Methods of Natural and Alternative Medicine I Love! (Part 2)
As we heal, we benefit most from a team of experts that specialize in one field of practice. Receiving various treatments (like Part 1 talked about) like seeing a Naturopathic Doctor, and a Health Coach, and an Emotion Code Practioner, and a Massage Therapist- will have a greater impact on your overall results.
It takes a village... to find healing. It is almost never just one type of modality or one type of practitioner that gives the results you need. As much as all practitioners do heal and help their patients, we all know that it does indeed take multiple modalities for the patient or client to get better. The smart and humble ones know this.
Here are 4 more modalities I love! See if any of them resonate with you.
1. The Emotion Code, Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET), & Tapping
Our emotions have a physiological effect that can be stored in the body and can be triggered in times of emotional stress. The goal of these emotional energy practices are to identify the neuro-emotional complex (NEC) and essentially destroy that particular NEC so that it never causes the same issue in the body again. It's great for anxiety, general stress, headaches, physical pain, and even organ dysfunction.
I find The Emotion Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson is by far the most simple of these three technqiues. You can do it yourself simply by reading the book. And you don’t need to get into the story of how the stored emotion came to be. It is released anyway using the technique.
"NET is a mind-body technique that uses a methodology of finding and removing neurological imbalances related to the physiology of unresolved stress." (from NETmindbody.com)
To understand NET further, I love the description from the pro's on this website, Innovative Medicine.
I have no personal experience with tapping, but from the many friends and clients I’ve heard talk about it, they do love it and receive great results.
They all get similar results, but have unique ways of arriving at those results.
Although somewhat of a controversial profession, it's helped me, my husband, friends, and countless clients.
A short story real quick: I had a teenage personal training client back when we ran our gym. This client was an athlete that I had worked with for years, so when she complained of severe knee pain that prevented her from training and from playing her beloved sport, I was extremely concerned for her well being- especially when treating her myself with corrective exercise and massage therapy did not help.
After 3 months of this constant pain, she saw the chiropractor I referred her to and what do you know, her tibia was out of alignment, he adjusted it, and her pain was gone. The pain also never returned.
This is also a great example how two treatments (massage therapy & corrective exercise) was not enough for this client and another modality was needed for her to heal.
I do not reccommend the conventional “snap, crackle, and pop” type adustments. Just like acupuncture needles, this creates a release of adrenaline that is toxic and corrosive to the body (yes, even our own adrenaline!).
There are many chiropractors that use Applied Kinesiology (see below) as a more gentle method and Network Chiropractic Care (also called Network Spinal Analysis) that are just more gentle to receive with the same results.
3. Massage Therapy
Massage Therapists have tried very hard to not be seen as or called a "masseuse." I was a Licensed Massage Therapist for 8 years and I cringed every time someone used that word. Why? Not only is this word outdated but it’s just not as professional. My aim with my clients was to ease pain, discomfort, correct physical imbalances, and provide a space for them to relax on a level that they couldn’t arrive at on their own.
There are many types of massage therapy- myofascial release, trigger point therapy, lymphatic drainage, the Trager approach, orthobionomy, Thai massage, reflexology, and more.
Massage isn't usually something people need convincing to try because it usually feels amazing (this is because it puts you into the parasympathetic mode which is both relaxing and healing). However, people DO need convincing to try it because it is often seen as a luxury or unnecessary expense.
Massage is a type of therapy. It's therapeutic! It relieves pain, allows the muscular skeletal system to find balance, and moves the lymph.
Just be sure to COMMUNICATE with your massage therapist during your session to let them know if something is painful and to ease up. This will allow you to stay in a relaxed state and not enter into a stressed state where your body needs to produce adrenaline just to get through.
4. Applied Kinesiology, a.k.a. Muscle Testing
Muscle Testing is a tool used by a variety of practitioners such as Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, MD's, ND's, Psychologists, Clinical Nutritionists and more. Both NET and The Emotion Code use muscle testing to find answers given by the body's subconscious.
Muscle Testing works by testing a muscle for "strength" or "weakness" under a particular stimulus of the body such as a reflex point associated with an organ, gland, or meridian (specifically the meridians of Chinese Medicine).
Although this is a controversial tool for diagnosis and treatment, it's widely used and has multiple applications. It’s most effective when the practioner and the receiver are open and have no thoughts such as “this won’t work” because if you think it won’t work, it won’t. You’re blocking the very essence of what you’re testing (and therefore it is properly “working”).
I find it to be a truly fascinating tool into the body's own wisdom, where the subconscious communicates with our conscious mind.
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To your health and healing,
Mandi Palmer, “Food and Wellness Guru,” is a Holistic Certified Health Coach who has been inspiring and leading others in their pursuit of wellness since 2008. Her well-rounded approach to helping others achieve wellness includes nutrition, healthy-never-over-doing-it movement, building purpose and reslience to stress, the ancient art of qigong, comfortably cleansing, and using the published works of Anthony William, The Medical Medium.
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