Osteopathy is a system of health care that recognises the relationship between the structure and function of the body. 

The osteopath focuses on posture, biomechanics, and mobility, and also understands how physical and emotional stress factors can impact on the body.

Osteopaths use observation and palpation of posture and movement, tests for proprioceptive and biomechanical dexterity, analyses muscle and ligamentus balance and tailors treatment and advice to each individual.
Osteopaths treat using massage, stretching, manipulation and cranial-sacral techniques.

The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) regulates, promotes and develops the profession of osteopathy; only practitioners meeting the high standards of safety and competency are eligible to join this register.

Osteopaths complete a 4/5 year honours degree with a minimum of 2 years clinical training. They are primary healthcare practitioners recognised by the orthodox medical profession.

Traditional Acupuncture
Traditional Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine practiced in the East for over 2000 years. The acupuncturist inserts slender needles into points along acupuncture ‘meridians’ to affect the flow of energy or ‘Qi’, which helps to bring about health and vitality. Traditional acupuncturists attend full-time 3/4 years courses and study Chinese medical theory alongside Western medical training, they must also complete a minimum of 1 year clinical training.

Traditional acupuncturists are regulated by the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). Only those who have completed their study at an accredited course and demonstrated high levels of competency and safety are entitled to become members of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC). To continue as a member it is a requisite to complete a minimum of 30 hours Continuing Professional Development (CPD) per year and also hold full professional indemnity insurance.

Trigger Point Acupuncture
Trigger Point Acupuncture is the process of releasing ‘trigger points’ harboured in muscles using an acupuncture needle. A trigger point is described as a palpable knot located in a taut band of muscle. These trigger points can refer symptoms in specific areas giving rise to pain and dysfunction. Qualified medical practitioners including doctors, osteopaths, physiotherapists and chiropractors can study trigger point acupuncture. Needling and releasing trigger points is a very effective treatment in resolving both long term chronic pain and also acute injury.
Osteopathy for children

Osteopathy is a safe and effective therapy for children and infants. So much so that a large proportion of our patients come from this group. This is because osteopathy can help ease young bodies through the normal stresses and strains of growing, as well as help them recover quickly from injuries picked up along the way. Osteopathy has become very well known for treating babies that develop issues relating to strain that has come about during the birth process.

The appointment starts with a discussion about the nature of the problem and any relevant medical history. There is then a clinical examination after which an osteopathic diagnosis is reached and a treatment course agreed. Treatment often involves the gentle manipulative technique known as cranial osteopathy, but stretching, massage and joint manipulation may also be used, especially with older children. It is essential that a parent or guardian is present during the sessions

Matt is our specialist paediatric osteopath. He has plenty of experience working with babies with various problems including colic, feeding difficulties, sleep issues and postural concerns using cranial osteopathy. He enjoys helping young people from all walks of life and at all ages, also having a special interest in teenage postural development. Of course you may have some questions before you bring your baby or child to us – please don’t hesitate to call or email with any queries or if you just want to talk to Matt first.

Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy was developed by William Garner Sutherland just after the turn of the last century. He noticed the subtle movements in our body tissues which can be manipulated to profound effect. Cranial osteopathy is taught at undergraduate level but it requires much post-graduate study and experience to develop the subtle sense of touch required to use this type of technique. Both our osteopaths Byron and Matt are trained with this method.

The techniques are particularly known for the treatment of babies but cranial osteopathy is applicable to all the problems usually brought to osteopaths by people of all ages. It is often incorporated into treatment alongside other osteopathic technique. The sessions are the same as a usual osteopathic consultation – a discussion of the problem and an examination lead to an osteopathic diagnosis and prospective treatment plan.

The treatment involves very light application of pressure to certain areas until restrictions in the body release and the body adjusts to the new sense of balance. Often patients feel very relaxed during and after the treatment, some describe a feeling of the tension draining from their body.

Physiotherapists are practitioners who help restore function following an operation or following injury.

Originally physiotherapists were employed by medics to help restore function to patients who had suffered injury or who were post-operative. The first British physiotherapist set up the chartered society of physiotherapy in 1894.

Physiotherapists were used in the early part of the 20th century to help rehabilitate soldiers injured in the first World War, and since then have been an important service in hospitals throughout the world.

Physiotherapist use massage, stretching and exercise as well as other techniques to restore function and alleviate pain.

Posture, Alignment and Movement Training

Egoscue is a non-medical postural training method. At SJOA we are happy to offer chronic pain reduction through our Egoscue practitioner Ameet Bhakta. Your Egoscue trainer will bring your body back into postural balance with simple yet educated training methods.

Sports Massage
Sports massage differs from normal massage in a number of ways; standard relaxing massage involves a lighter touch and is designed as a soothing and relaxing treatment; sports massage practitioners will tend to use a firmer touch and more advanced massage techniques.
Sports massage is specifically designed to alleviate tension in muscle tissues that arise from both exercise and day to day life.
Sports massage practitioners usually do more advanced and in depth training in order to attain a greater understanding of general and bio-mechanical anatomy. SJOA are proud to have Olympic athlete turned sports masseuse and sports rehab specialist Jacquiline Agyepong on Monday afternoons.

Nutrition and Naturopathy

Naturopathic medicine aims to increase the vitality of the body through preventative treatments that stimulate the body’s self-healing mechanisms. This is achieved with nutritional and lifestyle advice, bodywork and, where appropriate, prescribed herbs and tinctures.

At SJOA we are lucky to have Soliman Laurence; a world renowned naturopathic health consultant, nutritionist and multidimensional body worker.


Homeopathy is based on the theory of like treats like. Homeopaths use highly diluted substances to treat a large amount of ailments, homeopaths prescribe tablets or drops which aim to trigger the body’s natural system of healing. Your homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine for you based on your specific symptoms.

Felicity Fine, co-author of Birth and Beyond (Random House 2002) and A-Z of Mother and Baby Health (Random House 2007), is our homeopath here at SJOA.


Reflexology is one of the oldest forms of complementary therapy, with roots in ancient Egypt, India and China.  It is non-invasive and is based on the theory that there are microsystems on the feet, hands, face and ears where the body’s organs and systems are reflected.

By massaging zones and points within these microsystems it is possible to stimulate corresponding areas on the body, helping to restore and maintain one’s natural state of equilibrium.
The result is a very deep, relaxing treatment that is wonderful for combating stress and can also be effective at alleviating a wide range of conditions.

Facial Reflexology
Facial Reflexology, developed by the world renowned reflexologist Lone Sorensen, is a unique treatment that combines knowledge of Chinese energy meridians and acupuncture points with South American Indian body maps and Vietnamese Dien’ Cham techniques.

Using only hands and a light rosehip oil, the treatment incorporates precise stimulation of acupressure points, neurological points and body maps on the face.  This stimulation sends impulses through the body’s central nervous system to specific organs and parts of the body. Facial reflexology stimulates the body to respond on a physical, emotional and energetic level.  

Japanese Facial Lifting
Japanese Facial Lifting is a beauty orientated treatment with excellent health benefits.
This wonderfully relaxing facial massage combines elements of the facial reflexology treatment with traditional Japanese facial massage techniques.

The treatment begins with a gentle cleansing of the skin followed by a sequence of Japanese acupressure, reflexology and lymphatic drainage techniques. As well as treating the outer layer of the skin, these work the meridians and facial nerves, ensuring a balancing effect for the whole body. The treatment finishes with a rosehip mask to enhance the lifting effect.

The result: a healthier, radiant and younger-looking face and a real sense of wellbeing.

Japanese Facial Lifting can be used as a one-off booster/enhancer treatment before a special occasion or meeting, or as a series of treatments over a sustained period, helping to reduce lines and wrinkles, and improve the texture of the skin.

Both face treatments use 100% pure rosehip oil packed with Vitamin C and essential fatty acids. The rosehip oil is renowned for its nutritive properties, it naturally promotes skin elasticity and firmness and replenishes dry and damaged complexions.

Cosmetic Acupuncture
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture can remove as many as five to fifteen years from the face, with results apparent after just a few treatments. Fine lines may be entirely eliminated and deeper wrinkles diminished. Bags under the eyes can be reduced, jowls firmed, puffiness eliminated, eyelids lifted and double chins minimised. Other likely results include: improved hydration of the skin with increased local circulation of blood and lymph to the face; increased collagen production, muscle tone, and dermal contraction; tightening of the pores; improvement of hormonal balance to help acne; and reduction of stress evident in the face. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture allows your inner beauty to shine through you! A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 98% had marked effects with just one course of treatment.

Our traditional acupuncturist Eli Afshar is a pioneer in Cosmetic Acupuncture in London. She is one of the few Chinese Medicine practitioners in the UK to have completed a full post-graduate degree in Chinese Cosmetology. Over the years, Eli has developed her signature rejuvenation treatment incorporating Facial Acupuncture, Derma Roller and many other techniques, which are combined according to the individual needs of the patient.

SJOA are proud to offer individual and private group lessons with Lara Stapleton. Lara teaches Hatha and Scaravelli Yoga at some of London’s leading yoga centres.  Her one-to-one sessions allow students to work at their own level and develop a personal practice enabling them to manage their own health.

Our expert practitioners at SJOA are waiting to help

Call us now and book an appointment on 020 7624 3809