GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Similar to acupuncture without needles, Acutouch
therapy opens up with a new middle ground
between the timeless ancient philosophy of Qui
and modern technology. With the correct use of
Acutouch, the benefits are exceptional. It can
be used in conjunction with other therapies.
Acutouch can restore your body's ability to heal
itself, which is a remedy on its own.
A technique originating in China that involves
the stimulation of pressure points by pressing
on them with fingers, elbows, palms, etc., for
pain relief and healing. It works on the same
theory as acupuncture but is less invasive.
A centuries-old technique that originated in
China. Hair-thin needles are inserted into
pressure points for pain relief and healing. The
theory goes that b stimulation pressure points,
acupuncture releases blocked area and equalizes
life-force energy, allowing the body to solve
its own pain and heal itself.
The conventional, mainstream Western approach to
health care, based on treating symptoms and
isolating a specific disorder rather that
treating the whole person.
A variety of therapeutic or preventive health
care practices, such as homeopathy, naturopathy,
chiropractic, and herbal medicine, that do not
follow generally accepted medical methods and
may not have a scientific explanation for their
A form of Asian bodywork therapy. According to
author Carl Dubitsky, amma is the progenitor of
all hand-healing therapies that assess and treat
the energetic system.
The therapeutic use of essential oils, either
applied to the skin or inhaled, for healing and
mood alteration. Essential oils are aromatic
oils distilled form plant sources such as
flowers, leaves, and bark. Pure essential oils
are produced by steam distillation.
The postures or exercises of yoga, designed to
help the yogi master control of the body.
The colored halo-like visual result of the
vibrations that surround every material object,
including people, plants, animals, trees, and
inanimate objects. Aura is the energy field that
envelops all matter; animate and inanimate. All
matter - animate or inanimate structurally
comprises of atoms. Atoms have energy
vibrations. In other words, any structure, which
has atoms, will most certainly have aura. Why?
It is simple. Each and every atom has electrons
and protons, which move continuously. The
electrons and protons generate electro magnetic
vibrations always. The atoms of animate matter
are extremely active and more vibrant than the
atoms found in inanimate matter. The aura
emanating from a large piece of iron chunk may
not be visible, as the energy field is not that
vibrant. But, the energy fields of human beings,
flora and fauna are detected easily as they are
very active and the resultant aura is seen
clearly. The Aura contains layers of energy
fields. The energy fields of aura and the "chi",
the bio-energy, and the universal life force of
the 'chakra' system are all the same. In the
Chakra system, the universal life force is
passed on from the hand to the chakras.
From the Sanskrit roots ayus meaning "life" and
veda meaning "knowledge" or "science," Ayurveda
is an ancient system of health with the purpose
of maximizing human potential and defying
sickness and aging through specific healing
techniques including the prescription of certain
foods, herbs, exercises, massages, and
A technique through which a person learns to
control various internal processes, such as
brain waves or blood pressure, by seeing them
displayed on a monitor.
In Hinduism and its spiritual systems of yoga
and in some related eastern cultures, as well as
in some segments of the New Age movement, a
Chakra is thought to be an energy node in the
The science, art and craft of Cheirology is a
synthesis of the ancient esoteric Chinese
Buddhist hand analysis system and the best of
traditional western Palmistry, expressed within
the psychological idiom of our age, providing
both a dialogue and a touch therapy.
(also chi or Qi ) The Chinese word for
Also called traditional Chinese medicine or TCM,
Chinese medicine is a complex subject with many
aspects including the balance of forces within
the body. The branches of Chinese medicine are
meditation, astrology and geomancy. Martial
arts, diet, massage, acupuncture, moxiibustion
(burning herb on the surface of the skin to
stimulate healing), and herbal medicine.
A meditative technique in which the meditator
imagines that the conditions or things he or she
desires are already manifest, helping to bring
those conditions into being.
The Sanskrit word for "meditation," referring to
the process of quieting the mind to free it from
preconceptions, illusions, and attachments.
An essential oil is a concentrated, hydrophobic
liquid liquid containing volatile aromatic
compounds extracted from plants. It may be
produced by distillation, expression or solvent
extraction. Essential oils are used in
perfumery, aromatherapy, cosmetics, incense,
medicine, household cleaning products, and for
flavoring food and drink. They are valuable
commodities in the fragrance and food
industries. Essential oil is also known as
volatile oil and Ethereal oil. It may also be
referred to as "oil of" the raw plant material
from which it was extracted, such as oil of
The ancient Chinese art of placement. It
involves arranging interior spaces and placing
houses and buildings within a landscape to best
facilitate the flow of energy and ensure health,
prosperity, wisdom, and other positive qualities
to the inhabitants.
A return to true traditional healing methods
origination in different countries at a local
level including the use of herbs and foods in
various forms as medicine.
The treatment of disease with herbs.
Sometimes called alternative medicine or natural
medicine, this type of health care involves a
whole min-body approach to health emphasizing
preventive medicine and often effective at
relieving chronic conditions like recurrent
colds, headaches, arthritis, and even cancer.
A psychospiritual bodywork technique developed
by Stanislav Grof, M.D., and his wife,
Christina, in 1976. it combines rapid breathing
with loud music, meat to invoke an alternate
state of consciousness that loosens
psychological barriers and frees repressed
memories and emotions.
A subtle medical therapy based on the idea that
"like cures like"- remedies that would cause
certain symptoms are given to cure those
symptoms. The British Homeopathic Library
has a database of over 25,000 article and book
references on homeopathy, free to search.
Jin Shin Jyutsu
Practiced at the Academy of Natural Healing by
Isabelle Hutton, this gentle, noninvasive
ancient Healing Art encourages harmonizing life
energy within the body. Jin Shin Jyutsu
outwardly appears to have much in common with
acupressure. It makes contact with specific
points on the body, with an intention of
harmonizing life energy within the body, mind,
emotions, and spirit.
A mystical form of yoga centered around
awakening and employing kundalini
energy.Kundalini Literally meaning "she who is
coiled," kundalini refers to an energy force in
the body that lies inactive at the base of the
spine but can be awakened. Often compared to a
sleeping snake, when awakened it is said to
ravel up through the chakras to the crown of the
head where it can effect spiritual changes such
as enlightenment, and even, according to some,
physical changes in the body, such as the
ability to control previously involuntary bodily
function. It is the energy of
Its original meaning is somewhat different,
referring to one's expertise in any skill, not
necessarily martial. Many consider wushu
"martial art" a better term for Chinese martial
arts, as it translates directly into martial
art. There are various philosophies around the
term kung fu, suggesting a deeper meaning. The
following is an example of such a philosophy:For
a process to truly be kung fu, the following
three elements must be present:Motivation,
Energy that animates the body and the universe,
and which, when unblocked and properly directed,
can help the body to heal itself. Also called
chi, chI, Qi, ki, prana, pneuma, and rlun.
From the root man meaning "to think" and trai
meaning "to protect or free from the bondage of
the phenomenal world." It is a sacred sound or
combination of sounds chanted during meditation
that resonated in the body and is meant to evoke
cenain energies. Sakti The dynamic creation
energy released in the yogi through repetition
of the mantra.
From the Indian Sanskrit word medha, which can
be translated as "doing the wisdom" and from the
Latin root meditari, which means to muse or
ponder, meditation can refer to many different
techniques meant to tone and/or relax the mind.
BBC News: Meditation - Presenting results of a
small-scale study about the biological effect of
meditation on the brain and immune system.
The whole self. The term carries with it the
connotation that mind and body are inextricably
linked, and what affects, benefits, changes, or
hurts one does the same for the other.
A form of meditation that was originally
developed in the Buddhist traditions of Asia but
is practiced today by many, from meditators in
monasteries to physicians in stress-reduction
clinics. Mindfulness can be defined as awareness
of each moment as it occurs and a purposeful
Internal channels or pathways prana uses to flow
through the body and through the chakras.
An established healthcare profession that uses
music to address physical, emotional, cognitive,
and social needs of individuals of all ages.
Music therapy improves the quality of life for
persons who are well and meets the needs of
children and adults with disabilities or
Sometimes spelled aum, this Sanskrit word is the
sound of the vibration of the universe according
to yogic thought, and it is said that the entire
world is manifested from this one sound. It is
often used in meditation to help center and
clear the mind so the mind-body can become more
Ozone therapy is a form of alternative medicine.
Ozone can be introduced to the body in many
ways, including through water absorption,
injection, transdermal application, insufflation
(leaking the gas into the body). The gas is
generally used at very carefully controlled
The practice of breathing exercises designed to
help master control of the breath and to infuse
the body with prana.
The practice of withdrawing the senses and
focusing inward. This true healing meditation
(working on one's self) if practiced properly,
can rid deeply rooted emotional scars. Through
practice one ultimately becomes more and more
optimistic about life in general no matter what
theri situation. Anger, pessimism, in turn,
becomes a rare emotion.
Points along the energy channels in the body
where energy tends to pool or get blocked.
Pressing, massaging, or otherwise manipulating
these points can help to rejuvenate energy flows
through the body, facilitating the bodys ability
to balance and heal itself.
Also called chi kung, QiGong means "energy
skill" and is sometimes translated as
"empowerment." It is a 5,000 year-old system of
health and life-force energy maintenance and
also a healing art. It is the forerunner of Tai
Chi and the other martial arts systems from
China. QiGong typically exists in three forms:
martial, medical, and spiritual.
A type of bodywork that emphasizes the
manipulation of life-force energy through the
chakras. The Reiki practitioner places his or
her hands on the receiver over the chakras,
working along the front and the back of the
Or, zone therapy is the practice of stimulating
points on the feet, hands, or ears (termed
reflex zones), in the hopes that it will have a
beneficial effect on some other parts of the
body, or will improve general health. The most
common form is foot reflexology. The foot
reflexologist applies pressure to points on a
person's foot. The foot is believed by
practicipants to be divided into a number of
reflex zones corresponding to all parts of the
A massage technique originating in Japan.
Shiatsu follows similar principles to western
massage using the principles of anatomy and
physiology. The thumbs, palms, and fingers (no
knees or elbows are used in the foundation form
of shiatsu therapy) are used to apply pressure
to designated areas of the body.
Meaning "way of fist," Tai Chi is a martial arts
system and fitness method developed from QiGong.
Today, Tai Chi has evolved from its martial arts
origins into a practice of movement meditation
for peaceful purposes.
Both a religion and a philosophy in China which
advocates following the Tao, or the way of
nature (although the work Tao is translated in
many different ways, including "Way of the
Cosmos," "Way of Heaven," "Way," "One," or
"Path"). Simplicity, unity of all things, and
becoming one with the Tao are all concepts of
Therapeutic Touch (TT)
A controversial technique in which patients are
treated by practitioners who never touch them.
In TT, the practitioners hands usually stay
about four to six inches above the skin of the
receiver, touching and manipulating the energy
field, though not the body itself.
Also called TM, Transcendental Meditation is a
mantrabased form of meditation introduced to the
West by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Today, TM is
the most studied form of meditation. Over 4,000
pages in over 100 scientific journals have
appeared describing scientific studies on the
effects of TM.
From the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning "to yoke or
join together," yoga is a 5,000 year-old method
of mind-body health with the goal of
enlightenment. It has many "paths" or methods,
including Karma Yoga which emphasizes action and
service to others; Bhakti Yoga, which emphasizes
love of God; Jnana Yoga, which emphasizes
intellectual striving; and Raja Yoga, sometimes
called the "King of Yogas," which emphasizes
techniques for controlling both mind and body.
These techniques include exercises, breathing
and relaxation techniques, and meditation.