Hello, my name is Melanie Booth. I am a holistic therapist offering treatments and workshops in the local community.
I have my own business, Butterfly Holistic Services, where I give a range of massage therapies.
I like to think that a person flies free, like a butterfly, as a result of their treatments.
I am also a writer of, “Melanie’s Memoirs: Bipolar and Me”, and have a second book, “Reflections of My Heart”, about to be published.
I am a volunteer at the Recovery College, having run holistic and relaxation courses there for almost 4 years.
I like to give something back and the Recovery College has aided and helped me in my development.
An Introduction to Complementary Therapies
Complementary therapies are health-related therapies that aid mainstream medical care. They are thought to increase wellbeing, aid relaxation, and promote good mental health. You can use complementary therapies for different mental health needs and symptoms.
Deciding to use complementary therapies is a personal choice, as with all medicines and therapies different things work for different people.
To understand whether a treatment is safe and effective, we need to check the evidence, you can learn more about the evidence for Complimentary Therapies by reading about individual types of treatment. Some complementary treatment evidence is based on traditional use rather than modern scientific studies. Others have been proven to work for a limited number of health conditions.
It's particularly important to talk to your GP if you have a pre-existing health condition or are pregnant. Some Complementary treatments may interact with medicines that you're taking or should not be taken if you're pregnant.
There's no compulsory regulation for complementary healthcare practitioners in England and Wales, so it is possible to practice totally independently without regulation.
This awareness course is designed to widen your knowledge of some complimentary therapies out there. As with any kind of therapy, it's important to find someone you feel confident and safe with.
Regardless of the kind of therapy or medicine they practice, if you don't like or trust that person, you're less likely to have a positive experience.
Is it right for you...?
Only you can decide whether a type of treatment feels right for you. But it might help you to think about:
What do I want to get out of it?
What does it cost – can I afford it?
Have I got any health problems that would affect me being able to do the therapy?
Am I receiving any other treatments that would affect me being able to do the therapy?
If you think you may have a health condition, first see your GP.
Let's Get Started...
I've prepared an Introduction to the following therapies to give you an insight into how they work and how they benefit you. Please click on the one you would like to explore:
I hope you enjoy your exploration of these great ways of staying strong and resilient in difficult times.