Complementary Therapies

Caring for your body as well as your mind, Living Well offers a range of Complementary Therapies for those living with HIV in the London Borough of Brent.

Is Complementary Therapy for you?

Whether you need one of Living Well’s aromatherapy massage or shiatsu sessions to help with pain relief or simply to relax and forget about the world for an hour, we’ll match you with the right treatment. Complementary therapies are designed to work alongside your existing medical support, and our clients have told us that they’ve derived great benefit from focusing on their body and having a bit of ‘me time’, which is something we believe everyone deserves.

How does it work?

Living Well offers free, hour-long aromatherapy massage, reflexology and shiatsu sessions to people living with HIV in Brent. Which could you benefit from?

  • Aromatherapy massage works by adding essential oils to the massage lotion. Each oil has different properties, so if, for example, you’re stressed, inhaling chamomile or lavender can help relax you.
  • Shiatsu is a very hands-on form of massage that originated in Japan. It can help to alleviate aches and pains and lessen stress.
What does a Living Well shiatsu practitioner say about complementary therapy?

‘Shiatsu balances and supports the body’s natural healing capabilities. We look at each person’s individual needs and work the treatment around those.’

What do clients say about complementary therapy?

‘I felt more relaxed – lighter in the body, clearer in the mind and more able to deal with life. Complementary therapy also helped me sleep better.’

Evaluating the service

Between April 2009 and March 2012 Living Well provided aromatherapy massage, shiatsu and reflexology sessions to 189 people living with HIV. Participants took part an evaluation process that incorporated Measure Yourself Concerns and Wellbeing (MYCaW), an individualised self-evaluation tool for evaluating changes in the level of participants concerns and wellbeing. Click here to view results

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