PRACTITIONER DISCIPLINES

Alternative therapies offer a broad and diverse variety of treatment modalities to provide relief and promote wellness of both body and mind.  These include:

Active Release Techniques (ART). 
ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.

Acupuncture. 
One of the oldest healing practices in the world, acupuncture involves the stimulation of anatomical points on the body using a variety of techniques, most often penetrating the skin with thin needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.  Acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine.

Ayurveda.  
Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world's oldest holistic healing systems, developed thousands of years ago in India.  It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health by ensuring that the mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universe.

Chiropractic. 
Chiropractic is an approach to healthcare that uses spinal manipulation to relieve pain. It is most often used for back or neck pain, as well as headaches and pain in the arms or legs.  Most doctors of chiropractic take a natural approach to promoting health through lifestyle changes, nutrition, and exercise.  Many chiropractors also have training in physical rehabilitation and exercise therapy, and some also offer nutritional analysis, herbal therapy, and acupuncture.

Craniosacral Therapy
This is a form of bodywork focused on the concept of "primary respiration" which involves regulating the flow of cerebrospinal fluid by using therapeutic touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium through light touches to a patient's skull, face, spine and pelvis.  Cranial-sacral therapy has been used to treat migraine headaches, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma, post-surgical recovery, TMJ, and other conditions.

Dream analysis.  
Dream analysis can help you understand and eliminate nightmares, identify self-limiting behaviours and release emotional obstacles, read accurate messages about relationships and life situations, and gain actionable steps you can apply to waking life to gain deeper insight into your life purpose, health and well-being, relationships, career, spirituality or any other area of life.

Energy Healing
Energy healing is a branch of alternative medicine where healers are able to channel your body's energy while fixing any energetic disturbances for positive effects and results. It promotes self-healing and improves ones overall aura and personal "energy-field".

Flower essence therapy. 
Flower essences are herbal infusions or decoctions, made from the flowering part of plants, which uniquely address emotional and mental aspects of wellness.    They are believed to help release emotional stress and address the emotional responses to physical illnesses.

Functional Medicine
Functional Medicine uses a patient-based approach to create a personalized health-experience. Practitioners listen to patients' histories and lifestyles (addressing nutrition, emotional state, activeness & environment) to discover and treat the root of their health-concerns. Functional Medicine focuses on treating the source of the symptoms rather than just the symptoms themselves. 

Herbology. 
People have been using plants and herbs as medicine for thousands of years, and many modern medicines -- from aspirin to quinine -- are derived from traditional herbal remedies.  A trained herbalist can diagnose many ailments and provide recommended effective herbal treatments based on proven Eastern and Western practices.

Homeopathy. 
Homeopathy is a system of medicine that involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. A homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient's condition and needs.  Homeopathy is based on the principle that a substance that causes symptoms when taken in large doses can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms.

Health Coaching.
Coaching comes in many forms, including life coaching, parent coaching, and wellness coaching.   Wellness and health coaches act as navigators who guide and support their clients on their journey to wellness . In all cases, coaching helps clients improve their outlook on work, life, and family and unlock their full potential.

Jin Shin Jyutsu. 
Jin Shin Jyutsu is a Japanese healing art that harmonizes the vital energy in the whole person.  Sometimes called "acupuncture without needles," it works with the life energy that flows through our bodies on pathways similar to the acupuncture meridians.  When these pathways become blocked, causing pain and other symptoms, Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioners can remove the blockages using their hands so that energy flows freely, and harmony and wellness are restored.

Life Coaching
Coaching comes in many forms, including life coaching, parent coaching, and wellness coaching.  Life coaches partner with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.  In all cases, coaching helps clients improve their outlook on work, life, and family and unlock their full potential.

Massage. 
Therapeutic massage treats pain, stress, and physicalthrough the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissues, thereby enhancing function, aiding in the healing process, decreasing muscle reflex activity, inhibiting motor-neuron excitability, and promoting relaxation and well-being.  There are many different types of massage therapy, including Swedish, deep tissue, sports, and shiatsu.

Mindfulness. 
Mindfulness is a form of meditation designed to achieve a state of alert, focused relaxation by deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations without judgment.  This allows the mind to refocus on the present moment.  Mindfulness techniques can help to relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties, and improve mental health.

Naturopathy. 
Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process.  Naturopathy is based on several principles, including the healing power of nature, treating causes rather than symptoms, patient education, and treating the whole person.

Neurological Re-Organization
Neurological re-organization is a movement-based therapy that targets foundational areas of the brain to organize and integrate functions not addressed by other interventions. NR uses a prescribed set of repetitive movements to remap you or your child’s neural pathways. Just as traffic is rerouted around damaged sections of road, NRT strengthens existing neural pathways around damaged or underdeveloped parts of the brain. 

Nutrition counseling. 
Proper nutrition is essential to maintaining wellness and treating chronic conditions.  Nutrition counselors provide education and nutritional programs to prevent and treat diseases, manage weight loss, and address nutrition needs such as allergies and gluten issues.

Personal Trainer
A personal fitness trainer is a fitness professional possessing the knowledge, skills and abilities for safe and effective exercise and fitness program design, instruction and assistance for the purpose of reaching personal health and fitness goals.

Polarity.
Polarity Therapy is an energy-based healing system first developed by Dr. Randolph Stone in the 1940’s. It uses bodywork, lifestyle and nutritional counseling, sound and imagery work, and adapted yoga postures to locate and release physical, mental, emotional, and energetic blockages. As these imbalances are released, the river of life energy flows more freely through body, mind, and spirit and balance is naturally restored. For more information, visitwww.polaritytherapy.org.

Reiki. 
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.  Based on the idea of an unseen life force energy that flows through all of us, it is administered by laying on hands to raise life force energy levels and promote happiness and health.

Shamanism. 
An ancient form of spiritual healing, shamanism uses a spirit guide or shaman who, through a change in consciousness, enters non-ordinary reality to request and deliver healing and advice from compassionate animals, humans and other spirits.

Zero Balancing. 
Developed by California osteopath and acupuncturist Fritz Smith, Zero Balancing (ZB) is a hands-on body-mind system that balances the relationship of energy and structure within the bones and body tissues. It was founded in 1973. The ZB practitioner uses passive movements to evaluate the quality and strength of energy flow through bones, joints, and soft tissue. Gentle, firm, non-invasive manual pressure is used to balance the flow of energy through these structures. ZB draws from both Eastern and Western healing disciplines including osteopathy, acupuncture, meditation, energy medicine, and modern physics. It is an excellent tool for reducing physical, mental, and emotional stress and enhancing clarity and well-being on all levels. For more information, visit www.zerobalancing.com.