Look after your mind and body with these alternative therapies
Time Out Dubai Staff
Acupuncture Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that treats patients by insertion and manipulation of needles in the body. Its proponents claim that it relieves pain, treats infertility, treats disease, prevents disease, and promotes general health. Mercato’s Family Clinic’s Dr. Wang Xiaolin is a traditional chinese medicine practitioner, acupuncturist and herbalist, who has more than 24 years of experience in acupuncture. First time Dhs300, second time Dhs200, 10 Session Package Dhs1,500 (one hour sessions) Mercato Family Clinic, Jumeriah Beach Road. www.acupuncturedubai.com (04 344 8844).
Aromatherapy Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials, known as essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering a person’s mind, mood, cognitive function or health. Aromatherapy’s benefits include pain and anxiety reduction, enhancement of energy and short-term memory, relaxation, hair loss prevention, and reduction of eczema-induced itching. SpaDunya, noted for its use of colour therapy includes aromatherapy in many of its spa treatments. Treatments range from Dhs195-1,500. SpaDunya, Plaza Level, JBR. www.spadunyaclub.com (04 439 3669).
Ayuverdic treatments Ayurveda, known as the science of life has been a tradition for 5,000 years. Ayurveda describes how foods, herbs, emotions, climate and lifestyle impact the dynamics of our own physiology and psychology. Ayurveda believes the cause of disease is the imbalance of bio-energy principles (also known as humours: popularly known as Tridoshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha). When the humours become unbalanced, then disease can be allowed to flourish, so treatments are aimed at bringing the humours back into balance. Consultation Dhs250. Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre, Zaabeel. www.dubaihtc.com (04 335 1200).
Bowen therapy Developed by Tom Bowen in Australia, Bowen Therapy is a form of holistic healing in which a practitioner gently rolls specific areas of a patient’s body, and then gently touches these areas using the thumb and forefinger. This therapy is designed to ease pain and alleviate everyday stress, but Bowen therapy is not massage. Practitioners don’t knead the body; instead, they roll lightly, loosening or tightening muscles as needed. They also touch specific areas lightly to stimulate tight spots. Dhs400 (one hour). The Healing Zone, Villa 71, Street 14A, Umm Suqueim 3. www.thehealingzone.net (050 654 2998).
Colon hydrotherapy Colon hydrotherapy, also called colonic irrigation, simply means that the entire colon is gently washed with purified filtered water at body temperature. It is similar to an enema, but does not involve the retention of water and cleanses much more than just the rectum and lower part of the colon. It does not hurt, quite the opposite, many people say they find it relaxing. Dhs600 (45 minutes). Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre, Zaabeel. www.dubaihtc.com (04 335 1200).
Colour therapy Spa Dunya bring the unique French spa treatment to Dubai, where the application of colour is used to promote well-being. Using their own organic care products Altearah Bio, the treatment combines aromatherapy and chromotherapy, two age old well-being techniques. Dhs395 (one hour). Spa Dunya, Plaza Level, Jumeriah Beach Residence, www.spadunyaclub.com (04 439 3669).
Ear candling Ear candles have a purely physical function. A light suction action (or chimney effect) and the movement of the flame from the beeswax candle creates a vibration of air in the earcandle, which has a massage-like effect on the eardrum. This results in a pleasant feeling of warmth and a balance of pressure in the ears, forehead and sinuses. The physical effect is often described directly after the treatment as a soothing and pain relieving sensation, mainly in the ear and head area. Dhs250 (45 minutes). The Healing Zone, Villa 71, Street 14A, Umm Suqueim 3. www.thehealingzone.net (050 654 2998).
Homeopathy Homeopathy is an alternative method of treatment, which has been used for over 200 years. It is a scientific, safe and extremely effective method of healing. An illness is treated with a medicine, which would produce similar symptoms in a healthy person. The active ingredients are given in a highly dilute form to avoid toxicity. In homoeopathy there is no medicine for any particular disease, rather the medicine is particular to the person. Hence two patients suffering from the same illness may get different medicines, as they are individuals who will have very different mental and physical make up. Dhs200 for a consultation. Dhs100-300 for medicine. Homeopathic Clinic Jumeriah Prime Medical Centre. www.homeopathy-dubai.com (04 349 4545).
Hypnotherapy Hypnotherapy induces a deep state of relaxation, during which the subconscious mind is highly receptive to new perspectives and ideas. The effectiveness of hypnosis lies in the immense power of the subconscious mind, which is our biggest internal protector, guide and ally. Hypnotherapy can be used to treat various problems, ranging from addictions to fears and phobias. Free consultation and then Dhs400 per session. Epiphany, Al Barsha. www.epiphany-uk.zk.com (050 695 4764).
Jin Shin Jyutsu Jin Shin Jyutsu is an ancient Japanese practice that balances the body’s energy by using the fingers and hands to eliminate stress, create emotional equilibrium, relieve pain and alleviate chronic and acute conditions. Jin Shin Jyutsu teaches that your hands and breath are all that you need to enhance your physical and mental vitality which in turn help eliminate the causes of underlying diseases or disharmony. Dhs1,800 for a two day self-help Jin Shin Jyutsu Class. The Holistic Institute, Jumeriah Business Centre, 31st floor, Jumeriah Lake Towers. www.theholisticinstitute.org (04 450 3525).
Manual lymphatic drainage Manual lymphatic drainage is a therapy that improves the functioning of the lymphatic system. This is achieved mainly through gently rhythmic circling movements of the skin that stimulate the contractions of the lymphatic vessels. As a result, a greater amount of metabolic waste products and excess fluid are removed from the body’s tissues. Dhs350 (one hour). Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre, Zaabeel. www.dubaihtc.com (04 335 1200).
Meditation Meditation is the training of the mind where the practitioner induces a state of consciousness in order to realise some benefit. The Dubai Meditation for All Group is an opportunity for beginners and experienced to practice meditation together. The group helps you learn to live in the present moment and to respond rather than react to life’s circumstances; learning to love and forgive yourself and others. Dhs25. Dubai Meditation for All Group. Cosmic Healing Centre, Office No: 402, Montana Building. www.cosmichealingcentre.org (04 357 6676).
Naturopathy In every living organism there exists an inherent ability of the body, mind and spirit to heal itself. Naturopathic doctors stimulate this innate healing power by using methods that are in harmony with this natural process. Naturopathic doctors choose the least invasive, and most non-toxic treatment that will restore a patients’ health. This minimises harmful side effects and avoids the simple suppression of symptoms. Dhs300 for a 45 minute consultation. New Life Clinic. Villa 1,031, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqueim. www.nlsclinic.com (04 348 4789).
Nutritionist Are you feeling sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Lifestyle UAE can help to re-energise your life and help manage your stress whether it is physical, emotional or mental. Small changes in lifestyle can have far reaching effects and Belinda Rennie will help you make these changes, leaving you in a better state. Dhs550 for two sessions (two hours). Lifestyle UAE, Cooper Clinic, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqueim 2. www.lifestyle-uae.com (04 348 6344).
Ozone therapy Ozone, a natural component of the atmosphere, is a special variation of the element oxygen and consists of three atom molecules. It has a very high oxidation effect; therefore it is also known as active oxygen. Ozone Therapy helps the liver with detoxification, kills bacteria and viruses and it increases metabolic rate as well as enforcing the decomposition of fats. Dhs400 (15 minutes). Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre, Zaabeel. www.dubaihtc.com (04 335 1200).
Pranic healing Pranic healing is an alternative medicinal practice that uses prana or life energy to heal ailments in the body. Ancient cultures practiced similar modes of healing known as shamanic healing, divine healing and healing by mantra, amongst others. Dhs300 (one hour). Cosmic Healing Centre, 402 Montana Building, Home Options Building, Karama. www.cosmichealingcentre.org (04 357 6676).
Quantum healing This cutting-edge bio resonance technology measures and then treats imbalances in the body’s subtle energy field. All factors contributing to mental and emotional unease are then harmonised. Quantum Biofeedback was created through years of research into the fields of bio-energetics and advanced quantum technology. This cutting edge device can be used to recognise the effect of different internal and external stressors on the body, and how to correct them. Quantum Healing has been used by the likes of Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong. Dhs550Dhs (one hour). Breath and Health Alternative Medical Centre, 1080 Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqueim 2. www.breathandhealth.net (04 348 9940).
Reiki Reiki is a Japanese technique for relieving stress. The practitioner places their hands on the aura of the client to help channel the universal life force energy back into balance and harmony. Reiki is great if you need to relax, are stressed about life, work, family, finances, are ‘stuck’ and need a new direction, but don’t know how to go about it. A reiki session is totally relaxing; helps unblock energy on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Dhs300 (45 minutes). The Healing Zone, Villa 71, Street 14A, Umm Suqueim 3. www.thehealingzone.net (050 654 2998).
Reflexology Feeling tired after a long day shopping at Dubai Mall? Drop in at Feet First for a session in reflexology. Reflexology is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet, hands, or ears with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on what reflexologists claim to be a system of zones and reflex areas that they say reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body. Dhs95 (30mins) Dhs170 (one hour). Feet First, Dubai Mall. (04 355 3338).
Spiritual healing Spiritual healing means using shamanic techniques and working with the spirit, nature and the elements to heal all of life’s challenges. The healing takes place, at a distance, working directly with the spirit to clear energy and retrieve soul fragments to restore balance and equilibrium in your life. The spiritual healer will help restore some of the balance, and with time will help you achieve a more positive life, improving health, work and wealth on all levels. Dhs600 for in-depth consultation and two distance sessions. The Healing Zone, Villa 71, Street 14A, Umm Suqueim 3. www.thehealingzone.net (050 654 2998).
Theta healing Theta healing is an amazing new technique that allows you to quickly identify deeply held blocks in order to reprogramme the powerful unconscious mind. Theta healing allows you to re-create your reality and hence choose the world you live in. This is achieved through re-writing your beliefs. Theta specialists reckon that it is beliefs, rather than luck, that sets apart people with success, health and happiness. Dhs300 (90mins). Cosmic Healing Center. 402 Montana Building, Home Options Building, Karama. www.cosmichealingcentre.org (04 357 6676).