Holistic Terminology Pt 2
There are so many terms related to holistic methods of healing that sometimes it can be daunting to understand
them all. Nevertheless for your own benefit it is important to learn as much as you can about the world of holistic
Body Work Therapy: Body work is a blanket term for a variety of different kinds of massage
treatments. Body work takes into account rubbing, pressing and manipulating the soft tissue and muscles in order to
relax the body and lengthen the muscles which is meant to bring about pain relief. This also encourages the flow of
blood and oxygen to the area that is painful which helps to facilitate a swifter method of healing. Massage
therapists generally use their hands but some also use their feet, forearms and elbows to achieve this end when
working on patients. Body work can also take into account the ever-popular Swedish massage as well as deep tissue
massage, manual lymph drainage and neuromuscular massage. Massage has been shown to be effective for many types of
health problems such as the back, the neck, the shoulders, as well as headaches, bursitis and tendonitis.
Breathing Meditation Therapy: Breathing meditation is a form of meditation that is Asian in
origin and helps to calm and quit an erratic mind. The person doing breathing meditation needs to relax and
concentrate fully on their breathing and to count each breath in a breathing cycle.
Yoga, vipassana, and qigong often make use of these forms of breathing meditation. The process of deep breathing
in this case should be done at least five to ten times and a number of times throughout the day to be as effective
Today's Holistic Tip for Pain
Natural ReliefThe holistic approach to health and to pain relief is different from traditional Western medicine in that it takes into consideration an entire human being, looking at the mind, body and spirit as a unit and does not just look at individual symptoms in isolation. Therapists who practice the holistic approach believe that the human body contains a very strong life force, life energy or vital force. It is believed that it is this vital force or energy that helps to guard the body against any number of ailments and diseases and helps to encourage healing when something in the body does break down. This is what we know to be called the body's immune system and without it a person would be sick all the time, as he would succumb to every kind of virus or bacteria that crossed his path. It is believed by holistic therapists that when the immune system is out of synchronicity and the balance is upset that the symptoms of any number of diseases crop up. herbs pain relief
Chelation Therapy: Chelation therapy uses what is known as chelating agents such
as for example EDTA in order to get rid of heavy metals from the human body that are of no use to the body at all.
When it comes to conventional Western medicine chelation therapy is put into play in order to treat a case of heavy
metal poisoning, more and more holistic practitioners are using it to help their patients who suffer from coronary
Chiropractic Therapy: Chiropractic (or chiropractic medicine) is a form of
holistic healing that involves the manipulation of the spine in order to unblock nerve signals to the brain and to
facilitate the process of healing. Chiropractic medicine is based on the idea that getting rid of nerve
interference will allow the body to work to its absolute best. Chiropractic treatments have been successfully used
to treat patients who suffer from back pain and problems such as, headaches, inflammation of the nerves, muscle
spasms, carpal tunnel syndrome and a variety of other traumas and injuries.
Diet-Based Therapy: Diet-based therapies make use of many different kinds of diets in order to
improve the state of an individuals health as well as to help a person lose weight and to treat health problems
such as high cholesterol. Some examples of these types of diets include the breatharian, the fruitarianism, the
living foods diet, the macrobiotic lifestyle, the Okinawa diet, the vegan diet, the vegetarian diet, and the low-
fat diet among others.