What are complementary therapies?
Complementary therapies are natural therapies that are designed to work with, and support the body’s own unique natural healing abilities, hence the term – COMPLEMENTARY.
These therapies can work alongside, complement, conventional medication and treatment, often helping patients to cope with side effects, improving mood and general feelings of wellbeing. There is a growing availability of complementary therapies in many hospices throughout the UK as doctors and nursing staff recognise the benefits these therapies can provide for their patients.
The term holistic is synonomous with complementary therapies and put simply means that these therapies are believed to work on all levels of the human being – the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects i.e with the “whole” person. Unlike conventional medicine which tends to treat the physical manifestation of an illness, the symptoms; complementary / holistic therapies are believed to support the body to restore the natural equilibrium on all levels.
The human body is an amazing “machine” capable of repairing itself for the majority of the time, medical intervention / assistance is generally only required when the body’s healing abilities become overwhelmed and can no longer cope.
However in order to achieve a good level of repair the body, like any “machine”, needs to have adequate maintenance – ie. good food, plenty of rest, appropriate exercise, minimal stress etc.
We know that our life style choices can have a significant impact on our general health and wellbeing. It is estimated that over 70% of GP visits can be attributed to stress induced conditions. Add to this the impact of poor diet, lack of exercise, alcohol consumption and tobacco and it is easy to see why so many of us feel poorly and experience significant health problems.
Complementary therapies should perhaps be viewed as useful tools in your personal care and maintenance programme working alongside diet and exercise. These therapies can help to relax and calm the mind and body overcoming some of the stresses and strains that modern life encompasses, encouraging the body to work naturally to restore its own healthy balance. It is simply a question of finding a therapy that suits your individual needs, what works for one person will not necessarily work for another. Complementary therapies are just that – THERAPIES – they are not miracle cures or a quick fix, nor should they be seen as a replacement for conventional medicine.
With our current economic climate and resulting cutbacks within the health service we all need to be more pro-active in taking responsibilty for our own health. Unfortunately stress levels in our society are continuing to rise, therefore taking time out to relax and unwind is becoming increasingly important in our battle to maintain health and wellbeing. Complementary therapies could help you to cope with the stresses and strains in your life.
Not sure if complementary therapies are for you? – then why not try a taster session. This enables you to have a brief treatment session and gives you the opportunity to discuss any questions or worries you may have. Please contact me for further details.