HEALING GLOSSARY

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Acupressure

Acupressure is an antique healing art that was created in Asia over 5.000 years ago. Fingers are used to moderately press key healing points in order to stimulate the body's natural self-healing abilities. The power and sensitivity of the hand support the relief of stress-related disorders and enable self-treatment for an improved health. Benefits: release of tension, increased circulation, reduced pain, boost of the immune system.

Alternative Medicine

Alternative medicine is generally defined as the counterpart to Western medicine. Its practices are not part of the science-based healthcare system and they are not backed by scientific evidence. The treatments/knowledge/medical philosophies are either used instead of or to accompany conventional medical treatments. (...) read more

Alternative medicine includes Traditional Chinese Medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, energy medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and more. Typical treatments include dietary supplements, megadose vitamins, spiritual healing, herbal preparations, special teas, massage therapy and magnet therapy. close

Apitherapy

Apitherapy is a homeopathic bee venom therapy. The healing properties of bee venom are effective in relation to several chronic and autoimmune disorders; especially in natural anti-inflammatory or pain reducing treatments. Apitherapy is mainly practiced in Europe and the Far East. (...) read more

The therapy does not only result in symptom relief, but can in many cases even resolve the underlying illness. Apitherapy is particularly effective for patients with arthritis, fibromyalgia, neuralgias, Bell’s palsy, carpal tunnel syndrome, herpes zoster, osteoarthritis and multiple sclerosis. close

Acupuncture

The practice of acupuncture has its origins in China and was developed 5,000 years ago. These days it is very popular all over the world, representing one of the main pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine. (...) read more

Needles of various shapes are inserted into the skin with the aim to stimulate so called acupuncture points that allow direct influence in regards to the flow of Qi (or chi, which is energy). Qi runs in pathways or “meridians” through the body and is able to release blockages that can be the cause for several symptoms. close

Ancient Egyptian Treatments

The ancient Egyptians were pioneers in regards to holistic health practices. Their treatments had a physical, mental and spiritual approach, paving the way for our modern medical knowhow: The present knowledge about the human anatomy and medicinal herbs were developed based on the expertise of ancient Egyptian healers for example.

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Banya

Also: Russian bath

Bioenergy Test

A bioenergy test measures the amount of oxygen the body uses and how much carbon dioxide it produces during rest and while being active (through performing exercises). (...) read more

A computer calculates the individually optimum lung and heart function as well as the optimum calorie and carbohydrate intake via a device that is connected to the person. The resting mitochondrial efficiency and the resting fat metabolism can be determined as well along the data for the maximal mitochondrial efficiency and fat metabolism. close

Burnout

Burnout is a psychological response to “long-term exhaustion and diminished interest,” and may take months or years to bubble to the surface.

First defined by American psychoanalyst Herbert J. Freudenberger in 1972, burnout is “a demon born of the society and times we live in and our ongoing struggle to invest our lives with meaning.” (...) read more

During his research, Freudenberger and his associate, Gail North, developed a simple outline to describe how otherwise healthy individuals can burn out, the key being that people may experience several or all phases, though not necessarily in a specific order.

The identified phases are:

  • A compulsion to prove oneself
  • Working harder
  • Neglecting one’s own needs
  • Displacement of conflict (the person does not realize the root cause of the distress)
  • Revision of values (friends, family, hobbies, etc., are dismissed)
  • Denial of emerging problems (cynicism, aggression, and frustration become apparent)
  • Withdrawal from social contexts, potential for alcohol or drug abuse
  • Behavioural changes become more visible to others
  • Inner emptiness
  • Depression

Burnout syndrome (including suicidal thoughts and complete mental and physical collapse) close

Barrida

Barrida is a cleansing ritual that is practiced by Mexican healers. A certain object (e.g. egg, rosemary whisk, crucifix) is used as an energetic sweeping tool to purify and sweep away negative energies. When an egg is used, the egg is intended to absorb the bad energies. Afterwards the energies are disposed of by burying the egg into sacred ground or breaking and washing it down the drain.

Biorhythm

The word biorhythm is deducted from the Greek words, ‘bios’ and ‘rhythmos’, meaning ‘life’ and ‘constant beat’. The theory of biorhythms defines humans’ physical, emotional and mental performance and mood as dependent on natural rhythms. External influences like the duration of day and night or the change of light and temperature cause changes.

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Chakras

Chakras are energy points within the human body that aid in regulating all the organ functions as well as the immune system and emotions. The body possesses seven chakras, which are spread from the base of the spine to the top of the head. Each chakra has an individual colour which results from individual vibrational frequency. This vibration creates an invisible energy, called Prana, and is a vital life force, which keeps us vivid, healthy and alive.

Color Therapy

A therapist trained in color therapy applies light and color in the form of tools, visualization or verbal suggestion to balance energy in the areas of our bodies that are lacking vibrance, be it physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental. (...) read more

Color therapy, also known as chromotherapy, is classified as a vibrational healing modality. Vibrational medicine incorporates the use of chi energies within living organisms such as plants, gemstones and crystals, water, sunlight, and sound. close

Crystal Massage

Massaging with crystals combines the relaxing benefits of a massage with the healing vibrations of crystals and can give an experience that relaxes and balances the whole body. During a crystal massage different kinds of crystals, such as tumble stones, palm stones or spheres, may be used according to one’s personal needs.

Chi

Also: /ki, known as gi in Korean culture, ki in Japanese culture and Prana in Indian culture.

Chi is the Chinese word for life energy. It is generally understood to be incisive and present in everything and everyone, but its allocation is not uniformly balanced. (...) read more

It moves unrestrictedly around the universe and can adapt various shapes along its way. Chi is the heart of practices such as Acupuncture, Chi Gong, Tai Chi, Feng Shui and Reiki, and many other traditional methods in Japan and China. close

Craniosacral

Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on healing technique, whereby therapists gently mobilize and release the Craniosacral system, which includes the soft tissue of the head (cranium), the spine down to its tail end (the sacral area) and the pelvis. (...) read more

It focuses on the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid, which is produced on a constant basis in structures within the brain.

The movement of spinal fluid within and around the central nervous system is believed to create a vital body rhythm, equally important to health and well-being as the beating of the heart or the breath.

Craniosacral Therapy helps to boost general well-being, reduce stress, improve quality of sleep, increase energy and enhance the functioning of all the body's organs via the nervous system. It is a non-intrusive therapy that works with the entire structure, physiology, mind and spirit. For a treatment, clients usually lay on a massage table and the therapist works through light clothing. It is a very gentle and profoundly relaxing procedure that lasts between 40 to 60 minutes. close

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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a technique designed to penetrate deep into the body's musculature to unlock deep areas of tension. Trained therapists use skilful hand movements and pressure to bring about healing results. Therapists advise to drink plenty of water after this treatment to aid in the elimination of internal toxins released by muscles affected by the massage.

Detox

Every day we are exposed to external toxins from our environment and internal toxins produced as the by-product of our digestive and metabolic processes. Detox or detoxification refers to the body's ability to neutralize and eliminate harmful chemicals and to rediscover its ideal balance.  (...) read more

This helps to increase energy and vitality, creating a foundation for optimum health, longevity and personal growth. Thus, a Detox program is recommended for individuals who

  • have chronic digestive problems
  • have impaired liver function due to unhealthy lifestyle or chronic illness
  • are on medication affecting the liver
  • are on hormone replacement therapy
  • have PMS and moodiness
  • have chronic headaches
  • have chronic skin conditions
  • have gallbladder pathology

If our body has the proper nutrition and if the organs of detoxification – skin, bowels, liver, kidneys and lungs – are functioning at optimal levels, our body is able to eliminate unwanted substances safely and efficiently through cellular processes via these organs. This manifests as elimination through perspiration, bowel elimination, urination and respiration.

This process has a huge affect on our body and common symptoms alleviated by detox may include:

  • Headaches
  • Stiff, aching joints and muscles
  • Susceptibility to infections
  • Respiratory difficulties
  • Allergies
  • Digestive problems
  • Constipation
  • Acne
  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Mental fogginess
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Depression and moodiness
  • Poor quality sleep and insomnia

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Digital Detox

Digital detox refers to a state when an individual quits or suspends the use of digital equipment and devices to utilize that time for social interactions and activities and to reconnect to the real world around him or her. This technique is especially – but not solely - recommended for burn out patients, as it is very effective in relieving stress and anxiety incurred by a high utilization of digital devices.

Dermatology

Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with the skin and its diseases.

It is a unique specialty with both medical and surgical aspects. A dermatologist takes care of diseases in the widest sense, and some cosmetic problems of the skin, scalp, hair, and nails.

Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic condition associated with abnormally high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood.

Symptoms of diabetes include increased urine output, thirst and hunger as well as fatigue. Normally, blood glucose levels are tightly controlled by insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. Insulin lowers the blood glucose level. When the blood glucose elevates (for example, after eating food), insulin is released from the pancreas to normalize the glucose level. The absence or insufficient production of insulin causes hyperglycaemia with people suffering from diabetes. It’s a chronic medical condition, meaning that although it can be controlled, it lasts a lifetime.

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Ear Coning (Ear Candeling)

Supposed to be dangerous and ineffective!

Electrosmog-free

Electrosmog is the invisible electromagnetic radiation resulting from the use of both wireless technology and mains electricity. Electrosmog-free zones are specific areas where electromagnetic radiation is kept at a minimum. In a practical sense this means that electronic mobile devices are not allowed in these areas to create an atmosphere of calm and relaxation.

Energy Therapy

The underlying principle of energy medicine is that life depends on a free flow of energy, a block in this energy flow causes diseases. (...) read more

The idea of energy therapy is to allow the patient to access enough energy to start making some changes and clearing some of the energy problems within the body. Energy blocks can be seen as either the result of physical or emotional stress and the cell memory and cell intelligence hold on to that as a new regular or default mechanism. close

EFT

See: Meridian Tapping

Emotional Balance

Emotional balance defines the competence of the body and mind to achieve and sustain equilibrium and ruggedness even in challenging and uncertain times. This state of balance encourages physical health, personal growth and wellbeing.

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Faceology

A Faceology is a facial skin treatment that connects three different healing techniques: Reiki, Facial Reflexology, and Meridian Tapping. The procedure starts with a tapping session that helps to eliminate stress and built-up emotions.

Fasting

While fasting, a person willingly abstains from all or some foods and drinks for a specific period with the purpose of cleaning the body.

Controlled fasting can improve the overall state of health. Benefits include a reduced risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, insulin resistance, immune disorders, and more generally, the slowing of the aging process and the potential to increase maximum life span. (...) read more

Fasting needs a few days preparation, as well as a few days for regeneration. During the fasting period tranquility is paramount. It is recommended to consult thorough guidance and consultancy before and during the fasting period. close

Floating

Floating means floatation on the surface of a nearly saturated solution of water and salt. The body feels weightless, body and mind relax. (...) read more

Because of the constant water temperature of 34.8°C you do not feel any temperature differences from ambient to body temperature, the body is tempered ideally and therefore there is no need to balance temperature fluctuations. In the weightless silence the limits of your body seem to disappear.

Floating can be done in silence or with meditative music, in darkness or with soft light.
The human brain uses 80% of its capacity to process external stimuli. While floating, your conscience is free of all sensory perceptions. No gravity, no noises, no visual influences, no temperature fluctuations. close

Facial Reflexology

Facial Reflexology is a holistic procedure which is applied on the face. This treatment identifies the trigger for the patient’s symptoms and treats those with a personalized plan. The treatment is following the same principles as Foot Reflexology.

Feng Shui

Feng Shui evolved more than 3,000 years ago in China and derives from the Chinese words 'Feng' which means 'wind' and 'shui' which means 'water'. This ancient science determines the ideal placement of objects that creates balance of the energies within a given space. This state of ideal energy flow will provide the people living in that environment with health and good fortune and therefore strongly affects one's personal and professional life.

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Gassho

Gassho is an intentional ritual that is usually performed by a Reiki practitioner before and after a full-body Reiki treatment. Palms are held together in the traditional prayer position and placed directly in front of the heart. A prayerful appreciation is then spoken quietly or thought silently in the mind. This ritual of gratitude offers gratitude to the universe for making Reiki energies and Reiki flow possible.

Graceful Ageing

Graceful Ageing is the modern and more adequate expression for what is often referred to as Anti-Ageing, as age is something that should be enjoyed gracefully and not be defeated. (...) read more

Graceful Ageing programs promote a healthy lifestyle considering the specific needs of the mature. Typical therapies are detox and regeneration therapies, as well as specific diets and fitness programs. close

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Hammam

This is the Turkish version of a steam bath. Hammam is a method of cleansing the body and relaxation.

The Turkish baths have played an important role in cultures of the Middle-East, serving as places of social gathering, ritual cleansing and as architectural structures and institutions. (...) read more

Visiting a Turkish steam bath may enhance your personal wellbeing, counteract hardening of the muscles and activate blood circulation. Skin aging will be delayed.

However, people with inflammations, infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, venous thrombosis or varicosities should not visit a Hammam, sauna, steam bath or Banja. close

Holistic

Holistic means to nourish or treat the whole person entirely - physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. This approach is based on the conviction that all these parts are interconnected and explicable only by referring to the whole.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy pertains to natural medicine and is used to treat both acute and chronic diseases with the principle ‘like cures like’. This means that small amounts of a certain substance will cure exactly those symptoms that it causes if taken in large amounts. (...) read more

With the holistic approach of homeopathy, every person is treated as a unique individual, with specific integration of body, mind, spirit and emotions. Homeopathic medicines usually do not cause side-effects and can therefore also be taken by babies and pregnant or breastfeeding women. close

Hawaiian Massage

See Lomi Lomi Massage

Holistic Health Consultancy

Everyone who is interested in learning more about alternative forms of healing can gain knowledge and information from Holistic Health Consultants. Ideally, a natural health consultant The broad understanding of different natural health disciplines will enable the Holistic Health consultant to recommend a suitable approach of holistic healing to a client.

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Inversion Therapy

Inversion is known as the quite side of Fitness which is supporting your body in recovering from the compressive side effects of gravity and daily activeness. Inversion is medically recognized as an effective and secure therapy for the spine and metatarsophalangeal joints. (...) read more

Inversion therapy helps with:

  • Back pain
  • Improving your posture, balance and coordination
  • Speed recovery from strenuous activities
  • Stress and depression
  • Stimulating your circulatio

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Johrei Healing

Johrei is a Japanese healing procedure with focusing and scanning tools to increase vitality and banish negativity. During the Johrei meeting, the practitioner and client sit in chairs facing each another. The practitioner is holding an opened palm towards the patient’s forehead, upper chest and abdomen for about ten minutes and thereby directs ki energies towards the client. Afterwards same procedure is repeated to the client’s back, shoulders and down the spine. (...) read more

Finally, the client is asked to return to the original face-to-face sitting position in which practitioner and client are connecting and giving silent prayers of gratitude.

Positive results of Johrei Healing:

  • Increases spiritual quality
  • Clarifies mental confusion
  • Detoxifies the body

Enhances healing process close

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Karma

Karma is an Indian philosophy and religion and refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect. This means that whether the actions of a person are good or bad (cause) will influence the future of this individual’s existence (effect). Karma also represents the ethical dimension of rebirth, which is the general basis for the religious traditions of India. (...) read more

Indian Soteriologies (theories of salvation) state that future births and life situations depend on actions performed during one’s present life, which is also a result of the accumulated effects of actions performed in previous lives. Karma serves two main functions: It provides a strong motivation to live a moral and ethical life, and it explains the existence of evil. close

Kundalini

Kundalini is the seed of life energy that sits dormant in the first chakra, at the base of the spine. It is conceptualised as a coiled up serpent which can spring awake activated by spiritual disciplines. Spiritual practices like Yoga or meditation focus on raising the kundalini from the root chakra to the crown chakra, in order to activate a transformative energy. (...) read more

Kundalini aims at releasing our deepest tensions, clearing the misunderstandings about our true nature, and optimising the flow of creative energy and consciousness within us. The release of this energy creates a direct transmission of spiritual power which leads to spiritual freedom. close

Kneipp

Kneipp treatments include pouring cold and warm water and jets of water on the body, as well as packing, washing down, wrapping in herb infusions and aroma baths. (...) read more

The Kneipp treatment is named after Sebastian Kneipp, a German priest who lived in the 19th century. Recovering from an illness he treated with water and herbs, he developed the theoretical and practical fundamentals of his cure. The cure is effective for the treatment of sleep disorders, exhaustion, certain heart conditions, strengthening the vascular and immune systems, but also effective in stress reduction. close

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Lifestyle Coaching

Lifestyle coaching is a practice with the aim of helping clients determine and achieve personal goals.

Life coaches use multiple methods that will help clients with the process of setting and reaching goals. Coaching is not targeted at psychological illness, and coaches are neither therapists nor consultants. (...) read more

Life coaching has roots in executive coaching, which itself drew on techniques developed in management consulting and leadership training. Life coaching also draws inspiration from disciplines including sociology, psychology, positive adult development, career counseling, mentoring, and other types of counseling. The coach may apply mentoring, values assessment, behavior modification, behavior modeling, goal-setting, and other techniques in helping their clients. close

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

This technique is designed to aid the flow of lymphatic fluid throughout the body's protective system of vessels and nodes. When the lymphatic system is congested for any reason, the body ceases to function at its best. Lymphatic drainage massage is formulated for both sick and well clients and involves a gentle, relaxing massage action. Therapists focus on provoking contractions of the lymph vessels, which are said to propel vital fluids through congested areas.

Lomi Lomi Massage

The Lomi Lomi massage is a Hawaiian healing massage, where therapists use palms, their forearm, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, feet, and even sticks and stones. This type of massage is not just designed for relaxation, but also for the cleansing of body, mind and soul. It is said, that an illness builds up mental blocks and physical tensions. The Lomi Lomi massage is meant to resolve these blocks and tensions to bring back harmony.

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Massage

Massage is the practice of soft tissue manipulation of the body with physical, functional, and in some cases psychological purposes and goals.

Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints or other connective tissue as well as lymphatic vessels or organs of the gastrointestinal system. (...) read more

Benefits of massage include pain relief, reduced trait anxiety and depression, and temporarily reduced blood pressure, heart rate and state anxiety. Further, massage stimulates the immune system (especially in aromatherapy massage).

In general you should drink plenty of water after a massage to get rid of any toxins released by the massage and rest for at least half an hour.
The most requested massages are:

  • Aromatherapy Massage
  • Crystal Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Lomi Lomi Massage
  • Lymphatic Drainage Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Swedish Massage
  • Thai Massage

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Meridian Tapping

Also: EFT

Medical Spa

A medical spa is a facility that operates under the on-site supervision of a licensed health care professional. The facility offers traditional spa treatments (such as beauty treatments and massages) and alternative health practices and treatments (such as acupuncture etc.) in a spa-like setting.

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Namaste

It is a Hindu custom to use Namaste as a respectful form of greeting and valediction that is usually gestured with a slight bow and hands pressed together. In Hinduism Namaste means "I bow to the divine in you".

Naturopathy

Naturopathy is a versatile alternative medical system that focuses on natural remedies and the body's vital ability to heal and maintain itself. The philosophy centers on a holistic approach and the minimal use of surgery and drugs. (...) read more

Naturopathy comprises many different treatment modalities, such as nutrition and lifestyle advice, acupuncture, kinesiology, reflexology, sports medicine, botanical medicine, color therapy, live blood analysis, Traditional Chinese Medicine, homeopathy and many more. A consultation typically begins with a lengthy patient interview focusing on lifestyle, medical history, emotional tone, and physical features, as well as physical examination. Prevention through stress reduction and a healthy diet and lifestyle is emphasized. close

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Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a form of complementary medicine, emphasizing a holistic approach and the skilled use of manual and physical treatment interventions in the prevention and treatment of diseases. (...) read more

The philosophy of osteopathy states that the body functions as one entity and that disorder in one area also affect other areas. Hence, through an examination of the skeleton and the musculoskeletal system, disturbances of the organism can be discovered and remedied. close

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Physiotherapy

Or Physical Therapy, aims to maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout life.

Physiotherapy is applied where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors. (...) read more

Physical therapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation.

Physical therapy has many specialties including cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, neurologic, orthopaedic and pediatrics to name some of the more common areas. close

Polarity Therapy

Polarity Therapy is a holistic health system that deals with the whole person – mentally, physically and emotionally. This approach involves energy-based bodywork, diet, exercise and consciousness in order to restore and preserve appropriate energy flows through the body. (...) read more

The underlying approach of polarity therapy states that the energy within the human body is based in electromagnetic force and that diseases result from improperly depleted energy close

Pilates

Pilates is a physical fitness system to strenghten the musculature. Exercises can be with or without devices.

The program focuses on the core postural muscles which help keeping the body balanced and are essential in supporting the spine. Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath, alignment of the spine and intend to strengthen the deep torso muscles. (...) read more

"The Pilates Principles" condition the entire body: proper alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing and flowing movement.

Pilates is a holistic training method that aims to build up the stamina and the circular flow. It is a great training method for people with back pain or for rehabilitation after accidents. close

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Qi Gong

Or Chi Gong, is a Chinese discipline that involves meditation, concentration and movement seeking the fortification of body and soul. (...) read more

Qi Gong uses breathing techniques and slow graceful movements to develop qi. Qi is frequently translated as "energy flow," and is often compared to Western notions of energetic or vital, as well as the yogic notion of prana (vital energy). The literal translation is "air" or "breath".

Qi Gong is mostly known as a an aid to concentration as well as martial arts training with great health benefits, similar to Thai Chi. close

Quantum-Touch

Quantum-Touch is a vibrational therapy combining light touch, breath work, and body consciousness meditations. This approach is has some similarities with the polarity therapy. It is known as a therapy that supports bones to spontaneously adjust to their proper adjustment and involves the practitioner to transfer energy into the recipient's body.

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Reflexology

Using hands and fingers, facial muscles and nerve endings are stimulated and re-invigorated by , opening up the energy (Chinese Meridian) channels throughout the body. (...) read more

This technique uses "zone therapy," a touch-based modality centered around the idea that reflex areas on the hands and feet are linked to the health and function on various organs in the body. Reflexology practitioners aim to remove all blockages from the body's energy flow. Pressure on specific areas of the feet is said to restore balance and health to the corresponding organs. Reflexologists believe that cures for ailments such as acne, gingivitis, and even diabetes can be achieved through manipulation of nerve endings in the foot. close

Remote Healing

Also known as distance healing.

Remote Healing means a healing procedure that takes place in the physical absence of the patient. Nevertheless this works in a similar way as being in the healer’s presence and therefore the recipient can still benefit from the healing process.

Reiki

This therapeutic energy work is grounded in the complementary and alternative medicine, where the practitioner acts as a connection between the recipient and the universal energy. (...) read more

In a typical whole-body Reiki treatment, the practitioner might take a few moments to enter a calm or meditative state of mind and mentally prepare for the treatment. The treatment proceeds with the practitioner placing his or her hands on the recipient’s body in various positions. However, a non-touching technique may be used, where the hands are held a few centimeters away from the recipient's body. The practitioner aims to create a connection between the universal energy and the recipient in order to stimulate the self-healing process of the recipients’ body.

A state of deep relaxation, combined with a general feeling of well-being, is usually the most noticeable immediate effect of the treatment, although emotional releases can also occur. However, the therapeutic effectiveness of Reiki is not scientifically proven. close

Russian Bath

The Russian bath is a Russian version of a combination of sauna or steambath. The air inside the banya is extremely humid and usually has a humidity level between 80 and 100 percent. The tradition of banya has existed since medieval times and originated in the countryside and was not only a place for bathing, but also for assembling purposes and therefore served as a social hot spot.

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Sand Therapy

Sand therapy aroused from the ancient Greeks and Romans who used sand for treating rheumatisms by embedding the complete patient’s body. Furthermore, sand enhances other diseases, if the treatment is preceded by an accurate medical check-up which establishes whether it is suitable for the patient.

Sleep Medicine

Sleep medicine focuses on the diagnosis and therapy of sleeping disorders and disturbances. Sleep medicine is treating illnesses such as sleepwalking, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, Sleep-related neurological disorders.

Sujok Therapy

Sujok Therapy is a Korean healing technique that is based on Acupressure. ‘Su” means hand and ‘Jok’ means foot and therefore Sujok Thearpy aims at treating various health problems on the corresponding points on either the hands or feet. Stimulating these points provides a curative effect is and enhances illnesses and deseases. It is a relatively simple methodology, resulting in high effects and is therefore one of the best self-curing methods known today.

Shiatsu

Originated in Japan meaning “fingerprint”, Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on-therapy incorporating energetic body work.

Sound Therapy

Sound therapy is an interpersonal process in which a trained therapist uses sounds and all of its facets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help clients to improve or maintain their health. (...) read more

The field of sound therapy was pioneered by the French ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr Tomatis in the late 1940s when he discovered that he could repair the damaged hearing of opera singers and factory workers by playing to them the sounds they could no longer hear. He discovered the link between the ear and the voice and discovered that by improving the way we listen, he could dramatically improve learning, balance, coordination and posture as well as communication and creativity. Listening is very different to hearing – listening is an active process we can choose to do while hearing is passive and automatic. As the ear and brain becomes receptive to high frequency sounds, energy and performance increases and a feeling of wellness becomes more common. close

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Tai Chi

Tai chi chuan is an internal Chinese martial art and is mostly practiced for health and longevity reasons.

A multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern. Some of tai chi chuan's training forms are well known to westerners as the slow motion routines that groups of people practice together every morning in parks around the world. (...) read more

The study of tai chi chuan primarily involves three aspects:

  • Health: tai chi concentrates on relieving the physical effects of stress on body and mind.
  • Meditation: focus and calmness are cultivated by the meditative aspect of tai chi.
  • Martial art: tai chi chuan martially is the study of appropriate change in response to outside forces and thus a form of self-defence in combat.

Researchers have found that intensive tai chi practice shows some favourable effects on the promotion of balance control, flexibility as well as cardiovascular fitness and reduced the risk of falls in both healthy elderly patients, and those recovering from chronic stroke, heart failure, high blood pressure, heart attacks, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's. Tai chi's gentle, low impact movements burn more calories than surfing and nearly as many as downhill skiing. close

ThalassoTherapy

The word Thalasso is of Greek origin meaning “sea”. Thalassotherapy is the medical use of cold or heated seawater, maritime air, sun, algae, mud and sand. The properties of seawater are believed to have beneficial effects upon the pores of the skin and infectious diseases. (...) read more

Trace elements of magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and iodide found in seawater are believed to be absorbed through the skin.

There are two key issues in Thalassotherapy:

  1. Medical remedy
    (e.g. respiratory disease, rheumatism, chronic skin diseases)
  2. Prevention and cosmetic
    (e.g. skin and beauty therapies, purification, relaxation)

The actual program of a Thalassotherapy is individually specified and may include hydrotherapy, massage, electro physiotherapy, bath, body wraps with algae and mud, vichy shower, jet shower, inhalation with aerosol and aquarobics. close

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

TCM includes a range of traditional Chinese medical practices with a holistic approach concentrating on health protection.

Several thousands of years ago the Chinese realized that prevention is more beneficial than actual healing. The body is understood as a coherent system in which all body parts, organs and organ systems are interconnected by energy channels. A person is healthy when all his energy is in harmony and balance. (...) read more

In the concept of TCM all influences that have an effect on the human being can be classified either as restorative or as weakening. The most important influences which can disturb the balance of the human organism and thus lead to illness are:

  • Climatic parameters (wind, heat, humidity, dryness, cold)
  • Lacking or excessive hygiene
  • Emotions (rage, joy, worry, grief, fear)
  • Morbid life-style
  • Shortage of suitable food and body movement

The pulse and tongue diagnosis is one of the most popular diagnosis techniques in TCM. For the actual treatment different methods can be combined. The most important ones are acupuncture, massages, medicinal therapy, nutrition, and body exercise (e.g. Qi Gong). close

Thai Massage

Traditional Medical Massage of Thailand, better known as Thai Massage, originated more than two millennia ago in India and spread to Southeast Asia. Once there, it became one of the staples of traditional Thai medicine. Thai massage sessions are designed to be relaxing and invigorating at the same time. Therapists incorporate passive stretching and acupressure principles to re-balance the body's energy system. Thai massage requires the recipient to be fully clothed.

Thermal Water

Thermal water is a type of mineral water which is located subsurface. This exempts it from bacteria and pollution and provides healing properties, particularly to the skin. Thermal water is naturally pure and rich in mineral salts, iodine and CO2. For thousands of years it is known for healing arthritis, joint pain and burns and especially to treat the skin. Its purifying properties enable dry or sensitive skin or one that is suffering from eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis, to cure.

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Universal Life Force Energy

In the spiritual concept, Universal Life Force Energy means the Energy of the Creator. All life and the entire Universe originates from this energy. This conception is based on the Nothingness to Oneness and on Yin and Yang. It is the most profound energy in all living creatures, including human beings, animals and plants.

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Veganism

Veganism describes a way of living that tries to exclude all forms of exploitation of animals for food, clothing, or any other function. It includes the Vegetarian dietary terms of not eating any meat or fish. But it goes even further and avoids the use of all animal produce, which means eggs, animal milks, honey, and their processed products. Veganism specifically implies health, environmental, and/or ethical reasons and therefore the vegan lifestyle expands to more than diet. Vegans do not wear leather, fur, wool or silk and do not support zoos, circuses, rodeos, animal testing and any other familiar industry.

Visualization

The approach of visualization states that thinking about positive images promotes physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Visualization and meditation often come together, as this combination provides a calming and relaxing environment. Often a therapist assists the process of visualization by calmly reading guided imagery while the person is laying down.

Vegetarianism

Vegetarianism describes a way of living that tries to exclude eating meat, fish and poultry.

There are different types of Vegetarianism:

  • lacto-ovo vegetarians: no meat, poultry or fish, but eat eggs and dairy products
  • lacto-vegetarians: no meat, poultry, fish or eggs, but eat dairy products
  • ovo-vegetarians: no meat, poultry, fish or dairy products, but eat eggs
  • vegans: only plant-derived foods

A vegetarian diet can be healthy, if a wide variety of foods is provided; this includes fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, whole grain products, nuts, seeds and legumes.

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Watsu

Watsu is a fusion of water and shiatsu and thereby a massage performed in warm water. The receiver of the treatment is continuously supported by the therapist while he or she rocks and gently stretches the body. (...) read more

As the treatment is performed under water, the body can be stretched in ways that would be impossible on land. Especially the lifting powers as well as the resistance of the water are important factors. The receiver can completely relax in the warm water while he or she is moved around. This implies that the receiver has to trust the therapists to a great extend. It should be considered that body contact is quite close and intimate. Thus, this treatment might not be suitable for everyone.

Watsu creates an absolute state of relaxation. The passive movements in the warm water create a feeling of weightlessness. The joints are relieved and the blood circulation is promoted. Some people even describe this experience as a rebirthing experience. close

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Yoga

Originated in India, yoga refers to traditional physical and mental disciplines that are designed to unite body, mind and soul for inner control and concentration. (...) read more

In western countries the generic term for the physical discipline is Hatha Yoga. It combines physical practices with breathing exercises and relaxing techniques focusing on the purification of body and mind to unleash the prana or vital energy.

Yoga has a positive effect on our physical as well as psychological health and may ease different kinds of illnesses, such as circulatory disorders, insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches and back pain. However, as yoga touches the very core of ourselves, it can bring up certain emotions that may or may not be familiar.
A mental discipline of yoga and necessarily a religious practice is meditation. close

Yogassage

Yogassage is a body therapy that originates in India and combines yoga positions as well as massage techniques. (...) read more

There are two general types of yogassage:
The first type is more relaxing and requires less involvement, as the patient lies down on a massage table, while the therapist applies hands, feet, knees, elbows, fingers, thumbs, and forearms to massage the body into a yoga-like relaxation.

The other type of yogassage requires the patient’s full involvement. With the assistance of the therapist, the patient follows different yoga asana positions, including stretching of the torso and limbs. Afterwards the patient is massaged with the normal yogassage method. A complete session usually takes 75 minutes and has a chiropractic effect. close

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Zen

Also called Zen Buddhism. A school of Buddhism that is based on the belief that enlightenment can be attained through meditation, self-contemplation and instinct rather than through faith and dedication. It is practiced mainly in China, Japan, Vietnam and Korea.