What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a non-invasive form of manual therapy that gently and effectively treats a variety of ailments ranging from sports injuries, spinal disorders, infantile colic, neck aches, lower back pain and headaches.
Osteopathy uses in-depth physiological and clinical knowledge, coupled with keen observation skills. Osteopaths will look at your case history with a thorough physical evaluation to diagnose and treat your condition. Diet and lifestyle also inform this process.
The body is treated as a whole unit.
Who should visit an osteopath?
Anyone can visit an osteopath. From newborn to the elderly, we tailor our techniques to your care.
What can I expect in my first consultation?
We will sit down and run through the reasons that have brought you to our clinic. We will then go through various lifestyle and health factors which are also relevant to the diagnosis and treatment. Afterwards, we will run through a gentle, physical treatment, which may involve some light manipulations.
What do I need to bring and/or wear?
Wear comfortable clothes that allow for some freedom of movement. Cotton shorts and T-shirts are best.
Will the treatment hurt?
No. The treatment will be a release, although with some muscles there may be some discomfort as the muscles and joints are released and stretched.
Are there any side effects from treatment?
There are no side effects from treatment. You may experience some mild muscle and tissue discomfort for the first 24-36 hours. This is perfectly normal.
Do I need a referral from a General Practitioner (GP) before I visit an osteopath?
Your Osteopath is a professionally trained primary health care provider. You can visit an Osteopath directly without a GP’s referral.
Can I claim on insurance?
Yes. To claim under most insurance schemes in Hong Kong, you may need to have a referral from your general practitioner. Please confirm with your insurance company.
What are your qualifications?
Our Osteopaths, depending on their home country would have undergone a 4-5 year full time university training in medical sciences, speicalising in musculoskeletal health. We are government registered health care providers in Australia, New Zealand or the United Kingdom.
Who benefits from Sophrology?
Sophrology is for everyone, as it is a simple and accessible approach. It is good for people who need support and also for people who give support to others. Celine specializes in self-development, birth preparation, stress management and helping people get ready for key events in their lives.
Why haven’t I heard of Sophrology before?
Sophrology is fairly new to Hong Kong so it is not widely known here. However it is very well established and popular in many European countries. It is now a well-established approach in continental Europe, especially France, Switzerland, Spain and Italy. More and more health insurance companies in France and Switzerland now include cover of Sophrology sessions as part of any broad-based health insurance plan. Sophrology schools are now opening in the English speaking world, and Sophrology is recognized by the UK Institute of Complementary and Natural Medicine
How does Sophrology compare with Psychology?
Although Sophrology helps us feel at peace, this does not involve in-depth analysis as with Psychology. Sophrology allows us to reflect and adapt our behaviors as our awareness grows. The transformation arises from repeated practice – a very dynamic way to engage mind, body and emotions. Sophrology suits those who want to solve painful issues or manage challenging situations, but without an in-depth analytical approach. Sophrology and Psychology can, of course, be used to complement each other.
How does Sophrology compare with Mindfulness?
Mindfulness helps us learn to live in the present, to engage with the now. Sophrology does this too. It also allows us to explore and find peace, to draw the positives from our past and prepare for the future – because being at one with the past, present and future are all important. Sophrology uses specific movement and breathing techniques as well as visualization, especially when preparing for major events. Sophrology is very good for people who find it difficult to meditate. It offers many strategies to keep the mind still and present, as we tune into our inner resources to address particular life or health issues.
How does Sophrology compare with other approaches such as yoga etc?
All approaches offer different benefits and it is for the individual to decide which might suit them best. The power of Sophrology lies in its combined approach – working on body and mind together. Being in a state of dynamic relaxation makes it easier to focus the mind, enabling you to examine your physical and mental being at a profound level. You learn to take responsibility for your own life and health and how to deal with a range of issues and symptoms.
How many sessions will I need?
That depends on you. Clear benefits are usually seen after only a few sessions. You might want to book a session to see how it feels and talk to Celine about what you want to achieve.
What if I can’t stay focused?
It’s very common to be distracted by thoughts and emotions at the beginning of a session. The more you practice, the quicker and easier it becomes to reach a deep, comfortable and relaxed state. With regular training, you’ll be able to do this, even in a noisy environment. You will be provided with a recording of the practical time of the session to help you practice at home.
Do I have to share my own experiences in a session?
Freedom is a fundamental value in Sophrology. It is up to you to decide if you want to share your experiences.
However, at the end of your session, Celine will invite you to write or articulate your experience as a way of developing your awareness.
What do I need to wear?
Sophrology does not involve active exercise although you are likely to do simple breathing exercises and gentle movements. There is no need for special clothing; just come as you are (but do remove any high heels.) You are welcome to wear very casual / comfortable clothes if you wish.