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Alternative and Energy Therapies

Reiki is a hands-on energy healing method that works with the flow of the life force. Our life force can be negatively impacted by unhealthy thoughts and beliefs about ourselves. These negative beliefs eventually erode our life force, disrupting its natural flow, and diminishing it in some areas. When our life force is disturbed, we can experience many symptoms such as immune system dysfunction, fatigue, tension, and distress. Reiki channels the life force to areas that need it and re-establishes the natural flow of the life force through the body. A trained practitioner uses their hands to pass a universal healing energy through the clients' body and administer positive energy to areas that have been eroded by negative thoughts and beliefs. When the charged positive energy is administered to points on the physical body, it breaks the bond between the negative beliefs and thoughts that have attached themselves to the life force. This restores the energy pathway, allowing the life force to carry on its natural path. Reiki sessions contribute to relaxation and emotional healing. On the physical level, this modality enhances the immune system, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress hormone levels. Reiki may be a valuable tool to help restore balance and health at all levels of being.

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Reiki holds the assumption that negative thought patterns and beliefs hinder the flow of the life force in the body. A trained professional can tell where energy blockages are occurring and will use their hands to move the trapped energy to where it should be in the body, allowing us to let go of tension, distress, and general system imbalances.

Shamanic Healing

Shamanic Healing is a traditional method used to connect with the spiritual world and has been practiced for thousands of years by Indigenous cultures. The Shaman embarks on what is called a "journey to the spirit realm" in order to retrieve parts of the spirit that have departed from the physical body. Shamanic healing begins with the Shaman entering a trance state. This is often achieved using drums or other music to mimic the energy of the physical world and to support a relaxed state for the Shaman. It's believed that individuals who have experienced trauma have lost a part of their spirit which will be guided back to the individual by the Shaman. The journey that the Shaman embarks on to retrieve the lost part of the spirit helps individuals heal on a spiritual and physical plane. Often times, spirit animals and guides are invoked to help with the healing process. Shamanic healing may be beneficial especially for clients after suffering a life-altering trauma or other profound experience, and who struggle to find solutions for their issues through classic therapeutic approaches.

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Shamanic healing is a traditional healing approach that combines the physical world with the spirit world. This approach assumes that when trauma occurs, part of the spirit departs from the physical body and a Shaman is required to retrieve it from the spirit world. Once the lost part of the spirit is restored, the client will return to a state of harmony between the body, mind, and spirit.

Wilderness Therapy

Wilderness Therapy is an adventure-based approach that utilizes nature to return clients to the basics of life while eliminating modern distractions and technologies. Part of this experience-based approach includes engaging in outdoor activities such as hiking and camping, as well as individual and group therapy sessions. These components work in unison to help clients let go of unhealthy beliefs and behavioural patterns. At the same time, it instills nourishing ways of approaching life while helping clients become more resilient and grounded in themselves. Research on the effectiveness of wilderness therapy indicates that individuals became more confident in their natural place in the world, and that group sessions encourage feelings of connectedness and belonging.

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Part of why this approach is so effective is that it frees individuals from distractions and technology. Social media can be especially harmful to individuals' healing since it can cause insecurity. Nature's calming and healing influence plays a vital part in the success of wilderness therapy programs.

Wilderness therapy is used to immerse clients in the serenity and beauty of the outdoors. It allows clients to acknowledge and work on the issues they're facing without the distractions of technology, and social and work spheres.


Yoga is a system of practices which integrate the mind, body, and spirit, through movement, postures, breathing techniques, and meditation. Clients may benefit from practicing yoga to enhance mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Yoga takes a holistic approach by readjusting the spiritual, mental, and physical self, leaving individuals feeling balanced and unified at the end of a session. Profound consciousness shifts may occur while practising yoga which can positively influence clients' lives in many, often unforeseen, ways. There are different types of Yoga, including: Ashtanga, Kundalini, Bikram, or Hatha to choose from. An experienced yoga teacher can be a precious guide on our journey within, while supporting our physical health.

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Yoga is used to regulate the client's mind, body, and breath. By focusing on breathing and the movement of the body, the conscious mind can be quieted, allowing for our bodies to work away the stress that we encounter. Yoga is a great accomplice to other therapy methods because it integrates meditation, breathwork, and energy techniques into its practice.

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