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JANUARY 2015


Using Complementary and Alternative Medicine


We hear a lot about healing arts like breath work and Reiki, but a lot of us have no idea what they are. Here’s an intro for an open- minded approach to taking control of your health


BY VICTORIA L. KIDD Many of us spent the last few weeks


of 2014 making the annual decisions that come with each year’s open season for health insurance benefi ts. It’s a time to proactively think about the needs for one’s self and family. As the year draws to a close, we often translate those thoughts into resolutions we “fully intend” to follow for the entirety of the upcoming year. Perhaps a better use of our time would be to examine the health services we currently use and to identify complementary practices and modalities that could improve our health and overall sense of well being for the long haul. These practices, sometimes


labeled as “alternative health practices” or as “complementary and alternative medicine,” have found a growing acceptance in a country where chronic health


problems


are on the rise. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 38 percent of Americans adhere to or advocate for some type of alternative medicine or complementary health practice. For many, these practices are employed alongside traditional medical therapies in what is certainly a unique marriage of old and new health philosophies—and some of the new ones are actually contemporary versions of traditional medicine. The umbrella of complementary


and alternative medicine includes between


150 and 200 different


practices (depending on what source one reviews). Some practices—such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, Reiki, herbalism, Pilates, and yoga (in its many


forms)—are relatively well


known. Others—such as Ayurveda, fl ower therapy, transcendental meditation, and sound therapy—are less common in the U.S. but have multitudes of followers worldwide. With acceptance of these practices growing steadily over the past 20


years, you can almost certainly fi nd a local advocate, master, or practitioner skilled in the particular area of interest to you. Many people considering adding complementary or alternative


practices to their


health and fi tness program will start with yoga.


Most of us think we know what yoga is. After all, yoga studios and individual yoga practitioners appear frequently in commercials, television shows, and inspirational posters. The word itself conjures images of fi t, young women standing in silhouette against a setting sun, their foot fl at against their knee as they balance on one leg. The reality of yoga is much more substantive than this single image implies. Lisha Simester is an internationally known yoga master, author, counselor, and expert in matters related to the mind/body relationship. (More information about her classes— offered at studios in Shepherdstown, Charles Town and Winchester—can be found at www.jalayogafl ow.com.) She explains, “In yoga, the goal is to balance the mind and body through a series of physical, breathing, and relaxation exercises.” Simester says yoga is an excellent means of reducing stress, controlling weight gain, and increasing one’s overall sense of good health. “The very quality of the postures


and breathing fl ow encourages the centering of mental concentration within,” she relays. “We learn to get more in touch with what is going on within our body and our mind. We learn to listen, to be more aware of our inner being—so often forgotten in the midst of external demands—and to fi nd a deeper state of peace.” Kate Thuss, a certifi ed and


registered Integral Hatha Yoga Teacher and a certifi ed Reiki Master, agrees that yoga is a terrifi c way to


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