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A healing touch

Soothing music or unbroken silence, dimmed lights and the smell of White Musk or Jasmine incense. All else that is needed is a healing touch.

Vita Karabalina, specialises in alternative therapies such as massage, reflexology and the ancient Indian technique of Ayurveda and she only relies on the special effect of her touch.

Monthly ‘Pamper Evenings’ are held at Queensborough Terrace by Yogadom – an organisation specialising in yoga and wellbeing events. Visitors pay a small fee for entry and choose from treatments such as massage, Ayurveda treatments, Reflexology, Reiki and Psychic readings.

As Vita closes her eyes and presses her palms into bare skin, I ask her what she is focussing on. She says, she imagines an energy that flows through her and into the person she is healing.

Unlike some of her fellow practitioners, she does not see or feel anything: “I just know by intuition that my energy goes through me and into the person… People say they can feel it”.

Channelling energy

The sense of touch creates the channel through which this healing energy can flow from one person to another.

Dr. D. Braun, a Certified Aromatherapist, Reflexologist and Reiki Master says:
“Since positive energy can be used to destroy negative energy, you change the energy field of the person and they will immediately feel better.”

She emphasises that in today’s Western society, close contact between human beings is being replaced by distance, by people shaking hands instead of hugging and handling machinery instead of using their hands.

Therefore, therapies that involve a healing touch are not just a luxurious form of pampering – they are necessary for a deeper sense of comfort.

Treatments that apply this method are extremely popular amongst Londoners.
Spas can be found in various corners of the city, from Spa London in Bethnal Green, East London to lavish hotel spas such as at The Dorchester in Park Lane, Mayfair.

Although the British are known for their aloofness, the trend of holistic healing reflects Londoners’ inner craving for the human touch.

 

Words & images by Monica Sarkar

Visit Yogadom: www.yogadom.co.uk for classes and treatments.
Find out more about Vita Karabalina: www.vitakarabalina.com

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