As you try to stay healthy and safe at home, there is no denying that what’s happening in the world outside can still affect you mentally and physically. Disease and disorders are being fueled by the pandemic scare, and we can’t help but find ourselves sometimes struggling to maintain peace and harmony in our personal lives. Many of us have already been affected by the COVID-19 virus, and recovered patients are reporting increased levels of anxiety that also lead to stress, which could impact pre-existing health conditions. Even if you are lucky enough to not have had an encounter with the virus, staying indoors for such long periods and being denied a social life or physical activity can also take a toll on your health. Adopt alternative healing therapies to improve your physical and mental well being. Keep in mind, however, that these practices should not be used as a replacement for modern medicine.
Acupressure believes that there are various invisible paths throughout the human body through which the energies yin and yang flow; diseases and ailments are caused due to an imbalance in these universal energies. Acupressure focuses on stimulating specific points on the body to help correct imbalances in the flow of life energy, and thus provides healing. In acupressure, the correct amount of pressure is applied to these vital points in the human body using the hands, elbows or specific devices to release blockages and provide healing. This form of therapy can be used to treat stress and anxiety, migraines, allergies, nausea, vomiting, pain and more.
Guidance is required to try acupressure at home; access videos online or invest in products like an acupressure magnet kit to follow various tutorials and get your body healing.
Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is a growing internet trend that many netizens claim helps treat everything from insomnia and anxiety to pain and drug addiction. It consists of videos of recordings, with an uber-sensitive microphone, of daily activities such as whispering, eating, tapping and scratching household items, and even brushing the hair. These sounds are believed to be therapeutic for viewers and listeners. The videos and sounds trigger a tingling sensation in the brain, which is known to be the autonomous sensory meridian response. While some find this form of therapy to be the real deal with astounding testimonials, many question its legitimacy. More research into the subject needs to be conducted, although the theory is that the chemical release of the hormone oxytocin in the brain after consuming ASMR videos and sounds is what helps.
There are tons of ASMR videos and ASMR influencers on the net from which you can avail this form of therapy. This trend is so popular that you can install an ASMR smartphone app to heal yourself on the go.
Light therapy, or heliotherapy, is a treatment for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time each year, usually in the fall or winter. With light therapy, you are required to sit or work near a device called a light therapy box.
Pranic healing is a practice that has been in existence for thousands of years. A modern version of pranic healing was founded by Grand Master Choa Kok Sui who went on to set up an entire system based on extensive research and validation that is easy to use today. It is a form of energy treatment that uses prana (Sanskrit for life force) to balance, harmonise and transform the body’s energy processes in order to strengthen it against pain or damage. It is based on the principle that a person’s aura (also referred to as life force or energy) reflects the health of the body, and that the body will be as healthy as the individual’s aura. Pranic healing is, therefore, all about taking action and cleansing your aura when you first feel pain, before it completely takes over your physical body.
To perform this healing therapy on yourself, you require your hands, clear thinking, salt and water. The process involves lying down with clear intentions of cleansing your aura, and imagining your energy right in front of you as you begin to perform easy hand gestures that denote cleansing. After the process, wash your hands with salt and water so as to wash away the muddy energy that was extracted by your hands from your aura. For this therapy to truly take effect, you need to have a desire for the issue to be resolved, which is what is meant by ‘clear intentions’.
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Widely known as sound therapy, music therapy uses aspects of music to improve physical and emotional health and well-being. Ideally done with a trained practitioner, this form of therapy might involve listening to music, singing along, moving to the beat, meditating or even playing an instrument.
Sound therapy dates back to ancient Greece, when music was used in an attempt to cure mental disorders. Music has also been used several times across history to boost the morale of military troops, help people be more productive at work, and improve sleep patterns. Research suggests that music can be linked to health benefits like boosting immune function and lowering stress levels.
There are tons of ways to practise music therapy at home. You could try music therapy apps or videos on the internet. Numerous playlists and songs are also created that specifically help with conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, stress and more.
This holistic wellness therapy makes use of aromas from essential oils to improve health, vitality and emotional well-being. Aromatherapy can be traced back to both ancient Indian and Chinese healing practices, although the discovery of modern-day aromatherapy is credited to French pharmacist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse. Aromatherapy is widely used in spas and especially for massage sessions and facials. In aromatherapy, essential oils can be used as ointments, infusions or lotions externally.
To harness the benefits of aromatherapy at home or to simply make your personal space more tranquil, try lighting scented candles or use an essential oil burner with your choice of essential oil. Lavender and vetiver essential oils are considered the best to alleviate stress and anxiety. DIY water sprays infused with essential oils can also be used on your pillows and bedding before sleep to help with insomnia.
Crystal therapy uses semi-precious stones and crystals such as quartz, agate, amethyst, opals and more to align your chakras and regulate the flow of energy within your body. There are many healing crystals found in nature that can offer benefits to your health and well-being. It is believed that certain crystals used in these therapies can boost low energy, prevent bad energy, release blocked energy, and transform a body’s life force. Some methods involve the placement of certain crystals on different parts of the body to correspond to the seven chakras that align the body. Sometimes, specific crystals are recommended to individuals based on their astrological signs or physical and mental health needs. Crystal therapy does not have much scientific research to back it up; its healing results are often regarded as the placebo effect. You can practice crystal healing at home by researching stones of your choice online and placing them in your home to cleanse the space. Crystal jewellery can also be worn to avail this treatment.
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