Why is it that we think nothing of having our hair cut on a regular basis or buying new clothes throughout the year, but think twice when it comes to paying for a complementary therapy to help support our physical and emotional well-being?
How many times have you thought about accessing a complementary therapy, but either haven’t, or have abandoned your treatments after a couple of months and decided to ‘put up’ with your condition / situation instead? I’m going to guess that for a lot of people the answer is possibly “yes”. I’d also like to guess that the two main reasons behind this decision are cost and commitment, and if that is the case, you’re not alone. For many the idea of having to pay £35, £40, £50 per complementary therapy session can be really off-putting, especially when you feel that you are going to have to commit week after week, month after month, year after year.
Let me pose another couple of questions. How often do you get your hair cut, and how much do you pay? What about clothes – how often do you buy yourself an item of clothing that costs £35 or more? I’m going to hazard a guess that, without even blinking an eye, most of us go for a haircut every 6-8 weeks, and depending how much you love your clothes shopping it could be anything from once a week to every 3-4 months. “But Ah!”, you say, “Sarah, these are essentials – these are things that I have to do in order to make me feel good about myself, to ensure I’m smart for work, to keep me warm, complementary therapies are completely different, they are a luxury!” Um…..are you sure?
We think nothing of making ourselves look and feel good through a regular haircut or buying clothes that we like, yet when it comes to how we feel physically and emotionally we seem happy to “make do” because we don’t want to pay for professional help. Why? Is not how you feel physically and emotionally as important, if not more important, than how you look on the outside?
The truth is that looking after your health and well-being isn’t a luxury item, it’s an essential – a necessity. And you don’t have to commit week after week, month after month, year after year. In my own experience I have many Bowen clients that experience a rapid and profound relief to a variety of emotional and physical conditions and situations within 3 session, and often this is all they will need. I know Kinetic Shift and EFT practitioners who have experienced the same.
Therapies like Reflexology, Massage, Reiki, and Gong Baths are equally as valuable to improving your health and well-being. It may be that they require slightly more regular treatments over a longer period of time to feel the benefit, but then you go every 4-6 weeks for some maintenance, or however often you feel you need to go. Like many of my Reflexology clients, it may be that once your ‘original’ physical / emotional needs have been addressed you come back for regular treatments because you value that safe space, that time to relax, that opportunity for your body and mind to stop and just be, helping you to cope and deal with the stresses and strains of modern life.
My point is don’t let cost and/or commitment be a barrier to your health and well-being, stop looking at it as a luxury, but instead look at it as something that is a necessity – just just like the clothes on your back and a decent haircut.