There are many ways to approach healing; one therapy may work well for one individual while it isn’t the best choice for another. Health is a process, not a destination. That is why Medicine In Balance encompasses a wide range of therapists with differing approaches to healing; they can all help you in your process of health. Please click on the links below to view a description of each modality.
- Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine
- Emotional Management/ Stress Management Using HeartMath® Techniques
- Osteopathic Manipulation
- Energy Medicine
- Rubenfeld Synergy
- Shamanic Healing
- Yoga Classes
- Shin Tai
- Nutritional Counseling
- Far Infrared Sauna
In Traditional Chinese Medicine and other Asian cultures, restoring health involves restoring appropriate flow of qi (life force energy) in specific pathways in the body called meridians. An acupuncturist places very fine needles into specific points along these meridians to improve the flow. Other techniques include moxibustion (heating herbs over these same points), Chinese cupping, scraping, electrical stimulation and other ways of improving flow. A diagnosis is made based on history as well as observation of the tongue and extended pulse readings.
Traditional diagnostic methods are supplemented with computerized Digital Meridian analysis, which allows one to actually see the status of one’s energy or Qi in the various meridians/organs, making this ancient art more tangible and allowing for greater refinement in treatment strategies and patient tracking over time. For those who desire to take bio-impedence technology one step further, testing with the Bio-Meridian device provides a glimpse into the functional health status of each system of the body – based on this data, treatment priorities can be determined and appropriate natural healing herbal remedies can be recommended to change the physiology in a positive direction. Chinese medicinal herbal formulas, being a key component of Oriental Medicine, are a sophisticated system of herbal combining that can be utilized to address practically any health issue on a day to day basis – these are frequently included as part of the treatment process.
Relieve Stress and General Anxiety Disorders Using HeartMath® Techniques
The HeartMath Institute has developed scientifically validated ways to relieve stress, social anxiety disorder, adrenal overdrive and burnout, allowing one to regain a sense of control and well-being. Their techniques, which involve specific breath patterns along with emotional management, lead to better sleep, better control over anger and depression, and control over impulse behavior such as overeating or drinking. These techniques are easily learned and require only consistent practice for mastery. They are essentially the only proven techniques for stress management and control of adrenal dysfunction that we have found.
For more information on relieving stress using Heartmath® Techniques, click here.
Osteopathy focuses on healthy lifestyle and preventative measures to maintain health, rather than merely treating disease after it occurs. In addition to learning all of modern medicine, osteopathic physicians also learn hands on manipulation of the body, to aide in the treatment of numerous disorders of the patient. Osteopathy firmly believes the body can heal itself and does not require maintenance body work to stay healthy if you are feeling well. As compared with chiropractic, Osteopaths are usually a little more thorough with each treatment, evaluating the entire body from head to toe (not just focusing on the spine). Typically the time spent with the patient for evaluation, treatment and devising a home exercise program is more extensive. Osteopathic manipulation is often more gentle than chiropractic, with less “cracking” techniques involved.
Matrix Energetics is based on the laws and expression of subtle energy physics and the concepts and laws of quantum physics, superstring theory and Sheldrake’s Morphic Resonance. Often you will see and feel a wave like motion when Matrix Energetics is applied, as the person being worked on experiences a smooth wave of transformation and the body seems to drop in a completely relaxed wave instantly. This can happen standing up, sitting down or lying on a table. The participants are taught specific methods of using a powerful, focused intent. This is combined with application of a light touch method for identifying the parts of the body where the Matrix Energetics “wave” will yield optimum results. What seems to be happening is that the unconsciousness and the biological physical fields are interacting. This technique can be used along with many other forms of healing, such as massage, acupuncture and other forms of energy work.
Bach Flower Essences
Bach Flower Essences are essentially Homeopathy for the emotions. They were originally created by Dr Edward Bach as a way of alleviating negative emotional states. They are based on the energetic essence of different flowers; a practitioner makes up a personalized combination for each individual based on their current emotional state. They can be used for as long as necessary and are not contraindicated with any other therapies. A very useful adjunct to other forms of healing, they are especially helpful in children and pets.
Rubenfeld Synergy is a system of healing that reminds us how to listen to our bodies and find the wisdom held there. Throughout life, stress, memories and emotions are stored in our bodies and show up as aches, pains and tension. Current research has proven that chronic stress can manifest physically as illness and disease, leaving us feeling tired, emotionally drained and disconnected. The Rubenfeld Synergy Method® (RSM) offers a gentle way to address what is happening both physically and emotionally, by combining talk with gentle touch and compassionate listening. With the support of the Synergist, we begin to see that our physical and emotional experiences are connected. RSM can help you develop awareness of feelings and beliefs held in your body which result in energy blocks, tensions, physical and/or emotional pain and imbalances. These holdings often control how you feel and behave in the present and affect the choices you make. RSM allows you to access those held feelings and beliefs. This often frees the body from pain, the mind from suffering and gives you the opportunity to live from conscious choice rather than from unconscious patterns.
Shamanic work has a special, nurturing regard for the soul. Some shocks, like the loss of a relationship, an accident, or the experience of cruelty, diminish soul force and can leave people feeling lost. Such intrusions on and losses to our energy can create imbalances that manifest in different ways, such as panic attacks or anxiety; in excessive anger, fear or other emotion; or in physical symptoms.
Shamanic healinging works at an energetic level to clear the imprints left by traumas and to create balance by restoring essential energy and repairing injuries to our Luminous Energy Field. It often creates unexpected shifts in our perspective that lead to healing in the most surprising ways. No two sessions are ever the same. Shamanic work is for those who are ready to shed their issues and begin making profound changes in their lives and their relationship with themselves and the world.
Classes in various yoga styles and traditions are offered, as yoga helps to align body/mind/spirit and facilitate healing. After practicing yoga, many students find that they have learned to listen to their bodies in a new way, and specific postures and breathwork patterns have been shown to help heal specific medical conditions.
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Shin Tai is a dynamic form of bodywork therapy that fuses traditional Shiatsu Treatment with more subtle and gentle touch. It precisely focuses on postural and structural misalignment. It restores the natural resonance of the body by recovering space in the body at a cellular, organ, joint and vibrational level. Shin Tai includes specific techniques such as muscle & join stress release and relaxation; including the fascia. Shin Tai helps to create balance throughout the body emotionally to recover your life force. When life force is recovered, the physical body functions better, the emotions respond more appropriately and the mind is freed from past experiences. Additionally, Shin Tai accesses the central nervous system creating an increase in overall energy (Chi) along the meridian pathways of the body. By incorporating all of Shin Tai’s components, its’ recipients enjoy being fully engaged in the flow of life on a day-to-day basis.
Most of us can use some help in meeting our goals to eat more healthfully. Sometimes we need more basic knowledge, sometimes we “know” what we “should” be doing but simply can’t seem to make it happen. Our nutritional counseling services can help you untangle the many moving parts of our eating habits. If you have a new medical diagnosis that can be managed with changes in eating, we can help. If you need to overhaul your pantry, or figure out how to eat well and still keep your family happy, we can help. Also, we can adjust supplement choices based on dietary patterns. The goal of our nutritional counseling is to not remind you how much you’ve “cheated” but to help you find a balanced, health relationship to food that works for your lifestyle.
Far Infrared Sauna
It’s a fact of life: all of us have issues with exposure to toxic materials. They can include heavy metals (mercury from old dental amalgams, lead from the car exhaust we old folks inhaled as kids, plus what was in our pipes, or even gadolinium used as contrast dye for CT’s and PET scans). They can also include plastics, pesticides, and other human-made chemicals that our bodies have to deal with. We can ingest or inject things to help pull out the heavy metals. Everything else is a bit harder to remove. That’s where sweating comes in: studies have shown that compared to urine, sweat removes much more of these materials.
Now, why did we choose far infrared vs near or midrange infrared? These terms describe the wavelength of light emission, not how close you are to it! Near infrared does not penetrate the body much below the dermis, so it’s used a lot in cosmetic applications and pain control for joint and muscle pain. Midrange infrared penetrates a bit deeper, and is especially helpful in improving circulation. Far infrared heats the body substantially, reaching the cellular level. This is the only level that stimulates the body’s detoxification ability….and reportedly, a 40-minute session burns roughly 600 calories. (no, don’t use this method as your preferred weight loss effort!).
Some detractors of far infrared maintain that this wavelength is too close to that of cell phones and microwaves……although it’s true that far infrared is closer to these than near infrared, it’s not close enough to be a problem. We also sought out a company whose product emits the lowest amount of EMF’s of any other far infrared sauna on the market.
The construction of the sauna is also important. This sauna is made of Canadian Basswood, as Canadian Cedar contains natural chemicals that can be a problem for sensitive people. Also, Basswood matures in only 7 years, so harvesting the wood for construction is environmentally more sound. The sauna uses no plywood, plastic, Teflon, fiberglass, carbon fiber, colored paint, industrial glues or other toxic materials that can be found in other machines.