Why not try: complementary therapies

Alternative, holistic, traditional – whatever you call it, complementary therapies are having a moment.

Based on the belief that illness occurs when the body is out of balance, with ever-busier lives, it’s no wonder 65 per cent of Australians have leant on complementary therapies to feel better in the last 12 months. But with so many available, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. Here are a few you might like to try:


If you’re afraid of needles, don’t worry, these ones are tiny. They’re inserted into targeted areas on the skin and while you could feel nothing, you might feel some mild tingling, warmth or heaviness. It can also involve cupping, remedial massage or using a laser instead of needles. After a session you should feel relaxed and refreshed, and some people feel sleepy.

You could also try dry needling, which too involves using thin needles on the skin. Crown Spa ambassador Sigourney Cantello road-tested the treatment, you can read about her experience here.


Pronounced ‘ray-key’, this Japanese therapy aims to increase energy levels and promote relaxation and wellbeing through non-invasive, non-manipulative touch.

The philosophy is that low energy makes people stressed and unwell, but ‘high’ energy makes people well (and happy!). It won’t cure illness or disease, but the aim is to feel more relaxed and peaceful, and we could all use a bit more of that.


Ever walked into a massage clinic and been greeted by lush smells that instantly make you feel calm? That’s likely aromatherapy, where essential oils are the star of the show. Different aromas and oils can produce different reactions and can either be massaged into the skin as part of a blend, added to a bath or vaporised in an oil burner. It should never be swallowed or applied undiluted to the skin. Scent-sational!


Naturopathy is about supporting the body’s own capacity to heal. This holistic approach to wellbeing focuses on the importance of things like a healthy diet, water intake, sunlight, exercise and managing stress. A naturopath might advise you on things like diet, lifestyle advice and use therapies like massage and acupressure.


We’ve got you covered

Visiting practitioner Sohal Shah is practising at Crown Spa Melbourne, specialising in a unique blend of naturopathy, dry needling and yoga therapy designed to help you rest, restore and indulge in the ultimate self-care.

Shah focuses on a multidimensional approach to treating ailments from aches, pains and migraine to insomnia and other lifestyle disorders.

This month, we’re offering a special on his services, so give the Melbourne team a call on (03) 9292 6182 to book.

Why not try: complementary therapies