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Energy Based Therapies – Acupuncture, Qi gong (Chee-gung), Reiki

Energy based therapies influence and optimize the flow of energy that surrounds and permeates your body in order to maintain or restore health. Illness could result when the energy flow is blocked or insufficient. The goal of energy therapy is to correct this energy flow and restore health. Energy therapies include:
Acupuncture Therapy
– Acupuncture originated in China and other parts of Asia.
– Acupuncture seeks to influence pathways of energy, called qi(chee) that flow through he body and help maintain vitality and balance.
– Acupuncture aims to correct the flow, to restore balance and harmony in your body.
– Acupuncture affects regulation of the body’s nervous system, encouraging the release of chemicals that act as natural painkillers and adjusting immune cell function.
– Acupuncture may alter brain chemicals and hormones that control blood pressure, blood flow and body temperature regulation.
– Acupuncture replies on 2,000 acupuncture points on body that access the meridians of qi.
– The practitioner penetrates your skin at these points with thin, solid, metallic needles.
– The practitioner manipulates it with hands or stimulates them with electrical impulse.
– Generally, no pain or very minimal pain is felt.
– Once the needles are in place, you may rest for a while before the practitioner gently removes the needles.
– Acupuncture is most often used for post-surgical or chemotherapy related nausea, pain management, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, stroke rehabilitation, sports injuries, mood disorders, chronic fatigue, insomnia, stress management, migraines, tension headaches, anxiety, tinnitus, infertility and menstrual irregularities.

Qi gong Therapy
– This is an ancient Chinese practice.
– This therapy uses physical postures, breathing techniques and mental focus to maintain health, promote healing and increase vitality.
– Many forms of qi gong exist but all fall into three common categories – martial, medical and spiritual.
– These forms can range from internal and meditative to the more external and physical.
– Movements in qi gong are rhythmic and gentle, making them easily adaptable for all age groups, even if you are physically impaired.
– Qi gong takes a holistic approach, incorporating changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle.
– Qi gong is most often used for lowering blood pressure, stress relief, improving immune system function, pain relief and increasing flexibility, balance and strength.

– It is derived from Japanese words for universal life energy.
– Reiki practitioners believe they can channel healing energy by placing their hands just above or lightly on you when you are receiving treatment.
– The goal is to access your healing energy and use it to facilitate your own healing.
– The practitioner uses a series of 12 to 15 different hand positions that are related to energy centers in your body.
– Each position is held for 2-5 minutes or until the practitioner senses the flow of energy slow or stop.
– The number of sessions depends on your health needs.
– Trained practitioners claim an ability to perform reiki from a distance if you are not in office or clinic.
– Reiki is often used for a state of relaxation, balance and well being, certain health conditions such as fibromyalgia, disease progression and nerve pain.

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