Complementary & Alternative Therapies

Complementary and alternative therapies include treatments not considered in the main stream. Many are used in addition to conventional medicine or as an alternative.


Acupuncture was first used in ancient China, as early as 960AD. The word acupuncture derives from a latin word (acus) meaning 'the needle' and is described as 'puncturing of bodily tissues for the relief of pain'.

Acupressure is a soft tissue technique which uses the same pressure points as acupuncture, but uses pressure from the fingers instead of needles.

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils in holistic treatments to promote health and well-being. Essential oils are natural substances, obtained from a plant source by distillation or expression.

Floatation is a method of rest and relaxation. It consists of floating in a 10 inch solution of Epsom salts.

Indian head massage is an alternative therapy which involves massage to the scalp, neck, face and shoulders. The technique has been developed from the Indian system of Ayurvedic healing which is an ancient Hindi form of treatment.

The word myofascial comes from the Latin words 'myo' meaning muscle and 'fascia' meaning band. Fascia is a connective tissue, also sometimes known as fibrous bands, which surrounds all muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and organs within the body.

Reflexology is a type of massage and pressure applied to specific points on the hands and more usually, the feet. The reflex points within the foot relate directly to an area of the body, with the right foot corresponding with the right side and the left foot, the left side of the body.

Reiki is pronounced Ray-Key and is a Japanese form of spiritual healing. It was developed by Dr Mikao Usui in the early part of the 20th century.

Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning 'finger pressure' and was developed in the early 1900's by a Japanese practitioner called Tamai Tempaku. Shiatsu combines traditional oriental treatments with western medical knowledge.