A Course In Miracles
A Course in Miracles is a self-study, metaphysical thought system that teaches forgiveness as the road to inner peace and the remembrance of the unconditional love of God. Learn more about A Course in Miracles in this excerpt from Marianne Willamson's book The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife
Dietary recommendations and testing the pH of the body's fluids and tissues to determine healthy balance. Read Acid vs. Antacid? for more natural solutions.
Acupressure is the application of finger pressure to points along the energy meridians of the body to stimulate and balance vital energies. By applying pressure to these points, known as acupressure points, acupuncture points, acupoints or pressure points, stagnated energy is released to continue its flow through the energy system. Treat seasonal changes with acupressure to shift your body into the next season. Acupressure is not a licensed modality, however some municipalities require acupressure practitioners to fulfill massage licensing regulations. Practitioners typically receive training at massage or bodywork schools or in independent seminars.
A record of your soul’s journey through space and time. You can tap into the information contained in these records through your own intuition or guided by a teacher, medium or intuitive.
A practical body/mind approach for improving ease of movement, balance and coordination by teaching awareness of movement and effort and the release of tension.
The American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) is the largest professional association of certified Alexander Technique teachers in the US. Teachers receive AmSAT certification after receiving a minimum of 1600 hours of training over at least 3 years in an AmSAT-approved course.
Introduces a positve communication into the brain via a hands-on sensory pattern interrupt, which balances both halves of the brain, and resets the system back to its "original factory settings." The Alphabiotic professional training program (http://alphabioticinfo.com/) consists of 8 three day hands-on class sessions and takes place only in Dallas, TX. Successful students are board certified as Developmental Alphabioticists.
Since time immemorial, angels and other etheric beings appear in all cultural mythologies offering guidance, protection and wisdom to humankind. Healing through angelic connections on spiritual, mental and physical levels is well documented throughout history, including numerous books of sacred teachings.
If holistic medicine is the right healthcare option for you and your family, a holistic vet might provide the best care for your pets as well. Read Ask the Holistic Health Vet to learn more. Learn about Herbal Pet Care here.
Applied Kinesiology is a form of diagnosis using manual muscle-strength testing as a primary feedback mechanism to examine how a person's body is functioning.
Archetype Readings are a specialty of the Caroline Myss Education Institute (CMED), an archetype reading identifies and interprets the archetypal patterns that comprise an individual's Sacred Contract.
Aromatherapy is the treatment or prevention of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual disease through the use of essential oils.
Astrology is a group of systems, traditions and beliefs which hold that the placement of celestial bodies and related details can aid in the interpretation of past and present events and in the prediction of the future. See daily astrology readings on www.spiritofchange.org
Utilizing technology to produce an electronic color interpretation of the electrical potential along the meridian points of the palm, this color portrait is believed to be what the aura looks like.
A system of self-understanding based on color selection and consultation using the visual and non-invasive energies of color, herbs, crystals and gems. Training of Auro-Soma practitioners is conducted exclusively though the Aura-Soma International Academy of Color Therapy (www.asiact.org) in London.
A 5,000-year-old system of traditional medicine native to India and still widely practiced all over the world, Ayurvedic healing includes herbs, cooking, panchakarma cleansing, acupressure massage, breathwork, yoga and other therapies. The United States has no national standard for training or certifying Ayurvedic practitioners, although many schools and programs exist to train practitioners. The National Ayurvedic Medical Association (www.ayurveda-nama.org) has established training program requirements and maintains a registered practitioner directory.
Developed by Alexander Lowen, MD, Bioenergetic Analysis focuses special attention on the muscular patterns in a person's body that tell a story of one's past experience, and combines bodywork with psychotherapy to release these old patterns.
Practiced under the auspices of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (www.bioenergetic-therapy.com), bioenergetic psychotherapists have years of training in both Bioenergetic Analysis and psychotherapy. To be certified as a bioenergetic therapist, practitioners must hold a valid license to practice psychotherapy in their state.
Biofeedback enables individuals to learn how to improve health and well being by manipulating unconscious or involuntary bodily processes through the use of precise instruments that measure brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. Biofeedback is an unregulated field, however the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (www.bcia.org) is generally recognized as establishing and maintaining the field's standards of competence, certification and continuing education.
Bioidentical Hormone Restoration Therapy
Bioidentical hormones are compounded in laboratories to have the same molecular structure as our own hormones and are used in hormone replacement therapy as an alternative to hormones compounded from animals' bodies. The FDA has approved over 20 bioidentical hormones. When choosing a compounding pharmacy check credentials, certifications, quality checks, sterility processes and membership in Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) and other national organizations that assess their quality standards and adherence to the principles of compounding medicine.
Bodywork describes any therapeutic, healing or personal development work that involves some form of touching, energetic work or the physical manipulation of the body. It can also be combined with various forms of counseling or psychotherapy. Read this Glossary of Healing Bodywork for more in-depth descriptions. The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) offers national certification to massage therapists or bodyworkers including a minimum of 500 hours of instruction, passage of the standardized national exam (NCETMB), and continuing education requirements for recertification. For practitioners operating in a healing field that does not require certification (or whose state does not require certification), NCBTMB certification establishes practitioners as healthcare providers on par with other professionals requiring certification.
Bowen Therapy is a non-invasive, bodywork system on skin or a lightly clothed body that employs cross-fiber muscle movements in a precise pattern to reset the body towards healing and wellness. It can help you Restore Relaxation to the Body. Bowen Therapy International (www.bowentherapy.com) maintains a system of quality control for providers and instructors of Bowen Therapy through certification and registration.
Brainwave Optimization is a holistic and non-invasive method that guides a brain back to its natural, healthy, balanced state. Harnessing brainpower can help alleviate addictions, ailments, disorders, pain, stress, sleeplessness, challenges to learning, and performance. Basic certification is obtaied by attending a three week course in Scottsdale, AZ followed by an exam. Subsequent levels of certification are obtained through hours practicing and continuing education classes completed.
Breastfeeding support information helps women learn about breastfeeding, the law and resources for success in the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs of her baby. La Leche League International, the largest and most well-known breastfeeding support organization for over 50 years, helps mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education.
Breathwork refers to many forms of patterned breathing that may be used to attain alternate states of consciousness, spiritual, psychological or physical healing or simple stress relief and relaxation. Conscious breathing techniques are essential components of various forms of healing such as meditation, yoga, tai chi and qigong.
Many alternative medicine cures and therapies are available for the treatment of cancer, as well as holistic remedies to alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms of cancer or cancer treatment.
Counseling and coaching specifically targeted to address career issues can often help remove obstacles to finding your ideal work position. This is an unlicensed healing modality with many counseling and coaching techniques available.
CeremoniesTraditional and non-denominational ceremonies are for sacred occasions as well as the mundane.
Certifications & Trainings
Opportunities for training in holistic healing modalities vary greatly in time, investment and quality. Do your research in checking out credentials, references and legal requirements by state for any programs intended for professional certification in working with the public.
Chakras are energy centers within the human aura (energy field) that regulate the flow of energy within a individual, as well as connect him or her to the universal energy field. Chakra healing, balancing, attunement or restructuring takes place on energetic levels using tools such as sound, color, vibration, energy healing, crystals, essential oils, spiritual healing and techniques.
Channeling is the process of receiving messages and teachings from spirit or non-physical entities. Training is often acquired through experience or independent study and seminars.
There are many holistic practices that can be incorporated into childbirth, from full homebirthing with a midwife to natural childbirth and hypnobirthing labor support in the hospital to nurturing doula care at home after birth. Professional training and requirements vary greatly in this field depending upon the type of service you are seeking. For complete information on midwife certification and definitions, visit The Midwives Alliance of North America. MANA is a professional organization for all midwives, recognizing the diversity of educational backgrounds and practice styles within the profession.
Cleansing programs, also known as detoxification programs, generally include some type of dietary guidance and reorganization, supplement prescription and may often include fasting, colon hydrotherapy or other cleansing therapies. Cleanses make take place at home, in an office or outpatient basis or in a residential clinic. They may range from 1 day to several weeks or months.
Coaches assist people to identify specific goals and then reach those goals faster and with ease.
Colon Hydrotherapy utilizes detoxification equipment that introduces warm water into the large intestine, releasing stagnant waste. Read A Natural Movement: You and Your Bowels.
Color healing is the use of color in various forms for the purpose of creating balance and well-being.
Counseling & Therapy
There are hundreds of varieties of counseling and therapy modalities to treat every condition from mild anxiety to severe psychotic trauma. Some counseling treatments require extensive professional training and client commitment, while other counseling sessions are less structured or defined. In addition, counseling sessions may vary in focus between body, mind, emotions and spirit, or a combination of all. Check with your counselor before setting up a session to determine if your expectations will match with the services offered. While some counselors such as LICSW or LCSW (licensed clinical social worker) and psychotherapists may be insurance-reimbursable, most counselors are generally out-of-pocket expenses.
Craniosacral TherapySubtle touch is applied to the cranium, sacrum and other areas along the spine and body to enhance the flow and rhythmic movement of the cerebrospinal fluid and life energy.
Crystals and StonesMany crystals and stones carry specific properties and vibrational patterns that make them ideal tools for energy healing, unique to each patient's needs and each stone's healing qualities. The distinctive colors of crystals and stones may be matched with the colors of chakras needing healing work. In feng shui, the placement of crystals and stones plays an important role in both interior and exterior environmental design.
Detoxification refers to numerous products, techniques and diets that can aid in the removal of toxins from the body. Some products and procedures are for in-home use, some require office sessions, and some require residential treatment.
Dream work is a self-help method that can be aided by a therapist that uses the systematic inquiry into dreams and their symbology for healing and self-development.
Ear ConingA hollow candle that tapers at one end is fitted into the ear, and the opposite end is lit, creating a vacuum that cleanses residues and wax build-up out of the ear.
Electromagnetic frequencies are increasingly implicated in health issues. Resources are available to protect yourself from the negative effects of wireless energy frequencies.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)A simple, self-care energy balancing technique that uses stimulation of certain energy meridian points by tapping with the fingertips, while mentally focusing on the issue or physical symptom to be relieved.
Energy Healing And Medicine
The therapeutic use of a practitioner's hands or energy field to assess or balance a patient's own energy field to enable healing. Many forms of energy healing do not involve direct body contact, although some include light touch or hovering just above the body. Breathing techniques are often included with various forms of energy medicine using the breath as a vehicle to move energy. Read What is Energy Medicine by Donna Eden to learn more.
A broad range of psychological treatments that utilize one of the human energy systems, such as the meridian system, the chakra system or the aura system, during psychological treatment.
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Family Constellation Work
A unique therapeutic process developed by Bert Hellinger that helps to restore peace and healing to family members psychologically or emotionally entangled with the fates of those from the previous generations.
Far Infrared Healing
Utilizes the healthy benefits of a specific bandwidth of natural energy that promotes healing through light and heat.
Feng ShuiAncient Chinese art of placement and design for both indoor and outdoor environments to achieve maximum harmony, health and prosperity.
Flower essences are herbal infusions made from the flowering part of the plant, which uniquely address emotional, spiritual and mental aspects of wellness.
German New Medicine
German New Medicine (GNM) helps individuals to better understand the connection between the psyche (emotions) and disease through the application of The Five Biological Laws of the New Medicine. Developed by Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer, M.D., GNM operates under the premise that every disease, including cancer, originates from an unexpected shock experience.
Hands-On HealingRefers to a variety of named and unnamed energy medicine techniques involving the placement of hands on the patient with the intent of healing.
With an infinite variety of forms to explore, healing can be accessed by everyone once you find the path of healing that responds best for your body, mind and spirit.
A health coach is a wellness mentor who can help you identify health problems and goals, and support you in taking positive steps to achieve your goals and stay motivated on the wellness path.
Through studies with the International College of Applied Kinesiology, Dr. Jimmy Scott developed procedures that became the foundation of Health Kinesiology. HK utilizes systematic muscle testing to interpret the body's inner workings by asking closed-ended questions that may relate to physical, psychological, emotional or spiritual issues. From the muscle responses received, a HK practitioner can identify the mental/physical or emotional stresses interfering with a patient's well-being and facilitate a "correction" that involves holding specific meridian points on the client's body, or other forms of body/mind/spirit therapies.
Holistic Health Products
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HomeopathyBased on the principle that "like cures like," homeopathy employs minute doses of natural remedies created from herbal, mineral and animal substances to stimulate the body's own healing response.
Integrative Holistic Medicine
Single practitioners or group practices with medical training that offer a variety of alternative medicine treatments for an integrated approach to healing.
IridologyIridology is the study of the iris of the eye to detect the condition of the body and its organs, genetic strengths and weaknesses.
Jin Shin Jyutsu
Jin Shin Jyutsu is a physio-philosophy that involves the application of the hands for gently balancing the flow of life energy in the body. It is not a physical manipulation of tissue and uses only minimal pressure. The hands are used as "jumper cables," contacting 26 "safety energy locks" to redirect, or unblock the flow of energy along its pathways. According to ancient written records, Jin Shin Jyutsu was widely known before the birth of Gautama (Buddha, India) and is an innate part of man's wisdom.
Light therapy consists of exposure to specific wavelengths and colors of light, usually controlled with various devices. These may include far infrared light, full spectrum light, low level lasers, red or blue lights. Physical, mental and spiritual conditions can be treated with light therapy, including skin conditions, accelerated wound healing, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), eye conditions, heart irregularities and sleep disorders.
Low Level Laser TherapyLow level laser therapy, also know as cold laser, is the application of laser light over injuries and lesions to stimulate healing within those tissues.
Philosophy of holistic living that promotes awareness of food quality and preparation including natural, locally grown, seasonal ingredients combined according to principles of yin and yang properties.
Medical intuitives perceive patterns of energy and information that allow them to diagnose physicial, mental, spiritual and emotional patterns that are the basis of disease or health in one's body. Some intuitives may also possess the skills to realign energy patterns of disease into health.
Mediums have fine-tuned their perception to interface with beings in other dimensions and can pass on communication received mentally and through their senses. These beings can include angels, spirit guides, and most frequently, those who have passed away. Mediumship is at the heart of the Spiritualism, which is the science, philosophy and religion of continuous life, based upon the demonstrated fact of communication by means of mediumship with those who live in the spirit world.
Mindfulness means developing a moment-by-moment awareness of one’s thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. While its roots are in Buddhist meditation, it is a secular practice with recognized health benefits, particularly in stress reduction.
Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release is a specialised physical and manual therapy used for the effective treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue and fascial tension and restrictions.
Emphasizing prevention, self-care and the body's innate healing ability, naturopaths counsel patients on nutrition and lifestyle wellness and perform non-invasive procedures using a variety of natural healing methods. The American Naturopathic Certification Board www.ancb.net administers a certification program for natural health professionals and maintains an online member directory of certified practitioners.
NeurofeedbackA non-invasive technique for recording, analyzing and retraining brainwaves to help the brain achieve optimal functioning.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)NLP practitioners look for clues in a person's speech and behavior patterns and then provide the tools and awareness to alter that behavior.
Directory of nutrition resources, nutritionists, food and eating coaches and supplement information.
Past Life Healing
Reincarnation is often used to explain unusual talents, affinities, habits, personal mysteries and life circumstances. It may also help explain compelling connections or repulsions we feel towards certain people and situations. Through past life regression sessions and other healing techniques, one may remember or gain profound insight about one's current life situation, relationships, illnesses or good fortune.
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Plant Spirit Medicine
Plants have great wisdom. They know what we humans have forgotten – how to live in balance and harmony. With origins as old as man's relationship to the plant world, Plant Spirit Medicine is a modern healing modality. It was reintroduced to the modern world through Eliot Cowan and others, who discovered that plant spirits, when approached with sincerity and respect, offer abundant healing blessings to anyone who is open to their gifts. Eliot Cowan offers a Plant Spirit Medicine Training Course consisting of eight one-week teaching sessions spread over approximately two years.
Pranic Healing is a highly evolved and tested system of energy medicine developed by GrandMaster Choa Kok Sui that utilizes prana to balance, harmonize and transform the body's energy processes. Prana is a Sanskrit word that means life-force.
Psychic readers offer intuitive guidance about a variety of life issues. Some readers use tools such as cards, runes, tea leaves of other tools of divination to obtain their information, while other psychics use their intuitive sense exclusively without the use of tools.
QigongPractitioners of qigong develop an awareness of qi sensations (energy) in their body for self-healing, with the potential to emit external qi for the purpose of healing others.
Quantum-TouchAn energy healing modality that applies the principles of resonance and entrainment to facilitate healing.
Readings come in many forms. They may include the use of divination tools such as cards, stones or palms, or they may be readings of information perceived directly through etheric fields including psychic, auric and mediumistic readings. All readings involve skills of perception, intuition and interpretation, and the best readings will come through readers who have developed those skills the most. Trust your instincts and intuition when selecting a reader, the little spark that makes one listing stand out from the others.
By using focused circular breathing techniques, a rush of healing energy is created, assisting in the release of long-held psychological or physical pain.
Reconnective HealingAs taught by Dr. Eric Pearl, this form of healing called The Reconnection utilizes evolutionary frequencies of a bandwidth that allow us to reconnect to the universe via a unique spectrum of light and information.
To stimulate the flow of energy and release blockages that cause pain and disease, pressure is applied to precise reflex points on the feet, hands or ears which correspond to every body part including internal organs and glands. Although reflexology is not a licensed modality, the American Reflexology Certification Board (www.arcb.net) was created in 1991 to recognize competent professionals in the field by offering national certification to practitioners who meet certain educational and skill standards.
Distant relaxation or hand placement in specific positions hovering slightly above or lightly upon the body, channels universal life energy to organs and glands, balances all body points (e.g. the chakras), and can be applied to self or others, including animals and plants, for all types of healing potential.
Sandtray TherapyUses miniatures in a sandtray to creatively express feelings, world experiences and beliefs.
Shamanic healing techniques are 30,000 to 40,000 years old and are still practiced worldwide by both indigenous peoples and others who are called to this work. Sometimes known as spirit doctors or medicine men, shamans view illness as disharmony in a person's life on the spiritual level. A shaman addresses the spiritual aspect of illness by making journeys into what is called “non-ordinary reality” or a universe parallel to our own. There the shaman meets spirit helpers in the form of animals or human teachers who perform the healing work with the shaman acting as a conduit.
Shamballa Multi-dimensional Healing
Shamballa Multi-dimensional Healing is called multi-dimensional because it is a channeled form of energy healing that can reach the imbalances that occur from the deepest levels of cellular memory to the highest vibrational levels of our multi-dimensional aspects.
ShiatsuJapanese system of healthcare that promotes health, revitalization and release of physical tension through the use of finger and palm pressure along energy meridians of the body.
Sound healing is the therapeutic application of sound frequencies to the body/mind of a person with the intention of bringing them into a state of harmony and health.
Based on indigenous and feng shui practices, space clearing refers to clearing your space (generally indoors) on an energetic level through means of sage or other burning herbs or resins, candles, lights, drums, bells, rattles, prayers or other words or rituals.
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Learn how to manage and reduce stress with a variety of practitioners, techniques and classes. Healthy supplements and superfoods can also assist greatly in stress reduction.
The tarot is a deck of 72 cards used as a divination tool in intuitive readings, with hundreds of varieties of tarot decks in existence. The symbology of the tarot can provide helpful information about any life question.
Thai massage uses passive stretching and gentle pressure along the body’s energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension and balance the body’s energy systems. Thai massage takes place on a futon mat on the floor with the recipient wearing loose fitting clothing. The therapist uses his or her whole body, including feet, to move your body into various positions, which is why some people call Thai massage “doing yoga without any effort.” Thai massage is both deeply relaxing and energizing.
Therapeutic Touch (TT) is a contemporary energy healing modality drawn from ancient practices and developed by Dora Kunz and Dolores Krieger, RN. It is performed by practitioners trained to be sensitive to a client's energy field, but requires no physical touch.
Thermography (European and Digital Infrared Imaging)
Metabolic activity and vascular circulation in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in normal breast tissue, and detectable through ultra sensitive thermography equipment. Thermography can safely replace mammogram testing.
ThetaHealingBy changing your brain wave cycle to include the theta state, you can tap into God's unconditional love to create physical and emotional healing.
Often practiced as distance healing, Tong Ren combines Western knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the ancient principle of chi. Using a small human anatomical model as an energetic representation of the patient, the practitioner directs chi to blockage points corresponding to the patient’s condition. As blood flow, neural transmission and hormone reception are restored the body is then able to heal.
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Holistic vision improvement offers a return to clearer vision and greater awareness by changing the way you use your eyes. Learn more by reading Good News for Your Eyesight with important eye care information.
A vision quest is an indigenous rite of passage and means to find spiritual guidance or purpose for one’s life. Non-native people can also participate in a vision quest under the guidance of a trained facilitator.
Weight management programs can include products, therapies and techniques involving all levels of healing including body, mind and spirit.
A wellness consultant assesses an individual's personal habits, and then makes recommendations based on exercise, nutrition, and stress management, helping their clients to lead healthier lifestyles on many levels.
Wicca is a neo-pagan, nature-based religion centering gods and goddesses. Also known as witchcraft.
Yoga is an ancient system of physical and mental practices that originated in India over 3000 years ago. The branch of yoga most popularly recognized in America is hatha yoga, which works with the body on a structural level helping to align the vertebrae, increase flexibility, stregthen muscles, and tone internal organs. Hatha yoga rejuvenates the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and nervous systems of the body and is also noted for decreasing stress and increasing overall well-being.