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Supporting Women’s Health with Complementary Therapies

Elie Pettitt

The Holistic Academy

07501 111758

In a world of juggling careers and family life there is little time for coping with issues of ill health, either physical or emotional, yet we are constantly fighting battles with our reproductive systems, hormones, digestive health, anxiety, depression, immunity and other major illnesses, be it small daily battles or larger, all consuming wars!

Complementary therapies have been used for centuries to enhance the wellbeing of people of all ages and genders, but as conventional medicine advances we often overlook the profound benefits that these therapies can offer, not to cure, but to support, nurture, revitalise, and re-energise the mind and body.

Reflexology, a foot massage treatment (alternatively hand or face) focuses on unblocking the reflex points along the energy pathways to assist the body in achieving a state of homeostasis, is fabulous for aiding imbalances of the whole body, such as menopause, digestive, nervous (stress and anxiety) and immunity health. It is also becoming recognised for supporting conception and pregnancy.

For many women, the menopause or perimenopause can be debilitating. Not just physical changes and symptoms, but changes in hormones lead to mood swings, anxiety, loss of confidence and sometimes fear. Regular reflexology treatments are a powerful tool to giving all round support and relief of many of the issues that women experience.

Deep Tissue Massage and Hot Stone Massage address the physical aches and pains of stress, poor posture, sports or occupational strain. As well as easing the pain and improving movement, breaking down the knots in the fascia and muscles re-energises the localised area, meaning there is less chance of reoccurring problems.

Indian Head Massage is fabulous for revitalising the mind, aiding clarity of thought, reducing pain and tension in the neck and shoulder area. Regular treatments may also reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. Dry or damaged hair may also benefit from regular treatments.

Aromatherapy and other relaxing massage treatments work well to sooth and calm the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, working to harmonise conditions connected with mental health, stress and anxiety. This is achieved by working in long rhythmic movements and connecting with the central nervous system.

In more recent years we understand that massage itself does not affect the progress of Cancer.

A gentle and soothing massage from a qualified practitioner, can offer a huge relief to symptoms of treatment and emotional support.

Digestive health disorders can be painful, debilitating and often embarrassing. They bring about exhaustion, weight problems and stress. Abdominal massage can help to alleviate symptoms with regular treatments whilst reflexology offers support for the more general concerns such as lethargy.

Other immunity disorders such as frequent colds and viruses, ME and fibromyalgia can benefit from Lymphatic Drainage Massage as this very gentle style of massage assists the body in dispersing with unwanted toxins and water retention.

Of the many health issues women may experience, the symptoms and emotions do not fall into neat boxes that can be cured by conventional medicine, and thus complementary therapies support the wellbeing of the whole person holistically. Should we not, therefore, put more importance on alternative healing as a necessity to supporting our holistic health.

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