Helene is an experienced bodyworker who offers a synergy of eastern and western massage practices. She offers a personalised, intuitive treatment that may include Swedish massage techniques, acupressure, gentle Thai yoga stretching and Reiki.
Helene says that as a result of our busy, stressful lifestyles, many people are in a state of high alert, with muscles and soft tissues taut and armoured in ‘fight or flight’ response. With the right quality of touch, she says the therapist can tap into the client's parasympathetic nervous system, the system of ‘rest and digest’. "Just like a drop of water touching the surface of a still lake, the moment the therapist lays his or her hands on the skin, a resonant, electrical field force of energy effects the client, to slow down the heartbeat and respiration.
"Our skin is the interface between our body and the world. The sensitivity of our skin is so great that it can pick up and transmit an extraordinary range of signals, due to the abundance of nerve endings in its thick middle layer or dermis. Not only that but our skin and nervous system originate from the same ectoderm – the primary outer layer of cell tissue in the embryo from which all our body systems develop, which means that they are directly related. Depending on how you look at it, the skin is the outer surface of the brain, where every touch will initiate a variety of mental responses.
"Touch and massage (along with other activities such as meditation, breathwork and mindful exercise) can not only initiate changes in the patterning of our nervous system but induce deep relaxation and stillness. With touch, bodywork and movement can come the softening of the body to bring about repatterning in our cellular system; initiating change, aliveness and subsequently new expression in our lives".
Helen is also an experienced somatic movement teacher, weaving dance, yoga, shamanism, art and dreamwork together to help clients release tension and blockages, unleash their creative potential and become fully present in every moment. She offers regular classes, workshops, retreats and one to one sessions.
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