If you are open to less conventional means of becoming healthy and happy, you’ll find plenty to choose from on Mallorca.
One of several increasingly popular alternative medicines available on Mallorca, traditional acupuncture has been developed and refined over thousands of years. A very important element in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture aims to balance the body’s vital energy – known as ‘qi’ – to restore the patient to health. The treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles in specific points of the body’s meridian channels, which link to our organs, to fight imbalances.
Suitable for all ages (including babies), it is not painful, although a tingling may be felt during treatment. The method has no side effects when correctly applied and supports the self-healing powers of the body. Many people find acupuncture relaxing and an aid to general wellbeing, but clinical research has found it a beneficial treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including weight issues, eating disorders, allergies, migraines, sleep problems, excessive sweating, and anxiety.
Qualified acupuncturists on Mallorca include Robert Kopf (at his centre Naturheilpraxis); British acupuncturist Anne Verrinder (Acu-Nova Mallorca) practises in Palma, Alaró, and also does home visits; Arabella Spa at the St Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort also offers acupuncture.
Your health insurance policy may cover all or part of the cost of alternative therapies, including acupuncture.
Osteopathy is a massage and manipulation therapy which aims to balance the skeletal structure. If the spine becomes out of alignment, the nervous system is affected and problems can arise in other parts of the body.
Osteopaths read the body with their hands, check the mobility and the energy flow in the body, and remove barriers using specific techniques. These activate the self-healing powers of the body and, at the same time, remove stress from the patient.
Alexandre Belnet earned his Bachelor of Science in Osteopathy in England before he opened his practice on Mallorca 15 years ago. In his holistic treatments the Frenchman combines osteopathy and craniosacral osteopathy with massage and energy work.
Silvia Triay is a Mallorcan who studied physiotherapy and osteopathy in Barcelona and Manchester and has been involved in manual medicine for over ten years. Her practice OM (Osteopathy Mallorca) has existed since 2004 in Palma, where she works with two other therapists. They focus on infertility, pregnant women, and babies, but patients with back pain, muscle strains, tendonitis and sprains also come for osteopathy.
Reiki is the Japanese art of spiritual ‘healing’. Its name comes from the word ‘rei’, meaning spiritually guided, and ‘ki’, the Japanese equivalent of the Chinese ‘qi’ or ‘chi’, or life force. Reiki is a treatment that doesn’t promise to heal anything; rather, the body chooses what to do with the energy it receives from it. Beneficial for deep relaxation and in the relief of stress, it is also used in self-development and finding one’s spiritual path. The reiki system involves spiritual symbols and physical ‘holds’, which can be learnt by those who wish to become a practitioner.
Bettina Heiniger and Ralph Dietmar Stief offer different Reiki courses at their Akademie Betra4 academy for holistic awareness: for beginners and people who already have experience with the concept of universal life energy. In a two-day introductory course participants learn about healing as a channel, disease pathologies, proper treatment, and the treatment of animals. In a four-day seminar one can be trained as a Reiki Master.
In each course, all degrees of Reiki are taught profoundly. Exercise is added value. A special offer includes Reiki courses for children, because children are particularly susceptible to subtle energies. Reiki will help them to find the balance and keep strengthening self-esteem and the immune system.
Homeopathy was founded in the late 18th century, by Dr Samuel Hahnemann, who was looking for a more natural way to treat illness. His belief was that good health wasn’t just a matter of treating a disease, but curing the whole person – and thereby the disease too. Homeopathy works as a subtle energy healer, and uses specially prepared remedies which work rather like classic immunisation, thus stimulating the body’s natural defence mechanisms to fight illness. It is a useful treatment for both chronic and acute conditions, as well as psychological problems, and is safe for all ages, including babies – and animals.
Felipe Ramis founded The Centre for Alternative Medicine in 1982, which offers homeopathy as one of the naturopathic treatments available here. Homeopathic mesotherapy, which is, for example, used for circulatory disorders, rheumatic disease and herniated discs, involves injecting the appropriate remedies through the finest of needles into the middle layer of the skin, the ‘mesoderm’. Homeopathic medicine does not have to get into the bloodstream, but quickly acts on the spot. The same method can also relieve cellulite, revitalize skin, liver and brain, and resolve sexual dysfunction.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is one of the oldest methods of healing in the world and is used to treat complaints of the musculoskeletal and digestive system, migraines and stress and applied for pain prevention. The principle behind this ancient wisdom is that good health depends upon the correct flow of ‘qi’ or ‘chi’ – the subtle energy of the body. Yin, yang, and the five elements are also important in TCM. There are many lifestyle factors that can disturb this flow, resulting in physical and emotional problems, or even disease, which TCM is able to address through herbal treatments, acupuncture, exercise, diet, and massage.
The Arabella Spa includes the TCM Center, with two specialist doctors offering constitutional analysis and a wide variety of therapeutic treaments, including acupuncture, moxibustion, Tuina massage, auriculotherapy, and herbal remedies. Diet also plays an important role, providing a balance of energy in the body and protecting against diseases. TCM-trained dietician Ursula Peers of Sa Vida offers “5 Elements Nutrition” cooking classes (dates available on request). Also on offer are detox weeks at different locations of Mallorca with cooking class and 5 elements beauty treatments.
Ayurveda means “knowledge of life”, and is the medicine that has been used for 5,000 years in India, to prevent disease, to rejuvenate and revitalize the body. In Ayurveda we are all composed of five elements which combine to give the three ‘doshas’ – ‘vata’, ‘pitta’, and ‘kapha’. These should ideally be balanced for physical and mental health and wellbeing. Ayurvedic treatments can help a variety of health issues, including addictions, digestive and gynaecological problems, allergies, skin complaints, and joint conditions.
Around 20 different Ayurvedic treatments are on offer at Vedamar Spa at Hotel Sa Bassa Rotja in Porreres. Ayurveda expert Andreas Dörr offers a detailed consultation then recommends appropriate applications.
Treatments include the deeply relaxing Ayurvedic full-body massage with precious oils, to strengthen the immune system, and ghee eye bath to relieve fatigue and dry eyes. There are also six- and 12-day cures, accompanied by an Ayurvedic diet.
Annett Levy trained in southern India and offers treatments at her Lotusoma Ayurveda centre in Santa Catalina, Palma. The naturopath also offers three-day anti-stress treatments with body oils – and head massages, as well as intensive courses such as Ayurvedic beauty.