Abstract: When we feel out of sorts, the cause is not only physical. Finding and healing the emotional center of our discomfort rests not in allopathic medicine but in many holistic remedies that integrate body, mind, and spirit. Some to consider are Ayurveda, Reiki, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, and Network Chiropractic.
We don’t feel right, but we just can't identify the precise cause or condition. We know, however, the root is not totally physical. Physical ailments would send us to a medical doctor. But our mailaise is not just psychological or emotional, either. To address those issues we’d psychotherapist. What we feel might be described as a knot in our center, slowing us down, making us feel heavy. We’ve enough not to mask our symptoms with chemicals or even natural supplements and realize that what we really need is a healing– not a cure, not a bandage – a treatment (or treatments) in which body, mind, and spirit converge. Whether we are novices, experienced seekers, or simply curious explorers, we’re ready to investigate non-traditional routes to wellness. Here’s a helpful guide. The effectiveness of holistic healing hinges on the premise that modalities will work best when they are aligned with your particular personal needs. Chiropractic, is "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, developed by Dr. Donald Epstein, addresses matters of higher consciousness using a much gentler approach than traditional chiropractors, usually the simple finger pressure along significant spinal points which pressure prompts the body’s automatic responses. The Network motto is, “Healing your world, one spine at a time.” Network chiropractors report client reactions as integrated 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.this site: http://www.chiropractorspinalanalysisnetwork.com/what-is-network-sp...
Cranio-sacral therapy, a related modality practiced by trained massage therapists certified in the field, is 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, it is considered an ‘intuitive technique’ by training centers, this form of therapy elicits 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, 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. Working on these points balances the flow of chi in the body. 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 has been successful helping people overcome addictions such as smoking or overeating.
Reiki, a Tibetan method of hands-on healingdiscovered in the early 20th century by Dr. Mikao Usui, uses “Universal Life Energy” to heal body, mind, and spirit. The” "KI" in Reiki is another name for the “chi” that moves through the meridians and chakra points I Chinese medicine. Some practitioners place hands on the body while others work in the aura or energy field. Within moments, the client’s breathing slows and deepens, inviting meditation or sleep, as it clears energy blockages to promote wellness. A full Reiki session on a massage table lasts an hour. Many spiritual centers offer evening Reiki circles as an introduction to the method. Reiki can also be sent via distance.
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; in each person one dosha is dominant. Imbalances in the body are treated with a methods specific to that dosha: diet, herbs, detoxing, and oils. Ayurvedic spas and retreats have gained popularity. Physicans undergo five years of training before practicing this method of “complementary medicine.” The most well-known is Dr. Deepak Chopra. All holistic healing methods, whether invasive or subtle, aims to restore our balance. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Other modalities to explore include rebirthing, fire walking, sweat lodges, and Shamanic healing.
Rev. Lisa Shaw is an animal communicator, Reiki Master, spiritiual counselor, professor, and writer who lives in South Florida with her furry and feathered companions. Her web site is wwwe.Reikidogs.com and her e-book, Illumination: Life Lessons from our Animal Companions, is available for download on Amazon.com