When we think of alternative therapies we often think they are things just used by those that do not believe in the benefit of medicine however, complementary or alternative therapies have lots of positive uses. They are sometimes recommended to help pregnancy, fertility, weight loss, stop smoking, as a way to help anxiety and depression as well as a way to relieve the stresses of everyday life. Some people are very skeptical and some people absolutely fave about them. Whether or not these type of therapies are for you is your own personal choice, however, if you’re curious about trying something new to help you relax them some of the below might give you something to dig deeper into.
I love reflexology. I can’t even explain how amazing it makes me feel. When I was living in a refuge as a single parent a reflexologist would often come to see us at the centre and offer her services free of charge. It was an absolutely amazing experience and always ensured I had a fantastic night sleep. It did make me feel really relaxed and sleepy. The first few times I did experience headaches which some people say is the affect on reflexology releasing body toxins. I would absolutely recommend this for general aches and pains, stiffness, stress and if you have trouble sleeping. It is a foot massage, and some people really don’t like others touching their feet but if you don’t mind it’s worth giving it a go.
Another one that can be popular in pregnancy although it is worth checking if your practitioner will be able to offer this during pregnancy as some do not feel comfortable doing so. Reiki involves relaxing in a sitting or laying position and the practitioner placing hands near or on non-intrusive parts of the body. It’s very relaxing and can be great for children or if you’re going through a particular stressful time.
Aromatherapy is a way of using scents, usually from essential oils as a way to help the body. Different oils are used for different things such as relaxation, stress, low energy, common colds, reducing tension in the body, relieving pain and strengthening the immune system. Oils should be of a high quality, as natural as possible and you only ever need a small amount as they are quite potent. These can be mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and then massaged into the skin, inhaled by dropping on a handkerchief or on a pillow and diluted in bath water.
Acupuncture & Acupressure
This focuses on the pressure points all over the body and can help relax, relieve pains and tension as well as a few common health problems. There are plenty of fully qualified acupuncture practitioners around.
Acupressure is slightly different by using the fingers to apply pressure instead of needles. Some people can perform self-acupressure to help relieve tension if you know the right spot this is something you can look into learning more about.
Meditation is one of those things that can be done anywhere by anyone and is particularly helpful if you need to gain clarity or focus. Meditation can just take a few minutes a day and gives you a small amount of time to focus on your breathing or visualise any outcomes you are trying to make happen in your life. It’s a great way to find calm and I have found meditation to be very helpful with my anxiety. I would also recommend guided meditation of which there is plenty on YouTube and this can really help you to relax.
When it comes to relaxing there are plenty of things you can do such as a warm bath, chamomile tea, reading a good book and just focusing on some self care and taking time for you. It’s so important to relax and relieve tension by taking care of yourself.
This is quite out there for some but I have met so many people that love it and truly believe in it. I have a fair few crystals myself and love looking at them and keeping them close by but it would be great to learn more about the benefits of crystal healing. It’s a way of using the earth’s natural minerals to regain balance in the body and to transfer energy. It’s all about getting back in tune with the natural, balanced you.
Hypnotherapy is another form of treatment that you might want to consider if you have more health problems. It can help with loosing weight, stopping smoking, controlling addictions, manage pain, reduce stress, relax, treat anxiety and depression as well as a fair few other things. I am having some hypnobirthing sessions next month to help me with my labour as I want to focus on ways I can control the pain, let go of the state of fear and believe in my body.
Have you tried any of these therapies and found any to be beneficial?