The Mystical Shaman
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What is Shamanism?
Shamanism is an ancient practice of connecting with the planet Earth and the whole web of life. This healing path has been used for over 500,000 years. It believes that the natural world has 2 aspects: First, the ordinary, everyday awareness (our habits, beliefs, social mindsets, cultural conditioning). And second, the non-ordinary awareness accessed through altered states or deep meditative states induced by repetitive drumming (3-4 beats per second for 15 min). Transported by the beat of the drum or rattle, the traveler journeys to the inner planes of consciousness.
At the heart of all shamanism is a sacred relationship with the spirit in all things. It’s about connecting with the spirit world in order to receive healing and guidance and it works on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual body.
What is a Shamanic Practitioner?
A Shamanic Practitioner is a person who can connect to the spirit world through a change in consciousness, and act as a bridge between that world and ordinary reality. In doing so, they benefit the community by helping heal people, the planet, and the spirit world. A shaman sees visions, connects with helping spirits/advisory guides, journeys, use intuition, and their second sight to help heal members of the community.
People seeking shamanic healing often sense something’s the matter but are not sure what’s the source. Often, they’ve tried many other healing methods and nothing really changed.
When a Shamanic Healing is beneficial?
After you have gone through a traumatic experience, regardless of how big or small the trauma was.
If you feel like you have lost a part of yourself.
If you feel like you need to become more deeply connected to yourself.
If you are having a hard time releasing from things, people or addictions you no longer wish to be attached to.
If you feel like you need to clear out old karma to move forward freely in your life.
When you want to learn how to connect with your power animals and spirit guides.
If you feel like you’re being restrained in your life but don’t know why.
When you’re not sure what direction to take next in life.
If you feel like there’s a negative energy around you.
When you have experienced the loss of someone close.
You experience feelings of depression, detachment, loss of self-worth, self-loathing, drained, feeling of loss, unexplainable sadness, confusion, unexplained irritability, self-destruction, animosity, un-empowered, or being weighed down.
You might feel something is wrong in your life and you can’t put your finger on what it is.
Maybe overthinking or your self-doubt keeps you from reaching your dreams.
You might feel burdened by other people’s energy and want help maintain better boundaries.
You want to change old patterns and live your full potential.
Nothing really makes you feel better. You’re detached, as if life is passing you by, and you want to regain your vital essence/energy.
You know you deserve to be loved and appreciated but you’re not sure how to get there.
Your tired of isolation or not fitting in and want ways to live a full, connected life.
What a Shamanic Healing can do:
Clear out any old karma, leaving you refreshed to bring anything you want into your life.
Help release any negative feelings and anything that is not for your highest good.
Reintegrate lost pieces of your soul to make you feel whole or like yourself again.
Help you to connect with the deeper parts of yourself
Help you to work with the unresolved parts of yourself.
Connect you with your power animals and/or spirit guides.
Help you to understand certain blockages in your life and release them.
Cut cords to people, things, or addictions.
Help you find the path you should be on.
Help you enhance your relationships with your loved ones.
Bring you a deeper understanding of your life.
Help you to love and accept yourself.
Help to improve your mental state.
Release yourself from old vows that you have made.
Address deep trauma that other healing modalities haven’t touched. The limbic (pre-verbal) brain doesn’t respond to words, so talk therapy may give you understanding but not alter the trauma.
Whether you suffer from self-doubt or a broken heart, abandonment or loneliness, shamanic healing can help you find new pathways, shift your thinking, and support and nurture you as your heal.
Glossary of Healing Techniques & Tools
Acupressure - Based on the same system as acupuncture, but fingers and hands are used instead of stimulation with needles in order to restore the balanced flow of the body's life energy (qi or chi, pronounced "chee"). This force moves through the body along 12 energy pathways, or meridians, which practitioners unblock and strengthen.
Acupuncture - An ancient Oriental technique that stimulates the body's ability to sustain and balance itself, based on the theory that an electromagnetic life-force (qi or chi) is channeled in a continuous flow throughout the body via a network of meridians. Disease is understood as an imbalance in the meridian system. Diagnosis of an imbalance is made by "reading" the pulse, face, tongue and body energy. To correct it, a practitioner inserts acupuncture needles at specific points along the meridians to stimulate or disperse the flow of life-force.
Alexander Technique - A system of re-educating the body and mind to support and facilitate proper posture and ease of moment. Through gentle manual guidance, accompanied by verbal directions, the Alexander teacher coaches the student to become aware of unnecessary tension and to unlearn long-standing patterns of movement. The Alexander technique is an established method for helping to improve chronic conditions, including: back, shoulder or neck pain; nervous tension; poor coordination; breathing problems; and vocal strain. It is frequently used by athletes and performing artists to improve performance level.
Applied Kinesiology – The study of muscles and their movement. A method of testing muscles to find imbalances in the body. Applied kinesiology tests the relative strength and weakness of selected muscles to identify decreased function in body organs and systems, as well as imbalances and restrictions in the body’s energy flow. Some tests use acupuncture meridians and others analyze interrelationships among muscles, organs, the brain and the body’s energy field. Rebalancing using massage of lymphatic areas, holding neurovascular points, running acupuncture meridians, holding acupuncture points, finding the proper nutritional support and addressing emotional aspects that are involved. Applied kinesiology is also used to check the body’s response to treatments that are being considered.
Aromatherapy - An ancient healing art that uses the essential oils of herbs and flowers to treat emotional disorders, such as stress, anxiety and a wide range of other ailments. Oils are massaged into the skin, inhaled or added to a water bath. Often used in conjunction with massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, herbology, chiropractic or other holistic treatments.
Art Therapy - Uses the creative process of making art to improve and enhance physical, mental and emotional well-being, and to deepen self-awareness. The therapist makes a diagnosis nd determines treatment plans by encouraging a client to express his or her feelings and unconscious thoughts through the nonverbal creative process and by observing the forms and content c
Astrology - The study of the interaction between the planets, stars and the astrological signs. The relationships between them and their interactions are mathematically based, and Astrology studies these mathematical cycles. Each Sign represents a different aspect of the whole human; Aries starts the cycle, representing the Self, and Pisces completes it, representing the mass unconscious of all mankind. In between, each other Sign carries the energy of a different phase of (wo)man’s evolution within the universe.
Ayurvedic Medicine - Practiced in India for the past five thousand years, Ayurvedic (meaning “science of life’) is a comprehensive system that combines natural therapies with a highly personalized approach to treatment of disease. It focuses on achieving and maintain perfect health via the balance of the elements air, fire and water (illness is considered an excess of any element.) A patient's body type - determined according to ayurvedic principles - is the basis for individualized dietary regimens and other preventive therapeutic interventions. Ayurvedic medicine places equal emphasis on body, mind and spirit, and strives to restore the innate harmony of the individual.
Bioenergetics - A psychotherapy that works through the body to engage the emotions. Performing specified postures and exercises causes the release of layers of chronic muscular tension and defensiveness, termed "body armor". The unlocking of feelings creates the opportunity for understanding and integrating them.
Biofeedback - A relaxation technique that monitors internal body states. Quantum biofeedback is a computerized energetic device that detects and assesses imbalances in the body, then emits healthy, balancing frequencies back to the body. It works by reducing the stresses on a body at the electro-magnetic level caused by food, toxins, hormones, nutrient deficiencies, allergies, parasites, emotions, environment, genetics, and lifestyle. The system searches for stress patterns in the body and then administers appropriate therapies to help the body correct any imbalances found. By consciously thinking, visualizing, moving and relaxing, they learn which activities produce desirable changes in the internal processes being monitored.
Bodywork - The term bodywork refers to therapies such as massage, deep tissue manipulation, movement awareness, and energy balancing, which are employed to improve the structure and functions of the human body. Bodywork in all its forms helps to reduce pain, soothe injured muscles, stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation, and promote deep relaxation and enable the body to rally its own recuperative powers.
Breath Work - The human breath has long been honored as a powerful pathway within the self to relieve pain, release blocked emotions, and deepen states of spirituality. Indian “prana,” Chinese “chi” and Japanese “ki” refer to the power of breath and its basic life force energy which enable all living things. When we restrict this life force we create disharmony and dis-ease. Breath Work uses the full dynamics of our natural breathing path to open restricted patterns to access both the inner world and the higher self for personal healing and well-being. Practices such as Rebirthing, Hypnosis, Yoga, Chi Kung and Shamanic healing are all forms of this transformational tool.
Brennan Healing Science (BHS) - BHS practitioners charge, clear and repair the human energy field which is the foundation of physical, emotional, and spiritual health. The luminescent energy field (LEF) is made up of 7 layers structured with differing frequencies and different functions. Repetitive patterns in the energy field indicates imbalances and disease. It was developed by former NASA scientist, Barbara Brennan, author of Hands of Light and Light Emerging.
Chelation Therapy - A safe, painless, nonsurgical medical procedure that improves metabolic and circulatory function by removing undesirable heavy metals - such as lead, mercury, cadmium and copper - from the body. A series of intravenous injections of the synthetic amino acid EDTA are administered, usually in an osteopathic or medical doctor's office. Over time, injections may halt the progress of the underlying condition that triggers the development of various degenerative conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, and cancer.
Chinese Medicine - Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the world's oldest and most complete systems of holistic health care. It combines the use of medicinal herbs, acupuncture, food therapy, massage and therapeutic exercise, along with the recognition that wellness in mind, body and emotions depends on the harmonious flow of life-force energy (qi or chi).
Chiropractic - Based on the premise that proper structural alignment permits free flow of nerve activity in the body. When spinal vertebrae are out of alignment, they put pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves radiating from it, potentially leading to diminished function and illness. Misalignment can be caused by physical trauma, poor posture and stress. Through adjustments of the spine and joints, Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) can influence the body’s nervous system and natural defense mechanisms in order to alleviate pain and improve general health. Because of its effectiveness in treating back problems, headaches, and other injuries and traumas, chiropractic has become the second largest primary health care field in the world.
Colon Hydrotherapy - An internal bath that washes away old toxic waste accumulated along the walls of the color. The absorption of nutrients is enhanced when the colon is cleansed. This safe and painless process involves infusing filtered and temperature regulated water into the large intestine to dislodge impacted material and dilute bacteria and toxic concentrations. One colonic irrigation is the equivalent of approximately 4-6 enemas; it cleans out matter that collects in the pockets and kinks of the colon.
Color Therapy - Color therapists believe that the vibrations of color waves can directly affect the body's cells and organs. Thus, different hues can treat illnesses, and improve physical, emotional and spiritual health. Many practitioners also claim that the body emits an aura - or energy field, with colors reflecting a person's state of health. Color therapists apply colored lights or apply color mentally, through suggestion, to restore the body's physical and psychic health. Another related sensory healing technique is light therapy, which attempts to restore well-being and can be successful intreating seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Counseling/Psychotherapy - These terms encompass a broad range of practitioners, from career counselors - who offer advice and information - to psychotherapists treating depression, stress, addiction and emotional issues. Formats can vary from individual counseling to group therapy. In addition to verbal counseling techniques, some holistic therapists may use bodywork, ritual, energy healing and other alternative modalities as part of their practice.
Craniosacral Therapy - A holistic, hands-on technique involving gentle manipulation of the bones of the skull, the underlying meningeal membranes, and the nerve endings in the scalp. A practitioner is able to “listen” with their hands to what is called the cranial rhythmic impulse, which runs throughout our bodies.
Crystal/Gem Therapy - Practitioners use quartz crystals and gemstones for therapeutic and healing purposes, asserting that the substances have recognizable energy frequencies and the capacity to amplify other frequencies in the body. They also absorb and store frequencies and can essentially be programmed to help affect healing.
Dance/Movement Therapy - A method of expressing thoughts and feelings through movement, developed during the 1940's. Participants, guided by trained therapists, are encouraged to move freely, sometimes to music. Dance/Movement Therapy can be practiced by people of all ages to promote self-esteem and gain insight into their own emotional problems as it is also used to help those with serious mental and physical disabilities.
Decluttering - Based on the theory that clutter drains both physical and mental energy, decluttering involves 2 components. The first focuses on releasing things (clothing, papers, furniture, objects and ideas) that no longer serve a good purpose in one's life. The second focuses on creating a simple system of personal organization that is easy to maintain and guards against accumulating things that are neither necessary nor nourishing.
Detoxification - The practice of resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. According to some holistic practitioners, accumulated toxins can drain the body of energy and make it more susceptible to disease. Detoxification techniques may include fasts, special diets, sauna sweats and colon cleansing.
Dreamwork - Dreams contain metaphorical, symbolic, and archetypal language and images. Many are multilevel, with messages relevant to various aspects of one’s being: physical health, emotional well-being, and soul level. Dreams may contain literal information about potential future paths. Dreamwork explores meanings of dreams and reveals how the different layers relate to one’s life. The dreamer is the authority on the meaning(s) of the dream; the dreamworker(s) offer insights using the “if this were my dream” format. Shamanistic dreamwork includes shamanic journeying on the dream images.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) - An advanced, rapid therapy approach for stress-related symptoms, traumatic memories, and to shift core beliefs. With bi-lateral stimulation of both sides of the brain, EMDR allows the brain to reprocess the experience and go for a healthy resolution. The eye movements process the unconscious material like what is happening in REM or dream sleep and unlock the nervous system which allows re-integration of positive information and outcome. Your own brain with this technology does the healing and you are in control.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) - A self-help procedure founded by Gary Craig uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form fingertip tapping on 12 key acupuncture meridian points while focusing on an emotional issue or health challenge. Unresolved or "stuck" negative emotions, caused by a disruption in the body's energy system, are seen as major contributors to most physical pains an diseases. Over 20 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems.
Energy Field Work - The art and practice of realigning and re-attuning the body between the physical, and the etheric and auric fields to assist in natural healing processes. Working directly with the energy field in and around the body, the practitioner channels and directs energy into the cells, tissues and organs of the patient’s body to affect healing on physical and nonphysical levels simultaneously. Sessions may or may not involve the physical laying on of hands.
Environmental Medicine - Explores the role of dietary and environmental allergens in health and illness. Factors such as dust, mold, chemicals and certain foods may cause allergic reactions that can dramatically influence diseases, ranging from asthma and hay fever to headaches and depression.
Enzyme Therapy - Can be an important first step in restoring health and well-being by helping to remedy digestive problems. Plant and pancreatic enzymes are used in complementary ways to improve digestion and absorption of essential nutrients. Treatment includes enzyme supplements, coupled with a healthy diet that features whole foods.
Essential Oils - Inside many plants—hidden in roots, seeds, flowers, bark—are concentrated, highly potent chemical compounds. These natural compounds are essential oils. Essential oils give a plant its scent, protect it from hazardous environmental conditions, and even assist it with pollination, among other important functions and benefits. Pure essential oils offer an alternative to synthetic products. Essential oils are more than just natural products. Each with a unique chemical makeup, essential oils have dozens of benefits for the body and mind. Essential oil benefits are determined by the chemistry of the plants. If these natural chemicals are properly extracted, they can be used to help you physically, mentally, and emotionally in your daily life.
Feldenkrais Method® – A unique body and brain improvement system designed by the physicist Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais to help those with physical problems & chronic pain, as well as to improve movement for athletes, musicians, actors, dancers. These "kinks in the brain," are learned movement patterns that may have been adopted to compensate for a physical injury or to accommodate individuality in the social world. Students unlearn unworkable movements and discover better, personalized ways to move, using mind-body principles of slowed action, breathing, awareness and thinking about their feelings. This method allows muscles to center bones, clarifies orientation in time and space, and activates new neural pathways.
Feng Shui – The ancient Chinese art of intentionally arranging the spaces in which we live and work to facilitate harmonious qi or chi - or energy flow -, so that they comfort and nurture and fully support and help us manifest what we need and want. Following the principles of feng shui, we place our furniture, introduce color and accessories, apply cures, and use our intention to create abundance, joy, and harmony in our lives.
Flower Remedies – Flower essences are recognized for their ability to improve well-being by eliminating negative emotions. In the 1930s, English physician Edward Bach concluded that negative emotions could lead to physical illness. His research also convinced him that flowers possessed healing properties that could be used to treat emotional problems. In the 1970s, Richard Katz completed Bach’s work and established the Flower Essence Society, which has registered some 100 essences from flowers in more than 50 countries.
Functional Medicine – A personalized medicine that focuses on primary prevention and deals with underlying causes, instead of symptoms, for serious chronic diseases. Treatments are grounded in nutrition and improved lifestyle habits and may make use of medications. The discipline uses a holistic approach to analyze and treat interdependent systems of the body and to create the dynamic balance integral to good health.
Guided Imagery or Creative Visualization – Uses positive thoughts, images and symbols to focus the mind on the workings of the body to accomplish a particular goal, desired outcome or physiological change, such as pain relief or healing of disease. It is in the body-mind where we hold perceptions of the past, in the form of emotions and images. Our beliefs are different because our perceptions of the past are unique. Though imagery we can disengage beliefs that interfere with a healthy life.
Healing Touch – an energy (biofield) therapy that encompasses a group of non-invasive techniques that utilize the hands to clear, energize, and balance the human and environmental energy fields. With some similarities to Reiki, Healing Touch offers more techniques for physical, emotional and spiritual balancing. Herbal Body Wraps – An excellent detoxifying treatment. A fleece sheet is soaked in an infusion of blended herbs then wrapped around the body. The body is then kept very warm with the addition of additional heated blankets for 20 minutes letting the herbs draw out impurities.
HeartMath® Technology – An innovative approach to improving emotional wellbeing. Learn to change your heart rhythm pattern to create physiological coherence; a scientifically measurable state characterized by increased order and harmony in our mind, emotions and body.
Herbalism or Herbal Medicine – This oldest form of medicine uses natural plants in a wide variety of forms for their therapeutic value. Western herbalism, like the much older system of traditional Chinese Medicine are forms of the healing arts that draw from the herbal traditions of Europe, the Americas and Asia. Both Western and Eastern forms of herbalism emphasize the study and use of naturally occurring substances in the treatment and prevention of illness.
Holistic Medicine – That form of alternative medicine which focuses on (a) personal accountability for one’s health; (b) the human body’s ability to heal itself; and (c) balancing the body, mind, and spirit with the environment.
Homeopathy – A natural pharmaceutical science that utilizes substances from the plant, mineral, and animal kingdoms and is based on the premise that these naturally occurring substances can cure disease symptoms similar to those they produce if taken in overdose. Homeopathy, taken from the Greek words homeos, meaning "similar", and pathos, meaning "suffering", employs the concept that "like cures like". Each medicine is individually prescribed according to how it stimulates the immune and defense systems of the sick person.
Hydrotherapy – The use of water, ice, steam, and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full-body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation, and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used at home as part of a self-care program.
Hyperbaric Therapy – Mild Hyperbaric Therapy consists of relaxing in an enclosed chamber or bag in which the internal pressure is increased 4-7 pounds more than atmospheric pressure. The increase in pressure causes free oxygen to become saturated in the fluids of the body, allowing the more oxygen to cross the cell membrane, thus increasing cellular oxygen. Increased cellular oxygen improves cellular function and efficiency.
Hypnotherapy – Hypnotic techniques allow practitioners to bypass the conscious mind and access the subconscious. The altered state that occurs under hypnosis can induce everything from a light to a heavy hypnotic state to help a client overcome psychological or physical problems, overcome a craving for cigarettes or overeating, managing chronic pain from an illness/accident, reducing or eliminating fears, and a wide variety of other issues to be overcome.
Integrative Medicine – This holistic approach combines conventional Western medicine with complementary alternative treatments in order to simultaneously treat mind, body and spirit. Geared to the promotion of health and the prevention of illness, it neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies, without serious evaluation.
Intuitive Arts – A general term for various methods of divination, such as numerology, psychic reading and tarot reading. Individuals may consult practitioners to seek information about the future or insights into personal concerns or their personality. Numerology emphasizes the significance of numbers derived from the spelling of names, birth dates and other significant references; psychics may claim various abilities, from finding lost objects and persons to communicating with the spirits of the dead. Tarot readers interpret a deck of cards containing archetypal symbols.
Iridology – Analysis of the delicate structure of the iris, the colored portion of the eye, to reveal information about conditions within the body. More than 90 specific zones on each iris—for a combined total of more than 180 zones—correspond to specific areas of the body. Because body weaknesses are often noticeable in the iris long before they are discernible through blood work or other laboratory analysis, iridology can be a useful tool for preventive self-care.
Jin Shin (or Jin Shin Jyutsu) – A gentle, non-invasive, energy-balancing art and philosophy that embodies a life of simplicity, calmness, patience and self-containment. Practitioners employ simple acupressure techniques, using their fingers and hands on a fully clothed client to help eliminate stress, create emotional equilibrium, relieve pain, and alleviate acute or chronic conditions.
Kundalini – Divine spiritual energy that lies coiled at the base of the spine. Once awakened, it travels upward through the chakra system, until it reaches the crown chakra. Once stabilized in the crown, the individual self merges into the supreme self, (enlightenment) and the cycle of reincarnation comes to an end.
Lapa’au – a Hawaiian healing art practiced for thousands of years in Polynesia. During the healing session the practitioner becomes a bridge for healing, connecting the spirit of one or more Lapa’au Kahunas, the client, and the energies of the client’s Aumakua (personal guardian spirits). The client’s energy is balanced, distorted thought forms (that may result in illness) are removed, and energy links draining the client are disconnected. When the client is a healer, the work takes place under the guidance of a higher level of Aumakua on multiple planes at the same time. The healer’s energy level is optimized for their own unique characteristics and abilities.
Lomilomi Massage – Hawaiian for “rub rub”, Lomilomi is a massage technique that’s been handed down from ancient Hawaiian healers. The stroke used are similar to the shiatsu technique of Japan but are gentler and shorter. Pressure wit the fingers at certain points is also part of the technique, but is it of shorter duration than most acupressure. Two identifying techniques of authentic Lomilomi are the emphasis on spirit-body connection and the use of the forearm and elbow as a massage tool.
Magnetic Field Therapy – Electromagnetic energy and the human body have a vital and valid interrelationship, making it possible to use magnetic field therapy as an aid in diagnosing and treating physical and emotional disorders. This process is reported to relieve symptoms and may, in some cases, retard the cycle of new diseases. Magnets and electromagnetic therapy devices are now being used to eliminate pain, facilitate the healing of broken bones and counter the effects of stress.
Manual Lymph Drainage Therapy – A hands-on technique designed to attain and sustain proper functioning of the human fluid system. The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body’s ability to drain stagnant fluids, detoxify, regenerate tissues, filter out toxins and foreign substances, and maintain a healthy immune system.
Massage Therapy – A general term for the manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes. Massage therapy incorporates various disciplines and involves kneading, rubbing, brushing and tapping the muscles and connective tissues by hand or using mechanical devices. Its goal is to increase circulation and detoxification in order to reduce physical and emotional stress and increase overall wellness.
Maya Abdominal Massage or ATMAT – Ancient Maya healing techniques that eliminate the primary cause of reproductive and digestive complaints in men and women, the congested pelvis and abdomen, thereby preventing the progression of symptoms to chronic disease.
Medical Intuitive – Medical Intuition is a tool to give an accurate portrait of what is going on in a client’s body by paying close attention to gain accurate insight into the presenting symptoms of a client. The body offers much information to be shared such as the roots and influences of the present condition, what it wants and does not want and a physical, emotional/spiritual portrait of what is currently going on.
Meditation – The intentional directing of attention to one’s inner self. Methods and practices to achieve a meditative state are based upon various principles using the body or mind; they may also employ control or letting-go mechanisms. Techniques include the use of imagery, mantras, observation and the control of breathing. Research has shown that regular meditation can contribute to psychological and physiological well-being. As a spiritual practice, meditation is used to facilitate a mystical sense of oneness with a higher power or the Universe. It can also help reduce stress and alleviate stress-related ailments, such as anxiety and high blood pressure.
Mediumship – A medium professes to mentally see, hear and/or sense persons or entities in a spiritual dimension, and convey messages from them to people in the physical world. Readings focus on evidential messages from recognizable personalities in the spirit world. The messages are delivered as guidance for one’s “highest good”.
Myofascial Release – Fascia is a tough connective tissue which spreads throughout the body in a three dimensional web from head to foot without interruption. Trauma, posture or inflammation can create a binding down of the fascia resulting in excessive pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, osseous structures, and/or organs. The Myofascial Approach consists of the gentle application of sustained pressure into the fascial restrictions which relies on feedback received by the Therapist through the patient’s tissue. Myofascial Release can help by addressing the cause of the problem to eliminate the symptoms and allow the body to make permanent changes resuming a healthy active life style.
Naturopathic Medicine, Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) – Naturopathic medicine is a distinct and comprehensive system of primary health care practiced by a naturopathic doctor for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human health conditions, injuries, and disease. Naturopathic doctors are state-licensed practitioners who perform physical exams, order lab testing, and prescribe a variety of natural treatments, including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, exercise, and hormone replacement therapy. COMBINE WITH NATUROPATHY
Naturopathy – A comprehensive and eclectic system whose philosophy is based upon working in harmony with the body’s natural healing abilities. Naturopathy incorporates a broad range of natural methods and substances aimed to promote health. Training may include the study of specific approaches, including massage, manipulation, acupuncture, acupressure, counseling, applied nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy and minor surgery, plus basic obstetrics for assistance with natural childbirth. A system of Natural Healing which, only through natural methods, assesses and cares for the health of the patient. Naturopathy is concerned with both a healthy lifestyle and the prevention of disease, and also with the use of natural therapeutics in the treating of human conditions such as: Pain, Injury, and any Physical, Chemical or Mental conditions. Naturopathy uses a philosophy of practice which bases its treatments of physiological functions and conditions, upon where the natural laws governing the human body have not been adhered to.
Neurofeedback – A process that enables an individual to bring about an enduring improved state of function or being. Feedback is instantly and consistently given to the brain through audio and/or visual cues according to EEG (brainwave) measurement. Over time, the learning endures without continued use of an instrument. The first use of neurofeedback enabled people to be free of seizures without medication or surgery. Subsequent studies with humans with conditions including ADHD, Tics, Depression, Anxiety, Sleep Problems, Headaches, and other brain disregulations found that those conditions could also be remediated by brainwave feedback.
Neuro-Linguistic Patterning (NLP) - A systematic approach to changing the limiting patterns of thought, behavior and language. Through conversation, practitioners observe the client's language, eye movements, posture, breathing and gestures in order to detect and help change unconscious patterns linked to the client's emotional state. It is a useful model of beliefs and techniques that offer a way to use the mind and body to achieve excellence in learning, business, counseling, relationships, sports and other experiences of life.
Numerology - A component of astrology, though often not combined. It is the stand-alone science of numbers—in one’s birth blueprint, year cycles, dates, and names. By understanding how to read the map of your blueprint, you’ll have the self-empowerment to steer your life much more efficiently.
Osteopathic Medicine - A form of conventional medicine that, in part, emphasizes diseases arising in the musculoskeletal system with an underlying belief that all of the body’s systems work together, and disturbances in one system may affect function elsewhere in the body, Some osteopathic physicians (sometimes known as DO or osteopath) practice osteopathic manipulation, a full body system of hands-on techniques to alleviate pain, restore function, and promote health & well-being.
Past Life Regression - Past life and regression therapies operate on the assumption that many physical, mental and emotional challenges are extensions of unresolved problems from the past, either childhood traumas or experiences in previous lifetimes. The practitioner uses hypnosis or other altered states of consciousness and relaxation techniques to access the source of this “unfinished business”, and helps clients to analyze, integrate and release past traumas that are interfering with their current lives.
Pranic Healing® – 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. This invisible bio-energy or vital energy keeps the body alive and maintains a state of good health.
PSYCH-K® – A set of simple, self-empowering process to change your beliefs and perceptions that impact your life at a cellular level. Applied Kinesiology, or muscle testing, is utilized to establish communication with higher self and sub-consciousness mind.
Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) – an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that combines meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises to enhance the flow of qi or chi in the body, improve circulation and enhance immune function. Qi is a concept from traditional Chinese culture that roughly means vital energy, information, breath or spirit.
Reconnective Healing® - Utilizes new frequencies to allow for the healing of the body, mind, and spirit. These energies, currently being researched by Dr. J. Schwartz at the University of Arizona, are highly palpable and continue working long after the healing session has ended. Initiated without specific intention they result in the healing your body truly needs, not necessarily what you requested or expected. After the initial one to three sessions, there is no need to return for additional work on that particular issue or illness.
The Reconnection™ – Originally the meridian lines, sometimes called acupuncture lines, on our bodies were connected to the grid lines that encircle the earth. These grid lines were designed to continue outward and connect us to a vastly larger grid, tying us into the entire universe. Over time, we became disconnected from these lines. The Reconnection brings in “new” axiatonal lines that reconnect us to these grid lines. The unique vibratory levels and frequencies they bring in contribute to healing through the reconnection of DNA strands, and ultimately our personal evolution by providing the means to reconnect with our purpose.
Reflexology – A natural healing art based upon the principle that there are reflexes in the feet and hands that correspond to every part of the body. The application of pressure, stretch and movement to the feet and hands to effect corresponding parts of the body. Reflexologists view the feet, ears and hands as a mirror image of the body. By applying technique a reflexologist can break up patterns of stress in other parts of the body. Stress is a barrier to the body’s return to a normal state of equilibrium.
Reiki – A therapy based on Eastern concepts of energy flow and the 7 energy centers in the human body. The purpose of treatment is to heal emotional, spiritual, and physical, pain through the transmission of universal life-force energy, called “ki” in Japanese. It is believed that “ki” - qi or chi - flows throughout the universe, and that Reiki connects humans in a more direct way to this universal source. Practitioners use light hand placements to channel healing energies to organs and glands or to align the body’s chakras (energy centers). Various techniques can ease emotional and mental distress, heal chronic and acute physical problems, and achieve spiritual focus and clarity. Reiki can be a valuable addition to the work of chiropractors, massage therapists, nurses and others for whom the use of touch is essential and appropriate. Reiki is used for the healing of animals as well as people.
Rolfing® Structural Integration – Rolfing is a holistic, hands on, deep tissue modality that manipulates and changes the myofascial system - which is composed of the muscles and the connective tissue, or fascia - in order to restore the body’s natural alignment and sense of integration. The range and freedom of physical and emotional expression increases as the body is released from old patterns and postures. Through educated touch and movement education, a client’s posture and structure, their whole being is reorganizes within the field of gravity. Rolfing can help ease pain and chronic stress, enhance neurological functioning, improve posture and restore flexibility.
Shamanism – An ancient system of healing based on spiritual practices present in most indigenous cultures. The shaman acquires knowledge, wisdom and spiritual power from personal helping spirits encountered on journeys into other realities. They return with vital information about healing. Shamans are considered “walkers between the worlds” and retrievers of souls. Shamanic healing usually involves induction into an altered state of consciousness and journeying into the spirit world to regain personal power and to access the powers of nature and of teachers. Shamanic healing may be taken literally or employed symbolically; the tradition can be both self-empowering and self-healing.
Shiatsu - A Japanese form of physical therapy and therapeutic massage, based on Traditional Chinese medicine. The most widely known form of acupressure, shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning finger pressure. It combines massage, gentle physical manipulation, and pressure along channels or rivers of energy called meridians. Used to release tension and strengthen weak areas in order to facilitate even circulation, cleanse cells and improve the function of vital organs.
Somatic Experiencing (SE) – A therapeutic model designed for the treatment of trauma and associated symptoms, developed by Dr. Peter Levine. SE uses gentle self-awareness techniques to direct the energy of the nervous system in a way that corrects imbalances and restores it’s natural equilibrium. This results in reduced activation in the body and mind, bringing a greater sense of ease, balance and aliveness. SE is effective in the treatment of emotional, mental and physical symptoms of trauma including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and syndromes such as fibromyalgia. SE is used around the world to assist people recover from trauma, including accidents, disasters, and war.
Sound Therapy/Vibrational Healing – A range of therapies in which sound is used to treat physical and mental conditions based on the theory that all of life vibrates, including people’s bodies. Treatment by sound waves is believed to restore that healthy balance to the body. The healing sound is transmitted to the affected area of the body and may be produced by any number of methods including voice, chanting bowls, drums, bell, tuning forks and/or music. Sound healing also is used to bring discordant energy into balance and harmony.
Tai Chi – Tai Chi was originally a self-defense martial art descended from Qigong and employed to promote inner peace and calm. It combines movement, meditation and breath regulation to enhance the flow of vital energy in the body, improve blood circulation, and enhance immune functions. Tai Chi is one of the most broadly applicable systems of self-care in the world. In China, it is estimated that 200 million people practice Tai Chi everyday. Therapeutic Touch – A non-invasive, holistic approach to healing which stimulates the receiver’s own recuperative powers. It is a modern form of laying-on-of-hands and is based on principles of an energy exchange between people. It is most useful to reduce or eliminate pain, promote healing, and elicit a relaxation response.
ThetaHealing® – A powerful Energy Healing modality using Theta brainwaves and the creative power of the Universe to heal the physical body and to clear negative beliefs & fears held in the muscular tissue and organs. Other techniques facilitated by this process include seeing and speaking with your Guardian Angels, viewing inside the human body, remote viewing, healing and speaking with plants and animals, manifesting your Soul Mate, and more.
Vita Flex is a specialized form of manual stimulation at specific reflex points throughout the body to produce therapeutic electrical voltages and currents based upon the piezoelectric properties of the human skin.
Watsu – Aquatic bodywork involving stretching and Shiatsu which is applied while being floated in warm water. The water temperature (95† – 97† F) is ideal for experiencing a sensation of deep relaxation. Gentle stretching increases flexibility and strengthens muscles.
Womb Chakra Healing – The Womb Chakra is the place where the spark of the creation energy is hidden in us, women and men, and it is beyond all other chakras. The Womb Chakra Healings are a series of nine in-person, hands on healings, helping to disconnect and heal from past relationships, create healthy boundaries, and nourish fulfilling relationships. Purifying and maintaining the vibrations of the Womb Chakra empowers us to take care of ourselves and become amazing healers for others.
Yantra – A geometric image based in the tantric yoga tradition. One can use a it for meditation, inspiration, concentration, energy alignment, and transformation. A yantra creates an opening into sacred space. The vibrational qualities of the yantra will resonate with the vibrational aspects of one’s body, mind, and consciousness.
Yoga – Practical application of the ancient Indian Vedic teachings. The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj which means “union” or “to join”, and refers to the joining of man’s physical, mental and spiritual elements. A general term for a range of body-mind practices used to access consciousness and encourage physical and mental well-being. Yoga focuses physical exercises called asanas (or postures), controlled breathing, relaxation, meditation, and diet and nutrition. Forms of “physical” Yoga include Hatha (Iyengar, Bikram, Ananda, Astanga Vinyasa/Power, Phoenix Rising, etc.) and Kundalini.
Yoga Therapy – A one-on-one application of the philosophy and practices of yoga to directly and holistically facilitate healing. Techniques are chosen according to the individual client to resolve pain and blockages by supporting and nurturing the spine, nervous system, muscles, bones, joints, subtle channels, and the mind. While therapeutic approaches vary by yoga style, all promote non-invasive techniques that utilize yoga poses, breath, and wisdom for increasing prana (life force), tejas (energy) and ojas (resilience).