Other Therapies

At Ola we have a wide range of therapies on offer, this is evolved naturally over the years. The therapists we have invited to work form the centre all offer a superior quality of care and respect and love the space they work from. When clients walk into Ola they immediately feel relaxed and supported, all the therapists extend this welcome into whatever form practice they are doing. we trust your experience at Ola, whoever you see, will be one you are happy with.

Acupuncture Totnes Chiropractic
Suited towards people with a wide range of common health problems, including chronic illnesses and musculo-skeletal conditions. Patients commonly experience improvements in sleep and mood, and an increase in energy. She also specialises in women's health and relief for menstrual problems and menopausal symptoms. Charlotte Johnston also treats women at different stages of pregnancy; as a general preparation for an easier birth and to address particular issues that arise. Mark Edlund-Plater combines the two main systems, the Five Element method and Traditional Chinese Medicine, to create a whole-health approach to energy medicine. In this way many many things can be helped: 1. Deep constitutional imbalances in mind, body or spirit. 2. Symptoms or disease (dis-ease) state.
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Aromatherapy Massage
A relaxing, therapeutic massage. Essential oils are used to enhance the benefits of your massage. Particularly helpful for people who find deep tissue massage uncomfortable, as the oils work to reduce muscle tension. Great for relaxation, or to energise and uplift.
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Ayurveda Massage Totnes Devon
Ayurvedic Massage
Ayurveda is the traditional holistic medical system that has been practised in India for more than 5000 years. Marie qualified as an Ayurvedic Therapist in 2013, and since then has also qualified as a Diet & Lifestyle consultant and a Yoga Teacher. She offers massage, consultations and a range of traditional warm oil treatments, working with clients that either come for a rejuvenating treatment to help with general wellbeing and balance, or to help get to the root of a specific health problem. Massage is tailored to each person's individual needs and the pressure ranges from light to deep. One of Marie's main priorities is to apply the Ayurvedic system to life in the Westcountry, working with local organic foods and herbs wherever possible. More information can be found at www.aliatherapy.co.uk
Clinical Aromatherapy
Clinical Aromatherapy is the art and science of the skilled use of naturally extracted high quality essential oils and plant extracts to balance, harmonise and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It is a therapeutic modality which seeks to unify and support physiological, psychological and spiritual processes and to promote and enhance the individual's innate healing process. As a holistic practice, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach and an active method to employ during acute and chronic stages of illness or 'dis'-ease. A synergistic blend of oils is massaged into the body during a bodywork session and can also be woven into an energy work session.
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Deep Tissue Massage
A relaxing, but deep massage therapy working to relieve tension and discomfort in the muscles and soft tissues. Neuromuscular Technique (also known as Trigger Point Therapy) is used alongside other deep tissue techniques to release and mobilise chronic areas of muscle tension, and correct muscle imbalances.
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Ear Candling
This soothing therapy is helpful for conditions such as stress, headaches, compacted ear wax, sinus problems and ear disorders. The cotton flax candles are impregnated with natural substances including honey extract, camomile, St John’s Wort, sage, vitamin A and beeswax. The candling, which takes about 10 minutes on each side, is followed by a calming massage of the face, ears, neck and scalp. Kate Hamilton offers this therapy for 45 minutes, £35
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Eden Energy Medicine
EEM works with nine primary energy systems in the body to balance the flow of energy which is a foundation for better health. EEM takes some of its wisdom from ancient healing traditions such as shiatsu, reflexology, acupuncture and yoga whilst at the same time complementing conventional medicine. In EEM the practitioner and client work together in partnership in a way that is aimed at empowering the client to better understand and to take charge of their own health. Some of the many benefits of better balanced energies are: Feeling more energised and relaxed Feeling less stressed and more in control of the emotions Stronger immunity Improved metabolism Improved mental clarity and coordination There are techniques such as the Brazilian Toe Technique which are easy to learn and assist people about to have surgery, recovering from surgery and also for those undergoing chemo and radiotherapy.
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Emotional Freedom Techniques and Matrix Reimprinting
EFT means "Emotional Freedom Techniques" and is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease. Clinical trials have shown that EFT tapping is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing. EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy, combining this with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points and is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems. Emotional Freedom Technique is used with Matrix Reimprinting to heal and change your relationship to your past which dramatically transforms your physical and emotional health in the present.
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Feldenkrais - Functional Integration
A Functional Integration individual lesson is a hands on approach of the Feldenkrais method. Through gentle but specific touch they aim to bring awareness to how we move and show new possibilities of organising ourselves. These new possibilities are helpful in distributing effort more evenly in the body so when we do something, it feels easier and more comfortable. Unnecessary tension and stress is reduced by having the awareness of them and by having an experience of support of the skeleton. The method is non corrective and non invasive. But rather a curious exploration, looking to improve function and not to fix. These lessons can be helpful for people with musculoskeletal problems, tensions, pains, aches, stiffness, limited movement or hyper mobility. Or people who would like to improve their skills at sports, dance, music, drama. Feldenkrais may be helpful for people with movement disorders and is appropriate for a wide range of people of all ages and abilities.
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Herbalism is the study of botany and use of plants intended for medicinal purposes or for supplementing a diet. Plants have been the basis for medical treatments through much of human history, and such traditional medicine is still widely practiced today.
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Hydrotherm Massage
A massage on the Hydrotherm system is a unique experience! It is a form of heat floatation massage that enables you to receive a 3-dimensional massage whilst lying face-up throughout your treatment - no need to turn around, no face hole, no dangling arms! You lie with your back and legs resting on warm water filled cushions, which have been placed on top of a traditional massage table. A bolster behind your knees ensures good spinal alignment and no strain on the lower back. The massage therapist slides their hands and arms between you and the cushions to treat the back of your body - allowing for the unique 3-dimensional and flowing feeling of the massage. The warmth of the cushions deepens the relaxation and prepares the muscles, making the body more receptive and the treatment more effective without the need for excessive pressure. A Hydrotherm treatment always also includes some passive stretching and/or movement. Hydrotherm massage particularly encourages opening, lengthening and fluidity of movement. Anybody can benefit from Hydrotherm massage. It is also particularly suitable during all stages of pregnancy - the cushions are kept at a slightly lower temperature and the back of the couch is raised to an appropriate angle for the stage of pregnancy, to ensure the treatment is comfortable and safe for both the mother and her growing baby.
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Indian Head Massage
A combination of rhythmical and gentle massage of the upper back, shoulders, arms, neck, head and face that targets areas of the body suffering stress and tension. Benefits include relief from neck and shoulder stiffness, headaches, eye strain and jaw ache, improved blood circulation and more oxygen to the brain. No oil is used in the treatment. Kate Hamilton offers this therapy for 45 minutes, £35
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Nutrition is more than just protein, carbohydrates and fats. Learn how food can be used as medicine to help with many health conditions including obesity, diabetes and auto immune diseases. Services offered include an in-depth discussion on nutrition and how to put together a healthy meal, advice on how to lose weight and a dietary analysis of your food diary with tips on how to improve your diet.
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One to One Yoga
One to one Yoga sessions are designed to work with the bodies natural response to movement and posture. A style of yoga that is based on working from our core elements and our natural processes in realigning, reconnecting and releasing . Awakening the spine, exploring ways to fully inhabit our bodies as well as strengthen. To balance our nervous systems and our sense of feeling in response to ourselves and the world around us. This style of teaching is a profound and delicious embodied journey and exploration through the practice of yoga with a kind, mindful and playful approach. The idea is to design bespoke yoga sessions and if desired or felt beneficial to use in combination with any of the other therapies I am trained in, Having in mind to create a unique and more advantageous approach in discovering the process required to accomplish the desired goal.
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Pregnancy Massage
Massage during pregnancy can be extremely beneficial to both mother and baby. Pregnancy is a wonderful time with many changes taking place in the mother’s body as the baby develops. The postural changes can put strain and pressure on joints, ligaments and organs, which cause pain and discomfort. Experienced hands can deliver a safe treatment to alleviate the common lower back pain, sciatic pain, muscle tension, spasm and cramping, reduce headaches, improve the quality of sleep and help with many other symptoms. Side lying position supported with pillows is used during a pregnancy massage for optimum circulation and comfort. It is always a good idea to consult with your Doctor or Midwife prior to a treatment if you are a high-risk pregnancy, have high blood pressure, any medical complications.
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Raindrop Technique
What is Raindrop Technique? A powerful yet gentle technique developed by Dr Gary Young in the 1980's that was originally created and used by the Lakota Native American tribe. It involves applying therapeutic grade essential oils to the spine, neck and feet using a combination of 3 modalities ending with hot towel compress applied to the back: - Aromatherapy - Vita-Flex (a form of Reflexology) - Feather Stroking (Native American form of Effleurage) - This potent combination works synergistically to support all body systems and stimulate optimal functioning of the nervous system. Vita-Flex - was brought to the US in the 1920s by Stanley Burroughs. An ancient Tibetan methodology meaning "Vitality through the Reflexes". Its theory is based on the fact that slight pressure applied to the body creates an electric charge that is therapeutic to the body.
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Reflexology Totnes Chiropractic
Reflexology is a deeply relaxing treatment in which points and areas on the feet are stimulated and massaged to restore and maintain the body’s natural balance. After a treatment clients describe feeling much more relaxed, revived, more focused and clear-thinking. Regular treatments may help with many stress-related conditions. Kate Hamilton has been a member of the Association of Reflexologists for 13 years. 1 hour, £40.
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Reiki and Energy work
Reiki means 'universal life force energy', which is channeled and directed as guided to where it is most needed. Reiki is offered in combination with other energy work modalities such as, Pulsing: Gentle rhythmic movement, Polarity Therapy: 5 element work, and Myofascial Release: Supporting the unwinding and release of the body's fascia. This potent integrated energy work assists in clearing energetic blockages, rebalancing the body's systems on all levels, boosting vitality and supporting healing at a cellular and energetic level. This sensitive holistic work can be very beneficial in releasing stress, anxiety, trauma and grief and in returning you to your innate restful and relaxed state, supporting your body's own healing system. It often brings with it a powerful and lasting sense of nurturance, easefulness, re-connection and grounding.
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Remedial Massage
Is a massage treatment that includes movement and focuses on relieving specific pain, discomfort, tension of the soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament, fascia). These symptoms can be a result of mechanical, emotional and psychological stresses that the body carries, builds up and stores in the soft tissue. Techniques are used to separate adhesions, soften and melt away the built up, hard fibrous layers of connective or scar tissue which forms to protect and support areas of stress. This kind of treatment will help to create the conditions for the body’s return to normal health after injury, regain its pain free movement with ease and allow its realignment. It is directed by the initial assessment of the client, modified to suit the needs of the individual, and adapted in the light of each individual’s response. The soft tissue of the body responds to touch, which is why a massage often inspires an intense and powerful experience. It is incredibly useful as a preventative treatment or simply as a general release of tension/stress.
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Shiatsu is a powerful form of bodywork that uses techniques from acupuncture, physiotherapy, deep tissue massage and yoga to support and strengthen the body’s natural ability to heal itself, soften muscles, mobilise joints and redistribute stuck energy. It is particularly good for relieving tension, stress-related conditions and maintaining wellbeing. 1 hour, £40
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Sports Injury Treatment/Sports Massage
Is a branch of Remedial massage where the practitioner has specific knowledge of ‘sports injuries’, skills and techniques for their treatment and advice regarding after care with exercises and stretches. ‘Sports injuries’ can be induced by any repetitive overuse/misuse activities or by a history of acute injury. Sports massage is extremely useful for athletes in training, pre and post event and equally for those who don’t play sport but perhaps spend long time in the same position or do physical work.
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Swedish Massage Totnes
Swedish Massage
One of the most widely recognised and commonly used types of massage is the Swedish massage. With techniques varying from light to vigorous, Swedish Massage uses 5 styles of strokes, which has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis.
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Thai Yoga Massage Devon
Thai Yoga Massage
Fast becoming one of the most desirable Therapies in the World, Thai Yoga Massage blends elements of Acupressure, Physiotherapy, Massage, Yoga, Reflexology, Energy Healing and Meditation. Isha offers a range of Therapies from East and West including Holistic Oil Massage, Deep tissue Massage and Thai Yoga Massage. All treatments are individually tailored to the needs of each client, and take place in a space of presence and healing.
Thai Hand and Foot Massage
Thai hand and foot massage is an extremely relaxing therapy which can help to significantly increase flexibility and comfort in all areas which are directly massaged. Firm pressure is used along the reflex points on the hands and feet, this helps to remove energy blocks in the body. Stimulating the traditional Sen energy lines of the body in turn stimulates the associated internal organs and can prevent or relieve a wide variety of ailments including constipation, asthma, headaches, repetitive strain injury (RSI) and stress. Benefits of Thai hand and foot massage include to relieve muscular tension and fatigue; nourish the tissues and encourage healing; improve the circulation and help the elimination of toxins from the body.
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Transformational Energy Healing
Transformational Energy Healing is a blend of diverse and potent Healing Arts that work directly with the human body and energy system to clear and transform energetic blockages, issues and conditioning at their roots, ripening the Self towards the freedom of awakening. This work helps to facilitate personal growth and transformation. It works on all levels: physical, emotional, mental and energetic. The approach in this work is two-fold. Firstly, it invites us deeper into our inner landscape, so as to empower us to find and move through our personal obstacles. And secondly, it provides the energetic support needed to facilitate, deepen and accelerate this process. This is made possible by the innate intelligence and quality of the healing energy within this system of healing. It is able to work with the human body and energy system at great depth and with incredible accuracy. In other words, it goes exactly where it needs to go to release what needs to be released. This deep level of facilitation means that much of what would normally stand in the way of our process of healing can be readily transformed. It helps by clearing the path for us, so we can step into our truth, into our power, with a deeper ease and grace. Freeing ourselves from our old patterning helps to create a deeper level of space and clarity in our lives. With this deeper level of inner freedom, we have the opportunity to take a fresh course, and to now move from a place that is more closely aligned with the truth and beauty of our being. Living in this way can start to open up our lives in truly wondrous and magical ways. It allows our own natural intelligence to take over, so much so that life can begin to truly flower.
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Dovetree Veterinary Care
Dovetree Veterinary Care provides a referral clinical veterinary acupuncture and dedicated pain and wound management service in Totnes and the surrounding area. Most animals tolerate acupuncture very well, and even relax once the needles are placed. Dr Shona Fernyhough BVM&S MRCVS MSc graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh in 2001. She worked in general mixed practice for 6 years during which time she developed a particular interest in pain management and wound healing in large and small animals. This led her to undertake postgraduate training in veterinary acupuncture with the ABVA (Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists) in 2006. In 2007 Shona left general practice to specialise in a multi-modal approach to pain and wound management, using acupuncture plus specific exercise, diet and lifestyle changes, on a referral basis. Common conditions cared for by Shona include osteoarthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, select spinal conditions, muscular strains, postoperative orthopaedic recovery, behavioural issues linked to pain, myofascial pain, palliative care cases, lick granulomas and non-healing wounds. In the UK acupuncture on animals may only be performed by an appropriately trained veterinary surgeon. Shona also often works with ACPAT(A) certified animal physiotherapists as part of her comprehensive approach to pain and wound management, in order to achieve a maximal treatment benefit for her patients. Since acupuncture may only be performed by a veterinary surgeon, treatment is covered by many pet insurance policies. Please check your policy to determine your individual circumstance. Shona is happy to process retrospective insurance claims on your behalf.
Pat Mansell
My background includes working as a teacher/lecturer, social worker and behaviourist. I have taught Reiki for many years and use it daily. Hypnotherapy training included several NLP techniques which I updated in 2016, whist becoming a time-line practitioner. All the processes I use are effective as they by-pass the rational, limited mind and work with the unconscious. The unconscious mind is the powerhouse that runs the body. It stores memories, habits and emotions, controls and maintains all perceptions. Tapping into this, working with it enables extraordinary, positive changes to take place I have extensive experience in helping people change limiting beliefs and behaviours, become more confident, live life more fully and joyfully.