Tuina

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One of the oldest forms of Chinese bodywork, which dates back to the Shang dynasty around 1700 bce, Tuina, originally a form known as Yi Zhi Chan Tuina came into prominence when chi energy work was becoming an important part of the traditional Taoist medical practices of Anmo, or Gaomo. By around 650 ce, Tuina had developed into a separate, …

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

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The lymphatic system is an important circulatory network that serves the body by removing foreign matter, proteins, and metabolic waste products from tissues. The fluid lymph transports these substances to the blood vessels to be eliminated from the body. Hundreds of lymph nodes throughout the body act as reservoirs or filtering stations along this network, and they contain the infection-fighting …

Trager® Approach

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Also referred to as Psychophysical Integration, this form of therapy combines hands-on bodywork with a set of simple movement exercises, called Mentastics or mental gymnastics, to release muscle tension, increase range of motion, and reeducate the body. It was developed by Dr. Milton Trager between the 1930s and 1950s as a means of releasing deep-seated areas of holding and pain …

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Counseling Psychology

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Counseling psychology is a field contained within applied psychology that utilizes not only psychology principles but incorporates the behavioral sciences, human resources techniques, clinical, and school psychology as well.  Counseling is primarily considered a service provided by a professional with special qualifications that uses psychological and behavioral science to improve the lives of clients by focusing on the decisions they …

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Life Coaching

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A life coach is an accredited professional who helps a client to make productive life changes with the aim of attaining goals.  This is generally accomplished by knowing the important questions to ask to catalyze progress in life.  A successful life coach will become a motivator, strategist, and accountability partner.  Life coaches can help clients reach goals in the most …

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Herbal Medicine

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Herbal Medicine or Phytotherapy is the study of the use of extracts of natural origin as medicines or health-promoting agents. Herbal medicines differ from plant-derived medicines in standard pharmacology. Where standard pharmacology isolates an active compound from a given plant, phytotherapy aims to preserve the complexity of substances from a given plant with relatively less processing. Herbal Medicine is distinct from homeopathy …

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Hypnotherapy

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Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation with a trained therapist to achieve a heightened level of focus and concentration to address specific issues or habits.  Hypnosis is usually considered an aid to psychotherapy counseling or therapy, because the hypnotic state allows people to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from their conscious minds. In addition, hypnosis enables people …

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Ayurvedic Medicine

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Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda) is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It originated in India more than 3,000 years ago and remains one of the country’s traditional health care systems. Its concepts about health and disease promote the use of herbal compounds, special diets, and other unique health practices. India’s government and other institutes throughout the world support clinical and …

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Dietitian/ Nutritionist

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It is easy to confuse the terms dietitian and nutritionist.  In many countries , the title nutritionist is not subject to professional regulation.   Any person may call themselves a nutrition expert,whereas the title of dietitian can be used only by those who have met specified professional requirements. One way to distinguish the two is to remember all dietitians are nutritionists, but not …

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Naturopathic Medicine

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Naturopathic Medicine is a medical system that has evolved from a combination of traditional practices and health care approaches popular in Europe during the 19th century. People visit naturopathic practitioners for various health-related purposes, including primary care, overall well-being, and treatment of illnesses.  In the United States, naturopathic medicine is practiced by naturopathic physicians, traditional naturopaths, and other health care providers …