Bridge of Hope delivers complementary therapies in various locations throughout Belfast and further afield. These therapies include reflexology, therapeutic massage and aromatherapy massage and are delivered by a team of highly qualified practitioners who observe confidentiality and practice within legal requirements to ensure you receive the best care possible. You can self refer or be referred by a family, friend or health professional.
Funding for this service comes from the Victims & Survivors Service, Public Health Agency and Belfast Health & Social Care Trust.
Our locations are:
- Bridge of Hope Clinic at 16 Alliance Avenue, Belfast
- Bridge of Hope Clinic at McSweeney Centre, Henry Place Belfast BT15 2AY
- Sally Gardens Community Centre
- East Belfast Community Counselling Templemore Avenue, Belfast BT5 4FP
- Shankill Women’s Centre
- Tar Anall
- The Milestone Centre, Carrickmore, Co Tyrone
- Ardoyne Community Centre, Belfast
About the service: We offer a range of evidence-based therapies including massage and reflexology. You will unwind in an unhurried atmosphere of comfort and care, leaving the stresses of the everyday world behind you in our relaxing therapy centres.
Complementary Therapy: There are many forms of complementary therapy, including reflexology, and several types of massage. The primary purpose of these therapies is to encourage and promote relaxation of the body and mind. This is based on the view that the mind and body are inextricably linked and the health of one is interdependent on the health of the other.
The Process: Following your referral the practitioner will carry out an in-depth consultation at the beginning of your first session to establish your emotional and physical needs. This will allow the practitioner to tailor the treatment plan to meet your individual requirements. It also means developing the optimum plan for your wellbeing. Your practitioner is qualified and experienced. You will be offered a course of treatments which consists of six sessions, one per week, each lasting 60 minutes.
Confidentiality: All practitioners are highly qualified and are members of recognised regulating bodies such as the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and all adhere to a strict code of conduct and ethics.
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What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of plant oils for preventative care, healing and general physical well-being. Essential oils can be used in different ways, including massage, bathing and inhalation. When used in massage, essential oils are not only inhaled, but absorbed through the skin as well. They penetrate the tissues and find their way into the bloodstream where they are transported to the organs and systems of the body. Different oils are thought to act on the body in different ways, having a relaxing, energising, calming or uplifting effect.
What are the benefits?
Popular because of its non-invasive nature, aromatherapy is used for a wide range of health problems such as anxiety, stress, insomnia, fatigue and stress related conditions. Many people find it useful in treating arthritic and rheumatoid pain, headaches, and pre-menstrual tension. It is sometimes available in maternity services and is widely used in palliative and cancer care in hospitals and hospices. Regular therapeutic aromatherapy massage may be of benefit in alleviating stress, anxiety, tension and encouraging relaxation.
What does an Aromatherapy session involve?
The practitioner will work closely with the client to determine which oils are most beneficial for them as an individual and the choice of application (eg. massage).
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a system of complementary medicine that maps out the reflexes on the feet and hands to all the organs and the rest of the body. By applying acupressure and massage-like techniques to these reflex points on the feet and hands, the related body parts are positively affected, and blood, nerve and lymphatic systems are invigorated thus improving supply. Reflexology can be used as a form of preventative maintenance, as well as to treat specific medical conditions. It is useful in treating arthritis, digestive problems, neck and back pain, migraine, menstrual and menopausal symptoms. Reflexology has been found to be beneficial for physical and emotional symptoms.
What are the Benefits?
Reflexology is suitable for all age groups and may bring relief to a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. Reflexology aims to promote coping on a physical, mental and emotional level thereby encouraging healing and a healthy life balance.
What Does a Reflexology Session Involve?
The practitioner will begin by explaining the therapy and answering any questions. The participant will be asked to remove only their footwear and lie relaxing on a couch whilst the practitioner massages the feet and ankles, or if preferred the hands.
What is Therapeutic Massage?
Therapeutic massage is one of the oldest, most effective and natural forms of healing. Massage relaxes and calms the tense, anxious mind by slowing down the breathing from short, rapid breaths to more effective deep slow breaths. A massage counteracts your body’s negative response to stress, relaxing muscle tension and allowing your heart rate, blood pressure and circulation to return to normal. This relieves mental, emotional and physical fatigue. Therapeutic massage also helps you become aware of any unconsciously held body-tension. As part of this awareness process you will develop the ability to recognise tension when it starts to build, and be able to intuitively release it before it can have a negative effect on the body.
What are the benefits?
Massage can be used for pain relief, muscular or joint problems, to aid relaxation and for more general health improvement. Studies have found that therapeutic massage may help with stress related conditions, such as insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, and constipation. It can also be helpful for persistent back pain. Massage may also be used for people with depression or acute short – term anxiety. The intensity of the massage can vary and the practitioner will check that you are happy with the level of pressure.
What does a Therapeutic Massage session involve?
The practitioner will begin by explaining the therapy and answering any questions. The participant will be asked to remove some clothing and lie relaxing on a couch whilst the practitioner massages areas to include back, legs, neck, shoulders.