Therapies

  • Therapeutic Touch

    “Therapeutic Touch” is a healing concept. The practice uses the idea that our bodies have fields of energy that can be used for healing. Therapeutic Touch balances and promotes the flow of human energy. Research has shown that Therapeutic Touch can reduce pain, improve wound healing, aid relaxation and ease the dying process.

    Therapeutic Touch is reported to:
    • Reduce stress
    • Lessen pain
    • Increase the sense of well being
    • Boost the immune system
    • Soothe mind, body and spirit

    Therapeutic Touch Process

    You will sit or lie, fully clothed, as the therapist moves his or her hands in smooth, rhythmic motions within a few inches of your body. You may experience changes in temperature, tingling and relaxation.

  • Touch Therapies

    Touch therapies are forms of medicine that can help patients with a variety of medical issues. These therapies aim to heal, reduce stress and promote a general sense of well being. More research is needed to determine the effectiveness of these techniques, especially with regards to older adults.

    Several popular forms of touch therapies include:
    • Reflexology: the practice of massaging, or applying pressure to specific parts of the feet and hands.
    • Reiki: the practice of placing hands lightly on or just above the person’s body, palms down. A series of different hand positions are held for about 2-5 minutes.
    • Therapeutic Touch: the practice of moving hands in smooth, rhythmic motions within a few inches of the body. Therapeutic Touch aims to change the body’s energy field.
    • Massage: the practice of manipulating the body’s soft tissues – muscles, skin and tendons – using the fingertips, hands and fists.

  • Aromatherapy

    What is it?
    Aromatherapy is the use of scents from essential oils of plants such as lavender, mandarin, geranium, chamomile, rosemary and peppermint. These concentrated oils are known to help the body promote physical and mental wellbeing, and help relieve common ailments. In aromatherapy, the oils are mostly used when applied to the skin in the form of lotions and bath salts, or inhaled through the nose in the form of heated oils and spritzers.

    What Are the Benefits?
    Though studies have shown aromatherapy is helpful for conditions such as loss of appetite, sleeping problems, irritability, anxiety, depression, headaches and other chronic health issues, research on the therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy is limited. In the 1980s when Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) or Integrative Medicine grew, aromatherapy gained interest as a supportive form of therapy. In theory, it works by stimulating smell receptors in the nose that send messages to the part of the brain that controls emotions, creating certain benefits.

    Safe usage
    Most oils are considered safe when used correctly. However, when applied to the skin, oils will eventually be absorbed into the bloodstream and there may be side effects especially in breastfeeding women, children and people taking certain medications. Therefore, it is important to check with your doctor and a trained aromatherapist when using the concentrated oils as they may interact with other medications and forms of therapy.

  • Meditation

    What Is It?

    Meditation and mindfulness are a “means of transforming the mind.” Meditation practices encourage concentration, clarity and emotional optimism. It is a state of deep peace when the mind is silent and calm, while also being completely alert. True meditation has the goal of bringing a person into a level of higher awareness.

    What Are the Benefits and Techniques with Meditation and Mindfulness?
    Studies have shown that meditation reduces stress, improves longevity, decreases loneliness, reduces healthcare costs, improves mood and helps with chronic illnesses. Meditation can also improve digestion and circulation, sharpen and focus the mind and activate the feel-good part of the mind. Some meditation techniques include: tensing each muscle in the body then relaxing them one by one, slow breathing combined with imagining beautiful, peaceful places, focusing on a word, concept or image, prayer, hypnosis and yoga.

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