Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Sometimes it's called essential oil therapy. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health.
Diet therapy is a broad term for the alteration or adoption of a diet to prevent or treat a disease or to simply promote optimum health. In some cases, an alternative dietary lifestyle plan may be developed to eliminate certain foods to reclaim health.
Bach Flower Remedies
Bach flower remedies are an alternative or complementary treatment that is used for emotional problems and pain.
Homeopathy is a medical system based on the belief that the body can cure itself. A basic belief behind homeopathy is “like cures like.” In other words, something that brings on symptoms in a healthy person can -- in a very small dose -- treat an illness with similar symptoms. This is meant to trigger the body’s natural defenses.
Bowen therapy, also called Bowenwork or Bowtech, is a form of bodywork. It involves gently stretching the fascia — the soft tissue that covers all your muscles and organs — to promote pain relief. Specifically, this form of therapy uses precise and gentle, rolling hand movements.
Body Movement Therapies
Movement therapy, or dance therapy, uses movement to help a person deal with an illness (physical or mental), a disability, or life challenges that keep them from functioning fully. The aim of movement therapy is to enhance the person's cognitive, physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Exercise therapy is defined as a regimen or plan of physical activities designed and prescribed to facilitate the patients to recover from diseases and any conditions, which disturb their movement and activity of daily life or maintain a state of well‐being through neuro re‐education, gait training, and therapeutic activities. It is systemic execution of planned physical movements, postures, or activities intended to enable the patients to (1) reduce risk, (2) enhance function, (3) remediate or prevent impairment, (4) optimize overall health, and (5) improve fitness and well‐being.
The Alexander technique teaches improved posture and movement, which is believed to help 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.
Applied kinesiology (AK) is a pseudoscience-based technique in alternative medicine claimed to be able to diagnose illness or choose treatment by testing muscles for strength and weakness.
Breathing exercises can help you relax, because they make your body feel like it does when you are already relaxed.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a form of alternative therapy that uses gentle touch to palpate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. It is effective in treating a wide range of conditions.
The Feldenkrais Method is a type of exercise therapy devised by Israeli Moshé Feldenkrais (1904–1984) during the mid-20th century. The method is claimed to reorganize connections between the brain and body and so improve body movement and psychological state.
Light therapy - or phototherapy, classically referred to as heliotherapy - consists either of exposure to daylight or some equivalent form of light as a treatment for seasonal affective disorder, or exposure of the skin to specific wavelengths of light using polychromatic polarised light to treat a skin condition.
In massage therapy, a trained, certified medical professional (massage therapist) manipulates the soft tissues of your body - muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and skin. The massage therapist uses varying degrees of pressure and movement.
Myotherapy is a noninvasive therapy that helps treat pain caused by injuries or issues with your muscles or soft tissue. Myotherapists use massage and a variety of other techniques shared by physical therapists and osteopaths to release muscular tension and reduce pain.
Polarity therapy, or polarity balancing, is a form of energy therapy based on the belief that changing your body's electromagnetic field can treat various bodily issues. Dr. Randolph Stone, an osteopath, chiropractor, and naturopath, developed this form of alternative medicine in 1947.
Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet (or the hands). The theory behind reflexology is that areas of the foot correspond to organs and systems of the body. Pressure applied to the foot is believed to bring relaxation and healing to the corresponding area of the body.
Rolfing Structural Integration is a physical therapy that helps to improve your posture and treats chronic muscular-skeletal pain conditions, such as lower back pain, sciatica and stiff and painful shoulders.
Shiatsu is based on traditional Japanese massage therapy. Shiatsu works with the body's energy flow. It uses acupressure to release tension and bring balance to the body. It can help to lift your mood and make you feel relaxed.
Therapeutic Touch Therapy
In Therapeutic Touch, therapists place their hands on or near their patient's body with the intention to help or heal. The focus is on balancing the energies of the total person and stimulating the body's own natural healing ability rather than on the treatment of specific physical diseases.
The Trager approach is a form of somatic education. Trager approach helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity.
Visual meditation is a guided mental practice known by many names, including visual imagery, introspective rehearsal, symbolic rehearsal, mental rehearsal, imaginary practice, imagining, visualization, and conceptualizing. Visualization is a mindfulness technique on its own, but you can also use it to enhance regular meditation. Adding visualization into your meditation mix allows you to better direct your relaxed mind toward specific outcomes you’d like to see.
Halotherapy, or salt therapy, involves breathing in air with tiny salt particles to improve your breathing. Halotherapy is considered an alternative treatment for lung problems such as asthma, bronchitis, and cough. Halotherapy is often done in spa-like salt rooms.