Acupressure is considered to be one of the oldest healing traditions in the world. It is based on the same Chinese concepts of meridians and acupoints as acupuncture. Practitioners use finger pressure on the appropriate points in order to maintain the flow of life energy (chi or qi) along the meridians (body energy pathways), thus allowing the healthy functioning of the internal organs and preventing disease from occurring. Acupressurists also treat those who have disease by aiding the body in releasing blocked energy. Acupressure can be used to relieve many common complaints, such as: headaches, back pain, constipation, asthma and fatigue. Other forms of treatment that incorporate Acupressure include: AMMA, Acuyoga, Shen Tao, Do In, Jin Shen, Jin Shen Do. Acupressure techniques are also an important element of reflexology and the Japanese massage therapy, Shiatsu.
Acupuncture originated in China many thousands of years ago and is one of the most widely practiced forms of natural medicine in the world today. Like Acupressure, Acupuncture seeks to adjust and balance the chi energy flow. Needles of varying lengths and widths (depending on body area) are inserted into selected acupuncture points along the meridians. Points are selected according to observation, questioning and other forms of diagnosis. The acupuncturist then manipulates the needles by twirling, gentle pumping, flicking or stroking. Acupuncture treatment is carried out according to the unique needs of the individual patient. Some common ailments and complaints that may be helped through acupuncture include: arthritis, headaches, menstrual imbalances, allergies, back pain, sinusitis and tinnitus.
The Alexander Technique was founded by F. Matthias Alexander in the 1930's. The technique is based on the belief that poor posture and movement patterns become habits and can be the underlying causes of many ailments and complaints. Practitioners of the Alexander Technique first assess the problems through observation and then teach, using a "hands-on" approach, correct postures and movements. Patients are taught how to properly align their heads, neck and spine. The Alexander Technique does not claim to cure any disease, but has been shown to be very effective in relieving neck, back and joint pain, chronic muscle tension, fatigue and many stress related problems.
AMMA Therapy combines the traditional massage techniques of ancient China with the practice of stimulating, releasing and balancing the chi energy through acupressure. Fourteen primary meridians and acupoints are treated according to need. AMMA Therapy promotes health through a treatment program that combines massage, acupressure, bio-energy work and emotional healing. It is used for a wide range of medical conditions.
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Aromatherapy was an important healing art in ancient times especially among the Egyptians. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to promote health, well-being and appearance. Plants, herbs and flowers are distilled to separate the oils and hydrosols (water, containing water-soluble parts of the plant and essential oils). Aromatherapy is employed and often effective in treating skin problems, muscular and rheumatic pain, anxiety and stress disorders, digestive complaints, PMS, and problems with menstruation and menopause.
In this practice, artistic expression using a variety of materials and modalities is used as a therapeutic tool to help effect behavioral changes. Through the vehicle of artistic expression, clients are helped to draw insights about themselves and specific situations. Also, the very act of expressing oneself through an artistic medium enhances the creative self and thus helps to build a sense of confidence, positive self-image and self esteem.
Ayurveda is a comprehensive diagnostic system of medicine. Ayurveda means "the science of life.” It is considered to be the oldest medical system in the world and is based on writings contained in the ancient holy scriptures of the Vedas. Ayurvedic practice is based on the philosophy that views people as microcosms of the universe. The universal elements of space, air, fire, water and earth are considered to correspond to the five senses. The concepts of a life for or prana and the balance of mind, body and spirit are very important to the Ayurvedic system. In Ayurvedic medicine (which is recognized by the World Health Organization), patients may receive any of the following treatments depending on the diagnosis: diet, fasting, meditation, massage, yoga, change in lifestyle patterns (i.e. sleep/exercise), herbal medicines, and rejuvenation therapy.