Healing therapies and techniques
This list of therapies and techniques can offer relief from all types of conditions and help speed up the healing process. Many of these therapies are comprehensive and do require a trained practitioner, however some of them can be learned at home, through books and courses.
Bodywork is any therapeutic or personal development technique that involves working with the human body in a form involving manipulative therapy, breath work, or energy medicine. Bodywork techniques also aim to assess or improve posture, promote awareness of the “bodymind connection” which is an approach that sees the human body and mind as a single integrated unit, to manipulate the electromagnetic field that surrounds the human body and to improve health.
Energy medicine is a branch of alternative medicine of energy healers that can channel healing energy into a patient and effect positive results. Practitioners use a a number of different healing systems including various names, channeled archetypes, energies and often use the word subtle energy.
Reiki is a Japanese form Energy healing. Mikao Usui 1865-1926 was the promoter of Reiki, used as an alternative therapy for the treatment of physical, emotional, and mental diseases. The philosophy of Reiki is rooted in five principles. These principles provide guidance for healing and balancing your Reiki energy. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a “universal energy” is transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing.
Pranic healing is a powerful technique of energy healing and is often compared to medical chi-gong, therapeutic touch and other energy healing techniques because it incorporates many of the same principles within its system. It was developed by Grand Master Choa Kok Sui and made public in 1987. Pranic healing is an effective healing method based on one key principle – that the body has the natural ability to self-repair or self-heal. The two pillars of pranic healing are two essential laws. The first law is the law of self-recovery. The second one is the law of prana or life energy.
ThetaHealing is the registered trademark for a process of meditation created by Vianna Stibal in 1995. ThetaHealing develops natural intuition through changing the brain wave cycle to the theta waves with the intention of exploring how emotional energy affects a person’s health.
Crystal healing is a alternative-medicine technique that uses semiprecious stones and crystals such as quartz, amethyst or opals among many others. The electromagnetic charge within each crystal offers healing vibrations as they work to remove blockages around the body and restore a natural flow of energy. Practitioners of crystal healing can boost low energy, prevent bad energy, release blocked energy, and transform a body’s aura.
Reflexology also known as zone therapy, is an alternative medical practice involving the application of pressure to specific points on the feet and hands. This is done using thumb, finger, and hand massage techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the practice of working on the feet and hands causes a physical change to the related areas of the body.
Qigong or Chi kung is a millennia-old system of coordinated body-posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial-arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, qigong is traditionally viewed by the Chinese and throughout Asia as a practice to cultivate and balance qi, translated as “life energy”.
Nature therapy sometimes referred to as ecotherapy, describes a broad group of techniques or treatments that use an individual’s presence within nature with the intention of improving an individual’s mental or physical health. It is based on the principles of ecopsychology, which look at how we feel interconnected with the earth.
Breathwork is a term for various breathing practices in which the conscious control of breathing it is effective in influence a person’s mental, emotional or physical state, with a claimed therapeutic effect. There is limited evidence that breathwork may be helpful for relaxation and stress.
Sungazing is the act of looking directly into the sun when it is below the angle of 30 degrees during dawn and dusk. Some health benefits of sun gazing are increased energy, boosts the production of the feel good hormones serotonin and melatonin and increase the stimulation and growth of the Pineal gland. *warning it is advised to seek proper training before starting this practice.
Myofascial release is an alternative medicine therapy useful for treating skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood, oxygen, and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a form of bodywork or alternative therapy that uses gentle touch to palpate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. It is based on the fundamental physiology of the human skull and is promoted as a cure-all for a variety of health conditions.
Aromatherapy is a based on the usage of aromatic materials, including essential oils, and other aroma compounds, they are effective in improving psychological and physical well-being, reducing painful conditions and promote a sense of relaxation.
Bach flower remedies (BFRs) are solutions of brandy and water—the water containing extreme dilutions of flower material developed by Edward Bach, an English homeopath, in the 1930s. Bach discovered the dew found on flower petals retains the healing properties of that plant.
Osteopathy is a type of alternative medicine that emphasizes physical manipulation of the body’s muscle tissue and bones. Practitioners of osteopathy are referred to as osteopaths.
Therapeutic touch, known by some as “non-contact therapeutic touch” (NCTT), is an energy therapy which the practitioner promotes healing and reduces pain and anxiety. “Therapeutic Touch” is a registered trademark in Canada for the “[s]tructured and standardized healing practice performed by practitioners trained to be sensitive to the receiver’s energy field that surrounds the body;…no touching is required.”
Ayurveda is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.” The principles of many of the natural healing systems now familiar in the West have their roots in Ayurveda, including Homeopathy and Polarity Therapy.
Acupressure is an alternative medicine technique often used in conjunction with acupuncture. It is based on the concept of life energy which flows through “meridians” in the body. In treatment, physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points or ashi trigger points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. Pressure may be applied by hand, by elbow, or with various devices.
Functional medicine is a form of alternative medicine that encompasses a number of methods and treatments. Its a practice that it focuses on the “root causes” of diseases based on interactions between the environment and the gastrointestinal, endocrine, and immune systems to develop individualized treatment plans.
Alexander technique This practice teaches improved posture and movement, which helps reduce and prevent problems caused by unhelpful habits. During a number of lessons you’re taught to be more aware of your body, how to improve poor posture and move more efficiently.
Hypnosis is a human condition involving focused attention, reduced peripheral awareness, and an enhanced capacity to respond to suggestion. Hypnosis is a trance-like mental state in which people experience increased attention, concentration, and suggestibility, it is often described as a sleep-like state, however it is better expressed as a state of focused attention, heightened suggestibility, and vivid fantasies.
Vision therapy (VT) is an umbrella term for a variety of treatments based around eye exercises. The treatments aim to treat convergence insufficiency – for which there is supporting evidence – and a range of neurological, educational and spatial difficulties.
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is a psychological approach that involves analyzing strategies used by successful individuals and applying them to reach a personal goal. It relates thoughts, language, and patterns of behavior learned through experience to specific outcomes.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EBMR) A structured therapy that encourages the patient to briefly focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories.
Kinesiology addresses physiological, biomechanical, and psychological dynamics using muscle testing and bilateral tapping, to identify imbalances in the body’s structural, chemical, and emotional energy systems.
Pressure point therapy or trigger point therapy derives from the meridian points in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Indian Ayurveda and Siddha medicine, and the field of martial arts, and refers to an area on the human body that may produce significant pain or other effects when manipulated in a specific manner.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a branch of traditional medicine in China. TCM is said to be based on Compendium of Materia Medica and Huangdi Neijing. The practice includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, cupping therapy, gua sha, massage, bonesetter, qigong, and dietary therapy.
Gua sha is part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in which a tool is used to scrape people’s skin in order to produce light petechiae. Practitioners in gua sha release unhealthy bodily matter from blood stasis within sore, tired, stiff or injured muscle areas to stimulate new oxygenated blood flow to the areas, thus promoting metabolic cell repair, regeneration, healing and recovery.
Dantian therapy, The word Dantian is loosely translated as “energy center”. There are three main Dantian used in particular energetic practices they are called Jing, Chi and Shen these are very important focal points for energy exercises and techniques such as Qigong, Chi kung, Martial arts and in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in which thin needles are inserted into points in the body to stimulate the central nervous system. This releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being Acupuncture is most often used for pain relief, it is also used for a wide range of other conditions.
Herbal medicine is the study of pharmacognosy and the use of medicinal plants. Plants have been the basis for medical treatments through most of human history, and such traditional medicine is still widely practiced today. Modern medicine makes use of many plant-derived compounds as the basis for evidence-based pharmaceutical drugs.
Naturopathy or naturopathic medicine is a form of alternative medicine that employs an array of natural practices and natural products promoting self-healing. See a trained professional.
Chiropractic is a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) that is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. The main chiropractic treatment technique involves manual therapy, especially manipulation of the spine, other joints, and soft tissues, but may also include exercises and health and lifestyle counseling.
Physical therapy (PT), also known as physiotherapy, is one of the allied health professions. Physical therapy is provided by physical therapists who promote, maintain, or restore health through physical examination, diagnosis, prognosis, patient education, physical intervention, rehabilitation, disease prevention and health promotion.
Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine. a substance that causes symptoms of a disease in healthy people can cure similar symptoms in sick people; Homeopathic preparations are remedies and are made using homeopathic dilution. In this process, the selected substance is repeatedly diluted until the final product is chemically indistinguishable from the diluent, Preparations, upon intake, can help treat, illnesses and health problems.
Detoxification is a type of alternative-medicine treatment which aims to rid the body of unspecified toxins – substances that have accumulated in the body and have undesirable short-term or long-term effects on individual health. Activities commonly associated with detoxification include dieting, fasting, consuming exclusively or avoiding specific foods, colon cleansing, chelation therapy, and the removal of dental fillings containing amalgam.
Magnetic therapy is a alternative medicine practice involving a weak static magnetic fields produced by a permanent magnet, that can help stimulate the body’s healing systems it can useful for arthritic and joint pain.
Mega Vitamin therapy is the use of large doses of vitamins, often many times greater than the recommended dietary allowance (RDA). Vitamins and minerals are useful in preventing and treating illnesses specifically associated with dietary shortfalls.
Nutrition therapy focuses on matters of food and nutrition and their impacts on health. Some people specialize in particular areas, such as sports nutrition, public health, or animal nutrition, among other disciplines.