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 Acupuncturist, 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.

Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET), Tapping, & The Emotion Code

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.

"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've only personally received NET from a professional, but I know many friends and clients whom have had success with Tapping and The Emotion Code. They all get similar results, but have unique ways of arriving at those results. 

Chiropractic

Although somewhat of a controversial profession, it's helped me, my husband, friends, and countless clients. 

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 one treatment (massage therapy) was not enough for this client and another modality was needed for her to heal.

If you're afraid of the "snap, crackle, and pop" of conventional chiropractic and want the amazing benefits, there are many chiropractors that use Applied Kinesiology (see below) as a more gentle method.

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 also because I wasn't working in a spa with the intention to relax my client into a blissful state. My aim was to ease pain, discomfort, and correct physical imbalances. 

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. 

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. I find it a truly fascinating tool into the body's own wisdom, where the subconscious communicates with our conscious mind.

Read Part 1 of Methods of Natural and Alternative Medicine I love

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To your health and healing,

Mandi