Mind, Body and Soul
If you're looking for an introduction to the world of wellness, look no further. We explore some treatments to heal you from the inside-out
Alternative therapies have become big business in recent years, thanks to a backlash against more conventional western treatments and a move towards healing using non-drugs-based remedies. This is something that Les Flitcroft, Director of Pranic Healing UK & Ireland, is only too familiar with. Pranic Healing is one of the fastest growing complementary therapies in the world, and is now established in over 100 countries. ‘The word Prana means life energy and the non-touch treatment uses life’s energy and chakras to self-heal,’ he explains.
Before discovering Pranic Healing, Flitcroft had worked as an aerospace engineer for more than 20 years. ‘I was well on the way to achieving all I wanted to professionally,’ he says. ‘Then I suffered an injury that caused nerve damage to my left arm. I had five operations to repair it but was told I would never be able to use it again.’
Like many people, Flitcroft was initially sceptical about alternative therapies. ‘But I was desperate and figured anything was worth a try.’ Urged by a friend, he travelled to the US in 2001 where Master Choa Kok Sui, a pioneer of the method, was holding a series of lectures and courses. Flitcroft took a level 1 course and used the techniques he learned on his arm. Within six months, he had regained full function and strength. ‘It ultimately changed my life,’ he says.Flitcroft went on to train to become a full-time healer and was invited by Master Choa to lead the therapy’s introduction to the UK and Ireland, where it’s since become increasingly popular, alongside therapies such as acupuncture as a way of fusing soul and science. ‘Pranic Healing supports orthodox medicine by enhancing the capability of the body to heal itself,’ says Flitcroft. ‘It can be used to help with physical ailments such as arthritis, heart disease and cancer, as well as cure psychological ones such as depression, anxieties and addiction. All of these conditions can be helped considerably and it’s fast acting.’
So how does the treatment itself work? ‘When energy centres, called chakras, become blocked, parts of the body will start to malfunction and over time an ailment will eventually arrive. Energy blockages can be removed by using cleansing techniques with case specific protocols such as sweeping, which creates the chemical reaction needed for healing,’ he explains. ‘People forget that our body can be an incredible healing organism once the correct energy is applied.’
If a head-to-toe heal is high on your list of priorities this spring, here are two more approaches worth trying
Five Hour Mind Cleanse
If time is limited and you’re in need of emotional healing, fast, this new five-hour therapy approach could be the answer. ‘Each person has unlimited potential for health, wellbeing and happiness,’ explains psychotherapist, healer and mentor Fiona Arrigo. Her programme is an intensive therapy and healing session designed to give you a jolt back into fulfilling your purpose, or for overcoming emotional issues such as anxiety or lack of confidence. ‘It allows you to take a step back from daily life and consider what you need to let go of in order to gain a new perspective,’ she adds. The five hours can be condensed into one day, spread out over a few weeks or rolled into a four-day retreat.
A workout for your face? You’d better believe it. Decléor has developed a radical new Facial Pilates treatment which promises to tighten, tone and detoxify skin. ‘Pilates works to strengthen the body using small measurements, but now we’re applying that to the face muscles too,’ explains Chico Shigeta, a Massage Development Specialist for Decléor. Each move aims to warm up and stretch all 43 muscles in the face. The result is noticeable – and instant. ‘The re-contouring massage takes care of what’s beneath the skin to increase blood flow, aid detoxification and focus on the health of the skin and muscles’ says Shigeta. Though one professional treatment per month is recommended, you can use the techniques in your own skincare regime at home.