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History of Holistic Treatments

Holistic Tretments History

Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person -- body, mind, spirit, and emotions -- in the quest for optimal health and wellness. It is believed that if one has an imbalance, either physical, spiritual or emotional in one's life, it can have a negative influence on one's overall health. Balancing the mind, body, and spirit can increase one's wholeness thus boosting one's optimal health.  

Hot Stone Treatment

Hot stones warmed by fire were used by Native Americans to treat aching muscles, but the modern revival of hot stones in massage is generally credited to Mary Nelson, a native of Tucson, Arizona. She trademarked her style of hot stone massage, called LaStone Therapy, which has a Native American spiritual component and requires training and certification. (Source:

Indigenous peoples of North America used hot rocks in traditional sweat lodge ceremonies. The hot rock method was exclusively used by tribes in the eastern woodlands, the Great Basin, southwest and central plains. Many people feel an increased sense of well-being after experiencing this ritual that has been around for centuries.

In the Shang Dynasty in China, hot stones were used to relieve any kind of tension or pain in the body. These hot stones were the preliminary acupuncture needle and were applied to the meridian channels similarly to how they are today.

In Japan, hot stone massage is called anma, which is considered one of the oldest forms of East Asian massage techniques. Similar to the Chinese, the heat was used to penetrate the tsubo, a type of acupuncture point.

In Ayurvedic medicine in India, hot stones were applied to the junctions between physiology and consciousness – also known as the marma points.

In traditional Hawaiian culture, lava rocks are used in lomi-lomi, a traditional Hawaiian massage. Lava rocks were wrapped in leaves and placed on the body, tapped together to create vibrations, or used for exfoliation. 


(Source: Howcast)

Indian Foot Massage

In ancient India, , the feet were thought to symbolize the unity of the entire universe. The Sanskrit symbols depicted on the feet of Buddha were seen as expressions of a higher reality. 


In the early 1900's, when returning to the United States from Vienna, Dr. William H. Fitzgerald was introduced to Reflex Therapy, and has since earned recognition as the modern originator of reflexology in the USA.

Dr. Fitzgerald discovered that the application of pressure on the zones of the feet not only relieved pain but in the majority of cases also relieved the underlying cause of symptoms as well. The same result is experienced through reflexology today, which is based partially on Zone Theory. (Source: Cantebury Reflexoloy)

The basics of Indian Foot massage involve working with the three Ayurveda dosha's (Pitta, Kapha and Vata) and bringing these back into balance. This treatment is considered a tri-dosha balancing treatment. This unique treatment, steeped in centuries of Ayurvedic ceremony, is delivered with a copper bowl and ghee (clarified butter). The treatment also includes a combination of massage techniques that pinpoint the 6 marma points on the feet and lower limb, as well as the seven chakra regions of the feet.  The combination of metals in the bowl has a powerful effect on the body's energies and is more effective than gold and silver on the various internal organs and energy channels.  (Source: Canadian Training Center for Healing Alternatives)

(Source: Howcast)

Indian Head Massage

Indian Champissage™ (head massage) has always played an important part in Indian life. It features in the earliest Ayurvedic texts which date back nearly 4,000 years. These ancient texts describe that, when used in conjunction with herbs, spices and aromatic oils, massage had an important medicinal function and could not only strengthen muscles and firm skin, but also encourage the body’s innate healing energy.

Today, Indian infants often receive a daily massage from birth until they are three years old to keep them supple and in good health. From three to six years of age, they are massaged once or twice a week. After six years of age, they are taught to share a massage with family members. Massage occurs across the generations in India as an integral part of family life. Indian Champissage™ springs from this rich tradition of family grooming.

Head massage has been practiced for over a thousand years. The concept was originally developed by women who used different oils according to the season (coconut, sesame, almond, olive oil, herbal oils, buttermilk, mustard oil and henna) to keep their long hair strong, lustrous, and in beautiful condition.


(Source: Howcast)


Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese culture. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage but a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually-guided life force energy.

Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s Ki (or energy) should be strong and free-flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.

Reiki is believed to have been associated with Mikao Usui who is credited with rediscovering the root system now called Reiki. His tradition and methods were passed through several grandmasters of Reiki. Today, Reiki takes many forms, however, The Usui System of Natural Healing is still the form most widely practiced. Practitioners and Master Teachers are trained through an initiation process where Masters pass on their knowledge and expertise to their students. (Source:

(Source: Tru-Life | Carla Trujillo)

Raindrop Therapy

D. Gary Young, founder of Young Living Essential Oils, was taught a healing technique by the Lakota Indians that inspired him to create the Raindrop Therapy Technique. Wallace Black Elk, a Lakota medicine man, related the story to Dr. Young of how the Lakota people used to migrate to Canada each spring. They would then experience the beauty and healing benefits of the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights. 

The Lakota people would raise their hands high into the sky, using them as antennas pulling this beautiful vibrant energy from the dancing lights, inhaling the energy and pushing it up the spine. They believed that these enchanting lights had the power to raise their personal energy level and to make them well. 

The United States and Canadian borders were completed in the 1800's. The Lakota people could no longer travel north to experience the wonderful energising effects of the Northern Lights. Feathers were then used instead to raise their energy, brushing them lightly up the spine. 

Essential Oils were used in ancient times to lift the spirit and increase the energies of the body. The Bible has many examples of oils being used to anoint and cleanse the body. The ritual of applying oils was practised with the intention of bringing relief to both those who gave and those who received it. 

Raindrop Technique combines aromatherapy and vita flex (reflexology) to create a healing and cleansing massage.  This therapy is designed to bring total balance, a sense of harmony, and body wellness, including mental, physical, and emotional, through the techniques used.  The premise behind this massage therapy is the use of specific antimicrobial essential oils applied in a particular sequence with various techniques which reduces the body’s inflammations and destroys any viral presence.  Original theory behind this is to heal problems of the spine; however, modifications can be incorporated into the therapy to treat other conditions.  Raindrop therapy focuses on the application of a number of specific essential oils to various parts of the body through a combination of techniques. 


The principal oils used in raindrop session are: Seven Single Oils: Thyme, Basil, Peppermint, Oregano, Wintergreen, Cypress and Marjoram. Two Oil Blends: Valor & Aroma Seiz. 

The raindrops of oils are dropped onto the back from a height of about six inches, thus the name, “raindrop”. The oils are then lightly brushed with the fingertips in a feathering technique until they are absorbed, infusing the body
with their positive properties. (

(Source: theoilymama)