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Complementary therapies


Like many therapists, I believe in the ancient idea that healing is most effective when the whole person is treated rather than just focusing on the illness or symptom. As Socrates said in 400 BC, ‘The part can never be well unless the whole is well.’ Complementary therapy means living in a state of balance, not an absence of illness. It encompasses all the senses of the body – touch, taste, sight, hearing and smell.


There is no denying the huge success of modern medicine, but there are also instances where some medicinal ‘cures’ have proven more harmful than the original disease. One of the reasons I love to give complementary therapies is because it treats the individual on all levels of mind, body and spirit. A treatment is often given alongside conventional medicine, hence the name ‘Complementary Therapy.’



Causes of dis-ease and dis-harmony


Have you ever wondered why it is that certain people are always suffering with their backs, or headaches, or digestive disorders or suffer with sore throats, while other people go through life apparently symptom free? What is it that causes dis-harmony or dis-ease in some people and not in others? As our minds and bodies are not separate beings, a connection can be made of all our physical weaknesses to our mental state. Physical symptoms may therefore come about by emotional factors, often anger and/or stress.


You, your family or your friends may identify with some of the following examples:



The head is the control centre for the body. Too much analysing results in headaches or migraines, or a general imbalance in the physical, emotional, mental or spiritual level. It can also mean confusion and unexpressed emotion.



Eyes relate to our inner seeing and feeling. The need to be seen by others, or not seeing their needs. Not seeing what is plainly in front of our eyes or what is ahead. The eyes are also connected to the sinus and unshed tears.



Hearing others, being heard by others or blocking out what we don’t or didn’t want to hear. The ears are also related to high blood pressure, balance and clarity.



Dis-harmony in the throat by becoming ‘choked-up’ may mean the inability to express with others how we really feel. Difficulty in expressing the truth. Throat blockages or sore throats may be caused by not saying what needs to be said, feeling gagged.



The neck is the physical link between our intellectual and physical process. A ‘stiff-necked’ view, or the inability to put your neck on the line. A rigidity in thinking. It is also related to the shoulders by carrying burdens and responsibilities.



Burdens of responsibility and the inability to shoulder the burdens. Tension and a difficulty in dealing with or carrying the things we need in life. Feeling that the ‘whole world’ is on our shoulders.


Upper back

Too much giving and receiving. Creating a ‘rod for our back’. Repressed feelings of another’s ingratitude or guilt may cause upper back problems, or just having your back up.


Lower back

Lower back problems may indicate that someone is uncomfortable with life, or the stress of life itself. Just by doing too much can cause problems in this area.



The coccyx is connected to the survival instinct. It can sometimes indicate fear of success in life.



Blockages, constipation is unable to let go of past or old feelings. Holding in anger. Diarrhoea or colitis is letting go of the past without dealing with the issues. The intestines can be a storage area for anger or unresolved issues.



Being unable to digest aspects from the past, such as old ideas or social conditioning. Ulcers show up as eating away the gut, whilst ‘butterflies in the stomach’ represent anxiety about the future. Fear of change.



Anger stored over long periods of time and/or long-term insecurity may affect the effectiveness of the liver. If the liver is not detoxifying efficiently this may show up as eczema or psoriasis.


Gall bladder

Anger that has turned to bitterness may result in gall bladder problems.



Losing the sweetness of life. Lack of spark.



Unfinished business, especially within relationships.



Shock, trauma, stress and fear all may produce a weakness in this area. An inability to deal with fear or uncertainty in life. An over-stretching of the nervous system.


Ovaries or testicles, uterus

Deep sexual issues such as abuse. Guilt to do with miscarriage or abortion. Anger about sexuality.



Stored issues that need to be expressed.



Sexual guilt, anger with women, helplessness with birth or sexual issues and powerlessness.



The hip’s are the body’s physical support system. Stored problems or anger or fear result in excess of fat making a barrier to the world. Being too vulnerable or unprotected in life results in thinness.



The body’s shock absorbers. The need for support for emotional or practical issues and the inflexibility in dealing with the hard ground of life.



A difficulty in being able to react to rapidly changing circumstances. Lack of understanding or trying to analyse things not relevant to our progression.



Lack of grounding in life. Unable to take a stand, and to stand up for ourselves. Difficulty in setting standards for oneself.

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