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 Yoga Therapy- what is it?

I am often asked what 'yoga therapy' is and how it differs from 'yoga'. Let me explain briefly, yoga therapy is the adaptation of yoga practices aimed specifically at people with health considerations. Research provides evidence that it can aid in the alleviation of many different ailments, including fibromyalgia, diabetes, back pain, hypertension, obesity, asthma, menopausal and menstrual disorders, cancer, depression, anxiety, arthritis and rheumatic disorders, insominia, irritable bowel syndrome and other stress related conditions. Yoga therapy uses gentle postures, breathing practices, relaxation techniques and meditation to help restore body/mind balance and promote natural healing.

Yoga therapy tends to be taught on one-to-one basis and the use of props such as bolsters, blankets, therabands, stability ball etc may be used. I may also use a very gentle, non-evasive hands on approach to help clients release physical and emotional barriers which can hold them back. Feelings and thoughts are allowed to surface and become known, with the corresponding relaxation and release in the body.

Yoga therapy is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness and flexibility. As with all yoga it empowers you to look after your own health and wellbeing and can help in the management of pain.

I am truly grateful to the clients that I work with for letting me be a part of their 'journey' and I am humbled by the openness, honesty and trust that my clients put in me.

 For further information on 'yoga therapy' go to the 'Yoga as Therapy' document at the top of this page and see my Blogasana.

Body Ball Rolling

What is Body Ball Rolling?

It's health, fitness & massage rolled into one. Body Rolling goes far beyond random movement & stretch.

What are the Benefits? Body Ball Rolling re-educates & lengthens muscles, stimulates bone, creating positive changes in the body. It releases tension & energy blocks, creates space & freedom of movement within your body. It enables you to develop a deeper understanding of your body, improves posture, helps to let go of habitual patterning & can help prevent injuries. It can be particularly beneficial for specific conditions e.g. sciatica, back pain, frozen shoulder, sports injuries.

How Does It Work?Using a series of balls designed exclusively for this practice Body ball therapy works the way a hands-on practitioner works during a deep massage only using a ball. The ball replaces hand as it moves on muscles to lengthen them, dislodge tension & discomfort, increase blood flow, & promote healing. In a class a series of routines are used working the whole body. Due to the intense nature of this therapy class numbers are small (maximum 8 people). For specific physical conditions one-to-one tuition is recommended.

Who Is It For? this therapy is for every body, you do not have to be fit or flexible. It is beneficial for those who are very physical to those who take very little exercise. People who practice yoga and pilates find this particular therapy extremely beneficial.Ayurvedic Facial MassageAyurveda is said to be the oldest surviving medical science in the world, and originated from India. Ayurveda is derived from two Sanskrit words, literally meaning ‘The Art of Living’.  Based on Ayurvedic principles this luxurious facial rejuvenating massage will leave your skin healthy and glowing and will leave you feeling revitalised and pampered. What makes this distinctive from other facials is the authentic methods concentrates on marma therapy and detoxification.

 The Benefits

As with any other muscle in the body tension can build up within our facial muscles without us realising it. It can be easy for thoughts and emotions to become habitual, locking themselves into expressions on our faces. Under such conditions muscles can actually become dry and contract, inhibiting freedom of expression. This can encourage ageing and the formation of wrinkles as the face loses its muscle tone, elasticity and begins to sag.

  • Deeply cleanses and detoxifies,  Hydrates the skin, relaxes and relieves stress lines , balances skin naturally, enhances general wellbeing.  Also referred to as a "face-lift" massage.

For further information contact Barbara: or Tel: 07788 581 662

For information on Nordic Walking see

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