Alternative Therapy Techniques
You might not have enough time to dig deep, but there's always enough time to put yourself first. Try these alternative methods of therapy for innovative, creative ways to help relieve your mental stresses.
Disclaimer: If you are seriously struggling with thoughts of suicide or depression, please seek professional help.
By Stephanie Mitchell
Original Content | October 15, 2009
If you're interested in energy therapies, consider Reiki. In this Japanese form of healing and therapeutic touch, energy is transmitting from the Reiki practitioner to the recipient. "Its premise is to draw from the universal energy, which we use to stay healthy, and to channel that through a Reiki practitioner into a client," says Dr. Christy Mack, a certified Reiki practitioner.
A healing practitioner will place her hands gently on specific areas of the body or above the body to bring relaxation and energy as well as minimize pain and anxiety. By placing her hands on or over you, the practitioner senses your energy imbalances and attempts to strengthen, correct or redirect the flow of energy in order to promote health and well-being. Dr. Erin Olivo, director of the Columbia Integrative Medicine Program says these methods haven't been well researched, but "there is some casual evidence to suggest they could be helpful in a wide variety of illnesses such as stress-related symptoms, pain, high blood pressure and other heart conditions."