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2021 Alternative Therapies

The (Ever-Expanding) Comprehensive Guide To All Alternative Therapies

Whole Medical Systems

  • Ayurveda

 

 

Ayurveda (pronounced: ai · yr · vei · duh) is a traditional form of Indian medicine, which is considered by some scholars as the oldest healing practice still in existence. It takes a holistic view of the human body, focusing on restoring balance in the body and mind.

 

Ayurvedic treatments may include diet, herbs, yoga, meditation, special massage or acupuncture, and is designed to induce a state of natural healing. The aim is identify each person’s own unique pattern of energy for healing. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Holistic view to human health
  • Emphasis on preventing disease, rather than curing
  • Healthy diets lower blood pressure
  • Reduces stress, calms the body
  • Boosts libido and fertility

 

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  • Siddha Medicine

 

 

Siddha medicine (pronounced: SID – HA), is the lesser known cousin of Ayurveda. Also originating in India, Siddha has a focus on the three body energies: vatha, pitta, kapha, and promoting balance through the body. 

 

Treatments can include combinations of yoga, suction therapy (cupping), ointments, bloodletting, special diets and herbs. Siddha medicine is a comprehensive system that works to put equal emphasis between spirit, mind and body, and works bring harmony to the individual.

 

Benefits:

 

  • Emphasis on good food being a driver for good health
  • Holistic view to the human body

 

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  • Homeopathy

 

 

Homeopathy (pronounced: HOME-E-OP-ATHY) is system of medicine that was developed in Germany in the 1800’s. It is founded on two core principles: 1) Like Cures Like, and 2) The Law of Minimum Dose. Meaning, using substances related to what you’re ill with, in exceptionally low doses.

 

Homeopathy works to offer a holistic approach to human health, seeing the entire being as being interconnected. Remedies are typically offered in the form of small sugar pellets containing trace amounts of the original element, placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Initial consultation is extended to find out more about you as an individual and personalize your treatment
  • Simple, safe remedies that are suitable for children to the elderly. 

 

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  • Naturopathy

 

 

Naturopathy (Pronounced: NAT-TUR-OP-ATHY), is a holistic system of health that encompases a whole range of natural healing modalities, including: homeopathy, therapeutic massage, nutritional counseling, acupuncture, and Traditional Chinese Medicine among others. 

 

Naturopathic doctors work specifically with natural and herbal remedies to bring healing to the body. They look at the holistic being and assess diet, lifestyle as well as environmental factors to health. Initial consultations are intentionally lengthy to provide a better personalized assessment. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • One-stop shop for all natural healing needs
  • Takes a holistic, natural approach to human health
  • Initial consultations are extended to better understand you as a patient and your unique treatment needs
  • Focus on improving overall health and wellness

 

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  • Traditional Chinese Medicine

 

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine dates back well over 3000 years to ancient China. The practices have remained in use over this many years, is a testament to their effectiveness. It is an umbrella term, which encompases diet, herbs, acupuncture, massage, among others. 

 

There are 5 Pillars to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): Acupuncture, Herbs, Moxibustion, Tui Na, and Qi Gong, all of which work together to bring harmony within the body. TCM is rooted in unchanging natural law, that actively works to understand the interlinking between man, earth and universe. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Ancient system, thoroughly tested
  • Holistic approach to health
  • All natural, few side-effects

 

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  • Traditional Korean Medicine

 

 

Traditional Korean Medicine (TKM) is related to and shares a lot of similarities with Traditional Chinese Medicine. It similarly dates back roughly 3,000 years to ancient Korea, and uses a combination of herbs, aromatherapy, meditation, acupuncture, and special teas. 

 

TKM is based in eastern philosophies of yin and yang energies and five-elements theory. Illnesses are not treated directly, but rather treated holistically as the entire functioning of the body. TKM is all about understanding the body in its natural state, and encouraging healing.

 

Benefits:

 

  • Generally good at helping pain management
  • Natural based remedies
  • Easy to incorporate and gentle on the body

 

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  • Traditional Japanese Medicine (Kampo Medicine)

 

 

Traditional Japanese Medicine (TJM), also known as Kampo, is another ancient medical system that similarly has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The core of Kampo is that the human body and mind are inseparable, and the balance of physical and mental energies are essential for human health. 

 

The name Kampo (referring to the Chinese Han Dynasty) was adopted in the 16th century to distinguish it from newsly incoming western medicine, Rampo (medicine from Holland). 

 

Benefits:

 

  • All natural
  • Used to treat a wide array of conditions
  • Takes a holistic approach to human health

 

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  • Traditional Mongolian Medicine

 

Traditional Mongolian Medicine (TMM) similarly also has ancient roots back to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, being developed over thousands of years by the Mongolian people. TMM uses herbs, minerals, moxibustion, bone setting (similar to osteopathy) and water treatments. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • All-natural medical system
  • Works holistically on the whole body
  • Designed to promote good health through diet
  • Has ancient roots and a long history of success

 

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  • Traditional Tibetan Medicine

 

 

Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM) has similar roots back to Traditional Chinese Medicine, but has been heavily influenced by traditional Buddhist practices, which believes that all suffering in life is related to feelings of ignorance, attachment or aversion. 

 

TTM works to rebalance the body three humours: Psychic, Energetic, and Physical. These three humours work together to regulate the body and mind, including brain, nerves, muscles, blood circulation, lymphatic activity and digestion. TMM works to bring unity and health within the body. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • All-natural remedies
  • Takes a holistic view of the whole body, mind and spirit
  • Heavy emphasis on mental well-being and mental health

 

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Mind-Body Medicine

 

  • Biofeedback / Neurofeedback

 

 

Biofeedback / Neurofeedback (pronounced: BI-O-FEED-BACK / NEW-RO-FEED-BACK) are methods of seeing in real-time exactly how the body is responding to stimuli, including stress levels, heart rate, EEG brain activity.

 

Biofeedback and Neurofeedback can be used on a range of common conditions including chronic pain, ADHD, learning disorders, anxiety, depression, and migraines as example. The prevailing idea is that if you can measure it, you can change it. 

 

Meaning if you can measure your brain being anxious, you can train it, if you can measure your brain being scattered and erratic, you can change it. Biofeedback and Neurofeedback create feedback loops the user can understand and measure, allowing them to undo negative habits.

 

Benefits:

 

  • Allows you to understand your brain and your body
  • Retrain your mind, remove bad habits and integrate new good habits
  • Muscle biofeedback (EMG) to train your muscles to grow bigger

 

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  • Guided Imagery Therapy

 

 

Guided Imagery Therapy, sometimes referred to as visualization, is a self-therapy where you train your mind to visualize the outcomes you want to achieve. If you’re looking to relax and relieve stress or anxiety, you may visualize a calm river, forest or beach. 

 

If you’re looking to accomplish new goals in your life, you may visualize yourself as working hard on those goals, or of having already accomplished them. This trains the subconscious mind to eliminate bad habits, while focusing on the development of new strong habits. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • All-natural therapy
  • Strengthens your mental muscles
  • Useful in treating anxiety, depression and addictions
  • Helps to become more decisive
  • Remove bad habits and create new health habits

 

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  • Hypnotherapy

 

 

Hypnotherapy (pronounced: HIP-NO-THER-A-PY), is a process similar to guided meditation, where the patient is put into a hypnotic trance. They are encouraged to focus deeply, shutting down the conscious activity of the mind, and allowing the therapist to speak directly to the subconscious. 

 

The conscious mind is responsible for all the active activities we choose to do, like calling a friend, or doing our taxes. However the subconscious mind runs below the surface and is responsible for emotions and impulse control. 

 

For example, if you’re having trouble with overeating, and you can’t seem to stop no matter how much will power you put into it, it is likely that your subconscious mind is sabotaging you. Hypnotherapy allows the hypnotist to speak directly to the subconscious, and retrain how it thinks and behaves. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • All-natural procedure
  • Can do while sitting in a comfortable chair
  • Helps with relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety
  • Assists with impulse control and emotional control
  • Useful for eating disorders
  • Helps to overcome addictions (smoking, drugs, alcohol)

 

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  • Meditation (Including Mindfulness)

 

 

Meditation / Mindfulness is a type of self-therapy that can be used to help get the person into a state of calm relaxation. Meditation is usually done in a seated position with crossed-legs in a quiet room with eyes closed. Sometimes images can be used, but typically the focus is to empty the mind. 

 

Styles of Meditation like Vipassana Meditation, have the person focus their attention on the breath. Paying attention to the sensations on the inhale and the exhale. The intention is to bring the body into a calm state of focus. 

 

Once in this calm, relaxed state, the parasympathetic nervous system kicks in, allowing the body to self-heal, as well as allowing the person to enter a deep state of calm focus. This can be useful in not only healing the body but having greater clarity and focus when accomplishing goals. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Feelings of calm and relaxation
  • Overcome anxiety and depression
  • Allow deeper levels of focus
  • Eliminate distractions
  • Become more centered and clear

 

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  • Transcendental Meditation

 

 

Transcendental Meditation is a specific type of meditation where the person uses mantras to influence the mind. This could be used to improve mood, improve focus, increased positivity, reduce anxiety, reduce depression and reduce worry. 

 

The practice was introduced by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (video linked below) during the 1950’s, and the practice is rooted in ancient ayurvedic practices. Transcendental Meditation can be accomplished in multiple 10-20 minute sites during the day, performed 2-5x daily. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Enhanced calm & relaxation
  • Reduce stress, anxiety, depression and worry
  • All-natural
  • A self-therapy you can perform on your own
  • Increased focus and determination

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNfenCYWGRQ

 

 

  • Relaxation / Deep Breathing

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Lb5L-VEm34

 

Relaxation / Deep Breathing is a type of self-therapy similar to meditation. It is a process where the person takes deep, slow calming breaths to relax the body. This can be enhanced by sitting in a quiet, comfortable chair, with no distractions. Turn off your phone and take some time to yourself. 

 

There are many breathing variations to bring about a state of calm, including box breathing, lengthening your exhale, lion breathing, abdomen breathing, and yogic breathing to name just a few (links below). Each is a slight variation to help induce a state of calm in the body. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Self-therapy, anyone can do this, anytime, anywhere
  • All-natural
  • Easy to implement
  • Helps to induce calm and relaxation
  • Alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety

 

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  • Aromatherapy

 

 

Aromatherapy (pronounced: A-ROM-A-THER-A-PY) is the practice of using concentrated essential oils to induce a state of calm and relaxation. The oils are often spread using a diffuser, which can be as simple as a tea candle heating a small cup of oil. 

 

Oils are often derived from sources like citrus, lavender, herbs, fruits and rare flowers. The olfactory system inhales the evaporated oils, and the scents release calming hormones and emotions through the body. Smell is one of the body’s strongest senses, and is highly associated with memories.

 

Benefits:

 

  • All-natural
  • Self-therapy
  • Calming, relaxing, soothing
  • Lessen headaches or migraines
  • Easy to do, and can be done at home
  • Effective at causing drowsiness, and inducing sleep

 

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  • Ho’oponopono Therapy

 

 

Ho’oponopono Therapy is a simple mantra-based therapy. It is similar to doing a mantra meditation, and it involves 4 core mantras: 1) I’m Sorry, 2) Please Forgive Me, 3) Thank You, 4) I Love You. 

 

Unlike AA, Ho’oponopono does not need to be focused towards a deity, but could be focused towards yourself, you’re apologizing for the ills that you’ve done to your body, you’re asking your body for forgiveness, and you’re thanking your body and saying ‘I love you’ for all the great things it has done for you. 

 

The secret of Ho’oponopono is about accepting responsibility. You are taking responsibility for yourself and your actions. By taking responsibility, and forgiving yourself, you are allowing yourself to leave behind the shackles of the past, and to move forward with new clarity and purpose. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Mantra-based, self-therapy
  • Easy to do, anyone can do it
  • All-natural
  • Calming, soothing, relaxing

 

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  • Gestalt Therapy

 

 

Gestalt Therapy is based on the ‘empty chair technique’ that is designed to help clients focus on the present, and to understand the reality of what is happening right now, as opposed to their perceptions of what is happening. It is easy for judgements to cloud reality. 

 

Gestalt Therapy is often used to help alleviate anxiety, depression, improve self-esteem, deal with migraines, headaches, chronic pain or relationship difficulties. Gestalt Therapy is useful to help clients develop better self-awareness and understand better the role they play in their own happiness. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Work with a therapist to work through issues
  • Communication and expression based
  • Helps to soothe and relax, and overcome anxiety and depression 
  • Can be combined with other therapies like dance, art, and creative expression

 

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  • Empty Chair Technique

 

 

Empty Chair Technique is related to Gestalt Therapy, where the person is sat across from an empty chair, and they imagine that sitting opposite to them is the person causing them frustration (boss, spouse, kid, family member, neighbour, co-worker). 

 

This allows the person to vent their frustrations at the imaginary person in the chair, without inflicting damage to either party. Therapists may also do a role reversal, so the person can imagine themselves in the others shoes and develop a greater level of empathy and compassion. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Helps clients to express frustration and anger freely
  • Works to alleviate stress, anxiety and depression
  • Allows clients to feel hear, seen and appreciated
  • Non-invasive, communication based therapy

 

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  • Puppet Therapy / Play Therapy

 

 

Puppet Therapy / Play Therapy is a type of therapy that uses puppets and play to allow clients to unlock and express emotions. The benefit of puppets is that they allow for play, creativity and spontaneity, and feel less serious than ‘talking to a therapist’. 

 

This can help the client to re-enact traumatic effects, accessing them from a safe distance. Puppets and play create a safe environment, where the client is open to express themselves freely. Using puppets can be a way to open up dialogue between different people in the client’s life.  

 

Benefits:

 

  • Uses play and puppets to express emotions
  • For many who feel emotionally challenged, this can be a great way to tap back into child-like emotions
  • Non-invasive, communication based therapy

 

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  • Rebirthing Therapy

 

 

Rebirthing Therapy is a type of alternative therapy used to treat a reactive attachment disorder. The therapy uses a very special type of breathwork to help release emotions. The intention is to recreate your birth, and in that process, to release past traumas. 

 

It is believe that during birth, all babies experience high levels of trauma, that effectively get forgotten and repressed, but however can continue to wreck havoc through a persons life. By doing the breathwork and experiencing the rebirth, people are able to shed away layers of pain. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Safe process that simply involves breathwork
  • All natural
  • Can be done as a self-therapy
  • Easy to do
  • Improve self-awareness
  • Calm, soothe and relax

 

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  • Sound Therapy

 

 

Sound Therapy uses filtered music to benefit and relax the brain, helping to relieve symptoms of tinnitus and other ear-related conditions. Sound Therapy has the client listening to a low volume recording throughout the day and as they sleep. 

 

Sound Therapy works by stimulating the ear with continually alternating sounds of high and low tone. This stimulation helps to re-map the brain, and a feedback loop is created where the brain sends signals back to the ear to enhance hearing. Blood flow increases, as well as electrical activity. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • More energy
  • Enhances brain performance
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Brings about a state of relaxation
  • No harsh chemicals
  • Improved relationships through better communication

 

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  • Neuroptimal Therapy

 

 

Neuroptimal Therapy is a branch of Neurofeedback which we covered earlier. This therapy enhances on the Neurofeedback process which had certain limitations, including brain maps, which can be quite expensive, as well ad developing unwanted side-effects. 

 

Neuroptimal Therapy overcomes these limitations by being dynamically oriented, meaning it can account for the brain changing from one state to another. This helps the brain to be flexible and adapt as necessary, and also be resilient in the face of challenges like anxiety or depression. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Enhanced form of neurofeedback
  • Fewer side effects
  • Allows for the brain to dynamically change and update itself

 

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  • Alexander Technique 

 

Alexander Technique is a movement therapy that is designed to help the body to improve posture, balance and performance. This is designed to alleviate problems from poor positioning (like poor posture). The lessons teach clients how to be more aware of their body and posture. 

 

The Alexander Technique has been found to relieve tension, ease anxiety, and help the body to relax with increased mobility. It is used to treat a range of conditions, including back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and general musculoskeletal problems. 

 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Very effective for musicians who often hold uncomfortable positions for long periods of time
  • Uses light, non-forceful manipulations
  • Retrains the body on good posture
  • Helps to improve posture and mobility
  • Assists the body with relaxing, reducing stress
  • Can alleviate symptoms from repetitive strain or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 

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  • Autogenic Training

 

 

Autogenic Training is about retraining the mind. If the person has had an accident that makes it hard to walk, Autogenic Training is about imagining how the process of walking used to be. By remembering these past circumstances, the body can effectively retrace its steps, and learn to walk again. 

 

The therapy is very similar to hypnotherapy, in that it has the user sit calmly, and imagine themselves getting heavier and heavier. By relaxing the body, the user is able to bring up vivid images of their past. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Focus on relaxation
  • Similar to being hypnotized
  • Retrain the mind based on past, positive experiences
  • Used heavily in sport psychology
  • Reduces blood pressure

 

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  • Autosuggestion

 

 

Autosuggestion is the process of training the subconscious mind to believe certain things, or to systematically map out the way someones brain views the world. The process shares a lot in common with hypnotherapy, and having the person go into a deep trance, where suggestions can go right to the subconscious mind. 

 

The process of Autosuggestion involves bombarding one’s thoughts with the images you’d like it to hold, to change how one behaves or sees the world. This could include having a statement or mantra, that you repeat to yourself over and over again, especially at night, repeating to yourself until you fall asleep. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Self-therapy that you can do yourself
  • Involves use of simple statements or mantras
  • Similar to the process of hypnosis. 
  • Learn to guide and control your own thoughts
  • Improve positive self-talk
  • A way to directly influence the subconscious mind
  • Can practice any time of day

 

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Biologically Based Practices

  • Botanical  / Herbal Medicine And Natural Products

 

 

Botanical / Herbal Medicine And Natural Products has its roots in Ancient Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine. At its essence, it is about using natural plants, flowers, herbs, roots and barks to heal the body. It is believed that nature has provided the medicine for every illness. 

 

Botanical Medicine is the science of improving overall health using medicinal plants, tinctures and extracts. These can be used in supporting general wellness, as well as treating acute or chronic diseases. Botanical medicines greatly expand the patients options when seeking medical help. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • All-natural
  • Plant and herbal based
  • Based on ancient Chinese Medicine

 

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  • Chelation Therapy

 

 

Chelation Therapy is designed to remove excess iron and heavy metals from the bloodstream, with the aim of reducing heart disease and heart attacks. Patients receive a weekly IV drip of disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), which attaches itself to metals in the bloodstream, allowing the patient to eliminate them through urination.

 

Some side-effects of Chelation Therapy have been found, including drop in blood pressure, low calcium levels (hypocalcemia), drop in bone marrow count, heart failure, kidney failure or even death. Do consult with your healthcare provider before pursuing Chelation Therapy. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Removed excess iron from the bloodstream, as well as mercury and lead
  • Reduce risk of heart attack and heart disease

 

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  • Diet Therapies

 

 

Diet Therapies run on the principle of ‘let food be thy medicine’, where the very act of eating healthy, good, nutritious food, is in and of itself an act of health. Many people with western diets, especially Americans, tend to eat a ‘fast food diet’, which is extremely low in healthy and nutritious substances. 

 

The mediteranian diet is an example of a diet that has proven to be excellent for human health, which includes a lot of fresh seafood, olive oil, vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, whole grains and beans, and never (or rarely) eat high-sugar drinks or deep fried meals. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • All-natural
  • Food based
  • Does not require complicated drugs, simply is a matter of upgrading diet

 

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  • Balneotherapy / Hydrotherapy

 

 

Balneotherapy / Hydrotherapy is a health treatment using water-based therapies, including natural hot springs, mud baths, mineral water, or seawater, to bring about a state of calm relaxation, reduce inflammation, reduce pain, reduce joint swelling, increase blood circulation and engage the parasympathetic nervous system. 

 

By relaxing the whole body and mind, Balneotherapy is able to reduce cortisol levels in the body, and induce a state of natural healing. When the body is tense and stressed, the healing capacity is diminished. But a restful and relaxed state allows natural healing to take place. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Induce a state of relaxation
  • Reduce cortisol levels
  • Engage the parasympathetic nervous system
  • All-natural
  • Can be done at home using a hot bath. 

 

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  • Beer Bathing Therapy

Beer Bathing Therapy is a real thing. Currently it is most popular in Czechia (Czech Republic), the land of beer. Beer bathing works by mixing dark beer, hot water and a mixture of herbs and minerals, to create a special bathing experience. 

 

While not scientifically proven, Beer Bathing spa goers will swear by its effectiveness. The theory is that the beer and minerals soak their way into the skin, and not only relax the body, but also rejuvenate the skin, making it brighter and more vibrant. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Delicious
  • Enjoy a sneaky pint on the side
  • All-natural
  • Clears up skin
  • Helps to relax and soothe the body

 

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  • Apitherapy

 

 

Apitherapy is the treatment of using live bees to sting on specific pressure points (similar to acupuncture). It is believed to help with Lyme’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, shingles, infections, as well as healing wounds from burns, pains or tendonitis. 

 

The bee venom used in Apitherapy comes from the female worker bees who sting when feeling threatened. Sometimes a thin mesh can be used to extract the venom without the stinger, keeping the bee alive as well. Studies have even found Apitherapy to slow or reverse aging. 

 

Warning: if allergic to bees, do not try this therapy, or consult with your doctor first. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Activates the immune system
  • All-natural
  • Slows aging
  • Heals wounds
  • Helps with a range of conditions and diseases

 

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  • Bach Flower Therapy

 

 

Bach Flower Therapy (pronounced: BATCH), captures the healing potential of flowers, plants and herbs, to help bring about a sense of wellbeing, relaxation and calm. Bach was homeopath living in Oxfordshire England in the 1930’s, who developed his signature blend of flower remedies

 

The Bach Flower Remedies are often taken orally, either directly on the tongue, or mixed in with water and sipped. By bringing about a state of calm, the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, reducing cortisol levels and allowing the body to start naturally healing. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Helps to balance and regulate emotions
  • Pain management
  • All-natural
  • Made from plants and wildflowers
  • Overcome fear, gain confidence
  • Alleviate anxiety and depression

 

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  • Coffee Enema Therapy

 

 

Coffee Enema Therapy is the process of performing a colorectal enema using black coffee. The intention is to remove waste from the body’s digestive system. Coffee Enemas are believed to stimulate bile flow, as well as the production of glutathione, which is a detoxifying agent. 

 

Coffee Enemas have been in use since the early 1900’s as German doctors searched to find cures for colon cancer. The treatment is believed to be anti-aging, as well as cancer fighting, stopping yeast growth, removing toxins from the colon and removes parasites. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • All-natural
  • Cleanses the colon
  • Stimulates youthfulness and anti-aging
  • Relieve constipation
  • Boost immune system function
  • Improve energy levels

 

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  • Orthomolecular Medicine

 

 

Orthomolecular Medicine is a term derived from the greek word ‘ortho’ meaning ‘correct’ and effectively means having the ‘correct molecules’ in the body for optimal health and nutrition. The field was pioneered by two-time nobel prize winner Linus Pauling in coined the term in 1968. 

 

The practice of Orthomolecular Therapy is simply about preventing and treating disease by ensuring that the body has the optimal amount of nutrients or ‘molecules’ that it needs to function at peak performance. Orthomolecular Medicine is a fancy way of saying ‘let food be thy medicine’.  

 

Benefits:

 

  • Increases energy and wellbeing
  • Stimulates immune system function
  • Reduces pain, swelling and inflammation in the body
  • Helps prevent lifestyle related diseases 

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFq8Q4U4yWI

 

 

  • Thalassotherapy

 

 

Thalassotherapy uses the healing power of the sea to restore and nurture the body. The word ‘thalassotherapy’ is derived from the greek word for ‘thalassa’ meaning sea or ocean. Thalassotherapy uses sea water, and products derived from the sea, including seaweed, marine mud and algae. 

 

The concept of Thalassotherapy is that the ocean and ocean plants, contain a lot of essential minerals that our bodies need to stay healthy and youthful. The process is like going to the spa, and is designed to be soothing, calming and relaxing. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • All-natural
  • Calming, soothing and relaxing
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Improves skin condition
  • Anti-aging

 

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  • Water Cure Therapy

 

 

Water Cure Therapy is built on the premise that water is one of the core elements that our bodies are made up of, and that we need a lot of it in our daily lives for our bodies to continue functioning properly. Water Cure Therapy can help with hydration, as well as flushing the digestive system, and slowing aging. 

 

Water Cure Therapy is simply about having 1 to 1.5 L of water right after waking. The intention is to shock the body with a heavy load of hydration, ensuring that it is well hydrated for the day. By staying well hydrated, the body can better fight aging, and keep skin looking healthy and youthful. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • All-natural
  • Self-therapy
  • Flushes and cleanses the digestive system
  • Enhances body hydration

 

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  • Gerson Therapy

 

 

Gerson Therapy is a complicated regimen of juicing and heavy doses of fruits and vegetables in the treatment of cancer. Gerson Therapy includes a strict diet, supplements, as well as enemas. The theory of Gerson Therapy is that disease can be cured by removing toxins from the body. 

 

Scientific evidence is still limited, however followers of the Gerson diet will swear by it. The diet includes a heavy does or organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains, as well as using juicing as a way of enhancing delivery of fruits and vegetables. The aim is to remove toxins from the body.

 

Benefits:

 

  • Cancer fighting
  • High in antioxidants
  • Removes toxins
  • High in fruits, vegetables, and dietary fiber
  • Restore health to the body by restoring healthy liver function

 

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Manipulative and Body-Based Practices

 

  • Chiropractic Therapy

 

 

Chiropractic Therapy uses forceful manipulations of the spine and joints to realign the body. Chiropractic Therapy is based on the theory that poor health is caused by the body (esp the spine) being out of alignment, and that by cracking and adjusting it, you can improve posture and health. 

 

Chiropractors are trained to deal with neuromuscular disorders, and put a heavy focus on reducing pain, and increasing mobility and flexibility. By bringing the spine back into alignment, Chiropractors help to improve posture, alignment and functioning of the body. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Helps with sports injuries / accidents
  • Improved posture
  • Release of endorphins
  • Increased flexibility and mobility
  • Loosen up joints
  • Realign the body
  • Reduce back and neck pain
  • Works for mild scoliosis (curvature of the spine)

 

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  • Osteopathic Therapy

 

 

Osteopathic Therapy on the surface looks very similar to Chiropractic Therapy, however there are a few key differences. Where Chiropractic Therapy uses force manipulations to realign the spine, Osteopathic Therapy uses much gentler but repetitive manipulations to achieve similar results. 

 

Osteopathic Therapy is a manual therapy that is drug-free and non-invasive, which aims to improve holistic health by aligning and strengthening the musculoskeletal system. A osteopath generally focuses on the joints, muscles and spine, and treatments aim to realign the body to improve strength and healing. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Less forceful than Chiropractic Therapy
  • Takes a holistic view of the body
  • Improve flexibility and mobility
  • Increase knee, hip, shoulder and elbow range of motion
  • Better posture
  • Reduce nerve pain, headaches and migraines

 

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  • Osteomyology (Neurosteomyology)

 

 

Osteomyology / Neurosteomyology Therapy, is closely related to Osteopathic Therapy and Chiropractic Therapy, involving gentle manipulations of the spine, joints and ligaments. Osteomyology however has a greater emphasis on the muscles, rather than the bones. 

 

A doctor of osteopathic medicine is referred to as a DO (as opposed to MD for medical doctor), and is a licensed physician that works to improve holistic health by treating the entire person. This includes manipulative therapies, which involved realigning, stretching and massaging the spine and body. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Stretches muscles
  • Releases stiffness and pains
  • Improves mobility and flexibility
  • Improve posture
  • Reduce muscle soreness and headaches

 

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  • Massage Therapy

 

 

Massage Therapy is massage performed by a certified medical professional (massage therapist). Massage Therapy involves manipulating the soft connective tissues of the body, including muscles, tendons, ligaments and skin. 

 

Massage Therapy is generally undertaken as part of integrative medicine, meaning that it is done in conjunction with other therapies. It can be used on a whole range of medical conditions, including alleviating stress, anxiety, reducing pain, muscle tension, and improve immune function. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Soothing, relaxing
  • Reduce cortisol levels
  • De-stress
  • Engage the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Deep sense of calm
  • Alleviate anxiety and depression

 

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  • Reflexology

 

 

Reflexology is similar in some ways to massage, but focuses on very specific pressure points on the feet and hands. Most people find Reflexology similar to getting a massage and find it extremely relaxing, helping to alleviate stress. 

 

The theory of Reflexology is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, that different points on the hands and feet are connected in communication to different organs through the body. Clinical studies have found reflexology to be effective at reducing pain and psychological disorders. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Calming, relaxing
  • Soothes the body
  • Reduces cortisol
  • Alleviates stress

 

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  • Cupping

 

 

Cupping is an ancient therapy which has its origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. The therapy works by placing glass cups (hence, cupping), on the skin, and using a heat source or pump to create a vacuum. Once sanctioned onto the skin, they pull the skin into the cup.

 

By creating a vacuum, cupping will draw blood circulation into the area. By attracting new blood and expelling old blood, the enhanced circulation will improve healing. The body needs fresh blood and circulation to properly heal. 

 

Benefits:

  • Improve circulation
  • Soothe and relax the body
  • Release tension
  • Improve blood flow to damaged parts of the body to improve healing

 

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  • Scraping (eg, coining, spooning)

 

 

Scraping / Coining / Spooning has its origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and uses a dull jade blade to ‘scrape’ the skin. Historically coins and spoons had also been used, but the jade scraper is the preferred tool. 

 

By scraping the skin, the therapy is stimulating blood flow to the region, as well massaging and stretching the underlying muscles and fascia. The therapy may leave behind some light bruising, known as petechiae or sha. Scraping is designed to improve the flow of qi (chi) energy through the body. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Muscle relaxant
  • Improve range of motion and flexibility
  • Better blood flow and circulation
  • Improved qi (chi) energy in the body 

 

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  • Moxibustion

 

 

Moxibustion has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is generally done in conjunction with acupuncture. Moxibustion involves burning moxa wool in very close proximity to the skin. The heat helps to promote blood circulation and improve qi (chi) energy flow. 

 

The burning moxa is held over specific points of the body, generally correlating to acupuncture points. Patients generally feel a flood of warmth that takes over the region as they feel the heat and their blood circulation improving. Moxibustion can be used for pain, arthritis, and digestive concerns among others. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Helps with Asthma
  • Restores nervous system functioning
  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces muscle pain and fatigue

 

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  • Bowen Therapy

 

 

Bowen Therapy uses soft, gentle rolling hand movements on the skin, to gently stretch and relax the body’s soft connective tissue (fascia). By soothing the body, Bowen Therapy engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes natural healing in the body while it is resting. 

 

In normal day to day life, most people are walking around pretty stressed, and while the body is in a heightened state of stress with high cortisol levels, the body is not able to heal. The body uses Bowen Therapy to turn off the fight or flight nervous system, allowing natural healing to take place. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Soothes and relaxes the body
  • Improves blood flow and lymphatic activity
  • Engages the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Realigns the body for natural healing

 

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  • Yoga Therapy

 

 

Yoga Therapy goes beyond just taking a yoga class, and is designed with the intention of being therapeutic. Yoga Therapy uses the yoga postures, breathing, guided imagery, meditation and strength conditioning, to improve overall physical and mental health. 

 

Yoga Therapy is gentle and relaxing, as it follows standard Yoga principles. It can be used for a range of conditions, including alleviating anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), and schizophrenia. There is some evidence as well it can help children with autism. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Soothes and relaxes the body
  • Helps the body to stretch
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Bring about feelings of calmness and joy
  • Alleviate feelings of anxiety or depression
  • Can be used as self-care

 

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  • Hatha Yoga

 

 

Hatha Yoga is generally what people think of when they think of Yoga. Sessions are typically 45 to 90 minutes, and involve breathwork, body movement, holding postures, meditation, and mindfulness. Yoga is loved for its calming and relaxing effect on the body, allowing muscles and tension to stretch and loosen.

 

Yoga originated in India over 2,000 years ago has a series of breathwork exercises designed to bring peace. Since the 1960’s, the prevalence of Yoga has taken off dramatically in the western world. The popularity has been driven by Hatha Yoga’s ability to bring peace and happiness to those who practice it. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Stimulates deep breathing
  • Meditative
  • Soothing and relaxing
  • Calms the body
  • Encourages natural healing

 

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  • Yin Yoga

 

Yin Yoga is a style of Yoga that is intended to be extra gentle, calming and relaxing. Yin Yoga is generally practiced before bedtime, as a way of winding down after a long day. Yin Yoga can help to relax the body and quiet the mind before bed, helping to improve sleep and restore the body’s energies. 

 

Yin Yoga is focused on stretching the soft connective tissue (as opposed to building muscle), including the fascia, joints, bones, ligaments and tendons. The practice is generally much slower and gentler than other types of yoga, including longer poses and a heavy focus on relaxed breathing. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Very gentle, beginner friendly
  • Relax and unwind at the end of a long day
  • Soothe the body before bed
  • Improve sleep and relax the mind

 

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  • Ashtanga Yoga

 

 

Ashtanga Yoga is a ‘yang’ style of Yoga, meaning that it is high energy, and focused on improving muscle strength, cardio and getting a sweat on. When most people think of Yoga they think of holding poses and chanting ‘om’ a lot – Ashtanga is a fast-paced Yoga that will have even seasoned pros dripping sweat. 

 

Ashtanga Yoga is generally not recommended for beginners as it is quite complex, fast-paced and, well, exhausting. However, with that said, it is important to start somewhere. Take your clases slow, build up your strength, and you’ll get into this amazing practice. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Build strength & endurance
  • Develops both physical and mental resilience
  • Fast-paced cardio exercise
  • Will get your sweat on

 

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  • Vinyasa Yoga

 

 

Vinyasa Yoga is similar to Ashtanga Yoga, however the key difference that Ashtanga will repeat the same sequence of moves each class, Vinyasa Yoga will switch up the sequence each class, meaning that no two classes will ever be the same. This variability ensure the body never becomes static, and is always adapting to new sequences. 

 

Vinyasa Yoga philosophically recognizes the impermanence of the world, and how everything is always in flux and changing. Vinyasa is recognized as a breath initiated practice, that aligns our life with the intention of always moving forward, growing and developing. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Get your sweat on
  • Flow
  • Move your body
  • Good cardio exercise

 

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  • Karma Yoga

 

 

Karma Yoga falls outside of the standard western view of ‘Yoga’. Karma Yoga does not involve holding poses, but rather is about stepping off the mat and going out into the world to do good. Karma Yoga is about putting yourself at the service of others, without expecting anything in return. 

 

Karma Yoga can also be thought of as volunteering – it is a way to donate your time to your local community, to help out, and to give back. It is a means of doing good in the world. The practice of Karma Yoga will help to shatter the ego, and allow the practitioner to grow and expand their soul. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Soothes and calms the soul
  • An opportunity to give back
  • Develop good karma
  • An aim to give without any expectation of a return
  • Shatter the ego

 

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  • Hot Yoga

 

 

Hot Yoga is a style of Yoga done at 40 C (105 F) and a humidity of 40%. The intention is to sweat. Sessions are typically 45 to 90 minutes long, and involve a vigorous routine of poses. The strenuous nature of the activity and the intense heat are designed to raise the heart rate, increase blood circulation, and fully relax the body. 

 

Hot Yoga helps to burn more calories, improve flexibility, raise heart rate, alleviate stress, reduce symptoms of depression, and nourishes the skin. For those sensitive to heat or with heart conditions, should consult their doctor before attempting. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Definitely getting your sweat on
  • Feeling euphoric
  • Emotional release
  • Soothing and relaxing
  • Stretching and loosening up your muscles and your mind
  • Healthy glowing skin

 

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  • Iyengar yoga

 

 

Iyengar Yoga is the practice of precision. This is a slower style of Yoga that is designed more for focus, and the anatomical correctness of each pose. Poses in Iyengar are held for longer, and is designed to holistically improve stability, mental clarity, strength, and flexibility.

 

Iyengar Yoga is believed to be one of the purest forms of Yoga, that was developed by B. K. S Iyengar during the 60’s. This is a meticulous style of Yoga, that places a heavy emphasis on alignment and the precision of the movement. Iyengar Yoga is all about the details. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Slow and precise
  • Focus on mental strength rather than physical strength
  • The purest form of yoga
  • For those who prefer to do things right, rather than do things fast

 

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  • Kundalini yoga

 

 

Kundalini Yoga is a style of Yoga that Russell Brand swears by. The ancient practice of Kundalini Yoga has a deep focus on breath (Pranayama) and poses (Asanas), as well as meditation and chanting. Kundalini Yoga is considered the top level of Yoga, as Kundalini refers to life energy itself. 

 

Kundalini Yoga was first brought to the west during the 1970’s by Yogi Bhajan. The theory behind the practice is that we all have coiled energy at the base of our spines, and through the practice of Kundalini we are able to bring that life energy through our 7 chakras, and out through the crown of our head. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Deep relaxation
  • Bring out life force, Kundalini energy
  • Focus and mediation to strengthen the mind
  • Improve flexibility and muscle tone

 

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  • Restorative Yoga

 

 

Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga are very similar practices, however they differ in key ways. The intention of Restorative Yoga is to bring back equilibrium to the parasympathetic nervous system. This essentially means calming the body in a way that cortisol levels drop and it is able to heal itself. 

 

Restorative Yoga is very nurturing, and is designed specifically to calm, relax and restore the body back to health. This can be a great Yoga practice for those that are injured, or otherwise find it difficult to complete more standard Hatha Yoga practices. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Calming
  • Restorative
  • Engages the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Reduces stress and cortisol levels

 

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  • Raja Yoga

 

 

Raja Yoga is the way of the King. Raja Yoga is the practice of independence, self-discipline and self-mastery. This style of Yoga speaks to being fearless, brave, wise and resilient. Raja Yoga is not so much a practice of poses (Asanas), but rather a way of life. Of stepping into King Energy. 

 

Raja Yoga consists of many sub-principles, but the major practices revolve around non-violence, truthfulness, living a pure way of life, that is free of the accumulation of possessions. Additionally, purity, contentment, self-discipline, meditation and self mastery are core components of Raja Yoga. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • The god Yoga
  • Develop self-mastery
  • Self-control
  • Live a pure and harmonious way of life

 

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  • Yin & Pin

 

 

Yin & Pin is a specialty therapy that was developed out of Melbourne Australia. The practice uses a mix of Yin Yoga to relax the body as well as acupuncture to engage a deeper level of healing. Inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine, this practice combines the best of both worlds.

 

Both Yin Yoga and Acupuncture are vehicles for restoring balance and energy throughout the body. This practice is designed to bring about a free flow of energy within the body, with the sessions melting away tension and stress, allowing for a deeper level of relaxation and healing. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Best of both worlds – relaxing yoga and healing acupuncture
  • Soothes and relaxes the body
  • Healing, restorative
  • Reduces stress and cortisol levels

 

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  • Pilates

 

 

Pilates is not Yoga, despite their similarities. While Yoga is more spiritual and meditative based, pilates focuses more on the physical movements. It’s about core strength, flexibility and movement. In time, Pilates will also help to improve posture and muscle tone.

 

Pilates exercise involves a series of low-impact movements that boost endurance, muscle strength and flexibility. Pilates is also much newer than Yoga, originating back in the 1920’s. Pilates can also be useful for rehabilitating after sports injuries or accidents. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Improved posture
  • Increased range of motion
  • Develop core strength foundations
  • Health and wellness
  • Improved circulation and cardio

 

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  • Rolfing

 

 

Rolfing is very similar to Bowen Therapy, in that they both use light manipulations on the soft connective tissue (fascia). Rolfing is defined as a holistic therapy of manipulating the fascia and muscles, to help the body return to structural balance in movement and gravity. 

 

Once the body is realigned, Rolfing will induce the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to take over and begin the healing process. The point where a patient feels pain in the body, can sometimes be a point of strain within a larger pattern.

 

Benefits:

 

  • Calming and relaxing the body
  • Structural integration
  • Realigning the body
  • Inducing a natural state of healing
  • Reduce chronic pain

 

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  • Structural Integration

 

 

Structural Integration is a subset of Rolfing, and is a core principle of the therapy. Structural integration is a means of bringing the body into realignment through a series of gentle manipulations on the body’s soft connective tissue (fascia). 

 

Through Therapeutic Touch and manual manipulations, it is possible to release pain, tension and stress in the body. Structural Integration then becomes a means of realigning the body, to restore full range of motion and flexibility. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Improved posture
  • Body realignment
  • Inducing natural healing

 

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  • Chi Nei Tsang

 

Chi Nei Tsang translates to literally mean “working the energy of the internal organs”. It was a practice developed by the White Cloud Taoist Monks in China. Chi Nei Tsang is a healing touch modality, that brings together spiritual, emotional, mental and physical aspects of our entire being. 

 

Chi Nei Tsang incorporates elements of Kung-Fu as well as Tai Chi and Qi-Gong. The practice looks at breath and digestion, which are normally subconscious and happen behind the scenes, but by shining a light on them we are able to become conscious, and do them more effectively. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • ‘Healing from within’
  • Holistic approach to healing
  • Working the energy of the internal organs

 

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  • Feldenkrais Method

 

 

Feldenkrais Method is a system of somatic education, meaning it is built around body work and movement. It is not a therapy per se, but rather a process of self-development. This is a process of learning how to move. 

 

The Feldenkrais Method educates people on the best ways to move their bodies. Whether that is rolling over, walking, jumping up and down or reaching for an object, this system teaches the optimal way to do it, to avoid injuring the body. Feeling a sense of mastery allows users to feel excited and engaged. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Based in somatic education
  • System of self-improvement and self-development
  • Not a treatment, but rather a process of development

 

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  • Shiatsu Massage

 

 

Shiatsu Massage was developed in Japan, and uses gentle manipulations of the skin to relax and soothe the body. Manual pressure is applied to specific points on the body, similar to how acupuncture works on the body. 

 

Shiatsu literally means ‘finger pressure’ and uses the thumbs, fingers and elbows to massage the body. The intention of Shiatsu Massage is to open up the body’s meridians, and improve energy flow through the body. This helps to reduce muscle tension and fatigue. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Calming
  • Relaxing
  • Realign the body
  • Engage the parasympathetic nervous system

 

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  • Thai Massage

 

 

Thai Massage is a style of massage originating from Thailand. It uses more forceful manipulations of the body, as well as the practitioner sometimes applying their entire body weight to complete the movement. 

 

Thai Massage is a full body massage, and is specifically designed to relax and soothe the body. Similar to Shiatsu, Thai Massage is based on the principles of energy movement through the body, with the intention of improve blood circulation and lymphatic activity. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Relaxes
  • Soothes
  • Stretches the body, joints, muscles and ligaments

 

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  • Therapeutic Touch

 

Therapeutic Touch is a healing modality that was developed in the 1970’s by the nurse researcher Dolores Krieger in New York, however the origins of the therapy go back to Ayurvedic practices. 

 

The underlying belief of Therapeutic Touch is that vital health energy flows throughout the body, but that poor health happens when the energy has poor flow or is out of alignment. The goal of the Therapeutic Touch practitioner is to bring the body back into alignment and to induce healing. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Realign the body
  • All natural
  • Uses gentle manipulations
  • Soothes and relaxes

 

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  • Trager Approach

 

 

Trager Approach is a type of massage and healing modality, that is focused around restoring good energy flow within the body. The intention is to relax the body, activate the parasympathetic nervous system, and allow the body to heal itself naturally.

 

The Trager Approach focuses on restoring movement and energy within the body. As children we all knew how to move effortlessly, but as we grew older we forgot the basics. The Trager Approach is about relearning how to move in harmony with our bodies. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • More of a teamwork exercise
  • Teaching patients how to take care of themselves
  • Relax and heal the body

 

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  • Myfascial Trigger Point Therapy

 

 

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy is a therapy that focuses on treatment to the myofascial trigger points. These trigger points are found in the muscles and soft connective tissues (fascia). Trigger points are painful and tense areas around the muscles that have seized up. 

 

Trigger Point Therapy aims to alleviate that tension by helping the muscles and fascia to stretch and relax. This can be achieved either through dry needling or manual trigger point therapy. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Relieve muscle pain
  • Loosen up myofascial tissue

 

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  • Tui Na

 

 

Tui Na (pronounced: TWEE-NAW) is a style of massage that is founded in Traditional Chinese Medicine that literally means “pinch and pull”. Tui Na is typically used to treat specific conditions, as opposed to general relaxation. In many ways it is practiced very similarly as acupuncture. 

 

Tui Na works to harmonize the body through the balancing of Yin and Yang energies. Additionally the practice also encompases acupressure as a treatment modality. Tui Na is generally used for musculoleteal concerns and superficial injuries. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Relaxes and soothes the body
  • Founded in Traditional Chinese Medicine

 

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  • The Graston Technique

 

 

The Graston Technique is similar to scraping therapy which uses a rounded hand tool to scrape and stretch the muscles. The theory is that as muscles are overworked, they become tight and start holding on excessive amounts of toxins. 

 

The Graston Technique is designed to move and stretch the muscles, improve blood circulation, and allowing other toxins to be removed from the muscles. The technique uses a stainless steel instrument and special massage methodology to identify areas of muscle adhesion to be worked on. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Relaxes and stretches the muscles
  • Removes toxins
  • Allows muscles to grow stronger and bigger
  • Increases blood flow and circulation. 

 

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Energy Medicine

 

  • Acupuncture

 

 

Acupuncture is one of the five core pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and involves the gentle insertion of tiny needs into the body’s pressure points. The needles do not penetrate deeply, and are hardly felt by the patient. 

 

The purpose of the acupuncture needles is to connect into the body’s nervous system and gently stimulate it. This can help it to both relax, but also to stimulate healing. Acupuncture points speak to specific organs or the body, stimulating energy flow to them. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Calm the body
  • Increase blood circulation
  • Reduce feelings of ‘fight or flight’
  • Engage the parasympathetic nervous system

 

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  • Acupressure

 

 

Acupressure is built off the foundations of acupuncture, however does not require the use of needles. Both systems use the same pressure points and understanding of body mechanics and energy flow. 

 

Acupressure is a system of applying pressure to specific points of the body, with the aim of both relaxing the body, and of stimulating natural healing. The acupressure points speak to specific to the nervous system and organs and help to improve blood circulation, and opening healing pathways. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Can do as self-treatment
  • Calms and relaxes the body
  • Does not require needles
  • Helps engage natural healing

 

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  • BodyTalk Therapy

 

 

BodyTalk Therapy is similar to acupressure in that it has been described as acupuncture without needles. BodyTalk Therapy is based off of Dynamic Systems Theory, which means it looks at the holistic picture of health, including environmental, spiritual, emotional and physical influences on the body. 

 

BodyTalk practitioners use a system of tapping and breathing exercises to stimulate the body’s electrical systems, to find which are malfunctioning, and then use a gentle tapping with their hands to ‘jump start’ the body to repair the broken lines of communication. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Calms and relaxes the body
  • Opens up energy and healing pathways within the body
  • Is light and non-invasive
  • Can be done as self-therapy

 

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  • Electropuncture

 

 

Electropuncture is a form of acupuncture combined with an electrical current. The acupuncture needs are placed in the skin on pressure points as per standard acupuncture, but then a small electrical current is added to the mix. 

 

Originally invented by a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Tang She-Cheng in the 1930’s, what he found was that by running an electrical current between two acupuncture points, it was able to stimulate a greater length of the nervous system. Think of it like transforming acupuncture from a 1-dimensional practice (one needle point), to a 2-dimensional practice (the nervous system between two points). 

 

Benefits:

 

  • It’s like acupuncture on steroids (being hyperbolic)
  • Calms and relaxes the body
  • Connects directly to the nervous system and body’s pressure points. 

 

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  • Rockupuncture

 

Rockupuncture is a lesser known cousin of acupuncture, that combines an acupuncture session with a hot stone massage. The practice was developed by acupuncture therapist Keri Krieger, who while giving a friend an acupuncture session, had some leftover hot stones. 

 

The practices merge beautifully together, as once the acupuncture needles have been placed, the patient must lie patiently for about 30 minutes for the full effects to take place. This allows the practitioner to ‘stack’ therapies on top of eachother, and use the hot stones to further enhance the therapeutic effects. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Rock massage + acupuncture
  • Soothing
  • relaxing

 

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  • Magnetic Field Therapy

 

 

Magnetic Field Therapy uses a range of different magnets on the body which are intended to boost overall health as well as treating specific conditions like anxiety and depression. The field is further broken down into Static Magnets, Electrically Charged Magnets, as well as Magnetic Therapy with Acupuncture. 

 

The theory behind Magnetic Field Therapy is that the body is comprised of magnetic fields, and that by applying magnets, it is possible to increase blood circulation and energy flow. The belief is that poor health is caused by magnetic fields being out of alignment. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Enhanced blood circulation
  • Faster healing of injuries
  • Reduce depression and anxiety

 

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  • Therapeutic Touch

 

 

Therapeutic Touch does not directly involve physical contact with the patient, but rather the Therapeutic Touch Practitioner will guide their hands around the patient’s body in a way to clear blocked energy fields, and allowing healing energy to start flowing better. 

 

The system of Therapeutic Touch is built on the foundation that the human body is composed of energy fields that are in constant interaction with each other, that illness is a reflection of disrupted energy fields, and that humans have a natural and innate ability to heal themselves. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Very light and gentle
  • Uses minimal contact with the patient
  • Clears energy fields

 

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  • Reiki

 

Reiki is a system where the practitioner gently places their hands and the patients and feels their energy fields. Patients often feel soothed and relaxed, allowing them to turn off their ‘fight or flight’ nervous system, allowing them to reduce stress and cortisol levels. 

 

By helping patients to find calmness, Reiki engages the parasympathetic nervous system allowing the body to relax and open up channels of self-healing. Reiki is typically done in a quiet setting, with the patient lying down and fully clothed. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Provides comforting touch
  • Let’s patients feel seen and heard
  • Light, non-invasive
  • Soothing and comforting

 

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  • Qi Gong and T’ai Chi Ch’uan

 

 

Qi Gong and T’ai Chi Ch’uan are core pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine, that involve gentle body movements to increase mobility, flexibility and blood circulation. Modern life involves a significant amount of sitting, which blocks circulation and energy movement. 

 

The principles of Qi Gong and T’ai Chi Ch’uan are that the body is comprised of Qi (chi), or life energy, but that it must have the freedom to flow and to move. By running through some simple, slow, gentle movement techniques, the user is better able to increase their flow of Qi energy in their body. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Stretches the muscles
  • Soothes and relaxes the body
  • Increases flexibility and mobility

 

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  • Sandplay Therapy

 

 

Sandplay Therapy is a gentle therapy that has the patient playing in the sand as a means of unlocking inner pains and struggles. One challenge with seeing a standard therapist, is the need to verbalise and express into words the emotions that are being felt inside. 

 

Sandplay Therapy is often used on those who have experienced great trauma, abuse, injury, neglect or generally had emotionally abusive or negligent parents. By using the non-verbal play of sand, it allows patients to find ways of expressing and articulating what they’re feeling inside. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Can be done anywhere you have a beach
  • Is easy, anyone can do it
  • Great self-therapy
  • Treats the body at a non-verbal level

 

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  • Primal Therapy

 

 

Primal Therapy taps into our innate primal biology, and touches on the needs we were all born with. When those basic biological needs are not met, those emotions and feelings get buried down, causing hurt, frustration and even illness in the body. 

 

If untreated, it can also lead to unwanted outbursts of anger or violence. Primal Therapy works to connect back into that primal being within all of us, to speak to it, to let it out, and let it express itself. By tapping into our primal scream, our bodies are able to relax and heal. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Self-therapy
  • Release anger and frustration through screaming
  • Get back in touch with your primal origins

 

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  • Laughter Therapy

 

 

Laugher Therapy is a type of therapy that uses laughter as a means of opening up energy pathways within the body. Most people carry around significant amounts of tension and stress in their bodies, and laughter offers a means of expressing it and getting it out into the universe. 

 

Laughter has been found to reduce stress and cortisol levels in the body, allowing it to achieve higher and more profound levels of healing. Natural healing occurs when the body is in a relaxed and safe space. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Get a good belly laugh
  • Release tension and stress
  • Connect back into your primal self

 

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  • Biofield Therapy

 

 

Biofield Therapy is related to Therapeutic Touch, in which the practitioner glides their hands over the patient’s body to clear and improve their energy fields. It is a non-invasive therapy that is designed to stimulate a healing response in patients. 

 

Biofield Therapy dates back to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicines from several thousand years ago, but only more recently has gained medical recognition for its effectiveness. Biofield Therapies have been found to be effective in alleviating feelings of anxiety and depression. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Improve energy flow
  • Soothe and relax the body
  • Non-invasive
  • Helps to heal and repair the body
  • Alleviate anxiety and depression

 

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  • Cuddle Therapy

 

 

Cuddle Therapy is a style of therapy where users spend time cuddled together. Sometimes hosted as cuddle parties, this is a way for adults to get together and increase their skin on skin connection time. 

 

We live in a fast-paced, disconnected world, where human touch has become a scarce resource, and many people are just hungry to be touched and to feel close to another human being. Cuddle Therapy brings people together, and helps to reduce cortisol, stress and anxiety. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Skin on skin human contact
  • Reduce cortisol levels and stress
  • Relaxes the body
  • Boosts the immune system

 

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  • Chakra Realignment

 

 

Chakra Realignment speaks to realigning the Chakras as detailed under Ayurvedic Medicine. This is an ancient tradition that goes back millenia in India. The 7 Chakras represent different parts of the body and different energy fields. 

 

The belief is that when Chakra energy is out of alignment, the body and health go out of alignment, and that disease is caused by this broken energy. By aligning the Chakras, the body is better able to function, and its ability to heal itself is enhanced.

 

Benefits:

 

  • Realign energy fields in the body
  • Encourage healing
  • Improve energy and feelings of positive optimism

 

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  • Equine Therapy

 

 

Equine Therapy is the process of using horses to help patients overcome past traumas, abuses or emotional neglect, and find a way to heal. Equine therapy goes back to the days of Hippocrates in ancient Greece, who wrote about the wonders of horses in therapy. 

 

Equine Therapy is generally good for PTSD survivors, people with movement disorders, autism, mood disorders, and people who just generally don’t like to talk. As it is non-verbal, this is a great practice for people who prefer to feel rather than verbalize. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Calming and relaxing
  • A form of non-verbal therapy
  • Make new animal friends

 

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  • Therapeutic Horseback Riding

 

 

Therapeutic Horseback Riding is for form of equine therapy where patients will ride horses under safe and supervised conditions. This allows the patients to connect and bond with the horses. Therapeutic Horseback Riding is excellent for patients that are non-verbal, as they can feel instead of talking. 

 

Therapeutic Horseback Riding is excellent for people with autism, for PTSD survivors, as it provides emotional and physical benefits. Emotionally it helps patients to feel safe and secure, and physically it helps to build balance, confidence and strength. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Spend time with horses
  • Great for people who are non-verbal
  • Based on feeling, not talking

 

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  • Dowsing

 

 

Dowsing practitioners use two dowsing rods to tap into the body’s electromagnetic field and nervous system energy. Dowsing is a described as a method of ‘energetic analysis’ and energetic ‘balancing’, which allows the practitioner to tap into the underlying causes of the patients issues. 

 

Dowsing works using intuition to better understand where the root causes of problems and illnesses originating in the human body come from. This allows the dowsing practitioner to tap into something below the surface, get access a deeper level of healing. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Tap into our ‘sixth sense’
  • Non-invasive
  • Understand where problems are occurring in the body

 

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  • Energy Healing Therapy

 

 

Energy Healing Therapy is related to BodyTalk and Therapeutic Touch, as the involve the practitioner guiding their hands over the patients bodies. In this way, they’re able to sense energy fields, and understand where problems and blockages are occurring. 

 

Energy Healing Therapy requires the practitioner to be fully present and alert when they’re with their patients, to finely tune into their bodies energies. These are subtle fields, which take a trained practitioner to tap into. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Non-invasive
  • Very light, very gentle
  • Calms and soothes the body
  • Realigns energy fields. 

 

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  • Gua Sha

 

 

Gua Sha goes back to Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is a therapy that uses Jade scrapers to stretch and scrape the muscles. As muscles are used, they build up and hold onto toxins, and by stretching and scraping the muscles, they’re able to remove and excrete their toxins. 

 

In this process, Gua Sha is able to improve blood circulation and energy flow. Muscles may experience some redness due to the scraping which can be quite forceful, but this is a normal part of the therapy. Upon recover, mobility, strength and flexibility are improved. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Soothes and relaxes
  • Stretches muscles
  • Releases toxins
  • Improve mood

 

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  • Dolphin / CranioSacral Therapy

 

Dolphin / CranioSacral Therapy is a non-verbal form of therapy where patients swim with and interact with dolphins. Many people who are non-verbal, especially those on the autism spectrum, have difficulty verbalising their emotions. Dolphin Therapy allows them to express themselves through play. 

 

It has been found that encounters with dolphins in safe environments work to invoke deep emotional responses in patients. The therapy works especially for children who love the element of play. Similarly the natural sonar from dolphins is believed to have relaxing and soothing properties. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Non-verbal
  • Works well with kids with autism
  • Swimming, good exercise
  • Interact with nature

 

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  • Auriculotherapy / Ear Acupuncture

 

 

Auriculotherapy / Ear Acupuncture is a therapy that centres on the ear as a micro-ecosystem representative of the entire human body. Mental, emotional or physical health conditions are believed to be treatable through acupuncture points along the outer ear. 

 

Dr. Paul Nogier, a French neurologist developed the concepts of auriculotherapy in the 1950’s, based on principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Typically 2 to 10 sessions are required to treat conditions, with pain relief often starting after the first two sessions. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Soothes and relaxes
  • Relieves stress and anxiety

 

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  • Crystal Healing

 

 

Crystal Healing is a therapy of using crystals (fossilized minerals) to heal and restore the body. Healing Crystals are believed to be bring peace of mind, ease anxiety and reduce depression. Crystal use goes back to Ayurvedic Medicine and the ancient arts of healing chakras. 

 

While the scientific evidence is scant on the effectiveness of crystals, those who use  them will swear by their effectiveness. The crystals hold certain earth vibrations, which are believed to stimulate healing and relaxation within humans. The ancientness of crystals gives them immense mental persuasion. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Induce calm and peace
  • Improve vibrations
  • Relax and sooth the body

 

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  • Ear Candling

 

 

Ear candling is a process of using a beeswax candle and burning it within the ear. The heat of the candle is designed to melt and extract excess earwax from the ear. This can be especially useful for those with earwax blockages or are developing issues with hearing. 

 

An ear candle is a specially designed hollow 10-inch candle that is cone shaped, and typically includes ingredients like rosemary, sage, honey or essential oils. These help to add a pleasant aroma, and aid with relaxation. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • All-natural
  • Removes ear wax
  • Improves hearing

 

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  • Electromagnetic Therapy

 

 

Electromagnetic Therapy / PEMF / Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy uses electromagnetic fields to rebalance and revitalize the body. Our bodies carry electrical signals and generate electromagnetic fields. By stimulating these fields, we are able to rebalance energy. 

 

PEMF has been found to be successful in treating back pain, when applied at two sessions per day for 45 days. Additionally there is evidence to suggest in can improve cardiac function, as well as pelvic pain. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Rebalance the body’s energy fields
  • Non-invasive
  • Reduce pain and inflammation

 

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  • Music Therapy

 

Music Therapy is the therapeutic process of using music, typically classical music, to relax and calm the body. Music Therapy is gentle and can be applied to patients of all ages and backgrounds. It works by allowing the mind to escape the normal day to day, and allow it to drift into fantasy. 

 

Music Therapy has been found to relieve pain, reduce stress, improve feelings of anxiety or depression, enhance memory, enhance communication skills and promote feelings of general wellness and positivity. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Soothes and relaxes
  • Brings about a state of calm
  • More of an emotional therapy, rather than verbal

 

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  • New Thought (Mind Cure, Mind Science)

 

New Thought (or Mind Cure, or Mind Science), is not so much a therapy, but rather a movement or a way of thinking. The New Thought movement emerged in the 19th century to give people a better understanding of divine mysteries. 

 

The New Thought movement aimed to train the mind in a way that it could cure illness. It was believed that all causes of disease simply resided within the mind, and that by thinking positively, disease could be eradicated. New Thought eventually evolved into economic success, with the likes of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich

 

Benefits:

  • Enhanced clarity, certainty and direction in life
  • Calm patience
  • A deeper understanding of the universe and how it works

 

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  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

 

 

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a method for reprogramming the subconscious mind to better reflect the goals and desires of the individual. ‘Neuro’ refers to the mind, ‘linguistic’ refers to language, and ‘programming’ refers to the scripts running through the mind using language.

 

We all have ‘monkey minds’ that seem to race uncontrollably. NLP is a method for programming specific thoughts into the brain to control its direction and flow. For example if someone wanted to be a successful scientist, they could program in their mind the belief that they are worthy of becoming a scientist. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Take control of your mind
  • Reprogram your subconscious mind
  • Life a more complete and fulfilled life
  • Accomplish the things you want to accomplish
  • Stop getting derailed by an out of control mind

 

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  • Orgonomy

 

 

Orgonomy was a branch of psycho-analysis developed by Wilhem Reich, a student of Freud, who believed that orgasm energy was the ultimate energy of the world. By allowing patients to experience orgasm freely, he believed it would open up channels of healing within the body. 

 

Reich studied the importance of orgasm in humans and other animals in terms of their ability to spread life energy and to procreate. He used a measurement of orgonomic functionalism to measure the ‘orgone’ energy within each person. Reich believed that by cultivating more Orgone energy, that patients could access divine healing powers. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Improved blood circulation
  • De-stress, reduce cortisol levels
  • Induce relaxation and sleep

 

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  • Polarity Therapy

 

 

Polarity Therapy is a style of massage that works on polarity within the body. For example, one move might apply pressure directly the the gluteus maximus with one hand, while the other hand applies pressure to the shoulder. These counter balancing forces are the basis of forming polarity within the body. 

 

Polarity Therapy is an energy based healing art, that focuses on rebalancing the body’s energy fields. The practice was first developed by osteopath and chiropractor Randolf Stone, and is built off of concepts from Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic ways of thinking. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Relaxes and soothes the body
  • Plays on polarity within the body
  • A style of massage to calm the body

 

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  • Pranic Healing

 

 

Pranic Healing is a ‘no-touch’ healing modality that was developed by GrandMaster Choa Kok Sui with the intention of rebalancing energy within the body. Pranic Healing uses the body’s ‘life force energy’, also known as chi energy, to realign and rebalance the body. 

 

Pranic Healing has been used for a complete array of physical, mental and psychological ailments, including migraines, headaches, multiple sclerosis, flu, ulcers, asthma and aches and pains. Additionally it can help to reduce stress and improve immune functioning. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Self-therapy
  • All-natural
  • Reduce stress, reduce anxiety
  • No touch healing modality

 

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  • Radionics

 

Radionics is a style of alternative therapy that postulates that illness and disease can be treated with safe levels of radio waves. The concept was originated by Albert Abrahms in the 1890’s, while Radionics is considered pseudo-scientific, there are many people who swear by its effects. 

 

Radionic Therapy is believed to help patients by working to balance and realign their body’s own internal energy fields. Each person has their own bio-field or Intrinsic Data Field (IDF) which similar to a DNA strand, describes the health of the individual.  

 

Benefits:

 

  • Realign the body
  • Balance energies

 

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  • Seitai Therapy

 

Seitai Therapy is a type of self-therapy, that uses yoga-like movements to restore and improve energy within the body. Seitei has been responsible for improve flexibility, mobility, boosting immune function, and is a self-healing bodywork practice. 

 

Seitai originated in Japan, and could be thought of as a Japanese version of Osteopathy. Seitei treatments are effective against pain, inflammation, as well as increasing mobility and flexibility. The treatment works to ensure that bones and joints are in their physiologically correct positions. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Self-therapy
  • Movement based
  • Improve the flow of life energy

 

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  • Self-Hypnosis

 

Self-Hypnosis is the process of hypnotising ones-self. By inducing a hypnotic state, the user is able to reprogram their subconscious mind. If the goal is to lose weight, they could program in their mind that they dislike junk food, and love healthy food, and upon awakening, the body will respond accordingly. 

 

Hypnotherapy is a simply a process of reprogramming how we think. The practice has been documented to help with reducing stress, high blood pressure, issues with sleep, self-esteem, self-confidence, and overcome addictions like smoking, drinking, or drugs. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Self-therapy
  • Relax yourself
  • Reduce stress
  • Engage the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Focus intently on your goals

 

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  • Visualisation

 

Visualisation is the process of actively imagining the perfect life you want to live. Similar in process to self-hypnosis, visualization is a tool to speak directly to the subconscious mind, and implant powerful ideas about who you are, how you operate in the world, and the goals you have. 

 

Visualization was a major tool as taught by Napoleon Hill in his seminal work, Think and Grow Rich, in which he talked about the power of the mind and the imagination, as the most powerful forces we have at our disposal to shape our own destinies. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Self-therapy
  • Can do anywhere, anytime, anyhow
  • Visualize and imagine your perfect life

 

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  • Sonopuncture / Acutonics / Vibrational Medicine

 

Sonopuncture is the use of sound vibrations and frequencies in the healing of the body. Sonopuncture is based in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and uses the healing pressure points of acupuncture. A tuning fork is used to hit the right frequencies, and re-tune the body’s energies. 

 

The sound waves with the correct frequencies, penetrate deep into the body, inducing relaxation and stimulating healing. The sounds speak directly to the nervous system, and have been effective at treating stress, fears, anxieties, depression, as well as physical conditions like pain.

 

Benefits:

 

  • Non-invasive
  • Uses the healing energy of sound
  • Soothing and relaxing

 

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  • Sound Therapy

 

 

Sound Therapy is the process of using sound and music to relax and heal the body. Our bodies have vibrational frequencies that sounds are able to penetrate deep within, and speak to us on a primal and subconscious level. 

 

The intention of sound therapy is to induce healing within the body by bringing its energies back into alignment. Sessions can be meditative, with eyes closed, or can take on the form of dance or tai chi. A sound bath can be used to bathe over the body and induce feelings of calm and relaxation. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • All natural
  • Can be done as self-therapy
  • Soothes and relaxes the body

 

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  • Spiritual Mind Treatment / Affirmative Prayer / Scientific Prayer

 

Spiritual Mind Treatment is similar to the concepts of New Thought, and is about naming your specific desires, goals or beliefs, putting them out there boldly into the universe and trusting that they’re going to come back to you. This is also programming these thoughts within the subconscious mind. 

 

Once you’ve put your desires out into the world, the user then summons within themselves all the feelings of gratitude and gratefulness within themselves. The Law of Attraction states that what we focus on, is what we manifest into our lives. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Self-therapy
  • Can be done by anyone, anywhere
  • Accomplish your goals and desires. 

 

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  • Tibetan Eye Chart

 

Tibetan Eye Charts are a system used to improve optical nerve strength, as well as improve eye sight. The Eye Chart is a tool to direct the eye, around a series of objects with the intention of specifically exercising the muscles of the eye. 

 

The practice was initially developed by Tibetan Monks, to improve eye sight. By exercising the eyes, they become stronger, and are less in need of corrective lenses like glasses or contact lenses. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Stimulate and strengthen optical nerves
  • Relaxes the eyes
  • Improves eye sight

 

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  • Zang Fu Organ Theory

 

Zang Fu Organ Theory is based out of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and it is the belief that each organ caries vital life energy throughout the body. Each organ is classified as either Zang or Fu, which have similar origins to Yin and Yang. 

 

The Zang Fu Organ Theory speaks to each organ carrying chi life energy through the body, and that illnesses arise in the body when the organs are out of alignment and energy is unable to flow properly. By improve chi energy flow, the body is able to heal and get back in alignment. 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Based in Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Improve chi energy flow
  • Achieve better health and wellness
  • Realign the body’s energies. 

 

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