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Chakra Energy Balancing - Subtle energy centers located near the spine in the body.  A chakra is a wheel (literal Sanskrit meaning) of energy. There are 7 major chakras (energy centers); Root, Navel, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, & Crown and 72,000 nadis (energy channels) of which there are three major channels; Sushumma (carries Kundalini energy up the spine), Pingala, & Ida  (which carry solar and lunar energy respectively in a spiral around the Sushumma and chakras). The seven main chakras in our subtle system, relate to the stages of evolution and the endocrine system. Once awakened, they begin to vibrate. Physical, mental and emotional problems can be traced to an imbalance in one or several chakras. The chakras may be balanced using physical vibration, sound ( toning, tuning & music ), color therapy ( see Esogetic Colorpuncture ) or meditation.

Chelation Therapy - refers to several methods for detoxification of the blood and or organs.  Several natural foods such as ( walnut and walnut extract taken orally ) chelate heavy metals from the body.  Another method uses intravenous (IV) therapy to increase blood flow and decrease excessive deposits of plaques in arteries and organs such as the liver, kidneys, heart and brain. Typically a substance known as ETDA is used chelate the blood intravenously.

Chi Nei Tsang - an internal organ massage technique that may be done on oneself or on another.  Based on the theory that by stimulating and manipulating the organs and deep tissues, metabolism is corrected and the immune, energetic, and emotional systems are normalized.

Chi-Kung ( See Qi-Gong )

Chinese (Oriental) Medicine - Also Traditional Oriental Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Oriental medical practitioners are trained to use a variety of ancient and modern therapeutic methods -- including acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, moxibustion (heat therapy), and nutritional and lifestyle counseling -- to  treat a broad range of both chronic and acute illnesses.  There are 14 major meridians or channels of vital energy (chi) that connect specific points on the body and relate to the energy balance (and thereby  health) of organ systems as conceptualized in Oriental medical philosophy.  The fourteen major meridians are: Stomach, Gallbladder, Kidney, Spleen, Governing Vessel, Heart, Small Intestine, Large Intestine, Lung, Bladder, Liver, Triple Warmer, Pericardium, & Conception Vessel .  Energy may  be weak, balanced, or excessive.  The 'Law of Five Elements' Earth, Water, Fire, Metal, and Wood as well as the concepts of Pernicious Influences such as Heat, Cold, Dampness, Dryness and Wind are used to evaluate a client's condition.  Doctors of Oriental Medicine (DOM) are licensed in New Mexico and many other states. Variations include Oriental Medical Doctor (OMD) and Licensed Acupuncturist (L. Ac.). Suggested Reading to better understand the philosophy ( not a 'how-to') underlying Oriental Medicine: "The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine" by Ted J. Kaptchuk, McGraw Hill - NTC; ISBN: 0809228408.

Chiropractic -  The  chiropractic system is based on the premise that the spine is literally the backbone of human health:  Misalignments of the vertebrae caused by poor posture or trauma result in pressure on the spinal nerve roots,  which may lead to diminished function, pain and chronic as well as acute illness.  The chiropractor seeks to analyze and correct these misalignments through spinal manipulation or adjustment.  Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) are licensed in  New Mexico as well as many other states.

Chiropractic, Network - refers to a network of independent chiropractic offices that use Network Spinal Analysis, a method characterized by the sequential applications of a number of gentle, specific chiropractic adjusting techniques.  Care progresses through a a series of levels that parallel spinal and quality-of-life changes.

Cold Plunge - Deep, cold water pool plunge causing rapid contraction of the capillaries stimulating circulation after a sauna.

Colon Hydrotherapy - Also referred to as Colon Irrigation, Colonic, or High Colonic.  Uses a gentle, pulsed flow of body temperature purified water to cleanse the large intestine (colon).  The therapist may also use herbal 'teas' to further relax, cleanse or tone the mucus wall and supportive connective tissue of the colon.  A single colonic treatment is said to be equivalent to several enemas in removing toxic debris from the colon.  Often used in conjunction with fasting or other intentional detoxification diets or treatments.

Colon Irrigation (see Colon Hydrotherapy )

Colonic (see Colon Hydrotherapy )

Color Therapy - is based on the theory that the cells of our body, not just our eyes, respond to the energy of various frequencies and can use these frequencies to communicate information through the body. Each color has a different frequency and therefore has a different effect on our health and well-being.  For example:  Blue has a very calming effect on our psyches.  It is a great color to paint your bedroom to help you relax and sleep well.  Blue is also used to relieve all sorts of pain.  If you have a burn or cut, steadily shinning blue light on the area will reduce the pain.  Yellow helps to promote mental alertness.  To help your child concentrate while studying, have them study in a room with yellow light or yellow walls. Red increases blood circulation. In order to promote healing, after the initial pain, bleeding or infection have stopped it is good to apply red light to the area to increase blood flow in the area and thereby support the healing.  Orange is the color of joy.  It lifts the spirits.  If you suffer from depression, get a pair of orange glasses (sold in many health food stores) and wear them daily for 20 - 30 minutes.  Violet stimulates awareness and spiritual strength.  To deepen your daily meditation, have a violet light shining nearby or paint the walls of your meditation room in soft violet.  (see also Esogetic Colorpuncture ).

Colorpuncture ( see Esogetic Colorpuncture )

Connective Tissue Massage (CTM) - These techniques are designed to specifically affect the connective tissue of the body.  Various schools of CMT may focus on either the superficial connective tissue of the skin and muscles or the deeper connective tissue of the tendons, ligaments, and periosteum (which surrounds and nourishes the bony structure of the body).  In Germany, It is considered a physical therapy technique; in many parts of Europe it is considered a medical technique.  In the United States, Connective Tissue Massage is taught in many massage schools. ( See also  Bindegewebsmassage)

Cranial Sacral Therapy ( see Craniosacral Therapy )

Cranialsacral Therapy ( see Craniosacral Therapy )

Cranio Sacral Therapy ( see Craniosacral Therapy )

Craniosacral Therapy - is a manual therapeutic procedure for remedying distortions in the structure and function of the Craniosacral  mechanism -- the membranes that contain the cerebrospinal fluid, which surrounds the brain  and spinal column, as well as the cranial (head and face) bones to which these membranes are attached.

The CranioSacral practitioner uses a light touch, generally no more weight than a nickel, to check for restrictions in the craniosacral system.  This is done by monitoring the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid as it flows through the system.

A craniosacral session last at least an hour.  The client remains dressed, while lying in a relaxed position on the practitioner's table.  The positive effects of the therapy rely to a large extent on the body's natural self-corrective activities.  The therapist's light, hands-on approach simply assists the hydraulic forces of the craniosacral system to improve the body's internal environment, and strengthen its ability to heal itself. 

Craniosacral Therapy strengthens your body's ability to take better care of you.  It helps alleviate a range of illness, pain and dysfunction, including: Migraines and Headaches, Chronic Neck and Back Pain, Motor-Coordination Impairments, Stress- and Tension-Related Problems, Infantile Disorders, Traumatic Brain and Spinal Core Injuries, Chronic Fatigue, Scoliosis, Central Nervous System Disorders, Emotional Difficulties, Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), Learning Disabilities, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Orthopedic Problems, And Many Other Conditions

Cryotherapy - the therapeutic use of ice. The application of ice to a site of trauma will constrict capillaries, reduce swelling and numb nerves.  Cold should be used for the first 24 to 72 hours after injury.  After that time Heat may be applied to promote healing. See also R.I.C.E.

Crystal or Rock Healing - uses other life forms whose vibrations open up, energize or modify specific emotional, energetic or spiritual pathways in human and other systems.  Crystals and rocks store information that can be accessed for healing and knowledge.  They are often set on the client at specific points or in specific patterns as deemed appropriate by the practitioner.

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Deep Tissue Massage Therapy and Bodywork -  This is a general term for a range of therapies that seek to improve the function of the body's deep connective tissues and/or muscles, not just the surface nerves or the lymphatic system.  Examples are:  Connective tissue massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Pfrimmer Method are considered to be Deep Tissue Massage.  Deep finger, hand or elbow pressure are often used to stretch, compress and release contracted connective tissue and muscles.  Tools to produce deep pressure on a specific point are also commonly used.  Relaxation, Craniosacral, Esalen, and Swedish massage are generally not considered to be deep tissue techniques.  Among the conditions deep tissue bodywork treats are whiplash, sciatica, low back and neck pain, sports injury and degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis.  This is a non-sexual relaxation or therapeutic massage.  Apparently, some non-licensed individuals have used this term as a euphemism for sexual services.

Detox, Detoxification or Detoxifying the Body - refers to a myriad of therapies, which are intended to rid the body of accumulated cell wastes, drugs, environmental chemicals, heavy metals and parasites (fungus, mold, pathogenic bacteria, virus, or worms). It may also include the elimination of negative thought patterns and emotions.  The liver detoxifies our blood, but may have been stressed to the point that it can not detoxify itself.  The lymph system filters fungus, mold, and bacteria from our blood, but may also harbor these organisms in a latent state. Gall stones are usually a combination of cholesterol, bile and/or mineral salts, which can accumulate in the gall bladder.  Kidney stones are crystalline structures which can accumulate in the kidney.  Drugs and environmental chemicals can be stored in our adipose (fat) tissue.  Due to cosmetics, antiperspirants or lack of sweating our skin pores may be blocked from normal elimination of cell wastes. Our colon may harbor parasites (fungus, mold, pathogenic bacteria, virus, or worms).  Therapies my include, but are not limited to: detoxification diets, fasting, colloidal silver, ozonated water or air, colon hydrotherapy, massage, manual lymphatic drainage, liver detox, gall bladder flush, use of heat (saunas) to induce sweating, ioncleanse, and pulsed electromagnetic therapies.
Side effects of detoxification programs may include, but are not limited to: weight loss, dehydration, loss of electrolytes and minerals, loose bowel movements, rashes, "fatigue, headaches, nausea and nonspecific aches and pains due to a
"healing crisis".  Severe symptoms may be the result of a Herxheimer's reaction.  Anyone wishing to initiate a detoxification program should consult with their primary health care provider to confirm that they are physically fit to start such a treatment program and be under the supervision of a qualified health care professional.

Dream Analysis - is based on the belief that dreams are expressions of our deeper selves and that understanding our dreams can give us valuable insight that we can use in our waking lives. In our dreams we sort out our feelings, make plans for action, and rehearse skills that we need. Our dreams have a logic of their own and may be based on a symbolism which is unique to each of us as well as shared or collective archetypes. The dream analyst attempts to find the relevance of the dream in each persons life in the present.  For a more extensive discussion of dream analysis, please visit The Dream Interpretation Center.

Do-In - a system of self-massage promoted most recently by Michio Kushi.  More than 5,000 years ago, Chinese Taoist monks observed that it was instinctive for a person to touch or hold an injured or painful body part, a form of self-healing.  They developed a system called Tao-Yinn, Tao meaning "the way" and Yinn meaning "a gentle approach".  Today it is called Do-In and is used to sustain overall health as well as treat specific physical problems.

Drumming - Many cultures use the drumbeat as a way to enter the trance state, meditate or pray.  Drums or percussion instruments generally may be the oldest forms of musical instruments.  People often sense that there is a very deep connection to our human tribal past when listening to a rhythmic drum beat.  Drumming can facilitate emotional, spiritual and physical wellness in a supportive environment. (See also Shamanic Drumming )

Drumming Circle - a drumming circle forms when a group of people intentionally drum together.  The drumming may be 'freeform' or improvisational where each person drums what ever beats or rhythm 'feels right' to them. The many different sizes and styles of drums that are brought to a drumming circle can create a complex and wonderful harmony.  Drumming circles may be more structured where a specific round is 'lead' by one person with others joining the rhythm.  Often drumming circles are formed at times corresponding with new or full moons, seasonal changes (equinoxes and solstices), or for healing purposes.

Dynamic Spinal Therapy - was developed by Rolf Ott in Rapperswil, Switzerland in the 1980's.  The technique works with body posture and energetic (acupuncture) system.  It consists of three parts: ear reflexology test, the Swiss therapeutic cushion, an dapplication.

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