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Alternative Therapies

Synopsis
This DVD video contains the three programmes from the BBC programme introduced by Kathy Sykes, Professor of Sciences and Society at the University of Bristol.

HYPNOTHERAPY - Half a million people in England use hypnotherapy every year. A quick search of the internet shows it is offered for a wide range of conditions: smoking, obesity, tinnitus, phobias, allergies, anxiety - even breast enlargement. But what is hypnotherapy, and what do we really know about its effectiveness? In this personal journey Kathy Sykes travels across the world following patients who are trying the therapy for themselves; sees hypnotherapists at work and meets scientists looking inside our brains to try and unravel what might be going on during hypnosis.

REFLEXOLOGY - Kathy Sykes explores reflexology. She finds out about its basic idea: that the entire body is mapped onto the sole of the foot. Reflexologists claim that by using this map it is possible to detect problems in particular parts of the body and by pressing specific areas of the foot they can improve the health of those parts, including organs such as the lungs, the liver and the kidneys.

MEDITATION - In a journey that takes her from Buddhist monks in Nepal, to brain labs in America - via yogic flying - Kathy investigates what cutting edge research can tell us about the ancient practice of meditation. Having learnt some basic meditation for herself at a monastery in the foothills of the Himalayas, Kathy sets off to find out what science can tell her about the experiences she’s had. Her investigation takes her down two routes can meditation improve your body, and can it improve your mind?
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2008
Year of production
2008
Availability
Out of distribution
Notes
Broadcast in 3 weekly parts on BBC2 beginning 17/4/2008
Subjects
Medical sciences
Keywords
alternative medicine; hypnoptherapy; reflexology; meditation

Credits

Contributor
Kathy Sykes

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£15.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
180 minutes
Year
2011

Production Company

Name

Open University Production Centre

Distributor

Name

Canny Store

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Phone
01789 207440
Address
The Mansley Centre
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Stratford upon Avon
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Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
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Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
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Notes
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