Jin Shin Jyutsu is based on the premise that our bodies contain energy pathways feeding life into all cells. When one of more of these paths become blocked, this leads to discomfort or pain. Jin Shin Jyutsu is a body-mind release method using gentle, direct pressure of the hands or fingers on the points of these energy pathways, (mirroring acupuncture points), to release stress and tension, reduce pain and discomfort, increase awareness and re-establish energy balance in the body and psyche. It facilitates a deep state of relaxation. “Jin” is knowing compassion, “Shin” is Creator, and “Jyutsu” is art: the Creator’s art through being compassionate.
Macrobiotics is an Eastern philosophy known best in the Western world through its dietary principles of a low-fat, high fiber diet based on whole foods. The macrobiotic diet offers a way to achieve a fuller sense of balance both within ourselves and with the world around us, by synchronizing our eating habits with the cycles of nature. The principles include: eating seasonal foods indigenous to our immediate environment (as those foods are products of the local climate that supports the body‘s need for that environment), balancing the contractive and expansive qualities of foods, balancing proportions of different food categories, and taking into consideration of such factors as one’s age, lifestyle and psychological make-up in choosing food most appropriate to individual needs. The macrobiotic diet has been effective when applied to a wide variety of conditions.
Magnetic Therapy is an understanding of the interrelationship between electromagnetic energy and the human body, and using this relationship to encourage the body to heal itself. Magnetic Therapy treatments include the use of non-invasive magnets applied to the body affecting its various ionic currents and electromagnetic fields. Reported benefits include relief from discomfort, reduction of swelling, infection, insomnia, stress and increased energy.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a precise technique to influence the flow of lymphatic fluid. As the body’s cleansing system, lymph flows within its own circulatory system, transporting cellular wastes, fat, proteins and dead cells, and plays a major part in maintaining the protein balance of the blood. A malfunctioning lymphatic system may cause fluid accumulation between loose connective tissue, causing body-part swelling known as lymphedema. It is a chronic condition, often disfiguring and unsightly, which may progressively worsen and is prone to infection if left untreated. MLD is a systematic means of preventing and treating lymphedema symptoms.
Massage Therapy is the general term used for a wide range of therapeutic approaches with roots in both Eastern and Western cultures. It involves the practice of kneading or otherwise manipulating a person’s muscles and soft tissue.
Meditation can be a state of focused or mindful attention which may include the sue of a sitting posture, imagery, mantras, observation and control of the breath and/or allowing thoughts to emerge and pass without becoming engaged with them. The deep relaxation of meditation may heal the body, quiet the mind, and provide a sense of inner balance. Spiritually, meditation is sometimes practiced to attain higher levels of consciousness and the realization of the transcendent within each of us or practiced to still the mind and allow greater clarity and awareness to emerge.
Mind-Body Medicine is an approach to healing which proposes that the mind, with its thoughts and beliefs, is closely connected with the physical body and its healing. This is truly a holistic practice, utilizing many different therapies such as yoga, relaxation, meditation, hypnosis, guided imagery and psychotherapy. Mind-body medicine studies psycho-social influences on physical well-being, and is supported by current findings from studies on heart diseases, cancer and immune system disorders. When practiced, emphasis is placed on the meaning of a particular illness, and the communicative, healing relationship between the doctor and patient.
Myofacial Release is a hands-on technique that seeks to free the body from the grip of tight fascia, or connective tissue. Trauma, posture or inflammation can create a binding down of fascia resulting in excessive pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, osseous structures and/or organs. Therapists apply mild, sustained hand-pressure in order to gently stretch and soften fascia, thus restoring normal alignment and function and reducing pain. Treatment is used to treat neck and back pain, headaches, recurring sports injuries, scoliosis and other conditions.
Naturopathic Medicine treats health conditions by utilizing the body’s inherent ability to heal. Naturopathic physicians aid the healing process by incorporating a variety of alternative methods based on the patient’s individual needs. Diet, lifestyle, work, and personal history are all considered when determining a treatment regimen.
Naturopathic Physician has completed a four-year naturopathic medical education at one of the five accredited naturopathic medical schools in North America. Naturopathic physicians have received a comprehensive education in conventional medicine. In addition, they have received clinical and academic education in the most effective natural medicines. Naturopathic doctors may choose homeopathic, herbal, and/or nutritional therapies in the treatment of disease. Other therapies are employed according to the physician’s preferred methods of practice. This may include therapies such as physical manipulations or Chinese herbal medicines. Membership in the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians assures that a doctor has graduated with a four year degree, has passed national board exams and holds a state license to practice naturopathic medicine.
Network Spinal Analysis is an outcomes assessment approach to wellness that incorporates low force touch contacts, applied a spinal gateways to assist the body to develop new strategies in living and healing. Two healing waves develop which assist in improving spinal and neural integrity and significantly advancing wellness and the quality of life. Care is advanced through a series of levels, each producing specific new abilities to adapt to the environment, make healthier choices, enjoy life and develop a healthier spine. Self reported wellness profiles are combined with practitioner clinical assessment to help review the emerging options for healing and an enriched life.
Neuro-Biofeedback, also known as EEG Feedback, is a non-invasive learning process that assists the brain by bringing itself and the body back into balance. Sensors, or electrodes, connected to specific sites on the head, allow brain wave patterns to be monitored on a screen. Specific areas of the brain can then be trained to permanently replace abnormal patterns with normal ones. Neuro-feedback can be an effective adjunct to the treatment of head injuries, chronic pain, coma, stroke, epilepsy, migraines, learning disabilities and clinical depression.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a technique to determine thinking (neuro) patterns of a person by analyzing the actions (linguistic) of eye movement, breathing and other body language, regarding of illness or disease. Programming refers to altering unconscious negative, harmful beliefs about healing and illness, primarily using visualization techniques. Therapeutically, NLP has been used to work with phobias, learning disabilities, addictive behaviors as well as the development of more desirable, constructive behavior patterns.
Neruo-Muscular Therapy (NMT) is a form of bodywork which has diagnostic and therapeutic value. NMT is a soft tissue manipulative method which restores the structural, functional, and postural integrity of the body. The process removes pain, muscular tension, stress, and restrictions to health. Skillful palpatory diagnosis is the focus of the work.
Organically Grown food is grown and processed without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, preservatives, colorings or radiation. Certified Organic food has been grown on land where no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides have been applied for three years; has been inspected by an independent third party; and the produce has provided documentation such as soil tests, a statement of intent, and an affidavit. Certified Transitional Organic food has been grown on land where no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides have been applied for fewer than three years.
Osteopathic Physicians, Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.s) are fully trained physicians licensed to practice all phases of medicine, including writing prescriptions and performing surgery. With their extra training in holistic healing techniques, some D.O.s also practice “Osteopathic Manual Medicine” (OMM). Using OMM, D.O.s apply gentle manipulation over the entire body to restore normal structure and remove restrictions to full motion. This enhances all circulatory systems, allowing the body’s own healing powers to better reach ailing parts. A special form of OMM called “Cranial Osteopathy” increases the vitality of the central nervous system. By combining such natural therapies with a physician’s knowledge of western medicine, D.O.s can correct the true underlying cause of dysfunction. They can relieve pain, prevent disease and speed recovery from nearly all medical problems.
Osteopathy is a form of physical medicine that helps restore the structural balance of the musculoskeletal system. Combining joint manipulations, physical therapy and postural reduction, osteopathy is effective in treating spinal and joint difficulties, arthritis, digestive disorders, menstrual problems and chronic pain.
Past Lives Therapy is based on the premise that childhood traumas or previous lives underlay current mental, physical and emotional problems. Using hypnosis or other states of altered consciousness, this therapy explores past life experiences and images within the unconscious and conscious parts of ourselves, in a manner similar to analyzing our dreams. Recalling and examining these lives or traumas can stimulate release from inner restrictions and fears, reveal more constructive, creative potential that is available to us, establish a sense of deep connection to more of our being and provide an understanding of the sensation and personal meaning of the transitions in our life cycles.
Pilates Method is named for Joseph Pilates (1880-1967), developer of a conditioning program that improves muscle control, flexibility, coordination, strength and tone. The basic principles of Pilates conditioning are to make people more aware of their bodies as single integrated units; to improve alignment and breathing; and to increase efficiency of movement. The Pilates Method consists of a sequence of carefully performed movements, which may be guided by an instructor, designed to stretch and strengthen the muscles involved, opening the joints and releasing tension. The Pilates method works many of the deeper muscles together, improving coordination and balance to achieve efficient and graceful movement, and are used in hospitals and physical therapy centers to rehabilitate injuries as well as in athletic training rooms and dance studios.
Polarity Therapy is a unique health care system developed by Dr. Randolph Stone. As a synthesis of Western and Eastern healing sciences, Polarity Therapy is comprised of dietary principles, exercise and stretching postures, energy balancing and attitudinal work. Polarity applies to all levels of imbalance. The manipulations combine chiropractic and osteopathic tradition with a sensitivity to the energy of the life force, known as chi, qi, ki or prana. Polarity principles and applications can be successfully used in conjunction with various other healing practices.
Psychics are able to receive information through the development of heightened intuition. These paranormal abilities include clairvoyance (clear seeing), clairsentience (clear feeling), clairaudience (clear hearing), and telepathy (thought reading). Psychics may access practical guidance related to work or relationship concerns, as well as spiritual insight related to underlying life themes and the living out of karma. A psychic may be able to tell you about your past lives and what bearing they might have on the present. They can clarify the present and relate what might happen in the future. Each psychic has a special style which reflects his or her own personality, training and spiritual beliefs. Interpretations are done in person or long distance over the phone.
Qi Gong, also called Chi Gong or Chi Kung, is a Chinese system of self-cultivation which dates back over 7,000 years. Ancient Qi Gong practitioners created such treasures of Chinese civilization as acupuncture, Chinese traditional medicine, Kung Fu, Ta’i Chi Chu’an, the I Ching, and the Tao Teh Ching. In general, it is a personal practice which integrates movement, meditation, breath regulation and visualization to stimulate the flow of qi, or vital life energy, along the body’s meridians. One Qi Gong exercise may involve visualizing qi traveling from one body location to another. Qi Gong promotes optimum health of the whole person physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. It is an excellent tool for stress management and a safe modified fitness exercise for cardiovascular, neuromuscular, arthritic and other chronic immune disorders.