5 Holistic Therapies To Help Manage And Reduce Stress

What are holistic therapies?

Holistic therapies take an approach to health and wellbeing that considers the patient as a whole; including their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. This is opposed to taking a symptom or condition specific approach.

The aim of a holistic therapist is to tailor an individual treatment program that will be of the most benefit to the patient.

Today, with the constant demands and pressures created by modern life (especially with technology making it harder and harder to disconnect) we’re seeing an increase in patients coming to us for help with managing and reducing stress.

5 Holistic & Wellness Therapies That Can Help With Stress

Women practicing


Reflexology involves massaging specific points on the foot that will correspond to a specific part of the body. This creates a reflex action. Reflexology can help improve circulation and energy flow, while releasing built up toxins in the body. It has been shown to help with a variety of conditions such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Headaches
  • Sinusitis
  • Reproductive and digestive issues
  • Stress and stress related conditions

Practice of Reflexology can be traced far back into ancient cultures in China, India, and Egypt. It was later developed further in the early 20th century by Eunice D. Ingham who mapped the feet with “reflex points” that related to specific parts of the body.

Woman practicing Reiki


Reiki, or universal energy, is a healing therapy that originated in Japan during the early 20th century. It was founded by Mikao Usui, a Japanese Buddhist monk and spiritual teacher. The word Reiki is derived from 2 Japanese words: “Rei” meaning “Universal” and “Ki” meaning “life force energy”.

This universal life force energy is passed down through attuned practitioners. And these practitioners go on to pass this energy to their patients by channelling energy through their hands on or near various parts of the body.

Reiki has been shown to calm and lower stress by promoting harmony within the body and encouraging the body to self heal.

Seated Massage

Indian Head Massage / Seated Acupressure

Indian Head Massage and Seated Acupressure is performed on a special comfy chair the combination of these two treatments works points on the upper back, neck and arms. The head massage can be done with or without oils depending on the patients preference. This type of therapy helps improve circulation while offering a calming and relaxing experience. It also nourishes the scalp and hair while relieving stress and aches typical of desk and laptop workers.

Man having hypnotherapy


Hypnotherapy is a powerful practice which allows us to access the subconscious through deep relaxation. We can then begin to address concerns that may have held us back and create new positive outcomes.

Through accessing concerns, anxieties, or stress hidden in our subconscious mind, your hypnotherapist is then able to help suggest positive thoughts, behaviours, affirmations and other relaxation techniques to alleviate these stress factors – and not forgetting, the whole process of hypnotherapy can be a calming and relaxing process in itself.

HypnoFertility helps eliminate stress and tension around getting pregnant incorporating Hypnotherapy to address any possible emotional blocks and Reflexology to work on hormonal and reproductive balance.

HypnoBirthing is a comprehensive program to prepare for your baby using deep self hypnosis, special breathing and visualisation techniques that empower you to work with your body and baby in a celebration of life!

ETF Therapy Session

Emotional Freedom Therapy

Emotional Freedom Therapy, also known as Tapping, is a technique to help you let go of negative emotions, fears and phobias that can disrupt the energy flow within your body.

Using elements of traditional Chinese medicine, neuro-linguistic programming, and acupressure, emotional freedom therapy can be used to help correct internal imbalances and promote emotional balance and wellbeing. Working with the body’s meridian lines, your therapist will guide you as you tap to release your concerns.

Try an EFT demo

In fact, you can even try a demo of emotional freedom therapy on yourself with this technique you can do with our guidance:

Let’s say we are working on stress. Firstly, measure how strong your stress feels on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being at its highest.

Take 3 big breaths

Starting on the karate chop point on the side of either hand and say out loud:

“Even though I am holding all this stress in my body I deeply love and accept myself”

( Repeat 3 x)

Eyebrow: All of this stress, the weight of it that I drag around day after day.

Side of eye: It knots up my body, I don’t like how it makes me feel  and I don’t want it anymore.

Under eye: I want to think about letting it go. Could I?  What would that be like?

Under nose: I want to have compassion and kindness for myself. I deserve it!

Chin: I now realise that I have the ability to choose my thoughts and they affect how I feel.

Collar bone: I’m in charge of my body and I’m the boss of my thoughts.

Under arm: So right here and right now I’m making positive decisions and letting go of unwanted stress.

Top of head: My mind is clearer and my body feels lighter. I feel good!

Close your eyes and take another 3 deep breaths and let go.

Measure levels again. Do more rounds of tapping to bring the levels down or as you need them, talking  through the emotions you feel as you tap.

Emotional Freedom Therapy can be used alongside Hypnotherapy to address deeper concerns too.

Discover More About How Holistic Therapies Could Help You With Managing Stress

If you would like to learn more about the holistic wellness therapies we have available at Active Health Clinics, please get in contact with us directly to book a free, no obligation, 15 minute discovery appointment with our lead wellness therapist Alison McMahon.

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