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Holistic Therapy

We are lucky enough to be visited by Jenny Parris, who practices Reiki, Reflexology and Indian Head Massage.


She joins us at our meetings and offers treatments at reduced prices for our members.  Every single one of our members have enjoyed treatments from Jenny, and we can highly recommend her.  If you wish to book in for a treatment with Jenny, please complete the Booking Form or speak to a member of the committee.



The following excerpt has been writted by Jenny herself.



As a Reiki practitioner I have often been asked, "what is Reiki?” Reiki is based on Life Force Energy or Chi. It is based on the belief of our body being an energetic system. When we become stressed, it can affect our energy flow and affect our performance. Reiki can help you to relax, and reach a state of homeostasis (complete balance), which in turn allows the body to heal itself; and rid itself of toxins. Reiki can be performed on the body on a treatment bed, or chair. It is not necessary to undress. A Reiki Practitioner will place their hands gently on the body and channel the life healing force, to help clear any blockages in the system.


Stress can affect the energetic system and that can lead to problems, but what actually happens within our body when we become stressed? To understand this we need to understand the ‘fight or flight’ response. It is our body's natural self-survival reaction. When put in a dangerous situation our senses go into overdrive. In the brain the hypothalamus acts as a central monitor and sends out messages for chemicals: adrenaline, noradrenalin and cortisol to be released into our bloodstream. This causes dramatic changes to the body. The heart rate goes up, the breathing becomes faster as sugars and glucose are diverted from the liver to the muscles. Our appetites are suppressed; our immune system shuts down along with sexual desire. This enables the body to react to the dangerous situation by either running as fast as it can away from what is endangering it, or stay and literally fight. After the ordeal the body will process the toxins it has released, in the fastest way possible; through the bodily fluids. Sweating, crying, going to the toilet, etc.


So when stressed the body will be on red alert, releasing the chemicals. It can be seen in mini forms when someone runs out of the room from a situation (flight), or slams down the phone in anger (fight). If the toxins are not processed properly from the body it can result in aching shoulder and neck muscles, which in turn can cause headaches. So over time can you see how these toxins can affect you if they are not properly metabolized. The immune system cannot function correctly; you can get a high heart rate and rapid breathing etc. Can you see how stress can be linked to high blood pressure, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, and in extreme cases heart attacks?  It could also create susceptibility to infection, chronic fatigue, depression, and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, allergies and lupus.  The toxins can also cause a lack of appetite and impotency; the list goes on. This is why exercise is so important, to allow the body to metabolize these toxins. The trouble comes when stress takes a real hold; do we feel like exercising?  This is where I feel energy work has its place. It helps the body to reach a state of balance so that it can heal itself. The body is a magnificent instrument, but out of balance it cannot perform to its best.


I also offer Indian Head Massage and Reflexology as treatments.


Indian Head Massage helps break down the knots and nodules in the neck and shoulders, helping toxins to be shifted and processed. It also encourages more oxygen to the brain helping clearer thinking and processing.


Reflexology involves massaging the feet to break down crystals that have built up and pressing reflexes on the feet that correspond to different parts of the body, to aid in bringing about balance.


I am always willing to help where I can. All records kept are private and confidential.


I am also the author of "Our Bodies"


-J Parris