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Exploring 4 Alternative Therapies

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a mind, body and soul wellbeing workshop in London. It was organised by the folks at Humanscale, the company that creates ergonomic furniture, and it was hosted at the fabulous Soho Works in Shoreditch, a co-working space housed in an old tea factory.

Soho Works

As I am keen to explore all things wellness I was looking forward to trying 4 new therapies, all designed to nourish in a wholesome, non-invasive way. I went to the wellbeing workshop with a totally open-mind as I wanted to note the effects of each therapy without too much prejudice.

The Therapies

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is very gentle and non-invasive yet it is an extremely powerful form of treatment which is increasingly recognised by doctors for the depth of its influence and its ability to resolve issues that are not resolved by any other conventional treatments.

The practitioner says: ‘My role as an experienced Craniosacral therapist is to support your body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself. By ‘listening’ to your body it is possible for me to detect and release tensions in a gentle, supported and comfortable way.”

I was treated to a 30 minute therapy session with Miki Ettore, a reiki master and craniosacral therapist. The treatment involved me lying on a therapy bed and being covered in a blanket to keep warm.I closed my eyes to relax and the practitioner uses her hands to lightly touch various parts of the body to help with energy. For me this included light touch or just holding the hands above my head, shoulders, under my back and feet.

The treatment was relaxing and as mine was more of a short taster I can imagine that the full session is incredibly relaxing. I felt some warmth around my head when the practitioner worked there. Otherwise, it was mostly a relaxing treatment.

Kinesiology Therapy

Kinesiology is a holistic therapy that works on every aspect of health, the physical, psychological, emotional, nutritional and spiritual levels, to identify and relieve the stress which may be preventing the individual from enjoying excellent health. It was developed in the 1960s by Dr George Goodheart combining modern Western techniques and knowledge drawn from Eastern health systems.

The practitioner, Ella Owen, is a health and wellbeing facilitator specialising in nutritional therapy, kinesiology, wellbeing coaching, and vibrational energy healing modalities, and has been in practise since 1999.

For this treatment I lay on a therapy bed as the practitioner conduct a series of light muscle tests. This mainly consisted of holding my arms or legs in certain positions and applying the lightest of movements. From there the practitioner then placed small glass vials of liquids on my chest and re-tested any of the weaker muscles/movements. In this trial and error procedure the practitioner diagnoses weakness and prescribes natural, holistic supplements to restore balance in the body.

For me, it was recommended that I take a 5 flower remedy (such as the Rescue Remedy), ensure I drink the full recommend 2 litres of water a day, supplement my diet with Vitamin C tablets, and up my protein intake to ensure my blood sugar levels stay consistent throughout the day.

All of the recommendations I would say were pretty spot on for me and would probably make a difference to my daily health.

Aura Photography

Aura and Chakra Photography

Aura and chakra photography uses a specialised camera to pick up on the energy waves from your body to capture the shape and glow of a person’s aura. I was especially curious to see how science and spirituality could combine in this piece of technology.

For this treatment, with practioner Sankar, I sat on a chair against a plain wall. In front of me there was a large box camera, and to the left was a small ‘pad’ with sensors. I sat for a few minutes looking at the camera and when instructed I placed my hands on the sensor.

Afterwards I sat with the practitioner at his computer as we looked at the aura and chakra photograph and read the analysis. As it was all computerised the practitioner emailed me the PDF version of the photograph and analysis whilst I was still there. It’s an 18-page document and quite detailed.

For me, I mostly came out with blue, or blue-tones, aura which I was told was about strength in communications, sensitivity, and intuition. My other strong colour was yellow, and this was the side that shows the energy I express, the vibrational frequency that is mostly likely to be seen or felt by others. Yellow is the colour for sunshine and warmth, it’s about optimism, radiance, self-expressiveness and being outgoing. The last significant colour for me was white which I hold in my solar plexus, naval and root chakras. White is the colour of spirituality, energy, power, healing, divine, and unity.

Overall, the frequency of my aura is very high at around 90% and the volume of my aura is medium-high at around 70%. Other information the report picked up on included my mind/body/spirit ratio is heavily weighed in the mind area (I am a rather cerebral person), my primary colour sign being blue meant my closest resonant planet is the moon, whose vibration is highly sensitive and spiritual. And my balance of yin and yang is predominantly yin.

I would say most of those indications are pretty accurate about me which is uncanny. I checked with other participants on the workshop and we did all return different results. In that sense, I am quite intrigued by the aura analysis.

Humanscale Ergonomist Consultation

Sukhi, my practitioner, received a Master’s of Science in Applied Ergonomics with concentration to office ergonomics from the University of Nottingham. Sukhi is passionate about the design of human-environment interfaces, anthropometry and how the built environment can contribute to worker health and performance.

Finally, I had an opportunity to sit down with an ergonomics specialist complete with a photo of my workspace / desk area which I had emailed over ahead of the workshop. We spent a good 20 minutes or so chatting through my workspace, how I worked day-to-day and a list of suggestions that the practitioner recommended.

Overall my desk set-up was pretty good. I had a decent enough chair as it’s got 5-pronged legs and it’s adjustable in heigh. I also had a large computer screen that prevents me straining my neck (as was the case until August this year when I was working on a tiny 11 inch laptop).

My practitioner recommend a few adjustments. Firstly it’s worth getting a back cushion/pad for my chair to help with my historical back pain. Secondly, to get myself a foot stool to support my feet as I need to raise my chair high enough that my elbows are not lower than the desk.

I was also encouraged to make sure I make constant movements and get up and away from the desk on a regular basis.

This session was really useful. Even though there were some things I was already aware of having had a back injury a few years ago, I left with some useful actionable tips and a reminder to take care of myself with such a long-term sitting-style of work.

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Thank you to Humanscale and Amara for organising a fascinating afternoon of alternative therapies.