Relaxation Therapies mostly involve techniques and tuition that can be learned and applied at home or as one off treatments or a course of treatments and tuition.
Yoga Therapy / Yin Yoga and Restorative yoga - a very slow meditative form of yoga for specific healing.
Restorative and Yoga Therapy are usually done as 1-2-1 session or as course.
Breath Therapy - Is done as 1-2-1 tuition and although techniques can be learnt in one go, it may take several sessions to become fully familiar with them to do them by oneself. Some breathing techniques (Pranayama) are taught in classes.
Meditation - various techniques to quiet the mind or to stimulate positivity, often using silent Japa (repetitions of phrases, aphorisms or Sanskrit mantras either spoken or in the mind) and often using mala beads.
Again, done as 1-2-1 session as a one off or as course.
Meditation using chanting and soundwork. Words and sounds chanted change our brain waves through vibration in the surrounding tissues. It also helps to release seratonin - our happy hormone. We all know how good we feel when we sing in the shower or car (whether we can or not!). Well, chanting and soundwork (and especially Kirtan), works in a similar way but without the need to worry about remembering words or whether we are in tune! Often chants are mantra - strings of sacred Sanskrit words, although they can be just sounds or what are known as Bija or seed sounds if you prefer. You may be worried by the idea of chanting in another language and if there's any religious conflictions. I would answer that to say that if any Indian deities are involved in the chanting, it is more to evoke what elements or qualities they stand for, as in protection, prosperity, creativity or health. So, why not in English you may ask? why is an opera in Italian / Latin? because it sounds better and has more emotion and feeling. The same is for Sanskrit. The syllables have profound vibrational effects on out psychology and physiology.
Specific meditation techniques and soundwork is usually done as 1-2-1 session.
Trakata and Dhristi - this is meditation through gazing at an object, usually a flame that is at eye level. This is very cleansing for tired eyes as well calming for the nervous system and mind. Dhristi is a point of focus used in yoga poses or as a meditation at a yantra, which is a piece of art specifically designed for meditation. Again usually done as 1-2-1 session as a one off or as course.
Visualization - using similar techniques that are used in hypnotherapy to take you to a more calmer place. To allow the mind to dream whilst still being awake. This again changes brainwave patterns into a more relaxed state, switching our bodies from the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) to our parasympathetic nervous system. This is usually done as treatment with the person seated or laying and the practitioner guiding the client through visualisation and relaxation.
Yoga Nidra - Often called Yogic sleep. The mind is directed to travel around each part of the body instructing relaxation to that part of the body. Sometimes we tense and release at the same time. Sometimes we imagine each area of the body that we visit to light up in our minds as though taking direct energy to it. This is usually done as treatment with the person seated or laying and the practitioner guiding the client through visualisation and relaxation.
Music and sound therapy - using instruments such as drums for therapy. Usually done in groups and at workshops but can be as a 1-2-1 session. Kirtan classes is chanting call and response and voicework - class is on a Wednesday evening. Click here for more details.
Reiki, Pranic Healing and crystal therapy - the Japanese hands on healing technique from Japan that allows the body to self heal via the Reiki energy that is channelled to the person. This is done as treatment with the person seated or laying and the practitioner placing hands on or above the body guiding Reiki energy through to the client. Crystals can also be used in the treatment, but all would be discussed prior to treatment what is required.
See more on Reiki here