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10 lesser-known alternative therapies
Massage at well-being event
Many alternative therapies have entered the mainstream

Doctors have challenged the growing acceptance of alternative therapies - warning that NHS funding should be for proven treatments rather than "unproven or disproved" complementary medicines.

In a letter published in the Times, doctors recognised the "needs of patients for complementary care to enhance well-being and for spiritual support" - but warned against the "overt promotion of homeopathy" within the health service.

Therapies such as acupuncture, massage and hypnosis have become relatively mainstream - but here's a selection of lesser-known alternative therapies that are out there.

1. ZERO BALANCING

The touch used in Zero Balancing has a characteristic clarity, which engages the body's structure and energy simultaneously in a way that harmonises the relationship between them. Finger pressure and held-stretches are focused on the bones and joints so as to create repeated points of stillness around which the body can relax and re-organise.

It can help to resolve past trauma, whether physical or emotional, and assists people to pass with greater ease though periods of stress or change.
(Zero Balancing Association UK)

2. ROLFING

Rolfing is a series of deep massage treatments, which aim to re-establish the natural alignment and structural integration of the body."

The aim is to bring harmony and alignment to the body through the loosening and balancing of the connective tissues - both the surface and deeper levels.
(Complementary Healthcare Information Service).

3. SHAMBALLA

Shamballa multi-dimensional healing is a powerful form of healing, going right back to the time of Atlantis. The emphasis is on self-empowerment and remembering who we truly are. Healing is a by-product of stepping into our own power.

Shamballa is about embracing our wholeness and perfection. As we step beyond fear and doubt and connect with love, our true nature, so we naturally become more joyful, more creative and whole.."

[Shamballa workshops will show how] the attunements transmit the 13 Shamballa multi-dimensional energies to the DNA of the receiver. The 352 Shamballa symbols are automatically integrated and will be transmitted, as appropriate, when the person being attuned offers this energy to someone else.
(Change for Life)

4. DO IN

Do In is a self-help therapy that combines some of the principles of Shiatsu and Acupressure with stretches, exercises, breathing, meditation techniques and in some cases following a macrobiotic diet.

Do In means self-stimulation in Japanese and refers to the various methods used to gather and strengthen energy (Ki) in the meridian systems of the body, especially in the abdominal area known as the Hara.
(Complementary Healthcare Information Service)

5. HOPI EAR CANDLES

Ear candles are an ancient, mild and natural therapy and have been used by the Native American Indian for many years. The Hopi candle is not a candle as such, but a hollow tube made out of cotton flax.

The candle is placed over the ear orifice and ignited. It is only allowed to burn to within four inches of the end of the candle. As it burns it produces a gentle local heat. The warm air combined with the oil and herbs soften the wax and draw it into the base of the candle. The candle is then removed and the ear and surrounding area is then massaged.

Ear candles can help with the treatment of sinusitis, rhinitis, earwax, earache and irritation of the ears including tinnitus. It is also suitable for the treatment of headaches and migraines
. (Complementary Healthcare Information Service)

6. AROMASPORT

Essential oils possess many remedial properties that are particularly to the needs of sports people and being wholly natural and drug-free represent tremendous potential as a sports-therapeutic aid.

In particular, the immune-strengthening potential of many of these oils, if used regularly, can help to protect an athlete who is vulnerable to recurrent infection.
(Sports Therapy UK)

7. QUANTUM TOUCH

The Quantum-Touch practitioner learns to focus and amplify life-force energy, which is most often referred to as 'Chi' or 'Prana'. This is accomplished by combining various breathing and body awareness exercises. When the practitioner holds a high vibrational field of life-force energy around an affected area, through a process of resonance and entrainment, the client naturally matches the vibration of the practitioner, allowing one's own biological intelligence to do whatever healing it deems necessary."

[Claimed benefits include] acceleration of the healing process, the spontaneous adjustment of bones into their correct alignment with only a light touch, re-shaping bunions and healing deformed or broken bones.
(quantumtouch.com)

8. BEE VENOM THERAPY

Bee venom can be used for reducing inflammation and for pain relief in a variety of medical conditions.

Bee venom contains more than 40 pharmacologically active substances, many of which have yet to be studied. For centuries bee stings have been used to cure diseases such as arthritis, rheumatism, gout, and many other painful joint conditions.
(Beelief Apitherapy)

9. RADIONICS

Radionics is a technique of healing using extrasensory perception (ESP) and an instrument. It is not directed at the physical body so much as at the subtle energy fields, those fields undetected by the normal senses but which support life and are essential for its functioning. The patient can be with the practitioner or many miles away - distance is irrelevant.

Radionic techniques can also be used to help animals, soil and crops.
(Radionic Association).

10. HOLOGRAPHIC REPATTERNING

[This therapy] compares a human being to a hologram - a holographic plate can accommodate millions of images; one only has to change the angle of the light to see a different picture."

It offers a "method to identify and transform non-coherent frequencies that cause us to resonate with life depleting patterns that are preventing us from resonating with life-enhancing patterns".

"The holographic repatterning practitioner believes that no matter how a problem manifests itself - it could be physical pain or emotional dysfunction, the underlying issue has to be identified and shifted.
(Complementary Healthcare Information Service)


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