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Float Your Way to Good Health

Alternative healing methods to restore your mind, body and soul

Christy Leung

Feeling tired, run down and exhausted lately? Alternative healing methods might help solve your problems of being overworked or having emotional distress.

More and more individuals are moving away from or supplementing Western medicine and traditional treatments with alternative healing methods. You probably recognize holistic healing methods such as homeopathy, massage therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic treatments . . . but what about "floating?"

Here's a rundown on several alternative treatments you ought to know about and try:

Floatation Therapy

Here at DH headquarters in Portland, Ore., we're just miles away from FloatOn, which claims to be the largest float tank center on the west coast. Developed by a neuroscientist in the mid 1950s, floatation tanks were originally named "sensory deprivation tanks." In more recent years as the therapy has grown in popularity, the name has changed to "float tanks" and a therapeutic session in one of these tanks reportedly gets rid of all sensory input and enables to the brain to calm down. About 40 minutes into your float, "your brain stops producing its normal Alpha waves and starts churning out Theta waves. These are responsible for that 'between-waking-and-sleeping' state."

People who have undergone floatation therapy have raved that the relaxed state from being in the tank have alleviated a range of conditions including anxiety, day-to-day stress, chronic pain, insomnia, jet lag and it has even helped fight addiction. Besides physical benefits, floating is also valuable for spiritual practice and improving concentration and focus. Floatation therapy has become more recognized in recent years and has even been featured on shows such as The Simpsons, Fringe and CSI. Have you tried this unique therapeutic remedy?

Reiki Energy Therapy

Another popular form of alternative medicine and complementary therapy is Reiki, an energy therapy that uses "palm healing" -- a technique that transfers "vital life force energy" (a form of ki) through the palms. Originally discovered by in the Mikao Usui in 1922, the holistic Japanese spiritual healing method has gained popularity worldwide over the decades due to its amazing benefits for restoring the body when energy has become unbalanced. In addition to stress reduction and deep relaxation, Reiki energy therapy is a non-invasive healing system that promotes a healthier mind, body and spirit in general.

Reiki clinics can be found in many cities across America and in countries around the world. The therapy treatment has evolved over the decades as practitioners have begun incorporating technology and other alternative healing methods into their techniques. Have you tried this healing energy therapy?

Healing Gemstones

Gemstones are more than just "bling" for jewelry and ornaments -- these natural stones also have the power to heal, protect, relax and clarify. Gemstone energy medicine uses the body's innate healing force to nourish and heal people in multiple ways. Whether it's acute or chronic illnesses or just improving mental clarify, gemstones can help! Different types of gemstones embody different energy that can focus specifically and strengthen this healing force and create specific therapeutic effects. These powerful gemstones have been accepted as healing properties for many people around the world -- not just for athletes and celebrities (although supposedly actors Clint Eastwood, Uma Thurman and Angela Basset have all claimed to wear gemstone healing necklaces).

Did you know that certain gemstones are particularly beneficial for each zodiac sign? Our sister site Tarot.com even have a guide on which gem is appropriate for you, a friend or a loved one, based on not just the Sun signs, but Moon and Rising signs as well. Check out Helpful and Healing Gemstones by Horoscope Sign.

Now that you've read up on some popular holistic healing therapies, we'd like to ask you to share some other therapies you've personally practice or have experienced!

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