Massage therapy is the application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body. It helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that may lead to disease and illness. It has also proven beneficial for chronic conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation and depression.
“Complementary interventions are only intended to supplement mainstream care and are used primarily to control symptoms and bolster physical and emotional well-being throughout treatment. ‘Although we can't rely on complementary therapies to shrink a tumor, if given together with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, such interventions may improve quality of life and possibly survival as well,’ said Gary Deng, MD, PhD, interim Chief of Integrative Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. ‘It's a common misconception that cancer treatment is all about shrinking the tumor. Reducing anxiety or pain can make an enormous impact on a patient's day-to-day quality of life.’"
“Complementary and alternative medicine [CAM] is a very broad category, including mind-body therapies, herbs, energy medicine, and any other modalities that are not considered part of standard allopathic care... As expected, some CAM modalities seem to show more promise for patients living with RA [Rheumatoid Arthritis]... Overall, CAM methods that help patients to relax and balance physical/emotional stress can be beneficial by a variety of mechanisms. As is generally the case in this emerging field of scientific inquiry, more research is necessary to bolster such findings.”
Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is a manual treatment that is performed gently and slowly to improve the activity of the lymph vascular system. In addition to providing deep relaxation, some of the conditions that respond favorably to MLD include sprains, whiplash, hematoma, post-surgical edema, palliative care, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, pain, headaches, tinnitus and fibrocystic breast disease. It can also be helpful to people with lymphedema who have finished Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) with a qualified CDT specialist.
A Health Coach is a wellness authority and supportive mentor who helps motivate individuals to cultivate positive health choices. Health Coaches educate and support clients to help them achieve their health goals through lifestyle and behavior adjustments.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation. It is administered with the hands and is based on the idea that a life force energy flows through all of us. If our life force energy is high, we are more capable of feeling happy and healthy.