Other Therapies

Guide to Complementary Therapies and Alternative Medicine

Our guide below provides information about most of the popular complementary and alternative therapies. It gives details about  what form each therapy will take, how these therapies work,  what conditions it can help and details of practitioners of these therapies in all areas of the UK.

Acupressure
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing method that involves applying pressure to certain meridian points on the body to relieve pain. It has many of the same concepts as Acupuncture but does not involve needles. Acupressure balances the body’s energy by applying pressure to specific points along energy channels (meridians). Read more…

Acupuncture
Acupuncture, one of the more popular therapies in the UK, is an ancient Chinese medical procedure involving insertion and manipulation of needles at more than 1000 points in the human body. Applied to relieve pain during surgery or in rheumatic conditions, and to treat many other conditions- anxiety/depression, arthritis, asthma, pain, eczema, sports injuries, allergies and hayfever, migraine, menstrual disorders, gastrointestinaisl problems and pregnancy management and delivery. Read more…

Alexander Technique
Alexander Technique is a method of mind/body integration, which leads to ease of movement and awareness. Alexander Technique practitioners are usually taught in individual lessons, during which the student becomes aware of patterns of contraction in everyday activities such as walking, sitting, standing, bending and lifting. Read more…

Angel Therapies
Angels are messengers from the celestial realms and they bring their messages of joy, peace, comfort, love and Divine guidance to us when we need them most. Read more… 

Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is the use of volatile plant oils for preventative care, healing and general physical well-being. Although the term aromatherapy was not used until the 20th Century, the foundations of Aromatherapy date back thousands of years and can be traced back through to ancient Roman, Greek, Egyptian and Chinese cultures. Read more…

Bach Flower Therapy
Bach Flower Therapy is named after Dr. Edward Bach, who pioneered its research and development in England in the 1930’s, Read more…

Balneotherapy
Balneotherapy (from Latin: balneum, “bath”) is the treatment of illnesses by water-based treatments, using natural thermal springs. Read more…

Bio Energy
Everything is energy. Energy is constantly flowing and changing state. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed and can only change from one state to another. The cells of our physical bodies are energy, which is constantly changing and renewing itself Read more…

Biofeedback
Biofeedback is therapy which uses monitoring devices to help people control and regulate their bodily functions including heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and muscle tension. Read more…

BodyTalk
The BodyTalk System™ has been developed drawing knowledge from ancient philosophy and yoga, quantum physics, applied kinesiology, acupuncture, mathematics, the energy dynamics of eastern medicine and the knowledge of western medical expertise. Read more…

Bowen Therapy
Bowen Therapy is a holistic system of healing developed in Australia in the 1950s by Tom Bowen.
The technique was limited to Australia until Bowen’s death in 1982, when it was named, and spread by Bowen’s apprentices Read more…

Chelation Therapy
Chelation therapy involves the use of synthetic amino acid EDTA (ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid) which is injected into the blood stream, muscles or taken by mouth. These bind metals (lead, mercury, nickel, copper, and cadmium.) these toxins can then be excreted from the system usually via urine Read more…

Cognitive Therapy
Cognitive therapy is a powerful form of psychotherapy based on the belief that psychological problems are the products of faulty ways of thinking; it is a self-help technique that combats depression and other negative emotions by consciously changing the way we think. Read more…

Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral therapy is an alternative treatment technique that is very similar to osteopathy. It is a non-invasive manual therapy that uses gentle massage of the head and neck to release tension and restore balance in order to improve health, reduce pain, and increase resistance to disease. Read more…

Feldenkrais Method
Feldenkrais is a form of movement therapy designed to isolate separate muscles and muscle groups and thereby promoting flexibility, releasing tension, and enhance balance Read more…

Homeopathy
Homeopathy is a system developed by Samuel Hahnemann towards the end of the 18 th century, based on the understanding that healing comes from within, from the body’s innate self-healing forces. These forces are to be stimulated by certain substances that would actually cause respective disease if given in a high doses; intending to heal an illness with its equal substance Read more…

Hopi Ear Candles
Hopi Ear Candles are named after the Native American tribe who first introduced this gentle therapy to the West. Ear candles are used widely throughout North America and Asia and although the current treatment has come to us from the Hopi tribe, the use of ear candles to treat ear problems has been known for centuries, having been used by the Egyptians, Romans and Greeks Read more…

Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy is an alternative therapy that uses water in the treatment of disease, help cure illness and maintain good health. Using water for therapy in this way has been around for hundreds of years, as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans, and it forms an integral part in many traditional medicine systems. Read more…

Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy in which the use of hypnotism constitutes the core of the treatment, it uses the power of the mind to help heal physical as well as emotional problems. It helps the patient discover the underlying emotional and psychological causes to their ailments. Read more…

Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage, one of many massage therapies, has been practised in India for over 1000 years. Traditionally the techniques were restricted to the head and hair, to improve scalp and hair condition of Indian women. it is a treatment based on old Ayurvedic techniques involving work on the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face. Read more…

Iridology
Iridology has a long history being practiced In ancient India, Egypt and China, where doctors and priests made health related diagnosese based on the condition of the iris. Read more…

Kinesiology
Kinesiology, literally the study of body movement, is a holistic approach to balancing the movement and interaction of a person’s energy systems. Kinesiology uses gentle muscle testing to evaluate many functions of the body in the structural, chemical, neurological, and biochemical realms. Kinesiological muscle testing does not assess strength, but tests the integrity of the many factors which determine its response when called upon to contract. Read more…

Light Therapies
Light Therapy is an alternative therapy used to help relieve a variety disorders, ranging from seasonal affective disorder, sleep disorders, chronic pain and depression. Read more…

Magnetic Therapies
Practitioners of this therapy use negative magnetic fields which have a beneficial effect on health. Placing
magnets near, or on an injury site, practitioners believe can increase blood flow and stimulate harmed tissues.
This fairly recent form of therapy is claimed to have beneficial effects for natural pain relief for knees, legs, wrists,
back and arthritis Read more…

Massage Therapies
Massage can be described as a hands-on treatment used by therapists to manipulate muscles and other soft tissues of the body to improve health and well-being. There are many varieties of massage ranging from gentle stroking and kneading of muscles and other soft tissues to deeper manual techniques. Massage has been practiced as a healing therapy for centuries in many cultures around the world. Read more…

Naturopathy
The concept of Naturopathy was developed in Ancient Greece by what has become known as the Hippocratic School of Medicine in about 400B.C. The Greek philosopher Hippocrates had the belief that by first viewing the whole person to find the cause of disease, and then using the laws of nature to determine a cure. From this original school of thought Naturopathy took its principles. Read more…

Osteopathy
Osteopaths acknowledge that there is a link between the body’s structure and how it functions. Osteopaths work through the musculoskeletal system, mostly on muscles and joints, paying special attention to how the internal organs can affect, and are affected by, the musculoskeletal system of the patient. Read more…

Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is a technique used by therapists that aims to treat a person’s emotional and mental health and psychological disorders helping them come to a fuller understanding of their worries, abilities, difficulties, life
stress or motivation which results in the patient increasing their sense of well-being and discovering new ways
of coping. Read more…

Raindrop Therapies
Raindrop Therapy (also referred to as Raindrop Technique) is a relatively new therapy developed by D. Gary Young, founder of Young Living Essential Oils, based on techniques taught to him by a Lakota medicine man named Wallace Black Elk. Read more…

Reflexology
Reflexology (sometimes called zone therapy) is a form of alternative therapy in which the nerve endings, primarily in the feet but also in the hands and ears, are stimulated by specific massage techniques to effect changes in another part of the body and thereby creating health and help overcome disease. Read more…

Reiki Therapies
Reiki is a form of touch therapy in which the therapist uses a both the laying on of hands and distant healing techniques. The therapists treats those parts of the body he or she senses are emitting weak energy, by laying his
or her hands close to the site of the problem, this enables energy to start to flow through the therapist’s hands to the patient. Read more…

Relaxation Therapy
Has been in existence for thousands of years mainly in the forms of Transcendental Meditation (TM), Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong. Read more…

 Shamanism
Shamanism is a methodology based on the the concept of Animism and that the mediation between the visible
and the spirit worlds is effected by shamans.
Shamanism is an anthropological term referring to a range of beliefs
and practices requiring communication with the spiritual world. A practitioner of shamanism is known as
a shaman. Read more…

SHEN Therapy
SHEN Emotional Healing & Personal Empowerment The major goal in SHEN Therapy is to bring painful emotional episodes to a final conclusion and empower people emotionally. Read more…

Shiatsu
Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese healing art. It can help a wide range of conditions – from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. Often referred to as “acupuncture without needles” There are 87,000 registered Shiatsu practitioners in Japan, where it is generally regarded as physiotherapy. Read more…

Somatic therapy
 Is a holistically centred therapy that combines the essential, spiritual, emotional and physical aspects of our being. The therapy endeavours to teach us to become aware of our bodies and how we experience sensations. (Somatic, derived from the Greek word soma, means the living body in its wholeness). Read more…

Trager Therapy
The Trager Approach is a mind-body approach to movement education. Trager Therapy is a system of gentle, rhythmic movement and touch, aimed at facilitating deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and promoting the body’s optimal performance. Read more…

Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a touch therapy that is used to eliminate painful “trigger points”. It is used by massage therapists, chiropractors, and osteopaths. The therapist will apply concentrated finger massage to exert pressure on “trigger points” (painful irritated areas in muscles) this breaks cycles of spasm and pain, thus relieving pain and help to increase muscular flexibility. Read more…