There are multiple different alternative therapy modalities, each of which comes from different traditions, ranging from spiritual, to psychological, to physical. Occupational Therapist Melody Lynden offers the following approaches:
According to the Wellness Institute, Polarity Therapy is a powerful holistic healing system combining some of the world’s most ancient medical wisdom with the most modern advances in health care. Current research demonstrates that electromagnetic forces are the foundation of life, documenting what the ancients said about life energy, chi, or prana. This life energy weaves the fabric of our beings, creating the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions in life. Disease, pain and stress are the results of underlying energy imbalances. Polarity Therapy improves the flow of energy in our bodies, bringing greater balance to the whole system.
Polarity Therapy bodywork is energy-based, similar to acupressure, reiki, Healing Touch, and Therapeutic Touch, yet it is more det ailed than these other approaches. The details of Polarity Therapy create greater precision in the therapeutic process, which allows energy-based healing to be very specific. This non-invasive bodywork balances the body’s energy fields and currents. Balancing the life energy encourages healing the body’s tissues, organs, and systems, while integrating the emotions, mind, and spirit. Polarity Therapy acknowledges the healing power of Love as the real depth of the healing process.
Polarity Therapy focuses on the intersection of energy systems and physiology, chakras, craniosacral therapy, nervous system balancing, breathing, metabolism and detoxification, cleansing protocols, and draws from naturopathic and osteopathic principles. It also includes therapeutic exercise and nutritional programs.
Manual therapy is a physical treatment used by bodyworkers to treat musculoskeletal pain and injury, and includes the massage, manipulation and mobilization of muscles and joints. It is commonly used in physiotherapy and occupational therapy to support rehabilitation and functioning.