Let’s talk… Complementary Therapies with Ros Barresi

Don’t you just love how you meet people through other people and all of a sudden another door opens.

Ros Barresi has worked as a massage therapist since 2000.  She is qualified in various types of body work, massage and reflexology.  She is also qualified in Ear Acupuncture which is used for detox and stress management.  After chatting to Ros about my Bipolar and its symptons I decided to give it a whirl and have her stick some pins in my ears. Wow. I was going through a particularly difficult period and had been stuck in a low spell for weeks. Reiki had already perked me up slightly however after the ear acupuncture I was amazed at the positive impact it had on me.

Meet Ros Barresi.


What are complementary therapies and how can we benefit from them?

These are treatments that have been used for hundreds of years…they are holistic and are not invasive and treat the cause and not symptoms.  We benefit because the whole area is looked at and not just symptoms.  They are also good for mind and soul too.

Complementary and alternative therapies are treatments that fall outside of mainstream healthcare. These medicines and treatments range from acupuncture and homeopathy to aromatherapy, meditation and colonic irrigation. There is no universally agreed definition of them however people ranging from those with long term physical health problems to those with mental health issues have found them to be helpful.

How has your own personal journey influenced your therapy techniques?

Amazingly so, I’ve become so in tune with my body over the years from using these therapies that I have never felt more well.  I do use western medicine and wouldn’t knock it but I think it has a purpose.

Tell us more about Auricular (ear) acupuncture and what inspired you to learn about it?

I received it when I was working several years ago with offenders and when I was also massaging at a drop in for substance misuse individuals.  It’s used for this purpose and is a good tool to help with cravings, relaxation and meditation.  It slows down the body preventing chaotic behaviour.

Auricular Acupuncture is a specialised complementary therapy based upon the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture. It is a Microsystem of Acupuncture which reflects the entire body on the ear, in a similar way to reflexology or iridology. Auricular Acupuncture was largely developed in Europe by French neurologist Dr. Paul Nogier. Nogier‘s development was made through clinical trials based on mapping brain areas with localised, specific functions and the projection of a foetus on the ear for reference of complaints and points for treatment. Physical, emotional and mental conditions could be treated by stimulating points on the ear, either through needling, electronic stimulation or massage.

photo-3How do you hope your work will help others?

It is about trusting new treatments and trying them and being open minded, scepticism doesn’t help.  We need to embrace new ways and ear acu has helped many people as long as they are open minded. Needles can freak people out!

Regardless of our background, type of work and level of health, I believe we all need a bit of pampering. My sessions are tailored to your needs and circumstances, as no person is ever the same. I believe in keeping my advice simple. For instance, just small changes to how you sit can make a real difference.

What are the common themes you witness with individuals you treat?

Fear of needles, fear of pain, sitting for up for forty mins, worry the needles will fall out, list goes on

What are your key pieces of advice for surviving the stresses of today?photo-2

Breathe properly from diaphragm, listen to your body and take time out if it’s half hour, a day or whatever, talk to someone; don’t bottle it up. And for goodness sake confront your feelings.

What does Holistic living mean to you?
Try as best you can to do what’s right. Eat well, exercise, drink water, cut down on processed food, not too many coffees in day, treat yourself to a massage etc, have time for yourself,

What is your message to cynics, sceptics, and the intrigued?
Don’t knock until you’ve tried it, and never think you know it all, how could you possibly?

inally, what are your top five tips for self-love?

Always listen to your heart, be integral, accept what life throws at you, be positive and always confront your feelings

Further Links

Ros is based in and around Oxfordshire, Berkshire,  Buckinghamshire and West London.  

Ros provides therapeutic home visits as well. This is something that is encourageed as you remain relaxed after a treatment.

For more details contact Ros on 07968 785 165.