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Allopathic
A term broadly applied to modern, or traditional Western, medicine.

Aromatherapy
The use of aromas (smells) to support and rebalance the body, mind and spirit.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda is India’s 5,000 year old traditional system of medicine.  It embraces the concepts of atomic theory, quantum mechanics and the idea of a vibratory field that makes up the fabric of the universe.

Ayurvedic Health Counselor
An Ayurvedic Health Counselor provides an opportunity to educate clients on various aspects of healthy living expounded by Ayurveda, such as diet, lifestyle, conduct, and attitude.

Body Listening
Body Listeningis the healing art of listening to and speaking with the body through your hands, hearts, third eye, gut or intuition.

Bodywork
Bodywork is the general term used to refer to all the complementary medical and Human Energy Field therapies that treat the body using manual manipulation, breath work or energetic body theory as their basis.

Cranio-Sacral Therapy
Involves extremely gentle and subtle manipulation of the head and spine. This allows free movement of the cerebrospinal fluid and balances the energy fields.

Dosha
One of the basic concepts in Ayurveda, Dosha comes from Sanskrit and can be loosely defined as the three energies (vata, pitta, kapha) that form our nature, constitution, biology, or humour.

HEBBD
A designation for essential oils that assures quality on 5 points: name, the part of the plant that was distilled, chemical type, geographic origin, and how it was cultivated.

Integrative Health Care
Integrative Health Care is Integrative Medicine. An approach designed to treat the whole person, not just the dis-ease. Integrative Health Care treats body, mind and spirit at the same time, combining traditional Western medicine with alternative and complementary treatments including, but not limited to, herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, and yoga.

Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach
A Certified Integrative Health & Wellness Nurse Coach provides support and structure for a client who is interested in pursuing wellness, adjusting to and/or making life changes, navigating their health care, working with or preventing chronic disease, or dealing with a health and/or life challenge.

Life Coaching
A life coach helps you imagine, define and attain new goals or major changes in your life.

Life Force Energy
The energy and source of all Life.

Lightworker
A general term for those who do any type of spiritual, energetic, or hands-on healing work.

Massage
Massage Therapy is defined as the treatment of soft tissues of the body by use of pressure, friction, stroking, percussion, kneading, rubbing, stretching or vibration by manual or mechanical means with intent to improve circulation, foster relaxation and increase tissue elasticity.

Meditation
Meditation is a state of thoughtful awareness, not an act, but a state of profound, deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent, and yet it is alert. It is a beginning of an inner transformation that takes us to a higher level of awareness. It is holistic, the “whole” of body, mind and spirit. There are many different types and techniques that we can practice, to bring us into meditation. The practice of meditation can bring mental peace, tranquility, transform the mind, increase concentration, clarity, positive emotions and calmness. It is also known for reducing the effects of stress on the body/mind.

Nasya
Naysa is an effective Ayurvedic remedy for nasal cleaning. One of 5 purification methods of Panchakarma Therapy, and also can be done on it’s own. One can have a professional nasya treatment by a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner, or do a simple nasya by oneself at home.

Neti
Neti is a nasal irrigation of the nasal cavity to wash and flush out excess mucus and debris from the nose and sinuses using a neti pot and warm salt water solution. It is used for prevention and treatment of nasal allergies, sinus problems and colds.

Nondual Kabbalistic Healing
NonDual Kabbalistic spiritual healing blends deep listening, insight, and hands-on healing to shift long held imbalances in the Soul.

Polarity Therapy
Polarity Therapy is a Human Energy Field based integrative health care specialty based on a four-pronged approach to healing through bodywork, diet, yoga-type exercises and client self-awareness.

Pranayama
Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that means extension of life force, and refers to breathing techniques used in yoga for breath control.

Quantuum Healing
Deepak Chopra defines Quantum healing as a shift in the fields of energy information, so as to bring about a correction in an idea that has gone wrong.

Reiki
Reiki (Ray-Key), is an ancient Japanese hands-on healing modality.  Made up of two words, literally translated it means Gods Wisdom or the Higher Power, and life force energy.

Relaxation Response
The term relaxation response was coined by Herbert Benson to describe the physical changes during a state of relaxation – decreased blood pressure, heart rate and respiration rate.

Shamanic Healing
Shamans have the ability to bring information from the spiritual realm into the practical, everyday world and reconfigure your energy field.

Therapeutic Yoga
The use of yoga postures and practice to treat or prevent mental, emotional, spiritual or physical imbalances that lead to disease.

Transpersonal
Transpersonal can be defined as that which is beyond the individual or personal experience and extends to the cosmic level.

Yoga
A system of physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation exercises practiced for mental and physical health. Originally formed as part of Hindu spiritual practice, yoga is also done as a type of physical exercise.

  • Iyengar Yoga – A form of Hatha Yoga, developed by B.K.S. Iyengar. Iyengar Yoga emphasizes alignment and uses props to help support and achieve the postures (asanas).
  • Hatha Yoga – The oldest form of Yoga, and the most well-known in the West, Hatha Yoga focuses on postures (asanas) and breath control (pranyamas).
  • Vinyasa Yoga – Sequential movements and breath synchronization to form a continuous flow.
  • Kripalu Yoga – uses inner focus, meditation, standard yoga poses, breathwork, “development of a quiet mind”, and relaxation.

Zero Balancing
This type of body work involves gentle movement to balance the body’s internal energy currents with structural elements such as bones, muscles, organs and joints.