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Reading the white of the eye based on patterns similar to Iridology.

Self-Actualization / Self-Realization

Fully realizing one’s individual human potential.


Self-conscious state of focusing attention on oneself.

SHEN Therapy

Therapy for Physio-Emotional Release, Recovery & Re-Empowerment. Hands-On Help with Emotions, Pain and Trauma. SHEN Therapy uses naturally occurring Chi (Qi) from a practitioner's hands to relax and release both physical and emotional pain held in the body. SHEN Therapy has been well tested in such clinical settings as the Chronic Pain Unit of St. Joseph's Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, Dallas Memorial Hospital, the Medical College of Wisconsin Mental Health Hospital in Milwaukee, and the Shanghai College of Traditional Medicine in China. SHEN is best known for superb results with any condition where retained, traumatic experiences have impacted either psychological or physical functioning. SHEN Therapy also promotes relaxation, relieves acute or chronic pain to varying, often significant degrees, enhances health & well-being, and is useful for personal growth and insight. SHEN transforms old physical and emotional wounds into experiential awareness, i.e., "personal empowerment."

Shakti Healing

Shakti is often used as a term for any spiritual energy frequency that can be called in and "run" or used /received for some spiritual purpose.


Among tribal peoples, a magician, medium, or healer who owes his powers to mystical communion with the spirit world. Characteristically, a shaman goes into auto-hypnotic trances, during which he contacts spirits. Shamans are found among the Siberians, Eskimos, Native American tribes, in S.E. Asia, and in Oceania. There is also now a development of shamanic healers and practitioners in North America.


Means, “finger pressure,” and is known for its particular technique of massage. Originating in Japan, many centuries ago, it is a form of acupressure, and uses varying rhythms and degrees of pressure to balance the life-energy that flows through specific pathways (meridians) in the body.

Soma Neuromuscular Integration

Developed in 1978 by Bill Williams, Ph.D, one of the first students of Ida Rolf, this therapy refined Rolf's work by creating easier, less intrusive ways of working with the fascia and muscles. This ten-session process, which incorporates movement training and awareness tools as well as massage and manipulation, also seeks to promote greater access to the functioning of each hemisphere of the brain.

Sound Healing

There is scientific proof that the human body is made up of atoms, molecules cells, glands and organs that all have a characteristic vibrational frequency that absorbs and emits sound. The techniques of Sound Healing work on the premise that, since sound is also a vibration, by listening to certain sounds, you can affect the vibration of your body and brain in a positive way. The sound vibrations can act like an internal massage, vibrating cells very deep into your body and brain. Toning, mantra meditation, chanting, the Tomatis Method, and music therapy are all forms of sound healing. Toning involves resonating vowel sounds through your vocal cords. Toning bowls and chimes can also be used. Mantra meditation and chanting utilize the breath, tongue, and vocal chords pronouncing certain words to balance and enhance the mind-body-spirit connection. Religious services often use singing to enhance the spiritual experience of participants. The Tomatis Method utilizes a device called the Electronic Ear, which is said to improve listening abilities, and has had good results with many learning-disabled children. Music therapy is the use of specific types of music to effect changes in behavior, emotions and physiology.

Spiritual / Shamanic Healing

Practitioners who regard themselves as conductors of healing energy or sources from the spiritual realm. Both may call upon spiritual helpers such as power animals, angels, inner teachers, the client’s Higher Self, or other spiritual forces. Both forms of healing can be used for a range of emotional and physical illnesses.

Spiritual Counseling

Is practiced by those who are well connected to their intuitive nature, insight and an awareness of universal laws, together with the precepts of Universal Love and Compassion.

Sport Massage

This special form of massage is typically used before, during, and after athletic events to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Depending on the needs of the athlete, a variety of techniques are used including classic Swedish strokes, cross-fiber friction, pressure-point work, and joint mobilization.

Structural Integration

This term was created by American biochemist Dr. Ida Rolf in the 1930s. She maintained that when one part of the body is out of balance or misaligned, the rest of the body attempts to compensate until the entire structure is weakened. Even from birth, the general pressures of life and gravity push our bodies out of alignment. By manipulating the myofascial tissue in a ten session series, each building on the previous one, practitioners assist the body to reorganize, lengthen, and integrate itself into wholeness. Rated Deep.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is now known as "traditional" massage. In the 1820s a Swedish doctor, Dr. Per Henrik Ling, developed the first modern method of massage through his study of physiology, gymnastics, and the massage techniques borrowed from China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. This is considered to be one of the most popular types of massage. Swedish Massage uses a system of long gliding strokes, kneading, friction, percussive, and shaking motions or vibration techniques on the more superficial layers of muscles. Swedish Massage is intended to vibrate glands and organs as well as move lymph. It is performed with oils, and a session last between 50 - 90 minutes. It is primarily for full-body sessions and promotes general relaxation. It is effective for most ailments, because massaging the skin, the body's largest organ, sets up a chain reaction that produces a positive effect on all layers and systems of the body. It affects the nerves, muscles, glands, and circulation, and promotes health and well-being. Swedish Massage also relieves muscle tension, reduces anxiety, strengthens the immune system, improves blood circulation, detoxifies, balances the nervous system, and facilitates states of deep relaxation that may open a door to the soul and spirit in the process.