Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment is to restore the body’s equilibrium. What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent.
Based on traditional belief, acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual, not their illness and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.
Traditional acupuncturists believe that the underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.
For more information visit the British Acupuncture Council www.acupuncture.org.uk
Therapist: Phil Rose-Neil
The art of Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years and is based on the therapeutic properties held by the pure essential oils extracted from aromatic plants, flowers and resins. These oils are absorbed into the body either through the pores of the skin during massage or by inhalation through the nose, working on the powerful senses of smell and touch to rebalance the body and mind.
Therapist: John Whittall
HOPI EAR CANDLES
Ear candling is a purely physical function. A light suction action (Chimney effect) and the movement of the flame create a vibration of air in the ear candle, generating a massage-like effect on the eardrum. This induces a pleasant feeling of warmth and a balance of pressure in the ears, forehead and sinuses. It is soothing and helpful for earache, headache, ear noise, stress and nervousness.
The physical effect is often described directly after the treatment as a soothing, pressure and pain relieving sensation, mainly in the ear and head area.
Treatment may also spontaneously cause freer nasal breathing and an improved sense of smell, even when the nose was blocked before treatment.
Therapist: Janine Fountain
HOT STONE MASSAGE
The Ultimate Body Massage Therapy.
Hot Stone Therapy relaxes the body at its deepest level the heat of the warm basalt stones penetrates your skin down to 4cms, being carried down to the deeper layers by the blood, bringing local physiological and systemic changes in the body. Physically the circulation and metabolism is stimulated, mentally, the client reaches a deep relaxation within minutes and spiritually, the client is balanced and healing takes place.
INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE
Brief History of Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage has been practiced in India for 4000 years.
It is based on the ancient Ayurvedic healing system in India.
Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic healing system, which combines natural therapies and encompasses the mind, body and spirit.
Ayurvedic means the science of life
It strives to restore balance and inner harmony to the mind, body and spirit to improve the health of an individual.
Indian women use oils in the hot climate as it helps to keep their hair shiny and in good condition.
In certain parts of India, barbers refer to head massage as champi hence the name Shampoo
What is Indian Head Massage?
Indian Head Massage is a treatment that involves the therapist using their hands to knead, rub and squeeze the body's soft tissues, such as the muscles on the head, neck and shoulders.
The advantages with Indian Head Massage:
You do not have to remove your clothes
It can be done almost anywhere
It can be carried out in a relatively short space of time
It can be performed with or without oils
No specialist equipment is required just a chair and a pair of hands!
LASER TATTOO REMOVAL
Laser Tattoo Removal at Fountains in Wellingborough by Q Switched Laser is the new relatively safe way of removing or fading that unwanted or old tattoo. Maybe you want to have it covered by another modern design?
In the past your Tattoo artist would have had to go large and darker to cover your old design. Now we can remove or fade a tattoo enough to allow the artist full choice in how to tattoo you again.
We use a Sapphire and Ruby Q-switched KTP/ YAG laser, this type of laser delivers the energy quickly and allows for the best results for tattoo removal. Q-switched lasers are the only lasers that should be used for laser tattoo removal.
Q-Switched stands for ‘quality-switched laser’ and this laser targets short pulses of light energy at a tattoo which shatters the pigments into tiny particles.
There were some myths and problems associated with early laser tattoo removal machines due to lack of control etc. We will explain everything about the treatment during your consultation, however, here are some common questions and answers…..
How does the laser treatment work on tattoos?
This particular laser produces a very high power in quick pulses. The light energy produced tends to pass through normally pigmented skin and specifically targets the pigment on the tattoo ink deep in the dermis layer. As the ink absorbs this light energy, the ink breaks down into smaller particles which is then evacuated from the body through normal immune response. As the ink particles are removed, the tattoo begins to fade.
Is the tattoo removal laser dangerous?
Tattoo removal lasers are very safe for use when used by a trained laser operator with proper safety equipment (goggles to protect the eyes).
The radiation emitted by a tattoo removal laser is non-ionizing and carries no risk of cancer or other abnormal cell growth. The procedure is non-surgical and non-invasive.
Does it hurt?
Lasers will cause some discomfort and it is usual to experience a small amount of pain in the area afterwards (like you do after having a tattoo) The laser pulses have been likened to having your skin ‘pinged’ with an elastic band. This is usually tolerated by most people without any anaesthetic.
However, some areas can prove more sensitive than others, especially around the ankles or the shoulder blades. Fortunately, the discomfort does decrease as treatment progresses and the tattooing fades. In our experience most will be able to tolerate the treatment but local anaesthetic cream can be used if required.
What happens immediately after treatment?
Straight after treatment the area will feel hot and skin will form small white ‘blisters’, these are water vapour spots created by the intense heat under the skin, and might be flat or slightly raised. This is due to the release of microscopic steam bubbles in your skin. This change usually lasts no more than a few minutes before it disappears, this is perfectly normal and a good sign that the treatment is working.
The white spots start to fade quickly and the remaining ink will start to show through.
Will the Laser Treatment leave me with a scar?
Not normally. It is very unusual to develop any scarring, but possible, especially with poor aftercare (there is a reported 5% chance of scarring following tattoo removal treatments). Our laser is specially designed for Tattoo Removals. The light pulses it emits are literally billionths of a second, there is not enough time for a significant build-up of heat.
What are the other possible side effects?
Most side effects of laser procedures are temporary, generally few and to be expected.
Normally symptoms will subside within a week and may include:
Localised Swelling and Redness – The most common side effects and could feel similar to sunburn for a day or two
Blistering – Don’t worry when blistering occurs, this is part of the normal healing process and the skin will heal nicely afterwards as long as you do not pick and scratch the scab.
Infection – There is always a risk of infection to the area. It is very important that you maintain a good level of hygiene.
Scabbing – If you do experience blistering and/or bleeding, when the scab forms as with any healing wound it is very important not to pick any scabbing or scratch as this could cause scarring and impair further treatments.
Hypopigmentation – Loss of skin colour may occur. However, normal skin tone should return within 6 – 12 months following your last treatment session. Very occasionally the hypopigmentation effect can be permanent or pigment will return in patches. As a general guideline, the darker the skin and the more treatments required, the more risk there is of long term de-pigmentation.
Hyperpigmentation – An abundance of colour in the skin at the treated area. This problem is more common in patients with darker skin types and patients with fresh tans are also more at risk. Usually always a temporary effect that responds to topical bleaching therapy and resolves over time.
Sunburn – A risk that follows treatment. It is important that you keep the area covered by a minimum factor 25 sunscreen at all times when the area is not covered by clothing or a sterile bandage.
Lack of complete pigment removal – Some colours cannot be treated, traces (or ghosting) of colour pigmentation may remain.
Slight pin-prick bleeding or weeping – This is normal and nothing to worry about.
Allergic Reaction – A possible development, an allergic reaction to your tattoo dye as it is flushed through your system.
Detailed written aftercare instructions will be provided at your consultation – PLEASE follow them to the letter and do not listen to friends who inevitably will have well intentioned advice. The care routine is different to having a tattoo – please follow the provided aftercare instructions.
How long does the treatment take?
Usually between 5 and 30 minutes, longer sessions could cause too much trauma to the skin so are not recommended. Larger tattoos, therefore, need to be treated in several separate sittings, though they do not need to be 6 weeks apart
Depending on the tattoo and the result required (removal or cover up) up to 12 or more sessions may be required. Treatment sessions are a minimum 6 weeks apart. The removal of a tattoo is a long process and clients are advised to be patient.
Can I have just a part of my tattoo removed?
Yes. Our lasers are very accurate. We can take the face off your pin-up girl to have it redone. We can take just the name off pieces or remove misspelt letters.
Can you remove all colours?
No. Laser tattoo removal works more effectively on tattoos of black ink that was sparsely applied to fair skin. Black ink is also able to absorb the full spectrum of light.
A wide range of other colours can usually be removed successfully or lightened to a large degree:
Brown, Orange, Dark Green, Blue, Purple, Red* (IMPORTANT! Some people can have an allergic reaction to red ink particles absorbed into the body),
The most difficult colours to remove are pastel colours such as:
Light Green, Pale Blue, Teal, Turquoise, Pink*
These colours may be lightened, but it is difficult to remove them completely.
If you are looking to cover-up your tattoo with a new design these pastel colours are usually easy to cover.
Usually untreatable Colours:
White*, Yellow, Light green, Skin tones, Fluorescent or Ultra-Violet*
White and yellow ink does fade over time and become less noticeable, be cautious of anyone who guarantees to remove all traces of green ink.
*Colours with potential problems
Occasionally the tattoo may go darker where the ingredients in certain ink colours carbonise. This irreversible darkening is sometimes seen with the following colours:
White, Pink, Flesh Tone, Fluorescent or Ultra-Violet, Light Brown, Red
Although these complications are rare, it is one of the reasons we insist on a patch test for each colour in the tattoo so that potentially rare complications can be predicted before undergoing laser treatment.
We will discuss your individual tattoo at the consultation and if you have colours that do not respond.
Will my tattoo be completely removed?
Possibly. Modern lasers can give fantastic results but there are no guarantees. Sometimes the total elimination of the tattoo is not possible despite the use of the most advanced tattoo removal equipment. There are many factors that can effect treatment results such as:
Age of tattoo
Type of ink used
Depth of ink
Depth of colour
Area of tattoo
Your healing ability
Tattoos that are carried out by professionals are usually more difficult to remove as they contain more pigment colours and there is usually much more detail in the design. Often with a professional tattoo, the pigment colours are applied more deeply into the skin and because of this may take more treatment sessions.
This is not to say that amateur tattoos are not applied as deep as professional ones, sometimes amateur tattooists create pocket of inks that are too deep and extremely difficult to eradicate completely.
You may be surprised but there is no recognised international standard for the manufacture of tattoo ink, sometimes inks can be mixed with other unknown compounds. If your tattoo contains iron pigment for example, this could result in immediate pigment darkening, with the laser treated area turning black. This is another reason why we insist that a patch test is always carried out on your tattoo before any course of treatments can begin, so that potentially rare complications of laser treatment like this, or any other, can be predicted.
Tattoo lightening may continue for several months after the last treatment session.
How much does it cost?
Prices start from £40 – £100 per session depending on size and type of the tattoo and colours used. We will be able give you a full quote during your consultation. A consultation is free, if you are suitable and want to book a treatment then the obligatory patch test is £20 we can do this straight away.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Certain medical conditions and medications would make exposure to the laser treatment dangerous to you.
Patients that should not be treated:
Pregnant, or trying to become pregnant. (There is an unknown but possible risk of transfer of ink to foetus. Additional slight risk of miscarriage due to the stress of procedure.)
Breast feeding, (risk of transfer of ink to baby.)
Chemotherapy within last 6 months
Users of Accutane or Tretinoin-Retin A within last 6 months for the treatment of acne or other dermatological conditions.
Type I Diabetes
Anyone with an immune system disorder.
Active Infections or inflammatory skin conditions at the treatment site
Tanned or sunburned skin in area of tattoo
Peripheral Vascular Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis/Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Chronic Disease (Crohn’s Disease, IBD, etc.)
Renal Failure (Acute or Chronic)
Epilepsy (because repeated flashing may induce a fit)
Collagen Vascular Diseases
Users of St. John’s Wort in the past 3 months
Waxing, plucking, sugaring or threading depilation treatment of the area in the previous 4~6 weeks
Surgical metal pins or plates under tissue to be treated
Wearing a pacemaker
Taking any topical medication (e.g. hydrocortisone) or is wearing perfumes, deodorants, sun block, essential oils or other skin lotions (which could cause photosensitivity).
Therapist: Jeremy Fountain
Podiatrist is the internationally recognised name for a foot specialist and is replacing the use of the word chiropodist, which originally described a person who treated hands and feet.
Podiatry is a medical speciality, which focuses on the treatment, management and diagnosis of lower limb and foot injuries and ailments. Advice and treatments that are available include:
What can podiatry help?
Podiatry / chiropody can help with a wide range of foot and lower limb conditions and disorders.
Ingrown toenail eradication
Removal of corns and callous
Verrucae and warts
Provision of insoles and orthotics
Foot treatment for patients suffering from diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and poor circulation
Professional treatment is offered for corns and callous, difficult and ingrown toenails, gait analysis, biomechanics, insoles and orthotics, diabetic and rheumatoid patient foot care.
A visit to a podiatrist can dramatically improve mobility and maintain fit, active and pain free feet. You do not need to be referred by your GP.
HCPC (Health Professions Council) registration is the standard, set by the Government, which indicates that a podiatrist is properly qualified. To reach this standard, a podiatrist must now complete a three-year full time course, leading to a BSc degree in Podiatry.
Previously, State Registered Podiatrist (SRCh) was used, but this has now been replaced by ‘HCPC registered’. HCPC registration is the only standard acceptable to allow a podiatrist to work for the NHS. You should not accept anything less.
In fact, it’s now against the law for a practitioner to call themselves a Podiatrist or Chiropodist without being HCPC registered. To check that your health professional is registered visit www.hpc-uk.org.
Podiatrist: Jacky Dickens
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the hands, feet and ears that correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and promotes the natural function of the related areas of the body.
How can Reflexology help me?
Reflexology can be used to help restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium. This gentle therapy encourages the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance.
Origins of Reflexology.
Reflexology has been practiced for thousands of years in such places as India, China and Egypt. An ancient Egyptian wall painting of the 6th Dynasty (approx.2400 B.C.) found at Saqqara in the tomb of Ankhmahor, an ancient Egyptian physician, depicts two men working on the feet and hands of two other men. Reflexology has been used as a healing therapy by the North American native people for generations, and was thought to have been passed down by the Inca civilisation.
Reflexologist: Janine Fountain
Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning Universal Life Energy, energy, which is all around us.
Reiki is the name given to a system of natural healing which evolved in Japan from the experience and dedication of Dr Mikao Usui (d. 1926). Fired by a burning question, Dr Usui was inspired to develop this healing system from ancient teachings after many years of study, research and meditation. He spent the rest of his life practising and teaching Reiki. Today Reiki continues to be taught by Reiki Masters who have trained in the tradition passed down from Master to student.
There is no belief system attached to Reiki so anyone can receive or learn to give a Reiki treatment, the only prerequisite is the desire to be healed.
There is no need to remove any clothing, as Reiki will pass through anything, even plaster casts. The practitioner gently places their hands non-intrusively in a sequence of positions, which cover the whole body. The whole person is treated rather than specific symptoms. A full treatment usually takes approximately one hour.
Reiki supports all forms of treatment both orthodox and complementary.
Reiki Master: Janine Fountain
In all types of massage the therapist has specific aims in mind, and in sport we focus on the individual needs of the athlete. With the ever growing number of people taking part in sport, combined with the increasing competitiveness and intensity of physical exercise, the demand for sports massage is also increasing and becoming more and more recognised as a skill which may aid recovery and enhance performance.
Sports massage does have some aims in common with other forms of massage and it is especially important to have a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology, in particular the muscular and skeletal systems. By understanding these systems and the effects of exercise we may also appreciate how massage may benefit the sports person and becomes an integral part of the athlete’s training programme.
Athletes who are looking to improve performance and increase their competitive edge do so by adopting a training schedule to enhance their skill, strength, stamina, suppleness and speed. The degree to which they develop and utilise these qualities will depend on other factors such as the level of competition, the sport played, and possibly their position in a team. However, no matter which sport, the aim is nearly always to systematically increase the level of training and thereby subject the body to gradual and controlled overuse.
It is this overuse which may often create problems and imbalances in the soft tissues. If these are ignored and allowed to become chronic, they will not only hinder the athlete’s rate of improvement, but also in many cases their performance may well suffer and ultimately the athlete may be susceptible to developing more serious conditions. Certainly if they are unable to perform at their best, they may be more at risk from other more traumatic forms of injury. For example, a player involved in a contact sport who is “carrying” an injury may not have their usual level of agility. The result might be that they might suffer an extrinsic injury because of not being fully prepared for the contact suffered from an unexpected tackle.
Benefits of Sports Massage
Massage, applied skilfully, is the most effective therapy for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the musculo-skeletal system. Received regularly this may help athletes prevent injuries, which might otherwise be caused by overuse. A constant build-up of tension in the muscles from regular activity may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments, tendons, as well as the muscles themselves.
These muscle imbalances may develop and often go undiagnosed until they are serious enough to cause the athlete discomfort or impede performance. The skilled massage therapist will be able to detect variations in the soft tissues and by using the correct techniques, help the sports person maintain a much healthier physical state.
Sports Massage Therapists: Janine Fountain, Melissa Neville, Joanna Prigmore
Sports Therapy – Sports/ Deep Tissue Massage, Injury Assessment, Management and Prevention, Electrotherapy (Ultrasound) Joint & Spinal Mobilisations and Manipulations, Rehabilitation and Pre and Post event Massage.
What is Sports Therapy?
Sports Therapy is the assessment, treatment and prevention of all musculo-skeletal, joint and spinal injuries. Each treatment is catered to the individual, so no matter what injury they may be suffering with, each individual client will receive the specific treatment they deserve.
How can Sports Therapy help you?
Sports Therapy specifically aims in returning the client back to full optimal health regardless of gender, age or ability.
Treatments will be catered for both the client and injury.
Sports Therapists: Melissa Neville, Joanne Prigmore
The Healing Power of Touch Eases Aches, Pains, Tension and Stress.
Therapeutic Massage is a bodywork therapy that uses techniques including stroking, kneading and pulling to manipulate the tissues, muscles and ligaments of the body. It can help ease specific health conditions, as well as release any physical and emotional tensions, that may be blocking your energy channels, to help bring the body back into balance.
Massage can help with: Tense, stiff muscles, relieving stress, improving blood circulation and flow of lymph, insomnia, joint pains, digestive problems, arthritis.
Massage Therapists: Janine Fountain, Melissa Neville, Joanna Prigmore, John Whittall
Counselling - helping clients unravel deep-rooted issues from the past in order to resolve the impact it is having on them in the present, and person-centred theory where the clients focuses on changing the skewed perception he or she may have of themselves with a view to become the best person that they can be.
Therapist: Karen Salmon
What is NLP
Neuro Linguistic Programming, know as NLP, was founded by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970’s by studying successful therapists, individuals and business people.
Neuro covers the physical parts, Brain, Nervous System etc.. as well as the mental and emotional parts of our own individual neurological set up, how we are ‘programmed’ if you were to compare to a computer
Language is the part of us that we use to communicate with others and importantly ourselves internally, this is not just verbal, but unconscious physical signals
Programming is the way in which based on our past experiences, values, and beliefs we operate our Brain Operating System, and as such it requires regular maintenance, updating and rebooting.
Overall NLP has been said to be the like an Owners Manual to Your Brain, giving access to the programs we run daily, and allows us to make changes to them, creating more supportive and empowering ways of behaving, removing blockages, choosing the outcomes we want.
Our responses, our behaviour, to life's challenges are based on ideas, and ‘re-presentations’ of information that becomes out of date, and requires updating.
Some of the information we use has been learnt and wasn’t even checked, ideas from our parents, teachers and authoritative people.
How well is your system working for you? Do you have a glitch in any of your programs?
What do you believe has to be true in a particular situation? Is there a better way?
What is Hypnotherapy
In its simplest terms hypnotherapy is guided hypnosis with the outcome of positive change in the client as the focus of each session. This is not like a stage show, the focus is on change.
There are many different tools in Hypnotherapy such as Solution Focused Therapy, Time Line, Past Life regression, Suggestion Therapy, and many more.
There have been numerous clinical studies, and hypnotherapy has been proven to be effective in many challenges, such as Stop Smoking, Weight Loss, Depression, Anxiety, Addictions, IBS, Confidence, Phobias and much more.
By focussing our attention onto a single issue, we automatically enter an altered state of mind known as ‘trance’. This is perfectly normal, and similar to daydreaming, being engrossed in a good book or movie, we even go into trance when travelling and we do not remember the entire journey.
With the help of a trained Hypnotherapist, you will be guided into a deep state of relaxation, to explore new ideas and concepts without judgement or old beliefs, the client decides the best outcome and the hypnotherapist helps to make those changes.
Then with the agreement of the client, direct and indirect suggestions are used to make changes on an unconscious level that will help the individual to the outcome they desire.
As in all therapies used by Norman, the focus is on your personal growth and positive change.
Therapist: Norman Hinks
If you are struggling to find balance and break bad habits, maintain motivation or maybe you are feeling completely stressed why not take a look at these therapies that can help.
COACHING can help:
Put goals into actions
Close the gap from "thinking"to doing
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) can help:
Break free from self limiting thought
Take control of our feelings
Create long lasting postiive changes
HYPNOTHERAPY can help:
Improve self condifence
Break bad habits
Reduce stress and anxiety
and so much more.......
Therapist Deborah Davison
We treat the presentations endorsed by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)
Aches & Pains
General, acute & chronic backache
Generalised aches and pains
Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck.
Muscle spasms, cramps
Minor sports injuries
Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain
Headache arising from the neck
Tension and inability to relax
We support healthy aging by treating the following conditions:
Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
Many patients present with digestion problems which may or may not be associated with musculoskeletal symptoms. Digestive issues can be addressed through osteopathy and nutrition, especially when underpinned with a Functional Medicine approach.
What is Functional Medicine?
A Functional Medicine approach tackles health issues upstream, to rebalance individuals and set them on a path of prevention so that wellbeing is optimised and recurrence of the problems is minimised. Using a Functional Medicine approach, we organise treatment plans to rebalance a person’s wellness.
Therapist: Ariana Torti