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Five Further Weird and Wacky Therapies - Will They Kill Or Cure You?

Updated on October 5, 2013

This is the third in my series of Weird and Wacky Therapies

There are literally hundreds of therapies out there, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. I have gathered together some of the more unusual one’s for you. I can’t guarantee that any of them will work for you or that they are 100% safe; some of them are plain bonkers but if you want to give them a try there’s nothing stopping you. Do be careful though.

Hot Stone Therapy
Hot Stone Therapy | Source

Hot Stone Therapy

What is Hot Stone Therapy?

In Hot Stone Therapy, heated volcanic rocks and cold marble stones are used alternately to stimulate the Chakra points on the body. It is a more intense experience than regular massage as the therapist can get deeper with the stones than with just the fingers.

Who is HST suitable for?

Everyone but it is especially suited to people who are in need of relaxation and pampering. It detoxes, heals and relaxes.

What conditions can be treated with Hot Stone Massage?

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Back Pain
  • Stress
  • Muscle Pain
  • Anxiety


Laughter Therapy

What is Laughter Therapy?

Laughter is a top stress buster. It releases endorphins into the bloodstream and is a great aid to relaxation. Laughter therapy is more forced than genuine laughter but the body cannot tell the difference and still releases its endorphins.

What is a Laughter Therapy Session Like?

It normally takes the form of a group session but one to one sessions are available at most venues. The session may start with a few simple physical exercises and then the laughter starts by the therapist asking you to do something childish like pretending to be in a marching band playing imaginary trombones. You will do various kinds of laughing; all designed to help you release stress and endorphins. It can be quite tiring but very relaxing.

What can Laughter Therapy do?

Laughter therapy can ease pain - both mental and physical, strengthen your immune system, stimulate blood flow, reduce stress levels and boost your energy.

What health conditions can it help?

This therapy has been used to treat:

  • Addictions
  • Fibromyalgia
  • CFS
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Heart trouble
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Pain

Where can I learn more?


Magnetic Field Therapy

What is Magnetic Field Therapy?

The belief is that because people spend a lot of time in offices, houses and cars, rather than outdoors they become magnetic field deficient. This is due to the lack of exposure to geomagnetic fields and can manifest itself with fatigue, headaches, insomnia, digestive upsets, dizziness and muscular pain. Magnetic field therapy is thought to alleviate both emotional and physical ailments by placing magnets near or on the body.

What does Magnetic Field Therapy feel like?

Sometimes people experience a sensation of warmth and tingling due to the increased circulation of blood brought about by the magnets. Occasionally sweating is reported and an increase in pain due to sensitivity to the magnets. These side effects generally die down fairly quickly.

What conditions does it treat?

  • Arthritis
  • Bladder & Kidney stones
  • Candidiasis
  • Chronic pain
  • Dental problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Infertility
  • Metabolic disorders

Where can I find out more?

Ozone Therapy

What is Ozone Therapy?

The purpose of ozone therapy is to deliver extra oxygen to the body and it’s tissues. It is often delivered in an ‘Ozone Sauna’.

What is an Ozone Therapy Session like?

You sit in the sauna steam cubicle with you head out at the top and the ozone/oxygenated steam is pumped in to surround your body and limbs.

What does the Ozone do?

It strengthens the immune system and cleanses the skin with it’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral properties.

What conditions can Ozone Therapy be used for?

  • Candidiasis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Cirulatory disorders
  • ME
  • Viral Diseases
  • Wounds which are resistant to healing

Find out more:

Manaka Hammer and Needle
Manaka Hammer and Needle

Manaka Tapping

What is Manaka Tapping?

It is a procedure similar to acupuncture but it does not use needles. Manaka tapping uses the same meridians as acupuncture and uses a wooden hammer and pegs. The pegs are tapped very gently over the acupuncture points. The hammer and pegs can also be used in conjunction with magnets to create a magnetic pulse.

How is it carried out?

The pegs are tapped rhythmically; often to the beat of a metronome for a period of up to an hour.

What conditions can it treat?

  • Anxiety
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Stress
  • Stiff Neck
  • Sinus Problems

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    • Peter Geekie profile image

      Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Thank you for these Sue, I have spent a great deal of my life looking into these types of therapies and although I can't explain it, it is quite astonishing how many of them work.

      Voted up, useful and interesting

      Kind regards Peter