Your mental well-being is just as important to nurture as your physical well-being. Many people will spend hours focusing on their physical health and will neglect to focus on their mental and internal well-being. Whilst exercising will give your mental well-being a boost and increase your serotonin and dopamine levels, there are ways to focus on your well-being as a whole in order to include your mind, body, emotions, and spirit.
Holistic therapy does just this, it can motivate you to look after every aspect of your well-being for you to feel just as great internally as you do externally.
Self-care means different things to different people as everyone is unique. Not everyone believes in the healing power of holistic therapy but trying one out might just turn out to surprise you.
Examples of holistic therapies include:
Indian Head Massage
Indian head massage is one of the most comforting types of massage treatments available as it covers all areas of your head, shoulders, and neck which can all hold large amounts of tension and emotional stress. Indian head massage has been around for thousands of years and has been used to enhance the body’s natural detox system ever since the early years of invention.
Benefits of Indian head massage include:
- Improved circulation
- Stimulated hair growth
- Higher energy levels
- Migraine relief
Myofascial cupping is an ancient Chinese tradition of placing heated suction cups on the body to stimulate blood flow and reduce toxins. The cups are placed on acupressure points to remove any ‘energy’ blockages known as Qi.
Benefits of cupping therapy include:
- Stress relief and improved mood
- Pain relief
- Reduced muscle spasms
- Improved digestion
Aromatherapy massage is the use of essential oils during a massage treatment to further increase health benefits and heighten your experience. Aromatherapy is used to activate the part of your brain responsible for emotion as inhaling different essential oils has unique physical and mental well-being benefits. Lavender is used to treat stress, lemon to improve mood, and ylang-ylang to treat headaches.
Benefits of aromatherapy massage include:
- Reduced symptoms of depression
- Headache relief
- Unblocked sinuses
- Decreased muscle tension
If you’re looking for emotional healing as much as you are physical pain relief then you could greatly benefit from holistic therapies. It’s important to find the perfect holistic treatment to suit your specific needs which is why your massage therapist should offer you a consultation before your appointment.
How do you find a great holistic therapist?
Not only is it important to find the perfect treatment for you but it’s equally important to ensure you have the best therapist for the job. Your therapist needs to be experienced in holistic therapies, qualified, insured, and highly skilled at what they do. You should look out for 5-star reviews as the best way to find a great therapist is from a trusted recommendation. Holistic therapy can often involve dangerous equipment if not correctly used such as hot stones, acupuncture needles, and even essential oil can become an irritant if not mixed with enough carrier oil or you’re allergic.
A great holistic therapist should:
- Be insured & qualified in holistic therapy
- Have lots of experience
- Have excellent reviews
- Offer you a consultation first