Naturopathic medicine seeks to restore balance and allow the body’s natural healing process to work. Treatment plans are designed by doctor and patient and complement conventional medical care. Every person is unique and each treatment plan reflects that individuality. Once a problem and its cause are determined, restoring health involves the following:
- Provide the missing building blocks that the body needs to heal. This includes proper nutrition, exercise, and good sleep habits. Treatment may include targeted nutritional supplements and herbs and life coaching.
- Remove obstacles to healing such as limiting beliefs, toxins, unresolved emotional trauma, stress and challenged lifestyle choices such as harmful eating and drinking patterns.
- Address the mechanical component of illness such as skeletal misalignment, soft tissue injury and muscle tension.
- Restore energetic and emotional balance.
The desired outcome of the Naturopathic approach is a change in the person’s internal environment that is reflected in their health.
Acupressure is the art of skillfully pressing key points (acupoints) that stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. Pressing points in systematic combinations releases muscular tension, promotes circulation, stimulates the flow of Chi and aids the body’s healing processes. While often used for musculoskeletal conditions, acupressure has the ability to provide full body balance and offers healing support for many ailments. In addition, it is the perfect modality for exploring the mind-body interface.
Acupressure is based on the same principals as acupunctures, using the same acupoints and meridians. An acupressure session is usually an hour long and is performed with the client fully clothed and reclining on a massage table or mat. It is performed using gentle to firm pressure applied with fingers, knuckles, elbows and knees. The goal of the session is to open blockages in meridians to establish the smooth flow of Chi. To this end, a session may integrate meridian stretching and other bodywork therapies, as well as healing imagery and emotional processing to address the underlying causes of energy disturbance.
Acupuncture restores and maintains health by balancing vital life force called Chi. Treatment is focuses on restoring harmony so that Chi flows freely, augmenting health. When a person is sick, diseased, or injured, there is an obstruction of Chi within the body. Very thin needles stimulate points (acupoints) on energy pathways called meridians; this assists the flow of Chi. The result is the balance of opposing internal forces. There are more than 365 acupoints traveling on the 12 main meridians.
An Acupuncture session begins with the practitioner performing energy diagnoses through health history, pulse reading, tongue reading, and other assessment tools of oriental medicine. Acupuncture diagnosis discerns the pattern of disharmony underlying physical and emotional symptoms. The practitioner selects treatment points in specific combinations based on the diagnosis of Chi flow. The client then lies either face up or face down on a massage table while the practitioner inserts needles into specific acupoints. The practitioner may twirl or heat inserted needles, or stimulate them with micro-current, ultrasound, lasers, magnets, or tuning forks to enhance their effect.
Receiving an acupuncture treatment does not need to be painful and clients often do not feel it; though there might be a slight prick as the practitioner inserts a needle. Needles are used once and then disposed. Sessions usually last one hour, are deeply relaxing, and result in the reduction of symptoms. Long term benefits include improved health, enhanced immune system function, and better stress management and life skills. Acupuncture is especially useful in the elimination and management of acute and chronic pain.
Scents from essential oils have an amazing capacity to elicit reactions in areas of the brain to promote health and well being. Aromas work by affecting the limbic system, the part of the brain that processes emotions and behavior and stores them in long term memory. Consequently, aromas can reveal old emotionally charged memories allowing the release of past events. Aromatherapy also employs the healing action of the herb from which the oil is derived. Depending on the property of the plant, aromatherapy produces stimulating or sedating effects. The impact of essential oils is directly related to the quality and purity of the oils used.
Aromatherapy can be a part of any treatment session. Scents are added to massage oils, put in diffusers, or applied directly to acupuncture points. Care need to be taken in case of allergy or scent sensitivity. Inform practitioners if this is the case for you.
Body, Mind, Spirit (BMS) Matrix Assessment
with Dr. Andrews
If you could talk to your body about its health concerns, what would you learn? Your body is your subconscious mind and using state-of-the-art QXCI Quantum Biofeedback you can gain access into your BMS matrix. In the professional hands of Dr. Andrews, the QXCI, an FDA approved, class II medical device, offers unique insights into your health while stimulating your body’s innate energetic and physical healing mechanisms. Quantum biofeedback is not a replacement for standard medical practice; it is an additional point of reference. Using frequency technology with biofeedback, this treatment option identifies possible issues and liberates your body’s healing potential.
Plants have been used for medicinal purposes since the beginning of time. Their unique value lies in their ability to synthesize a vast array of chemical compounds that perform specific biochemical functions in the plant’s biology. Many of these functions provide useful effects for humans and animals as well. For example, plants produce chemicals to defend against predators or parasites and the anti-microbial properties they produce can be useful for us. In fact, 40% of pharmaceutical drugs are derived from plant substances.
Some people believe that since humans evolved in conjunction with plant species, we are better able to assimilate their properties than synthetic drugs. Regardless, when used appropriately, herbal medicine can be as effective as conventional medicines. It’s a mistake however, to think that herbs have no side effects. They have the same potential to cause harmful side effects and harmful drug interactions as any conventional medications and must be used with knowledge and care. Before using any medicinal plant, all the properties and potential side effects are considered by the doctor in light of an individual’s medical history, medication list, additional medical treatments, and other supplements.
The concept of Chakras comes from the Vedic tradition of India. The Chakras are energy centers in the body responsible for maintaining balance between our internal spirit and the external world. Each Chakra represents a specific developmental stage and presents us with a life challenge. Meeting and fulfilling the challenges of all the Chakras allows us to live a meaningful life as we work toward self-realization.
Chakra balancing consists of modulating the flow of energy in and through the Chakras through a variety of methods: the hands of the practitioner, sound, symbols or other means. This modality usually incorporates work with emotions, beliefs and attitudes.
Energy Awakening holds the space for you to feel the flow of energy that connects the deepest part of you with the external world. You are invited to dissolve resistance and feel the unresolved emotions that direct your life and impact your health, wealth and creative spirit. Through your willingness to feel your body wakes up and your awareness expands. Grounding, centering and developing boundaries become second nature. This practice employs multiple forms of energy work including the modalities listed below and more.
Health and Lifestyle Coaching
with Laura Furey
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It’s one thing to learn about diet and lifestyle changes that can optimize your health; it’s quite another to put those changes into action! This is true whether your goal is to gain weight, lose weight, recover from a chronic illness, or learn to tackle stress and anxiety. Laura’s personal story, combined with her certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition New York, and other trainings, gives special impact to her unique perspective. Join with her to create an actionable plan and be supported in lifestyle changes that release your healthiest version of you. To learn more about Laura and her approach, click here.
Homeopathy is an alternative medicine first defined by Samuel Hahnemann in the 1700s and is based on the premise that disease and sickness are caused by a disturbance in the life force (energy, Chi) of a person. While the therapeutic use of medication is a result of the drug’s action in the body, the therapeutic effect of a homeopathic remedy is the result of the body’s reaction to the remedy. Homeopathics stimulate the body to a healing response.
Homeopathy treatment strives to match a remedy with the picture of the whole person, including their symptoms, personality and idiosyncrasies. Hahnemann says “Disease has no energy except what it borrows from the organism.” Homeopathy changes the environment so the disease no longer accesses the energy to maintain itself. When the homeopathic remedy is a good match, the effects are extraordinary.
Homeopathy is often used in acute illness as an adjunct treatment. A full classic homeopathic session involves a comprehensive intake that often lasts two hours and covers all aspects of a person’s life. This allows the homeopath to get the full picture of the person to find the best remedy match.
A homeopathic remedy consists of small sugar pills or water under the tongue that are infused with the energetic properties of the remedy. Homeopathic remedies are inexpensive, easily obtained and when chosen correctly, very effective.
Hydrotherapy is the use of water to revitalize, maintain, and restore health. It has been a mainstay of naturopathic treatment for over a century, and has been used since ancient times to treat physical and psychological ailments. The benefits of water are due in part to its physiologic effect. Cold is stimulating and causes superficial blood vessels to constrict, shunting the blood to internal organs. Hot water is relaxing, causing blood vessels to dilate and remove wastes from body tissues. Alternating hot and cold water can improve elimination, decrease inflammation, and stimulate circulation.
While hydrotherapy treatments include saunas, steam baths, foot baths and sitz baths, naturopaths also use a treatment called Constitutional Hydrotherapy. This treatment involves the use of alternating hot and cold wet towels applied to the mid-torso. These stimulate the kidneys, pancreas, adrenal and lymph glands, increasing the flow of lymph and exerting a powerful effect on the immune system.
is often employed in combination with infra-red or heat saunas to increase elimination of toxins.
Joint Mobilization and Manipulation
The function of joints is to move. However, many forces can interfere with joint function such as injury, over use, repetitive action, and muscle imbalance. Joints can become fixated (the internal surfaces stick together) so that they are unable to move freely, or misaligned so that they wear unevenly. Fixated and misaligned joints can be painful and can create tension in associated muscles. In spinal joints, impairment can compromise nerves and contribute to organ dysfunction and general illness. Releasing compressed, fixated and misaligned joints improves their function, reduces pain, improves general health and relaxes surrounding tissue.
Joints can be mobilized through stretching the muscles around the joint, and through manipulating the joint. Chiropractors, physical therapists and naturopaths are trained in different techniques for mobilizing joints. Evaluations will determine what type of physical treatment and which practitioner will be most helpful, and what adjunct modalities can be used with joint treatments.
Lymph Drainage is a type of very light, gentle massage that encourages the flow of lymphatic fluid. The function of the lymphatic system is to move the fluids that collect between cells containing cellular waste, toxins and bacteria or virus. Lymph fluid is passed through lymph nodes which filter the contents, exposing mico-organisms and debris to the immune cells, designed to deal with them. Consequently, Lymph Drainage is especially useful to assist detoxification, support the immune system, reduce edema, and for pre-surgery preparation and post-surgery recovery. It can also help with scar tissue, spider veins, sinusitis, joint effusion and acne.
Treatment consists of stimulating lymph flow with extremely light, circular pumping movements. The treatment is soothing and relaxing, reflexively reducing muscle tension. Patients are advised to drink water and avoid salt, alcohol and caffeine immediately before the session to avoid disrupting fluid balance and inhibiting the body’s ability to flush out toxins.
The many and significant therapeutic benefits of regular bodywork cannot be understated in today’s stress filled world. Our top notch therapist looks forward to easing your muscle tension and restoring freedom of motion while soothing your mind and emotions. Using a combination of techniques, including Deep Tissue, Trigger Point and hot stones, our therapist adjusts her technique and pressure to meet your needs.
Myofascial Release was developed by Physical Therapist John Barnes and is a form of soft tissue therapy focusing on the fascia which is a form of connective tissue that surrounds and connects every cell, muscle, organ and structure in the body in one continuous web. A fascial restriction in one part of the body can transmit distortion and create dysfunction in other parts of the body. Fascia is manipulated through slow stretching, lifting and separating of structures. This allows fibers to reorganize in a more flexible, functional fashion.
Injuries, stress, inflammation, trauma, and poor posture can cause restriction to fascia. The goal of Myofascial Release is to free fascial restriction and restore tissue health. This technique can be part of a multi-modality session or used on its own. Recipients are usually partially or completely unclothed on a massage table. Oils and creams are not used. Sessions generally last one half to one hour.
Nutrition and Supplements
Nutrients are substances that create fuel for the body and are the building blocks of molecules, cells, tissues, enzymes, hormones, and all body substances. Every part of the body is created with nutrients; every bodily function requires nutrient derived energy to be performed. In other words, what we eat in essential to being alive and to the quality of our life. Nutrients are divided into macro or micro nutrients. Macro nutrients are carbohydrates, proteins, and fats; micro nutrients are vitamins and minerals. The term ‘you are what you eat’ is literally true.
The term nutritional supplement refers to vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are extracted and concentrated to be used to support health and treat illness. For example, Vitamin C is used to treat scurvy, the common cold, as well as support the immune system. Plant compounds known as phytochemicals have powerful disease fighting properties and can reverse oxidative stress. While it’s best to get nutrients through foods, the diminished quality of many of our foods from poor soils, genetic modification, and processing may make taking a supplement essential for good health. This is also true when we suffer from poor digestion and are not receiving the benefit of the foods we eat.
While individual nutrients help prevent and treat disease, whole foods allow nutrients to work together synergistically and are a better source than extracted supplements. Consequently, in addition to a whole foods, diet, whole food vitamins may be advised to provide the missing nutrients in a person’s diet or be used medicinally to combat disease.
An analysis of a person’s diet and health history helps determine the best nutrient regime supporting optimal health.
Plant Spirit Medicine
with Julie Netsch
Plant Spirit Medicine is an ancient healing practice that brings balance and healing to the deepest reaches of the body, mind and spirit. Bringing balance allows a person to return to his or her greatest sense of self. By engaging the whole person and working with the client to find the root of imbalance, Plant Spirit Medicine offers support in all areas of a person’s life. As a Plant Spirit Medicine practitioner, I partner with clients to identify the underlying imbalance, choosing plants that provide what the client needs for sustaining their body, mind, and spirit. Plant Spirit Medicine is a deeply effective and elegant form of healing that must be experienced for its power to be fully appreciated.
Learn more about Plant Spirit Medicine at www.plantspiritmedicine.org or by reading the book Plant Spirit Medicine by Eliot Cowan.
with Valerie Hartman
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Reflexology is more than a good foot or hand rub. Activating specific zones and points on the feet and hands activates a healing response from the nervous system in related organs and areas of the body. Consequently, the whole body is treated through reflex points located on the feet and hands. This treatment is non-invasive and incredibly relaxing while promoting health and wellbeing.
Reflexology is performed by using the hands, fingers, thumbs and knuckles to apply pressure to specified reflex points. Precise techniques are used to stimulate, sedate, or balance a particular area. A session can be performed with the receiver lying on a table or sitting in a special reflexology chair and can be combined with sound therapy, aromatherapy and other modalities.
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Reiki is a Japanese technique for increasing the flow of healing energy into and through the body. It is a simple, natural and safe method of healing that everyone can use. It reduces stress, produces relaxation and promotes healing. Like other forms of Energy Medicine, it is based on the idea that life force flows in, through and around us. When the flow is restricted, we are more likely to get sick or feel stress; when free moving, we are more capable of happiness and health. It is safe to use with every illness and in conjunction with other medical treatments. It creates a relaxing time out, and optimizes internal conditions for healing.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. Therefore, Reiki means spiritually guided life force energy. Treatments can be conducted by the therapist placing his or her hands on areas of imbalance on the body or in the energy field around the body. Reiki is called liquid light and has been described as a feeling of warm honey flowing through the body.
Sound healing is a form of vibrational medicine. Everything in the universe is in a state of vibration and has a signature frequency including organs, tissues and all body structures. In fact, the body can be considered an orchestra of harmonics in resonance with each other. When a person’s healthy resonant frequency is out of balance, physical and emotional health is affected.
The goal of sound therapy is to restore harmony in the system. The mechanism by which sound therapy works is called entrainment. Essentially, more powerful rhythms synchronize less powerful rhythms. Music, tuning forks, singing bowls, and drums are all tools for producing sound treatments. Treatment is believed to restore healthy balance to the body.
Sound therapy may be incorporated into other types of therapy sessions or used on its own. It may involve using music the clears Chakras, placing vibrating tuning forks on specific body points, listening to singing bowls and so forth.
Visceral Manipulation is the manual manipulation of body organs. It was developed by French Osteopath, Jean-Pierre Barral and focuses on the fact that all body parts, from cells to joints to organs, must move in order to function. When one structure cannot move, the rest of the body tries to accommodate and one part of the body works against the rest. The viscera (aka organs) may lose the ability to move due to abnormal tone, adhesions or displacement. This creates a fixed point of tension that the body is forced to move around creating chronic irritation.
Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a gentle, hands on therapy that works by way of the internal organs to locate and alleviate abnormal points of tension throughout the body. VM employs specifically placed gentle touch that encourages normal mobility, tone, and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues. Benefits are the reduction of pain and dysfunction and the return of optimal organ function.