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Complementary Therapies for Motivation

By: Anna Martin - Updated: 21 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Staying motivated is a continual process for all of us. Some people may have motivational support from friends, family, colleagues or other people they encounter on a daily basis. Other people however, particularly those who are self-employed and may work from home with little person-to-person contact, may be responsible for creating motivation in their environment.

When finding the source of motivation difficult to locate, it may be worth dipping into a complementary therapy or two to ease the strain of staying continually focused and driven.

Take Your Pick

There are many complementary therapies that reduce stress and anxiety and help re-energise and create positive focus and concentration, which also increases motivation. Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Shiatsu and Reiki can all be used to revitalise the mind and body. These therapies restore the body’s natural equilibrium and maintain balance, and are generally used to target a specific area or problem or as a preventative measure that aids relaxation. Using these beneficial methods can also promote increased awareness, positive thinking and renewed enthusiasm.

Combining Therapies

Motivation is generally required to increase effort, overcome challenges and to make positive progress. An individual who has less limiting beliefs will view their ability, in activities, in a different way to someone who may exhibit more self-criticism and limiting behaviour. Overcoming issues raised by maintaining motivation may require applying a number of balancing complementary therapies.

For instance, an Indian Head Massage will help eliminate stress and tension and aid concentration and focus. Combining the massage with aromatherapy processes will increase the benefits of the relaxing therapy, depending on which essential oils are used during treatment. Using simple self-hypnosis techniques alongside the massage and relaxation treatments will further improve an individual’s mental focus and ability to motivate him/herself into action.

Hands On Approach

There are a host of practical approaches available that will aid motivation and inspiration. When choosing a complementary therapy personal preference regarding touch should be considered. Some people may prefer using a technique that involves no bodily contact, like Reiki or Hypnotherapy, whilst others may prefer the more tactile approach of Indian Head Massage or Shiatsu. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) involves tapping on various parts of the face and body and is performed by the individual, so requires no therapist contact. Feeling comfortable with a complementary therapy will increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

Sign Of The Times

Many employers are now recognising the importance of boosting staff morale and wellbeing, and are beginning to offer Therapy Days – an allocated day when massage therapists come into the work environment to provide complementary balancing - to staff whilst they work. Therapy Days generally focus on chair massage – Indian Head or Back, Neck and Shoulder – as this can be performed without oils, through clothing and whilst the individual is seated at their desk.

Providing this form of therapeutic support motivates and energises staff, and increases individual performance and productivity. Complementary therapies can also enhance creativity, efficiency, clarity, concentration and focus.

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