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Bach Flower Remedies

Dr. Edward Bach, an Englishman, developed his remedies to help an individual with their ailment, and also help raise their conscious awareness. Dr. Bach discovered the Seven Nosodes, which are a type of intestinal bacteria that is used as a vaccine in the approach to helping chronic illness. In essence Dr. Bach realized that “dis-ease” was the result of a conflict between the soul, mind and body. This dis-ease resulted from two very fundamental source errors: 1) Disharmony of the soul and personality, and, 2) Cruelty or wrong done unto others. This conflict, Bach recognized, originated from the ego. The most basic cause of illness and disease are mental-emotional defects, such as: pride, cruelty, hate, ego, ignorance, instability and greed. However, Dr. Bach also knew that these “conditions” were opportunities for soul growth, and this realization helped transmute any “negative,” life damaging energy into “positive,” life enhancing energy. Dr. Bach studied the great healers, especially Dr. Hahnemann, the creator of Homeopathy, and after much research, finally arrived at the conclusion that the different personalities of the bacteria seem to relate to the different personalities of an individual person. The Flower Remedies help individual personalities (people) deal effectively with ailments at their root cause and also help to elevate them to a higher vibrational frequency of consciousness, in an easy, natural and safe manner

Behavior Therapy

Aims at modifying behavior by reinforcing acceptable behavior and suppressing undesirable behavior. The therapist employs any of various techniques of reward and punishment including aversion therapy, desensitization, or guided imagery. The learning theory of the psychologist B.F. Skinner and others is the basis for most behavior therapies. In Skinner’s principle of extinction, a behavior pattern that is not reinforced, or rewarded, will be extinguished or rendered inoperative. For example, if smoking is made unpleasant for the smoker, then the smoking habit may be curbed or given up. Behavior therapy is used in private and institutional therapy, in group and individual settings, to treat such disorders as drug addiction, alcoholism, and phobias.

Bioenergetics

A combination of physical and psychological techniques used to release constrictions in the energy flow of the body. Because psychological defenses are anchored in the body, special attention is given to the muscular patterns inhibiting self-expression. Developed from the work of Wilheim Reich and refined by his pupil Alexander Lowen, this technique uses physical exercises, deep breathing, and massage to permit the body to give up its need to armor itself.

Biofeedback

Is the means by which one can monitor how one functions on a physical and emotional level, by using a simple, non-invasive electronic means of monitoring these functions. This method provides useful information, and signals the change that we initiate with intent, to alter any inappropriate circumstance or condition, like lowering blood pressure. Biofeedback instruments record continuous information about subtle changes in physiological stress responses (such as muscle tension, temperature, respiration, skin resistance or heart rate). Using this information, various guided relaxation techniques are employed to control the appropriate symptoms, which can include anything from anxiety to muscle spasms.

Biofield

An energy field that suffuses living bodies and extends several inches beyond the body. This concept is employed in therapies such as healing touch, medical qigong, therapeutic touch, and reiki. In these therapies, the biofield from a practitioners hands is joined to the recipients biofield in order to treat an illness or to promote health. There is no consensus on what biofield is; some say it is spiritual energy, others say it is an electromagnetic field.

Blood/Livecell Demonstration

Using a microscope fitted with a camera, a blood cell sample is examined. The results are displayed on a television monitor for examination In this way one can see the conditions within their blood, and thus giving rise to apply the appropriate remedy. This process emphasizes, in a visual, clear, concise manner, the need for life-style changes including proper nutrition and possible nutritional supplementation.

BodyTalk

A simple and effective form of therapy that allows the body's energy systems to be re-synchronized so that they can operate as nature intended. Each system, cell and atom is in constant communication with each other at all times. Through exposure to the stresses of day-to-day life, these lines of communication become compromised, which then leads to a decline in physical, emotional and/or mental health. Reconnecting these lines of communication then enables the body's mechanisms to function at optimal levels, thus preventing disease and rapidly accelerating the healing process. BodyTalk can be used as a stand-alone system to treat many health problems, or seamlessly integrated into any health care system to increase its effectiveness and promote faster healing. BodyTalk's major assets are its simplicity, safety, and the speed of its results. It is non-invasive, objective in application, and works effectively on humans and animals alike.

Bodywork

A broad term to cover many types of therapy that promote wellness and treat disease. The term could incorporate chiropractic medicine, massage therapy or any therapy that manipulates muscles, bones or connective tissue. It could also include energy work, which is any therapy that deals with chakras or meridians. This would include Reiki, Reflexology, Acupressure, Acupuncture, Polarity or Rolfing to name a few.

Bowen Technique

This massage technique is named after Australian Tom Bowen who, in the 1950's, introduced the concept of having rest periods between a series of massage movements within a treatment session to allow the body to absorb the healing process. The massage moves are a gentle but precise soft tissue manipulation made with the intention of creating harmony within the body so that the body makes its own adjustments and achieves its own cure.

Breathwork

Breath is life, and many people fail to breathe correctly. There are a variety of modalities that are available, which direct these breathing techniques for physical, mental or spiritual health. For example, calm, methodical breathing is used for relaxation and forceful breathing for emotional release. Many forms of Breath Work are currently practiced include Rebirthing, Holotropic and Pranic Breathing, even different forms of yoga, such as Kriya Yoga, etc.