What are complementary therapies?
This is a wide umbrella term to describe a variety of different therapies which are considered as complementary to allopathic healthcare. They are designed to help treat an individual, not an illness or specific symptom. Many people seek complementary therapies for relaxation or to aid well-being, and while complementary therapies do not in any way offer to help with a health complaint, some people do find a particular therapy which is beneficial for them. Complementary therapies should never be sought as an alternative to seeking medical advice.
Why is there a consultation?
Please remember the session is confidential and it is important for you to disclose your medical history. Even if you have a serious health complaint and you are desperate for a therapy appointment, you do need to tell the therapist so they can adapt the therapy or avoid any potentially dangerous issues. No matter what your health complaint, it is usually possible to offer a therapy session. Sometimes it may need to be adapted, but unless you tell your therapist they will not know any possible areas to be careful about.
Which therapy should I choose?
It is always good to choose a therapy which appeals to you. If you are someone who dislikes getting undressed you may prefer to choose an indian head massage, reiki or reflexology to begin with, so you can relax into your therapy session without being concerned about an area being exposed for massage. If you do not mind walking on a beach in swimshorts or bikini, then you will have no problem with a body massage!
If you’re undecided between two therapies then you may want to get in touch, as it is possible to provide a combination.
What am I meant to ‘do’ during a therapy session?
This is your time to relax and some people are unsure whether they should be talking, closing their eyes or watching. As it is your session you do what is comfortable for you. If you’re not used to relaxing try closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing, or imagine you’re lying on a beach or visiting your favourite place. While the therapist will not begin a conversation with you, if you would prefer to talk this is fine.