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Shiatsu is a system of full body massage taken lying down on a futon. But it's more than just massage. Many part of your body are pressed and massaged where subtle energy lines meet. The effect is both invigorating and relaxing at same time. My first massage was so good I fell asleep.
Acupuncture is a curative system that is accepted by western medical establishment because it works. Needles are inserted so they connect with energy channels in your body. By placing these needles at right points your energy and health is both rebalanced and restored.
The ancient art of yoga
Yoga, stretching and pilates is about exercising your muscles and ligaments, but it's more than this. The gentle stretching of muscles releases trapped energy and energises muscles and ligaments pose is working on.
Yoga involves stretching into a pose and holding position while breathing in or out deeply and completely. There is a dynamic to this apparent stillness. You may be holding position, but your deep breathing is moving energy and refreshes parts of your body other exercise cannot reach.
So, slow and steady movements free trapped energy, energise muscles and ligaments and refresh your whole body. At same time you are developing strength and stamina while holding these poses.
Mind and body health
Traditional medicine and therapies work with symptoms, known illnesses and diseases. Holistic and alternative practices and therapies view illness as a warning that your system is out of balance. Many of these practices work on you at different levels, especially your subtle energy body.
It's all about re-balancing your mind and body so that it works properly once again. It's a 'whole'-istic view rather than a piecemeal view.
Maybe that's why modern medicine seems unable to cure some illnesses and health problems.
We have so much to learn.
Terry Dunn writes regular articles on how to use alternative therapies to improve your health. To read more articles visit his website, http://www.holistichealthtalk.com