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‘Happiness is an inside job’

The romance of bus stop therapy  > In our never ending quest to publicise the latest high tech ways to chill, how about giving bus stop light therapy a go? OK, standing in a depressing bus shelter maybe not be your ideal way to boost your mood, but then again you don’t live in Sweden […]

The best medicine is to teach people how not to need it

Complementary versus alternative therapy – which is best?  Doctors have a love hate relationship with complementary and alternatives medicines (CAMs). Certainly most do not want alternative therapists to darken their surgery doors! Their stance is a fair one. Namely, that their years of training, coupled with the use of proven drugs and high-tech medical procedures […]

Nature – the cure-all therapy

‘Nature listens & nature cures‘  >  Naturopathy is based on the ancient idea of medicatrix naturae, which basically means the healing power of nature. Hippocrates summed it up as “Health is the expression of a harmonious balance between various components of man’s nature, the environment and ways of life …. nature is the physician of […]

Snake-oil salesmen waiting to take your money

‘I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity’  >  So joked horror author Edgar Allen Poe, who sounds as though he would have been an ideal patient for pneumatic medicine. Its style of hydraulic therapy, which was advocated by the likes of poet Coleridge and pottery millionaire Wedgwood, was that emotions take physical form […]

Back pain is just youth leaving the body

Everything you do comes back to you  >  If your friends are a pain in the neck you could be uncomfortably nearer the truth than you imagine. That is if you suspend credibility for a moment and accept that your back pain is caused by subconscious thought-patterns and the difficulties of modern life. Welcome to […]

I need you to knead me

Talk to the hand for health  >  Usually when we review alternative therapies, we find the internet is awash with polarised views. Some deride them as pseudo-science while others are in raptures over their healing benefit. Not so with the Rosen Method where it is difficult to find any criticism. This either means apathy rules, […]

Awareness through movement

Learn to walk on air to happiness >  Risking our readers thinking Tonic has a foot fetish, we want to talk about your feet again. This is because a caller criticised our last Posting about foot therapy for not mentioning the Feldenkrais Method. With a mantra that ‘standing is harder than walking’, with this therapy […]

Sole therapy for lost souls

Give foot therapy the boot  >  Gypsy fortune telling and tasseography are so yesterday, head readings and phrenology so archaic, orbuculum and tarot readings so occult. Astrology is as popular as ever, but if you want to be really fashionable then foot reading is having a resurgence. Your eyes might be the window to the […]

Just relax and accept the crazy

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it  >  In this crazy world there is never a shortage of health advice in the Media – the only problem is that most is conflicting. Whether coffee and red wine are good or bad for you is a question of which day you […]

Bereaved offered online grieving

Keeping memories alive online   >  Though funerals have not been at the forefront of technological innovation, important life ceremonies are seeing an increasing number of projects working to make them easier. For examples, an app in Russia now helps bereaved families more smoothly organise a funeral, while traditional Indian ceremonies are now bookable via an app. […]