Glossary

Activator Methods Chiropractic Techique® - Evolved from nearly 40 years of empirical study and 15 years of clinical research, the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique (AMCT) uses the latest advances in orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic examinations to seek joint dysfunction in the spinal column and extremities for improved patient care. AMCT uses the Activator Adjusting Instrument to give consistent low-force, high-speed chiropractic adjustments.

Acupressure — A “finger pressure” massage therapy in which the thumbs and fingertips apply pressure on areas along the acupuncture meridians.

Acupuncture — Thin, solid, sterile stainless-steel needles are inserted into specific points to stimulate the body’s natural energy (Qi or Chi). In 1997, the National Institutes of Health officially recognized acupuncture as an effective treatment for pain and nausea.

Aikido — Aikido is an effective martial art known as “The Art of Peace.” Aikido goes far beyond pure self-defense techniques to include elements of philosophy, psychology and personal dynamics. The philosophy of Aikido is that we can resolve all disputes without anyone getting hurt.

Alexander Technique — This 100-year old method helps people to change habits that cause stiffness, pain, imbalance and poor posture. Highly trained practitioners use gentle hands-on guidance to bring a new awareness of how much muscular effort is used to sit, stand, bend, walk and reach. Thee are no exercises, instead, the student brings new ways of thinking and moving into everyday life.

Applied Shamanism — Applied Shamanism distills shamanic techniques from a variety of original contexts and adapts them into the modern therapeutic environment. Applied Shamanism requires a higher degree of participation from the client than traditional shamanic models. This participation provides the client with a powerful path toward personal empowerment and enables the client to manage his own therapeutic processes.

Aromatherapy — Pure essential oils are used to treat stress and anxiety as well as a wide range of other ailments. Aromatherapy is often used in conjunction with massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, herbology, chiropractic, and other methods of holistic healing.

Art Therapist — Art therapists are professionals trained in both art and therapy and hold a masters degree in art therapy or a related field. Art therapists are skilled in the application of a variety of art modalities for treatment and assessment as well as provide consultations to allied professionals. Educational, professional, and ethical standards for art therapists are regulated by AATA.

Ayurvedic Medicine — Ayurvedic medicine is India’s traditional, natural system of medicine that has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. The patient is classified according to three metabolic body types: vata, pitta and kapha. This complete holistic health system for mind, body, and spirit treats the patient as a whole rather than treating symptoms alone. It works as a preventative means of coping with imbalance and disease.

B.E.S.T Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique — A state of the art health care system that balances the body/mind/memory/soul energy fields. Through gentle touch, BEST removes the interferences in the autonomic nervous system that lead to conditions of disease. When the interferences to your original blueprint for health and wholeness are removed, the body's full healing potential is mobilized and balance is restored.

Bioenergy Balancing — A simple, yet powerful, form of deep dialogue and gentle intervention that works with your body’s biofield to create positive, lasting, sometimes dramatic change. It has been effective helping release allergies, food sensitivities, phobias, muscle tension, anxiety, panic attacks, digestive troubles, joint pain, and more.

Biofeedback — Using a biofeedback machine, practitioners teach patients how to control and change such autonomic body functions as blood pressure, heart rate, circulation, digestion, and perspiration. Through monitoring “feedback” using auditory or visual cues, users extend their understanding of physiological functioning far past the normal five senses.

Bodywork — A general term used to describe any type of manual, manipulative healing modality that aims to restore health of body mind and spirit. Some examples include massage, craniosacral therapy, acupressure and yoga therapy.

Bowen Therapy — Bowen Therapy is a healing touch modality using cross-fibre moves initiated over many acupuncture meridians in a sequential order. Due to the dynamic energy pulse inherent only in the Bowen technique, the body becomes relaxed, balanced, and reprogrammed according to its own natural blueprint of health.

Breathwork — A general term used to describe directed breathing patterns that take breath to a deeper level, thus improving one’s physical health as well as one’s mental and emotional state of being. Breathwork is an integral part of many types of spiritual/healing practices such as yoga, chi gong, and meditation.

Breema® — A traditional form of energy-balancing bodywork, unique in its focus on the practitioner instead of the client. Breema Bodywork uses non-efforting leans, holds, stretches, and brushes to simultaneously calm and vitalize the mind, body, and emotions of both “practitioner” and “recipient.”

Chinese Medicine — A holistic perspective on health and illness which treats the relationship of a symptom to the person as a whole. Traditional Chinese medicine encompasses a vast range of therapies including acupuncture, herbs, bodywork, exercise and diet.

Chiropractic — Modern chiropractors, following principles first developed by Daniel David Palmer (1845-1913), seek to improve general health by using forceful and/or gentle touch and movement to adjust the spinal vertebrae to their normal position. Licensed in all 50 states, chiropractic doctors make up the largest single group of alternative medicine practitioners in the United States.

CMR - Cellular Memory Release — A process of emotional education and healing that teaches you how to transform patterns that no longer serve you. By learning how to open up the energy contractions in your body, you can let go of what’s holding you back from your maximum potential.

Coaching — Instruction and direction provided by an experienced professional in a particular area/discipline: i.e., health, weight, business, spirituality, motivation.

Colon Hydrotherapy — Colon hydrotherapy cleanses the colon through gentle water infusions. Colonics are recommended for ailments such as constipation, psoriasis, acne, allergies, headaches, and are used for general health balance.

Cosmodic — Electronic device using advanced micro-current technology with biofeedback to fine tune, reprogram, and amplify your body"s natural healing system.

CranioSacral Therapy — This therapy is a system of full body evaluation and treatment that views the individual as an integrated whole and utilizes gentle, non-invasive techniques. The application of CST helps to enhance the body’s innate healing abilities and is helpful for many conditions, including chronic pain, headaches, immune system diseases, neurologic disorders, TMJ, postural imbalances, and more.

Crystal Healing — An alternative technique for strengthening the body and resolving issues and patterns. It is a process of bringing energy fields into perfect alignment.

Deep Memory Process — Also known as the Roger Woolger Method of Regression Therapy. It is a creative synthesis of Jung, Reich, Psychodrama, Gestalt, Body-Mind Therapy, Breath Consciousness, Working in the Human Energy Field, Spiritual Psychology and Shamanic Traditions.

Deep Muscle Massage — This unique technique combines German crossmuscle and Hawaiian Kahuna warrior massage. Deep Muscle Massage goes into the second and third layer of muscles, the ones close to and next to the bones. This integrating work across muscle fibers increases flexibility, with special focus on where the muscle feels the most resistant, the beginning(origin), middle(belly), end(insertion). This is key to reduction or erasure of pain and increased range of motion.

Depth Hypnosis — Depth Hypnosis is a therapeutic model that combines elements of Buddhism, hypnotherapy, shamanism, transpersonal psychology, and energy medicine. Practitioners use Depth Hypnosis singularly or in conjunction with other healing modalities, including psychotherapy, acupuncture, and massage.

DNA Repatterning — Using the Orion Technique which goes into the clients space (with permission) and views damaged, defective or misplaced genes, then being restored to the perfect function for that client.

Enneagram — The Enneagram describes nine personality types, each with its own motivations, concerns, and unique way of viewing life. In centuries past this nine-pointed diagram was used by religious groups for inner work and spiritual growth. Beginning in the 70’s, the Enneagram was developed by psychologists as a way of organizing a wealth of information about people and their patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. It is a valuable tool for individuals, therapists, educators, and business consultants.

Energy Healing — A physically non-invasive therapy that seeks to restore the natural, smooth flowing nature of the body’s energetic field by releasing stagnant, excessive and/or depleted energies from the body and its cells.

Esogetic Colorpuncture — A system of light therapy, which combines energetic principles of Chinese medicine with modern discoveries about the biophysics of light, and certain spiritual healing principles. Developed by Peter Mandel, a German naturopath, it involves the application of colored light frequencies to acupuncture points to transmit light through the body's energetic pathways to support the natural healing processes of the body.

Far Infrared Sauna — Far Infrared energy is part of the sun’s natural wavelength that is not visible to the human eye. Free of toxic electromagnetic fields, far infrared wavelengths penetrate deep into our muscle tissues, fat cells and organs inducing relaxation and promoting healthy sweating which can remove toxins and heavy metals from the body.

Feldenkrais® — The Feldenkrais Method® improves posture, coordination, flexibility and suppleness. Dr. Feldenkrais’s teachings are recognized as a dynamic methodology to improve neuromuscular control and biomechanical efficiency.

Feng Shui — Ancient Chinese practice of configuring home or work environments to enhance prosperity, promote good health and improve relationships by balancing the unseen Earth Element Energies in your environment.

Five Rythms — A form of free dance stemming from the work of Gabrielle Roth. The five rhythms, Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness form the Wave, a dance form that crosses the boundaries between art, therapy, Shamanic healing and spiritual impulse.

Flower Remedies — The use of flower essences to release emotional blockages and activate one’s higher abilities and soul purpose. It is sometimes used to break the cycle of addiction. The flower essences are made up of subtle liquid preparations made from the fresh blossoms of flowers, plants, bushes, and even trees.

Guided Imagery — This technique concentrates on using images or symbols to train the mind to create a definitive physiological or psychological effect. Practitioners may teach clients how to relieve physical problems caused by stress, such as tension headaches. The technique has also been effectively used in cancer treatment programs for pain management.

Healing Touch [CHTP] — Healing Touch is a program of energy techniques developed by a nurse, Janet Mentgen, in 1989. It is a Certificate program originally developed for the American Holistic Nurses Assoc. (AHNA). Healing Touch is used to accelerate wound healing, relieve pain, promote relaxation, and prevent illness.

Herbal Therapy — Natural plants or plant-based substances are used to treat a range of illnesses and to enhance the functioning of the body’s systems. Though herbal therapy is not a licensed professional modality in the U.S., herbs are prescribed by a range of practitioners, from holistic MD.’s to acupuncturists to naturopaths.

Homeopathy — Based on the hypothesis of “like cures like” and a deep emphasis on the principles of holistic medicine (treat the whole person). Homeopathic remedies work by stimulating the body’s own healing power by introducing tiny doses of natural substances that should stimulate a person’s immune system and defense system to correct itself naturally.

Hypnotherapy — An accepted technique in which hypnosis is used as a tool to treat a wide variety of psychological, behavioral and medically related problems. From helping people to overcome a craving for cigarettes to managing chronic pain from an illness or accident, trained hypnotherapists work with a wide variety of problems.

Integrated Awareness ® (IA) — IA is founded on the principle that movement at each level of consciousness—the mental, physical, energetic and emotional—affects movement of another. By exploring our habitual movement patterns, we become aware of limiting rules and inhibitions that prevent us from healing or manifesting what we most desire. Through touch, the IA processes guide us to find new choices that give us more freedom. When we feel increased freedom of movement, we experience life differently—feel less pain, enjoy a greater sense of fulfillment, and give ourselves permission to change.

Iridology — Based on the theory that each organ of the body can be matched to a corresponding section of the iris, iridologists have mapped 90 specific areas and 180 zones thought to reveal important information about the condition of the body.

Jin Shin Jyutsu — Uses light pressure on acupressure points along the body. Brings balance to the body’s energies, which promotes optimal health and well-being, and facilitates our own profound healing capacity. It is a valuable complement to conventional healing methods, inducing relaxation and reducing the effects of stress.

Kinesiology — The study of the anatomy, physiology, and mechanics of body movement. Also known as “muscle testing,” it can be used to determine the root cause of a condition. Practitioners view the body as an intelligent computer that knows exactly what is wrong and what is needed to restore balance. Using certain methods, a practitioner can identify the problem area and treat it effectively. It is very effective in treating sports injuries, as they are often the result of an imbalance in the muscle structure. There are several branches of Kinesiology, including Applied, Clinical and Educational.

Light Body — Your light body is an energy body that exists at a higher level, closer to your soul than your chakras. Awakening your light body assists you in adding light to your thoughts, opening your channel upward, and connecting with the Universal Mind. In these states you can see, sense, or feel the expansive energies of the higher dimensions and make them a part of your daily life.

Massage Therapy — A “hands-on” approach that takes many forms. Some of the many benefits include physical and mental relaxation, improved circulation & muscle tone, and aid the efficient functioning of the digestive system.

Medical-Osteopathic — Osteopathy is an established & recognized system of diagnosis and treatment, which lays its main emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the body. It is distinctive by the fact that it recognizes that much of the pain and disability that we suffer from stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused to it by disease.

Meditation — A mental technique for deep relaxation, meditation helps to focus and calm the mind. It may be used to heal the body, quiet the mind, and provide a sense of inner balance.

Midwives — Midwives work with women so they can experience a healthy pregnancy and a safe natural childbirth as well as providing necessary education and follow-up care. Licensed midwives or nurse-midwives receive extensive training in gynecology, fetus development, obstetrical complications, nutritional assessment, counseling, community health, family planning, various forms of delivery management, and other issues surrounding pregnancy and birth.

Myofascial Release — An effective hands-on technique where the practitioner attunes to the myofascial strain patterns in a body and waits for and follows the release in a gentle way. Pain is eliminated, motion restored, and life enhanced.

Ortho-Bionomy — Ortho-Bionomy is a gentle, non-invasive, osteopathically-based form of body therapy which is highly effective in working with chronic stress, injuries and pains or problems associated with postural and structural imbalances.

Naturopathic Medicine — Adhering to the principles of holistic medicine, naturopathic doctors can use various natural methods to treat patients, including nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, homeopathy and lifestyle counseling. In many states, naturopathic doctors (ND) are legally defined as physicians licensed to diagnose and treat in a general family practice. Some NDs are also licensed midwives or licensed acupuncturists.

Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques - NAET — NAET is a non-invasive, drug free, natural solution to eliminate allergies of all types and intensities and allergy-related disorders (this includes learning disabilities, autism and ADHD; anger and depression; joint pains, skin eruptions, environmental and chemical toxins and emotional stressors) and often with permanent results.

Neurofeedback — Neurofeedback, also known as EEG Biofeedback or Neurotherapy, is a powerful, ground-breaking technique that trains the brain to function better. Brain training exercises the neural pathways that allow the brain to have better function in a variety of areas. Neurofeedback is a non-invasive procedure with dramatic results for a multitude of symptoms.

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) — Neuro refers to the neural network that feeds into the brain and how it stores information. Linguistics refer to the content (pictures, sounds, etc). Programming is the way the content is experienced (sequenced) and converted into thinking patterns and behaviors that are the essence of our experience of life. NLP repatterns brain sequences that are devaluing our life experience.

Numerology — The ancient study of numeric vibrations which correspond to your specific birth date and birth name. The “Pythagorean method” converts the English alphabet into numbers 1 to 9, representing a range of aspects (leadership, service, freedom, etc). Each number is associated with specific vibrational qualities. The vibrations associated with your name and birthdate draw certain people and experiences into your life, according to life lessons which your soul has decided to explore “this time around.”

(PACE) — Physical, Atomic, Cellular, Evolution. A special kind of subtle energy alignment that helps you become more conscious of light and love in your physical body, and in other structures and processes of your being

Pathwork — Pathwork refers to a body of channeled material from Eva Pierrakos that offers direct experience of our Divine core. It provides a framework for stripping away illusions about ourselves, others and the nature of reality; for dissolving our defenses against love, change and commitment; and for assuming full responsibility for our actions, thoughts and circumstances.

Pilates — The Pilates Method is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility and strength for the total body without building bulk. It is a series of controlled movements engaging your body and mind, performed on specifically designed exercise apparatus and supervised by extensively trained teachers.

Psychic — Being sensitive to energy emanating from guides such as angels, or a higher self. The ability to hear, see, feel energy from a source other than self.

Psychosymmetrolysis — A process of matching the energetic value of botanical substances or treatments to an individual's energy field for the purpose of optimizing health and healing.

Psychotherapy — Usually conducted by a trained, certified, or licensed therapist, psychotherapy is the treatment of individuals with emotional problems, behavioral problems, or mental illness primarily through the use of psychological techniques. These techniques are designed to encourage communication of conflicts and insight into problems, with the goal being relief of symptoms, changes in behavior leading to improved social and vocational functioning, and personality growth.

Qi Gong — [Also spelled Chi Gong or Chi Kung] Combines movement, meditation and breathwork to increase the flow of vital Qi (“chee”) energy in the body, to improve blood circulation and to strengthen the immune system. Qi Gong is effective for stress management and as a safe modified fitness exercise for cardiovascular, neuromuscular, arthritic, and other chronic immune disorders.

The Radiance Technique® — Radiance is an ancient wholistic hands-on healing modality which brings the body, mind and spirit back into balance, and is similar to Reiki.

Reiki — A scientific method which Practitioners use light hand placements to activate and balance the life-force energy (also known as chi [“chee”] or prana]. Reiki can be used to treat emotional and mental distress as well as chronic and acute physical pain.

Reflexology — Based on the idea that specific points on the feet and hands correspond with organs and tissues throughout the entire body. The practitioner uses fingers and thumbs to apply pressure to reflex zones to help the self-healing process. Some of the benefits are the relief of pain in the neck, shoulder and lower back, to relief of allergic reactions, headaches, upset stomach and colon discomfort.

Rolfers® — Developed by Ida Rolf, this system of body restructuring and movement education works with gravity to realign the body. Rolfers often focus bodywork on the myofascia, the connective tissue that surrounds muscles, to release tension.

R.O.S.T. (Resource Oriented Skills Training) & Moaiku/Motoric Haiku — Supports the discovery and embodiment of psycho-muscular resources and skills which translate into increased interpersonal and intrapersonal strength, calmness, and ease. This therapeutically oriented work with muscle sensing is primarily accessed through activation of specific muscle movements.

Sacred Geometry — Sacred Geometry is used by archaeologists, anthropologists, and geometricians to encompass the religious, philosophical, and spiritual beliefs that have sprung up around geometry in various cultures during the course of human history.

Shamanism — This ancient method of healing was practiced by healers (shamans). Combining ancient and modern healing/wisdom practices, to develop inter-dimensional consciousness (“walking between the worlds”), spirit helpers, power animals, and ritual, “journeying” for soulful wholeness.

Shiatsu — Ancient form of acupressure, Practitioners apply rhythmic finger pressure at specific points on the body in order to stimulate chi, or vital energy. Can be used to treat stress, circulatory problems, depression, asthma, headaches, diarrhea, & bronchitis. (See acupressure)

Somatic Experiencing — A form of therapy aimed at relieving and resolving the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental and physical trauma-related health problems by focusing on the client’s perceived body sensations (or somatic experiences).

Sound Healing — Sound healing is the therapeutic application of sound frequencies using toning, vibrational tuning forks, voice, and sound to the body/mind of a person bringing them into a state of harmony and health.

Sound Therapy — Sound Therapy is an innovative program of sound stimulation, audio-vocal activities and consultation. While anyone can benefit, it is of special interest to families and children with developmental delays, autism, PDD, Asperger’s, attention deficit disorder and some types of learning problems.

Spirituality — Having the nature of spirit, soul. God, sometimes religion or a higher consciousness.

Tarot — Tarot is believed to have been created in Italy in the late 14th century, though theories on the origins of tarot differ widely. A tarot deck can be used for divination, meditation, self-improvement, spiritual purposes, card games or as a tool of understanding.

Tellington TTouch® — This is a method of gentle touch for animals that uses circular movements of the fingers and hands all over the body. TTouch activates the nervous system to promote the healing of physical, emotional and behavioral problems, and to establish a deeper communication and rapport between humans and animals.

Thai Massage — An ancient healing art which utilizes stretching, compression, and acupressure to relieve chronic/acute pain, as well as opening the "chi" flow throughout the body. Traditional Thai Massage is done fully clothed on a mat and the practitioner may use hands, feet, elbows, and knees for the treatment.

Therapeutic Touch — A specific method of healing touch developed by Dolores Krieger and practiced by registered nurses and others to relieve pain and stress. A TT practitioner attunes to the client’s energy field, finds weak or congested areas, and re-balances or refreshes them using touch techniques.

Tissue Mineral Analysis — The tissue used is hair which provides a blueprint, with extreme accuracy, of your biochemistry. If a mineral deficiency or excess exists, it usually indicates a deficiency or excess within the body, or bio-unavailability. Minerals are involved in almost all enzyme reactions. Without enzymes, life ceases to exist. Recognizing our biochemical individuality allows a correct program of diet/supplementation to be designed for your specific needs.

Touch for Health — Touch for Health is a holistic approach to health which teaches the restoring of our natural energies. It is a practical guide to natural health using acupressure, touch and massage to improve postural balance and reduce physical and mental pain and tension.

Trager® — Utilizing gentle, non-intrusive, natural movements, The Trager Approach helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity. These patterns may have developed in response to accidents, illnesses, or any kind of physical or emotional trauma, including the stress of everyday life.

Trigger Point Therapy — Trigger Point Therapy releases any hypersensitive areas within muscles that become knotted, inelastic and unable to relax. The classical signs of trrigger points are aching muscle tenderness, loss of range of motion, referral of pain to other areas, and muscle weakness. This therapy is a valuable component of preventive as well as rehabilitative care.

Watsu® — An ancient form of Japanese massage called Zin Shiatsu is a sequence of gentle movements and stretches, as you are held in warm water.

Vedic Astrology — Ancient Indian system of astrology, termed “Jyotish” in Sanskrit. Vedic Astrologers interpret the observed conditions of the cosmos at the time of our birth to understand what experiences activate joy or sorrow in every area of life, and offer measures that can help lessen suffering and enhance well-being. The ultimate goals of Vedic Astrology are to help us lead lives more in harmony with our deepest nature, and enhance our awareness of the light of consciousness.

Vedic Hand Analysis — Ancient Indian discipline, termed “Hasta Samudrika Shastra” in Sanskrit. The hand is a mirror of a person’s body, mind, and spirit of the past, present, and future. Understanding the hand helps us identify and change aspects of ourselves that are out of balance so that we can live more harmonious lives.

Yoga — A system of exercises, postures, breathing, meditation and relaxation. Students learn self-control and a state of being at one with oneself.

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