In this project, Saskatoon’s Tamara House, a non-profit, community-based, drop-in healing centre for female survivors of sexual abuse, conducted an evaluation of three non-conventional healing therapies: aroma-massage, a massage using oils and music; Reiki, the stimulation of meridian points to release energy blockages; and psychodramatic bodywork, an emotional-release therapy. Nearly half the participants also continued to receive therapeutic support from counsellors or self-help groups. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected from external evaluators, practitioners, and the participants. The women who participated in the study were enthusiastic about all three alternative therapies.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.