In many medical practices around the world, there are various names for our own energetic rhythms in our bodies such as qi, vis, or prana. Whatever, one chooses to call it, this invisible but palpable component that enables us to heal ourselves. In the case illness, this natural internal rhythm or force can become diminished or excessive overtaking the body’s natural processes, not allowing it to function in its normal capacity. Various techniques have been developed all over the world to help individuals support this energy to restore it to its ideal, healthy level.
Throughout centuries, sound therapy has been used as a healing modality. Historical artifacts and texts indicate how the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Chinese regularly employed the use of musical instruments to help ailing individuals regain strength and eventually restore health. In Tibet singing bowels have been used deep relaxation, meditation and enlightenment. Similarly, many Native American heritages considered the drum to be a reflection of mother earth’s heartbeat and therefore possessed healing and spiritual qualities. In the case of behavioral health, sound immersion therapy can offer a multi-sensory approach incorporating auditory, visual, proprioceptive, vestibular and tactile experiences. Additionally sound therapy has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress and promote overall wellness. It is thought that because it is a multi-sensory experience, the entire brain processes the experience and can therapeutically react on multiple physiological levels including reducing heart rate and even decreasing pain by 55%.
Cultivating one’s own vital energy is important to one’s healing. In other words, for the body to truly heal itself, healing must occur on the inside and outside of the body. Qi Gong is a way one can learn breathing and movement techniques with focused intention to empower one’s vital healing energy. Qi Gong will not only offer a means to improve stamina, but also enhance the physiological functionality of the body. Many are able to reduce stress and anxiety and improve concentration. This technique is quite valuable for individuals with behavior health concerns. It teaches individuals to calm their minds, focus on cultivating their own energy for healing and connecting their bodies with their spirits.
Floral essences serve as another valuable form of energetic medicine for individuals with behavioral health. In the late nineteenth century, British physician Edward Bach argued that illness develops within the body due to disharmony between mind and body. That is, negative emotional states can present themselves in a variety of physiological manifestations. Bach did not posses the perception is that conditions of the mind are negative and a person’s fault — a culturally constructed ideology regularly promoted within medicine. Rather he discovered how specific floral remedies could be used to treat with 38 different emotional states, significantly improving the emotional well-being and ultimately the physiological well-being of individuals.
Developed by Dr. Reimar Banis, psychosomatic energetics is based on the idea that both physiological and psychological concerns are intertwined. Various subconscious conflicts play a central role in the manifestation of health conditions, particularly behavioral health concerns. These conflicts often arise from a variety of psychological traumas and then repressed by the mind in order for the individuals to move forward emotionally. However, despite repressing these conflicts, individuals are still energetically affected by these issues, ultimately manifesting in a variety of health concerns. By finding the source of a person’s emotional blockage, remedies can be provided to help individuals dissolve their conflicts. In many cases, this elimination of conflicts affecting our subconscious can often result in an elimination of health concerns.
Meditation is another tool that can help behavior health concerns. Meditation is a practice which can help one to transform their mind. That is it is a way of teaching the mind to engage in the present moment, recognize harmful thoughts such as anxieties, fears, hatred or sorrows, and dispel of them. Once the person has learned how to cast off his or her ill feelings, one can use meditation to learn new behavior patterns in the brain, ultimately teaching the brain a new way to approach inciting stimuli. Research has shown that with regular practice, this technique has had a transformative effect on behavior as new learned patterns of response replace the original problematic actions.
Behavioral health conditions can also be treated via Biofeedback —a tool that one can employ to create self awareness of his or her physiological processes (even ones that are not within one’s normal consciousness). By doing so, individuals may achieve a balanced physiological and emotional state. This tool can be used to re-train our bodies, effecting our breathing, temperature, pain, muscle tension, stress and many other unbalanced states in a non-invasive manner. Biofeedback can promote self awareness in individuals (whether it physiological or emotional), enabling individuals to revisit past traumas that they might not want to approach on their own or outside such a setting. By re-approaching/ re-examining such past and current experiences, individuals can learn to control their emotions attain self-awareness.