Ishtar is passionate about holistic treatment. She defines osteopaths as “doctors of the body”, and believes it is her responsibility to have a thorough knowledge of human anatomy and physiology to effectively employ any technique for the benefit of the individual’s well being.
Ishtar uses a range of structural (ie massage and manipulation) and functional (ie cranial and ligamentous) techniques to treat the various injuries and illnesses she sees in practice, as well as integrating exercise rehabilitation/somatic movement awareness knowledge to suit individual lifestyles.
While bringing pain relief, Ishtar will teach you about pain and how to work with your body to experience health and long-term wellbeing. She appreciates the importance of listening on all levels and has dedicated her adult life to understanding the language of the body.
Ishtar began her life’s work as a massage therapist almost 30 years ago and has continued to study the body and overall health ever since. Including many movement practises, (such as martial arts, dance, somatic training and adventure sports: rock climbing, white water kayaking and cycle touring etc), transpersonal counselling and meditation. She has taught qi gong, meditation and run dance sessions.
Ishtar is also well versed in injury recovery and has personally felt incredible support to live a satisfying and functional life based in the Osteopathic Principles :
The body is a unit, and the person represents a combination of body, mind and spirit.
The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing and health maintenance.
Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
Rational treatment is based on an understanding of these principles: body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function