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The Abingdon Natural Health & Therapy Centre

Psychotherapy, Counselling and Complementary Therapy in Abingdon

Natural Health

Natural Health

Natural health is a holistic approach to addressing illness and improving health using natural therapies. Therapists working from this perspective often consider how we eat, how we take care of our bodies and minds, how we support our psychological health and wellbeing and how we take time to rest, relax and recharge our systems. Therapists at the Abingdon Natural Health and Therapy Centre use both complementary approaches (where the therapy is an adjunct to and complements conventional medical care) and alternative approaches (where the natural health approach is used on its own).

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Holistic and Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapies are designed to treat the whole person and can be used to support and promote wellness as well as providing some much-deserved pampering. We offer a range of therapies including Acupuncture, massage therapy, cupping, reflexology , aromatherapy, naturopathy, relaxation and reiki.

In addition to their impact on general wellbeing, complementary and holistic therapies such as massage therapy, aromatherapy and relaxation can be beneficial in treating some symptoms associated with some cancers and long term illness. Naturopathy can also help to support the bodies own natural healing processes embracing a holistic approach to the mind and body.

To find our more about our complementary therapies, please browse our pages or contact us for more details.


We offer traditional acupuncture. Traditional acupuncture seeks to treat the person as a ‘whole’ which involves addressing emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical health together.

Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy

Whether you are struggling to recover fully from a sports or exercise related injury or need help with an acute or chronic physical condition, remedial therapy can benefit you. Massage and Soft Tissue therapy (sometimes referred to as Remedial therapy) can help in the treatment of acute and chronic illness, repetitive strain injuries, muscle and joint pain, stress headaches, migraines, fatigue and insomnia.

Muscle Trauma and Fascia

When we suffer trauma to our muscles the fascia can get caught up in the drama and instead of sliding nicely between the skin and the muscle tissue, it can literally become 'stuck'. So what are fascia? As seen in the image below, the fascia is a sticky net of collagenous fibrous connective tissue that lies between the skin and the muscle tissue. This netting covers the whole body like a giant stocking and transfers force throughout the muscle tissue to ensure one area doesn't strain under a load and become unstable. This in turn affects the range of motion of the affected area. As the inflammation and muscle tension remains and spreads, so the fascia also spreads with the soft tissue damage. Massage and soft tissue therapy are effective ways of treating fascia related injuries. A soft tissue technique called Myofascial Cupping Therapy is particularly suited to treating this kind of injury.

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Myofascial Cupping Therapy

Myofascial techniques work with your body's integral load bearing system to bring balance to your posture. Myofascial cupping gentle pulls the fascia and skin away from the affected muscle, or soft tissue, to allow the person to move through their range of motions unaffected by the 'sticking' of the fascia to the muscle. The therapist may either place the cups on the affected area or move them dynamically across a larger area to effect change in the myofascial sling. Dark circular marks are often left on the skin, but these fade away over a period of 5-7 days. To find out more about Myofascial therapy and back release click here.

Essential Oils

The uses of essential oils are vast and present a well-documented model for improving overall health, for both the novice user and the educated expert. Widespread acceptance of essential oils has led many to choose this more natural approach to maintaining health for all the family.

There is evidence that pleasant aromas can improve your mood and sense of well-being. The comforting nature of certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils is easily accessed through their beautiful and powerful fragrances as your sense of smell is closely tied to the area of your brain that deals with emotions.

If you have enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, fresh cut mint, or the sweet aroma of citrus, you have experienced, in part, the fragrant qualities of pure essential oils. Inhaling the aroma of an essential oil is one of the most powerful ways to effect emotions.

Whether you want to use essential oils for pain relief, digestion, relaxation, personal hygiene, or supporting a healthier mind, rest assured you will be in capable hands when discussing your health needs.

Did you know?

- Grapefruit can stimulate fat breakdown

- Orange is a natural anti-depressant

- Peppermint boosts energy levels

- Clary Sage decreases cortisol

- Rosemary increases memory

- Lemon decreases nausea

- Neuroli decreases pain and takes the stress out of your cells

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