You may choose to engage in some of our holistic healing therapy services while at Ascendant New York. This approach for combined treatment of mind, body, and spirit provides additional healing benefits when applied along with our medically supervised detox treatments.
Massage therapy is designed as a method of connecting mind and body. It can assist in helping a recovering patient to form an awareness of – and a cohesive connection between – the duality of our human experience. Our psychological moods can be affected by the conditions of our body, and the state of our physical body can similarly affect our mindset. Forming a connection between these two layers of experience can result in a patient learning to read the signs of psychological distress that manifest within the body, and in the patient learning to listen to the body as a guide for initiating life adjustments.
Acupressure therapy is a technique that was first developed in ancient China. For those prone to interpret the experience from a spiritual angle, it is believed that the applying of consistent pressure to vital points of the body can result in a release of stored negative energy, thereby contributing to a sense of peace. For those who are of a more scientific persuasion, acupressure can be viewed as a way to dislodge physical points of tension within the body, allowing bodily fluids to circulate more freely and metabolism to operate more efficiently.
The intent behind meditation is to separate the self from the immediate concerns of a situation, in order to focus on a higher, or longer-term, goal. Many report that developing the skill of being able to enter a meditative state of mind allows them to put necessary space between themselves and their instinctual reactions, which can result in their making of better decisions on how to proceed. Some who practice meditation even experience revelations or insights to their life, due to making the practice a space for letting go of worries, and for allowing unfiltered ideas to process.
While meditation is typically considered to be an exercise that is practiced during a set-aside time and place, the holistic healing therapy of mindfulness is the act of maintaining self-awareness while on the go. With practice, the participant can learn to become aware of the subtle thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations which continually accompany our daily experiences. Possessing this insight of our perceptions and reactions can help us to better understand ourselves, and can help us to communicate ourselves more effectively to others. Mindfulness can be viewed as a western adaptation to the practice of meditation.
Yoga's holistic healing therapy is a practice which has gained popularity in our western culture. Originally developed in ancient India, it is viewed as a connection between the spiritual and physical aspects of human experience. Its primary application combines the focus of meditation with physical positions of the body, resulting in a holistic experience of tranquility. In practical consideration, yoga is a low-impact flexibility and strengthening exercise. Whether it is viewed from a spiritual, or physical, perspective, practicing yoga can contribute to better health, overall.
The discipline and focus of Tai Chi has its roots in ancient China. Practice of Tai Chi is considered an art form, and consists of a series of movements that are designed to channel physical and mental energy throughout the body. The name means, “supreme ultimate,” and it is based on the ancient conception of the way that the universe, itself, operates in cyclical motion. Through engaging the body in such motions, it is believed that we are operating in the way that the universe has empirically dictated as being most effective for our wellness. In addition to providing the body with physical exercise, Tai Chi can be developed into a method of self-defense, with moves that are designed to engage the help of physics in overcoming obstacles.