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May 02

Healing Opportunities

Healing is an essential part of recovery. The process begins with the realization that our lives have become unmanageable and acknowledging that there is a need for change. As we learn to let go of the past and move into a new way of life it can be helpful to explore natural options that address and relieve some of the pain that lingers from the physical and emotional damage that has been done.

Healing Touch

“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” ~ Hippocrates

Creating opportunities for healing is our responsibility. As we create new habits to improve the general health of the body and mind we may find that some of what we’re learning about taking care of ourselves is really more like remembering. We take what we know down deep inside and start putting it into practice. Sometimes though we are introduced to an idea that is totally new to us and we open a door for enriching the healing process. Exposing ourselves to a variety of options for healing greatly increases the odds for finding something that works.

The holistic approach to recovery works on the basic principle that we already have what we need inside us. The following is a short overview of some healing opportunities you may not have considered:

Energetic healing is a basic term for any sort of therapy that manipulates the way energy moves through the body to bring the systems into balance and facilitate the body’s own healing mechanisms. Massage therapy is probably the most straightforward procedure and the one most accepted by society as a whole. While not always considered energetic healing many believe the immediate results of massage on the body and mind are produced from the movement of energy throughout the system.

The benefits of touch have been scientifically documented beyond any shadow of a doubt. Extensive research has been done on babies isolated from human touch that fail to thrive even to the point of death. Touch heals at a level we may not understand but we have all felt it. Whether it’s a mother’s hand on a child’s fevered forehead, a hug from a friend, a simple caress from a loved one or a nurse that holds the hand of a dying stranger we have the innate urge to reach out to those who suffer. As you explore different approaches to healing keep an open mind and see what feels right for you.

Some energetic practices offer treatment specifically targeting recovery. Acupuncture for example is said to be an effective method for cessation from addictions as well providing treatment for many physical, mental and emotional conditions. Acupressure, reflexology and auriculotherapy also fall into the category of techniques that use meridian points throughout the body to affect healing. Tapping, often referred to as EFT or meridian tapping is another means for moving energy to different centers in the body that is often overlooked.

Some less well know therapies that fall under energetic healing include Reiki, Kinesiology, Chakra Balancing, Aromatherapy and Flower Essences and Crystal Healing. Many practitioners have been trained in several overlapping modalities and often combine one or more healing practices. The idea behind most of these holistic treatments is that once the blockages have been cleared the body can heal itself.

Once again I flash my disclaimer, consult with your doctor, but the wonderful thing about natural healing is that it almost always enhances traditional medical treatment. Start with something simple. Some methods like EFT can relieve a headache or provide an almost immediate mental and emotional shift. Aromatherapy and flower essences can be used for calming or invigorating the mind and body with the practical advantage of leaving an appealing fragrance wherever you use them. Carrying a healing gemstone or crystal in your pocket or worn as jewelry can be comforting in the moment in addition to any healing value they might have. Nature has provided us with many opportunities to heal ourselves that we have either forgotten or chosen to ignore. So do your own research, watch a video on tapping, listen to music that makes you happy, start a journal or go get a massage to get the energy moving and see how you feel.

More ideas for natural and creative healing options to come in the near future. As always, look around, explore and try something new.

 

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