The ultimate guide to complementary therapies

This ultimate guide should give you a full overview of what complementary therapies are, and how they might be able to help you.

What are complementary therapies?

Also known as alternative therapies, these treatments take a holistic approach and are deemed effective for both physical and mental health. A person’s emotional and physical wellbeing is considered a ‘whole’ entity for holistic therapy, and as such, is treated using a flow of energy throughout the body, mind, and spirit. 

Why you should try complementary therapy

The reason people try complementary therapies varies from person to person. However, one reason may be due to other treatments being ineffective. 

Those suffering from mental illnesses will often be prescribed psychiatric medication or counselling by their doctor. Complementary therapies may be considered by the patient if they don’t want to take medication or don’t believe talking therapy is the route for them. 

It’s also worth remembering that doctor-referred treatments often come with long waiting lists. Complementary therapies can work as a temporary measure to alleviate symptoms while you wait for other treatments to become available. 

Others just enjoy a Hertfordshire massage as a little ‘me-time’ treat. 

Can complementary therapy help with mental health? 

Absolutely! Alternative therapies are used to treat both a person’s physical and mental health. Things like stress, anxiety, and depression are often soothed or reduced through aromatherapy or massage. The idea is that the increased blood flow around the body then helps to release endorphins as well as ridding the body of the toxins.

Are they safe? 

Definitely. As long as you’re working with a trained practitioner, holistic therapy is completely safe. That said, it is always worth consulting with a professional before treatment if you’re pregnant, receiving treatments elsewhere, or have any physical or mental ailments that may be made worse by therapy.  It’s also worth mentioning any medications you’re taking beforehand. 

What to consider before starting complementary therapy

Before you dive headfirst into every and any therapy available, it’s important to take a moment to consider everything first, so you can find the right type of treatment for you. 

Think about what you want to achieve from therapy. You may also need to consider if you can afford the cost of regular sessions and whether you have the time to dedicate to them. 

When researching for a therapist, it’s a good idea to have a list of questions to ask over the phone or via email before booking in for a treatment. This will ensure you have everything you need to know ready and will also give the therapist a head’s up about anything that might be of concern. 

What if they don’t work? 

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of scepticism around holistic therapies. Some people absolutely love not having to depend on traditional medicine and feel significantly better through complementary therapy. That said, they don’t work for everyone. 

A major part of the process is being open to the idea. If you’re already there, you’ll likely find them to be at least a little bit effective. But, if they don’t work, and you’re still struggling, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s not your fault. You will eventually find a treatment that works perfectly for you.