Last week I shared a few of my favourite things that are helping me along my healing journey. Turns out I have quite a few favourite things! So I decided to share some more in part 2. I am aware that some of these alternative and complimentary therapies might be quite new or you may not have ever heard of, so let me tell you a bit about them and how I use them.
Naturopathy is a holistic approach to wellness based on the principle that the body has the inherent ability to heal itself. Using the healing power of nature and gentle therapeutic techniques, the body, mind and emotions are supported during the healing process.
With the guidance from my Naturopath we combine bio-energetic screening with vitamins and tinctures (Tinctures are liquid extracts made from herbs that you take orally), plus she has helped me eliminate foods that my body cannot process.
She also uses Neuro Emotional Technique to support me in finding and removing neurological imbalances that relate to the physiology of unresolved stress. It is a great way to really uncover the hidden emotion beneath any dis-eases in the body and then to release them and begin the healing process.
Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
My Osteopath is treating me for Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) aka super painful tight jaw muscles. I thought the manual massage inside my mouth was painful until he introduced me to dry needling and acupuncture. Those that know me, know that I have an EXTREME fear of needles. Previously I would never try dry needling or acupuncture, but at this point in my healing journey I will try just about anything! I was totally fine with the needle in my scalp, leg, foot and toes but the ones he inserted into the muscles in my jaw hurt A LOT, I am not going to lie! But the pain is definitely worth the pay of to have some relief from the TMJ which causes my jaw to crack while I eat, frequent headaches and migraines, and neck and jaw pain.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
This is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart.
After a few seasons I unfortunately wasn’t getting to results my therapist expected and she told me it wasn’t the right thing for me at the moment. This raises a really important point, I do believe that lymphatic drainage is extremely important and beneficial! However, for me at this stage in my healing journey it wasn’t the right fit.
An infrared sauna helps to leach toxins that are located deeper in the skin and therefore detoxifies your body better than the heat produced by a steam sauna.
I have found the drier heat from an infrared sauna a lot more comfortable and tolerable than the humidity of a steam sauna. Don’t be fooled though, this sauna will make you sweat, and sweat continuously, like you wouldn’t believe! But boy do you feel amazing after!
Previously I practiced Vinyasa yoga which I really enjoyed. Full Moon week was always my favourite! However, with my current health issues and especially my Vertigo I sought out a gentler and more restorative form of yoga.
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses (asanas) that are held for four to five minutes per pose. Yin yoga assists in calming the mind and nervous system, enabling you to turn inward and focus on the breath.
I have to be honest and say I really struggled with this type of yoga! It is very very slow paced and requires a meditative state to really melt into each pose. Straight up, I struggled with the surrender required for this class but I must say that afterwards I felt extremely relaxed and my body had released a lot. I found bridge pose quite emotionally overwhelming, I have always felt the same doing camel pose in a Vinyasa class. I will end by saying that intuitively I feel that my resistance to this class is likely showing me the very thing I need to be doing!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my favourite things I am implementing to help support my body to heal and I would love to hear your experiences with any of these. So please share in the comments below!
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