Ros Harringtom, reflexology and aromatherapyAromatherapy/Holistic & Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, The Bowen Technique, The EMMETT Technique, McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release®

Ros originally trained and worked as a teacher. An interest in complementary therapies developed after experiencing the support and benefits that she personally felt during some stressful and difficult times.

She trained and qualified in Harrogate at the Sylvia Brearley School of Therapy gaining ITEC Diplomas in Holistic Body Massage, Aromatherapy and Reflexology. She has also undertaken training courses led by Gerry Pyves who developed NO HANDS® Massage. Ros studied and qualified in The Bowen Technique with the European College of Bowen Studies and with EMMETT Therapies UK to become an EMMETT Technique Practitioner. Ros has also qualified in the McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release (MSTR) ®  Technique.

As a member of the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA)and the Bowen Therapists Professional Association (BTPA) for Bowen Therapy, she strives to work to the highest professional standards and continues to seek out further training opportunities to ensure that her skills and knowledge continue to develop in the therapy world.

She is a friendly and compassionate person who understands that complementary therapies can help to give support through life's often challenging journey. Complementary Therapies can help to give vital opportunities to those seeking to take 'time out' of a busy and stressful life style as well as those seeking to regain and maintain optimum health and well being.

She will tailor your therapy experience to enable you to relax, release, rejuvenate and recharge!

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is an ancient form of healing, originating from the Egyptians and China. It is based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet which relate to each and every organ, gland and body system.

Gentle pressure is applied to the reflex points on the feet helping to release tension, remove energy blockages and restoring balance to promote the healing of both body and mind.

Many common conditions have been found to respond well to Reflexology and these include:

Anxiety, depression, digestive disorders, insomnia, menstrual/menopausal difficulties, migraine/headaches, muscular aches/pains, respiratory conditions, skin and stress related conditions.

It can be a deeply relaxing treatment both physically and mentally therefore being highly beneficial in relieving stress and tension. Once discovered, it is not hard to see why this therapy still exists today. It should leave you feeling calm and centred and more able to cope with life's demands with renewed energy!

What is Aromatherapy Massage?

Aromatherapy uses a unique blend of essential oils which are derived from plants and fruits. These natural oils which have been used for many years have characteristics which when absorbed through massage can have beneficial therapeutic effects on the body.

Aromatherapy massage uses a unique blend of essential oils chosen to address each physical &/or emotional health needs at the time of the treatment. It can assist with a wide range of conditions including stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, digestive problems, muscle and joint pain, skin disorders and headaches.

It is a holistic treatment, balancing the whole person, leaving many with a feeling of peace and calm and yet the energy and strength needed to face the outside world again!

The pressure of the massage can be varied to suit individual requirements

What is Holistic Massage?

Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissue of the body and has been used as a healing therapy for many thousands of years. Research has shown that massage can help to lower the levels of stress hormones that create the “fight-or-flight” response, and can boost “feel good” neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin , endorphins and oxytocin.                            Regular holistic massage can be beneficial helping to:-

  • relax the body, relaxing tight muscles which may improve pain and mobility
  • relaxing the mind, reducing tension and the effects of stress
  • encouraging better circulation & lymphatic drainage
  • lift the emotions and create a sense of wellbeing
  • boost energy levels

Appointments can either be 60 minutes or 90 minutes in length. Massage can be adapted for individuals and for pregnant clients.

What is The Bowen Technique?

The Bowen Technique originates from the work of Tom Bowen (1916-1982) from Australia.

The Bowen technique is a soft tissue remedial therapy which involves the therapist using fingers or thumbs to make specific gentle rolling type moves over muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia in various parts of the body. These moves aim to stimulate the body to identify areas of imbalance, leaving it to make the changes necessary to restore balance and improve function.

Each set of Bowen 'moves' is interspersed with a short rest or break which allows the body time to process the information and begin to initiate the healing process. Usually the treatment is carried out with the client lying down to allow the body to relax fully. The treatment can often be carried out over suitable lightweight clothing such as a t-shirt and leggings. This therapy is suitable for all ages from babies through to the elderly.

As a holistic treatment the Bowen technique can benefit many, not just those with specific conditions. Some people choose to have treatments from time to time to help maintain their general health and well-being. With its ability to release stress at a deep level, Bowen treatment encourages the body to heal itself holistically at all levels physically, mental and emotionally.

The Bowen Technique can bring relief from acute or long standing conditions, on average 3-4 treatments are recommended though sometimes less treatment is necessary and sometimes more.

Problems which may respond to the Bowen Technique :

  • Muscular/Skeletal - Back pain, Neck pain, Hip pain, Whiplash, Frozen shoulder, Sciatica, Jaw problems, Headache, Migraine, Pelvic pain, Groin strain, Ankle & foot problems, Knee problems, RSI, Carpal tunnel, Tennis elbow, Hamstring problems, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Arm (nerve) pain, Postural problems
  • Respiratory- Bronchial/Respiratory problems, Hay fever, Glue ear
  • Digestive- Digestive problems, Infant colic
  • Reproductive- Menstrual, fertility & pregnancy problems, breast problems
  • Other - Stress management, fatigue, Chronic pain, Sports injuries and more

Testimonials for these conditions may be found on the Bowen Therapy Professional Association website

What is Thermal Auricular Therapy/ Hopi Ear Candling?

Ear candling is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries in many cultures throughout the world.
Thermal auricular therapy or Hopi ear candling is a gentle, relaxing treatment involves the use of hollow tubes (candles) made from unbleached cotton hardened with beeswax and contain honey, sage, St John’s wort & chamomile. They are inserted into the outer ear canal and when lit at , the top end of the candle the flame creates a gentle vacuum which may help to draw impurities gently to the surface; most deposits evaporate and are carried away through the candle ‘chimney’. After 10-15 minutes the candle is removed and the process repeated on the other side. During treatment you may experience gentle heat around the ear area. You may hear popping sounds and a pleasant crackling as the ingredients are burning.

This is a deeply relaxing treatment and concludes with a face massage in which the sinuses and lymphatic points are treated to encourage efficient drainage. A course of treatments may be recommended for the best results.

What can it help with?

This treatment may be helpful for:

  • Excessive or compacted ear wax
  • Snoring
  • Pressure regulation in the case of sinusitis, rhinitis, glue ear, after cold/flu
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Noises in the ear and tinnitus
  • Relaxation and stress relief
  • Neuralgia
  • Irritation of the ears and sinus
  • Pain or pressure when flying/scuba diving/swimming
  • Vertigo/balance issues

Hopi ear candles should not be used if there is any inflammation or infection in the ear and are not suitable for people who have had recent ear surgery or those with ear grommets or tubes, perforated ear drums, or allergies to any of the products in the candle.

What is The EMMETT Technique?

The EMMETT Technique is a unique form of body relaxation therapy involving the application of light finger pressure at specific points on the body.  It is based on the belief that light touch on specific targeted sensory receptor points can trigger a relaxation response in the soft tissue which may help relieve feelings of tension in the area of concern. The result is often instantaneous feelings of greater ease and comfort. The relaxing nature of the technique results in people reporting typical responses such as:  

  • more restful sleep  
  • enhanced mood 
  • a sense of lightness within their body  
  • improved comfort and ease within the area treated such as back, abdomen, hips, legs, knees, ankles, feet, shoulders, arm, hands and neck.

Most people report an immediate and significant improvement with the problem that has been troubling them. Many people who previously had limitations on what they could do find they can perform these actions more easily after treatment.

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People can be treated while sitting, standing or lying down. Through consultation, observation and assessment specific EMMETT moves are selected for each client’s specific needs at the time of the treatment. The treatment can be applied directly to the skin or through lightweight, loose clothing. Sessions can last anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes depending on what is necessary for an effective response if the EMMETT Technique is used alone.

If appropriate, sometimes Ros may combine this technique within another treatment modality such as The Bowen Technique, Reflexology or Massage if this is within the normal time allowed for that treatment there is no extra cost, however if a longer session is required the treatment will be priced accordingly.

What is the McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release (MSTR)®?

MSTR is an innovative, pain-free natural method of helping you with your scars. Gentle, finger-tip pressure is applied to the area to help free restrictions in the scar. No force is used and the work is always applied within your tolerance.

Even if scar tissue is many years old it can respond to this technique with changes being noticed often with just one or two sessions.

Scars can affect us in many ways and can cause:-

  • restrictions in the fascia
  • reduction in blood and lymph flow
  • weaken muscular strength
  • reduce the flow of energy
  • reduced or raised sensation in the scar surrounding area i.e pain/sensitivity/numbness
  • inhibit joint movement
  • emotional upset thinking about the event that created the scar

McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release® work is suitable for post-surgical scars such as:

  • mastectomy, lumpectomy etc.
  • appendix, gall bladder etc.
  • hysterectomy, C-section
  • joint replacement scars- knee, hip etc.

It may also be suitable for burn scars, trauma wounds, facial scars, muscle tears and plantar fasciitis etc.

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Complementary Therapies are not intended to replace or substitute any medical advice or treatment. It is recommended that you consult your General Practitioner about any health concerns .

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