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Qigong

The word qi is often translated as “vital energy” and gong as “training” (Wu et al., 1999) or “discipline” (Chan et al., 2012). Considered a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), qigong is a system of techniques to influence or cultivate the flow of qi within the body in order to attain and/or maintain mental and physical health.

Polarity Therapy

Based in an energetic model, Polarity Therapy (PT) involves a holistic framework of healing that includes an attention to lifestyle choices (i.e. diet and exercise) as well as bodywork techniques administered by a practitioner (Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 2011). PT practitioners aim to release blockages of life energy and to restore balance and reinvigorate the flow of this energy within the human body, the process of which purports to bring about relaxation, healing and overall well-being (Roscoe, Matteson, et al. 2005).

Magnet Therapy

Magnet Therapy is an alternative medicine practice in which practitioners use static magnets on certain parts of the body to promote health and healing. The effects of energy forces and magnetism have been studied by many cultures dating back as early as the Roman and Greek Empires. In addition, within the Traditional Chinese Medicine model it is believed that qi, the energy innate in all living things, can be affected by magnet therapy.

Johrei

The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health (2012) defines Johrei (pronounced Jo-ray) as a form of energy therapy in which a practitioner’s channeling of spiritual energy raises the spiritual vibrations of patients, healing them of accumulated toxins in their physical bodies. Johrei can also be practiced as part of daily family routines for good health and well-being, with each individual taking turns as practitioner and recipient (Clarke, 2000).

Emotional Freedom Techniques

A brief exposure therapy with both a somatic and cognitive elements (Church et. al, 2013), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a psychotherapeutic tool used with the goal of relieving a variety of psychological conditions and/or somatic symptoms (Brattberg 2008). EFT treatment can be administered by a therapist and also taught to individuals for later self-administration (Salas et al., 2011).

BodyTalk™

BodyTalk™ is an integrative mind/body energy therapy that draws from ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture, yoga and meditation, as well as neuroscience, epigenetics, psychoneuroimmunology (BodyTalk, n.d.) and neurolinguistic programming (Bandler & Grinder, 1982). There are over two thousand BodyTalk™ practitioners (Ventegodt, Veltheim, & Merrick, 2011).

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