Below is a selection of other forms of therapies that are currently being used.
Traditional Chinese medicine to re-establish inner balance (yin + yang). Treatment can support to rebalance the mind. Acupuncture can be performed by non-medical practitioners, doctors or even by midwives in the postpartum period. Acupuncture can contribute to brightening the mood and re-establishing mental balance in cases of depressive in the post partum period.
The benefits of essential oils have been well known since ancient times. The fragrances activate and stimulate the body’s natural healing powers. Only pure essential oils (no perfume oils) should be used. Pure essential oils are extracted from plants and contain up to than 300 different chemical constituents with different active substances. Essential oils are very concentrated and 50 times more effective than herbs. The oils influence the limbic system via scent impulses, but they can also be absorbed through the skin and distributed in the blood stream, and thereby have an impact on the entire body. Citrus oils have a mood-lifting effect. Simply apply a few drops onto the wrists or feet, or diffuse around the room.
Patients learn how to breathe calmly and regularly again in order to improve the body's oxygen supply, regain natural composure, release repressive emotions and release internal tension.
A relaxation technique in which self-suggestion influences the vegetative nervous system and thereby reduces stress. It can be learned in groups and then practised alone.
An Indian healing system. Three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) determine a person's character and body type. The relationship between the proportions of each dosha explains the strong and weak points of people and their bodies. If the balance is lost, i.e., if one of the doshas becomes pathologically dominant or weak as a result of a person's lifestyle, then the body sends signals that turn into diseases if they are ignored. Choosing a healthy lifestyle attuned to the relationship between the doshas, supported by an appropriate diet and medicinal plants, massages, steam baths or yoga exercises (see below), influences the doshas and their weighting within the body and thereby has healing effects.
A form of osteopathy. The skeletal structure from the skull (cranium) to the sacral bone (sacrum) is relaxed with fine, almost imperceptible manipulations in order to normalise the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid which can be distorted by blockades caused by falls or tensions. Such blockades can also be caused by psychological events that can again result in mental illness.
EFT or MET
The tapping of acupressure points on the body tackles problems and removes emotional blockades. Continuous change/healing is obtained by speaking a "reconciliation statement".
The patient is put into a state of trance and thereby more inclined to deal with unpleasant issues and to adopt new ways of thinking. In contrast to the widespread preconception, the patient cannot be forced to do what he/she does not want to do. Hypnotherapy can help in cases of depression, sleep disorder and anxiety.
Imaginative relaxation techniques
The body and soul will be relaxed by fantasies and managed meditation in order to break through the flow of negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts.
negative experiences from the past restrict our behaviour in the present and repressed emotions throw the body off the balance. Via muscle test, the body remembers at what age the negative feelings were first experienced. Energy blockades will be removed from the age when they occurred and new alternatives become possible in the present. The main effect of this method is the reduction of stress and the recognition of new options. As soon as the emotional stress has been released, the body can stabilise its own energies and use them to activate the self-healing process.
Art, music and dance therapy
Creative design, music and dance have always been popular therapy methods. It simultaneously addresses body, soul and mind, and helps patients achieve greater self-awareness, to self-actualise, to understand something and to express something, and thereby strengthens self-consciousness and trust in one's own capabilities.
Muscle (‘myo’) treatment methods developed by Dr Kurt Mosetter for pain and trauma therapy combine many different perspectives e.g. orthopaedics, modern Western medicine, psychology and traditional Chinese medicine. Our bodies are complex networks that have to be in balance to function properly. Forced and relieving postures, too little or too much movement, or physical and mental trauma can lead to our bodies being out of balance during the course of our lives. When interactions between muscles no longer function properly, it can result in painful structures in various areas of the body. Myoreflex therapists try to restore the body’s geometry of movement. Therefore, the therapist generally focuses on the muscles, as these are the key to a balanced distribution of energy within the body. The therapist may also use the traditional Chinese meridian system (energy pathways). For instance, the bladder meridian runs along the back of the legs and the spine, over the head to the eyes. A whole range of problems can be triggered here. According to Chinese medicine, the bladder meridian is associated with fear. Disruptions could be caused by mental trauma, as stated above, or by ongoing fears in the present. The treatment indications of myoreflex therapy include all illnesses of the musculoskeletal system concerning muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, discs etc, functional organ disorders e.g. tinnitus, headaches, migraines, jaw problems, functional breathing disorders etc, psycho-traumatic burdens such as depression, burn-out, chronic emotional burden, anxiety and ADD/ADHD. (www.myoreflextherapie.de)
An osteopath (look for 5 years' training) senses with her/his "thinking, seeing and knowing fingers" possible dysfunctions deep within the body and treats them with the hands by sensing, listening, accompanying and, if necessary, by using supporting techniques and targeted manipulation. The range of treatment covers all functional disorders up to problems with inner organs and the nervous system.
Jacobsen progressive muscular relaxation
Easy-to-learn relaxation method that stretches and then relaxes individual muscle groups on a targeted basis. This increases awareness of the body and the ability to relax in general. Can be applied in situations of acute stress. It is used therapeutically to treat anxiety.
Jin Shin Jyutsu
The art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, which dates back several thousands of years, harmonises life energy in the body. It works with the human energy system. Touching certain points on the body (“energy centres”) releases a stream of energy in the body that feeds certain organs and areas and thereby removes blockages and disharmonies, and stimulates self-healing powers. Jin Shin Jyutsu can also be practised alone. Therapists can provide instructions and advice that are tailor-made for patients.
Chinese meditation and therapy technique. Cosmic Qi is guided into the body via breathing and makes the body permeable. Slow movement supports the concentration on the body as well as the respiratory flow.
The vitality or divine energy (Reiki) that permeates the universe is passed on via the placing of hands on the patient's body, thereby releasing blockades in the energy flow.
SAFE® – Safe Education for Parents
The SAFE® project (safe education for parents) was developed to support (expectant) parents in building up a safe bond with their child from pregnancy. ‘Safe bond’ means a high-quality, specific emotional bond between the child and their parents. The way in which the child’s signals (crying, reading, smiling and other mimicry and physical behaviour) are perceived, interpreted and answered is referred to as ‘sensitivity’ and this is a deciding factor when it comes to the quality of a bond. It may be influenced by a lack of knowledge or debilitating experiences from the past or present, and can impair the relationship with the child, as well as the child’s development. The focus of the SAFE® programme is on giving parents the ability to react to their children’s needs with sensitivity. SAFE® is directed at all expectant parents up to around the 7th month of pregnancy, and is carried out in closed groups until the end of the child’s first year. (www.safe-programm.de)
Chinese massage technique based on the meridians. Massaging along the meridians and acupressure points releases congestion in the energy flow and stimulates the sympathetic nervous system.
Wingwave® - Performance and Emotion Coaching
Wingwave® is a method of performance and emotion coaching that quickly and palpably releases performance-related stress and increases creativity, mental fitness and conflict stability. In Wingwave®, individual stress triggers such as thoughts, experiences and feelings are regulated at the emotional level. Wingwave® is a certified method that combines effective elements of various coaching approaches. Wingwave® is not psychotherapy, and cannot replace any such form of therapy. Wingwave® coaching is especially suited to intense performance-related stress. This can relate to a person’s career or education, or sport. Wingwave® is also used as a stress-reduction method in situations of acute stress. Wingwave® can help to resolve blockages in times of acute stress, to avoid burnout and to improve performance. Using a combination of various coaching methods, huge success can be seen after just a few sessions, and performance potential can be increased. In times of extreme stress, both halves of the brain may become blocked. Conflicts can only be tackled when both halves of the brain work together perfectly. This happens during the REM sleep phase. The Wingwave® method simulates “waking” REM sleep, where emotional burdens are processed and blockages are released in a kind of “turbo mode”. Integrated NLP and kinesiology elements support the overall effect of Wingwave®.
Indian self-awareness system. Different Hatha yoga postures and breathing exercises are practised slowly in order to achieve physical attentiveness and internal centring. It is learned from an expert but can be practised alone.