Health and Wellness Glossary 2011
Functional medicine: A personalized medicine that focuses on primary prevention and deals with underlying causes, instead of symptoms, for seri- ous chronic diseases. Treatments are grounded in nutrition and improved lifestyle habits and may make use of medications. The discipline uses a ho- listic approach to analyze and treat interdependent systems of the body and to create the dynamic bal- ance integral to good health.
Guided imagery and creative visualization:
Uses positive thoughts, images and symbols to focus the mind on the workings of the body to accomplish a particular goal, desired outcome or physiological change, such as pain relief or heal- ing of disease. This fl ow of thought can take many forms and involve, through the imagination, all the physical senses. Imagination is an important ele- ment of the visualization process; it helps create a mental picture of what is desired in order to trans- form life circumstances.
Healing touch: A non-invasive, relaxing and nur- turing energy therapy that helps to restore physi- cal, emotional, mental and spiritual balance and support self-healing. A gentle touch is used on or near the fully-clothed client to infl uence the body’s inner energy centers and exterior energy fi elds. Healing touch is used to ease acute and chronic conditions, assist with pain management, encour- age deep relaxation and accelerate wound healing.
Herbal medicine: This oldest form of medicine uses natural plants in a wide variety of forms for their therapeutic value. Herbs produce and con- tain various chemical substances that act upon the body to strengthen its natural functions without the negative side effects of synthetic drugs. They may be taken internally or applied externally via teas, tinctures, extracts, oils, ointments, compresses and poultices.
Holotropic breathwork: A self-exploration tech- nique that combines breathing, evocative music and a specifi c form of bodywork to integrate one’s physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions. At workshops run by facilitators, participants try to access the four “levels” of experience that are available during breathing: sensory, biographical, perinatal and transpersonal. By accessing buried memories, individuals can relive their birth experi- ence or traumatic life events, free up ‘stuck’ emo- tional viewpoints or experience a mystical state of awareness, such as connecting with the Universe.
Homeopathy: A therapy that uses small doses of specially prepared plants and minerals to stimulate the body’s defense mechanisms and healing pro- cesses in order to cure illness. Homeopathy, taken from the Greek words homeos, meaning “similar,” and pathos, meaning “suffering,” employs the con- cept that “like cures like.”
Hydrotherapy: The use of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full-body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used at home as part of a self-care program.
Hypnotherapy: A range of hypnosis techniques that allow practitioners to bypass the conscious mind and access the subconscious. The altered state that occurs under hypnosis has been com- pared to a state of deep meditation or transcen- dence, in which the innate recuperative abilities of the psyche are allowed to fl ow more freely. The subject can achieve greater clarity regarding his or her own wants and needs, explore other events or periods of life that require resolution, or gener- ally develop a more positive attitude. Often used to help people lose weight or stop smoking, it is also used in the treatment of phobias, stress and as an adjunct to the treatment of illnesses.
Integrative medicine: This holistic approach
combines conventional Western medicine with complementary alternative treatments, in order to simultaneously treat mind, body and spirit. Geared to the promotion of health and the prevention of illness,
it neither rejects conventional medicine
nor accepts alternative therapies, without serious evaluation.
Maia C. Rizzi, CCHt Nationally Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
a hypnotist by the National Guild of Hypnotists, she went on to receive her Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (A.C.H.E.). She received her clinical training at the Florida Institute of Hypnotherapy, currently the only school licensed by the Florida Department of Education, certified by the American Council Of Hypnotist Examiners and approved of by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. Mind/body science is emerging as a transformative agent in modern medi-
cine. Within this evolution, research is increasingly focusing on “mind” or con- sciousness itself and demonstrating that we use only about 20% of its capacity. We are capable of so much more! Hypnosis rides the crest of this conscious- ness research wave due to its ability to access the deepest layers of the mind, its connection to the body, and our power to heal. Hypnosis not only addresses the mind/body connection, but also allows
us to move through the conscious mind into the subconscious, where we store emotional memories, negative beliefs, habit patterns and perceptions. Once accessed, these beliefs can be altered. If our present belief system does not al- low living with a positive future expectancy in mind, body, and spirit, through hypnotherapy this can be changed.
Maia C. Rizzi, CCHt
Nationally Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Certification # 310-197 850-291-8041
Offering: Traditional Hypnotherapy Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Free consultations
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aia Rizzi is the founder of Breakthrough Hypnotherapy Inc., with a private practice in the East Hill area of Pensacola, Florida. Certified as
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