Showing all articles on: complementary and alternative modalities

01.18.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Life Coaching

Want to Improve Your Game?  Try a Life Coach By Joanie Yanusas-Maughmer, Personal Life Coach  Many of us are familiar with the idea of an athletic coach—someone who provides guidance and accountability to improve sports performance for an individual athlete or team.  For example, we can simply look up the road to Penn State’s Joe…

01.18.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Energy Medicine

Energy Medicine:  A New Frontier in Healing? by Debra Kirchhof-Glazier Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association When Einstein discovered that energy and matter are interchangeable in his revolutionary equation E = mc2 (energy = mass times the speed of light squared), we didn’t initially make the connection to healing.  However, thousands of years before Einstein’s equation,…

01.18.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Chiropractic

The Natural Connection The Benefits of Chiropractic by Michael Simone, D.C. Why Chiropractic? Chiropractic is the most prevalent form of alternative health care in the world and the third largest doctoral-level health care profession after medicine and dentistry.  Last year more than 30 million Americans visited Doctors of Chiropractic for a variety of conditions. Chiropractic…

01.18.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Bee Therapy

Bee Therapy by Debra Kirchhof-Glazier Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Bees have been valued for millennia, not only for sweetening our lives but for health and healing.  Honey, propolis, bee pollen, royal jelly, and bee venom have all been used medicinally in apitherapy, a system of healing derived from the Latin word “apis”, meaning “bee”.…

01.18.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Bach Flowers

Bach Flower Remedies by Debra Kirchhof-Glazier Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Bach Flower Remedies are named after the English physician, Dr. Edward Bach, who developed them in the 1930s to address disruptions in emotional states.  Dr. Bach was trained in London in conventional medicine but had a profound understanding of the importance of the mind-body-spirit…

01.18.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic Medicine and Diet by Debra Kirchhof-Glazier Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association The term “alternative medicine” is a relative one.  What is considered outside the mainstream in the United States is very much a part of the conventional medical system in other cultures.   The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes…

01.18.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Art Therapy

Creativity Can Be Therapeutic! by Keppy Arnoldsen Did you ever wonder why you feel so relaxed after painting a picture, working with clay, or coloring with children? There is a unique mental stimulation and expression that is coupled with art, and it is very relaxing, both mentally and physically.  Art has a healing effect on…

01.18.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Acupuncture

Acupuncture: Modern Interest in an Ancient Technique by Debra Kirchhof-Glazier Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association   Acupuncture began in China over 3000 years ago.  It was introduced to Korea, Japan, and India in the sixth century and spread to Europe in the sixteenth century.  With the founding of the People’s Republic of China in…

01.18.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Harp Therapy: Music for Body and Soul

Harp Therapy:  Music for Body and Soul By Debra Kirchhof-Glazier Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association The harp has long been considered a celestial instrument.  Many religious paintings feature harps in association with cherubs and depictions of heaven.  There is also the famous painting of King David Playing the Harp, done in 1616 by Flemish…

01.01.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

The Health Benefits of Tai Chi

By: Christine Isenberg, Tai Chi Practitioner and Certified Massage Therapist Tai Chi is a an ancient Chinese exercise based on the concepts of energy and nature.  Energy, known as qi or chi, flows through the body along energy pathways called meridians.  If the flow of chi is blocked or unbalanced at any point in a…

01.01.2018

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Tai Chi for Health and Vitality

By: Debra Kirchhof-Glazier and Kevin Hennenhoefer The Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association recently began offering Free Friday presentations at the end of each month at the Natural Connection Wellness Center, a property at the corner of 4th and Mifflin Streets that we are renovating as a facility for wellness services and community events.  Those who…

01.01.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Yoga:  Transforming the Whole Being

By: Cheryl Gustafson Yoga teaches that humans are multidimensional beings.  If holistic health practices are to be effective, they must also be multidimensional.  Yoga is just such a system.  Let’s take a look at how yoga works. The Five Dimensions of the Human System The Physical Students new to yoga often believe that progress in…

01.01.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

The Natural Connection: An Introduction to Reiki

By: Karen Gehris, Reiki Practitioner Reiki, pronounced (ray-key), is a Japanese word that means Universal Life Force Energy.  It is a combination of the words “Rei”, meaning Spiritual Wisdom or the Higher Power, and “Ki”, meaning the Life Force that flows through all living things.  Reiki thus involves spiritually guided life force energy.  It is…

01.01.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Qigong: Chinese Yoga

By: Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Qigong (pronounced “chee-gong”) is an ancient Chinese art related to tai chi and sometimes referred to as Chinese yoga.  The term means “vital energy (qi) practice (gong)” and is essentially a dynamic meditation.  Like tai chi, qigong combines slow, graceful movements and standing postures with mental…

01.01.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Prayer, Spirituality, and Health 

By: Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Prayer is an important part of Christmas and Hanukkah for Christians and Jews throughout the world.  Adherents of other faiths and many people with no organized religion also pray at this time and throughout the year.  People have been praying for millennia, likely from the very beginning…

01.01.2018

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Plantain: Poison Ivy Relief in Your Own Backyard

By: Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Summer brings many good things to life.  Poison ivy is not one of them.  Luckily, however, summer brings relief from this scourge- right in your own backyard. Earlier this month I experienced a bad case of poison ivy and found only temporary relief from liberal applications of…

01.01.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Naturopathic Medicine and Health Care Reform

By: Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Congress is struggling to overhaul our health care system, which most people would agree is broken.  The reasons for this dilemma are multifaceted and complex.  However, I believe that a large part of the problem stems from the fact that we have been focusing on “disease…

01.01.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

By: Chrystal Benson, CMT Massage therapy is more than “just a luxury”.  Massage is considered to be among the oldest healing treatments used by man.  Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document the use of massage in healing.  The ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians used forms of massage for some ailments, and Hypocrites wrote papers…

01.01.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Want to Improve Your Game?  Try a Life Coach

By Joanie Yanusas-Maughmer, Personal Life Coach  Many of us are familiar with the idea of an athletic coach—someone who provides guidance and accountability to improve sports performance for an individual athlete or team.  For example, we can simply look up the road to Penn State’s Joe Paterno as an excellent example of an athletic coach.…

01.01.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Harp Therapy:  Music for Body and Soul

By :Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association The harp has long been considered a celestial instrument.  Many religious paintings feature harps in association with cherubs and depictions of heaven.  There is also the famous painting of King David Playing the Harp, done in 1616 by Flemish painters Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Boeckhorst. …

01.01.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Energy Medicine:  A New Frontier in Healing?

By:Debra Kirchhof-Glazier When Einstein discovered that energy and matter are interchangeable in his revolutionary equation E = mc2 (energy = mass times the speed of light squared), we didn’t initially make the connection to healing.  However, thousands of years before Einstein’s equation, practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine were treating and healing people according to a complex…

01.01.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

The Benefits of Chiropractic

By: Michael Simone, D.C. Why Chiropractic? Chiropractic is the most prevalent form of alternative health care in the world and the third largest doctoral-level health care profession after medicine and dentistry.  Last year more than 30 million Americans visited Doctors of Chiropractic for a variety of conditions. Chiropractic deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention…

01.01.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Bee Therapy

By: Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Bees have been valued for millennia, not only for sweetening our lives but for health and healing.  Honey, propolis, bee pollen, royal jelly, and bee venom have all been used medicinally in apitherapy, a system of healing derived from the Latin word “apis”, meaning “bee”. Apitherapy…

01.01.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Bach Flower Remedies

By: Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Bach Flower Remedies are named after the English physician, Dr. Edward Bach, who developed them in the 1930s to address disruptions in emotional states.  Dr. Bach was trained in London in conventional medicine but had a profound understanding of the importance of the mind-body-spirit connection in…

01.01.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Ayurvedic Medicine and Diet

By:Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association The term “alternative medicine” is a relative one.  What is considered outside the mainstream in the United States is very much a part of the conventional medical system in other cultures.   The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health does an…

01.01.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Creativity Can Be Therapeutic!

By: Keppy Arnoldsen Did you ever wonder why you feel so relaxed after painting a picture, working with clay, or coloring with children? There is a unique mental stimulation and expression that is coupled with art, and it is very relaxing, both mentally and physically.  Art has a healing effect on our bodies and minds.…

01.01.2018

complementary and alternative modalities

Acupuncture: Modern Interest in an Ancient Technique

by: Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, Member, Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association Acupuncture began in China over 3000 years ago.  It was introduced to Korea, Japan, and India in the sixth century and spread to Europe in the sixteenth century.  With the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 the practice of acupuncture was disseminated more widely…