Most people never stop to listen to their bodies. In a stressed, busy world dominated by the digital, we are cut off from our physical selves. As a result, we have little awareness of how badly we are functioning. Some of us have chronic illnesses; others of us just feel a bit under par.
Complementary therapy is a holistic approach to your physical and mental health. This means it consider all aspects of your physical and emotional wellbeing as a whole, rather than treating particular symptoms separately.
'Complementary' describes therapies which may be used alongside treatments offered by your doctor and conventional care in hospices, hospitals and other healthcare settings, however, should not be used in place of conventional medical care.
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Reflexology is based on the principle that reflex points on the soles, tops, and sides of the feet correspond to areas throughout the body. Working on the reflex points with thumb, fingers or knuckles, using specialised massage techniques, can help correct imbalances throughout the body.
A treatment will last approximately an hour and you will remain fully clothed, simply removing your shoes and socks.
This therapy is suitable for most adults and the treatment will be adapted to suit your individual needs after an initial consultation. In some instances your doctors permission may be required before treatments commence, for example, if you have diabetes. Reflexology can also be carried out on hands and ears.
Reiki is a non-invasive complementary therapy, which uses natural energy flow for health and well-being. Its gentle nature means that Reiki is suitable for all ages. It can be used on the whole body or can be localised to a specific part of the body. You remain fully clothed and my hands are placed on or near various parts of the body including the head, torso, knees and feet. The hands remain in position for some minutes before moving to the next position.
Reiki energy 'Universal Life Energy' is said to help re-balance the whole person in mind, body and spirit.
Potential benefits may include :
Feelings of deep relaxation
Improved mood and sense of self
General sense of health and well-being
Within the field of psychology it is defined as awareness of present experiences with acceptance. This very old but simple method of reducing our suffering is based on the assumption that even when we cannot change the cause of our suffering (and often we cannot, at least not immediately), we can still change our relationship to it and become less reactive to what is happening around us, within us or to us, and therefore reduce how much we suffer. Gradually, we can train ourselves to notice when our thoughts are taking over and realise that thoughts are simply 'mental events' that do not have to control us. Working through exercises and supporting you to building a toolbox of resources. Awareness of this kind also helps us notice signs of stress and anxiety earlier and helps to deal with them better.
For those interested an awareness into the 7 chakras can be included (the wheels of energy through our body), through our Chakras we connect to the world of energies and frequencies around us, which are then re-interpreted with our emotional and rational mind.