Frequently Asked Questions
What should I look for when choosing a complementary therapist?
When you are deciding whether or not to undergo a complementary or alternative therapy, the first step is to learn as much as possible about the treatment and what it has to offer and any limitations. What does the treatment involve, and is it suitable for your health condition? Please be aware that not all therapies are suitable if you have a pre-existing health condition or are pregnant. If you are unsure, please consult your therapist who will be happy to advise accordingly. Take time to browse our website for information on the different types of therapies available.
Once you have found a practitioner
Before making an appointment there are several key questions to ask before you begin any treatment. This can help prevent any misunderstandings. It’s a good idea to approach more than one practitioner, so that you can compare the service they offer and their suitability for you.
What are their qualifications?
All members of the Mid Wales Guild of Holistic Therapists are qualified, registered, insured and have agreed to follow professional ethics. Ask about their experience of treating someone with your condition? All of our members are registered with a professional body. Any good practitioner should be happy to answer your questions about their qualifications and experience.
Ask what is the cost of treatment?
In addition to appointments there may additional costs such as supplements, homeopathic or herbal remedies – what will your treatment cost? What is their cancellation policy, and is there a charge for cancelling an appointment? Some of the organisations that support Complementary and Alternative Medicine may be able to give you an idea of the typical cost of treatment.
How long will the treatment last?
This will vary depending on individual circumstances and therapy you have chosen. The practitioner may provide you with a treatment plan that includes the number of treatments necessary to determine whether a treatment is effective.
Are there side effects that the treatment might cause?
Ask whether you are likely to feel tired or uncomfortable afterwards and whether you should be okay to drive following your treatment. This may impact on your plans for the rest of the day. Many therapies can give you detox symptoms as the body releases unhelpful energies, so you may be advised to rest and take it easy afterwards depending on the therapy you have chosen.
Is there anything you should do to prepare for your treatment?
Your therapist will be happy to advise on what you may need to do prior to the treatment, for instance you may want to wear comfortable clothes, or clothes that allow easy access to arms or legs for instance during acupuncture.
Don’t be afraid of asking questions. A professional therapist will be happy to answer questions about the treatment they offer.