Complementary Therapies...... a treat or necessity?

Complementary therapies are generally seen as a treat or luxury, but with increased stress levels in our lives today the need to allow the body to relax and return to a balanced state is more important than ever.

In 2016, I read an article by Giuliana Fenwick about a gentle form of Indian Head Massage that she had devised to help her son Ollie, who is on the Autistic Spectrum.  As a therapist with over 15 years experience, and also a carer, I knew immediately that I had to meet this lady and learn her techniques.

The techniques in this special form of massage encourage relaxation and calm, plus studies have shown improved focus, concentration and memory retention. The treatment is usually given whilst the client is seated and fully clothed. A  variety of gentle moves are applied to the back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face, but will be adapted to the client's preference.

The short term results are visible pretty much immediately. As the recipient is flooded with serotonin and dopamine (the “happy” and “pleasure” hormones), feelings of calm and wellbeing are instantly being released.

The techniques, when given on a regular basis, can help to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, calm sensory overloads, improve sleep patterns, ease frustration and boost mental, physical and emotional wellbeing in people of all ages.

Carers can benefit from the various treatments enormously. The stress and anxiety which can be associated with being a carer can vary from day to day but many carers experience high levels of stress, which can be prolonged and treatments can be an effective way towards helping to deal with those feelings. Most of us experience increased stress levels a lot of the time and while some stress is good as it can get us through an interview or pass a test, long term it can have an adverse effect on our health.

The majority of our nervous system consists of the responses our body does without us having to think about them i.e. breathing, blinking, sweating, food being digested, hair growth etc


Our sympathetic nervous system, however, is when our body goes into the 'fight or flight' mode, breathing becomes shallow, the heart rate increases, we sweat and blood flow increases to the muscles ready for action! This was designed to be short lived and once the danger had passed or a fight won, the systems would return to a normal balanced state.

  • Therapies can:
  • help with relaxation
  • relieve tension
  • improve mood
  • aid sleep
  • relieve anxiety and stress

promote a general sense of wellbeing

Time for yourself is a cherished time and a treatment can leave you feeling relaxed, revitalised and with a warm sense of well being.

 ....time to relax and unwind



About me:

I am a Complementary Therapist with over 15 years experience and I offer a variety of treatments including; Aromatherapy massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage. I am also a carer for my 27 year old daughter, who has delayed development and learning disabilities. I began my therapy training after taking her to see a therapist in the late 1990s.

My treatments are available at treatment rooms in Cardiff and near Cowbridge.

If you would like more information, or to book a treatment, please contact me:

Jacqui Beddoes

Tel: 07850 454750

email: [email protected]

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