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How Alternative Therapy Can Help Ease Daily Stress

01/25/2016 01:09 EST | Updated 01/25/2017 05:12 EST
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I am always looking for new ways to feel great and to ease daily tension. Who doesn't want to live life with ease and grace?

Recently, I was fortunate enough to speak with Cassandra Varteresian D.O.M.P (CEO-Qc) / R.M.T, Manual Osteopathic Practitioner and Registered Massage Therapist at In Sync Natural Health.

Cassandra shared her knowledge on how to ease every day stress with Osteopathy.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a holistic form of manual therapy defined as an art and a science that works primarily through the physical structure of the body facilitating innate self -- regulation and healing. It works to relieve pain, improve mobility and restore health in all systems.

Imbalances may be the result of injuries, illness, stress, and/or habitual holding patterns at work, rest or exercise. Osteopaths have finite palpatory sense to feel areas of holding or restrictions within each system such as skeletal, cranial, muscular, fluidic, fascial, nervous, and visceral to be able to release the tensions holding them.

It differs from other forms of manual therapies such as chiropractic, physiotherapy and massage therapy by its comprehensive assessment and treatment as well as its philosophy.

Who can it help?

Almost anybody as it aims to restore optimal function and alignment to promote well-being and functional symbiotic interrelationships between all structures of the body.

What does it do?

Even though two people may have the same symptoms they both have two distinct and different mechanisms of injury. Osteopaths acknowledge this and respect is given to each tissue structure on how it would like to be released. This respect is what is termed, "dialogue with the tissues." An osteopath palpates, gently places their hands on the body, and feels how the tissue responds to their touch. If an area is holding and is not ready to be released the tissue will tense up.

Conversely, if it is ready to be released it becomes more relaxed and allows a deeper sense of touch. Every structure in the body has its most optimal position, most functional surrounding space to be mobile, pathways to receive nutrition and eliminate its wastes. If any one of these elements is missing, dysfunction and disease can ensue. By dialoguing with the tissues Osteopaths can determine if any one of these elements is compromised and release the tension that is present.

What else should someone new to Osteopathy know?

In our society today we take better care of our inanimate objects such as our automobiles. We know if we don't take them in for an oil change every three months we're going to have problems later on that would cost a lot on repairs.

We take our bodies for granted until they give us pain or don't move the way we would like. Osteopathy can be an effective proactive and preventive form of healthcare. Regular treatments could enhance your state of health and well-being by ensuring optimal alignment and functional interrelationships between all your bodies structures. So in the event you do have unfortunate accident or medical emergency your body with be in better state to heal more effectively.

Another alternative option to help deal with stress are Iyashi treatments.

Tad Okawara is a Healtriment Therapy Founder and Alternative Japanese Energy Healer at Iyashi Healing Space.

Tad shared more about the unique energy treatments he provides:

Healtriment Therapy is the combination of ki/ energy therapy, Japanese manipulation techniques and my own methods to balance the body, mind and soul. My aim is to simultaneously heal the inner body (the mind & soul) with the treatment of the physical body.

I have had the opportunity to treat people from all walks of life with different troubles, injuries, and/or unknown illnesses. Every client's needs are different and unique; I believe that there is no such thing as a 'hopeless' case as long as the client is willing to get better.

The term "Iyashi" means to ease the pain of and dissolve disease, emotional scarring, anxiety and fatigue.

To fully recover, bodily pain must be erased; conflicts and contradictions of the soul must be alleviated. When the body relaxes, it releases fear, anxiety and stress. The mind and soul will be at ease and the body becomes well. When the body is healthy, the mind and soul heal. This is why the body, mind and soul have such a deep connection.

I will continue to try new wellness treatments and will share my experiences. If you have ideas or questions about living well please leave a comment below and I will do my best to find the answer for you.

Your suggestions are always welcome, as I continue on my journey to enjoy life to the fullest. Let's have the very best year ever!

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