Booking an Appointment
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If you wish to book a 1 hour or longer appointment, please make sure you book your slots consecutively.
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About the Service
Alternative therapies are a great way to help you wind down and relax from the stresses of work and day to day life. We have arranged for four therapists to practice onsite at various locations. The costs of these sessions are for employees only and the therapists offer a staff discount for employees of Aberdeen City Council.
Sessions can be booked in 30 minute blocks.
More about the Therapists
Vicky Argyle is a Member of Embody and the Upledger Institute. Vicky studied Anatomy and Physiology between 1994 and 1999 whilst learning different massage techniques, Reflexology and the uses and properties of essential oils at Aberdeen College. In 1999 Vicky also embarked on a post-graduate course in Craniosacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute and Visceral Manipulation with Jean-Pierre Barral and offers the following treatments:
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Head Massage
- Body Massage
Jocelyn Black is a fully qualified complementary therapist and is a Member of the Complementary Therapists Association.
Each appointment is bookable in 30 minute slots and appointments can be made to for any of the following treatments:
- Swedish Massage Therapy
- Hot Stone Massage
- Indian Head Massage
Kay began her studies in Shiatsu with Aberdeen School of Shiatsu 2004, with concentration on oriental medicine.
She thinks that there is always more to learn and therefore she actively continues her professional development, including the study of Qigong, Eurythmy and 5 Rhythm Dance. She is also a Reiki Practitioner.
Shiatsu is a manipulative therapy developed in Japan. It involves the therapist applying pressure to meridian pathways on the body. Shiatsu is based on similar principles to acupuncture but the practitioner will use their fingers, thumbs, palms, elbows, knees or feet instead of needles.
The aim is to maintain physical and mental well being, treat dis-ease, or alleviate discomfort.
This therapy is considered to be holistic because it attempts to treat the whole person instead of a specific medical complaint.
It may be beneficial for the following conditions:
✓Back Pain ✓Addictions ✓Digestive problems
✓Stress ✓Asthma ✓ME and exhaustion
✓Depression ✓Infertility ✓Migraines/headaches
✓Anxiety ✓Abuse issues ✓Joint problems
Shiatsu is also believed to improve circulation and boos the immune system as well as helping clients to understand, and aim to improve, their own health and general wellbeing.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.
INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE Relax your mind, body and soul with the benefits of Indian Head Massage. Indian Head Massage helps increase mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders. It improves blood circulation, lymphatic flow and aids elimination of toxins and is particularly good for reducing the effects of stress and tension.
SWEDISH MASSAGE helps to loosen tight muscles, can help loosen stiff joints and ease pain. It increases blood flow so helps improve circulation and also helps with respiration. Increasing oxygen levels in the body. This is the most common treatment and possible the most effective treatment out of massages.
LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE MASSAGE is great for over weight clients who retain a lot of extra water. It’s a very gentle treatment but very relaxing. If you hold a lot of fluid in the legs or anywhere else, lymphatic drainage massage can help shift that. As your lymph is what helps keep your immune system healthy, helping the flow around the body helps with skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and scar tissues. Cellulite, pregnancy(it’s part of pregnancy massage) pre and post ops. There’s a lot this gentle massage has to offer.
PREGNANCY MASSAGE helps reduce uncomfortable symptoms that are caused by the pregnancy. Lymphatic drainage is incorporated into treatment as mums to be hold onto to extra fluid and the circulation may not be so good. It boosts the circulation which helps deliver more oxygen to the baby. It’s relaxing and helps with anxiety/depression. This goes very well with reiki.
REIKI EXPLAINED MY WAY. Often when you read about it the words ‘love and light and energy’ are used. That’s great if your into reiki. Not so good if you want help in feeling better and have no understanding of Reiki
It is impossible to describe Reiki. Even once you’ve received reiki treatments you can’t describe it. This is why a lot of people are unsure if it works or not if they’ve never tried it. It doesn’t help that no one can find the words to describe it. Sometimes when it works or you get results people think it’s by coincidence that things change, whether pain has eased or you feel a weight off your mind. I’m happy with coincidences. They happen a lot these days.
So the first thing you want to know is….
HOW DO YOU FEEL DURING REIKI?
Relaxed is the most obvious feeling with reiki. Within 3-5 minutes your breathing becomes deep like your sleeping but you still hear everything around you. I believe you fall into a state of meditation that you can’t nessesarily achieve on your own. This helps to clear your mind and relax certain muscle aches and in turn relieve pain.
The second thing you feel with reiki is heat. Especially on the problem area. This is energy. the warmth keeps everything relaxed but also starts to work on problems. You don’t feel anything moving or changing. There is no miracle to be felt. Just the warmth from my hands (that are usually pretty cold) and the relaxed feeling where your almost asleep.
WHAT IS IT?
All I do is place my hands on your body. I start from your head and slowly work down towards your feet. I cover your chakras and I work on the problem areas.
(A little something on a familiar chakra or 2…..when your sad you get a sore throat. That’s a chakra. When your nervous you get butterflies in your tummy. That’s another chakra. It’s that simple.) I will do more info on chakras another time
I just place my hands on your head or other areas and hold them there for 2-5 minutes. I also go into a relaxed state of meditation with you and I’m very content in that frame of mind.
One client had a lot going on. She was stressed and also had a lot of sore ailments. Now I didn’t cure her in anyway and I will never cure her but I do give her much needed relief from time to time. It’s just that she explained how she felt afterwards so perfectly.
Her words were….’ It’s like someone has separated my body from my mind, sorted them out and put them back together again. It’s like nothing matters and I feel nothing.
Those are probably the best words ever to describe Reiki. There are no thrills. There are no miracles. You don’t have to believe or be religious. Reiki is honest kind energy that we are surrounded by every second of our lives.
Everyone has the ability to heal and be healed.
Reiki and massage really compliment each other well. I use different combinations for certain problems.
A quick note. Reiki is suitable for everyone. From babies to adults. However the youngest age I do reiki on is 5 and the parent must be present. Babies are best to have reiki from their mums.
I will be teaching reiki 1 later this year. It’s very simple to learn and the benefits are fantastic.
I hope I’ve helped a little bit in understanding Reiki. If it was easy to understand we would all be using reiki. It’s our lack of understanding that’s holding us back.
Here’s some of the feedback we received after running the free taster sessions earlier in the year:
“I suffer with a bad back and have a really hectic life style so I really felt the benefit of the relaxation”
“Was great to try something that I had wanted to try for years but a bit of fear of the unknown and finding the time to fit things in. I would now definitely like to take the time to take a full session to help benefit my health”
“Longer sessions! 🙂 Really enjoyed it”
“It was a lovely experience – I appreciate it was a taster, however, longer would have been better”
“A very worthwhile session”