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Introduction to Holistic Therapy Treatments

This section provides an introduction to a selection of readily available holistic treatments, from which you will get a good idea of what to expect should you choose to experience one of them. From massage to acupuncture, healing to posture work, homeopathy to essential oils, the information is here so why not take a look and decide which treatment is the one for you.

Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy massage is less vigorous than Swedish or body massage, using relaxing massage movements to gradually allow the essential oils to be absorbed. It is a deeply therapeutic experience, promoting both deep relaxation and the therapeutic effects of the essential oils, which can for example be uplifting, comforting, decongestant or calming.

Foot Reflexology

Body Massage

Foot reflexology involves stimulating reflexes on the feet to restore balance and encourage self-healing within the body. This is done using the thumb or fingers to apply firm pressure using caterpillar-like movements, rotation on a spot, hooking the thumb in and back out, as well as general relaxing massage moves.

Body massage is very similar to Swedish massage. They are straightforward massage treatments that can incorporate many different massage movements to make a massage vigorous or relaxing depending on the client’s needs. They can cover the whole body or focus in on specific areas, again depending on the client’s needs.

Indian Head Massage


Indian Head massage is probably the most straightforward, convenient and versatile massage therapy. It is a wonderfully relaxing and calming treatment, using a variety of therapeutic massage movements that focus not only on the head but also on the upper arms, shoulders, and neck, where many people build up a lot of tension.

Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese practise of inserting fine sterile needles into specific acupoints along meridians, in order to stimulate or suppress the flow of “life energy” (qi) where there is an imbalance. It is used most often in the west for pain relief, and is one of the most accepted of eastern therapies.



Acupressure is often described as “Acupuncture without needles”, and like acupuncture is based the theory that qi or “life energy” flows along channels called meridians, along which acupoints can be stimulated to influence qi. The difference is that acupressure uses finger and thumb pressure rather than needles.

Reiki is a form of Japanese spiritual healing. The therapist draws upon life force energy (“reiki energy”) from the universe, and channels it via their hands to wherever it is needed in themselves or others. Since being introduced to the West in the 1970s it has become increasingly popular, however it is not given much credence by conventional medical opinion.


Alexander Technique

Homeopaths believe that there is a “vital force” that regulates the body and maintains it in a state of well-being. If this force is put under strain illness can result, and Homeopaths see symptoms of illness as an indication that the body is using its natural self-healing abilities to fight back. Homeopathy attempts to stimulate the body’s self-healing abilities rather than suppress symptoms.

The Alexander Technique is based on the principle that our holistic health is influenced by habitually poor posture. This could relate to basic functions such as sitting, standing, or lifting incorrectly, or perhaps the physical tension that can build up as a result of stress, anxiety, or low self-esteem. By becoming aware of bad postural habits, and re-learning basic movements, over time we can rectify the situation.

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