Holistic Centre for Body, Mind & Spirit


Energetic problems

Energy is both obvious and subtle. It is something we can be very aware of or in some cases be completely oblivious to. Mostly we are aware of energy through our gut feelings, hunches or through intuitively feeling something is right or wrong - without rationally knowing the reason behind it.

If there is a problem in the body - whether it is a problem of too much energy, such as inflammation, or too little energy, such as restricted mobile tissues - inevitably there is an energetic component to the problem. All systems of medicine prior to the industrial revolution worked with various forms of energy - unblocking energy channels, stimulating energy centres, or by using specific herbs or tonics, (Functional Medicine), to stimulate energetic responses in the body to whatever ailment was bothering the patient.

Thankfully the art of assessing the body energetically has not been lost and, more recently, with the advent of quantum physics, much of what may have been dismissed as white magic or witchcraft in the past has now been proven to have credibility.

Here at Anam Cara your C.H.E.K. practitioner can recognise and assess people using traditional medical philosophies from Ayurveda and Chinese medicine in combination with more modern findings from polarity therapy and quantum physics.

This means he can work physically with the body to provide strong foundations and architecture, and then fine-tune patients’ health with more subtle systems of health improvement.

Corrective exercise

Corrective exercise is a system used to move you towards optimal physical function. Most people have imbalances in their musculoskeletal system due to the way they have used their body over a period of time. This often results in cumulative trauma to the tissues which, across time, weakens the tissues causing degenerative change.

There are only two ways to deal with degenerative change:

  • Reduce the cumulative trauma by optimising the mechanics
  • Increase the rate of healing by optimising nutrition and lifestyle

If you already have wear and tear to your tissues, corrective exercise can give you the tools to correct the imbalances in the muscles and joints.

Spinal Pain

Low back pain alone will affect up to 90% of the population at some time in their adult life. Pain in the neck will affect a slightly lower percentage, while upper back pain is slightly less common due to the inherent stability of the thoracic cage.

However, while the statistics don’t stack up too well in terms of escaping spinal pain, it is far from inevitable, and is easily preventable. With effective diagnosis and consideration of all factors that may be contributing to the cause of spinal pain, it is in many cases eminently treatable. However, it is dependent on the motivation of the person who has it.

The C.H.E.K. (Corrective, Holistic, Exercise, Kinesiology) assessment

The C.H.E.K. assessment is a comprehensive screening assessment consisting of musculoskeletal, postural and movement analysis. This thorough assessment lasts from two to four hours and covers:

  • Respiration
  • Occlusion
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Function of the upper cervical spine

All of the above are known to limit the physical self as well as interfere with successful pain management.

Emotional / spiritual enquiry

The word ‘emotion’ literally means ‘energy in motion’ (e-motion).

When we are emotional we feel like crying, shouting, singing, running, hitting out etc. In other words we feel the need to express ourselves.

When we don’t express ourselves, or we bottle things up, we hold these emotions in our tissues via a process known as somatisation (holding emotional stress in the soma, or body tissues).

One of the most common reasons that people hold emotions in their tissues is because of what they have been taught by parents, teachers, organisations or society at large, not fitting the context of what they see in their lives and authentically feel.

Since these belief systems are established in childhood, they can be sustained throughout the years, without further conscious analysis of their implications. The software is therefore constantly running in the background, judging every action you might make, when there may be no judgement to make. The usual outcome is guilt, which is a very destructive emotion and is commonly the underlying seat of many pain conditions or health complaints.

The good news is there are many ways to identify exactly where, what and why you have trapped emotions and that there are even more ways to get the energy mobilised again and free flowing.

Where there is a blockage there is stagnancy, but where there is movement, there is health and vitality.

If you think you may have trapped emotions associated with your condition, or other aspects of your life, we have systems and associated assessments to clarify how they may have come about and methodologies to coach you toward a successful and healthy future path.

Nutrition & lifestyle coaching

As humans, each one of us has a different genetic makeup, which is called your biochemical individuality. What you choose to eat can dramatically influence how you interpret life, how you feel each day, your personal sources of pain, and how rapidly you age. If you are constantly overworked, stressed, fatigued, in pain (body, mind or spirit) and/or overweight then this could be for you.

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)

NMT is a thorough programme of recovery from acute and chronic pain syndromes which utilises specific massage therapy, flexibility stretching and home care exercises and stretches to eliminate the cause of most neuromuscular pain patterns. This specific and scientific approach to muscular pain relief will help to bring about balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. NMT enhances the function of joints, muscles and biomechanics (movement) as well as releasing endorphins, the body’s own natural pain killers. It can be part of a comprehensive programme of care complementing other Anam Cara healthcare packages.

NMT will be used to address six factors/elements that cause pain:

  1. Ischemia - lack of blood supply to soft tissues which causes hypersensitivity to touch.
  2. Trigger points – highly irritated points in muscles which refer pain to other parts of the body.
  3. Nerve compression or entrapment – pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, cartilage or bone.
  4. Postural distortion – imbalance of the muscular system resulting from the movement of the body off the longitudinal and horizontal planes.
  5. Biomechanical dysfunction – imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns (i.e. poor lifting habits, bad mechanics in a golf swing or tennis stroke, computer keyboarding etc).
  6. Nutrition and emotional wellbeing.

Anam Cara’s highly skilled and experienced holistic health and fitness practitioner says, “I specialise in designing natural treatment programmes for a wide range of health issues, applying laboratory and evidence based clinical, cutting edge nutrition and exercise protocols for patients with digestive infections, food cravings, hormonal imbalances such as PMS, chronic stress related disorders, low libido, low energy, depression, back problems, acute and chronic pain, sports injury and many other health complaints.”

He offers the following options which, when integrated, serve to support healing and ongoing wellness:

  • Cutting edge nutritional coaching
  • Laboratory based assessments (hormone balance, digestive infections and function, liver function, toxicity, vitamin and mineral deficiency)
  • Nutritional supplement programmes
  • Diet and lifestyle consulting
  • Exercise coaching, including rehabilitation and weight loss programmes
  • Neuromuscular therapy