Complementary Therapies are holistic treatments used alongside conventional and alternative medical treatments.
These can include Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Reiki, Body Work ( Yoga / Deep Tissue Massage ) Crystal Therapy and more!!
Conventional Medicine or Western Medicine is the term used for Doctors, Nurses or Therapists treating symptoms or disease with drugs, radiation, surgery etc. This is classified as mainstream medicine.
Alternative Medicine includes a more natural approach such as Herbalism, Homeopathy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Naturopathic, Chinese Medicine etc.
The Core Beliefs of Complementary Therapies
In the Holistic Wellness world, we like to look at the body as a whole.
Mind, Body and Soul.
There are a few core beliefs that complementary therapies share;
- The person as a whole should be treated, not just their disease or symptoms.
- Illness can occur if the body is out of balance.
- The body can heal itself and or maintain a healthy state if given the right conditions.
- Healing and Balance take time. There is no quick fix.
- Natural products are preferable to synthetic ones.
Some of the most Popular Complementary Therapies are:
Aromatherapy – uses plant essences to alleviate many emotional and physical concerns. They can be diffused, inhaled or applied topically with a carrier oil.
Reflexology – is a therapy that involves applying pressure to certain areas of the foot or hand. Reflexology is based on the idea that regions of the foot are connected by nerves to the corresponding body part. Applying pressure to the specific body part ( via the foot ) can help stimulate recovery.
Reiki – a Traditional Japanese Therapy which uses the transfer of energy from the healer’s body to the client to stimulate the ( clients ) body’s natural healing process. It can relieve stress and gives you an overall feeling of well-being and relaxation.
Yoga – an ancient practice that incorporates 3 main elements. Gentle exercise, breath control and meditation. Pilates works to stretch and lengthen the major muscle groups. Both improve posture and muscular strength.
Accupuncture – has been around for thousands of years. The practice involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the skin. It also uses pressure points to encourage the body to heal itself and restore balance.
Crystal Therapy – uses a variety of crystals / gemstones which all have different structures. The causes the crystal to resonate or vibrate at a certain frequency. The energy this creates is believed to give the crystals their healing properties. Using crystals can help to restore balance and stability in the body’s natural energy systems. Which in turn, stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself. Crystal Therapy is said to bring mind, body, emotion and spirit back into balance.
Colour Therapy / Chromotherapy – uses the visible spectrum of light and colour to affect a person’s mood, mental or physical health. Every colour has a specific frequency and vibration. It is believed that this contributes to specific properties that can be used within the bodies own frequencies and energy. Colours are also known to have an effect on people with emotional issues, or brain disorders. For example, Green is used to relax those who are emotionally unbalanced. Yellow, however, can be used to invigorate someone who might suffer from depression. Each person also has an Aura which contains different layers of white light used for cleansing and balancing. Knowing what colours are in your Aura can help you to understand your spirit and help you understand how better to heal yourself.
This link Aura Colours will take you to a free test that will tell you what your Aura colours are!
Why do People Seek Out and Use Complementary Therapies?
There are many reasons a person may look into Alternative or Complementary Therapies. These could be financial, religious or cultural for example. They might have dissatisfaction with their current doctor or mainstream medicine, or have the desire to treat their body as a whole and not just for their symptoms.
As these therapies are becoming more mainstream, many people are becoming more aware of their own health and what they can do to help and heal themselves.
Holistic Wellness is defined as whole body wellness. So, by combining more than one complementary therapy treatment you increase the odds of your body being able to heal, overcome and balance itself.