WELLNESS GLOSSARY

What does it all mean? There are so many wellness treatments to choose from. Here is a cheat sheet to explain what each of them mean to make these decisions easier for you!

Acupuncture The practice of inserting fine needles on specific meridian points for the purpose of relieving tension, stress, and pain. Highly useful in the treatment and relief of back pain.

 

Acupressure – A type of Asian healing art based on ancient Japanese and Chinese medicine. A practitioner puts pressure on specific points on the body with his or her fingers in order to relieve pain and discomfort, prevent tension-related ailments, and promote good health.

 

Aromatherapy – The use of essential oils extracted from plants and herbs to treat conditions ranging from infections and skin disorders to immune deficiencies and stress. Essential oils are widely used throughout Europe and a system of medical Aromatherapy is currently practiced in France.

 

Alternative Medicine – The use of various non-drug, non-surgical therapies that also incorporate a natural means of treatment.

 

Astrology – The study of the interaction between the planets, stars and the astrological signs. The relationships between them and their interactions are mathematically based, and Astrology studies these mathematical cycles. Each Sign represents a different aspect of the whole human.

 

Ayurvedic Medicine – Practiced in India for the past five thousand years, Ayurvedic (meaning “science of life’) is a comprehensive system that combines natural therapies with a highly personalized approach to treatment of disease. Ayurvedic medicine places equal emphasis on body, mind and spirit, and strives to restore the innate harmony of the individual. 

 

Cranial Sacral Therapy – A holistic, hands-on technique involving gentle manipulation of the bones of the skull, the underlying meningeal membranes, and the nerve endings in the scalp. A practitioner is able to “listen” with their hands to what is called the cranial rhythmic impulse, which runs throughout our bodies.

 

Colon Hydrotherapy – The absorption of nutrients is enhanced when the colon is cleansed. This safe and painless process involves infusing filtered and temperature regulated water into the large intestine to dislodge impacted material and dilute bacteria and toxic concentrations. Colon Hydrotherapy to improves muscle tone and facilitate peristalsis action.

 

Chinese Medicine – The general term to describe the numerous techniques utilized in China for many thousands of years to heal bodily ailments. These may include massage, herbs, acupuncture and Qi Gong.

Chiropractor – Also known as a doctor of chiropractic (D.C.), diagnoses and treats a broad range of physical conditions in patients with muscular, nervous, and skeletal problems, especially the spine.

Feng Shui – The ancient Chinese art of intentionally arranging the spaces in which we live and work so that they are energetically balanced, so that they comfort and nurture and fully support and help us manifest what we need and want. Following the principles of feng shui, we place our furniture, introduce color and accessories, apply cures, and use our intention to create abundance, joy, and harmony in our lives.

 

Healthy Weight – Compared to overweight or obese, a body weight that is less likely to be linked with any weight-related health problems such as Type II diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, or others. A person with a body fat percentage between 18% – 22% (depending on age) are considered to be at a healthy weight.

 

Holistic Counseling – A counseling approach which focuses on the whole self, feelings, thoughts, and how these are connected to the body.

 

Holistic Medicine – A form of alternative medicine which focuses on (a) personal accountability for one’s health; (b) the human body’s ability to heal itself; and (c) balancing the body, mind, and spirit with the environment. This form of healing considers the whole person -- body, mind, spirit, and emotions -- in the quest for optimal health and wellness.

Infrared Sauna – Infrared saunas is a type of sauna that uses light to create heat. It heats between 120°F to 150°F.

 

Kinesiology – The study of muscles and their relation to movement and pain relief.

 

Meditation – A tool for training the mind and body to develop a state of equilibrium, relaxation and spiritual well-being. Meditation allows a state of calmness that can bring insights into our own awareness, such as breath or a short phrase in order to quiet the mind.
Medium – A person who communicates with spirits using his or her psychic or intuitive abilities to see the past, present and future events.

Naturopathy – a system of Natural Healing which, only through natural methods, assesses and cares for the health of the patient. Naturopathy is concerned with both a healthy lifestyle and the prevention of disease, and also with the use of natural therapeutics in the treating of human conditions such as: Pain, Injury, and any Physical, Chemical or Mental conditions.

 

Omega-3 Oil – A type of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid associated with protection from cardiovascular disease.

 

Physical Therapy – The health profession that treats pain in muscles, nerves, joints, and bones with exercise, electrical stimulation, hydrotherapy, and the use of massage, heat, cold, and electrical devices.

Reflexology – The application of pressure, stretch and movement to the feet and hands to effect corresponding parts of the body. Reflexologists view the feet, ears and hands as a mirror image of the body. By applying technique a reflexologist can break up patterns of stress in other parts of the body to help return the body to a normal state of equilibrium.

 

Reiki – A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being.

 

Rolfing – A technique of deep tissue manipulation aimed at the release and realignment of the body, and the reduction of muscular and psychic tension.

 

Therapeutic massage – A form of massage that involves the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to decrease muscle spasm, pain and to improve movement.

 

Xero Reset  – An energy healing practice based on real science where you  get back to a kind of zero self-balance with little to no resistance in your life, giving yourself more access to your full potential.

 

Yoga – A general term for a range of body-mind practices used to access consciousness and encourage physical and mental well-being. Forms of Yoga include Hatha (Iyengar, Bikram, Ananda, Astanga Vinyasa/Power, Phoenix Rising, etc.) and Kundalini.