Complementary & Alternative Practices (CAM)
Holistic Health & Integrative Medicine
(CAM) Complementary and Alternative approaches are either used alongside, or in place of conventional medical treatments and (IM) Integrative Medicine pairs conventional Western medicine with treatments that address the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that affect a person's health, for a person-centered and person-empowered approach to health care.
The idea is that these practices and approaches focus on the whole person, which has been the goal of Holistic Health since the very beginning, with the ancient idea that healing is most effective when you consider the whole person: body, mind, spirit and emotions, rather than focusing on specific illnesses, body parts or symptoms. Fortunately we exist during a time where Alternative Medicine is being embraced the medical community, and Complementary Practices and Holistic approaches are even being accepted in some cases, as “mainstream” healthcare practices. Thanks to Integrative Medicine, many of the clients that find their way to yoga and meditation have often been referred by their doctors. However, these techniques and practices have been used by many different cultures throughout the world for thousands of years for both prevention and treatment. Char is honored to have trained in each of these modalities and to have the ability to offer these wonderful, traditional practices to her clients.
Complementary Practices Offered:
Aromatherapy is one of the few complementary practices that is considered both an art and science. It utilizes naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants for medicinal applications, to aid in balancing, harmonizing and promoting the health of body, mind and spirit. As a means of holistic healing, it seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance the body’s innate healing responses. Making Aromatherapy a simple, yet ideal aid for boosting the immune system, respiratory system, nervous system, digestive system, reproductive and many other bodily systems & functions. Char incorporates Aromatherapy into many of her group yoga classes and private Reiki sessions. Private Aromatherapy sessions are also available.
REIKI TREATMENTS & GUIDED RELAXATION
Reiki is a Complementary Practice also known as Energy Medicine, or Energy Healing. Sessions offered are mindfully integrated and tailored to fit the needs of each person, with a unique combination of Reiki, Sound Healing, Aromatherapy, Crystal Healing, Meditation, or simply Guided Relaxation to calm the mind and facilitate a state of peacefulness; while reigniting the body’s natural healing processes. Each session helps to restore physical, mental and emotional balance for whole body wellness. Reiki treatments & tonings are performed by a Practitioner & Master Teacher of several Reiki styles and lineages, who utilizes the style of Reiki that best suits the needs of her clients. All sessions are done fully clothed and requires no physical contact. Chair Sessions & Distance Reiki treatments are also available.
THAI YOGA BODYWORK
Thai Yoga Bodywork, also referred as nuat thai, nuat phaen boran, or nuad boran is an ancient Ayurvedic-based body science dating back to 500 b.c., created by Jivaka Kumarbhaccha a yogi, meditator and renowned personal physician to the Buddha (Gautama Buddha). This ancient healing art is considered a balancing, relaxing and rejuvenating extension of your yoga practice. Performed on a floor mat as the recipient is guided through a series of assisted yoga postures and gentle stretches; while palming and thumbing is applied along the body’s “sen” (energy lines) and “marmas” (pressure points) creating a harmonious and rehabilitative dance. Through this comprehensive practice joints are opened, muscles and tendons are stretched, internal organs are toned and energy is balanced. Resulting in an incredibly powerful mind and body experience. No lotions or oils are applied and participant remains fully clothed for the entire session.