979, cited in Gabrielle Hatfield’s Encyclopaedia of Folk Medicine: Old World and New World Traditions, 2004). Using plants as healing agents takes the approach of supporting, rather than suppressing, our bodies in their function, helping them to work at more optimum levels and regain the balance that is instrumental to health. The herbalist also takes care to explore the background to a person’s health, in order to find ways for you to address imbalance yourself. So we take into consideration elements of the whole life – what you eat and how, lifestyle, emotional and spiritual health. Often there are modifications that you can make to bring changes, before even using the herbs. The herbs are there though for added supportive power should you need it!

Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. Each 1 ½ -hour hot stone massage therapy session promotes deeper muscle relaxation through the placement of smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body. Our professional massage therapists also incorporate a customized massage, with the use of hot stones which offers enhanced benefits. The premise behind hot stone massage therapy is that the direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to their deeper muscle layers. Combining hot stone protocols with a full body massage provides a very healing and effective experience. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation. Benefits include:

  • Relief from pain and tension created by strained and contracted muscles
  • Relief from pain associated with chronic conditions, i.e; fibromyalgia, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Decrease in pain and muscle spasms
  • Reduction in chronic stress and tension
  • Increases in flexibility in joints, aiding in easier mobility and movement

Naturopathy is a holistic form of healing that focuses not just on the physical symptoms of illness, but on the health of the whole person. Only when you address the underlying cause of illness can you achieve true healing. Naturopathic treatment stimulates your body’s natural process of healing while supporting and strengthening you. The information gathered from your health history along with the findings from the clinical examination and our extensive professional experience guide us to decide which techniques are best suited to provide you with the best care possible.  Nutritional supplements, dietary recommendations, herbs, flower essences, celloids, and homoeopathy are amongst the modes of treatment. Naturopathy is compatible with standard Western medicine, as well as all forms of alternative healing. Standard Western medicine is excellent for acute situations and life-saving surgery. The techniques influence the nervous system and gently encourage the body to balance and heal.

The major focus of naturopathic nutrition is that everyone is an individual, it takes into account the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the whole person when assessing health problems. Naturopathic nutrition recognises food selection and preparation as a healing art that seeks to address imbalances in the body. By creating the most favourable conditions to stimulate and enhance the body’s natural healing power through diet, lifestyle and possibly supplementation, a naturopathic nutrition practitioner can help people with a range of health problems. We aim to seek out and advise ways to remove or reduce the cause of disease, rather than simply suppressing the symptoms. We believe in this holistic approach that shifts the view of healthcare from one focused on the management of symptoms to one that aims to improve health and wellbeing; it is one of the fundamental differences between the naturopathic approach and conventional medicine. We seek to assist you to alleviate and prevent ailments by making dietary changes to correct the nutritional and biochemical imbalances that lead to ill health. During the consultation, recommendations are made to restore the balance, which may include guidance on avoiding certain toxins and allergens, detoxification and the use of supplementary nutrients such as high-dose vitamins. The consultation takes about 90 minutes, during which time your current health problems, medical and family history, diet and lifestyle will be assessed. Laboratory tests may be recommended, which give indications of nutritional imbalances, the functioning of the liver and the digestive system. A personalised nutrition and lifestyle plan will then be drafted, which will include dietary recommendations, and may also include a nutritional-supplement plan based on an analysis of the condition and laboratory results.

Reflexology is a therapeutic form of foot massage which stimulates tissues and organs of the body by manipulating the corresponding reflex points on the feet. Reflexology is used for relaxation and stress relief as well as promoting health, blood circulation and lymphatic circulation. By placing pressure on a reflex point this can stimulate the normal function of the corresponding organ involved, for example, the secretion of a hormone. Reflexology is great for pain relief as it interrupts pain pathways and encourages the release of endorphins to ease your aches and pains. Some of the benefits of reflexology are: Stress reduction – When we are stressed our body’s defences break down and we become more susceptible to illness and disease. By inducing deep relaxation, the nervous system can function normally and the body can return to a state of balance. Improved nerve function – There are 1000′s of nerve endings in the feet. When neural pathways are impaired, messages are delivered slowly and unreliably. Reflexology encourages the opening and clearing of neural pathways allowing the nervous system to function optimally. Pain reduction – Reflexology interrupts pain pathways and encourages the release of endorphins easing pain and allowing the body to relax. Improved circulation – Stress and tension tighten up the cardiovascular system and restrict blood flow causing sluggish circulation. By increasing the state of relaxation, reflexology allows the cardiovascular vessels to conduct the flow of blood naturally and easily. Improved Immune function – Reflexology stimulates organs of the immune system, and encourages lymphatic flow, thus reducing risk of infection. Increased Energy – Reflexology opens up energy pathways throughout the body revitalizing and energizing the body giving an improved sense of wellbeing. Reflexology works on all the different systems in the body such as the reproductive system, digestive system, endocrine system, immune system. By supporting all of the systems in the body Reflexology can assist in many different health conditions and help the body to function at optimum levels. Relax and rejuvenate your entire body, restoring health, vitality and an improved sense of wellbeing.  Clinical reflexology is customised to your individual needs and health concerns.

Reiki treatment is a process that anyone can enjoy in the normal course of their life. Reiki can be used alongside other conventional or complementary treatment and often helps to provide emotional support during recovery. The system of Reiki was founded in Japan in the early 1900′s by Mikao Usui and has been passed down from teacher to student since this time. It was introduced to the West in the mid 1900′s by Hawayo Takata who was born in Hawaii of Japanese descent. Reiki is most often translated as “universal life force energy” and is pronounced “Ray Key”. It is a combination of two Japanese words, Rei which means “Spirit” or “Universe” and Ki which is “life force energy”. The healthier we are the more Ki (life force energy) we have flowing through our body. Reiki helps to correct energetic imbalances and blockages within the body. It can be used directly on injuries, illnesses and areas storing emotional trauma. Reiki is a natural, vibrational, hands-on healing practice which utilises the presence of universal life force energy to support the body’s self healing ability. Using the energy our own bodies create, Reiki helps to move the energy to the areas that require it the most. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of energy healing that will leave you feeling deeply relaxed, renewed and at peace. Reiki can help enhance every aspect of your health and wellbeing. Reiki can help with physical injuries and illness, stress, depression, anxiety and emotional traumas.  It can be used to help with physical disease or injury, as part of a stress management programme or simply to help bring you back into balance when you are feeling worn out and stressed. The method of receiving Reiki is simple. The recipient remains clothed and lies on a couch or sits on a chair and relaxes. The practitioner gently places their hands in a series of non-intrusive positions on or near the body. There is no massage or manipulation. The whole person is treated rather than specific areas. Sessions can take 45 minutes to an hour-and-a-half, depending on the client’s needs. Each person experiences Reiki differently depending on their individual needs at the time. Clients may or may not feel sensations during a Reiki treatment. Benefits reported by recipients include deep relaxation promoting a calm, peaceful sense of wellbeing on all levels. Some people feel sensations of heat, tingling, or experience seeing colours, whilst others can have an emotional response, indicating that shifts are taking place, allowing harmony to be restored. The benefits of Reiki are as varied as the people who use it. They can range from pain relief, stress reduction, decreased healing time after surgery, more energy, pain relief and many more.

Massage is vital for relaxing tight and tense muscles. Many people don’t realise how much a tight muscle impacts on important things such as posture. A tense muscle can throw off your body’s balance. Before long, muscles that were not initially tight begin to tense as they compensate for other parts of the body. This then becomes a chain reaction that can spread far from the initial problem spot.

  • Massage helps to reduce pain by the release of endorphins (also known to elevate the mood).
  • Relieve physical dysfunction – an overly sore muscle cannot function properly.
  • Reducing stress and anxiety by relaxing both mind and body.
  • Creating a feeling of wellbeing and enhanced self-esteem.
  • Improved circulation to the skin, causing increased nutrition to the cells and encouraging regeneration.
  • Enhancing blood flow; delivery of fresh oxygen and nutrients to the tissues is improved and the removal of waste products, toxins and carbon dioxide is hastened via the venous system.
  • Can help temporarily to decrease blood pressure, due to dilation of capillaries.

Yoga is a mind-body practice, a physical and mental discipline that may help you achieve peacefulness of body and mind. This can help you relax and manage stress and anxiety. Yoga has many styles, forms and intensities. Hatha yoga is one of the most common styles of yoga, and beginners may like its slower pace and easier movements. The core components of most general yoga classes are:

  • Yoga poses – a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility. Poses range from lying on the floor while completely relaxed to postures that stretch your physical limits.
  • Controlling your breathing is an important part of yoga and can help you control your body and quiet your mind.
  • Meditation may be part of a yoga class and can help you learn to still the mind and become more aware of the present moment without judgement.

 The potential health benefits of yoga include:

  • reduced stress and anxiety, and it can enhance your mood and overall sense of wellbeing.
  • improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength.
  • reduced risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
  • Yoga might also help alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia.
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