A Conversation About Complementary Therapies
Hi, hi, hi!
How are you feeling this week?
What have been your biggest wins?
What hasn't gone so well? What lessons have you taken away from these experiences? Are you ready to let them go now?
If you can, spend some time journalling your answers to the questions above.
Have you ever tried a Complementary Therapy?
Since it’s National Complementary Therapy Week, I thought I'd share some of my top recommended alternative therapies...
First up, what is a Complementary or Alternative Therapy?
According to BUPA, Complementary Therapies offer a different approach to conventional or mainstream medicine. They include therapies that aren't usually part of conventional medical care, such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture and homeopathy. They are usually used alongside, or as well as, Conventional Therapies.
Ok, so, which therapies do I recommend? I've picked 2 for this week, and may share more in future...
The first I'd like to share is... Pilates.
According to our friends at Oxford Dictionary, Pilates is a system of exercises using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.
NHS England shares that Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing.
Pilates was developed by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed mental and physical health were closely connected. His method was influenced by western forms of exercise, including gymnastics, boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling.
The second therapy I wanted to share with you today is Reiki.
So, what is it?
According to the Reiki Association, “Reiki” (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy, and is also a word used to describe a system of natural healing.
Reiki can be used alongside other conventional or complementary treatment and often helps to provide emotional support during recovery.
The method of receiving Reiki is simple. The recipient remains clothed and lies on a couch or sits on a chair and relaxes. The practitioner gently places their hands in a series of non-intrusive positions on or near the body. There is no massage or manipulation. The whole person is treated rather than specific areas. Sessions can take 45 minutes to an hour-and-a-half, depending on the client’s needs.
If you’re interested in either of these Complimentary Therapies, feel free to get in touch. We can recommend tried, tested and reputable practitioners who are currently working remotely.
Lastly, I felt it important to offer advice on how to ensure you are using reputable therapists, given that some of the therapies within the CAM sector don't require supervision. Here are some useful tips:
If you give something new a try, please do let me know!
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