I possess a natural empathy and a desire to help people; whether that is to help ease the pain of chronic tension, to soothe the muscles following over-exertion or simply to relax and take away anxiety. I treat people holistically and as individuals

Amy Phillips - 07800 636266

Dekker Road, Dulwich Village. London. SE21 7DJ


Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Wellbeing

Who Needs Healing?

"The cure of the part should not be attempted without treatment of the whole. No attempt should be made to cure the body without the soul. Let no one persuade you to cure the head until he has first given you his soul to be cured, for this is the great error of our day, that physicians first separate the soul from the body."

Healing is a very personal and subjective experience, and is needed by anyone who doesn’t feel as though they are completely whole, and balanced. To be whole and balanced, free from dis-ease and disharmony in the body, mind and spirit, is to find true happiness.

Our minds and bodies operate together, but sometimes they can become somehow disconnected as we face challenges in the world and suffer as a result. There is often unspoken belief that we must ‘keep calm and carry on,’ ignore our problems and just ‘get on with it’. Often when we do this, the underlying suffering and pain become blockages in our system and at some point they develop into physical symptoms such as back pain, headaches or illness. It is often then that we seek help, even though the problem may have begun a long time ago.

Stress, anxiety and depression have become commonplace in Western Society and are all a sure sign that we need to take stock of what is happening in our lives and deal with any problems that we are holding onto, rather than ignoring them.

The body operates on a kind of on/off switch. ‘On’ indicates that we are in growth mode, when we are using energy to grow and flourish. Billions of our bodies cells are replaced every day, our body is constantly renewing itself and this all occurs when we are in full growth mode, and experiencing vitality. In the ‘off’ position, we are in protection mode, and much of the body shuts down to conserve energy. Energy is diverted away from growth and our system in a sense, closes down. This is where we experience stress, fear and disconnection from our whole.
Biologically this is unnecessary, but this shut-down is triggered by our brains response to the stressful thoughts we have. When we induce this reaction through our thoughts, we inhibit our cellular growth and our immune system is shut-sown. It’s no surprise then that our body often exhibits the physical symptoms of our mental stress.

From a Therapist’s perspective, it is clear that in our modern world, many of us feel we don’t have the time to relax, that we must always be striving to help others, or to work harder; earn more money; thrive in our career. Sometimes when I suggest to someone they need to relax more, to meditate, or even just do some stretching, there reaction is one of disbelief. “How will I find the time?” They say, and then they wonder why they are suffering with headaches and neck pain!

A Massage not only has the literal effect of releasing tension and knots in the muscles, it also gives the recipient some valuable time-out from there every day lives. It gives the body permission to relax and for the cells to have a chance to grow and renew themselves. Unfortunately, for many, massage is either seen as a treat, or as a necessity when pain strikes.

Massage as a regular treatment can be a vital part of anyone’s journey to health, wholeness and happiness. It’s a time for the body to be nurtured by the human touch and for the mind and body to be guided by the therapist into a place of harmony rather than disconnection. Stress and anxiety are not a normal part of life, and everybody deserves some time alone to reflect and rejuvenate. Many of us could benefit from taking a look inside once in a while rather than always focusing outward on working for material gain. Money really doesn’t make us happy, the balance between our minds and our bodies does!
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