Mind-Body therapies involve a variety of techniques designed to enhance the mind's capacity to affect bodily functions and elicit the relaxation response. There is now compelling proof that the mind can heal the body. Using mind-body practices such as mindfulness meditation, yoga, deep breathing and visualization, these techniques have been shown to slow down the heart rate; blood pressure falls, digestion eases and immunity strengthens. Other mind-body techniques include art therapy, biofeedback, dance therapy, humor therapy, hypnotherapy, music therapy and prayer therapy.
Mind-Body integration techniques stress self-awareness and movement over physical manipulations by a practitioner.
Biofeedback is a form of alternative medicine that involves measuring a subject's quantifiable bodily functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, skin temperature, sweat gland activity, and muscle tension, conveying the information to the patient in real-time. This raises the patient's awareness and conscious control of their unconscious physiological activities.
By providing the user access to physiological information about which he or she is generally unaware, biofeedback allows users to gain control of physical processes previously considered an automatic response of the autonomous nervous system. Interest in biofeedback has waxed and waned since its inception in the 1960s; it is, however, undergoing something of a renaissance during the early 21st century, which some experts attribute to the general rise in interest about all alternative medicine modalities. Neurofeedback, a type of biofeedback treatment, has also become a popular treatment for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Electromyogram biofeedback, used for muscle tension, has been widely studied and is currently accepted as a treatment for incontinence disorders, and small biofeedback machines are becoming available for a variety of uses in the home. The role of biofeedback in controlling hypertension is also becoming recognized.
The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, or AAPB is the non-profit scientific and professional society for biofeedback, much akin to the American Psychological Association.
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Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a form of counseling intervention that draws on various theories of alternative medicine including acupuncture, neuro-linguistic programming, energy medicine, and Thought Field Therapy. It is best known through Gary Craig's EFT Handbook, published in the late 1990s, and related books and workshops by a variety of teachers. During a typical EFT session, the person will focus on a specific issue while tapping on "end points of the body's energy meridians". Practitioners claim that they can use the technique to treat a wide variety of physical and psychological disorders, and that it may also be used as a simple form of self administered therapy.
The available evidence from studies done on EFT have shown that while there may be small effects from use of this technique, they are likely due to well recognized conventional psychological techniques often used with the tapping, rather than the purported "energy" mechanisms. This technique is generally characterized as pseudoscience and has not garnered significant support in clinical psychology.
- Tibetan Rejuvenation Rites
Yoga, derived from the Sanskrit word meaning "union," is a philosophy that connects the body, breath, and mind to energize and balance the whole person. This mind-body therapy involves physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation to improve overall well-being.
There are many different kinds of yoga, so it is important to find out which style of yoga is right for you.
Some of the most popular varieties include: Bikram Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Iyegar Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Jivamukti Yoga