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A holistic approach means to provide support that looks at the whole person.  Support considers physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing.

The practices below are not necessarily endorsed by Peaceful Remedies.  Definitions are educational and informational only.  

Acupressure

This ancient Chinese technique involves the use of finger pressure on specific points along the body to treat ailments such as tension, stress, aches, pains, cramps or arthritis. 

 

Acupuncture

The Chinese practice of gently inserting fine needles into the body at specific points to cure disease, relieve pain and balance the energy systems in the body. 

 

Adaptogens

A natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes. A well-known example is ginseng.

 

 

Alexander Technique

A method in which you change your everyday movement habits to improve coordination, balance, posture, and to relieve tension 

 

Allopathy

The treatment of disease by creating conditions that are opposite or hostile to the conditions resulting from the disease itself; from Greek roots meaning other and disease. Drugs and surgery are allopathic treatments. The term is sometimes used to refer to conventional Western medicine to contrast it with alternative therapies, particularly homeopathy, which is based on like curing like. 

 

Alternative Medicine

Alternative medicine refers to approaches to health that fall outside of mainstream (aka conventional) medicine norms. The forms that alternative medicine may take are varied and virtually limitless, encompassing any healing technique that’s not a standard medical treatment.  

 

Applied Kinesiology

A diagnostic technique and therapy developed in the 1960s by a chiropractor (George Goodheart). Applied kinesiology posits that organ or gland dysfunctions show up as weaknesses in certain muscles. Using gentle pressure, applied kinesiologists test muscle strength to identify health problems and nutritional deficiencies. After diagnosis, treatment may involve exercises to strengthen a muscle, hands-on manipulation of the muscles and bones, and vitamin or mineral supplements. 

 

Aromatherapy

Uses essential oils from flowers, trees, roots, herbs, berries and fruits, to treat emotional disorders such as stress and anxiety as well as a wide range of other ailments and to promote physical, mental and emotional wellness. Oils are either massaged into the skin in diluted form, inhaled, placed in baths, or applied on and around the body. Aromatherapy is often used in conjunction with massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, herbology, chiropractic and other wholistic healing. 

 

Ayurvedic Medicine

Practiced in India for over 5,000 years. Ayurvedic tradition holds that illness is a state of imbalance among the body's systems and can be detected through such diagnostic procedures as reading the pulse and observing the tongue. Nutritional counseling, massage, natural medications, meditation and other modalities are used to address a spectrum of ailments, from allergies to AIDS. 

 

Bioenergetics

Holds that repressed emotions and desires affect the body and psyche by creating chronic muscular tension and diminished vitality and energy. Through physical exercises, breathing techniques, verbal psychotherapy, or other forms of emotional-release work, the therapist attempts to loosen this character armor and restore natural well-being. 

 

Biofeedback

Technique used especially for stress-related conditions such as asthma, migraines, insomnia and high blood pressure. Biofeedback is a way of monitoring minute metabolic changes in ones body with the aid of sensitive machines. 

 

Biofield

An energy field that suffuses living bodies and extends several inches beyond the body. This concept is employed in therapies such as healing touch, medical qigong, therapeutic touch, and reiki. In these therapies, the biofield from a practitioners hands is joined to the recipients biofield in order to treat an illness or to promote health. There is no consensus on what biofield is; some say it is spiritual energy, others say it is an electromagnetic field. 

 

Breath Work

General term for a variety of techniques that use patterned breathing to promote physical, mental and/or spiritual well-being. Some techniques use the breath in a calm, peaceful way to induce relaxation or manage pain, while others use stronger breathing to stimulate emotions and emotional release. 

 

Chakras

The seven vital energy centers of the body. The chakras extend from the base of spine to the crown of head. Located in the rectal area, near the genitals, behind the navel, at the heart, at the neck, between the eyebrows, and on the crown of the head. Each chakra corresponds to certain colors, emotions, organs, nerve networks, and energies. 

 

Chiropractic

The chiropractic system is based on the premise that the spine is literally the backbone of human health. Misalignments of the vertebrae caused by poor posture or trauma result in pressure on the spinal nerve roots, which may lead to diminished function and illness. The chiropractor seeks to analyze and correct these misalignments through spinal manipulation or adjustments. 

 

Colon Hydrotherapy

Involves the cleansing of the large intestine with warm purified water. A single colonic treatment is said to be equivalent to several enemas in removing toxic debris from the colon. 

 

Cranialsacral Therapy

A manual procedure for remedying distortions in the structure and function of the craniosacral mechanism - the brain and spinal cord, the bones of the skull, the sacrum, and interconnected membranes. It is used to treat chronic pain, migraine headaches, TMJ, and a range of other conditions. 

 

Cryotherapy

During this treatment, liquid nitrogen vapor (average temperature –270 degrees F) surrounds the body for up to three minutes. Cold sensors in the skin send a signal to the brain which causes blood to rush to the body’s core. As blood is circulated through the core, toxins are flushed and blood becomes enriched, which decreases inflammation throughout the body. 

 

Crystal Healing

A holistic, non-invasive, vibrational energy-based system of healing. The technique uses precisely placed crystals either on and/or around the physical body. Crystals may also be laid in precise geometric patterns (grids) within the environment. Crystals absorb, focus, direct, detoxify, shift and diffuse energy as they interact with the electromagnetic forces and subtle vibrations within the subtle human or environmental energy field.

 

Cupping

An ancient therapy in which suctioning cups are applied to the skin along the meridians of the body, drawing blood to the surface and stimulating the flow of energy, with the intent to facilitate healing and remove toxins.  

 

Deep Tissue Bodywork

General term for a range of therapies that seek to improve the function of the body's connective tissues and/or muscles. Among the conditions treated are whiplash, low back and neck pain, and degenerative diseases, such as multiple sclerosis. 

 

Dietary Supplement

A product intended to supply nutrients and other healthful substances that may be lacking in a diet. Term used to apply only to vitamins, minerals, and proteins. Herbs are now classified as dietary supplements, and the definition also includes amino acids, glandulars (processed animal glands), enzymes, fish oils, and various extracts, such as flower essences. While their labels may not make any claims to cure, prevent, treat, or mitigate a disease, they can claim to help a structure or function of the body. Unlike food additives and prescription and over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements do not require FDA approval to be sold on the market. 

 

Ear Candling

Also called Ear Coning, involves placing the narrow end of a specially designed hollow candle at the entry of the ear canal, while the opposite end is lit. Primarily used for relieving wax build up and related hearing problems, ear candling is also used for ear infections and sinus infections. 

 

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

Uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points. Over 20 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems.  

 

Energy Field Work

Practitioners look for weaknesses in the energy field in and around the clients body and seek to restore its proper circulation and balance. Energy channeled through the practitioner is directed to strengthen the body's natural defenses and help the client's physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual state. 

 

Enzyme Therapy

A form of therapy that employs supplements of plant and animal enzymes to improve digestive function and other conditions. During digestion, the body's own digestive enzymes are not the only ones at work; the enzymes present in raw fruits and vegetables also contribute to the breakdown of food in the stomach. Enzyme therapy advocates supplementation to reduce the work that the body has to do, and because plant enzymes are destroyed in cooking. Since enzymes can't be synthetically manufactured, supplements are derived from plants or from animal tissues. Some practitioners inject liquid enzymes to treat cancer and multiple sclerosis. Enzyme supplements are available over the counter, singly or in combination, in capsule, tablet, powder, and liquid form. 

 

Essential Oils

Concentrated essences of various flowers, fruits, herbs, grasses, plants, and trees. They have remarkable, complex properties and are appropriate for use in supporting your health, personal care, and environmental clearing. Scientific research has isolated hundreds of chemicals in essential oils, and has shown many essential oils to have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties. 

 

Feng Shui

An ancient Chinese practice of configuring home or work environments to promote health, happiness, prosperity. Feng shui consultants may advise clients to make adjustments in their surroundings, from color selection to furniture placement, to promote a healthy flow of chi, or vital energy. 

 

Float Therapy

Float therapy involves floating in approx. 10 inches of warm water filled with high concentrations Epsom salts. This creates a floating experience resulting in a feeling of weightlessness and deep relaxation, stress relief and pain relief. It is often used for treatment of PTSD and anxiety issues. it is sometimes considered a form of meditation and has many other potential benefits. 

 

Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine is a science-based system of medicine that focuses on finding the underlying cause of disease with a systems-oriented approach to address the whole person. Functional medicine doctors work in partnership with patients to tailor treatments based on their unique health history, physiology, and lifestyle. It is a form of holistic health.  

 

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Guided Imagery

Guided Imagery (GI) is a therapeutic healing technique in which a facilitator uses descriptive language intended to psychologically benefit an individual or group of individuals. This technique incorporates the unconscious mind and imagery, intended for emotional and/or physical wellness and stress relief. GI may be meditative or interactive, allowing the client to discover or rediscover important information about themselves through the guidance of an intuitive counselor. 

 


Healing Touch

Is practiced by registered nurses and others to accelerate wound healing, relieve pain, promote relaxation, prevent illness and ease the dying process. The practitioner uses light touch or works with his or her hands near the client's body in an effort to restore balance to the client's energy system. 

 

Health Coach

Health coaching is a rapidly expanding health care profession that helps empower people to make successful and permanent lifestyle changes to achieve their health goals. A professional health coach is trained in an interdisciplinary skill set based strongly on values clarification and motivational interviewing. Typically, a health coach is a medical professional trained in this specific skill set to support people in achieving successful health changes.  

 

HeartMath®

HeartMath meditation is a heart-focused breathing meditation that can help you quickly change from feeling stressed to feeling calm. Science-based and used worldwide, HeartMath meditation uses breathing techniques to bring about coherence — the alignment of your physical, mental and emotional systems to work in sync. 

 

Herbalism

Uses natural plants or plant-based substances to treat a range of illnesses and to enhance the functioning of the body's systems. Though herbalism is not a licensed professional modality in the U.S., herbs are prescribed by a range of practitioners, from holistic M.D.s to acupuncturists to naturopaths. 

 

Holistic

An adjective meaning targeted to the whole person - mind, body, and spirit. Wholistic medicine considers not only physical health but also the emotional, spiritual, social, and mental well-being of the person. 

 

Holistic Medicine

Holistic medicine is a broadly descriptive term for a healing philosophy that views a patient as a whole person, not as just a disease or a collection of symptoms. In the course of treatment, holistic medical practitioners may address emotional and spiritual dimensions as well as the nutritional, environmental and lifestyle factors that may contribute to an illness. Many holistic practitioners combine conventional forms of treatment with natural or alternative treatments. 

 

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine that seeks to heal the body rather than simply treat disease symptoms.  A system that uses infinitesimal doses of natural substances to stimulate a person's immune and defense system. Homeopathic remedies are named for the plant or animal ingredient they are made from. 

 

Hyperbaric Therapy

Mild Hyperbaric Therapy consists of relaxing in an enclosed chamber or bag in which the internal pressure is increased 4-7 pounds more than atmospheric pressure. The increase in pressure causes free oxygen to become saturated in the fluids of the body, allowing the more oxygen to cross the cell membrane, thus increasing cellular oxygen. Increased cellular oxygen improves cellular function and efficiency. 

 

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotic techniques can induce everything from a light to a heavy hypnotic state to help a client overcome psychological or physical problems, overcome a craving for cigarettes or overeating, managing chronic pain from an illness/accident, reducing or eliminating fears, and a wide variety of other issues to be overcome.

 

 

Integrative Health Coaching

Integrative Health Coaching is based on leading theories of behavior change from multiple fields of human sciences and evidence-based integrative medicine and health practices that support people in successfully making lifestyle changes. IHC professionals assist people with their disease management and wellness goals and visions. In a fast-paced and increasingly complex world, medical science and the evolution of unique models for health care are bringing us closer to truly personalized medicine. Given these evolving trends, comprehensive and dynamically responsive planning for your health care decisions is indicated.    

 

Integrative Medicine

A form of medical therapy that combines practices and treatments from alternative medicine with conventional medicine. 

 

Karma

Basic concept common to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The doctrine holds that one's state in this life is the result of physical and mental actions in past incarnations and that present action can determine one's destiny in future incarnations. Karma is a natural, impersonal law of moral cause and effect. 

 

Karmic Release

Past experiences lie within our body cells and our psyche. Through Karmic release, patterns of fear, blockages, suffering, health issues, life drama are eliminated and new soul contracts are created which are appropriate to support current desires. The process is done on the energetic vibrational level and the conscious level and is supported by healing/integration on the mental, physical, spiritual/soul levels. 

 

Kinesiology

The study of muscles and their movement. Applied kinesiology is a system that uses muscle testing procedures, in conjunction with standard methods of diagnosis, to gain information about a patient's overall state of health. Practitioners analyze muscle function, posture, gait and other structural factors in addition to inquiring about lifestyle factors that may be contributing to a health-related problem. 

 

Kundalini  

Divine spiritual energy that lies coiled at the base of the spine. Once awakened, it travels upward through the chakra system, until it reaches the crown chakra. Once stabilized in the crown, the individual self merges into the supreme self, (enlightenment) and the cycle of reincarnation comes to an end.

 

 

LED Light Therapy

Red light increases circulation and moisture retention, stimulates cell turnover, reduces pore size, evens out skin tones, aids in photo-damaged skin, reduces inflammation, speeds up the healing process, and decreases fine lines and wrinkles. Blue light is anti-bacterial, kills acne bacteria, and reduces acne without irritation. 

 

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

A hands-on technique to activate fluid circulation and stimulate the functioning of the immune system and parasympathetic nervous system using a very light touch. It can help chronic pain, fibromyalgia, stress overload, edemas (swelling), and regeneration of burned, scarred and wrinkled tissue. 

 

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Manual Lymph Drainage Therapy

A hands-on technique designed to attain and sustain proper functioning of the human fluid system. The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body’s ability to drain stagnant fluids, detoxify, regenerate tissues, filter out toxins and foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system.

 

 

Magnetic Therapy

Magnetic field therapy or bio-magnetic therapy involves the use of magnets, magnetic devices or magnetic fields to treat a variety of physical and emotional conditions, including circulatory problems, certain forms of arthritis, chronic pain, sleep disorders, and stress. 

 

Manipulation

Application of manual force for healing. Term describes the techniques used in osteopathy, chiropractic, massage, and other bodywork therapies. Manipulation may involve various forms of massage, muscle pressure, and joint realignment or adjustment. 

 

Mantra

In Hinduism and Buddhism, mystic word used in ritual and meditation. It is believed to have power to bring into being the reality it represents. Use of such mantras usually requires initiation by a guru, or spiritual teacher. 

 

Massage Therapy

This is a general term for a range of therapeutic approaches with roots in both Eastern and Western cultures. Involves the practice of kneading or otherwise manipulating a person's muscles and soft tissue. 

 

Medical Intuitive  

Medical Intuition is a tool to give an accurate portrait of what is going on in a client’s body by paying close attention to gain accurate insight into the presenting symptoms of a client. The body offers much information to be shared such as the roots and influences of the present condition, what it wants and does not want and a physical, emotional/spiritual portrait of what is currently going on.

 

 

Meditation

Discipline in which the mind is focused on a single point of reference. Employed since ancient times in various forms by all religions, the practice gained greater notice in the postwar U.S. as interest in Zen Buddhism rose. Meditation is now used by many nonreligious adherents as a method of stress reduction; known to lower levels of cortisol, a hormone released in response to stress. Enhances recuperation and improves the body's resistance to disease. 

 

Melatonin

Hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain and released mainly at night in the absence of light on the retina. Regulates the onset and timing of sleep and seasonal changes in the body such as winter weight gain. Levels of melatonin decline with age. Melatonin is being investigated as a sleep promoter and to prevent or reduce jet lag. Synthetic melatonin and melatonin derived from bovine pineal glands are available as over-the-counter dietary supplements. Melatonin occurs naturally in some foods but in fairly small amounts. Reported side effects include reduced fertility, inhibition of male sexual drive, hypothermia, damage to the retina. Some physicians and scientists advise against taking melatonin as a long-term supplement. 

 

Mindful Eating

Research indicates that stress is the underlying cause of overweight and food-related issues. Diets do not work and are not healthy. Mindful eating draws on the strong research and skill sets of mindfulness to help people with food and eating issues learn how to handle their stress in positive ways and develop a new and joyous relationship with food and eating that supports their health goals. 

 

Mindfulness

A mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.Mindfulness is strongly evidence-based in acute and chronic medical situations and in wellness and stress management programs. It is used by major corporations to increase productivity and creativity, in schools to enhance effective learning and creativity, and in other settings such as the military. Mindfulness can improve the quality of life. 

 

Myofasical Release

Trauma, posture, or inflammation can create a binding down of fascia resulting in excessive pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, osseous structures and/or organs. This hands-on technique seeks to free the body from the grip of tight fascia, or connective tissue, thus restoring normal alignment and function and reducing pain. Therapists apply mild, sustained hand-pressure in order to gently stretch and soften fascia. Treatment is used to treat neck and back pain, headaches, recurring sports injuries, and scoliosis, and other conditions. 

 

Natural Foods

Minimally processed foods remain as close as possible to their whole, original state and are generally more nutritious than their refined counterparts. 

 

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct and comprehensive system of primary health care practiced by a naturopathic doctor for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human health conditions, injuries, and disease. Naturopathic doctors are state-licensed practitioners who perform physical exams, order lab testing, and prescribe a variety of natural treatments, including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, exercise, and hormone replacement therapy.  

 

Naturopathy

A system of natural healing which, only through natural methods, assesses and cares for the health of the patient. Naturopathy is concerned with both a healthy lifestyle and the prevention of disease, and also with the use of natural therapeutics in the treating of human conditions such as: Pain, Injury, and any Physical, Chemical or Mental conditions. Naturopathy uses a philosophy of practice which bases its treatments of physiological functions and conditions, upon where the natural laws governing the human body have not been adhered to.   

 

Numerology

A necessary component of astrology, though often not combined.  It is the stand-alone science of numbers—in one’s birth blueprint, year cycles, dates, and names.  By understanding how to read the map of your blueprint, you’ll have the self-empowerment to steer your life much more efficiently. 

 

Nutritional Medicine

This practice calls for higher, therapeutic doses of basic nutrients to address illnesses and disorders. It can be used effectively for diseases of deficiency which may be caused by poor diet or extreme environmental factors. Because this method uses substances which are vital to human physiology, nutritional medicine is well received by the body. 

 

Organic

Grown with fertilizers of animal, mineral, or vegetable origin. Organically grown food is distinguished from that managed with manufactured chemicals.  Also pertains to products made with organic items.   

 

Physical Therapy

This hands-on approach assists healing using a variety of techniques including exercise, hot/cold treatments, electrical stimulation, and massage. When used after injuries and surgery, it accelerates recovery by improving strength, relieving pain, and restoring full range of motion. Physical therapy also aims to help prevent recurring injuries. 

 

Polarity Therapy

Based on a theory of energy flow in the body developed by Randolph Stone, a doctor of naturopathy, osteopathy, and chiropractic. Asserts that balancing the flow of energy in the body is the foundation of health. Specific points along the currents are said to hold positive or negative energies. Practitioners use gentle touch and guidance in diet, exercise and self-awareness to help clients balance their energy flow, thus supporting a return to health. 

 

Prana

The yogic concept of a cosmic energy or life force, similar to the Chinese idea of chi, that enters the body with the breath. Prana is thought to flow through the body, bringing health and vitality. It is considered the vital link between the spiritual self and the material self. 

 

Pranayama

A term from yoga and Ayurveda meaning breath control. 

 

Probiotics

Substances such as acidophilus and bifidus that restore the beneficial bacteria normally present in the intestines. Stress, poor diet, antibiotics, and oral contraceptives can throw off the normal balance of bacteria and fungi. This imbalance may be manifested as a yeast infection, or in symptoms such as diarrhea or gastrointestinal disturbances. 

 

Qigong

An ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. Qi is a concept from traditional Chinese culture that roughly means vital energy, information, breath or spirit. 

 

Raindrop Therapy

The application of therapeutic-grade essential oils using massage and vita flex techniques. Raindrop Therapy aids in the healing of physical and emotional injuries, strengthens the immune system, detoxifies the the body, and helps to bring the body into physical and electrical alignment.  

 

Reflexology

Based on the idea that specific points on the feet and hands correspond with organs and tissues throughout the body. With fingers and thumbs, the practitioner applies pressure to these points to treat a wide range of stress-related illnesses and ailments. 

 

Reiki

Practitioners of this ancient Tibetan healing system use light hand placements to transmit healing energies to the recipient. While the practitioners may vary widely in technique and philosophy, Reiki is commonly used to treat emotional and mental distress as well as chronic and acute physical problems, as well as to assist the recipient in achieving spiritual focus and clarity. 

 

Rolfing

Also known as Structural Integration, this method of bodywork consists of deep tissue manipulation and client education about how the body is positioned in relation to gravity. The major sections of the body—the head, shoulders, chest, pelvis, and legs—are “reordered” in the Rolfing practice to enhance flexibility, ease of breath, and movement. As the physical body is adjusted, so are corresponding parts of the emotional body, making for a comprehensive healing session. 

 

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Shamanism

A system of healing based on spiritual practices present in most indigenous cultures. The shaman acquires knowledge, wisdom and spiritual power from personal helping spirits encountered on journeys into other realities. They return with vital information about healing. Shamans are considered “walkers between the worlds” and retrievers of souls. 

 

Sound Therapy

A range of therapies in which sound is used to treat physical and mental conditions based on the theory that all of life vibrates, including people’s bodies. Treatment by sound waves is believed to restore that healthy balance to the body. The healing sound is transmitted to the affected area of the body and may be produced by any number of methods including voice, chanting bowls, drums, bell, tuning forks and/or music.  

 

Sounding The Body

A diagnostic and therapeutic technique used in sound healing. Sound healers read a patient's body by singing a series of tones and listening for imbalances in the natural frequencies of the body or its energy fields. Imbalances are said to be indicated by changes in the tone of the healer's voice. To correct a problem, the sound healer applies sound to the patient's body by singing certain tones near the affected organ, or by applying tuning forks or electronic vibratory instruments to the body. 

 

Tai Chi

Tai Chi combines movement, meditation and breath regulation to enhance the flow of vital energy in the body, improve blood circulation, and enhance immune functions. Tai Chi is one of the most broadly applicable systems of self-care in the world. In China, it is estimated that 200 million people practice Tai Chi everyday.  

 

Therapeutic Touch®

A holistic, evidence-based therapy that incorporates the intentional and compassionate use of universal energy to promote balance and well-being. TT practitioners move their hands about 2-4 inches above the body while the person is seated or lying down. Assessment of the human energy field helps practitioners to individualize the treatment. Many recipients describe a feeling of relaxation and well-being after a session, some have better sleep. Research has shown TT to help recipients in: relaxation, anxiety reduction, decreasing pain perception, creating a sense of well-being, comfort, comfort with dying, and accelerating the healing process. 

 

Thermography

Thermography is a non-invasive test that uses an infrared camera to produce images that record temperature and blood vessel patterns. The temperature of abnormal cells is higher than normal breast tissue due to increased blood flow, and this is what the thermograph picks up. Additionally, newly formed or activated blood vessels have a distinct appearance, which thermography can detect. Thermography is useful not only as a predictor of risk factor for cancer, but also to assess more rapidly growing neoplasms. Because there is no radiation involved, thermography is safe even for pregnant and nursing women. For those with sensitivity to the heavy-duty compression (equivalent to putting a 50-pound weight on your breast) involved with the mammogram machine, the lack of pain associated with thermography testing will be a pleasant surprise.   

 

Tibetan Singing Bowls

Singing bowls sing because of physics. Vibrations and resonance are created by striking the bowl with a mallet. In addition, while the scientific evidence is not clear, a wealth of anecdotal evidence indicates that singing bowl tones have positive physical, mental, and emotional effects on those who hear them. 

 

Toning

Toning is a gentle form of sound healing that helps us to heal on all levels by using certain notes and vowel sounds. The vowel sound is held for a certain length of time at the same pitch, unlike singing where you may vary the pitch. While there are multiple types of sound-based meditation techniques, those using a person’s own voice have been found the most effective. As the tones are sung, the chakras or our body centers respond. Using sound to resonate each center helps to “charge” those areas by increasing circulation, energy, and vitality. Quantum physics is suggesting that possibly disease in the body originates with disturbances in the electromagnetic field. Toning 3-5 minutes at each energy center helps “smooth out” the energy fields.
 

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

A system of medicine that originated in China and is used to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease and various health conditions. All TCM originates from the idea of qi, the body’s vital energy, which practitioners believe is key to maintaining health and wellness. According to the TCM model, qi flows along channels, or meridians, throughout our body, and this flow balances the function of our mind, body, and spirit. When those channels are blocked, however, the flow becomes disrupted and disease arises. All TCM treatments aim to clear blockages, thus restoring flow and balance. Examples of TCM methods include acupuncture, herbs, qi gong, acupressure, and massage.  

 

Vibrational Healing

Promotes healing by balancing the body's energy field. Can include acupuncture, homeopathy, flower essences, sound & color healing, crystals, gems, aromatherapy, and energy-based bodywork (Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Polarity Therapy). 

 

Yoga

A general term for a range of body-mind practices used to access consciousness and encourage physical and mental well-being. Forms of “physical” Yoga include Hatha (Iyengar, Bikram, Ananda, Astanga Vinyasa/Power, Phoenix Rising, etc.) and Kundalini. 

 

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra, a Sanskrit term meaning "yogic sleep" is a deep relaxation technique and a form of meditation.  Also called "psychic sleep," yoga nidra is a state between sleeping and waking. The body is completely relaxed and the practitioner turns the awareness inward by listening to a set of instructions; much like a guided meditation. Yoga nidra practice results in deep relaxation and expands the individual's self-awareness. 

 

Yoga Therapy

A one-on-one application of the philosophy and practices of yoga to directly and holistically facilitate healing. Techniques are chosen according to the individual client to resolve pain and blockages by supporting and nurturing the spine, nervous system, muscles, bones, joints, subtle channels, and the mind. While therapeutic approaches vary by yoga style, all promote non-invasive techniques that utilize yoga poses, breath, and wisdom for increasing prana (life force), tejas (energy) and ojas (resilience). 

 

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