The following is a guide to some alternative therapies and their functions.
Fine needles are inserted at specific points to stimulate, disperse, and regulate the flow of vital energy, and restore a healthy energy balance. In addition to pain relief, acupuncture is also used to improve well being and treat acute, chronic, and degenerative conditions in children and adults.
The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy defines aromatherapy as “the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.”
Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.
Oils are massaged into the skin in diluted form, inhaled, or placed in baths. Aromatherapy is often used in conjunction with massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, herbology, chiropractic, and other holistic treatments. Each oil has its own unique properties to produce the effect you want, whether it’s to clear your mind, shift your mood, alleviate stress or improve cognitive function and health. .
Champissage , also known as Indian head massage.
Indian Head Massage is based on the traditional form of ‘champi’ which has been practiced in India for over 1000 years. Massage and pressure point work are used, working on the neck, shoulders and face as well as the scalp, with the optional use of oils. This helps to relieve tension, which commonly builds up in these areas ,balances energy and deeply calms the mind.
In traditional times, Indian women would use this kind of massage to keep their scalp healthy and ensure thick hair, as it stimulates the circulation to the scalp and provides nourishment for the hair roots.
The benefits of this massage are improved blood flow, muscle relaxation, and lowered stress levels. Patients suffering from eye strain, headaches, insomnia, lack of concentration, and lethargy, will find this method of massage quite refreshing and beneficial.
It is an extremely relaxing, promoting restful sleep and bringing a sense of stillness and calm.
The Ancient Art of Reflexology.
Reflexology is a deeply relaxing and energising holistic therapy which treats the whole person rather than just the symptoms of disease. It is based on the principle that the body is divided into ten equal and vertical zones ending in the fingers and toes. The body is often in a state of imbalance, particularly after illness, injury or periods of stress, with these vital energy pathways blocked, preventing the body from functioning effectively.
The aim of reflexology is to release any blockages and restore the free flow of energy and blood circulation to the whole body. To achieve this, a specific massage technique is applied to reflex areas in the feet (and sometimes the hands) which correspond to tissues, organs and systems throughout the entire body. By using thumb and finger pressure on the reflex points of the feet, it helps assist in achieving balance with in the body. Stimulating these reflexes encourages the body to heal itself, restor and maintain natural equilibrium, as well as promoting a general sense of well being.
Hopi Ear Candling
Hopi Ear Candling, or Thermo Auricular Therapy as it is also known, can be used to treat many conditions of the ear, nose and throat area Primarily used for wax buildup and related hearing problems, ear candling is also used for ear infections and sinus infections. Treatment involves placing the narrow end of a specially designed hollow candle at the entry of the ear canal, while the opposite end is lit.
Disclaimer: Hopi ear candling treatment is not a substitute for traditional medical care by your G.P.
It is a complementary therapy that may be used in conjunction with conventional medicine.
Should you be aware of any reason why this treatment is contraindicated for you or you have a serious health problem,please consult your G.P.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.
Reiki is a non-invasive complementary therapy, using natural energy where the therapist places their hands on or near various parts of your body.The hands will remain in each position for a few minutes before moving to the next position. The client remains fully clothed during the treatment.
Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical illness or emotional imbalance.
What is Reiki used to Treat?
Reiki is a great tool for stress reduction and relaxation. Many people use Reiki for wellness. Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness, but it may assist the body in creating an environment to facilitate healing. Reiki is a great tool to use as a complement to traditional medicine and is practiced in many hospitals and medical care settings.