Here in Los Angeles, we have access to more alternative wellness practices than almost anywhere else in the world. No one even raises a perfectly manicured eyebrow when you mention that you had a mind-blowing experience with a Reiki master on your lunch break. The wellness industry is highly concentrated which allows us the opportunity to explore them all. Sometimes when there are so many options, you have to take a minute to learn about the different lineages and see what calls to you. Here are 5 holistic wellness options that will absolutely amplify your life!
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki is guided by spiritual consciousness and is defined as spiritually guided life energy. Reiki is administered by hand positions on and above the body and is a very simple yet powerful technique. Reiki practitioners are trained and attuned to channel "life force energy" through themselves to offer this energy to others. "Rei" refers to a spiritual consciousness that weaves through all entities. "Ki" is the energy that flows through every living thing. It is also known as qi or chi from other lineages.
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese mind-body spiritual practice that involves meditation, controlled breathing, and movement exercises. Qi means “subtle breath” or “vital energy,” and Gong means “skill cultivated through steady practice.” Qi Gong elevates our ability to feel universal life force energy and align with it. Qi Gong has many documented benefits including supporting recipients in healing life challenges ranging from high blood pressure and chronic illness to emotional frustration and mental stress.
Reflexology is gentle manipulation or pressing on areas of the feet, hands, and ears to produce an effect elsewhere in the body. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work creates a shift in the body, mind, and spirit. Reflexology is profoundly relaxing and an excellent alternative treatment for individuals who are sensitive to touch in other parts of the body.
Sound healing uses the power of sound to bring the body, mind, and spirit into alignment. The harmonic vibrations from the instruments and vocal toning have a profound impact on the receiver, promoting healing and well-being. Sound baths, as well as sound practitioners, are on the rise in Los Angeles and for an excellent reason. Sound is soothing, impactful, and familiar. Edgar Cayce was one of the most prolific mystic healers of all time, and he is quoted as saying that "Sound will be the medicine of the future."
Breathwork is a powerful form of meditation that can help you reduce stress, anxiety and gain mental clarity. Anyone with a yoga practice (98% of Los Angeles?) is already familiar with the benefits of Pranayama in class. Well, imagine if the entire class was dedicated just to your breath? What would come up in the stillness? Breathwork practitioners from all over the world are developing techniques for clearing blocks, healing trauma and promoting relaxation. Have you ever heard of the Iceman Wim Hoff? He and his students can hike a snow-covered mountain wearing only a pair of shorts while regulating their body temperature just using their breath. Imagine what you could do!