How does a long walk soothe a headache? Take the mystery out of natural healing and discover how the principles of holistic health affect the way you experience natural medicine. Find a healthy and happy path in life. Holistic health heals patients with methods to connect the mind, body, and spirit.
Massage therapy uses long, smooth strokes, kneading and other movements focused on superficial layers of muscle using massage oil or lotion. Massage improves circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissue. It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps clear lactic acid and other waste which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints. It also relaxes, calms and balances.
Ancient in origin, popular today….Acupuncture is used to rebalance the body and improve health. It is based on Chinese medicine of more than 3,000 years and at its core is the notion that a type of life force, or energy known as Qi (pronounced chee) flows through energy pathways called meridians in the body. An imbalance of Qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) cause diseases. To restore balance to the Qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway are close to the surface of the skin.
Chiropractors are medical professionals who diagnose and treat disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Chiropractors believe one of the main causes of pain and disease is the misalignment of the vertebra in the spinal column (subluxation). Through the use of manual manipulation of the vertebrae and jones (adjustments), chiropractors are able to relieve pressure and irritation on the nerves, restore joint mobility, and help return the body’s homeostasis (natural balance).
You’ve heard the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but with processed foods and super sizing, it can be difficult to make healthy food choices. A nutritionist will educate you about exercise and healthy eating creating balanced meals designed for your life-style. A nutritionist can treat an assortment of people of all ages and all backgrounds using natural foods and a holistic approach.
From the first sun salutation of the day to the final ‘namaste,” yoga brings you peace when you practice. It brings the body and mind together into one harmonious experience using three main structures: exercise, breathing, and meditation. Regular practice of yoga produces a clear, bright mind and a strong, capable body. The beauty of yoga is it can be taught just about anywhere, whether inside a warm studio or outside on a white sand beach.
Cranial Sacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain, dysfunction, and improve whole body health and performance. Using a soft touch which is generally no greater and 5 grams – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissue that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventative health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it’s effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
Naturopathic medicine (naturopathy) is a distinct system of primary health care that emphasizes prevention and a self-healing process through the use of natural therapies. Naturopathic doctors blend centuries-old knowledge and philosophy that nature is the most effective healer on health and human systems. Naturopathic diagnosis focuses on identifying the underlying causes of disease, The six principles are: First do no harm, healing power of nature, discover and treat the cause – not just the effect, treat the whole person, physician is a teacher, prevention is the best ‘cure.’
The medical definition of a herbalist is: 1. One who collects or grows herbs, and 2. One who practices herbal medicine.
Herbalists, also sometimes called ‘herbal practitioners’ and ‘licensed herbalists’ are trained in the field of herbal medicine. A herbalist uses plants and other natural substances to improve health, promote healing, prevent and treat illness and pain. Herbal medicine, also called herbalism, botanical medicine, or phytomedicine (a study of the use of extracts of natural origin as medicine or health promoting agents), has been used for thousands of years.
In Western civilizations, including the United States, herbal medicine is considered a type of complementary and alternative medicine. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 80% of people worldwide use herbal remedies as part of their overall health care. Herbalists use the seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, and flowers of plants called herbs or botanicals for medicinal purposes.
Physical therapy may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you envision natural healing, but it does fit right in. It’s about not prescribing painkillers by rather helping people heal with exercises and hands-on therapy. Physical therapists can change a person’s life by alleviating their pain and suffering, helping somebody feel much better, much faster.
Homeopathy is the practice of medicine that embraces a holistic, natural approach to the treatment of the sick. Homeopathy is holistic because it treats the person as a whole, rather than focusing on a diseased part or a labeled sickness. Homeopathy is natural because its remedies are produced from natural sources, whether vegetable, mineral, or animal in nature.
Energetic Healing is the conscious and skilled use of therapeutic modalities to benefit a person on subtle and emotional levels, as well as in their general and physical well-being. Trauma, emotional and mental stress, false belief systems, physical distress, environment stress, and other blocks to personal growth can be stored in the energy fields of our bodies, impacting our ability to function at our full potential.
Energetic healing facilitates the healing process by clearing blocks in the energy fields, repairing and rebalancing the energy so that the body can move to its optimal level of balance from where it is able to access its inherent ability to heal itself. It opens our consciousness to the areas we need to work through and heal in order to bring our lives into balance to maintain health, harmony and vitality.
Crystal therapy is based on the premise that crystals can, in a sense, communicate with the energies flowing around the human body. On a microscopic level a crystal is a network of repeating geometric patterns made up of compressed ions, atoms and molecules. According to crystal therapy, every crystal has its own unique electromagnetic charge. The charges, or ‘healing vibrations, are supposed to interact with the body’s energy cents to remove ‘blockages’ and restore a healthy flow through the body, mind, and spirit.
Long before history and the written word, music and healing have been inseparable in the natural and alternative medicine healing arts. Natural healers are aware that with the introduction of the healing energy of sound, energy healing is catalyzed to potentate their healing abilities, and the miraculous touch of their healing hands. Sound healing is increasingly embraced as the oldest, most gentle and most profound method of healing there is.
Creation stories around the world identify sound as the creative force by which the Divine Source manifested first light, and then the material reality. Therefore, it follows: that which created all that is, can also transform all that is. The unique, deeply relaxing (and therefore healing) benefits of harmonic overtones, induce the rare state of Theta brain wave activity while still conscious. There are continuous reports of the work providing relief and cessation of acute and chronic mental, emotional and physical issues including stress, insomnia, ability to concentrate, various immune system issues, emotional disorders and much more.
Meditation is a state of deep, tranquil, conscious awareness that is present when the mind is serene and quiet, yet entirely alert and focused. The objective of meditation is to slow the pace, and with practice meditation will systematically eliminate the relentless busyness of our minds.
We live in a society that is afraid of silence. The mind is always compulsively churning and whenever we have to deal with a few moments of silence, we feel awkward and feel the need to fill the silence with something… so we are continually overloaded with stimuli by means of radio, television, computer games, shopping malls, mobile phones, laptops, and the web. Not being in touch with our thoughts leads to problems. In our modern culture, dealing with our thoughts, insights, and feelings is not comfortable, and triggers many problems such as restlessness or boredom every time something is not going on. The outcome is stress, fear, anxiety, depression, nervousness, and discontentment.
Meditation is a solution to becoming aware of our compulsive thoughts and chattering mind by spending a short time each day enjoying the silence and peacefulness. Benefits: Meditation works to balance your left and right brain hemispheres (whole brain synchronization). This, in turn, provides you with more creativity, deeper faster learning, better memory/focus, great sleep, more happiness, higher IQ, less stress, and more success. Meditation has also been proven to naturally boost our immune systems and many of our body’s chemicals such as DHEA, GABA, Endorphins, Serotonin, Melatonin, Growth Hormone as well as lowering Cortisol. It also brings calm and balance back into our lives from the modern day chaos.