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Alchemical Hypnotherapy is interactive trance work using archetypes/guides to empower clients in discovering, aligning with, and living out their life purposes. Developed by David Quigley, Alchemical Hypnotherapy synthesizes techniques from many modern schools of Transpersonal Hypnotherapy and Psychology. It includes Gestalt, Regression Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Psychosynthesis and Shamanism with the ancient science of Alchemy as translated and channeled to the modern world by Dr. Carl Jung.

Aromatherapy is an ancient healing art, utilizing the essential oils of herbs and flowers to treat emotional disorders such as stress and anxiety as well as a wide range of other ailments. Oils are massaged into the skin, inhaled, or placed in baths. Aromatherapy is often used in conjunction with massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, herbology, chiropractic, and other holistic treatments.

Ayurveda is the oldest medical system known to man and the oldest and most comprehensive spiritual teaching in the world. It has beenpracticed in daily life in India for more than 4000 years. It focuses on achieving and maintaining perfect balance - health being the balance of the elements air, fire and water (illness is an excess of an element). Determination of a patient's body type according to Ayurvedic principles provides the basis for individualized recommendations for dietary regimens and other preventive therapeutic interventions. Ayurvedic prescriptions might include purification procedures for the restoration of biological rhythms; experience of expanded consciousness through meditation, nutritional counseling, stress reduction, neuromuscular conditions, and behavioral modification.

Bioenergetics is a psychotherapy that works through the body to engage the emotions. Specific postures and exercises create a condition where the body cannot continue both the exercise and the chronic muscular tension and defensiveness known as body armoring. Continuing the exercise causes the release of layers of body armor. As feelings are unlocked, this creates the opportunity for understanding and integrating those feelings.

Chiropractic is based on the premise that proper structural alignment will permit free flow of nerve activity in the body. Since the spine is literally the backbone of human health, when spinal vertebrae are out of alignment, they put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves leaving the spinal cord. Diminished function and illness are the result. Misalignment can occur in a variety of ways including physical trauma, poor posture and stress. The chiropractor seeks to analyze and correct these misalignments through spinal manipulation or adjustment.

Colon Therapy is an internal bath that washes away old toxic waste accumulated along the walls of the colon. It is given with pressurized water by a professional using special equipment. One colonic irrigation is equivalent of approximately four to six enemas. Colonic irrigations reach every part of the intestinal tract cleaning out matter that collects and remains for years in the pockets and kinks of the colon. The treatment is used as a corrective process, and for prevention of disease. Colonics are recommended for ailments such as constipation, psoriasis, acne, allergies, headaches and the common cold, to name a few.

Craniosacral Therapy is a manual therapeutic procedure for remedying distortions in the structure and function of the craniosacral mechanism - the brain and spinal cord, the bones of the skull, the sacrum, and interconnected membranes. There are two major premises of craniosacral work. First is that the bones of the skull can be manipulated because they never completely fuse. The second is that the pulse of the cerebrospinal fluid can be balanced by a practitioner trained to detect variations in that pulse. It is used to treat chronic pain, migraine headaches, TMJ, ear and eye problems, balance or learning difficulties, dyslexia, hyperactivity and a range of other conditions. The technique is performed by a range of licensed health practitioners.

Crystal and gem therapy involves the use of quartz crystals and gemstones for therapeutic and healing purposes. Crystals have their own unique energy frequencies. They have the capacity to amplify other frequencies and are often used for this purpose in healing. They also absorb and store frequencies and essentially can be programmed to carry healing intention. In the ancient art of "laying-on of stones," practitioners place crystals and gemstones on various parts of the body, corresponding to chakra points, to balance energy flow.

Deep tissue work is a technique of stretching and moving the connective tissue that envelopes the muscles (fascia) in order to lengthen and balance the body along its natural, vertical axis. Distortions of the connective tissue may be caused by reaction and compensation due to accidents, emotional tension, or past traumas that were never released. Benefits of deep tissue massage are numerous. It is used to remove chronic muscular pain, help with injury rehabilitation, and reduce inflammation-type pain caused by ailments such as arthritis and tendonitis. By helping to remove accumulated lactic acid and other waste products from the muscles, deep tissue massage works to detoxify tissue.

Energy Field Work is the art and practice of realigning and reattuning the body between the physical and the etheric and auric fields to assist the body's natural healing processes. Working directly with the energy field in and around the body, energy is channeled through the practitioner and directed into the cells, tissues, and organs of the body. In this way, healing occurs on physical and non-physical levels at the same time. Sessions may or may not involve the physical laying-on of hands.

The Feldenkrais Method combines movement training, gentle touch, and verbal dialogue to help create freer, more efficient movement. Feldenkrais takes two forms: In individual hands-on sessions ("Functional Integration"), the practitioner's touch is used to address the student's breathing and body alignment; and in a series of classes of slow, non-aerobic motion ("Awareness Through Movement"), students "relearn" improved ways their bodies can move.

A person's "gestalt" ("the whole picture") is his mind, body, and spirit, as well as his heritage, place in society, values, and aspirations. Gestalt Therapy resolves incomplete or conflicting gestalts within a person to enable him to be more fully aware in the present moment. The individual is guided to acknowledge and take responsibility for ("to own") these different parts of herself - to enact and give equal voice to her myriad feelings, thereby facilitating a true reconciliation of the many selves within her.

Holotropic Breathwork is a powerful technique of self-exploration that combines breathing, evocative music, and a specific form of bodywork. It includes and integrates the physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions. Presented in a two-day workshop by certified facilitators, participants try to access the four "levels" of experience that are available during breathing; sensory, biographical, perinatal, and transpersonal. By accessing buried memories, an individual can relive their own birth experience or traumatic life events, free up "stuck" emotional viewpoints, or in some cases experience a mystical state of awareness such as connecting to the universe.

Homeopathy is a highly systematic therapy that uses small doses of specially prepared plants and minerals to powerfully stimulate the body's defense mechanisms and healing processes in order to cure illness. The word "homeopathy" is taken from the Greek homeos meaning "similar" and pathos meaning "suffering." Thus, Homeopathy means "to treat with something that produces an effect similar to the suffering." This "law of similars," the concept of "like cures like" is the basic principle of Homeopathy. A remedy is individually chosen for a sick person based on its capacity to cause, if given in overdose, physical and psychological symptoms similar to those a patient is experiencing.

Hypnotherapy refers to a range of hypnosis techniques that allow practitioners to bypass the conscious mind and access the subconscious. The altered state that occurs under hypnosis has been compared to a state of deep meditation or transcendence, in which the innate recuperative abilities of the psyche are allowed to flow more freely. The subject can achieve greater clarity regarding her own wants and needs, explore other events or periods of life requiring resolution, or generally develop a more positive attitude. Often used to help people lose weight or stop smoking, it's also used in the treatment of phobias, stress, and as an adjunct in the treatment of illnesses.

Inspirationism is a blended therapy that incorporates your core values with breath, imagery and hypnotherapy. With this therapy it is possible to safely release the past and all it's unwanted legacies such as addictions, depression, overeating and smoking. It is also possible to complete "unfinished business", to rescue yourself from your past, and to clear your mind so you can really begin to live today.

Iridology is the art and science of analyzing the delicate structure of the colored portion of the eye, or the iris. Over 90 specific areas on each iris have been "mapped," making a total of over 180 zones available to reveal important information about conditions in the body. Each specific area or zone on the iris acts as a readout gauge to reflect conditions in the corresponding area of the body. Usually weaknesses are noticeable in the iris long before they would be discernible through blood work or laboratory analysis, thus making iridology and nutritional support strong useful tools for preventative selfcare.

Kinesiology is the study of muscles and their movement. Applied Kinesiology uses the relative strength and weakness of selected muscles to indicate whether there is decreased function in any bodily organs or systems, or whether there is an imbalance or restriction in the energy flow. Much of applied kinesiology is based on the observed relationships between specific muscles and organs. Some testing makes use of acupuncture meridians and other testing makes use of interrelationships among muscles, organs, the brain and the body's energy field. Applied kinesiology is also used to check the body's response to a treatment that is being considered.

One of the world's oldest healing methods, Laying on of Hands has been practiced throughout history. Used by shamans, by priests, and by doctors and nurses, mentioned in the sacred literature of the East and in the Bible, the Laying on of Hands works through all levels of the being. Through the use of this method of healing, a psychic healer connects the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual layers of the clients psyche, rebalancing the chakras and energy fields in order to effect a healing of body, mind and spirit.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage, is a gentle, non-invasive, rhythmical, whole-body massage aimed at stimulating the lymphatic system to carry away excessive fluid in the loose connective tissue. Since the lymph system's function is to carry off wastes, toxins, bacteria, viruses, excess water, etc. from the body's connective tissue, blockage or damage here results in a variety of conditions including acne, edema, inflammation, arthritis, and sinusitis. Because this therapy stimulates a natural cleaning system to help the body rid itself of accumulated toxins and poisons, it brings tissue to a healthier state.

As defined by the American Massage Therapy Association, Massage Therapy is "...the manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes and may include, but is not limited to, effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, compression, vibration, friction, nerve strokes, and other Swedish Movements, either by hand or with mechanical or electrical apparatus for the purpose of body massage. This may include the use of oil, salt glows, hot and cold packs, and other recognized forms of Massage Therapy." The physical, mental, and emotional benefits of Massage Therapy are well documented. In general, most massage techniques accomplish the following: increased circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid which brings additional qualities of oxygen and nutrients to tissue; removal and elimination of the waste products of metabolism and other toxic substances from the body; relaxation and reduction of stress with attendant decrease in pain; movement of blood back to the heart in those individuals unable to exercise due to a debilitating disease or injury.

Meditation is the intentional directing of attention to the clear aspect of one's own inner nature. There are many different types of Meditation practiced today based on different principles using the body or mind and whether they employ control or letting-go mechanisms as a means of achieving a meditative state. A variety of techniques are used to achieve a state of harmony; these include the use of imagery, mantras, and observation and control of the breath. While some meditators may seek a mystical sense of oneness with a higher power or with the universe, others may seek to reduce stress or alleviate stress-related ailments such as anxiety and high blood pressure. Research has shown that Meditation can contribute to an individual's psychological and physiological well being.

Myofascial release is a whole body "hands-on" technique that seeks to free the body from the grip of tight fascia, or connective tissue, thus restoring normal alignment and function and reducing pain. Using their hands, therapists apply mild, sustained pressure in order to gently stretch and soften the fascia. Myofascial Release is used to treat neck and back pain, headaches, recurring sports injuries, and scoliosis, among other conditions.

Naturopathy is a comprehensive and eclectic system that incorporates the use of a broad range of natural substances and natural means to promote health. Naturopathic philosophy is to work in harmony with the body's natural healing abilities. Training may include the study of specific approaches such as massage, manipulation, acupuncture, acupressure, counseling, applied nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, minor surgery and basic obstetrics for assistance at natural childbirth.

Network chiropractic is a form of chiropractic that views the spine as a powerful "switchboard of consciousness." The method is based on the belief that spinal adjustment can serve to unify the physical, emotional, and mental body with a universal intelligence or consciousness.

NLP is a systematic approach to changing limiting patterns of thought, behavior and language. In conversation, practitioners observe the client's language, eye movements, posture, breathing, and gestures in order to detect and then help change unconscious patterns linked to the client's emotional state.

Neuromuscular Therapy emphasizes the role of the brain, spine, and nerves in muscular pain. One goal of the therapy is to relieve tender congested spots in muscle tissue and compressed nerves that may radiate pain to other areas of the body.

Polarity Therapy is a system of energy balancing that asserts that energy fields and currents exist everywhere in nature, and that the free flow and balance of this energy in the human body is the underlying foundation of good health. Practitioner's use gentle touch and guidance in diet, exercise, and self-awareness to help clients balance their energy flow, thus supporting a return to health. The practitioner's hands do not impart energy, they merely redirect the flow of the receiver's own energy. The receiver then recharges himself with his own freed energy.

Sometimes called zone therapy, Reflexology is based on the idea that there are reflex points on the soles of the feet or the palms of the hands that represent or correspond to every major organ, gland, and area of the body. With fingers and thumbs, the practitioner applies pressure to these points to treat a wide range of health problems. (See 4-98 article, "Reflexology".)

Reiki, meaning "universal life-force energy" is a scientific method of activating and balancing the life-force present in all living things. Reiki practitioners use light hand placements to channel healing energies to organs and glands or to align the chakras (energy centers). There are techniques for emotional and mental distress, chronic and acute physical problems, and for achieving spiritual focus and clarity. Reiki is a valuable addition to the work of chiropractors, massage therapists, nurses, and others for whom the use of touch is essential or appropriate.

Remote Spirit Releasement is perhaps the newest Hypnotic technique with the greatest healing power. Dr. Edith Fiore states "Earthbound entities (or spirits) are simply those who did not make a natural transition to higher planes of existence". When the body dies, for some reason, the spirit gets confused and attaches to another human and interferes with their lives. Sometimes bringing along the symptoms of the deceased. By doing a Releasement, you help both the spirit and its host.

Also called Structural Integration, Rolfing is a precise and sophisticated technique for manipulating the body's myofascial system, which is composed of the muscles and the facia (connective tissue), to restore the body's natural alignment and sense of integration. As the body is released from old patterns and postures, the range and freedom of both physical and emotional expression is increased. The process involves ten sessions, each focusing on a different part of the body.

Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition that dates back 40,000 years or more, making it the oldest of all healing therapies. Shamanism is based on the belief that all healing includes the spiritual dimension. Shamanic healing usually involves induction into an altered state of consciousness and journeying into the spirit world to regain personal power and to access the powers of nature and of teachers. The loss of power is the real source of illness. It does not seem important whether this approach is taken literally or employed symbolically. In or out of its cultural context shamanic healing is both self-empowering and self-healing.

The most widely known form of acupressure, Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning "finger pressure." Shiatsu uses varying degrees of pressure to balance the life energy that flows through specific pathways (meridians) in the body. Tension is released and weak areas are strengthened to allow for even circulation, cleansing of the cells, and improved vital organ function. Shiatsu can diagnose, prevent and relieve many chronic and acute conditions manifesting on both physical and emotional levels.

Sound Healing involves the use of vocal and instrumental tones, generated internally or externally. When sounds are produced with healing intent they can create sympathetic resonance in the physical and energy bodies. Sound healing can bring discordant energy into balance and harmony.

Therapeutic Touch was introduced into the health sciences in the early 1970's by nursing professor Dolores Krieger. It is practiced by registered nurses and others to relieve pain and stress. The Therapeutic Touch practitioner "accesses" where the person's energy field is weak or congested, and then uses his or her hands to direct energy into the field to balance it.

Touch for Health is a self-help technique taught by instructors which includes acupuncture techniques, acupressure, muscle testing, massage, and dietary guidelines. The techniques balance the body's energy which improves overall health and strengthens resistance to common ailments and physical complaints.

Trager Bodywork is an innovative system of movement re-education that seeks to address the mental roots of muscle tension. By gently rocking, cradling, and moving the clients body, the practitioner encourages the client to see that physically restrictive patterns can be changed. Trager work has been successfully applied to a variety of neuromuscular disorders, as well as to the stresses and discomforts of everyday living.

Trigger Point/Myotherapy is a technique used for the relief of pain. Practitioners of this technique apply pressure to specific points on the body to relieve tension. Trigger points are tender, congested spots on muscle tissue that may radiate pain to other areas. In releasing tension or spasms, treatment decreases the swelling and stiffness associated with muscular pain and increases the range of motion.

Yoga is the practical application of the ancient Indian Vedic teachings. The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj which means "union" or "to join," and refers to the joining of man's physical, mental, and spiritual elements. In Yoga, the goal of good health is accomplished through a combination of techniques including exercises called "asanas" or postures, controlled breathing, relaxation, meditation, and diet and nutrition. Although Yoga is not meant to cure specific diseases or ailments directly, it has been found effective in treating many physical problems.


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