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Complimentary therapies, your views wanted

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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
Hi there, I've not been feeling to great recently due to stress and perhaps a touch of anxiety. I was thinking about using complimentary therapies to give me a boost perhaps going for a massage now and then or trying acupuncture. What are your view and experiences on this - good and bad and is there anything you would recommend?
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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banned#1
Any pampering is good in my book :thumbsup:

Hope your life improves soon x x
#2
I get my legs waxed in the salon down the road and they do a 30 Min massage for £17 is that good? it's just back neck, shoulders, and scalp. They do a hot stone massage or a full body as well. I think it would just help but I don't know as it's not something I have ever bothered with before. Acupuncture scares me a little but if being priced by little needles would make me feel chirpier then I'd give it a go.
1 Like #3
I used to go for reflexology which is VERY relaxing (can't afford it now so given up til I find a job!!), however like you I suffer from anxiety and have been toying with accupuncture because it is really starting to annoy me now, will keep an eye on this thread to see what people say about it.
banned 1 Like #4
I think learning to deal with your own emotions is far better than a pampering, knowing and believeing in what ou feel, saying its ok to feel like i do but also knowing that whilst its ok to feel as you do you also need to deal with whatever needs dealing with, hope that makes sense
#5
Annie1508
I used to go for reflexology which is VERY relaxing (can't afford it now so given up til I find a job!!), however like you I suffer from anxiety and have been toying with accupuncture because it is really starting to annoy me now, will keep an eye on this thread to see what people say about it.


My job is my stress!!! along with other things...:cry: my manager said to me she was worried about me and was referring me to occupational health for assessment. I've only been back at work 5mths since I was last off 6mths....I really don't want to go there again.
1 Like #6
well im not usually a believer in all this but tbh, ive been feeling very rubbish recently, on friday i took a couple of hours off work, had my hair done, then had my eyebrows waxed etc, and it did help me, i made an effort with my hair again today even tho i didnt go out, unusual for me, i do feel a bit brighter, made a resolution to do it more often, it wasnt much at all but i enjoyed it :) gonna try to do something different each time, might even do a first and have my nails done!
#7
sassie
I think learning to deal with your own emotions is far better than a pampering, knowing and believeing in what ou feel, saying its ok to feel like i do but also knowing that whilst its ok to feel as you do you also need to deal with whatever needs dealing with, hope that makes sense


I think this is good advice Bella but at the same time I do go for full body massages regularly and they are fantastic for relaxing you and clearing your head but it is only a short term remedy
#8
bellabonkers
My job is my stress!!! :cry: my manager said to me she was woried about me and was refering me to ocupational health for assement. I've only been abck at work 5mths since I was last off 6mths....I really don't want to go there again.


I know what you mean, I used to work in a Bank which I loved until they brought sales in and then I hated it, had time off for stress and after 10 years finally decided to take the leap and get another job. It was very scarey but my god, the best thing I had ever done. I didn't think there was a life outside my Bank job but there was and I loved the new one.

I have since left that job to have children (which, might I add, can be just as stressful as the Bank job!!) but now they're a bit older I'm going back - need the money - but am determined to find a stress free one, even if it means lower pay, but this isn't always the case, probably worth having a look around yourself, the perfect, stress free, job may be awaiting around the corner!!
#9
i think sometimes we overlook that we have to look after ourselves emotionally too, a bit of indulgence cant do any harm - go for it i say!
banned 1 Like #10
I go to my local beauty and hair colleges for a bargain treat :thumbsup:
#11
DLM
I go to my local beauty and hair colleges for a bargain treat :thumbsup:


I never thought of that!! I knew they did hair dressing but it never occured to me that they would do other things. While I don't mind paying out, saving a little would also be good.
banned#12
bellabonkers
I never thought of that!! I knew they did hair dressing but it never occured to me that they would do other things. While I don't mind paying out, saving a little would also be good.


I try to go as often as possible, it is about £5 for an haircut!
#13
you need to a Ross Noble fix! Have you booked your tickets for 2009 yet?

http://www.rossnoble.co.uk/index_main.html
#14
Laffy42
you need to a Ross Noble fix! Have you booked your tickets for 2009 yet?

http://www.rossnoble.co.uk/index_main.html


Indeed I have :) Mr Noble rocks!!!!!
I have attended every show for the last 4 yrs :oops: lol whats more I always take the year befores DVD and get him to sign it. he's very down to earth. and being a Geordie - who wouldn't be! :)
1 Like #15
As has already been said - any type of pampering is good. Reflexology is wonderful in my opinion, so is massage. I've had accupuncture which sends me to sleep. Not sure about cupping - that just left big red/purple spots all over my back - I looked like Mrs Blobby!!! I even find a sunbed helps me. Its the simple fact of having to lie there for (in my case) 18 minutes in the warm - no phone, no one bugging you and nothing to do but enjoy it. Its a time to clear your mind or switch off. I also feel better for having a tan - but thats just me. I know the possible side effects but the positives it gives me now are more beneficial (and yes I do moderate it and take care not to overdo it)
So my advice is try it - I had a totally wonderful 1/2 hr massage at a place id never been to before and came out completely spaced out. Part of it was the peace and quiet - the therapist didnt gabble inanely and I was able to relax totally. (If you are near andover I would highly recommend visiting her). On the down side I visited another one where she preached more god and salvation than massaging and I felt far tenser when I left than when I entered!
These last 2 were vouchers from the Aero experience eggs last easter. They were actually heavily reduced after easter and probably cost about £5 for the 2 massages.
The cheaper the massage the less guilt in my head and the greater the benefits. even a manicure or pedicure would do me!!!
As has already been said - if you have a local college that teaches massage etc you could always volunteer as a guinea pig and hopefully it get for nothing!
#16
I have even thought about flotation therapy
1 Like #17
take st johns wort - the "Happy Pill" - check with your doctor firt though - also it takes a few days to get into your system but is a brilliant solution especially for SAD
#18
octobergirl
take st johns wort - the "Happy Pill" - check with your doctor firt though - also it takes a few days to get into your system but is a brilliant solution especially for SAD


Good idea....but the doc already has me on happy pills, not that i really want to be on them - or even think I need them.
I'm not feeling so bad tonight - that may well be down to the three large glasses of wine I have consumed lol. I'm not a huge drinker so it's sorta gone to my head :)
1 Like #19
I tried all sorts, from massage to cognative therapy. Classic reason why anxiety creeps up is the over flowing cup. Women especially do not listen to signs, or there body when doing to much. I was a classic case. Its about balancing everything. What only worked for me was a combination....
Start knowing your limits, rest when you need it, dont take on other peoples problems. I then began doing relaxation breathing , try fitting it in morning and evening to train your body into breathing correctly. I also tried massage and hynotherapy. I do neither now.

When i find my cup getting full, i take time out, and do my deep breathing.
I have to admit though I ended up combining all this with medication as it didnt work for me alone. Depends what level you are on, how your anxiety is. Is it manageable etc?

xx
#20
What is cognitive therapy? I saw a counselor for a few sessions early in the year who seemed to think there wasn't a lot wrong with me. I'm certainly not loopy I just find it hard to cope when things go wrong...things snowball.
#21
bellabonkers
Good idea....but the doc already has me on happy pills, not that i really want to be on them - or even think I need them.



I didnt think I needed them either - but the doc is the expert! you wouldnt take your car to the garage and when the mechanic says it needs a new wheel bearing say that you think he is wrong and it just needs some air in the tyre. There is a big stigma about 'happy pills'. I've taken them for a while and had a councellor - trust that they know what they are talking about.
#22
Anything that makes you feel relaxed and chilled out, does you good (if the price is right...or you won't be relaxed!). So long as you don't believe the hype that goes with some therapies. Neither will they solve all your problems. They cannot remove toxins, remove fat, or cure you but if you enjoy it then go for it.

The problem is when you are feeling down and you read some of the carefully worded claims of some therapies, then you cannot afford it....you feel even worse becasue then you feel deprived on top of everything else!

It is often the little things that make all the difference. Stress and anxiety are all normal, it's how we deal with it that makes the difference. (Everyone else always looks like they deal with it very well) We panic because we think we cannot deal with it which makes things worse.

Never forget that worrying takes a huge amount of mental effort, and that can leave you just as exhausted as physical effort. After a few months.that takes it's toll on your body. Antidepressants can help in some cases but not on their own, should always be offered other forms of support as well, like counselling.

They will recommend cognitive behavoiural therapy (CBT) if they think you need it (all NHS). There is a DUMMIES CBT how to book you could read. Although not therapy, I found lots of things in the book which helpled me a lot and I began to change the way I think about things.

Developing strategies like pcnutta says, like not taking on everyone else's problems is just one of many.

An occupational health assessment should not be punative. It should be there to support you and make sure you are getting the help required to keep you in work. Managers should not use OHealth as a threat in any way but not all managers are the same unfortunatley.

Just remember you are not alone with whatever you are going through. Lots have been there before. You sound like you are coping with things because you are making decisions about how to deal with them. We are always a lot stronger than we think:friends:
#23
bellabonkers
What is cognitive therapy? I saw a counselor for a few sessions early in the year who seemed to think there wasn't a lot wrong with me. I'm certainly not loopy I just find it hard to cope when things go wrong...things snowball.


Cognative therapy is when you do over and over again the things which cause you the most stress. Almost facing your demons or so to speak. You learn to change how YOU cope and deal in situations,

It is a way of talking about:



How you think about yourself, the world and other people
How what you do affects your thoughts and feelings.


CBT can help you to change how you think ("Cognitive") and what you do ("Behaviour)". These changes can help you to feel better. Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on the "here and now" problems and difficulties. Instead of focussing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now.

It has been found to be helpful in:

Anxiety
Depression
Panic
Agoraphobia and other phobias
Social phobia
Bulimia
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Post traumatic stress disorder
Schizophrenia

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