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Naturopathic Medicine

Adhering to the principles of holistic medicine, naturopathic doctors can use various natural methods to treat patients, including nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, homeopathy and lifestyle counseling. In the state of Washington, naturopathic doctors (ND) are legally defined as physicians licensed to diagnose and treat in a general family practice. Some NDs are also licensed midwives or licensed acupuncturists.

Neuromuscular Reprogramming (NMR)

Developed In CA by Jocelyn Olivier and David Weinstock, NMR uses muscle testing to assess dysfunctions of the nervous system resulting from traumatic injury and overuse. It cues the brain for new learning resulting in correction of neuromuscular imbalances.

Nogier Auricular (ear) Therapy

Nogier Auricular therapy, also known as ear acupuncture is a medical technique developed and studied by Dr. Paul Nogier since 1951. The technique works on the neurological properties of the ear. In the ear there is a series of points called "neurovascular complexes" which are linked to the central nervous system, in turn linked to the different organs of the body.

Pilates

A workout based on core strength, centering, balance, flexibility and posture.

Positional Release Technique

An indirect holistic approach to release tissue and joint restrictions which stimulates a neurological reflexive response to move tissues back into balanced tone and action.

Qi Gong

Qi gong (literally 'energy work') is a diverse body of exercises that condition the body, mind, and spirit. There is 'soft' qi gong which is more meditative and used for healing and cultivating longevity; and 'hard' qi gong, which is more physically intense and is a powerful way to condition the vitality of the body and spirit, also promoting health and longevity. Qi gong can be understood as Chinese yoga. It incorporates postures, breathing techniques, simple movements, and meditation.

Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and Kung Fu

These are a family of exercise arts that include training for martial and healing purposes. In reality, all three arts are overlapping and one cannot practice one without practicing the others. But conventionally speaking, we refer to different branches of the tree.

The reality is that all three arts are one art of cultivating the various levels of our existence simultaneously. We can focus on the type of healing and conditioning that we need as individuals in order to live a long healthy life. The ancient Chinese medical arts are not separate from the martial arts- they have always been branches of the same tree, and in my experience we gain the most from each one by practicing both. As a child one should play, as a young person one should practice kung fu, as one gets older they may shift towards more tai chi, and in old age qi gong. Kung fu is conditioning to prevent debilitation. Tai chi is a great for rehabilitation. They all (when used appropriately) reduce stress, improve body function and fitness, and help calm the mind.

Reiki

Reiki is a healing approach that uses light touch from the practitioner to channel healing energy to the recipient. Used to relieve physical and emotional pain and to promote spiritual clarity.

Shonishin Pediatric Acupuncture

Painless, non-invasive needle therapy involving gentle stimulation of infant's and children's skin surface with specialized tools, used to strengthen and harmonize vital energy, promote wellness and treat childhood illnesses and imbalances.

Somatic Re-education

Injury, trauma, stress, or shock can cause excessive muscle tension for long time periods causing the brain to be programmed. As the healing process begins the brain often needs extra sensory movement input to release the holding pattern. Re-education is facilitated by moving muscles through range of motion at different tension levels and speed.

Swedish Massage

The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.

Tai Chi

Tai chi, or tai chi chuan, translate literally as 'grand ultimate' or 'grand ultimate fist,' respectively. Developed out of kung fu, it is generally practiced in a slower tempo and incorporates martial and healing applications simultaneously. It is generally speaking a softer style than conventional kung fu.

Thermography

Also known as Thermal Imaging, Thermography is a non-invasive F.D.A. approved clinical imaging procedure for detecting and monitoring diseases and physical injuries by showing the thermal abnormalities present in the body. Mammography, ultrasound, MRI, and other structural imaging tools rely primarily on finding the physical tumor, but Thermography is actually able to detect possible cancerous areas before tumors even begin to grow.

Toyohari Meridian Therapy

A gentle form of Japanese Acupuncture, Toyohari developed within the tradition of Meridian Therapy by blind acupuncturists in Japan. This system excels in the development of Qi sensitivity required for accurate point-location, abdominal diagnosis and subtle non-insertive needling techniques.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

An Asian system of healing that focuses on achieving internal balance. TCM practitioners use methods such as acupuncture, heat application (moxibustion), herbal preparations and exercises (e.g., tai chi, qigong) to restore the flow of qi (vital energy) and the balance of yin and yang.

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