Complementary Therapy

Complementary therapies, such as relaxation and hypnosis, support and enhance the effectiveness of other treatments. They support your immune system, help manage stress and worry, and can help in a number of other ways.

Some reasons you may wish to consider complementary therapies are:
  • Reducing and managing symptoms
    (eg, pain, breathlessness, fatigue, nausea)

  • Anxiety or stress

  • Low mood

  • Side-effects of medication

  • Preparation for surgery/childbirth

  • Immune system support

  • Increasing motivation, optimism, or confidence

  • Coping, or 'finding a way through' a difficult time in your life

  • Grief and loss

  • Adapting to new situations

  • Moving forwards if you feel 'stuck' in a current situation

  • Increasing creativeness

  • Supporting the effectiveness of other therapies or treatments

How does complementary therapy help?

Our bodies and minds are linked in many complex ways which are not yet fully understood. This relationship means that when a physical illness or symptom affects our bodies, signals and chemical messages are sent out, which can affect our mood, emotions, actions and outlook. Similarly, difficult emotions, such as stress or worry trigger our fight/flight/freeze response, which affects many parts of our bodies, causing physical changes.


The natural fight/flight/freeze response sends messages to our body, creating physical symptoms such as nausea, muscle tension, pounding heart, possibly butterflies in the stomach or an urge to go to the loo, and so on. Long term, stress, worry and fear can and lower our immune systems and further affect our physical health. 


Can complementary therapies cure me?

Complementary therapies cannot cure an illness. However, there is plenty of evidence which shows that complementary therapies can support medical treatment, sometimes improve outcomes, and improve the healing process when used alongside medical care. They can also improve physical and psychological symptoms, mood and outlook. 

Complementary therapies are not intended to replace medical intervention. Please consult with your doctor if you have concerns about using complementary therapies, or it’s effectiveness for your issue or condition

To find out more about hypnosis and hypnotherapy, click here.