Alongside our counsellors and psychotherapists, Marple Cross has practitioners specialising in Holistic massage, Reiki and Reflexology – three complementary therapies which are used to promote physical and emotional wellbeing.
Holistic massage is a form of physical therapy, which aims to promote emotional and physical wellbeing through touch. Practitioners treat the body as a whole, believing that emotional traumas and other difficulties are stored in the muscles in the same way as memories are stored in the mind. For more information about holistic massage, please read this article by Marple Cross practitioner Yvonne Young.
Reiki is a relative newcomer to the world of complementary therapy, having been formally developed in the 1920s by a Japanese Buddhist practitioner named Mikao Usui. Reiki involves the therapist placing his or her hands on, or just above, various fixed positions on the client’s body, as a way of relaxing their mental and emotional state and promoting a sense of wellbeing. Whilst definitive scientific evidence is yet to established for the treatment, Reiki is often offered as a complementary therapy in hospices and other long-term care establishments.
Reflexologists work by applying pressure to specific points on their clients’ feet and sometimes hands in order to relieve pain or discomfort in other parts of the body. Practitioners believe that these points are ‘mapped’ to the body’s internal organs and other tissue, so that by massaging or manipulating the feet, any problems in these organs can indirectly be treated.
Finding a complementary therapist at Marple Cross
If you’d like to book an appointment with a therapist who offers complementary therapy at the Marple Cross Centre, please visit our Therapist Directory where you can search for a suitable practitioner.
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