At a time when people increasingly turn to holistic methods of healing, music therapy has developed into a powerful and nonthreatening medium that can be used successfully with individuals of all ages and disabilities. Music has been used in healing practices throughout history, with many examples of the healing powers of music in the historical records of different cultures.
Music therapy is an established health profession that has demonstrated effectiveness in addressing the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.… Read more »
Did Descartes have it backwards? We often envision our brains as “computers” that tell our bodies what to do and we assume that our moods are determined by how our brains process what we experience. Happiness, then, should come from thinking happy thoughts. But research is showing that is not necessarily true. Instead, our bodies (and what we do with them) can profoundly influence our mood. For example, a brisk five-minute walk can do more to our improve moods than just thinking positive thoughts.… Read more »
One of the most profound healing techniques is free – and right under your nose! According to Andrew Weil, MD, one of the leaders in integrative medicine, learning how to breathe correctly is probably the most important practice you can use to support good health.
Breath control can provide many health benefits. It can:
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- Lower blood pressure;
- Reduce or eliminate heart arrhythmias;
- Relieve chronic indigestion;
- Increase blood circulation throughout your body;
- Improve immune function;
- Decrease anxiety;
- Improve sleep;
- Improve energy; and
- Improve your sense of well-being.
Workers in the United States tend to log more and longer hours, and continue working much later in life, than most people in industrialized nations. Combine this with some of the shortest vacation time in the world, and these workers often suffer from burnout, a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress that leads to a progressive spiral of diminished health. This can become a chronic condition, leaving those who suffer from it feeling fatigued, hopeless, resentful, and more prone to obesity, insomnia, anxiety, and workplace errors.… Read more »
Creativity heals the physical body while stimulating, calming, and transporting the mind to a sublime place where holistic healing can occur.
The process of making or listening to music is a wonderfully creative experience that heightens awareness and brings us joy and an undeniable connection to our spirit. Music and sound healing also help bridge differences and connect people of different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences through shared experiences, and thus healing communities through creative expression. Music and sound healing can help:
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- heal emotional injuries,
- develop a capacity for self-reflection,
- reduce symptoms of disease, and
- alter behaviors and thinking patterns.
Do you find yourself saying, “I’m too busy and stressed to fit exercise into my daily routine”? You’re not alone. Seven out of ten adults say they experience stress every day—it’s an inevitable part of life and impossible to eliminate, but you can learn to manage it. Physical activity is one of the best antidotes for stress, so get moving. What are you waiting for?!
Engaging in physical activity can help you feel more relaxed, become healthier, and enjoy life more.… Read more »
Are you overwhelmed by workplace stress? You are not alone. For most us, the workplace is ever changing and a major source of daily stress. Economic upheavals, downsizing, layoff worries, mergers, and bankruptcies have cost hundreds of thousands of workers their jobs while millions more wonder how long they will be employed. The economic and personal health effects of workplace stress are at epidemic levels, making it one of the most important health challenges of the 21st century.
The nature of work today is changing at whirlwind speed.… Read more »
Art and health have been central to the human experience from the beginning of recorded history. Visual art can be traced back to the Paleolithic era’s cave paintings, and it continues to be an integral part of people’s lives. Long recognized for its power to bridge differences and bring together people of different cultures, backgrounds, and experience, art connects individuals and communities. Thus healing communities and individuals can be connected through creative expression, too.
As an expressive language, art offers a nonthreatening form of communication over which the individual has control.… Read more »
What’s the secret to living to 100? How long are you likely to live? Living to be 100 was once a rare event, but that is changing. Today, centenarians are the fastest growing segment of our population, and science is slowly unraveling their secrets.
Health officials predict that by 2050, more than 800,000 Americans will be living into their second century of life. These new centenarians are not frail, ailing, or housebound. Most are mentally alert, relatively free of disabilities, and active members of society.… Read more »
Yoga is becoming increasingly popular as a way to relieve stress, live in harmony with nature, and enhance the well-being of mind and body. One reason for its growing popularity is that so many people live pressure-filled, fast-paced lives. As stress and pressure affect their mental and physical beings, and as they come to accept the connection between mind and body, more people are seeking holistic approaches to manage their stress.
Believed to have originated in India, yoga is considered an ancient form of active meditation in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions.… Read more »