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Wellbeing and Complementary Health

As part of our commitment to caring for our students' mental as well as their physical health and wellbeing, older students can choose from a range of alternative and complementary therapies. The costs of these therapies are extra; details can be found here.


Sophrology is a form of meditation, created to inspire a balanced life, full of well-being. It is an easy way to learn to relax, recharge and recuperate and move forward with positive intention and gratitude. It is sometimes described as the “dynamic cousin of mindfulness” as it involves easy physical exercises, breathing techniques and visualisation exercises. A typical session might include simple breathing exercises, deeply relaxing visualisations and gentle body movements that allow the mind to become calm and the body more relaxed. These exercises can be done anywhere and do not require any special equipment or set up. By learning some easy techniques, Sophrology can help to lower stress and anxiety, as well as to recognise our emotions:

  • It improves sleep
  • It releases stress and anxiety
  • It increases energy
  • It focuses the mind
  • It supports the individual throughout life’s challenge
La Garenne employs a qualified, experienced Sophrology practitioner Ilka Milner who has her own private practice Breathing Space.



Naturopathic practitioners look at the whole person - mind, body, and spirit. It also aims to discover the root causes of an illness as well as treating the symptoms. Naturopathy uses natural remedies including herbs, massage, acupuncture, exercise, and nutritional support.



Osteopathy is a way of treating and preventing health problems by manipulating, stretching and massaging muscles and joints. It is based on the principle that a person's wellbeing depends on the bones, muscles, and ligaments working well together. The aim is to:

  • increase the mobility of joints
  • relieve muscle tension
  • reduce pain
  • enhance the blood supply to tissues
  • help the body to heal


Massage Therapy

Massage is a technique that applies pressure to parts of the body. It aims to relax the student mentally and physically. Massage can focus on muscles, soft tissues, or on the acupuncture points. Massage therapists can either treat the whole body or concentrate on specific areas, such as the head, neck or shoulders. Massage is a natural way to help people cope with:

  • stress
  • anxiety
  • headaches


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