Manipulation and Touch
These methods use human touch to move or manipulate a specific part of your body. They include:
The Alexander Technique
This is a therapy that is taught, normally on a one-to-one basis. The teacher uses his/her hands to gently correct any muscular imbalances and encourages the body to a better alignment, so the client becomes familiar with the sensation of correct alignment in their own body. It is a process of re-educating the body by learning how to stand, move and breathe correctly. As well as general health benefits, it can help with postural pain and breathing problems.
The Society of Teachers of The Alexander Technique: www.stat.org.uk
A Cranial Osteopath uses tiny, gentle manipulations to the skull, spinal column and sacral area, with the aim of restoring balance. Other areas of the body may also be added to achieve maximum results. Conditions that Cranial Osteopathy claims to help include chronic migraine, asthma and allergies. It is also used more and more in the treatment of babies who have had difficult births.
The Sutherland Society: www.cranial.org.uk
Kinesiology, the study of body movement, is a holistic approach to balancing the movement and interaction of a person's energy systems. Gentle assessment of muscle response monitors those areas where blocks and imbalances are impairing physical, emotional or energetic well -being. The same method can identify factors that may be contributing to such imbalances. The body's natural healing responses are stimulated by attention to reflex and acupressure points, and by use of specific body movements and nutritional support. These can lead to increased physical and mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
The Association of Systematic Kinesiology: www.systematic-kinesiology.co.uk