From humble origins and in just over 100 years chiropractic has become the western world’s 2nd largest health-care system, and one of the largest drug and surgery free healing systems in the world. Chiropractic is based on the simple premise that altered spinal alignment affects the healthy flow of nerve energy and overall health of an individual. By correcting alignment and removing nerve interference, pain is relieved, movement, flexibility and circulation improve and health is restored.
At the Centre for the Healing Arts we offer a comprehensive variety of gentle, effective, low- force chiropractic and soft tissue techniques which address all aspects of healing. Specific techniques are chosen to suit each individual’s specific needs. Because of our consistent and long standing preference for lower force adjusting techniques, we consider the Centre for the Healing Arts to be the authentic "home of gentle, effective care".
Sacro - Occipital Technique
At the Centre for the Healing Arts, we are primarily S.O.T. practitioners. Sacro-Occipital Technique (S.O.T.) works by restoring the natural flow of Cerebro-spinal Fluid (C.S.F). This is accomplished by gently freeing up and restoring the motion of the sacrum and of the cranial bones.
When the natural movement of the sacrum and cranium is re-established, the sacrum is able to respond to each cycle of breath with a gentle, undulating motion. This motion assists the C.S.F. to bathe, support and provide nutrition to the brain and spinal cord, and to eliminate the debris of metabolic waste.
The activator is a hand-held adjusting tool designed to gently and comfortably restore natural motion to the spine. We believe that when everything in the body moves freely, as it should, the body is able to heal itself. Activator technique is lower in force and more specific when compared to stronger, higher impact manual adjustments.
Soft Tissue Techniques
S.O.T. addresses the muscular component of spinal misalignment through the use of soft tissue releases and reflexology. Our practitioners also draw on their extensive knowledge of other soft tissue techniques including shiatsu, lymphatic massage, Bowen, Tui Na, Polarity and Kinesiology.
Acupuncture has been used in various parts of the world for over 2,000 years. It was developed from careful observations of the interactions between the body and its environment. The guiding principle of acupuncture is to address the body, mind and emotions in unison, treating cause, not symptoms. Acupuncture is based on the theory that each organ, because of its functional activity, creates a unique electro-chemical field. Wherever these fields connect, currents and rivers of energy are formed which flow in predictable patterns throughout the body. Where meridians or streams of energy come close to the skin they can be influenced by the shallow insertion of fine needles.
Q: Does it hurt?
It may come as a happy surprise to learn that the needles used in acupuncture are barely thicker than a human hair. In fact, at 10% of the diameter, an acupuncture needle (minus the handle) would easily slide through a needle used to draw blood or give an injection.
There are many styles of needling from many traditions, some gentle, some not so gentle. The style used at the Centre for the Healing Arts is considered by most of our clients to be not only effective, but also extremely gentle. Most clients report a deeply relaxed state while the needles are in place.
Q: Can acupuncture help?
Conditions such as insomnia, depression and anxiety are particularly responsive to acupuncture treatment. There are over 100 other conditions that the World Health Organisation recognizes as being responsive to acupuncture treatment.
Herbs have been used for thousands of years to treat various illnesses and ailments. Many of the medications used today are derived from plant-based sources. Many people already rely upon herbal and plant-based medications– Ginger for nausea, Valerian for sleep disturbances, or Echinacea for colds and flu are a few commonly used examples. The World Health Organisation reports that 70-80% of the population in developed countries uses traditional or alternative therapies, with Herbal Medicine being the most popular.
The aim of herbal medicine is to treat both acute and chronic ailments in a more natural way. At the Centre for Healing Arts we create herbal prescriptions that are tailored specifically to the individual.
Q: What happens during my consultation?
Your first consultation will involve the practitioner taking your previous history, symptoms, allergies, and information about your everyday processes (ie: diet, exercise, digestion, sleep, etc). You may also require a non-invasive, fully clothed physical examination. Once this information has been taken down, the practitioner will be able to create a herbal prescription specific to you. This may include a herbal tincture, vitamins/minerals, and/or supplements. In addition, we also utilise Bach Flowers, breathing techniques and Yoga Therapy to provide a broad range of options to assist in bringing an individual back to homeostasis.
Regular monthly follow ups are recommended to ensure optimal benefits from treatment. We look forward to meeting you and discussing ways we can help you to feel vibrant, healthy and energised.