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About the Modalities
Aromatherapy, also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.
It was the French perfumer and chemist, Rene- Maurice Gattefosse, who coined the term “aromatherapie” in 1937 with his publication of a book by that name. His book “Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy” contains early clinical findings for utilizing essential oils for a range of physiological ailments. It seems vital to understand what Gattefosse’s intention for coining the word was, as he clearly meant to distinguish the medicinal application of essential oils from their perfumery applications.
So we can interpret his coining of the word “Aromatherapie” to mean the therapeutic application or the medicinal use of aromatic substances (essential oils) for holistic healing. As the practice of aromatherapy has progressed, over the years, it has adopted a more holistic approach encompassing the whole body, mind and spirit (energy).
A clinical aromatherapist studies the history of aromatics, botany, holistic health and wellness/integrative therapies, anatomy and physiology of various organ systems, common pathologies of body systems, precautions and safety issues in pregnancy, psychoneuroimmunology, chemistry, safety, role of olfaction on human psychology, applied aromatherapy, blending theory and practice, carrier oils, consultation skills and therapeutic relationship, physical and energetic assessment, ethics and standards of practice, business skills, and research.
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Energy Medicine awakens energies that bring resilience, joy, and enthusiasm to your life – and greater vitality to your body, mind, and spirit! Balancing your energies balances your body’s chemistry, regulates your hormones, helps you feel better, and helps you think better. It has been called the self-care and development path of the future, but it empowers you NOW to adapt to the challenges of the 21st century and to thrive within them.
Donna Eden incorporated techniques from yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture as well as many other modalities to formulate EEM. EEM focuses on moving, balancing, enhancing, and restoring the body’s energies. EEM employs “energy testing” to assess how your energies are flowing through specific areas of your body and may help identify the techniques that will be most beneficial for you. These methods will lend themselves to highly individualized sessions based on your needs. Self care is a foundation of EEM. Your active participation in the session as well as outside the session will enhance your transformation.
“Conventional medicine, at its foundation, focuses on the biochemistry of cells, tissue, and organs. Energy Medicine, at its foundation, focuses on the energy fields of the body that organize and control the growth and repair of cells, tissue, and organs. Changing impaired energy patterns may be the most efficient, least invasive way to improve the vitality of organs, cells, and psyche.”
– David Feinstein, Ph.D.
Certified EEM practitioners have completed an intensive 2-year training program. Clinical practitioners have completed an additional year focused on a clinical practicum. Advance practitioners have completed a fourth year focused on advanced techniques – GRID and Regression.
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Balancing your energies balances your body’s chemistry, regulates your hormones, helps you feel better, and Pranic Healing® is a simple yet powerful & effective system of no-touch energy healing. It is based on the fundamental principles that the body is a self-repairing living entity that possesses the ability to heal itself and that the healing process is accelerated by increasing this life force that is readily available from the sun, air and ground to address physical & emotional imbalances. Master Choa Kok Sui says “Life Energy or prana is all around us. It is pervasive; we are actually in an ocean of Life Energy. Based on this principle, a healer can draw in Pranic Energy or Life Energy from the surroundings.”
Pranic Healing® requires no drugs, gadgets, not even physical contact with the subject. Physical contact is not required because the practitioner is working on the bioplasmic or energy body and not directly on the physical body. This energy body, or aura, is the mold or blueprint that surrounds and interpenetrates the physical body. It is the energy body that absorbs life energy and distributes it throughout the physical body, to the muscles, organs, glands, etc. The reason Pranic Healing® works on the energy body is that physical ailments first appear as energetic disruptions in the aura before manifesting as problems in the physical body. This pervasive energy that surrounds, interpenetrates and sustains the physical body, also affects our emotions, our ability to handle stress, relationships and even finances.
Master Choa Kok Sui developed Pranic Healing® as a comprehensive System of energy medicine to improve the quality of our everyday lives.
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Massage therapy and bodywork is one of the oldest health care practices known. References to massage are found in Chinese medical texts more than 4,000 years old. Massage has been advocated in Western health care practices at least since the time of Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine.”
Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body.
Generally, massage is known to affect the circulation of blood and the flow of blood and lymph, reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and enhance tissue healing. Massage therapy also has a number of documented clinical benefits. For example, massage can reduce anxiety, improve pulmonary function in young asthma patients, reduce psycho-emotional distress in persons suffering from chronic inflammatory bowel disease, increase weight and improve motor development in premature infants, and may enhance immune system functioning.
Some medical conditions that massage therapy can help are: allergies, anxiety and stress, arthritis, asthma and bronchitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion injuries, chronic and temporary pain, circulatory problems, depression, digestive disorders, tension headache, insomnia, myofascial pain, sports injuries, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
“Movement is life. Life is a process.
Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life”
The Feldenkrais Method is a process of individualized movement education that helps people improve how they move through their lives, in everyday activities, or in a specialized realm. By recognizing how we actually move, we discover patterns that no longer serve us, and uncover easier, less painful ways of moving and being in the world. We leverage the power of directed attention – attention to the details of each individual’s movement and body – to improve the ease and comfort of life. It helps you be more…you.
In Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes, we explore thinking, sensing, moving, and imagining, to discover new possibilities for ease in action. Lessons can be focused on a wide variety of movements: based on natural human development, ordinary function, or relationships between areas of the body. Lessons are usually done lying down, but may be sitting, or standing. Open to all ages and experience levels and many physical challenges can be accommodated.
Private Feldenkrais Functional Integration lessons help individuals with specific movement-related issues – pain management, stress relief, performance enhancement, transformation or curiosity. Functional Integration uses gentle, non-invasive touch, and sometimes verbal instruction. You remain fully clothed during the lesson, most of which will be lying on a low table. Some lessons might involve activities in sitting or standing, or other actions related to your needs.
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Benefits of Tellington TTouch®
Recognizing the signs of stress in an animal and helping to alleviate both the physical, emotional, and behavioral consequences of stress.
Helps an animal cope with new environments, other animals and people in appropriate ways. This particularly applies to animals that come out of shelter and rescue situations . . . developing appropriate social skills!
Enhancing the Human/Animal Relationship:
Involves helping people to better understand animal body language and communication signals, the need for animals to feel safe, and the true meaning of respectful interaction/training.
TTouch offers a positive approach to solving common behavioral and health-related issues, including inappropriate aggression, car sickness, separation anxiety, excessive barking, chewing, jumping up and leash-pulling in dogs, resistance to grooming, nervousness, shyness, thunder phobia etc.
Contributes to General Well-Being:
Use to assist in recovery from injury and illness and offers support of veterinary care.
Use in Shelter and Rescue Environments:
Help fearful and anxious animals develop trust to allow handling and improve adoption rates.