Some therapies are ‘alternative’ while others are ‘complementary’.
What is the difference?

Complementary therapies work alongside conventional medicine and ‘complement’ it – ie, fill in the gaps. For example, some complementary therapies can help with ailments, such as a persistent back-ache, for which doctors can offer nothing except painkillers. Other complementary therapies can help with the side-effects of an illness or operation. Also, if complementary therapies are used regularly by a person who is not ill, they can act as a prophylactic against illness because they keep the system in tune.

Alternative therapies (such as Acupuncture and Homeopathy) work with a completely different system of medicine and therefore take a different approach to diagnosis and treatment.

Some of the therapies listed below are preceded by a paragraph which briefly describes the therapy.


Aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils to bring about and maintain harmony of body, mind and spirit. Each oil has an individual therapeutic effect as it penetrates the cells of the body. Massage is a popular way of introducing the oils into the body; they can also be used in the bath or vaporized in a burner. Aromatherapy helps relieve stress, insomnia, migraines, headaches, PMT, muscle fatigue, backache, etc.

Aromatherapy in Dalbeattie, nr Castle Douglas, S.W. Scotland
Aromatherapy with meridian & acupressure massage, Slavic massage & Stone therapy, using hot & cold stones to suit your needs. Also gorgeous Jurlique facials. All with organic essential oils & products. Jan Gray, MIFPA, 01556 612425.


A combination of several modalities to assist your healing on all levels of being.

Reiki, Sound, and Energy Healing classes – Robert – 01576 610 211 – in and out calls available – DG11 2LP


Flower Essences Therapy in Cumbria
Rachel Singleton (FEP, MCThA) works with the beauty of Essences to help you relax and attune deeply to your inner self. Consultations at Staveley Natural Health Centre, and by phone/email. Tel: 015394 37427 Email:


Reconnective Healing in Carlisle & Langholm
Reconnective Healing and The Reconnection.
Feeling out of balance, stuck or adrift on your life path?
Sessions available in Carlisle. Julie Kaloczi, Tel 07854 799193


Homeopathy is a natural alternative to conventional medicine, using carefully selected remedies to stimulate the body’s own natural forces of recovery. It recognises that ill health is the body’s response to mental, emotional and physical disharmony, and seeks to treat the underlying cause of any imbalance by considering the whole person rather than just the symptoms or a disease ‘label’.

Homeopathy in Dalbeattie
Marion Gardner, Homeopathic Practitioner, Dumfries & Galloway
01556 620388
I specialize in helping clients who want to overcome emotional issues, including stress, anxiety, grief, fear, exhaustion and those coping with chronic disease (maybe their own or while they support a loved one). Discovering and releasing an underlying emotion behind a physical problem can help you to recover and be more comfortable in your life. So if you have an ache or pain and want to complement your current treatment, there may be a solution in my work. As a woman I welcome female clients and offer confidential therapy. All of this is available from my home-based practice near Dalbeattie – telephone consultations can be arranged for people living a distance away.


Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of hypnosis. It cannot be imposed against your will. You allow yourself to enter a state of profound relaxation. The subconscious mind can then open up to change. Hypnotherapy is most effective in dealing with long-standing habits such as smoking, over-eating, insomnia etc. and social difficulties such as phobias, anxiety, exam nerves. It can build up motivation to help you achieve your goals in life.

Hypnotherapy in Auldgirth, near Dumfries
Whatever your problem …
be it weight-related, an annoying habit you could do without, control of pain or something more difficult to describe… hypnotherapy can help you make valuable changes in your life.
Hypnotherapy is relaxing, enjoyable and positive. And – always remember – you are in control.
Ring Sarah on 01387 740200 or email:

Hypnotherapy in Carlisle, Cumbria
Hypnotherapy, NLP, Shamanic healing: Dan Russell, Atlas Works, Nelson St., Carlisle, CA2 5ND Tel 01228 401018/Fax 01228 401019.


Sometimes we want to understand:
why things cannot be overcome;
why we keep feeling angry, fearful, worried or depressed;
why we are holding on to unhealthy believes and habits;
why we have this physical problem;
why all the treatment we have had is not working for us when it has done so for others;
and we know that somewhere deep inside there is an answer.

‘The Journey’ therapy was pioneered by Brandon Bays after she was diagnosed with a tumour the size of a basketball in her abdomen. With a background in holistic therapy and life coaching, Brandon embarked on a remarkable search in which she discovered a way to access her inner healing resources. Six and a half weeks later she was pronounced tumour-free, ‘text book perfect’ with no drugs or surgery.
The process is like an interactive guided meditation that encourages us to uncover and resolve specific cell memories that may have been unconsciously causing these limitations and find the answers.

Journey Therapy in Dalbeattie, S.W. Scotland.
Marion Gardner, Journey Therapy Practitioner, Dumfries & Galloway
01556 620388
Sessions vary in time from 1 hour (suitable for children, introductory or follow-up sessions) to 3 hours for those seeking to open into a profound wisdom and discover the answers to their deeper questions and life purpose.


Life Coaching is establishing with the client what their reality is today. Then clearly defining what are the client’s aims or intensions for the future. The life coach works with the client to produce a plan of action that the client can follow with confidence. Life coaching thus provides a confidential space in which clients can talk about what’s on their mind, share insights, think the unthinkable, come up with alternatives, and rehearse their next steps. The number of life coaching sessions required is therefore proportional to the client’s aims and intensions.

Call Bob Shipway on 07917 413987, or contact via LinkedIn, Facebook, or email at


Osteopathy works by helping the body to repair itself. This holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment concerns itself with identifying and resolving causes, rather than simply relieving the symptoms. By improving function in areas that are causing symptoms, health can be restored. Treatment is tailored to the individual and all ages can benefit from osteopathy.

Osteopathy in Dumfries, SW Scotland.

Dumfries Osteopathic Clinic:
Julian Leask, B. Ost., Rosie Gibbs, Registered Osteopaths.
Lochthorn Medical Centre, Edinburgh Road, Dumfries DG1 1TR. Tel. 01387 252882.


Elizabeth Wilson, ND, MRN, DO, MRO, Registered Osteopath.
Dumfries Holistic Health Centre, 30 Galloway Street, Dumfries DG2 7TN. Tel: 01387 267617.


CBT Psychotherapist Shirley Ann Radly, BABCP reg.
Compassionate focused approach for emotional and mental health problems.
Tel. 07592 626207. Confidentially assured.


Reflexology: Each bodily organ, gland and system is represented by an area on the foot. The reflexologist applies pressure to these areas, thus improving blood supply and flushing out toxins from the corresponding part of the body. Reflexology is a safe, effective way of treating the body without the use of drugs or surgery. It can be used for: asthma; ear, nose & throat conditions; constipation; circulation problems; high/low blood pressure; menstrual problems; migraine; and back pain.

Blue Skies H T Advanced Reflexology Conception & Pregnancy Reflexology, Reiki, Holistic Facial Massage, Thai Foot Massage, Thai Seated Massage, Thermal Ear Candling.
Based in Eastriggs but happy to go to client’s home if they wish.
Phone 01461 40712
Text 07519939112


Reiki can only be taught by a Reiki Master, who may be male or female. Practitioners in training receive an attunement from their master to become channels for the Reiki energy. Reiki has several symbols that represent different frequencies of energy that work specifically on the physical body and/or energy field. During treatment the recipient remains clothed. The therapist’s hands are held still on or above the client’s body while the healing energy flows through. The body enters a deeply relaxed state, which allows stagnant energy to begin to flow again. Reiki can be used on plants and animals and is beneficial for all ages.

Reiki Master/Teacher in DG11.
Experience the profound healing that Reiki can bring to you.
Robert – 01576 610 211 –

Reiki Master/Practitioner – Kippford / Dalbeattie area, Dumfries & Galloway.
Reiki treatments and attunements, Hopi Ear Candling Treatments & Indian Head Massage.
Gill Close, IIHHT.
Tel: 01556 611466 or 07986 134011.

Reiki near Moffat, Dumfriesshire
Attunements and Training available throughout the year
Tel: 01683 300009


‘Shiatsu’ means ‘finger pressure.’ The practitioner uses fingers, palms, elbows, knees and feet to press along meridian lines on the body. These ‘channels of living magnetic energy’ pass through the body connecting the vital organs. Working along the meridians, the practitioner summons energy to the places in need of it and disperses energy from congested areas. Shiatsu can help in a wide range of disorders: depression, migraine, backache, injuries and stress-related conditions.

Shiatsu acupressure massage & Yoga therapy in South West Scotland.
Deeply relaxing and healing. Treatments in Dalbeattie by appointment. Home visits also available. Contact Blanche 07818361471 email:


Traditional Thai Massage releases tension through massage and stretching the body’s network of energy lines. This can detoxify the body, heighten the immune system, and prevent disease or injury by promoting flexibility. In allowing energy to flow more freely, the massage works to alleviate problems such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches, digestive difficulties, menstrual problems and stress-related conditions. Traditional Thai Massage releases powerful healing forces that ease pain and stress. It is ideal for people who suffer from stress, anxiety or chronic pain and anyone who wants more vitality and body awareness. Traditional Thai Massage can create a feeling of balance and harmony like no other you have experienced.

Traditional Thai Massage in South West Scotland.
Noi McIntyre, Member of the British GPBT, is qualified in Traditional Thai Massage, Thai Oil Massage and Thai Foot Massage.
Noi McIntyre,
Thai Massage Room, Mill Isle, Craignair St, Dalbeattie
or 15 Main Street, Haugh of Urr, Castle Douglas.
T: 01556 660327 Mobile: 07799 664993