What are they?
- A complementary therapy is one that can be used in addition to, or instead of, conventional western medicine.
- An alternative therapy often claims to be a complete system, which can be used instead of conventional western medicine.
Complementary and alternative approaches share a belief in the body’s ability to heal itself. Some of them use an understanding of the working of the body which is not studied by practitioners of conventional medicine, based on Eastern understandings of energy meridians and fields.
Aromatherapy is the systematic use of essential oils to improve physical and emotional well-being. Essential oils, extracted from plants, are thought to possess distinctive therapeutic properties.
The oils can be applied though creams, inhalation, massage or by adding drops to a warm bath. Aromatherapy massage involves a gentle massage, using essential oils diluted with a nut or vegetable oil, such as almond
Massage uses touch in a sensitive and respectful way, taking account of physical symptoms, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, and your lifestyle. Understanding the context in which problems develop is as important as looking for the symptoms.
- Massage Therapy UK
information on the main types of massage available and UK directory of practitioners
Reflexology is based on the principles of ‘zone therapy’ (similar to the meridians or energy pathways) and the theory that the body’s energy field is a hologram, and every organ and system of the body has a counterpart in reflex points in the feet, hands and ears. Practitioners mainly work on the feet.
Complementary Therapies can be beneficial used alongside counselling and talking therapies