Popular Holistic Therapy Technique
Holistic therapy is a form of healing that aims to achieve optimal health and wellness by aligning the body as a whole, integrated system that includes the body, mind, spirit and emotions. Unlike traditional Western medicine that focuses on a problem without examining other factors that may be contributing to the problem, as well as looking at the problem and how it may be negatively impacting other parts of the person, holistic therapy techniques try to do all these things, as well as treat the problem itself.
In the past few decades, Western medicine has been been more accepting and embracing of holistic therapy techniques that were once referred to as, “alternative” medicine and therapies. Many Western doctors now recommend that their patients try holistic therapies in conjunction with Western treatments and therapies.
Holistic therapies can be used to give relief for a wide range of problems that include but are not limited to: pain, depression, anxiety, stress, sleep disorders, chronic headaches, hormonal imbalances, and to counter the negative side effects of Western medicines.
3 Popular Holistic Therapy Techniques
The following are just three of many popular holistic therapies that you can try. If none of these appeal to you, there are many more out there that might the right one (or few) for you.
Most people in American society today are constantly on the go and thinking ahead to the next several places they need to be and about the things they need to do. As a result of this, many people rarely have a quiet moment to themselves where they can check in with their body and their whole self, and connect with what is going on with them in the present. Mindfulness meditation is the act of sitting or lying down, and bringing your attention to your breathing in order to connect you to what’s happening with you in the present moment. Mindfulness meditation can help people to feel calmer, even when they are not in the process of meditating. People have found that meditation helps them with sleep, memory, and attention span issues. People with health issues such as cancer have found that this can decrease their stress and provide relief from pain.
Like mindfulness meditation, yoga involves quieting your mind and focusing on breathing but it is an active form of this rather than doing this while sitting or lying still. Yoga is an ancient mind-body practice that strengthens and stretches the body, improves balance, relives stress and anxiety, enhances peoples’ moods, and has given some people, some or complete relief for chronic pain. Once someone has been regularly practicing yoga, they may notice that their resting heart rate and blood pressure have improved.
Acupuncture originated from China thousands of years ago and is now commonly practiced throughout the United States. Acupuncture involves rebalancing a person’s chi, their life energy, by inserting extremely fine needles into certain points on the patient’s body. Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of ailments including pain, insomnia, digestion problems, stress, anxiety, depression, and many other health issues.
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