There is a lot of buzz these days about holistic healing, and it is accordingly so. Many people are finding these holistic healing practices like yoga and chiropractic care are actually working to improve their bodies and their health. If you are thinking about practicing holistic healing activities, learn what the popular practices are and which one is right for you. Here are definitions for ten of the most popular holistic healing practices.
You will probably be surprised to know that these practices are offered by more than 80,000 doctors throughout the United States. You can probably find many holistic healing practices right in your own community. Search in the Yellow Pages and also online to find holistic doctors and practices near your.
Acupuncture was developed in China over 6,000 years ago. It is based on the theory of qui or what is commonly called the chi life force. Acupuncture helps the body’s ability to correct and balance itself. Chi is channeled by continuous flow throughout the body into a network of meridians. Hair thin disposable needles are inserted into specific points along the meridian to stimulate or disperse the flow of energy to correct and balance.
2. Aroma Therapy
Aroma Therapy is an ancient healing art. Aroma Therapy focuses on the principals of massage, diet, and psychological factors of illness. Essential oils derived from herbs, flowers, and fruits are either inhaled or applied to the skin. Single oils or combinations of oils address specific disorders, organ dysfunctions, skin problems, etc.
Reflexology is the theory of applying pressure to specific points found on the hands, feet, and outer ears. Reflexology is a science and an art that when performed correctly can dramatically help self healing from within. Specific relaxing touch is used to relieve headaches, joint pain, allergic reactions, stomach problems, and colon issues. A pressure map that looks like the body is used to diagnose and resolve any problems that you are having.
4. Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic Care is practiced by spinal specialists trained in adjusting and manipulation of the spinal column. Chiropractic Care is about attaining a whole body balance between the spine, organs, and skin. A spinal specialist can diagnose and treat your symptoms of back pain, disc problems, sports or dance injuries, and car accidents. Chiropractic Care also focuses on exercise, nutrition, and natural therapies.
5. Tai Chi
Tai Chi is the Chinese Taoist form of martial art. Tai Chi is a practice that involves coordinated breathing with slow, graceful movements. Tai Chi can be beneficial for meditative and health purposes and can be practiced by people of all ages. With increased speed, the movements of Tai Chi can be used as a weapon of self defense. The coordinated breathing relaxes and takes the breath deep into the body, while calming the mind and body at the same time. Tai Chi can help regulate your heart beat, digestion, neurology, and glandular functions.
Pilates is a body conditioning program developed by Joseph Pilates (1880-1967). Pilates can improve your muscle control and flexibility, coordination, strength, and muscle tone. Pilates is the art of coordinating the mind and body to make you more aware of your body and what it is feeling. Pilates will help you improve your alignment and breathing as well as efficiency and movement. Pilates is a series of coordinated movements similar to yoga but a little bit more advanced on focusing on the muscles.
The word Reiki actually means universal life force. Reiki is the art of maintaining spiritual focus and mental clarity, and is based on the theory of activating and balancing your life force energy. Light hand placement over the body helps channel energy to the major organs and glands and aligns the chakras (energy centers). Reiki can help you rid your body and mind of stress and pain.
8. Feng Shui
Feng Shui is the Chinese art/science of the relationships between humans and the surrounding environment. Feng Shui was developed over 4,000 years ago and is now commonly known and the art of placement. Feng Shui theory believes that electromagnetic currents flow all around us and when the placement of buildings and furniture is correct there is a harmony of the forces. Feng Shui can maximize your health and wealth by providing you with an environment where you will have improved sleep, increased productivity, and feel more energized. Interior and exterior adjustments can be made to your home.
9. Therapeutic Touch
Therapeutic Touch, in the past was only practiced by a few hundred doctors in the United States. Recently the popularity of Therapeutic Touch has grown in leaps and bounds. Therapeutic Touch focuses on rebalancing and refreshing your body’s energy fields. No touch techniques used over the body alleviate pain and stress. Now, therapeutic touch is taught in over 80 universities and practice by 20-30,000 professionals. Therapeutic Touch can help facilitate the body’s natural process of self healing.
Yoga is the art of aligning the mind and body in one union. Concentrated rhythmic breathing and a series of poses create energy and align your posture. Yoga is also beneficial for meditative uses to control mental consciousness. Yoga helps you achieve a state of focus and clarity while strengthening, toning, and helping you loose weight-mentally and physically.