Energy Medicine is a term used for holistic healing therapies that are focused on manipulating "life force" to bring about balance and wellness. Some energy-based modalities involve practitioners using hands-on techniques. Other therapies involve non-touch or absentia treatments.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."
A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.
The stars and planets have always inspired a sense of wonder. Many cultures look skyward and see the face of the divine there. There's a cosmic dance on the grand scale, and one on the intimate scale, going on for each of us. Astrology is the study of patterns and relationships -- of planets in motion, our birth chart, synastry (comparison) with others, the make-up of elements -- and using that knowledge as a tool to find meaning.
Is Astrology a science?
It falls more in the category of metaphysics, the study of that which is beyond the physical. It's similar to other fields that are founded on ancient theories of energy patterns, like feng shui, acupuncture and yoga. Astrology at high levels is a mastery of its particular science and the intuitive arts. As the earliest known ordering of existence, long before recorded history, it's been called the "Mother of all Sciences."
The Celestial Clock:
Astrology's premise is that the planetary movements influence the Moments in Time. Since we're part of the story of the Universe, our moment of birth recorded on the celestial clock is meaningful. The planets continue to move, engaging with the fixed in time energies of our birth chart.
Students today can draw on the myths, symbolic associations and wisdom of past astrologers to come up with their own intuitive language. There are the long cycles of outer planets that show generational trends, and shorter ones, like the Sun's annual journey through the Zodiac.
Astrology is an incredible tool of self-discovery, no matter how far you decide to take it. At first, the pieces of the puzzle may not seem to fit. But if you stick with it, at a certain point it "clicks" and the orchestrations of the cosmic dance make sense.
If life seems like a series of meaningless events, astrology can be a comforting sign that perhaps things happen for a reason. It can shine light on inner contradictions and natural strengths. As a map of the psyche, the birth chart is a guide to self-understanding that never stops revealing new layers of insight.
Reflexology is a form of bodywork that focuses primarily on the feet.
The underlying theory behind reflexology is that there are "reflex" areas on the feet and hands that correspond to specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body. For example:
- the tips of the toes reflect the head
- the heart and chest are around the ball of the foot
- the liver, pancreas and kidney are in the arch of the foot
- low back and intestines are towards the heel
Practitioners believe that applying pressure to these reflex areas can promote health in the corresponding organs through energetic pathways. A scientific explanation is that the pressure may send signals that balance the nervous system or release chemicals such as endorphins that reduce pain and stress.
What will I feel?
Most people find reflexology for the most part to be very relaxing. Reflexology shouldn't be painful. If you feel discomfort, be sure to tell the reflexologist. He or she should work within your comfort zone.
Some areas may be tender or sore, and the reflexologist may spend extra time on these points. The soreness should decrease with pressure.
Why do people get reflexology?
- Stress and stress-related conditions
- Tension headaches
- Digestive disorders
- Hormonal imbalances
- Sports injuries
- Menstrual disorders, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Digestive problems, such as constipation
- Back pain
Reflexology is a popular alternative therapy. It promotes relaxation, improves circulation, reduces pain, soothes tired feet, and encourages overall healing.
Reflexology is also used for post-operative or palliative care. A study in the American Cancer Society journal found that one-third of cancer patients used reflexology as a complementary therapy.
In aromatherapy, certain plant oils (called "essential oils") are used to promote wellbeing and stimulate healing from a number of conditions. Occasionally incorporated into therapies such as massage, essential oils can also be applied to the skin (when diluted in carrier oil) or inhaled (by using an aromatherapy diffuser, for instance).
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are highly potent substances that contain the aromatic compounds of a plant. The oils can be extracted from many different plant parts, including the flowers, leaves, and roots.
Five Essential Oils Proven to Work
Although there are hundreds of essential oils said to enhance health, not all have been studied for their beneficial effects. While research on aromatherapy is fairly limited, these essential oils have been found to be helpful in the treatment of certain conditions:
1) Lemon Breathing in the scent of lemon essential oil may significantly improve mood, according to a 2008 study of 56 healthy volunteers. However, study results also showed that lemon oil failed to lessen stress, ease pain, or lower blood pressure.
2) Lavender is said to possess sedative properties, lavender essential oil has been found to help relieve anxiety and insomnia in several studies. A study published in 2007 also shows that lavender inhalation may help alleviate agitated behaviors among older adults with dementia.
3) Tea Tree has long been used in folk medicine to treat cuts, burns, infections, and other skin conditions, tea tree oil may help kill Staphylococcus aureus (the bacteria that cause staph infections), according to a 2009 report. Other studies show that tea tree oil may be effective in the treatment of warts, athlete's foot, and dandruff.
4) Rosemary After sniffing the scent of rosemary for five minutes, volunteers in a 2007 study showed a significant decrease in their levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
5) Peppermint Taking peppermint oil in capsule form may help reduce some of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, according to research published in 2007. When combined with caraway oil, peppermint oil may also be moderately effective in treating dyspepsia (a chronic condition marked by upper abdominal pain).
Applying peppermint oil directly to the skin has also been shown to help relieve tension headaches.
Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is based on the belief that living beings have a vital energy, called "qi", or “chi” that circulates through twelve invisible energy lines known as meridians on the body. Each meridian is associated with a different organ system. An imbalance in the flow of qi throughout a meridian is how disease begins.
Acupuncturists insert needles into specified points along meridian lines to influence and restore balance to the flow of qi. There are over 1,000 acupuncture points on the body.
In 1997, acupuncture needles were reclassified from "experimental" to "medical device" by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The National Institutes of Health released a consensus statement in the same year endorsing acupuncture for the treatment of a variety of conditions such as post-operative pain, tennis elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Acupuncture is one of the best known of the alternative therapies. The FDA estimates that people in the United States spend more than $500 million annually on acupuncture treatments. Many people have insurance coverage for acupuncture.
How Acupuncture Works
There are numerous theories about how acupuncture works. Some of them are:
- acupuncture stimulates the release of pain-relieving endorphins
- acupuncture influences the release of neurotransmitters, substances that transmit nerve impulses to the brain
- acupuncture influences the autonomic nervous system
- acupuncture stimulates circulation
- acupuncture influences the electrical currents of the body
Conditions Treated By Acupuncture
- migraines and tension headaches
- common cold
- addictions, quit smoking
- trigeminal neuralgia
- Meniere's disease
- tennis elbow
- menstrual cramps
- low back pain
- weight loss
Ear Coning also known as Ear Candling is a therapy that has been used since ancient times. Because more and more people are seeking less intrusive ways of healing lately, ear coning is making resurgence as an alternative to helping with the removal of wax, flaky skin, bacteria and parasites from the ear canal. The Cone shaped candle is placed in the ear canal and the top end of the cone is ignited. The cone is typically made up of cotton dipped in wax and is hollow on the inside. When the cone is ignited, it creates an upward vacuum that will suction up wax, skin and other substances up from the ear canal and into the lower portion of the Candle.
People have experienced the following from a session of Ear Coning:
- Sinus Pressure release
- Sore - Throats relief
- Wax and Dust Buildup
- Ear Aches Relief
- Allergies Relief
- Stimulated energy points in the ears
- Relief of Swimmer's Ear
- Help with equilibrium problems
- Some Hearing Impairment restoration
- State of extra High relaxation
- Stimulation of the lymph nodes
- Headache and Migraine Relief
- Ringing-in-the-Ears Relief
- Relief from Pressure discomfort.
This is an Alternative Method of cleaning and working with the ears and it is not a "MEDICALLY APPROVED" procedure; none of the above claims are guaranteed. The above claims are what people have described and experienced after receiving 1-2 sessions of Ear Coning.
There is a wealth of historical, clinical and anecdotal evidence for the health benefit of ear candles.
Furthermore, ear candles are intended to benefit normal structure, function, and well-being and are not prescribed as a treatment or cure for medical conditions. Results may vary. If conditions persist, please seek advice from your medical doctor
MyoNeuro Release Therapy is an amazingly effective therapy developed based on resurch in Osteopathic Medicine for managing pain from a multitude of different causes. Osteopathic medicine has been using a form of MNRT for pain management for over 40 years. Recent medical research has identified that restrictions within curtain systems of the body (nervous, muscular, spinal, lymph, and fascia) contributes greatly to chronic pain associated with such conditions as MS, Fybromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue and a host of other dysfunction that cause poor quality of life.
Restrictions within the fascia in particular can result in chronic pain, restrictions to body movement and organ function. Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds and covers every muscle and organ in the body. Fascia connective tissue is continuous throughout the body and carries electrical current as does the central nervous system. It is in constant communication with the nervous system and is an integral part of it.
Using the energy produced by MNRT, the therapist stimulates the release of restrictions in the fascia. This kind of release allows the fluids and electrical properties of tissues and organs to flow normally again, restoring healthy equilibrium.
As a whole body therapy, Cranio Sacral treatment may aid almost every condition, raising the vitality and enabling the body’s own self-healing process to be utilized. The rhythm of the Cranio Sacral system can be detected in much the same way as the rhythms of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. But unlike those body systems, both evaluation and correction of the Cranio Sacral system can be accomplished through gentle palpation.
A gentle touch is used to encourage the flow of fluids to nourish the organs, muscles and bones of the body. This allows the tissues to release old restrictions from diseases, surgery or trauma.
A treatment takes about one hour with the client lying down and fully clothed. Healing results are usually noticed by the end of the first session or within a couple of hours after the treatment.
Relaxation is achieved nearly always and quite quickly with a resulting sense of well-being and peace often referred to as ‘profound neutral’. Complete release of blockages may take additional sessions. Once major blocks are released, visits are only needed for maintenance to keep the body in optimal health.
Cranio Sacral therapy is safe enough to use with newborn babies, children of all ages, pregnant women and the elderly. Even though CST cannot correct every ailment, the following conditions have responded well:
- Chronic Pain
- Digestive Disorders
- Ear and Eye Problems
- Endocrine Issues
- General Injuries
- Learning Disabilities
Through meditation, one becomes increasingly conscious of their higher self, which is silent, whole, creative and blissful.
Meditation takes us beyond the mental prison of doubt, anxiety and judgment to the silent field of expanded awareness in which we remember our essential nature as peaceful, centered and creative.
During this course, your instructor will guide you through all aspects of Primordial Sound Meditation. He will show you how to effortlessly integrate the practice of meditation into your daily routine and teach you the mantra or sound that has been selected specifically for you by way of an ancient Vedic tradition of teaching.
Session One - Introduction to the principles of meditation in general. A detailed discussion of history, technique and how the mantras are chosen.
Session Two - Personal instruction with teacher to receive your personal mantra and learn how to use it properly.
Session Three - Perfecting Your Practice of Meditation; in this group session you will learn practical aspects of meditation - how to sit, when to meditate, the types of experiences to expect and what they mean.
Session Four - Visions of Higher States - Group discussion and video of Deepak discussing the seven levels of consciousness available to human beings. By course end students will gain an understanding of the variety of experiences you may have in meditation and the benefits you will notice in your life if you practice it regularly. In the last session students will explore Higher States of Consciousness that unfold through regular practice of this type of meditation.
Students sit comfortably and experiences and results unfold naturally. Your instructor is here to serve as your guide. The only rule in Primordial Sound Mediation is to be comfortable and natural.