Guide to Alternative Therapies Part Three


This therapy is literally the study of body movement. It’s a holistic approach to therapy and it uses gentle testing of the muscles in order to evaluate many different functions of your body. It doesn’t test strength, rather flexibility and how effective the muscles are at responding to your body. It’s based on the idea that your body is able to heal itself, and that these healing abilities are stimulated by your body’s own reflex actions. Once these healing reactions have been activated, it can lead to increased physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. The therapy includes massage, increased nutrition, and manipulation of contact points within the body.


Reflexology is a complementary therapy that’s also known as zone therapy. It’s commonly used on the feet, whereby nerve endings are stimulated by various massage techniques to treat other areas of the body. It’s thought that by stimulating the feet, the rest of the body comes next – think of it as the feet being pathways to the rest of your body. The practitioner will begin by talking to you about your problems and what you need from the treatment, and they’ll then begin to work on massaging various points on your feet, or your hands if needed. Some patients feel fleeting pains as the treatment happens, but this is probably indicative of congestion or problems elsewhere in the body. Most patients will find the experience relaxing and enjoyable. Most sessions last around an hour, but depending on your symptoms, you may have up to two hours of treatment at a time.

SHEN Therapy

SHEN therapy is also called Emotional Healing and Personal Empowerment. It’s an emotional therapy that’s used to bring painful emotional experiences to a close and to empower people. The variety of methods and techniques used in SHEN therapy vary quite widely from counselor to counselor, but what they share is that the main concern is the emotion behind the patient’s words and feelings, not those words themselves. SHEN simply removes the emotion that you may be feeling, rather than going into the ins and outs of why you’re feeling that way. The practitioner uses their hands to bring the emotional episode to an end, similar to the art of shiatsu – ‘healing with the hands’. They prevent your chi from being blocked and then they leave you free to have a happy and full life. Many people find this a useful therapy and find that they recover from huge emotional trauma far more quickly than they could ever have imagined.


Aromatherapy is a therapy that uses the healing aromas of various oils for preventative care as well as to cure you of ailments. The foundation of aromatherapy dates back many, many thousands of years and has been widely used all over the world. Essential oils can be used in many ways, including in baths, via inhalation and during massage. When these oils are inhaled, they produce a response in your brain that is different according to which essential oil you’ve used. Different oils have different purposes – lavender oil is commonly known as a relaxant, and eucalyptus oil is known as a brilliant revitalizing oil. Depending on how the oil is used, your body will react in different ways. For example, if you inhale the oil, you’ll have a different reaction than if the oil is absorbed through your skin. Aromatherapy isn’t safe for everyone and people who are pregnant or who are trying to become pregnant should avoid it or only use aromatherapy on doctor’s orders. It’s a popular therapy, possibly because it’s very non-invasive and also very effective. It can also be done in the comfort of your own home. However, aromatherapy isn’t suitable for all medical conditions.