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Alexander Technique teaches how to restore the natural balance and coordination of the body. The teacher assists the student in recognizing holding patterns that get in the way of freedom of movement, learning how to let go of them, and discovering how to be at ease in the body. The technique has proven effective when applied to the musculoskeletal and stress-related conditions and is used extensively by actors, musicians, dancers, and athletes.
Aston-Patterning is the application of the Aston paradigm (perceptions about our bodies' natural form and function, our processes of learning and self-expression, and our interaction with the physical properties of the planet and our environment) to human movement, bodywork, and ergonomics, matching human function to its environment. As a form of therapy, its uniqueness lies partly in its comprehensive approach to the whole individual rather than seeing the body as separate parts. (10)
Autogenic training, also known as Autogenics, is a system of simple mental (meditative) exercises, which consciously focuses the creative power of the mind on relaxation and awareness. It promotes deep relaxation, greater awareness, self-discovery, and self-regulation. It is designed to switch off the "fight or flight" response and invoke the rest, relaxation, and recreation system within the body
Auriculotherapy, also called ear acupuncture, applies the principles of acupuncture to specific points on the ear. Auriculotherapists believe that healing processes can be promoted by working with these points on the ear, because the ear contains many blood vessels and nerve endings that, when stimulated, influence the organs and bodily functions. (14)
Channeling transmits information or energy from sources beyond the physical plane. Normally, these sources are depicted as spiritual. They may be identified as angels, hierarchical Masters, guides, extraterrestrials, teachers, previous earth-incarnates, or even energies, and expanded aspects of the channeler’s own being Material may be transmitted during trance, unconsciousness, or partial consciousness. The content may be spoken, written, or nonverbal and can be informative and inspiring.
Chi Nei Tsang (CNT)
Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) is an ancient Taoist therapy integrated physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of oneself. CNT goes to the very origin of health problems, including psychosomatic responses. CNT work is done on the abdomen with deep, soft, and gentle touch using breathing and meditative techniques to allow the internal organs to work more effectively, and to address unprocessed, emotional charges. All of the body systems are addressed: digestions, respiration, lymph, nervous, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, skeleto-muscular, and the acupuncture energy system.
Detoxification relies on the body's inherent ability to cleanse itself if given the opportunity. The process of detoxification therefore involves three aspects: initiating the cleansing process with a program that avoids toxin intake; facilitating elimination of waste products; and easing back into a healthier diet and lifestyle with rebuilding the body's nutrition. (10)
Electrotherapy is the use of electrical stimulation devices to stimulate the peripheral nervous system, eliciting muscle contractions and overriding pain messages. Two techniques, called transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), help to reduce pain and stimulate muscle repair. (12)
Ear Candling (also called Ear Coning) is an ancient technique that can alleviate allergies, sinus conditions, hearing loss, ear aches, tinnitus, and balance problems. A hollow cloth candle is lit and gently inserted into the ear. This creates a gentle vacuum that removes excesses earwax, fungus, candida, and bacteria from the ear canal and sinuses, and leaving one feeling relaxed, clear, and a remarkable sense of well being.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a method of therapy that uses carefully guided repetitive eye movements, similar to those of REM or dream sleep, to help access and process information stored in the body/mind. When limiting beliefs, debilitating emotions, images and body sensations related to upsetting past and present life conditions are released, there is more ease, and ability to access one’s inner wisdom and resources. Creativity and performance are enhanced, and often people open to a spiritual dimension of their lives.
Floatation works to free the mind of outside stimuli and place a person in a highly relaxed and unencumbered state, achieved with a floatation tank: a specially designed chamber usually filled with about a foot of therapeutic, salt-saturated water. Once inside the tank, the user lies down and effectively negates the forces of gravity by floating effortlessly on the surface of the super-dense solution. Floating weightless in a sounds and light proof environment can be unique and liberating experience contributing to stress reduction and enhancing concentration.
Generally, therapeutic fasting is a form of body maintenance for well-nourished people that contributes to health and longevity and helps balance the toxicity that arises through common diets and drug intake. The fasting process allows the digestive organs to rest, and it clears toxins from the blood and lymphatic systems that flow through organs such as the bladder, colon, kidneys, lungs, sinuses, and skin. Treatment involves ingesting water and other liquids to cleanse the body’s systems. (12)
The Feldenkrais Method is a form of Somatic Education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. Through this Method, you can increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement. These improvements will often generalize to enhance functioning in other aspects of your life. (13)
Gerson therapy is a diet and detoxification therapy that aims to restore the body's natural defenses and healing capacity. It helps to stimulate the immune system through a radical diet and nutritional manipulation that supplies the body with vitamins, minerals, nutrients found in cooked foods, and enzymes found in fresh fruits and vegetables (and their juices). Treatment usually involves consuming nutrients from fresh, raw, organic juices continuously for several hours a day; and it also involves enemas, which help the body eliminate the buildup of toxins accumulated through years of ingesting polluted air, water, food, drugs, and chemicals. (12)
Juice therapy involves the consumption of the juice of raw fruit or vegetables. A person may drink juice preventively to stay healthy, to treat a medical condition like cancer, or to produce a certain outcome, such as strengthening the immune system. (14)
Lymphatic Drainage Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
Lymphatic Drainage Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a precise technique to influence the flow of lymphatic fluid. As the body’s cleansing system, lymphatic fluid within its own circulatory system, transporting cellular wastes, fat, proteins, and dead cells, and plays a major part in maintaining the protein balance of the blood. A malfunctioning lymphatic system may cause fluid accumulation between loose connective tissue, causing body-part swelling known as lymphedema. It is a chronic condition, often disfiguring and unsightly, which may progressively worsen and is prone to infection if left untreated. MLD is a systematic means of preventing and treating lymphedema symptoms.
Modern electromagnetic and magnetic therapies (similarly called biomagnetics, electrobiomagnetics, magnet therapy, magnetic energy therapy, magnetic field therapy, magnetic stimulation, and magnetotherapy) are the use of magnetic fields, magnets, and magnetic devices to treat various physical and emotional conditions. These therapies are based on the premise that electrical activity exists in the body at all times, particularly as the heart beats or during bone production. (12)
A mental technique, meditation helps to focus and calm the mind, creating a restful state of physical being.
Moxibustion, or the practice of burning herbs to stimulate acupuncture points, is an adjunct technique of acupuncture. During treatment, practitioners place moxa, a soft combustible substance, directly on the skin near the acupuncture point and then ignite it. The burning of moxa acts as a cautery, destroying tissue, and as a counterirritant, relieving pain. (12)
Therapists in this field utilize music or sound to improve a client's sense of emotional, physical and spiritual health and well-being. Various experiments with music have shown a range of benefits for all types of situations, from the elderly suffering from Alzheimer’s to young people with learning disabilities.
Therapy This drug-free approach seeks to treat neurobehavioral disorders such as ADD/ADHD or dyslexia at the root of the behavior. Neurodevelopmental therapists work with clients to identify weak pathways and subsystems in the brain and nervous system while developing a movement and mental rehearsal programs to create enhanced functioning of these systems.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
This set of techniques works on almost a hypnotic level to change unconscious patterns of thought, behavior and language. NLP practitioners look for clues in a person’s set speech and behavior patterns and then provide the mental tools that clients can use to alter that behavior.
Ortho-Bionomy combines gentle movements and comfortable body positions to stimulate an inner awareness of natural balance and physical and emotional well-being.
Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling coined this term to describe the therapeutic use of naturally occurring substances, especially nutrients and vitamins, as supplements to maintain health or combat disease.
Most osteopathic doctors (DOs) work as primary care physicians, combining conventional Western medicine (drugs/surgery) with specific manipulative techniques taught in the osteopathic medical colleges. Osteopathic medical training focuses on preventive care with a special emphasis on the musculoskeletal system. Because their medical degree and license is legally recognized as the equivalent of a MD in the United States, DOs can utilize all recognized diagnostic and therapeutic methods in their practice.
Hydrogen peroxide therapy, ozone therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) supply increased ozygen to the body.
Polarity therapy is a comprehensive health system involving energy-based bodywork, diet, exercise and self-awareness. It works with the human energy field, electromagnetic patterns expressed in mental, emotional and physical experience. In polarity therapy, health is viewed as a reflection of the condition of the energy field, and therapeutic methods are designed to balance the field for health benefit
Permaculture is a system of environmental land-use and sustainable living techniques, utilizing principles from ecology, technology, and the wisdom of indigenous people. Developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in Australia in the 1970’s, Permaculture emphasizes ethics of caring for the earth and people and of giving away surplus, and bases its designs on the observation of natural systems and existing elements on the site. Essentially non-institutional, Permaculture is learned through books, local design courses, and local workshops.
Past Lives/Regression Therapy
Based on the belief that current physical and emotional problems stem from unresolved issues from early childhood or even past lives, therapists use hypnosis or other techniques to bring a patient to an altered state of consciousness and to help the individual finally to resolve the root causes of their problems.
The Pilates Method of body conditioning uses special equipment and individualized instruction to promote physical harmony, balance and conditioning.
Pracitioners of this type of therapy seek to establish a balanced flow of energy through the body through gentle touch, diet counseling and exercise.
Psychic Healing works to bring wholeness to a person through the integration of body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Through the use of laying-on-of-hands, the healer works as a channel to transfer energy into the client’s body that can be used by the client to bring healing on all levels. The psychic healer is also able to sense causes and interconnections in the various aspects of a person’s life that have created or affected illnesses or other problems, and works with the client to use this awareness to bring about healing. It is the healer’s goal to maximize the clients ability to use their own innate healing potential.
Rolfing® is a technique of stretching and moving the connective tissue that envelopes the muscles (fascia) in order to lengthen and balance the body along its natural, vertical axis. Distortions of the connective tissue may be caused by reaction and compensation due to accidents, emotional tension, or past traumas that have never been released. A complete Rolfing® treatment consists of a series of ten sessions progressing from superficial to deeper layers of tissues, and from localized areas of constriction to an overall reorganization of larger body segments.
The Rosen method is a form of therapeutic bodywork that uses gentle touch and supportive words to bring about a release of muscular and breathing constrictions, called "holdings," that limit our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. (17)
As first developed by Leonard Orr, Rebirthing sought to help people experience a rush of healing energy while releasing long-held psychological or physical pain. By using focused, circular breathing techniques, practitioners work with clients to free stored tensions from the mind and body.
Developed by Ida Rolf, this system of body restructuring and movement education works with gravity to realign the body. Rolfers often focus bodywork on the myofascia, the connective tissue that surrounds muscles, to release tension.
Many people associate shamanic healing with the use of Native American rituals to help correct a spiritual or physical imbalance within a person. However, every culture has its shamanic healing rituals in its spiritual traditions, and today shamanic healers in North America may draw from Tibetan rituals or African teachings as easily as from Native American thought.
Spiritual Counseling is based on intuitive insight and knowledge of universal laws along with use of basic psychological precepts. Karmic ties and belief systems can explain how and why we find ourselves in difficult situations.
Traditional African Medicine
Traditional African medicine is a holistic discipline involving extensive use of indigenous herbalism combined with aspects of African spirituality
Tibetan medicine is based upon a humor model, in which disease results from an imbalance of different humors and vital energies within the body as they interact with the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. (12)
As a form of touch therapy, SHEN (specific human energy nexus) Therapy seeks to enable normal energy flows through the body through light hand placements.
Therapeutic Touch, a specific method of healing touch developed by Dolores Krieger, is taught in many nursing colleges throughout the United States. Used for relaxation and reducing anxiety, Therapeutic Touch is based on the assumption that a human energy field extends slightly beyond the skin.
Trager® Approach (Tragerwork)
Believing that discomfort or tension can be released by sending different signals to the nervous system, Milton Trager, M.D., developed the Trager® Approach. This movement education/bodywork approach uses gentle and non-intrusive movements to produce deep relaxation, increase flexibility/mobility, and relieve pain.
Veterinary & Holisic Animal Services
Holistic veterinarians adher to the principles of holistic medicine, choosing to emphasize the use of safe natural methods when treating animals.
Watsu (Water Shiatsu)
This specific form of bodywork developed by Harold Dull combines traditional shiatsu pulls and stretches while floating the patient in a pool of warm water. Because of the support of the water, practitioners can often work with patients whose physical disabilities may preclude the use of normal shiatsu.
This technique developed by Fritz Smith MD integrates a Western anatomical view of structure with Eastern concepts of body energy. In a session, the therapist moves through a set protocol designed to enhance energy flow and a sense of physical well-being.