Chelation Therapy

Chelation therapy is a process involving the use of chelating agents to remove heavy metals from the body. For the most common forms of heavy metal intoxication, those involving lead, arsenic or mercury, the standard of care in the US dictates the use of DMSA.

EDTA treatment has been around since the 1940’s, when it was developed to treat lead poisoning.
Chelation is a chemical process in which a substance is used to bind molecules, such as metals or minerals, and hold them tightly so that they can be removed from a system, such as the body. In medicine, chelation has been scientifically proven to rid the body of excess or toxic metals. For example, a person who has lead poisoning may be given chelation therapy in order to bind and remove excess lead from the body before it can cause damage.
In the case of EDTA chelation therapy, the substance that binds and removes metals and minerals is EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid), a synthetic, or man-made, amino acid that is delivered intravenously (through the veins). EDTA was first used in the 1940s for the treatment of heavy metal poisoning. EDTA chelation removes heavy metals and minerals from the blood, such as lead, iron, copper, and calcium, and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in treating lead poisoning and toxicity from other heavy metals. Although it is not approved by the FDA to treat CAD, some physicians and alternative medicine practitioners have recommended EDTA chelation as a way to treat this disorder.

EDTA chelation therapy and side effects
When used as approved by the FDA (at the appropriate dose and infusion rate) for treatment of heavy metal poisoning, chelation with EDTA has a low occurrence of side effects. The most common side effect is a burning sensation experienced at the site where the EDTA is delivered into the veins. Rare side effects can include fever, hypotension (a sudden drop in blood pressure), hypocalcemia (abnormally low calcium levels in the blood), headache, nausea, vomiting, and bone marrow depression (meaning that blood cell counts fall). Injury to the kidneys has been reported with EDTA chelation therapy, but it is rare. Other serious side effects can occur if EDTA is not administered by a trained health professional.

 

Massage Therapy – manipulating muscles soft tissues

Massage therapy is a practice that dates back thousands of years. There are many types of massage therapy; all involve manipulating the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. In the United States, massage therapy is sometimes part of conventional medicine. In other instances, it is part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This Backgrounder provides a general overview of massage therapy used as CAM and suggests some resources you can use to learn more.

Types of massage
Anma – Traditional Japanese Massage
Introduced to Japan about 1300 years ago. Shiatsu massage grew out of this rich tradition. Anma is deep tissue work using no oils and is based on kneading movements.

Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massage
Ayurveda is Practiced in India for more than 5,000 years, ayurvedic tradition holds that illness is a state of imbalance among the body’s systems that can be detected through such diagnostic procedures as reading the pulse and observing the tongue. Nutrition counseling, massage, natural medications, meditation and other modalities are used to address a broad spectrum of ailments. Ayurvedic Massage, also known as Abhyanga is usually performed by two therapists working in harmony, using a heated blend of specially selected herbal oils.

Barefoot Deep Tissue
Barefoot Deep Tissue is a blend of Eastern barefoot techniques with Western manual medicine. the therapist apply a broad range of pressure with ease and does not have to strain, more effort and concentration can be used to sense and manipulate tissue, release fascia, as well as search for and attack trigger points and other problems, regardless of client’s size or build.

Bowen therapy
Bowen Technique involves a rolling type movement over fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints.

Cachunga Massage- Traditional Persian Massage
Cachunga introduced to the Achaemenid Empire of ancient Persia by Darius the 8th. This is a massage that primarily focuses on the breasts of females. Cachunga is a deep tissue massage used with oil. It is based on a fondling motion, and is usually performed in the direction of the heart to promote circulation.

Chair massage
Chair massage, also known as corporate massage, can be a convenient method of massage therapy. Chair massage promotes better circulation, muscle stimulation and stress relief. This form of massage reduces tension in the back, neck, shoulders, head, arms, hands, legs or feet, providing a deep relaxation effect. A chair massage session typically lasts 10-25 minutes, and is performed while fully clothed.

Chinese Zhi Ya massage
Zhi Ya is a form of Chinese massage based on acupressure. It is similar to Tui Na massage except it focuses more on pinching and pressing at acupressure points.

CranioSacral therapy
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system.

Deep muscle therapy
Deep muscle therapy aims to restore the circulation with its healing properties to the cellular level. Deep muscle therapy (by Therese Pfrimmer) emphasizes specific set of movements applied to all muscles and concentrating on all layers of the muscle that have become depleted of their regular blood and lymphatic flow. Deep muscle therapy is also used to treat the ailments like carpal tunnel syndrome, neck and back pain, headaches, poor circulation, whiplash, and more.

Deep tissue massage
In Deep tissue massage the practitioner can access deeper layers of the soft tissue for more focused massage work with a specific joint, muscle or muscle group.

Effleurage
Effleurage consists of long, flowing or gliding strokes, performed with open hands. In many massage sessions, effleurage is used as the initial type of stroking, as it has a calming effect when performed slowly. Effleurage is usually performed in the direction of the heart to promote circulation and lymphatic drainage.

Esalen Massage
Esalen Massage is combined with the bodywork approach developed by Charlotte Selver, which emphasizes the deeply relaxing and emotional responses of the body when a conscious, structured and pleasant touch is applied. In addition, gentle rocking of the body, passive joint exercises and deep structural work on the muscles and joints, together with an energetic balancing of the body.

Foot or sole massage
Foot massage as practiced by the Chinese is performed in the context of chi. Each spot on the sole of the foot corresponds to an internal organ, and the applied therapy is healing to one’s overall well being. The theory behind foot massage maintains that the ailment of an internal organ will be associated with the nerve ending on the sole of the foot.

Fur massage
Fur massage is an ancient touch healing therapy in which couples therapists employ fur massage to focus patients’ attention on the importance of touch and to sensitize specific areas of the skin. Holistic spas use fur massage to stimulate the lymphatic system by exciting the skin.

Hot Stone Massage
In Hot Stone Massage, heated stones are used as a tool for healing. The application of heat to the body and the relaxing effects this has on muscles and the nervous system has been recognized by numerous ancient civilizations.

>Indian Head Massage
The art of Indian Head Massage is an Ayurvedic form of healing and relaxation which is used widely in Asia to relieve tension and stress. The Indian Head Massage harmonizes the body’s natural balance, helping to promote physical and psychological wellbeing.
Lomilomi — Traditional Hawaiian Massage
Lomilomi massage is an ancient art from the Hawaiian healing specialists.
Maalish
Maalish is also called ‘champi’, a rough form of massage practicsed in India. It is many times performed by the barber after a haircut on the head, shoulders and neck.

MA-URI massage
MA-URI has its roots in Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi Nui dance and it is created by Hemi Hoani Fox in 1990. MA-URI increased so-called energy flow within the body and mind.

Mayan abdominal massage
Mayan abdominal massage originated in Latin America. Mayan abdominal massage mainly involves abdomen region. Mayan abdominal massage helps to improve digestion, correct digestion related problems, and to help the reproductive organs.

Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is one of the techniques used by sports massage therapists.

Myofascial Release
Myofascial release frees fascial restrictions, and allow the muscles to move efficiently. Myofascial release is usually done by applying shear, compression or tension in various directions, or by skin rolling. This is one of the techniques used by sports massage therapists and physical therapists.

Myoskeletal alignment technique
MAT was developed by Erik Dalton. Myoskeletal Alignment Technique (MAT) identifies postural distortions to improve and prevent pain conditions. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) and myofacial techniques are used to lengthen tight/facilitated muscles while fiber activation techniques tone weak/inhibited muscles.

Neuromuscular therapy
NMT was developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Stanley Leif. Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is used for pain relief and specific problems. Structural and postural imbalances are identified through an initial postural assessment.

Petrissage
Petrissage is one of the five basic strokes of a Swedish massage. Petrissage warms tissue for deeper work, increases circulation, supply of nutrients and oxygen to muscle, softens superficial fascia, decreases muscle tension, and restoring mobility by decreasing adhesion.

Roman Massage
At the Roman Baths, bathers would be rubbed with oil(s) and then massaged by a specialised slave.

Rolfing
Rolfing is a massage technique using deep manipulation of the fascia (connective tissue) to restore the body’s natural alignment. Rolfing enhances vitality and well-being.
Scalp massage
It is mainly practiced in India and Hong Kong in barber shops.

Shantala massage
Shantala massage was introduced into Western society by Dr. Frederique Leboyer, the renowned French obstetrician, in a book “Loving Hands: The Traditional Art of Baby Massage”. Shantala massage is an ancient Indian massage technique with a rhythmic character, given to massage babies and children.

Shiatsu
Shiatsu is the most widely known form of acupressure, shiatsu has been used in Japan for more than 1,000 years to treat pain and illness and for general health maintenance.

Soft Tissue Therapy includes The Assessment, Treatment and Management of Soft Tissue Injury, Pain and Dysfunction. Soft Tissue Therapy is one of the techniques used by sports massage therapists.
Sports Massage and Sports Therapy
Sports Massage and Sports Therapy are the fastest growing forms of treatment for athletes for the prevention of injuries, enhancing performance and in rehabilitation.

Stone massage
In Stone massage hot or cold stones are used to massage the body. When heated stones are used muscles relax allowing the massage therapist to work deeper into the muscle without the discomfort of regular deep tissue massage. Sufferers of sinus congestion usually find relief when cold stones are placed on the sinuses. Energy work is sometimes incorporated into Stone Massage. Stones may be placed on key energy points, such as Chakras or meridians, in order to improve energy flow and healing. Mainly in Stone massage basalt or marbles are used.

Structural muscular balancing
In the Structural muscular balancing, the nervous system is triggered to release contractions through compression applied to muscles placed in a shortened position.

Esborrachastinen massage
Esborraschatinen massage is designed to increase circulation and blood flow.

Tai Ji / Tai Chi Massage
Tai Ji Massage
Tai Ji Massage was developed by Richard Wickes, Li Cun De. Tai Ji / Tai Chi Massage is massage using the natural principles of Tai Ji, Yin and Yang to achieve balance in the energies of the body, leading to a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

Thai massage
this form of massage is also known as Thai ancient massage, traditional Thai massage, Thai yoga massage, yoga massage, Thai classical massage, Thai bodywork, passive yoga or assisted yoga. Thai massage usually soothing because of its emphasis on stretching and loosening the body.

Trigger point therapy
Trigger point therapy diminishes migraine pain, mock sciatica, mock carpal tunnel syndrome and other pain syndromes, and other symptoms that may have been misdiagnosed. This work is based upon the trigger point research and manuals of Dr. Janet G. Travell, President Kennedy’s physician.
Sometimes this work is incorporated into other styles of massage therapy such as neuromuscular therapy (NMT) or even Swedish.

Watsu
Is the combination of Water and Shiatsu developed by Harold Dull in his time spent at Harbin Hot Springs, California. The work is done in skin temperature water with both the therapist and practitioner in the water, usually a pool which is between 3.5 ft to 4 ft. (100–120 cm) deep. The work entails much movement in the water and incorporates the activation of the energy lines derived from Shiatsu.

Licenses and Certifications
Licenses or certifications for massage therapists include:
• LMT Licensed Massage Therapist
• LMP Licensed Massage Practitioner
• CMT Certified Massage Therapist
• NCTMB Has met the credentialing requirements (including
passing an exam) of the National Certification
Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork,
for practicing therapeutic massage and bodywork
• NCTM Has met the credentialing requirements (including
passing an exam) of the National Certification
Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork,
for practicing therapeutic massage

Counseling Psychotherapy

The treatment of mental and emotional disorders through the use of psychological techniques designed to encourage communication of conflicts and insight into problems, with the goal being relief of symptoms, changes in behavior leading to improved social and vocational functioning, and personality growth. – The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.

Most forms of psychotherapy use only spoken conversation, though some also use various other forms of communication such as the written word, artwork, drama, narrative story, or therapeutic touch. Psychotherapy occurs within a structured encounter between a trained therapist and client(s). Purposeful, theoretically based psychotherapy began in the 19th century with psychoanalysis; since then, scores of other approaches have been developed and continue to be created.

Benefits of psychotherapy:

The generally accepted aims of psychotherapy are:

• Increased insight or improved understanding of one’s own mental state. This can range from simply knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses to understanding that symptoms are signs of a mental illness and to deep awareness and acceptance of inner feelings.

• The resolution of disabling conflicts, or working to create a peaceful and positive settlement of emotional struggles that stop a person from living a reasonably happy and productive life.

• Increasing acceptance of self by developing a more realistic and positive appraisal of the person’s strengths and abilities.

• Development of improved and more efficient and successful means of dealing with problems so that the patient can find solutions or means of coping with them.

• An overall strengthening of ego structure, or sense of self, so that normal, healthy means of coping with life situations can be called upon and used as needed.

Counseling psychology

Counseling psychology as a psychological specialty facilitates personal and interpersonal functioning across the life span with a focus on emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related, developmental, and organizational concerns. Through the integration of theory, research, and practice, and with a sensitivity to multicultural issues, this specialty encompasses a broad range of practices that help people improve their well-being, alleviate distress and maladjustment, resolve crises, and increase their ability to live more highly functioning lives.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is a form of psychosocial treatment where a small group of patients meet regularly to talk, interact, and discuss problems with each other and the group leader (therapist).

Body Psychotherapy

(also known as Body-Oriented Psychotherapy, Somatic Psychology) is a branch of Psychotherapy with roots in the pre-Freudian work of Pierre Janet. It addresses itself to both body and mind, and emphasizes the relationship between the two.

Child psychotherapy

There are several different techniques to approach the psychoanalytic treatment of children. If children are at a very young age an adapted psychoanalytic technique maybe necessary. In some cases parent-infant psychotherapy is a possibility. Two techniques will be discussed: Parent-Infant Psychotherapy and Mentaliseren Bevorderende Kinder Therapie (MBKT). Parent-Infant Psychotherapy addresses problems with normal bonding between parent and child. MBKT addresses problems with an infant’s ability to distinguish reality and fantasy.

Positive psychotherapy is a psychodynamic method of psychotherapy founded by Dr. Nossrat Peseschkian in the early 1970s in Germany. It is based on a humanistic conception of man, and has an integral and holistic approach.

Though there are no definitive studies proving that all five of these goals are consistently realized, psychotherapy in one form or other is a component of nearly all of both in-patient and community based psychiatric treatment programs.

This list contains some approaches that may not call themselves a psychotherapy but have a similar aim, of improving mental health and well being through talk and other means of communication.

•  Acceptance Commitment Therapy

•  Adlerian therapy

•  Analytical psychology

•  Art Therapy

•  Attack therapy

•  Autogenic training

•  Behavior therapy

•  Biodynamic psychotherapy

•Bioenergetic analysis

•Bionomic psychotherapy

•Body Mind Psychotherapy

•Body psychotherapy

•Brief therapy

•Classical Adlerian Psychotherapy

•Client-centered psychotherapy/counselling

•Characteranalytic vegetotherapy

•Co-Counselling

•Cognitive analytic psychotherapy

•Cognitive behavioural psychotherapy

•Coherence therapy

•Concentrative movement therapy

•Contemplative Psychotherapy

•Conversational Model (The)

•Core Energetics

•Core process psychotherapy

•Daseins analytic psychotherapy

•Dance therapy

•Depth Psychology

•Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS)

•Dialectical behavior therapy

•Dreamwork

•Drama therapy

•Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)

•Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

•Encounter groups

•Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

•Existential therapy

•Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy

•Expressive therapy

•Family Constellations

•Family therapy

•Feminist therapy

•Focusing

•Freudian psychotherapy

•Gestalt therapy

•Gestalt Theoretical Psychotherapy

•Group Analysis

•Group therapy

•Hakomi

•Holistic psychotherapy

•Holotropic Breathwork

•Humanistic psychology

•Human givens psychotherapy

•Hypnotherapy

•IBP Integrative Body Psychotherapy

•Integrative Psychotherapy

•Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy

•Internal Family Systems Model

•Interpersonal therapy

•Jungian psychotherapy

•Lifespan Integration

•Logotherapy

•Marriage counseling

•Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behaviour

•Method of Levels (MOL)

•Morita Therapy

•The Moving Cycle

•Multicultural Counseling and Therapy (MCT)

•Multimodal Therapy

•Music therapy

•Narrative Therapy

•Neuro Emotional Technique (NET)

•Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)

•Nonviolent Communication

•Object relations theory

•Orgonomy

•Pastoral counselling/therapy

•Personal construct psychology (PCP)

•Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor (PBSP)

•Play therapy

•Positive Psychology

•Positive psychotherapy

•Postural Integration

•Primal integration

•Primal therapy

•Process Oriented Psychology

•Provocative Therapy

•Psychedelic psychotherapy

•Psychoanaltic psychotherapy

•Psychoanalysis

•Psychodrama

•Psychodynamic psychotherapy

•Psychological astrology

•Psycho-organic analysis

•Psychosynthesis

•Psychosystems Analysis

•Pulsing (bodywork)

•Radix therapy

•Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT)

•Rational Living Therapy (RLT)

•Rebirthing-Breathwork

•Re-evaluation Counseling

•Relational-Cultural Therapy

•Relationship counseling

•Reprogramming

•Reality therapy

•Reichian psychotherapy

•Person-centred (or Rogerian) psychotherapy

•Rolfing

•Rubenfeld Synergy

•Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

•Social Therapy

•Solution focused brief therapy

•Somatic Psychology

•Sophia analysis

•Self Relationship (or Sponsorship)

•Systematic desensitization

•Systemic Constellations

•Systemic Therapy

•SHEN Therapy

•T Groups

•Thought Field Therapy

•Transactional Analysis (TA)

•Transactional Psychotherapy (TP)

•Transpersonal psychology

•Twelve-step programs

•Unitive Psychotherapy

•Vegetotherapy

feng shui

Feng Shui is the Chinese art or practice of positioning (arranging) objects, especially graves, buildings, and furniture, based on a belief in patterns of yin and yang and the flow of chi that have positive and negative effects. It creates harmony and balance within an environment.

This ancient practice Feng shui is based on the Chinese concept of yin and yang. According to Daoism, everything that exists contains qi (chi), the energy or life force. This qi possesses two properties, yin (receptive) and yang (active) they are opposites and cannot exist without the other. Within the qi, eight constituents compose the universe (the Lake, the Mountain, Fire, Water, Heaven, Thunder, Wind, and Earth). Each trigram, or combination of three yin/yang elements, represents a particular quality and pattern of energy. In turn, the proper arrangement of these energetic qualities would affect not only the qi of the environment, but that of the individual within the environment as well. With feng shui, the goal is to bring both into harmony so as to foster prosperity, health, and well-being with the Wind (feng) dispersing the qi throughout the universe and Water (shui).

The eight trigrams in Feng Shui :
• Heaven – The Creative principle which contains the potential for all of manifestation.
• Earth – The Receptive principle which contains the potential for physical manifestation.
• Fire – The Clinging principle which contains the potential for achievement, clarity, and vitality.
• Water – The Abysmal principle which contains the potential for adaptability, mystery, and danger.
• Thunder – The Arousing principle which contains the initial impulse for all new things.
• Lake – The Joyous principle which embodies rewards and endings.
• Mountain – The Stillness principle which contains the potential for serenity and internal power.
• Wind – The Penetrating principle which contains the power to achieve without effort.
The practical use of the five elements is based on the fact that it can be employed within the household in order to stabilize, increase or decrease the Qi energies of the different elements.

The 5 Elements are:
• Water – This is the quiet, cool, condensed energy of winter. It represents pure potential, such as the life force in a seed.
• Wood – This is the awakening, active energy of spring. It represents growth, such as a sapling.
• Fire – This is the hot, vibrant energy of summer. It represents achievement and clarity, such as a fruit.
• Earth – This is the settled, mature energy of harvest time. It represents the community partaking of the bounty of nature.
• Metal – This is the condensing, hardening energy of fall. It represents a return to beginnings and an ordering of nature’s components.

Guidelines in Feng Shui

Internal:
• When you are sitting at a desk, the entrance door should be in a clear line of sight, and you should have a view of as much of the room as possible.
• When lying in bed, the entrance door should not be directly facing the soles of one’s feet.
• Straight lines and sharp corners are to be avoided, and especially should not point where people tend to sit, stand, or sleep.
• Avoid clutter.
• Keep tops of tables simple. Avoid overdecorating tables with objects and clutter. Those objects represent piles of stress and bad luck you could/will be carrying. You should be able to sit at a table and have an open view in front of you.
• Your stairs should never face the front door.
• Some objects are believed to have the power of redirecting, reflecting, or shifting energy in a space. These include mirrors, crystals, windchimes, and pools of flowing or standing water.

External:
• Roads to and from ancient towns were often curved and windy, an attempt to disorient and keep away evil spirits, who were believed to travel in straight lines.
• Avoid building houses in front of cemeteries, hospitals, and mortuaries.
• The most auspicious spaces for homes are lots located in streets shaped like a horseshoe.
• In choosing homes in rural areas, with hills and mountains, pick the one that is on a sloping hill.
• In choosing homes in urban area, its best to go for the ones that are on a flat terrain.
• Square-shaped lots are optimal for chi flow.

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