Health and Fitness

Voice Healing

It is becoming obvious to more and more people that the power inherent in our voices can be used to hurt or heal. Knowing this, brave souls have embarked upon the adventure that is mastering the soul in order to bring to the voice a healing quality that benefits whomever hears it. As a voice healer, my first concern is to continue my decades or personal development work in order to deal with the less fortunate sides of my personality and to increasingly bring out the heart forces which heal. First, the increase in heart forces heals me. So if that increase heals me, it must heal others. In fact we know that the inherent stream of never-ending love in the heart center heals all who come into contact with it. As a healer, I must first live the principles I would have others live by. Everything starts with my own efforts in self-knowledge, discipline and self-love. As I activate my heart-forces, a state of inner joy begins to permeate my life. I am happy, quite inwardly, quietly happy.

Enhance Your Immune System With Good Food Choices

Being immune to the flu takes effort and it is possible. One way to develop a good immune system is to think positive thoughts and living a positive life. When you give yourself a consistent flow of positive self talk you will have a stronger immune system. That coupled with a good night's sleep and good-for-you foods and you truly can be immune to the flu. There are may foods that will boost your immune system. Here are just a few of the many foods that will boost your body's ability to fight off disease. Green Tea: Green tea is one of the most studied herbs of all time. Scientific research clearly shows that properties in green tea have the ability to defend and repair cells, fight off many different diseases and improve the immune system. Replace your last cup of coffee with green tea. Or use green tea as your afternoon pick-me-up beverage. Garlic: Garlic has been used over the centuries to fight disease in many applications. Prior to the discovery of penicillin, garlic was frequently prescribed as a treatment for pneumonia, bronchitis, colds and flu.

Schools of Healing Arts

At schools of healing arts, students gain a wealth of knowledge and practical skills regarding practices in natural and alternative medicine therapies. Among the more popular certification courses are massage therapy, acupressure, holistic health, iridology, and aromatherapy, and others. Schools of healing arts that offer training programs in massage therapy generally include a curriculum in anatomy, physiology, and pathology; with hands-on training in common bodywork modalities like deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, and sports massage. However, more advanced training modules at natural healing colleges include diverse massage methods like soft tissue release, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, shiatsu, polarity therapy, prenatal/infant massage, and more. Healing arts schools that offer somatic training typically range between 300 and 500 instructional hours; however, more in-depth programs may well exceed 1, 000 training hours. Further note that if you are interested in achieving National certification level in massage therapy, you must take a course that is at least 500 hours in length, and said course must meet all requirements for National certification level.

Oriental Medicine Programs

Ready to earn your degree or certificate in Chinese medicine? Today, there are several Oriental medicine programs from which to choose. Whether you decide to pursue training in acupuncture, Tuina, or want to achieve your Masters or Doctorate in Oriental medicine, candidates now have the option to do so when they apply and enroll at one of the growing number of modern acupuncture and Chinese medicine schools. In comprehensive oriental medicine programs, students learn the fundamentals of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), including acupuncture point location and meridian theory, acupuncture needling techniques (including auricular [ear] acupuncture), Chinese herbology, nutrition, Chinese medicine philosophies, Tuina (Chinese medical massage), Qigong, Tai Chi, moxibustion, cupping, anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomedical sciences, and more. Oriental medicine programs that result in certification, like the certificate in Chinese herbal medicine (CCHM), are often offered as a post-graduate course to licensed acupuncture practitioners interested in enhancing credentials and education in herbology.

Chungliang Al Huang - Qi Gong and the Dance of Breathing

True breathing is like a flower blooming. If we hold our breath, the bud never opens." -Chungliang Al Huang Tao master, philosopher, author of Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain and The Watercourse Way (with Alan Watts), and founder/president of the Living Tao Foundation, Chungliang Al Huang is the living embodiment of the power of the breath. Affable and delightfully outgoing, Chungiang was kind enough to work with us for our forthcoming Sterling Publishing book, "Perfect Breathing." Herewith, are a few nuggets of his wisdom. Understanding the Importance of Chi Chungliang Al Huang stresses the importance in modern life of understanding chi and using it to your advantage. "For me, I always encourage myself and my students and people I teach and share the learning, just constantly pay attention to when you're not breathing properly. For me, philosophically, I continue to realize the breath I take is much bigger. The breath I take is much more natural in nature than the way I am as a human being.

Petitgrain - An Uplifting and Refreshing Oil for the Senses

Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara) comes from the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree which is in the citrus botanical family. The name comes from the fact that at one time this oil was obtained from the green unripe oranges when they were only about the size of a cherry, hence the name "little grains."The best oil comes from France but a good quality oil is also produced in North Africa, Paraguay and Haiti. This evergreen tree is about 30 feet high, has dark green, glossy, oval leaves, has a smooth grayish trunk and branches and very fragrant white flowers. The fruit is smaller and darker than the sweet orange. Since this tree has a higher resistance to disease it is often used as root stock for other citrus trees, including the sweet orange. Traditionally this is one of the classic ingredients in eau-de-cologne. It has extensively been used as a fragrance component in soaps, detergents, cosmetics and perfumes. It also has a history of use as a flavor agent in foods especially confection.

Essential Oils - Black Spruce - An Oil of Prosperity

Spruce (Picea mariana) is in the pine family of botanical plants. The oil is obtained through steam distillation of the branches, needs and twigs. Black Spruce is a naturally growing tree in Canada. It is typically found in wet, swampy areas where the wild growing trees can grow up to 15 meters in height. Traditionally the Lakota Indians used spruce to strengthen their ability to communicate with the Great Spirit. They believed spruce possesses the frequency of prosperity. How Can Black Spruce Aid Our Health Today? Spruce is antispasmodic, antiparasitic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, hormone-like, cortisone-like and an immune stimulant. It is used for arthritis, fungal infections like Candida, sinus-respiratory infections, sciatica and lumbago. Black spruce has a very pleasant scent, and can be used in baths to revive tired muscles. Spruce oil is frequently used in room sprays, detergents, and in cough and cold preparations. Black Spruce Needle Essential oil has a long history of use in saunas, steam baths, and as an additive to baths and massage products in spas.

Essential Oils - Tangerine - A Refreshing and Rejuvenating Oil

Tangerine (Citrus riticulata) is in the citrus family of botanical plants. The Tangerine tree was originally native to China, but is now grown predominantly in the United States, Sicily and Italy. The tree is also very similar to the Mandarin grown in China. The tangerine tree produces a small fruit, orange in color with a taste somewhere between a mandarin and an orange. Tangerine essential oil has the typical citrus scent - fresh, radiant, and tangy sweet. With only subtle differences, it smells a lot like the Mandarin, with some even considering them identical. In comparison to Sweet Orange, Tangerine can be seen as lighter with more candy-like tones. How Can We Use Tangerine Essential Oil for Our Health? Tangerine essential oil, like most of the citrus family, can be depended upon for refreshing and rejuvenating characteristics. This particular essential oil is one of my most favorite oils to flavor my water. Try it! Its aroma clears the mind and can help to eliminate emotional confusion.

Essential Oils - BlueTansy - A Great Oil for What Itches You

Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum) is in the daisy family of botanical plants. We get the oil through steam distillation of the flowering plant. The oil comes today from Morocco. Blue Tansy essential oil is a vivid deep blue color due to its azulene content. It has a warm and herbaceous fragrance with a wonderfully complex sweetness. This plant is not to be confused with Tansy oil which many consider too toxic to use. Blue Tansy Oil is non-toxic, and has many similar properties to German 'Blue' Chamomile oil. How Can We Use Blue Tansy Today for our Health? Blue tansy has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anesthetic properties. It is used for itching and as a relaxant. It is hormone-like. The aroma of Blue Tansy oil induces relaxation and can be used to ease nervous tension and stress. It is said to be beneficial for allergies, and may also be useful for asthma - blend it with some Ravensara for best results. For respiratory support, it is most effectively used as an inhalant in a diffuser, or you can also put a couple of drops on a handkerchief and inhale.

Essential Oils - Tarragon - An Ancient Herb Favored by the Maharajahs of India

Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) is in the daisy family of botanical plants. The oil is obtained through steam distillation of the leaves and it comes today from France, the Netherlands, Hungary and the U.S. The name is thought to come from an ancient use as an antidote to the bites of venomous creatures and 'Madd dogges'. Tarragon is a perennial herb with smooth narrow leaves. It has an erect stem up to four feet high and puts out small yellowy-green flowers. Tarragon has a distinctive sweet anise, spicy flavor and is usually used as an herb to flavor fish and chicken and to make tarragon vinegar. Traditionally the Maharajahs of India favored this herb and in Persia it was used to induce appetite. It was also used for digestive and menstrual irregularities and the root was used as a remedy for toothache. How Can We Use Tarragon Essential Oil for our Health Today? Tarragon has antiseptic, antispasmodic properties. It is good for digestion. Tarragon oil stimulates the appetite and has a pronounced effect on the sluggish digestive system.

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