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Holistic Healing Modalities That Will Transform Your Mind and Body

holistic health May 21, 2021

Many people are suffering from various symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. These symptoms can be a huge burden to those who suffer as well as their families.

Luckily there are many holistic healing modalities available that can provide relief from these symptoms!

These modalities work by using massage therapy and acupuncture techniques to relieve tension in your body while also providing you with a sense of relaxation.

Suppose you or someone you know is suffering from stress, anxiety, or depression. In that case, we encourage you to consider trying one of these alternative treatments for yourself. They have been proven effective time and time again, so there's no reason not to try it out!

This blog post will discuss how holistic healing modalities can help you overcome any mental health struggles.

You'll learn about different types of healing modalities so you can choose what forms best for yourself and your body!

What does holistic healing modality mean?

A healing modality are healing methods that can help bring about a person's physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Modalities may include acupuncture, acupressure, tai chi, yoga, Reiki, or massage therapy. 

Why you should try a holistic approach to your wellness

If you're looking to improve your mental and physical health, then holistic healing modalities may be the answer.

Holistic healing is a type of complementary therapy that can help someone heal physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually, or occupationally—emphasizing the whole person's wellness rather than just treating one symptom at a time.

The benefits of holistic healing methods are that you often don't need additional equipment or spend a lot of money to practice.

Is holistic healing the same as integrative wellness?

Holistic healing is not the same as integrative wellness. Integrative wellness does include holistic healing, but it also incorporates exercise and healthy eating choices.

Integrative health practitioners often combine different treatments to treat a wide range of symptoms or diseases that may have overlapping causes.

Some alternative clinicians might integrate their unique approaches with Western medicine to create better results for patients.

For example, holistically-minded physicians may look at other factors and medical history when making diagnoses and recommending treatments.

Examples include stress levels or nutrition habits that can affect the immune system or endocrine function.

It's common for people to turn to complementary and alternative medicine when they want a healing treatment that is less invasive than traditional Western medicine, especially those wanting to avoid the side effects of pharmaceutical medications.

Some also use it alongside other treatments (such as physical therapy) because they believe it helps them heal faster.

People may also choose these types of therapies if their doctor has recommended surgery, but they don't want to go through with it.

Alternative modalities have been around for centuries in various cultures around the world. Still, over time many of these life energy activities became lost or forgotten because western medicine doesn't acknowledge them as effective treatments. Still, popularity has been resurgent today.

What healing modalities should you consider for physical and emotional health?

There are many healing modalities to consider for your life.

Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is a healing practice that's been around for centuries. It involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into specific points on your body to stimulate energy and promote wellness.

Acupuncturists may also use massage, herbal medicine, meditation, or other treatments in conjunction with acupuncture, depending on what's needed by the individual client.

The goal is usually pain relief, but many people report health benefits after several sessions, including improved outlook, immune function, and emotional well-being.

Acupuncture treats a wide range of conditions, including chronic pain, fertility issues, digestive disorders, and much more.

Many people find that acupuncture can be particularly effective in treating anxiety or stress-related disorders like PTSD.

Research also shows it may help with sleep quality and menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, fatigue, and dryness.

Acupuncture is generally safe for most individuals when practiced by trained professionals. Still, suppose you have allergies to metal or other materials. In that case, this modality might not be appropriate for you without modification from your acupuncturist first.

Tai Chi:

Tai Chi focuses on gentle, repetitive movements and a deep meditative process. The practitioner learns to remove stress from their body while also focusing on wellness of mind and spirit.

Tai Chi is an excellent way to increase balance in all aspects of life:

  • Physically
  • Mentally
  • Emotionally
  • Spiritually

Tai Chi strengthens your muscles and your sense of connection between yourself and the people around you.

Tai chi's focus on breath work allows practitioners to release negative energy through "moving meditation."

Practicing Tai Chi can help with anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, and it's a gentle way to get physical activity in your life. 

Tai Chi can be practiced by anyone, no matter age or fitness level.

What's a Tai Chi Session Like?

A Tai Chi session is like any other exercise routine: you start with a warm-up, then move on to the main workout.

However, Tai Chi is unique because it's done slowly and deliberately while focusing on your alignment with gravity.

The instructor will lead participants through various poses and movements designed not only for strength building but also for improved balancing, flexibility, awareness of self-movement patterns, and relaxation.

Participants tend to feel higher energy after a session rather than exhausted or sore like they might after an intense cardio workout!

A class typically lasts about 60 minutes when led by an experienced teacher; however, there are shorter routines available if desired.

Tai Chi is a martial art, but Tai Chi practices like Qi gong focus more on the healing benefits of this therapy.

Meditation

Meditation is a healing modality that many people use. It can be challenging to start meditating, but it becomes easier with time and practice.

Meditation has many benefits, including stress reduction, increased concentration, creativity, and better sleep quality.

To have the best experience while trying meditation for the first time, try some guided meditation sessions.

Guided meditation often starts with deep breathing techniques designed to bring about peaceful energy from within. These mindfulness skills are essential tools when practicing self-care, leading to lowering stress levels within an individual.

What's a Meditation Session Like?

A typical meditation session lasts anywhere from 15 minutes to half an hour. You start in a comfortable position where you won't be distracted.

Once ready, all the individual has to do is shut their eyes (or keep them open), close off any outside distractions, and focus all their attention on the breath. The breathing should be deep but slow and steady to prevent any unnecessary discomfort in your stomach or spine.

If you're struggling with a restless body and wandering thoughts, it might also help to practice visualization. To start, imagine a safe place for yourself - something that makes you feel calm and at peace. Like next to a large lake surrounded by trees or sitting underneath an oak tree whose leaves are gently rustling overhead.

Meditation isn't so much about thinking of nothing but letting go of the negative energy and anxiety.

Yoga 

Great yoga practice brings together body, breath, and mind. It has been practiced for centuries as a powerful healing modality.

Yoga is now understood to be beneficial on both physical and mental levels with studies supporting its use as an effective way of reducing chronic pain, managing stress, improving memory function, boosting sleep quality, and alleviating depression.

What's a Yoga Session Like?

There are many different types of yoga, but typical class beings with a few minutes of stretching and breathing.

Typical classes range from 50 minutes (sometimes less) that focus on poses targeting different body areas like hips, thighs, arms, back pain, etc.

The poses are mainly static stretches and can incorporate mantras.

Energy Healing Modalities

So far, we have discussed many physical healing modalities that have excellent physical and emotional benefits.

There are many energy healing modalities as well, and we will touch on a few here!

Energy healing modalities get into more metaphysical and spiritual concepts.

Please keep an open mind when reading about these different energy healing practices!

Reiki:

Reiki is an energy healing practice used to promote wellness. It uses a visualization technique and intention to dispel negative energy while also balancing the body's natural energy channels.

The practice involves placing hands on or near the client to create a pouring out of life energy flow from one person's body into another for physical or emotional well-being.

Some practitioners believe this therapy can even be beneficial in preventing future illness by maintaining balance between your mental, spiritual, social, and physical aspects.

What's a Reiki Session Like?

Reiki is a practice wherein the healer places their hands gently above or near the body and feels guided to move over different body areas for various lengths. Depending on the person's needs, a session may last from 60-90 minutes with very little talking.

Pranic Healing

Pranic Healing is an energy healing process that is rooted in the ancient healing practices of Tibet.

Pranic Healing recognizes there are three sources of the human energy system:

  • Prana (Life Force)
  • Apana (Downward and Outward Energy)
  • Samana (Seeker)

These energies continuously interact with one another to keep us alive and healthy.

Pranic Healing aims to restore the flow between these three energy system by removing blockages from the body's natural flow.

It achieves this through simple techniques such as Reiki-like hand positions, yoga postures, deep breathing exercises, meditation, and other methods, including mantra chanting and visualization for treating physical ailments and spiritual illnesses like anxiety or depression.

The benefits include:

  • Emotional clearing, stress relief
  • Increased harmony within relationships
  • Improved mental clarity
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Better sleep and digestion

Crystal Healing:

Crystal energy healing uses the healing power of crystals to restore balance and harmony in your life. It is a form of energy therapy that can be used for physical, mental, or emotional wellness needs.

Crystal healers believe that the crystal is a natural mineral that can be programmed to emit and store energy from you.

This then produces vibrational healing, which helps relieve pain relief in your body through promoting cellular regeneration, deep relaxation, reducing stress and depression symptoms, as well as increasing happiness levels.

Crystal healing therapy can help improve physical conditions such as high blood pressure and could possibly help with fertility.

It can also be used for emotional wellness needs like overcoming addiction, anxiety disorders, and generating feelings of security and an increase in energy level.

Quantum Touch:

This energy healing technique uses a gentle yet focused touch to energize the body's natural healing process.

A certified Quantum-Touch healer will use their hands and fingers in various ways on your energy centers (chakras) while using his or her power along with universal life force energy to help activate the chakras.

The passive nature of this technique, combined with its intent-driven focus, means that it can be done anywhere: at home, office, hospital room, or workplace during lunch break--anywhere you feel comfortable enough to do so.

You may experience different changes depending on where you are feeling blocked energetically.

For example, when working around an area of emotional unrest such as anger/frustration or sadness/depression, clients often report feeling a sense of release and relief.

When working around an area where someone has physical pain, such as back/neck or shoulder tension, clients often report feeling their energy shift in the direction of Healing for that particular area.

##EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique):  

EFT is a revolutionary energy healing modality for healing emotional and physical issues.

EFT is a form of "energy psychology" that uses tapping with fingers on the body's energy meridians to release negative energy and increase positive emotions.

It reduces stress, promotes balance in your life, allows you to heal from difficult experiences like grief or trauma, improves self-esteem and self-confidence.

EFT can balance and clear meridians, which are believed to be energy pathways connecting the physical body with emotional states of being.

The tapping releases blocked or negative energy from your system as well as positive emotions - this, in turn, balances out all aspects of your life, including mental and spiritual health.

Chakra Balancing:

Chakra balancing is an energy healing method that involves balancing the energy of your chakras to promote physical and emotional wellbeing.

Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel or vortex of life force, seven spinning wheels situated along the human spine in vital areas, from head to toe.

These are points where our cosmic energies (prana) enter, exit, and circulate.

The word chakra also means "wheel" or "circle" in Sanskrit. So the chakras are described as spinning wheels of light that emit energy. Each corresponds with a specific color, which is associated with different parts of the body.

Are energy healing methods right for you?

Energy work can be a little intimidating at first, especially if you come from a western background.

Talk about energy fields in the body being blocked, and chakras can be foreign concepts to many.

However, they are worth considering for your healing journey.

It is essential to know your goals before choosing the best process for you and your body.

Also, remember that energy healing can be a complementary treatment and not meant as self-diagnosis or cure-alls regarding physical ailments.

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