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Some choose to emphasize the bodywork aspect of the profession while others choose to act more as counselors, teachers, mediums. Omar Botha uses all the above therapies as well as his intuition, does psychic surgery, mediation and channel healing energy to heal people.

 

Homeopathy is a method of treating disease by administering drugs in small doses that actually have symptoms of the disease. There are different types of homeopathy, but all homeopathic remedies are made from naturally occurring plant, animal or mineral substances.

 

Naturopathic medicine involves holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention by focusing on maintaining wellness.

 

Acupuncture is a procedure adapted from Chinese medical practice that treats illness and provides anesthesia by the insertion of needles at specific points in the body.

What is kinesiology?
In the purest form, kinesiology is the study of muscles and movement. When used in a clinical setting, it becomes an evaluation and treatment tool for restoring overall health balance to the body. Its beginnings originated in the 1960s as a clinical science from work performed by Dr. George Goodheart. Over time, many branches have developed with different specialties. To date, there are around 80 different types of kinesiology. Many colleges offer kinesiology degrees that are more focused on sports physiology. This is different than the clinical use of kinesiology.

Some refer to the use of kinesiology in the clinical setting as "muscle testing". Others refer to these techniques as specialized kinesiology. At a basic level, it is the art and science of using neuromuscular feedback from the body to achieve optimal health.

What is Life Coaching?
According to the International Coach Federation, coaching is an on-going partnership that helps clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life. Beginning with the clients' desires, coaching uses reporting, exploring, and a consistent commitment to move the client forward. Coaching accelerates the clients' progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice. Coaching concentrates on where clients are today and what they are willing to do to get where they want to be tomorrow.

Areas of focus could include the following:

  • Confidence and self esteem
  • Career
  • Relationships
  • Communication skills
  • Losing weight/health
  • Dreams and achievements
  • Money/Finance
  • Getting what you want in life

What is osteopathic medicine?
Osteopathic medicine began as a holistic system of health care based on the ideas of Andrew Taylor Still, MD. This system emphasizes prevention of illness and the maintenance of good health. Therapeutic techniques, such as manipulation, address the relationship of the body's structure and function. Patients may also be counseled on exercise and diet. Osteopathic doctors (DOs) can also prescribe drugs or practice surgery.

 

What is reflexology?

Reflexology is a system of applying pressure to certain points on the hands and feet (and occasionally the ears).

Based on the same theories of traditional Chinese medicine as acupressure, specific points on the feet and hands are regarded as corresponding to organs and tissues in the body. Stimulating these points has a beneficial effect on the area of the body connected with the specific reflex.

What is Shiatsu?
A Japanese bodywork technique, Shiatsu uses pressure to stimulate points on acupuncture meridians. Practice of shiatsu is usually accompanied by study of Chinese five-element theory and meridians, and it involves a way of looking at the body that is completely different from the "muscles, bones and blood" view of Western science, focusing instead on the flow of life energy through meridians.

How is Shiatsu practiced?
The practitioner uses thumbs, palms and fingers to apply pressure to specific points. The touch is generally more forceful than massage. Rather than use a massage table, shiatsu practitioners may have the patient rest on a pad on the floor. This allows practitioners to use their own body to brace the patient during certain stretches.

What is sound healing ?
Sound healing uses toning, chanting, or vibrations from the voice or instruments to stimulate the body's own ability to heal itself. Sound healing and music boost are known to boost the immune system, regulate respiration, lower blood pressure, alleviate pain, reduce stress, and promote endurance. Practitioners work with the belief that each cell in the body is a sound resonator and has its own pulse, pattern and cycle. Recently new sound therapies have been developed based upon the theories of acupuncture, where sound is used to stimulate certain points on the body.

How is sound healing practiced?
Sound or music therapy has been used by health professionals in private practice, hospitals, schools, nurseries, birthing centers, hospices, and psychotherapeutic settings. The type of sound and technique varies by training and the practitioner's professional background.

What is prenatal massage?
Prenatal massage is a massage given during pregnancy as the body of a mother-to-be goes through some dramatic changes in preparation for childbirth. As a result, prenatal massage is becoming increasingly popular among expectant mother's as a way to use massage techniques and therapeutic bodywork to focus on the special needs of mother-to-be. This type of massage is also known as pregnancy massage.

There are a number of ways pregnancy massage can be performed such as having an expectant woman lie on her side for the massage. Also, there are specially designed pillows which allow expectant moms to be flat on their stomachs for a back massage.

What are the benefits of prenatal massage?

  • Prenatal massage helps to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms, legs and feet and relieves aches and pains in muscles and joints by increasing the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the body.
  • Prenatal massage helps to offer much needed relief from headaches, cramps, chronic back, neck, pelvis and joint pain that often goes hand-in-hand with a pregnancy, especially in later trimesters. Massage offers a natural, alternative choice for pain relief because taking medications are often limited during a pregnancy for the sake of the unborn child.
  • Massage therapy can help to minimize anxiety and depression during a pregnancy and is extremely beneficial in helping to reduce the effects of post-partum depression.
  • In later trimesters, when the unborn child is becoming more active, massage and tranquil music help the baby to relax as well and give the expectant mother a break from the constant kicking and moving around in the womb.
  • Prenatal massage enhances the pliability of skin and underlying tissues which continues to uncomfortably stretch during a pregnancy. Applying Coca butter can be soothing and help reduce stretch marks after birth.
  • In many cases, having massage during a pregnancy can improve the outcome of natural childbirth and eases labor pain.
  • In addition to the psychical benefits, prenatal massage provides expecting women with the emotional support and nurturing touch provided by non-sexual human touch and energy.

A study conducted by Dr. Tiffany Field at the University of Miami School of Medicine showed that prenatal massage actually reduces stress hormones in the body. According to the study, "touch is vital to the mother's physical and emotional well-being as she adapts to her new body image. Regardless of individual circumstances, a pregnant woman's body is challenged, changed and stressed in many ways. Massage gives special attention to the mother-to-be, which in turn nurtures the new life that grows within her."

What is spiritual healing?
This form of healing, which is not to be confused with spiritualism, uses a holistic approach, helping a person to return to the harmony of body, mind and spirit. The channeling of energies by the healer re-energizes the patient to deal with illness or injury. Healing often helps with the speed and extent of recovery from serious illness and major surgery and from the effects of treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. It complements allopathic and alternative medicine.

Healers see the body, mind and spirit as one interdependent unit and believe all three must work in harmony to maintain positive health. Any problem, from a broken leg to depression needs the power of healing to restore the balance of the whole person. Some feel that sickness often starts in the mind, or at the deeper level of the spirit, and it is often here that healing begins.

How is spiritual healing practiced?
The channel is usually a person, whom we call a healer, and the healing energy is usually transferred to the client through the healer's hands. The healing does not come from the healer, but through him/her. When a healer lays his hand the client he/she acts as a conductor or channel for the healing energy which he/she believes has the "intelligence" to go where it is needed.

Within Spiritual Healing there are specific healing techniques for each level of the human energy field. For a spiritual healer, healing includes sensing, cleansing, balancing, repairing and charging the field. The healing energy moves through all levels of this field, those that correspond not only to the client's physical, emotional and mental nature, but to his/her spiritual nature and basic beliefs in reality.

What is sports massage?

Sports massage is one of the fastest growing forms of treatment for athletes for the prevention of injuries, enhancing performance and in rehabilitation. The sports massage applies a range of techniques which help to restore function to muscles and joints before, during and following sporting participation. This is also known as sports therapy or therapeutic massage.

  • Where can I find sports massage programs?

What are the different types of sports massage techniques?

  • Compression Massage
  • Cross-Fiber Massage
  • Deep Swedish Massage
  • Lymphatic Massage
  • Trigger Point/Tender Point Massage

What are the benefits of sports massages?
Regular massages for athletes have the following benefits:

  • Faster recovery from strenuous workouts
  • Increases blood circulation and lymph flow
  • Increases flexibility and long range motion
  • Reduces an elevated heart rate and blood pressure
  • Reduce reduces muscle spasm
  • Reduces the healing time from injuries
  • Reduces the strain from repetitive motions

How can sports massage aid sports performance and give an athlete edge?
All athletes look for an edge that can help them train more effectively, perform better or overcome injuries quickly. The limits of speed, endurance and strength are pushed every day and each year brings new world records. Even though athletes push harder and harder, there are still limits to the body's ability to go and go without breaking down. All this pushing requires a great deal of recovery in order for athletes to avoid injury and overuse trauma. Currently it is thought that sports massage can aid sports performance through a number of different ways.

  • Reduce the chance of injury, through proper stretching and event preparation, and through deep tissue massage
  • Improve range of motion and muscle flexibility, resulting in improved power and performance as well as shortened recovery time between workouts
  • Maximize the supply of nutrients and oxygen through increased blood flow
  • Enhance elimination of metabolic by-products of exercise

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