Breath work & Body work

BREATHWORK:

Using a coherent breath of 6/6 as the foundation I teach various breathing techniques to help soothe, reduce and get rid of some issues we suffer in life including intrusove memory and trauma. The 6/6 synchronises the breath with heart rate and brain waves. The dominant brainwave of 7.83hz-the alpha-theta brainwave border, bringing about a state of deep relaxation. These are simple, healthy, safe practices of breath and imagination that allows a noisy brain and nervous system to reset and come back to a calm, pleasant affect, all backed by evidence and research. All practices are scientifically measurable and demonstrable within minutes. The breathwork techniques have helped so many people for so many different things, these include pain, anxiety, stress, allergies, sleeplessness and specific breath techniques for Womens Health (please go to the Womens Health page for more detail), so many ailments that the list could go on…

More about the breath:

The Coherent breath we use is 6/6- inhaling for 6 seconds and exhaling for 6 seconds to the beat of a digital metronome. The metronome is an important ingredient to this breathwork as it is continually stimulating the Orientation Response of the P300 wave in the brain. The continual beat it’s designed to get and keep your attention until the brain regulates and restores its rhythms.

BODYWORK:

I combine breathwork and bodywork techniques to help soothe the brain and ease the body, using neuroscience evidence and research to help us with the way we think and feel.

Working holistically with your body, integrating various bodywork techniques with myofascial release and soft tissue massage. A postural assessment is included in your session and a rehabilitation/self-care plan for your body, if required.

I also have regular clients who feel physically o.k but just want a relaxing massage to de-stress and reset the mind- its important to remember that we don’t always have to feel “broken” in order to look after ourselves.

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE (MFR):

A Myofascial Release Treatment is performed directly skin on skin without oils, creams or tools. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and to apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.

The MFR therapist not only takes into consideration what they see in the patient’s postural assessment but works directly with what they feel and sense from palpating and treating the body. Rehabilitation exercises can then be given to maintain the treatment.

This treatment releases restrictions within the facial network (connective tissue), enabling stuck, hardened and dehydrated areas to become pliable, soft, mobile and hydrated.

Myofascial Release can increase energy, breathing capacity, restore muscle function and postural alignment, relieve physical and emotional strain, it can help balance the body and promote self-healing and relaxation by improving the circulation and nervous system transmission.

This manual therapy focuses on soft tissue dysfunction, pain, tension and holding patterns. It involves gentle sustained pressure to allow the fascia to elongate and restore to a healthy position.

One of the key characteristics of myofascial release technique is applying sustained pressure with no sliding. Please make sure you do not apply too much moisturiser or creams onto your body prior to treatment.

Please note-with this technique the applications are 3-5 minutes long so appointments work best over 1 hour.

MFR sessions can be booked for: 60min, 90min, 2 hours, 3 hours

MFR THERAPY BALLS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE – approximate size 10cm £8 / 15cm £10 (please email for queries). The MFR ball is a single inflatable PVC ball specifically designed for use on any area of the body. It is a simple but effective tool for applying just the right amount of pressure to fascia, muscles, and trigger points to ease myofascial restrictions, tightness, and muscle spasm, and to relieve pain.
Even when you are pain-free, an MFR ball can be used regularly to help prevent future build-up of myofascial restrictions.

PELVIC FLOOR WORK:

Working externally and internally to help balance the pelvis, what it holds and where it connects to other parts of the body. Pelvic floor work may help back issues, piriformis pain, stress incontinence, vaginismus, vulvodynia, general pain from urogenital surgery and even plantar fasciitus.

SOUND HEALING:
The vibration of sound waves is not merely perceived by the ears and the mind. The waves carry into the cells and tissues of the body, interacting with the electrochemical activity of the nervous system, helping to restore balance and homeostasis. At a cellular level the body is roughly 65% water allowing the sound waves to travel easily through the water, so you are not only hearing sound but the pulsations and vibrations of sound waves are literally washing through you, inducing effects on the body as a whole.

SWEDISH/HOLISTIC MASSAGE:

The focus is general using long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibrations and tapping.

DEEP TISSUE:

The focus is more targeted, working on specific areas of concern or pain. A form of massage that focuses on releasing the deeper myofascial restrictions of the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body. Techniques are used to work below the superficial connective tissue with the intent of breaking up old structural patterns and allowing the free flow of nutrients and oxygen to the blood.

TRIGGER POINT & NEURO-MUSCULAR TECHNIQUE (NMT)

The muscle tissue can feel denser than normal and pain or discomfort on that area may occur-often they may refer pain to another area. Referred pain is a defining symptom of a myofascial trigger-point.

Palpation is used to find trigger points. Once an area has been found, pressure is applied for a certain amount of time, within the clients pain tolerance (please note-with this technique you may need more than 1 hour).

PREGNANCY MASSAGE

Pregnancy massage can be enormous benefit not only for the Mother but also to the baby. Pregnancy is a wonderful time but with the joys of a new baby comes many changes to the mothers body putting pressure on the joints, ligaments and organs, often causing discomfort and pain. Massage can also help reduce stress levels, as endorphins are released by the mother which can be passed onto the baby.

Receiving regular massage whilst pregnant can make Mother more aware of her own body to help her ability to relax during the 1st stage of labour, encouraging a shorter and easier birth.

(please note treatments should not be longer than 60 minutes and a signed consent from your GP or midwife is needed prior to treatment)

Please go to the Womens Health page for more breathwork and bodywork options.

My bodywork days are Monday, Wednesday & Friday depending on prior bookings- please get in touch to let me know which days and times suit you. Please email for enquiries or corporate packages:

sherene@circularflow.co.uk

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