Some of my Favorite Alternative Therapies


Reflexology is a method for activating the healing powers of the body.  It is a hands-on healing modality that is both old and new.  The roots of reflexology date back to ancient Chinese and Egyptian healers who worked on the feet to promote good health.  Today, thankfully, this age-old tradition continues and has developed into more modern and scientific methods.  It is still called Reflexology, but what joins this ancient practice with a modern approach is the long-established principle that there are energy zones that run throughout the body and reflex areas or points in the feet that correspond to all major organs, glands and body parts. Reflexology reduces stress and induces deep, improves circulation, cleanses the body of toxins and impurities, helps hormonal imbalances and can reduce migraines, fatigue and digestive disorders


Is a self-help technique that uses finger pressure to reach certain areas, called pressure points, to break up the blockages in the body that can cause pain and can relieve common discomforts.  There are balancing points, or source points on the body that are thought to balance, or harmonize the energy in each meridian of the body.  Meridians are  connected points across the anatomy which affect a specific organ or other part of the body and are used in acupressure treatments.  Each meridian has a balancing point.    The many benefits of acupressure for health and wellness issues can include alleviation of headaches, constipation, stress, arthritis, toothaches, any problem of the face, allergies,  shoulder and arm pain, abdominal pain, strengthening the immune system, shifting stagnation in the body, and general pain relief.


Guided Imagery or a guided meditation is simply a flow of thoughts that one can see, hear, feel, smell or taste in one’s own imagination.  Dr. Rossman, Co-founder of the Academy for Guided Imagery says “An image may or may not represent external reality, but it always represents internal reality.” One of the most common human symptoms in life is worry – some more than others and worry can cause symptoms of stress in the body, wherever it may manifest, such as headaches.  The healing power of imagery or guided meditation has three characteristics that lend great value in medicine and healing:

  1. It directly affects physiology.
  2. Through the mental processes of association, it provides insight and perspective into health.
  3. It has an intimate relationship with emotions, which are often at the root of many common health conditions.

Imagery can be a key factor in dealing with anything from a simple tension headache to a life-threatening disease.  It is a proven method for pain relief, for helping people tolerate medical procedures and treatments, stimulating healing responses in the body.  Imagery can assist in clarifying attitudes, emotions, behaviors and lifestyle patterns that may be involved in producing illness.  It can also facilitate recovery, and be used to help people find meaning in their illness, cope more effectively with their health problems and come to grips with life’s limitations.

Guided imagery is becoming more widely available for medical and psychological problems and as a means of achieving greater personal insight, creativity and self-actualization.

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Yes. We breath. However, breathing is both unconscious and conscious. Sometimes we forget to breathe in a way that does not fully support our body and mind. We have a tendency to breathe too shallow. This deprives the body and brain of much-needed oxygen.  Breathwork is a form of the conscious alteration of breathing, connecting the breath with inhalation and exhalation exercises. Breathwork discharges negative energies and recharges with positive energy through this exchange of inhalation and exhalation.

Breathwork has been used for many, many years as a healing modality to create optimal healing and has been used in traditional spiritual practices such as Tai Chi or Qigong where one uses movement to make conscious use of breath. Breathwork is a tool for transformation and healing the body on all levels – emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. Conscious breathing is one of the most effective techniques for releasing stress, tension, and heal the body from within.

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2 thoughts on “Some of my Favorite Alternative Therapies”

  1. Thank you so much, Kathleen! This is all new and exciting to me. I love learning new ways of living First Class.

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