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Bach Flower Essences. (See Flower Essences)

Balneology - referring to the therapeutic use and effects of various baths.

Bindegewebsmassage - German, Elisabeth Dicke is credited with 'discovering' this bodywork technique, based on her book Meine Bindegewebsmassage, published in 1956.  It is based on the theory that any disruption or unbalance in any portion of the body affects the entire system, specifically the autonomic, central nervous, and  hormonal systems.   Any disruption in any of the body systems will affect the entire organism, physiologically and psychologically.   Bindegewebsmassage is a very specific, advanced technique intended to assist in the rehabilitation of pathologic conditions. The theory of this bodywork technique extends to the belief that certain areas on the body's surface correlate to specific internal organs manifesting the disruptions with an increased sensitivity of certain skin areas called 'points'. (See also Connective Tissue Massage)

Bindi - Bodywork combining exfoliation, herbal treatment, and light massage.

Bikram Yoga - (sometimes referred to as Hot Yoga ) is a specialized style of Hatha Yoga that is a comprehensive workout that includes all the components of fitness: muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular flexibility and weight loss. The founder, Bikram Choudhury, was a gold medal Olympic weight lifter in 1963 and is a disciple of Bishnu Ghosh, brother of Paramahansa Yogananda, (Autobiography of a Yogi).  One of  the unusual but most beneficial aspects of Bikram's yoga practice is the 95-105 degree temperature which promotes more flexibility, detoxification, and prevention of injuries. This is the only yoga style that specializes in using the heated environment. See also Yoga.

Biofeedback - A method that monitors pulse rate, skin temperature and muscle tension and feeds back this information to the client through gentle sounds.  The client, in turn, learns to consciously regulate unconscious body processes such as breathing, blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate, to relieve pain and stress related conditions, including asthma, hypertension, and migraine headaches.

Body Scrubs - Usually performed as part of a spa therapy, any skin exfoliating proceedure using either a dry brush or products such as sea salt, oatmeal, almond paste, algae, gels, etc.

Bodywork - is a very generic term that can include or combine massage, counseling, energy work, movement techniques, or other somatic (body) therapies.

Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy - ( also referred to as Trigger Point Myotherapy  or Trigger Point Therapy ) Developed by fitness expert Bonnie Pruden in 1976, this bodywork method is intended to relax muscle spasms, improve circulation, and alleviate pain. This method is heavily based on the trigger point injection work of Dr. Janet Travel, MD and Dr. David Simmons, MD, authors of "Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, Vols. I & II", published 1982.  The practitioner, using elbows, knuckles, or fingers, applies pressure for several seconds to trigger points -- highly irritable spots on muscle tissue that may radiate pain to other areas.  Clients also perform specific exercises for the freed muscles. There are now several places to learn
Trigger Point Therapy, but only one Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy Pain Eraser school.

Bowen Therapy -  Developed by Thomas Bowen of Australia.  Bowen recognized relationships within the body that help the body heal itself.  Through recognition of minute muscle tensions the system programs moves to counteract specific body conditions.  An average of two treatments seven days apart are recommended.

Breathwork - Combines focused breathing, music, toning and bodywork to heal unresolved issues and allow life energy flow naturally. Uses a variety of techniques such as patterned breathing to promote physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Breema Bodywork - Practiced for centuries by the Kurdish mountain villagers of Breemava, Breema bodywork activates the body's self-healing forces, bringing the mind, body, and emotions into a natural balanced state.  Based on the highest laws of nature, Breema bodywork treatments and self-exercise use rhythmic movements, gentle stretches, and lean-hold-releases which actively support the recipient to experience vibrant health, vitality, and inner harmony.

Byron Katie Work - ( also know as The Work of Byron Katie or just The Work ) based on a method of self-analysis and facilitated self-help developed by the American, Byron Katie. The work of Byron Katie is four simple questions and a single turnaround which, when practiced, wake up within you, radically altering your perspective.  Through The Work thousands are finding relief from chronic suffering on all levels -- mental, emotional, physical.  For more information on The Work, please read Lana's book review of "Loving What Is" by Byron Katie or visit The Work of Byron Katie Foundation.

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