From Salt Caves to Hypnotherapy, Alternative Therapies have become popular among many who are searching for new wellness solutions. Whether you are looking for a cure to your anxiety or just a solution for better breathing these 15 alternative therapies can be found around the Nashville area. Veronica Williams (pictured) reports.
Sensory deprivation tanks were first created in the 1950’s by John C. Lily a medical practitioner and neuropsychiatrist to answer the question what happens when you eliminate outside stimulus. Today they are used in a practice known as floating. These tanks are filled with a mixture of water kept at body temperature and Epsom salt that create a feeling of weightlessness. Floating is beneficial for physical and emotional wellness, people often say that afterwards you feel well rested and realigned.
What to try floating in Middle Tennessee? Check out Float Nashville.
https://www.floatnashville.com/ Tel 615-567-7222
- Salt Therapy
Sitting in a room full of salt may not sound like it would have many benefits but Himalayan salt has proved to reduce inflammation, increase respiratory function, and improve circulatory function. Salt therapy consists of relaxing in a salt cave. These salt caves are covered entirely in Himalayan sea salt. Breathing in this mixture of salt and minerals has proven benefits, afterwards individuals immediately feel the benefits and breath better.
Looking for a salt cave in Middle Tennessee? Try out: Float Horizen.
www.floathorizen,com Tel: 615-490-8656
Originating from Japan, Reiki uses the “Universal Life Force Energy” that flows through all of us to help realign your chakras, meridians, and nadis. Through the use or touch and energy transfer from the Reiki master to you it is believed that Reiki can help with everything from emotional issues to physical ailments. During a Reiki session a Reiki master will use a combination of sound, energy, touch, even crystals, and essential oils to increase the positive energy flowing through you. Want to experience a positive flow of energy? Check out Sound Health: alliance.www.reikifranklintn.com Tel 615-474-3678
- Sound Immersion/Harmonic Sound Therapy
Tibetan singing bowls, chimes, gongs, sacred flutes, crystal bowls, and shamanic drums are all different instruments used in sound immersion therapy. This is a form of therapy concentrating on the vibrations that happen from sound. By introducing different sounds, vibrations, and tones during meditation it is thought to promote clarity and better mental well-being.
Hear the hums and chimes already, and want to experience more? Check out Float Horizens for sound therapy. www.floathorizen,com Tel: 615-490-8656.
This ancient Chinese medicine practice involves putting small hollow needles into different meridians throughout your body. By placing these needles where different meridians lie it can help with bodily functions. Acupuncture several times a year can be used to help treat migraines, chronic pain, anxiety and depression, rheumatoid arthritis, and so much more.
Interested in seeing the benefits for yourself? Check out Karen Modern Acupuncture located in Nashville for your first session. www.modernacupuncture.com. Tel 615-395-5033.
Used in everything from eyewitness testimonies to counseling, hypnotherapy can be used in two ways: suggestive therapy and analysis. An example of hypnotherapy using suggestive therapy is using hypnotherapy to stop a behavior such as smoking. Analysis is often used in counseling to unpack a traumatic or emotional event. Hypnotherapy can be great to reach into the pockets of your mind that you just might not be able to reach.
Looking for a hypnotherapists in Nashville? Check out Barry at Nashville Hypnosis.
This form of massage can be done in many different styles but all focuses on stretching out different muscle groups through massage and stretching. By focusing on connective tissues throughout your body this can help to increase blood and lymph flow.
Looking for someone who specializes in bodywork? Check out HaLé.
- Vichara Therapy
This therapy uses Yoga to help release physical and emotional tension. After Vichara therapy you will not only feel great, it has the goal to teach you breathing techniques that you can use in your everyday life. Individuals report it helping with sleep and mental clarity.
Interested in Vichara Therapy in Middle Tennessee? Healing Spirit Bodywork offers Vichara.
Rooting in Chinese medicine, Reflexology (also known as zone therapy) uses your hands and feet to connect to other organs in your body. By isolating different zones in your feet and hands pressure and massage can be applied to these zones that correspond to different organs in the body. Looking to connect your feet and body? Try out: Nashville Academy of Reflexology:
wwwnarspa.net. Tel 615-647-7244.
In wellness we often focus on our organs, but can sometimes forget about our muscskelator system. Chiropractic works focuses on your muscskelator, primarily your spine by aligning your bones. Chiropractic adjustments can be used to help treat and manage chronic pain. Aside from chronic pain it is beneficial or athletes or anyone working a labor-intensive job.
Need an adjustment in Middle Tennessee? Check out Nashville Chiropractic.
- Ayurvedic Medicine
Ayurveda is a system of medicine originating from India that focuses on herbal medicine and holistic health. Practitioners use a combination of herbal medicine, diet, lifestyle recommendations, and stress relief to treat everything from asthma to herpes.
Interested in Ayurvedic Medicine in Nashville? Check out The Lotus Room.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils for health. This can be everything from diffusing essential oils, to mixing them to use for topical treatments and internal treatments. There are essential oils for almost every planet out there because of this aromatherapy can be used to treat endless health issues. Everything from tinnitus to the flu, aromatherapy is incredibly versatile. Do you want to learn more about aromatherapy? Check out Nashville Reiki and Essential Oils. http://www.reikinashvilletn.com/
- Thai Massage
This ancient healing system combine acupressure, Ayurveda principles, and Yoga. Through massage and stretches Thai massage can be a very effective massage that has different benefits from other massage techniques. The difference between most massage practices and Thai massages is the process. Thai massage is often done with clothes on and no massage oil so that the practitioner can focus on stretching out and aligning the body.
Looking into trying out Thai Massage in Middle Tennessee? Check out Nashville Thai Massage.
Cupping uses cups made out of glass, stoneware, or bamboo that are stuck on the body and create a suction seal. These cups are placed on the body after a flammable substance has been placed applying heat then the cups helps to create a vacuum seal. Cupping can help with pain, inflammation, and blood flow. Want to try out Cupping in Middle Tennessee? Check out Basic Kneads. https://basickneads.com/
Colonics also known as hydrotherapy and colon cleansing, is the process of feeding water through your large intestine to clean out built up waste. By removing toxins and accumulations of feces patients report feeling lighter. Colonics can aid with better digestions and weight loss.
Interested in colonics and want to learn more? Check out In Harmony Center for Wellness, www.inharmonycenter.com. 615-353-9393.