Glossary of Holistic Health Terms

Professional Abbreviations

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Active Isolated Stretching is a specific protocol for stretching the muscles in a contiguous order with short duration and multiple repetitions to inhibit the stretch reflex mechanism.

Acupuncture regulates the flow of the vital energy, or ch’i, to restore balance of body, mind, and spirit. Specific points along energy channels — the body’s vital pathways — relate to specific organs and systems of the body. The practitioner manipulates these points with fine needles or the use of heat, cold, pressure, or minute electrical currents.

Acutonics: An energy-based healing system and noninvasive treatment similar to acupuncture. Precision-calibrated tuning forks are applied to specific acupuncture and acupressure points to bring into harmony the body’s Meridian and Chakra energy systems. These tuning forks represent a natural harmonic series based on the orbital properties of the Earth, Moon, Sun, and planets. Their rich resonance and vibration aligns, harmonizes, and restores the body’s natural, healthy frequencies.

Akashic Records: Recorded in the ancient Book of Life is a record of every individual who has ever lived: thought, word and deed. Through the reading of these records, one can get a better understanding of patterns and blockages in current life situations. Through clearing the records and healing all past lives, one can eliminate fears, maintain the lessons learned, and achieve more wisdom.

Applied Kinesiology: One’s structural, chemical, and mental conditions are evaluated through the use of muscle testing (resistance to the practitioner’s pressure on an arm or leg) and nerve reflexes in the body. It can be used to determine whether an imbalance is nutritional, structural, or psychological in nature and then to determine the appropriate treatment.

Aromatherapy: Essential oils distilled from flowers, leaves, stems, roots, or fruits are used therapeutically to address physiological and psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, and muscular tension. Oils are inhaled from vaporizers, massaged into the skin, or placed in baths.

Ascension: The opportunity for the energetic vibrational frequency to expand to the next level of consciousness.

Ashiatsu Bar Massage: Ashi (foot) atsu (pressure) is also known as Barefoot Shiatsu, an ancient form of bodywork originated by Buddhist monks, first from China and then from Thailand and Japan. Very deep, soothing strokes are applied to all muscles of the back using hands and foot pressure to milk the muscles, open chakras, release toxins, induce deep relaxation, relieve inflammation, and stimulate the body’s own self-healing capabilities.

Auriculotherapy: A Chinese Medicine treatment using auricular (ear) points.

Autonomic Response Testing, developed by Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, is a method of determining energy system balance by observing responses of the autonomic nervous system.

Awareness Through Movement® consists of verbally directed movement sequences presented primarily to groups. Each lesson is usually organized around a particular function. In ATM lessons, people engage in precisely structured movement explorations that involve thinking, sensing, moving, and imagining. The lessons consist of comfortable, easy movements that gradually evolve into movements of greater range and complexity. A major goal of ATM is to learn how one’s most basic functions are organized.

Ayurveda originated within the Vedic tradition of India, the oldest tradition of recorded knowledge in human history. A Sanskrit word for "the knowledge of life or daily living," Ayurveda affirms that humans are an integral part of the universe. This system emphasizes health rather than focusing on disease to restore balance in mind, body, and emotions by re-awakening one’s biological intelligence. An Ayurvedic assessment begins by determining the person’s body type in terms of Vata (air), Pitta (fire), Kapha (water) and their possible combinations.

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Bach Flowers consist of 38 essences to remedy specific emotional and mental states, turning negative states into positive ones. Developed in the early 1900s by British physician and homeopath Dr. Edwin Bach, they’re widely used by for both people and other animals.

Bariatrics: a branch of medicine dealing with the study and treatment of obesity.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) treats hormone deficiencies caused by menopause using molecules identical to the natural female hormones.

Biovalent Systems is a gentle, manual therapy with transformative results to assist the body’s natural healing process to achieve balance within its systems (respiratory, circulatory, mental, emotional, etc.) and restore health.

Body Composition Analysis: A method of determining the body’s percentage of lean body mass, fat, and water.

Body and Mind Balancing: This modality seeks to integrate the physical, intellectual, spiritual, and emotional bodies using various holistic methods ranging from nutrition to physical movements to personal paradigm shifts.

Body-Mind Centering®: The transformative work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, OT, is an experiential approach to anatomy, physiology and developmental movement. It uses movement, touch, voice and mind to explore how the mind is expressed through the body and vice versa with relevance for dance, yoga, bodywork, physical and occupational therapy, psychotherapy, child development, education, the arts, meditation, and athletics. Applications are related to movement expression and efficiency, communication, injury prevention, and rehabilitation.

Bodywork refers to a general collection of modalities which are often used together to form a comprehensive technique. They may or may not involve physical touch, but they all facilitate the body’s own healing response.

Bowen Technique (see NST)

Breathwork/Rebirthing: A modality marked by its focus on the breath. The practitioner guides the client through a breathing process which fills the body with an abundant amount of oxygen, supplying cells with freshly charged blood. Breathwork can rejuvenate the body and mind and release emotional memories which are stored in the individual cells. It can also be used to reach deep inner peace, clarity, relaxation, and healing on many levels.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when tendons or ligaments in the wrist become enlarged, often from inflammation, after being aggravated. The narrowed tunnel of bones and ligaments in the wrist pinches the nerves that reach the fingers and the muscles at the base of the thumb. Some cases are due to work-related cumulative trauma of the wrist.

Case Management is a specialty practice within the health and human services profession that can provide an array of services to help individuals and families cope with complicated situations in the most effective ways possible, thereby achieving a better quality of life. A good case manager will work with you to determine what is important to you and what you think would be the most effective way to reach those goals. Simply stated, they help to keep you, or your loved ones, at the center of services being provided.

Cell Salts are created by grinding and potentizing each of the 12 basic mineral compounds naturally present in the body’s tissues. They gently, safely, and effectively address a wide range of acute and chronic problems. Cell salts are said to reorganize and correct the way that bodily tissues function.

Central Stenosis is a narrowing or constriction of the diameter of a bodily passage or orifice, specifically in the central canal of the spinal cord.

Certified NES Practitioner: A practitioner who has been trained by Nutri-Energetic Systems (NES) in using NES proprietary technology to evaluate and balance the human bio-field.

Chelation Therapy: The intravenous administration of the amino acid EDTA which latches onto and helps remove excess heavy metals from the body. Often used to treat arteriosclerosis and dangerously high amounts of lead, mercury, nickel and copper in the body, it can be an alternative to bypass surgery and angioplasty.

Ch'i: (see Qi).

Chinese Herbs are usually combined in formulas to enhance their individual properties and actions. Symptoms and signs are matched with therapeutic effects, reflecting the particular condition and needs of each patient.

Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive system of health care which has existed for over 23 centuries. It includes acupuncture (a well-known treatment in Chinese Medicine), acupressure massage, dietary modifications, medicinals, Qi Gong, moxibustion (heat therapy), and various methods of stimulation of the energetic system.

Chiropractic adjustments are used for musculoskeletal problems and conditions such as migraine headaches, high blood pressure, or nervous disorders. The proper alignment of the spine and vertebrae is essential for good health. Misalignments caused by poor posture or trauma result in pressure on the spinal nerve roots, which may lead to diminished system function, and then, illness.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: An ongoing illness characterized by muscle weakness and fatigue worsened by exertion. It is often accompanied by disturbed sleep, joint and muscle pains, forgetfulness, depression, headaches, and digestive problems, the onset of which usually follows severe stress such as an injury, viral illness, or chemical exposure.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (nacbt.org): A form of psychotherapy based on the scientific fact that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things like people, situations, and events. If we are experiencing unwanted feelings and behaviors, it is important to identify the thought patterns causing them and to learn how to replace those thoughts with thoughts that lead to more desirable reactions.

Connective Tissue Massage (CTM) was developed in Germany by Elizabeth Dicke where it is considered a physical therapy treatment (bindegewebsmassage). The therapist subtly "hooks" his or her fingers or hands into the skin, contacting the superficial connective tissue while performing a dragging or pulling stroke through the entire muscle.

CranioSacral Therapy: Essentially a closed spinal-hydraulic system, the craniosacral mechanism is composed of the brain, spinal cord, bones of the skull, sacrum and interconnected membranes, and the cerebrospinal fluid. CranioSacral therapists gently manipulate the cranium and the sacrum to correct misalignments in the structure of this system. Used to treat chronic pain, migraine headaches and TMJ; especially beneficial in head or neck injuries.

Cryotherapy (Whole Body): During this treatment liquid nitrogen vapor (average temperature minus 270 degrees F) surrounds the body for up to three minutes. Cold sensors in the skin send a signal to the brain which causes blood to rush to the body’s core. As blood is circulated through the core, toxins are flushed and blood becomes enriched, which decreases inflammation all over the body.

Crystal Bed Therapy: This healing system was designed and blessed by spiritual medium John of God at his Casa de Dom Inacio Healing Center in central Brazil. An array of specially cut lighted quartz crystals are used to align chakras and balance energy. Deep relaxation and mystical experiences are often reported. This unique treatment is called Crystal Bath or Crystal Bed Therapy because the lighting apparatus is used in conjunction with a massage table.

Cupping: Technique in Chinese Medicine to move Qi and blood in the meridians.

Cytopathology: The science dealing with the study of the diseases of cells.

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Deep Feeling Core Release Therapy is based on Primal Therapy, an experiential psychotherapy involving getting in touch with and feeling deep emotions, feelings in the body, and releasing from the core.

Directional Non-Force Technique®, a radical departure from conventional chiropractic, is
unique as the original, hands-on, innate non-force system of correcting not only total-body
osseous misalignments, but soft tissue as well.

DITI (Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging): (See Thermography).

Dolphin Healing: A gentle energetic healing modality which allows for the receiver to experience more fluidity in life circumstances, more joyful, loving, balanced energy within as well as in his or her exterior world.

Doula: One who supports mothers and thinks well about the laboring and birthing mother and family. A doula helps carry out the birth wishes of the pregnant woman and helps the laboring woman manage pain and fear with natural techniques.

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Ear Candling is believed to help earache, ease pressure in the sinuses, and allow the ear naturally to discharge the old ear wax.

Earth Acupuncture: Disperses and regulates the flow of vital energy within the earth. A treatment used to heal Geopathic Stress on-site or from a distance.

Eden Energy Medicine recognizes energy as a vital, living, moving force that determines much about health and happiness. You heal the body by activating its natural healing energies; you also heal the body by restoring energies that have become weak, disturbed, or out of balance. Energy medicine is both a complement to other approaches to medical care and a complete system for self-care and self-help. It can address physical illness and emotional or mental disorders, and can also promote high-level wellness and peak performance. See www.innersource.org.

Educational Kinesiology: The application of kinesthetics to the study of whole brain/body integration for the purpose of eliminating stress and maximizing full learning potential. It is a process for drawing out innate learning abilities through the understanding of movement and its relationship to whole-brain learning patterns.

EFT (see Emotional Freedom Techniques)

Electric Stimulation: Utilizes electrical current, applied to the body to bring about physiological changes in muscle tone, pain, edema, and neuromuscular re-education.

Electro-Acupuncture: After the acupuncture needle has been inserted and Qi obtained, electrodes (wire clips) are attached and electric current is passed through to strengthen and alter the nature of stimulation.

Electrotherapeutic Point Stimulation (ETPS) combines the principles of acupuncture, massage, physical therapy and micro-current stimulation to help patients with chronic pain live normal lives again. ETPS is applied to acupuncture and trigger points, which isolate specific tissues/organs. Using a process of elimination, a therapist can isolate root causes of pain, providing a more efficient therapy with much stronger outcomes. The ETPS device produces a stimulation that relaxes muscles, calms the nervous system, relaxes contracted muscles to relieve pressed nerves, and releases endorphins — the body’s natural pain killers.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a simple tapping procedure based on the principles of acupuncture/acupressure that gently aligns the body's energy system. Unlike most other energy healing methods, it includes an emotional and a verbal element.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress and disturbing memories. (www.emdria.org)

Energetics Management™: An innovative approach to goal achievement. Strategic energetic adjustments are made to remove the blockages and limitations that hold back success and harmonious flow. Includes various healing modalities in order to fine-tune the results, aligning an individual or company with the goals and desires of the heart.

Eden Energy Medicine describes approaches to mobilize the body’s energies to boost vitality and stamina, strengthen the immune system, relieve pain, and sharpen memory and mind through working with the body’s energy system of meridians. EM recognizes energy as a vital, living, moving force that determines much about health and happiness. You heal the body by activating its natural healing energies; you also heal the body by restoring energies that have become weak, disturbed, or out of balance. EM is both a complement to other approaches to medical care and a complete system for self-care and self-help. It can address physical illness and emotional or mental disorders, and can also promote high-level wellness and peak performance. www.innersource.org.

Energy Work involves a deeply integrative healing of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy bodies. It rejuvenates the life force, the DNA, and immune system allowing a freer flow of energy. It is effective in the treatment and prevention of illness, chronic pain, stress, and emotional trauma. Practitioners of this range of therapies address blockages or stagnations in the energy field in and around the body and seek to restore its proper circulation and balance. Examples of energy work include acupuncture, polarity therapy, and Reiki. Sessions may or may not involve physical touch.

Epidermal leveling, also known as dermaplaning, is a safe and effective exfoliation suitable for men and women of all skin tones. It utilizes a specially designed surgical instrument to carefully remove the topmost layers of skin, resulting in a beautiful, refinished look. Epidermal leveling gives the skin a smoother appearance by removing dead skin cells in addition to the fine vellus facial hair (“peach fuzz”) that can trap excess dirt and oil and leave the complextion looking dull. It also stimulates and rejuvenates skin tissue, making it an effective way to reduce acne scarring, uneven pigmentation, and fine line wrinkles. Most people notice marked improvements in the texture and appearance of their skin immediately after their first treatment. Epidermal leveling can be used alone or in conjunction with other procedures. It is noninvasive and does not require the use of any chemicals, making it suitable even for our pregnant and nursing clients. A healthy and glowing complexion is now quickly and easily within reach with this safe and unique treatment.

Essential Oils: Concentrated essences of various flowers, fruits, herbs, grasses, plants, and trees. They have remarkable, complex properties and are appropriate for use in supporting your health, personal care, and environmental clearing. Scientific research has isolated hundreds of chemicals in essential oils, and has shown many essential oils to have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties.

Esthetician: Someone who is knowledgeable about aesthetic — the application of various techniques to the skin, including, but not limited to, waxing, pore cleansing, exfoliation, chemical peels, and several device-driven noninvasive procedures.

ETPS: (see Electrotherapeutic Point Stimulation).

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing: (see EMDR).

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Facercise: Facial exercise for the 57 muscles of the face and neck.

Far-Infrared therapy uses radient heaters with ceramic or metallic elements that mainly emit in the Far-Infrared range. Treatment seeks to stimulate the body to release fat-soluble toxins, heavy metals, and other toxic chemicals; to increase blood circulation and oxygen supply to damaged tissues (aiding reduction of chronic joint and muscle pain or sport injuries); promote relaxation; induce sleep; and relieve stress.

Feng Shui: The art and science of arranging spaces and elements in those areas to create harmonious energy flows and patterns, tempering or enhancing the energy where necessary. Properly adjusted spaces are thought to enhance success, happiness, relationships, personal fulfillment and other aspects of life.

Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder for which the cause is still uncertain. Fibromyalgia refers to pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons — the fibrous tissues in the body. Most patients with fibromyalgia say that they ache all over. Their muscles may feel like they have been pulled or overworked. Sometimes the muscles twitch and at other times they burn.

Field Control Therapy (FCT®): A dynamic method of bio-energy evaluation and treatment that has achieved results in cases where no other method has worked. It utilizes kinesiology (muscle testing) for evaluation/diagnosis and causative non-classical homeopathy for intervention/treatment.

Frequency Specific Microcurrent: uses micro amperage current (1/1,000,000th amp) to balance tissues at their own level of frequency. Like the brain or heart, each type of tissue resonates/vibrates at a unique frequency. FSM modulates the imbalanced frequencies the cells may be producing to assist the body in correcting the imbalance. Microcurrent is primarily used for the reduction of pain: chronic myofascial, disc and facet joint, neurological, and other conditions can be successfully treated. FSM has been shown to reduce inflammation and the chemical messengers that cause inflammation. It increases ATP, the molecule cells use for energy. Each treatment is unique to each patient’s condition; no two are exactly alike.

Full Specialist: Being licensed to perform facials, manicures, and pedicures.

Functional Integration® is a hands-on form of tactile, kinesthetic communication. The Feldenkrais® practitioner communicates to the student how he/she organizes his/her body and hints, through gentle touching and movement, how to move in more expanded functional motor patterns. The learning process is carried out without the use of any invasive or forceful procedure in Functional Integration®, the practitioner/teacher develops a lesson for the student, custom-tailored to the unique configuration of that particular person at that particular moment.

Functional Medicine is dedicated to the treatment of persons as individuals, and a hologram of interrelated physiological systems. Many chronic illnesses defy categorization, e.g., it’s a little-known fact that the "gut" has its own nervous system (enteric), and much of our immune system is housed here. Your depression may be a "gut" problem, and there are lab tests to help diagnose this.

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Geopathic Stress: Unnatural vibrations of energy within the land (below the foundation of a building) that cause health problems in people, animals, plants and trees. "Chaos underground" is caused by electromagnetic fields from fault lines, sink holes, subterranean water, and underground power lines.

Good Vibes Experience: A sound and light frequency session that allows music to re-harmonize the mind/body/spirit in perfect alignment. Helpful for stress management, breaking through limited thinking, problem solving, accessing your creative genius, and raising consciousness.

Gong Yoga is classical yoga combined with the sound of the gong to create a state of spontaneous meditation and therapeutic relaxation. The gong facilitates the movement of vital life energy through the body for healing and to awaken consciousness for transformation. While in a relaxed, meditative state, the gong is played to cleanse the subconscious and awaken one to a transcendant state of awareness. Gong Yoga is a perfect union nof intentional consciousness and applied sound.

GYROKINESIS® Methodology Gyrokinesis exercises allow one to work on the entire body through seven natural elements of spinal movement: forward, backward, left side, right side, left twist, right twist, and circular, as well as other joint articulation. This approach systematically and gently works the joints and muscles through rhythmic and undulating movements. Fluidity is the key. Postures are not held for long periods of time. Instead, postures are smoothly and harmoniously connected through the use of breath, making exercises appear and feel more like a dance and swimming, than traditional yoga. Exercises are done seated on stools, standing, or as floor work.

GYROTONIC® Methodology Gyrotonic exercises offer complete freedom of movement. Exercises are performed on the professional Pulley Tower, and the equipment is fully adjustable and can meet the needs of most body types and levels of strength. The even and constant resistance in the handle unit and tower eliminates the jarring that often occurs with exercises performed on conventional exercise equipment.  The circular, spiraling, and undulating movements that characterize the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® help to increase the functional capacity of the spine, contributing to a spherical and three-dimensional awareness, resulting in increased equilibrium.

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Hakomi Principles: Five guiding principles, developed by Ron Kurtz, for practitioners in the bodywork field: organicity, unity, body/mind wholeness, mindfulness, and nonviolence.

Halotherapy, or Dry Salt Therapy, is a natural cleansing treatment for the respiratory system, known worldwide as a natural, drug-free, and safe complementary treatment beneficial for asthma, sinusitis, chronic lung diseases, allergies, ear infections, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, rhinitis, hay fever, sore throat, congestions, psoriasis, and stress reduction.

Health coach: Health coaching is a new health care profession that empowers people to make successful and permanent lifestyle changes to achieve their health goals. A professional health coach is trained in an interdisciplinary skill set based strongly on values clarification and motivational interviewing. Typically, a health coach is a medical professional trained in this specific skill set to empower people to achieve successful health changes in their lives. This is a rapidly expanding profession because of success in helping people make changes in their health.

HEG (Hemoencephalography) Biofeedback is an effective and drugless treatment for many conditions involving the brain’s frontal lobe activation. HEG represents a simple and non-intrusive way of both monitoring and training cerebral function without the inconvenience of electrode preparation, which other neurofeedback methods generally require.

Herbs: Plant or plant parts valued for medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities because they contain a variety of substances that act upon the body. Herbs have been applied to virtually every disease and condition of humankind.

Homeopathy: Developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann over 200 years ago, this system treats illness based on the Law of Similars, "Let likes be cured by likes." A substance will cure symptoms in a sick person that it has produced in a healthy person. For example, a child eats the berries of deadly nightshade (belladonna) and subsequently develops symptoms of belladonna poisoning — similar to scarlet fever. Belladonna, in safe, nontoxic doses prepared according to homeopathic specifications, has cured many cases of this illness. Classical Homeopathy mandates the administration of a single remedy in a single potency, chosen according to the Law of Similars, to address the individuality and totality of a person, not only his or her disease diagnosis.

Homeotherapy is the treatment or prevention of a disease using the principles of homeopathy.

Homotoxicology: The study of environmental poisoning of the human body.

Hot Stone Treatment: The application of moist, heated mineral stones to areas of the body, used as an enhancement of the massage experience.

HypnoBirthing® Painfree/less Childbirth: (hypnobirthing.com) is a unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth education, enhanced by self-hypnosis and techniques providing the missing link that allows women to use natural instincts and abundant hormonal relaxants to bring about a safer, easier, more comfortable birthing. In the absence of fear, tension, or special medical circumstances, severe pain does not have to accompany labor. HB is a series of five 2-1/2 hour classes.

Hypnotherapy facilitates access to a client’s subconscious mind in order to uncover and explore memories, emotions, and past events which may affect a person’s conscious mind. It has been used to treat functional disorders such as blindness or paralysis and personality disorders such as habitual behaviors and phobias.

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Imagery: A mind/body therapeutic approach that brings one to a deep level of relaxation for the purposes of eliciting and interacting with one’s own images to tap into personal inner resources for health, insight, and empowerment. It is used in a variety of therapeutic settings from pain relief to stress management.

IMAP (Integrative Massage Performance and Personal Training — imaptraining.com ) Trainers dynamically integrate the key principles of exercise specialists, massage therapists, nutritionists, and strength coaches using orthopedic/movement assessments that quantify spinal mobility and muscle postural imbalances.

Integrated Kabbalistic Healing: integrates 13th-century Kabbalistic wisdom, the latest theories in quantum physics, 20th-century psychological insight and teachings of nonduality into a deeply transformative healing modality. Our aim is to deepen our understanding of our true selves and enhance our ability to hold new states of consciousness that will allow us to help heal others.

Integrative Health Coach Professional assists people with their disease management and wellness goals and visions. In a fast-paced and increasingly complex world, medical science and the evolution of unique models for health care are bringing us closer to truly personalized medicine. Given these evolving trends, the need for a comprehensive and dynamically responsive planning for your health is even more important. Integrative Health Coaching is based on leading theories of behavior change from multiple fields of human sciences and evidence-based integrative medicine and health practices that support people in successfully making lifestyle changes to fulfill their greatest wellness potential in all areas of their lives.

Integrative Medicine draws upon therapeutic models to create a more comprehensive approach to the arts of science and medicine. Geared to the promotion of health and the prevention of illness, it neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative medicine without serious evaluation.

Intuitive Arts: Guidance from intuitive consultants who use their clairvoyant, empathic, and precognitive abilities to facilitate growth and awareness.

Iridology: The art and science of analyzing the markings and structures of the iris, a unique system for identifying behavioral, communication, and relationship patterns.

Iyengar Method of Hatha Yoga: A vigorous approach emphasizing balance between strength and flexibility. This practice develops self-awareness through attention to postural alignment with the aid of props.

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Jin Shin Do, or the Way of the Compassionate Spirit, is a synthesis of traditional Japanese and Chinese acupressure techniques and theory. Based on the belief that disease, sickness and symptoms are a reflection of imbalance in an individual’s energy system, it uses gentle finger pressure — on specific points — to facilitate the release of "armoring" or chronic tension, and balance the Qi or energy. The resulting state of relaxation allows one to move out of the head and into the body, accessing deep feelings and inner wisdoms.

Jin Shin Jyutsu is a physio-philosophy that focuses on harmony and the wisdom of nature. Treatments can best be described as energy medicine focusing on harmonizing mind, body, and spirit. During a one-hour session, a client lies fully clothed, face up on a massage table. Fingers and hands are placed on and around 26 different safety energy “locks” or points. This gentle touch healing art releases deep tensions and imbalances.

Joint Mobilization: Rehab technique used to improve joint range-of-motion.

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Kabbalistic Healing (see Integrated Kabbalistic Healing)

Karmic Release: Past experiences lie within our body cells and our psyche. Through Karmic release, patterns of fear, blockages, suffering, health issues, life drama are eliminated and new soul contracts are created which are appropriate to support current desires. The process is done on the energetic vibrational level and the conscious level and is supported by healing/integration on the mental, physical, spiritual/soul levels.

Karuna Reiki:, developed by William L. Rand, opens the practitioner to work more closely with all enlightened beings: those physically present as well as in spirit. Karuna, a Sanskrit word used in Hinduism, Buddhism and Zen, translates as "any action that is taken to diminish the suffering of others" and could also mean "compassionate action."

KaTone Health Education System: (KHES) educates health practitioners and lay persons in the use of natural therapies to support optimum health for body, mind, and spirit. KHES programs include Deep Tissue Muscle Therapy, nutritional, supplemental, and healthy life-style counseling.

Kinesiology (see Applied Kinesiology)

Kinesio Taping® is a therapeutic taping technique that improves circulation, relieves pain, and can relax or stimulate muscles.

Kirtan: Devotional practice of chanting mantras often to the accompaniment of musical instruments, especially the harmonium, as a group prayer and meditation.

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LaHo Chi: A spiritually based hands-on healing which facilitates release of the deepest layers of emotional and physical pain and trauma, both past and present and uses life force to energetically restructure the blueprint of the etheric or vital body which then aligns and balances the physical body. It also balances the etheric, emotional and mental bodies and aligns them with the spiritual bodies of Higher Consciousness.

Lakulish is the 28th incarnation of Lord Shiva, who is one of the primary three aspects of the Divine in Hinduism. He is the transformer of consciousness.

LED Light Therapy: Red light increases circulation and moisture retention, stimulates cell turnover, reduces pore size, evens out skin tones, aids in photo-damaged skin, reduces inflammation, speeds up the healing process, and decreases fine lines and wrinkles. Blue light is anti-bacteriql, kills acne bacteria, and reduces acne without irritation.

Living Foods Nutrition is diet and lifestyle based on eating a natural diet (mainly uncooked vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds), and getting exercise, relaxation, sleep and rest.

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy: (Manual Lymph Drainage): A hands-on technique to activate fluid circulation and stimulate the functioning of the immune system and parasympathetic nervous system using a very light touch. It can help chronic pain, fibromyalgia, stress overload, edemas (swelling), and regeneration of burned, scarred and wrinkled tissue.

Lymphatic Facial Release makes use of gentle pressure from the fingers along lymphatic pathways, to help release stress and enhance lymph circulation. The constant movements of the fingers through strokes along these pathways help in the elimination of toxins. As toxins are released, the muscles weigh less, and are lifted by the process, creating a natural face lift. The client's face feels amazing, light, and relaxed, and looks vibrant. Some lymphatic massage therapists incorporate the use of aroma oils or essential oils to help in the massage. Hot moist towels or cleansers along with exfoliators and masks are also used to enhance the experience of facial release.

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Mandelic Peel: Mandelic acid, a premium alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) found in bitter almonds, is beneficial for the treatment of melasma, pregnanacy mask, and hyperpigmentation, and preserves a “fresh glowing look” by speeding up cell turnover and preventing a new buildup of dead skin cells. It promotes even appearance in skin texture, tone, and smootness. Mandelic acid acts as a natural antibacterial inhibitor to help control blemishes for acne-prone or oily skin, and aids in the reversal of sun damage, age spots, and fine lines.

Marma massage is a gentle massage using warm essential oils and small circular movements to stimulate specific marma points (similar to acupuncture points) on the body. It removes blockages and helps the flow of vital energy in the individual, resulting in balance and relaxation.

Massage Therapy: A variety of disciplines involving the manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes. It involves the practice of kneading or otherwise affecting muscles by hand or mechanical device with the intent of increasing circulation and detoxification, reducing physical and emotional stress and increasing general wellness.

Matrix Energetics is based on the laws and expression of subtle energy physics and the concepts and laws of quantum physics, superstring theory, and Sheldrake’s Morphic Resonance. In physics, reality can be described as vibrations and wave patterns; everything is light and information. Disease may be defined as a disruption, cessation or distortion in the matrix of these fields. Physical and emotional injuries impair communication at the cellular level. Matrix Energetics field re-establishes the flow of biological information so the body can better respond to stimuli in its internal and external environments. See matrixenergetics.com.

Medical (Therapeutic) Massage: specifies treatments geared to medical or health problems and is usually ordered by a physician

Meditation: A focusing of the mind often using the breath, an object or image, silently chanting a mantra — a simple word or phrase — to help clear the mind and enhance mental clarity.

Mesotherapy is used as an alternative to liposuction, as well as for skin rejuvenation, and can shrink belly fat, double chins, saddlebags, and bra bulge. Multiple injections of homeopathic medications, traditional pharmaceuticals, vitamins, minerals and amino acids are made into the targeted area. Mesotherapy is custom-tailored for each individual, and unlike surgery, is virtually painless.

Metabolic Typing: Defining individual metabolic balance by evaluating the balance of the autonomic nervous system, cellular oxidation, and endocrine dominance.

Meta Therapy is the acronym for Medical & Esthetical Tissue Activating Therapy, Dermatude Meta Therapy combines the benefits of several skin rejuvenation methods in a 100 percent natural, unique technique for anti-aging, rejuvenation, hydration, and restoration. Meta Therapy combines both aspects: natural skin improvement from the inside out and externally applied active ingredients by means of special serums. A dual effect in the battle against skin aging is tackling not just the consequencew but the causes of skin aging.

Microcurrent: Bio Therapeutics, BT Nano Microcurrent with BT Cocktail is a strategic, three-part skin energy system that uses the most forward-thinking anti-aging ingredients to increase cellular functions in areas of regeneration, renewal, and protection. Using ATP (adenosine triphosphate) as the bio-catalyst to increase cellular respiration and oxygenation of the cell, the BT-Cocktail is the ultimate in a lifestyle skin care product for both professionals and consumers. Additionally, BT-Cocktail includes the first 100 percent ozone protection defense, along with ergothioneine, which is a proven broad-spectrum antiodxident.

miHealth is a handheld device used to remove blockages in and balance the human biofield for healthy function.

Mindful eating: Research indicates that stress is the underlying cause of overweight and food-related issues. Diets do not work and are not healthy. Mindful eating draws on the strong research and skill sets of mindfulness to help people with food and eating issues learn how to handle their stress in positive ways and develop a new and joyous relationship with food and eating that supports their health goals.

Mindfulness is both as paradigm and the practices of bringing one’s full attention into the present moment. Mindfulness is strongly evidence-based in acute and chronic medical situations and in wellness and stress management programs. It is used by major corporations to increase productivity and creativity, in schools to enhance effective learning and creativity, and in other settings such as the military. Mindfulness can improve the quality of life.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a specific eight-week intensive training in mindfulness developed primarily for serious students of mindfulness or for people with serious health conditions. Thirty years of scientific studies at UM Medical Center have shown that mindfulness practices make a significant difference in quality of life for people with a wide variety of chronic stress disorders, pain conditions, and major chronic illnesses, as well as enhance wellness and help maximize positive living.

Movement Education: Assistance in recognizing and improving one’s quality of movement in relation to specific tasks. Through particular exercises, a practitioner helps the individual in finding movement patterns that cause difficulty, then suggests exercises to amend the patterns or use hands-on repatterning techniques to bring about new, healthier patterns.

Moxa: Heat applied to specific areas of the body as a treatment for disharmony.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS): An inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS), the brain and spinal cord. Predominantly a disease of the "white matter" tissue made up of nerve fibers which are responsible for transmitting signals both within the CNS and between the CNS and the nerves supplying the rest of the body. MS causes patches of damage called plaques or lesions to appear in seemingly random areas of the CNS white matter. At the site of a lesion, a nerve insulating material called myelin is lost. MS is a serious disease, but almost nobody loses function in all areas, and some people are affected much worse than others. People with MS can experience full or partial numbness, tingling, pins and needles, muscle weakness, muscle spasms, spasticity, cramps, pain, blindness, blurred or double vision, incontinence, urinary urgency or hesitancy, constipation, slurred speech, loss of sexual function, loss of balance, nausea, disabling fatigue, depression, memory problems, other forms of cognitive dysfunction, and an inability to swallow, and/or control breathing.

Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC) is the credential granted by the Certification Board fpr Music Therapists to identify music therapists who have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to practice music therapy at the current level of the profession.

Music Therapy: The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapy became an established health profession during the 1940s, and uses music and its seven elements (melody, tempo, rhythm, timbre, harmony, form, and dynamics) within a therapeutidc relationship to address a variety of client needs including physical, psychological, cognitive, and behavioral functions. Previous training in music is not required in order to benefit from music therapy.

Myofascial Release: Therapeutic treatment as a gentle form of stretching has a healing effect on body tissues, eliminating pain and restoring motion. Fascia is a connective tissue which surrounds every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel, and organ of the body, down to the cellular level. Malfunction of the fascial system due to trauma, posture, or inflammation can create a binding down of fascia, resulting in abnormal pressure on nerves, muscles, bones, or organs.

Myofascial unwinding and rebounding refers to unweighting a joint or body part after which it begins to spontaneously move in intuitive ways which promote the self-healing of injuries and “ancient” wounds. The whole body often gets involved. Rebounding occurs in a state of deep relaxation. A series of stimulated movements “rebound” the patient into an intense series of releases through accessing the subconscious' deeper wisdom of the body. Rebounding is often accompanied by massive emotional releases as the patient is afforded an opportunity to revisit and release old traumas and injuries that occurred many years ago.

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Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET®): are a non-invasive, drug-free, natural solution to eliminate allergies of all types and intensities, using a blend of selective energy balancing, testing, and treatment procedures from acupuncture/acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic, nutritional, and kinesiological disciplines of medicine. See www.NAET.com

Natural Foods are minimally processed foods that remain as close as possible to their whole, original state. Natural foods are generally more nutritious than their refined counterparts.

Naturology is an exclusive course of study that was created by the American Institute of Holistic Theology. Naturology comes from the root word, nature, meaning “that which is lifelike, not artificial” and the suffix, ology, meaning “a branch of learning or science.” Naturology holds that nature is our total source for dietary, spiritual, and intellectual health. Naturologists do not use anything synthetic; instead they choose only nature’s own solutions.

Naturopathy: To safely heal in harmony with the natural functions of the body is the underlying principle of the naturopathic system of medicine. Health or disease results from a complex interaction of physical, emotional, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle, and other factors. Naturopathic doctors treat the whole person, taking these factors into account.

Neural Mobilization: A rehab technique used to decrease neural entrapment caused by soft-tissue injury. The brain, spinal cord, and nerves are continuous and are surrounded by connective tissue which can develop tension or tightness, often contributing to nerve symptoms experienced as radiating pain, numbness, tingling or weakness. NM is a gentle nerve stretching technique to relieve this tension and its associated symptoms.

Neuro-Integration Therapy addresses the nuclei and reticular formation in the brain.

Neuromuscular Therapy is often used to relieve tender or congested spots in muscle tissue and compressed nerves that may radiate pain to other areas of the body. The role of the brain, spine, and nerves is emphasized in this type of therapy.

Neuropathy: Peripheral neuropathy is damage or disease affecting the nerves, which may impair sensation, movement, gland or organ function, or other aspects of health, depending on the type of nerve affected. Common causes include systemic diseases (such as diabetes or leprosy), vitamin deficiency, medication (e.g., chemotherapy), traumatic injury, excessive alcohol consumption, immune system disease, or infection, or it may be inherited (present from birth). In conventional medical usage, the word neuropathy (neuro- + -pathy) without modifier usually means peripheral neuropathy.

NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) is the study of language, communication, and personal change. From a health perspective it involves being conscious of how you talk to yourself, how that influences the history patterns in your body, and how to facilitate the healing process through these patterns.

No Lipo Lipo: A massage-like technique that improves circulation and reduces cellulite.

NST (Neurostructural Integration Technique or Bowen) is essentially a soft tissue therapy designed to remove pain, physiological dysfunction and even psychological imbalances by restoring the structural integrity of the body. Its application is suitable and safe for all ages, from newborn to elderly.

Nonviolent communication (abbreviated NVC, also called compassionate communication or collaborative communication) involves both communication skills that foster compassionate relating, and consciousness of the interdependence of our wellbeing, and using power with others to work together to meet the needs of all concerned. It was developed by Marshall Rosenberg beginning in the 1960s and is now used throughout the world in a multitude of settings.

NutraMetrix® is a custom health solution offering health priofessionals and their patients a way to achieve their optimal health, through the use of science-based nutraceuticals, effective weight management programs, and custom supplementation products.

Nutriceutical: A coined word combining nutrition and pharmaceutical which basically means to "let food be your medicine and medicine be your food." Generally, any nutritional supplement designed for any specific clinical purpose(s) and sold on the market as food for general consumption — or "health food"— to be used as supplements to nutrition (diet).

Nutrition: The process by which a living organism assimilates food and uses it for growth, liberation of energy, and replacement of tissues. Proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes are the basic elements our bodies use to create and maintain life. A specific balance of these elements is required to maintain optimal health.

Nutritional Medicine calls for higher, therapeutic doses of basic nutrients to address illnesses and disorders. It can be used effectively for diseases of deficiency which may be caused by poor diet or extreme environmental factors. Because this method uses substances which are vital to human physiology, nutritional medicine is well received by the body.

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Oneness Blessing (Deeksha) is a non-denominational benediction; a unique and specific blessing. It is the transfer of divine energy, which over time, is designed to bring about the state of oneness in the recipient. This energy has been brought to the world through divine grace, and is being bestowed upon humanity. The Oneness Blessing flows from the vision of sri Amma and Sri Bhagavan, founders of the Oneness Movement — a rapidly growing worldwide community composed of people of all nationalities, all religions, and all spiritual paths. This movement, in cooperation with many, is playing a pivotal role in transforming humanity from a personal perception of separateness to an undeniable experience of complete Oneness, or connectedness, with all that is.

Orff-Schulwerk is a way to terach and learn music. It is based on things children like to do: sing, chant rhymes, clap, dance, and keep a beat on anything near at hand. These instincts are directed into learning music by hearing and making music first, then reading and writing it later. This is the same way we all learned our language.

Organic: Pertaining to, involving, or grown with fertilizers of animal, mineral, or vegetable origin, as distinguished from manufactured chemicals.

Orthopedics: The branch of medicine that deals with the prevention or correction of injuries or disorders of the skeletal system and associated muscles, joints, and ligaments.

Orthotists are practitioners who make braces, splints, and external devices to support a limb or help correct a misalignment.

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Pain Reflex Release Technique (PRRT): This nonconventional physical therapy approach utilizes the body’s primal reflexes for the purpose of reducing musculoskeletal pain and enhancing natural healing. It can be used effectively to treat chronic pain conditions, fibromyalgia, post surgical pain, or unresolved pains. These reflexes refer specifically to protective reflexes. A reflex is any movement occurring automatically and involuntarily as a result of the nervous system’s reaction to a stimulus. PRRT is based on the theories that abnormal responses to pain and stress occur when basic or primal reflexes are overactive, and that the nervous system responses can be neutralized using certain manual techniques and home exercises.

Physical Therapy: A hands-on approach that assists healing using a variety of techniques including exercise, hot/cold treatments, electrical stimulation, and massage. When used after injuries and surgery, it accelerates recovery by improving strength, relieving pain, and restoring full range of motion. Physical therapy also aims to help prevent recurring injuries.

Pleo® Sanum is a product system first developed in 1944 to modulate functional biology through a variety of mechanisms. For over 60 years, Pleo® Sanum isopathic, homeopathic, and supplementation preparations have been a keystone of biological medicine for thousands of patients suffering chronic and acute conditions worldwide. The biological medicine perpective sees the body as a balance of life processes influenced at many points.

PMA-Member Share Network is a private member organization incorporated by the Pastoral Medical Association to provide members the opportunity to give and receive natural health care information and services.

Polarity Therapy: 1) Founded by Austrian-born naturopath Dr. Randolph Stone in the mid-1920s, Polarity is a noninvasive approach complementing existing systems within an integrated holistic model. Polarity is based on the belief that positive and negative poles exist in every cell. The clothed body is gently manipulated to balance the positive and negative energies. In addition, a simple cleansing diet helps eliminate blockages and toxins. 2) A comprehensive health system involving energy-based bodywork, diet, exercise and self-awareness. It works with the human energy field — electromagnetic patterns expressed in mental, emotional and physical experience. Polarity Therapy views health as a reflection of the condition of the energy field, and its therapeutic methods are designed to balance the field for health benefit.

Posterior Facet Syndrome: The facet joints (Z-joints) are a pair of joints in the posterior aspect of the spine. This joint is one of the most common sources of low back pain. In all, many sources of pain can be found at the Z-joint, ranging from degenerative changes to irritated nerve endings (chemical and mechanical) to concomitant nerve root entrapment.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged, and these symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to significantly impair the person’s daily life.

Pregnancy Massage provides circulatory benefits, stress reduction, improved physiological functioning, reduced musculoskeletal pain, and effective massage for labor preparation, labor facilitation, and postpartum recovery. Specific safety precautions include positioning concerns, appropriate depth of pressure, pain level adjustments, somatic therapies, and specific guidelines for high-risk pregnancies and pregnancy complications to help ensure a healthy pregnancy, labor, and birth experience. The age-old use of reassuring touch provides an anchor and is an intrinsic part of nurturing and cherishing mother and child. Pregnancy massage can help to alleviate most of the common ailments of pregnancy, including nausea, back- and neck ache, and insomnia. It reassures the mother that she will be able to birth her baby.

Primary Care: The first entry point to the health care system in which one’s health problems are diagnosed and treated.

Prolo (Prolotherapy): The injection of a proliferant — a specially formulated, mild irritant designed by Dr. Milne Ongley — into damaged soft tissue, causing an irritation that brings blood flow into the area which allows the area to rebuild and heal the damaged tissue. Prolotherapy has been successful in triggering the body’s immune system to respond in an area such as a tendon or ligament that, once damaged, usually does not heal completely due to poor blood circulation. It is a useful treatment where the root cause of a patient’s chronic or recurring back, neck, or joint pain is joint instability due to tendon or ligament damage. See www.theongleyinstitute.com

PRRT (see Pain Reflex Release Technique)

PsychK (psych-k.com), short for psychology and kinesiology, is a modality developed by Rob Williams for balanceing conscious intent with the subconscious.

Psychotherapy: A counseling method that helps one look objectively at behavior, feelings, thoughts, and problematic situations to determine more effective ways of understanding and behaving.

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Qi: The circulating life energy that in Eastern philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things; in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health.

Qi Gong: A system of practices for rejuvenation and health preservation, loosely translated to mean "Life Force gained through the merit of practice." Qi Gong improves flexibility, strength, mental focus, and physical and emotional balance through visualization, meditation, stretching, movement, self-massage, and sound.

Quantum Healing is "Healing the body-mind from a quantum level… Quantum healing involves a shift in the fields of energy information, so as to bring about a correction in an idea that has gone wrong. It involves healing one mode of consciousness, the mind, to bring about changes in another mode of consciousness, the body." (–Deepak Chopra) Through kinesiology, quantum healing accesses collective consciousness to get to the place of origin of an illness.

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RASA is the fluid, the juice, in the body which comes from correctly digested food. RASA gives rise to all the tissues of the body and imparts a feeling of pleasure in its own existence.

Rebirthing (see Breathwork)

Reflexology: A science that applies pressure to the feet or hands to stimulate reflexes which correspond to specific areas of the body. This stimulation of the reflexes by way of a specific manual technique using the thumbs and fingers helps relieve stress and improve blood circulation and nerve transmission to bring greater balance and well-being to the body.

Reiki: (RAY-key) A gentle, non-invasive, ancient form of natural healing. The practitioner usually places his/her hands on the clothed recipient, moving the hands every few minutes. This form of energy healing works on the physical, etheric, and subtle bodies by restoring and balancing the natural life force energy within the body.

The Reiki Alliance: A global community of Reiki Masters who support one another in their practice of the Usui System of Reiki Healing. (www.ReikiAlliance.com)

Reiki Tummo is a unique combination of Reiki (universal energy) and Tummo (Kundalini energy) attunements and techniques, designed to give its practitioner an awakening. It is a safe and naural way to promote health and well-being by restoring balance to the mind, body, and spirit. The ability to channel Reiki energy for healing and other purposes will be greatly improved due to the energy/nadi channel cleansing that occurs via the Kundalini whenever the energy is channeled.

Restorative Practices build social capital and achieve social discipline through participatory learning and decision-making. They help to reduce crime, violence, and bullying; improve human behavior; strengthen civil society; and provide effective leadership while repairing harm and building relationships.

Rolfing (see Structural Integration)

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Sadhana Center: Yoga practice based on the eight-limbed path as codified by Patanjali — physical, ethical and philosophical awareness that every opportunity of being conscious in our daily lives brings us closer to fulfilling our role of being human.

Sciatica is pain along the course of a sciatic nerve especially in the back of the thigh; broadly: pain in the lower back, buttocks, hips, or adjacent parts.

Sclerotherapy: Varicose vein treatment.

Sensorimotor Education: Using bodywork to develop physical resources to address the effects of developmental and traumatic issues with clients.

Sex coaching is a sex positive, present-centered process for sexual self-empowerment, to help find the sexual fulfillment one desires. Sex coaching offers a safe space for to heal, reclaim your natural birthright to enjoy the pleasures of sex, and to develop and enhance your sexual power and authenticity. Sessions are completely personalized to help meet one’s own desired outcomes, and may incorporate home assignments, bodywork, personalized sex education, field trips and rituals. Sex coaching involves becoming attuned to body, mind, emotions, energy and spirit, so that sex can become an integrated, joyful part of life.

Sex therapy is a specialized form of counseling that focuses on sexual concerns. In the state of Florida, the title "Sex Therapist" can only be used by those who meet requirements stated in the FL Statutes. Certification from AASECT requires additional continuing education and supervision. Sex therapists can help with sexual desire issues, difficulty with arousal/erections and/or orgasm/ejaculations, sexual trauma issues, mismatched desire or interests in couples, and gender and sexuality issues. Therapy may include home-assignments, direct suggestions or a focus on resolving uncomfortable feelings from the past or present.

Shaman, Shamanism: An ancient and contemporary earth-centered practice of opening one’s vision to enter the reality of a broader “unseen” universe for the purpose of enhancing daily life and issues here in this world. The core of shamanism is direct revelation through communication with spiritual allies and the natural world. It has been practiced in many forms by natural peoples throughout human history. Contemporary shamanism holds great promise for expanded meaning, problem solving, and healing of our world during times of great transition and awakening.

Shiatsu is a holistic approach to healing. The practitioner applies gentle rhythmic pressure along the acupuncture meridians to restore health, balance, and vitality. Stress-related conditions respond well to Shiatsu therapy, which is done with the client fully clothed on a futon.

Somatics (Greek “somatikos” soma: “living, aware, bodily person”) means pertaining to the body, experienced and regulated from within. The concept of soma posits that neither body nor mind is separate from the other; both are part of a living process. Many of the approaches in the field of somatics address the body-mind split endemic in Western culture, and body-mind integration is a common goal. Freedom from restrictions in body and mind is another goal, so that the individual functions and thrives optimally with self-mastery and healthy responsibility within the environment in which he or she lives. A fundamental principle of somatic disciplines is that growth, change, and transformation are always possible at any age.

Soul Retrieval is a shamanic ritual in which a shaman and her power animal journey on behalf of a person to find, retrieve, and return to him parts of his soul that have split off (due to overwhelming soul trauma), been given away (common in codependent or traumatic relationships), or been stolen. Soul retrieval restores a degree of wholness and aliveness that enriches a person’s ability to be present in his own life.

Sound Therapy is a form of Biological Resonance or BioResonance. The tones are delivered in the range of brainwave multiples are resonate with the cells of the human body. When balance is restored, harmony and healing are the result.

Spiritual Direction is the process of accompanying, rather than directing, a person in her or his spiritual life. Distinct from counseling or therapy, such spiritual companionship provides opportunity for listening, nurture, and growth in a way that invites discerning and trusting “nudges” experienced within.

Structural Integration/Rolfing: This method of bodywork consists of deep tissue manipulation and client education about how the body is positioned in relation to gravity. The major sections of the body — the head, shoulders, chest, pelvis, and legs — are "reordered" to enhance flexibility, ease of breath, and movement. As the physical body is adjusted, so are corresponding parts of the emotional body, making for a comprehensive healing session.

Swedish Massage: One of the most common Western massage techniques; a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation using a combination of kneading, rolling, and vibrational, percussive and tapping movements. Benefits may include general relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation.

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Telangiectasias or angioectasias (aka spider veins) are small dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin or mucous membrandes, measuring between 0.5 and 1 mm. in diameter. They can develop anywhere on the body but are commonly seen on the face, around the nose, cheeks and chin. They can also develop on the legs, specifically on the upper thigh, below the knee joint, and around the ankles.

Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) is a condition in which the joint that connects the temporal bone (which forms the sides of the skull) with the mandible (jaw bone) does not function properly. We use this joint more frequently than most others; every time we talk, chew, bite or swallow. TMJ produces pain in the muscles and joints of the jaw that can radiate to the face, neck, head and shoulders. There may be difficulty opening the mouth all the way, or clicking/popping when chewing, yawning, or kissing. The most common causes are poor bite and stress, combined with teeth grinding, especially at night; gum chewing can worsen the condition.

Thai Massage/Thai Yoga Massage: 1) Oriental bodywork which involves gentle stretching of the client by the therapist to bring about balance by opening the energy lines on both sides of the body. It uses a very complex sequence of soft-tissue pressing, stretching, twisting, and joint movement. 2) Thai massage is an ancient Eastern form of massage which incorporates stimulation of acupressure points along energy lines, and facilitated, yoga-like stretches to release blocked energy and restore harmony in one’s being.

Therapeutic Exercise: Specific exercises, designed for rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal system, to stimulate the return of normal movement function.

Thermography: Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) is a totally non-invasive, clinical imaging procedure for detecting and monitoring a number of diseases and physical injuries by showing the thermal abnormalities present in the body. Some of these diseases and injuries include fibromyalgia, TMJ, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, digestive disorders, and in particular, breast disease. The benefit of DITI testing in the case of breast disease is that it offers an opportunity for earlier detection than has been possible through self-examination, a doctor’s exam, or mammography alone.

TMJ (see Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome)

Total Motion Release: Holistic physical therapy approach which utilizes normal and functional movements that help accelerate healing simply by placing less weight and activity in the "bad" areas or movements and exaggerate the workload in "good" areas or movements.

The TRAGER® Approach: Movement re-education and neuro-muscular reprogramming which enhances body/mind integration, offering new possibilities to the nervous system. Clients are invited to let go of deep holding patterns through gentle touch/movements offered by the practitioner in a deeply relaxed, meditative state. Working within one’s pain-free range, the practitioner communicates a quality of natural fluidity and teaches the receiver to experience more fluid, playful ways of thinking, feeling and moving. This shift from effort to ease is reinforced through Mentastics® self-care movements. Trager.com.

TriYoga, a unique system of Hatha yoga developed by Kali Ray, is based on flowing sequences in which postures are connected by a wave-like motion. This method is the union of posture, breath and focus — which is asana, pranayama and mudra.

Tse Dup Yang Bod, based upon the 7th-Century Bon text Tse Dup Jha Ri Ma, is the ancient Tibetan system of healing the energetic essence of the soul, life force, and life.

Tui-na is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, fire cupping, Chinese herbalism, tai chi and qigong. It is a hands-on-body treatment using acupressure, whch is a modality of Chinese medicine whose purpose is to bring the body into balance.

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Ultrasound: The use of therapeutic sound at a frequency designed to stimulate the healing process, by increasing the temperature deep within the body, which fosters an increase of blood circulation to the area of injury.

Usui Shiki Ryoho translates from Japanese as "The Usui System of Reiki Healing." This form of natural, hands-on healing received and developed by Dr. Mikao Usui was passed on through a distinct method of teaching and practice. The Usui System includes, among other elements, an oral tradition and initiation ritual, use of specific symbols, a defined form of practice, and the recognition of the spiritual lineage of Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata, and Phyllis Lei Furumoto. (www.UsuiReiki-ogm.com)

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Vibrational Frequency Adjustments: A study of the current energetic vibrational frequency rate of any situation, object, person, or illness, and then re-tuning the harmonic resonance to create a more optimal outcome. The higher the vibrational frequency, the more light emanating from a situation and attracting matched energy.

Viniyoga™ is a comprehensive and authentic transmission of yoga including asana, pranayama, bandha, sound, chanting, meditation, personal ritual, and study of texts. Viniyoga™ is an ancient Sanskrit term that implies differentiation, adaptation, and appropriate application.

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Webster’s In-Utero Constraint Technique is used for assisting breach babies in turning after the seventh month of pregnancy. It involves a gentle sacral adjustment, as well as a trigger point on the anterior aspect of the woman’s pelvis. A highly effective, gentle, non-invasive technique that has helped many women avoid a Caesarian-section.

Whole-Body Cryotherapy (see Cryotherapy)

Yapana® means support and extension of life in Sanskrit, and was created by Leeann Carey. There are always three parts: the warm-up of one movement with one breath; a series of Doing poses that require effort; and a series of Being poses that are supported and completely restorative.

Yoga is a comprehensive system of practices that enable a person to develop his or her highest potential physically, mentally, and spiritually.  It usually includes asanas (postures that strengthen, stretch, and tone the body); breathing techniques; meditation; and chanting. One may choose from a variety of yoga traditions all of which can lead to better health and well-being.

Zero Balancing is a gentle method of using touch to balance the energy body (subtle movements in muscles, tissue fluids, cellular and molecular vibrations) with the physical structure (bones, soft tissues and the body organs). The energy body is like the wind while the physical structure is like the sail of a boat: when they are in balance, dysfunctional habits, such as imprints from past traumas and outmoded emotional patterns, can release.

 
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