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Holistic Therapy FAQ
What is the difference between Alternative and Complimentary Therapy?
Treatments that are used instead of traditional Western medicines are referred to as Alternative Therapies, whereas treatments that are used to enhance or aid medical practices are referred to as Complimentary Therapies.
Holistic Therapies are viewed as Complimentary.
I have heard a lot about reflexology but do not know exactly what it is and how it actually works.
Reflexology is a popular and relaxing holistic therapy. It is based on the principle that reflex points on the soles, tops and sides of the feet are connected to corresponding areas throughout the body. Therapists use specialised techniques to massage the reflexes; this is said to help correct imbalances throughout the body and help reduce blocked energy, so leading to an all-round general sense of well-being.
What is a contra-indication?
A contra-indication is an existing condition that could be made worse by treatment, or be a possible cause of cross-infection. As a result, the treatment may not be possible at all or it may be adapted and special precautions taken. In some cases, it may be necessary for the therapist to seek professional medical advice and a GP referral may be required.
I recently had my first aromatherapy massage and although I thoroughly enjoyed the treatment I later experienced a bad headache. Is this normal?
Yes this is normal. During a massage, or in fact any kind of holistic therapy, toxins are released from the body's soft tissue; this may cause a headache, even if you do not normally suffer from headaches. Your therapist should, therefore, always advise you about how important it is to drink plenty of water after the treatment to flush out any toxins released. Herbal teas also help to rid the body of toxins. Caffeine-based drinks should be avoided, as the body has just been detoxified and further toxins should not be introduced.