You're not feeling well, but you can't identify the precise cause or condition. You know, however, it's not completely physical. For that you might see a medical doctor. It's not just psychological or emotional; to address those issues you would visit a counselor or psychotherapist. What you experience is some kind of knot in your center, slowing you down. You’re tired, blah, sad, feeling an unspecified malaise. You don’t need an aspirin or a Xanax. What you need is a healing – not a cure, not a Band-Aid – a healing where body, mind, and spirit converge.
Whether you are a seeker, an adherent, or simply a curious explorer, you’re ready embark on a non-traditional route to wellness Should you look eastward and explore Chinese medicine, Indian Ayurveda, or Reiki? Or are you willing to venture beyond the physical altogether to see a shaman or a healing channel/ medium? You have many options which will meet varying levels of willingness to experiment. Here’s a helpful guide that will define and briefly explain those options to help you make the most optimal choice. No one of these is more potent or appropriate than the other. The effectiveness of holistic healing hinges on the premise that certain modalities will work best when they are aligned with your particular personal needs.
Chiropractic is defined as” a therapeutic system based primarily upon the interactions a therapeutic system based primarily upon the interactions of the spine and nervous system” (dictionary.com) The premise is that the body knows how to heal itself so without invasive seizures and harmful chemicals The fluid along the spine works to heal and aligned the body. What a chiropractor adjust somebody whether it is a quick edit harsh crack or a gentle pressure such as a network chiropractic, it prompts the spinal fluid to flow properly and integrate those areas of the body that are not working optimally. Insurance companies usually covering a limited number of visits per year. Network chiropractic in particular addresses matters of higher consciousness and uses a much gentler approach than traditional chiropractors, usually the application of simple finger pressure along significant spinal points. That pressure prompts the body’s automatic responses which have included spiritual awakenings, involuntary waves of movement, and spontaneous vocalizations to release negative energy. You can find chiropractors certified in this very specific method through a web search.
Cranio-sacral therapy is a related modality. Practiced by trained massage therapists certified in the field, it considered a “cross between chiropractic or osteopathic maneuvers and hands-on healing” and is both relaxing and transforming (http://www.cranialtherapycentre.com/a-beginners-guide-to-craniosacr...). It involves balancing “the pulse of energy that flows between our head and pelvic area.” This equates to a balance between the crown and root chakras and all points in between. .Even though it involves traditional massage education, Cranio-Sacral therapy is considered an ‘intuitive technique’ by training centers, with patients reporting profound changes in both physical health and mental clarity.
Acupuncture and acupressure work with the body's energy flow along the Chinese meridians or pathways that leads to health. A meridian is defined as the channel through which “chi,” or energy, is transported through the body. When it flows unobstructed, we experience health and wellness; when it is blocked, we feel symptoms of physical distress. The system identifies the cause of illness and disease as stress-induced blockages along those pathways and seeks remedy by unblocking those channels. This restores a balance flow of chi in the body. For the needle-phobic, acupressure is just the application of manual pressure along those same meridians. Specific acupuncture/acupressure points in the body correspond to multiple physical ailments and even addictions such as smoking or overeating.
Reiki is a Tibetan method of hands-on healing discovered in the early 20th century by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese spiritual seeker and theologian who searched for healing methods in Christianity before discovering this system during a month long meditation in Tibet. Defined as “Universal Life Energy” that heals body, mind, and spirit, it works with the “ki” (chi) that moves through the meridians and chakra points. Some practitioners apply hands on touch while others work in the aura or energy field. A full traditional Reiki session is administered on a massage table, starting at the crown and working downward. Within moments, the client’s breathing slows and deepens, inviting meditation or sleep, and much like the other modalities, clears out energy blockages to promote wellness. Reiki can also be sent via distance if the practitioner has earned the second degree certificate. Certification classes are available all over the world.
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian form of holistic medicine that also operates on the body-mind-spirit continuum, understanding that none of these operates independently of the other. It classifies people into three types or “doshas,” each exhibiting particular characteristics; while we are a mix of all three, one remains dominant, and when imbalances occur in the body, they are treated with a pathway specific to that dosha. Such treatments include specific diets, herbs, eliminating stored toxins in the body and blood, and the use of oils. There’s a growing trend of Ayurvedic spas and retreats for people as well. Physicians undergo five years of ayurvedic training before practicing. Additionally, Ayurvedic spas and retreats have become popular. In the U.S., this type of medicine is called complementary medicine, its most famous and practitioner being Dr. Deepak Chopra.
Holistic healing, no matter the source, concentrates on balance. Some methods are more invasive than others, some more esoteric than others, but their aim is to generate wellness in the patient/client. The list extends beyond this introduction and is certainly worth investigation.
Lisa Shaw is an animal communicator, intuitive counselor, Reiki Master, writer, and award-winning professor, who lives in South Florida. Her web site is www.Reikidogs.com and her e-book, Illumination: Life Lessons from our Animal Companions, is available from Amazon.