Welcome to My Natural Healer – A Natural Wellness Directory and Resource. This website was created to help you in your own personal health and healing journey, as well as connect you with healers around the world. Please use the search bar above to find a alternative or holistic health practictioner near you. You can filter by healing method, location or for best results, filter by distance from your location.
How Wildfire Smoke Affects Your Health
Do you live in an area that is affected by wildfire smoke? If so, your health may be negatively impacted. Smoke from wildfires is made up of a combination of gases and fine particles when organic materials are burned, and there are confirmed and suspected carcinogens in smoke. The microscopic particles can penetrate deep into your lungs, and also cause a range of health problems including burning eyes, sore throat, runny nose and fatigue. I’m personally very sensitive to wildfire smoke. Even cooking smoke is enough to send me into coughing fits. This may or may not be from back from when I was a wildland firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management. Working on the front lines of a wildfire long-term can be hard on health, with short-term effects including headaches, nausea, fatigue and respiratory distress. Long-term effects of exposure to wildfire smoke can include an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. In fact, my coworkers and I used to joke that our job equated to smoking a pack of cigarettes every few hours. After looking at a few studies, our jokes weren’t too far from the truth. But what about regular people, just going about their lives then wildfire […]
Healing and Therapeutic Benefits of Thai Massage
If you want to get something out of your massage beyond temporary relaxation, Thai massage is for you. Based in Ayurvedic principles, this therapeutic massage method is used as an instrument to bring the body, mind and spirit into balance – facilitating the body to heal itself. Thai massage principles acknowledge that our own bodies know more about healing than you or the massage therapist could ever know about what will make you well. This ancient massage technique works with the three dosha types in mind: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. However, there are many different types of Thai massage – about as many as there are different types of yoga! Thai massage is very helpful for breaking up fascia (fibrous connective tissue) throughout the body, which is helpful for improving flexibility, overall muscle function and sensory abilities. The massage techniques also help move energy and emotional blocks in the body, as Thai massage therapists massage your Sen lines. Sen lines are energy channels that run throughout the body and are similar to meridians in Chinese medicine and nadis in Indian medicine. Common physical, mental and psychological benefits of Thai massage: Increases flexibility, mobility and athletic performance Detoxes the body Increases […]
What is Foot Zoning?
If you enjoy foot massages, I recommend trying foot zone therapy (aka foot zoning). It has additional benefits that you won’t get from your typical foot massage and is a little different from traditional reflexology. Foot zoning provides a great bodywork session that takes a whole person approach – balancing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies at the same time, all while massaging your feet and working on various pressure points. This healing modality encourages the body’s natural healing capabilities by stimulating blood circulation, hormone balance, digestion, lymph flow, nervous system, etc. I was introduced to foot zoning through Jenni Runolfson, who has been “zoning” for over 10 years and is an instructor for We Do Feet Seminars. I was sold after the first session. Here’s a synopsis of my experience and how I discovered the benefits of Foot Zoning: Session 1 Whole body, with major areas of focus: vegas nerve, lower back, solar plexus, chakra balancing, thyroid and kidneys. Result: I was a little surprised that Jenni was able to tell that my back was really tight that day…through my feet. She also made the comment that the pressure point for my thyroid was very crunchy (makes sense […]
Acupuncture is a complementary medical practice that entails stimulating certain points on the body, most often with a needle penetrating the skin, to alleviate pain or to help treat various health conditions.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well being. The inhaled aroma from the essential oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function.
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Ayurvedic medicine (“Ayurveda” for short) is one of the world's oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India. It's based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
Chiropractic therapy focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine.
A system of alternative medicine based on the use of color, especially projected colored light.
Professional guidance of the individual by using psychological care and guidance.
Cryotherapy, sometimes known as cold therapy, is the local or general use of exposing the body to extremely low temperatures in medical therapy. Cryotherapy is used to treat inflammation or lesions, enhance athletic performance and improve overall body function.
Crystal healing is an alternative medicine technique in which crystals and other stones are used to cure ailments, draw negative energy from the body and protect against disease.
A shop or store that sells crystals and/or gemstones, which may be used for crystal healing.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Energy healing, or energetic healing, is a broad term for any therapy that manipulates energy in our physical and subtle bodies to regain balance and facilitate our body's own healing mechanisms.
Also known as a health club or gym, fitness centers are a place to access exercise equipment, classes and health information.
Foot Zone Therapy
The foot zone technique treats the body as a whole and doesn't treat specific diseases or problems but rather balances the body to bring it to a state of homeostasis. The Zone Therapy practitioner observes the foot and interprets the “messages' it conveys through discoloration, texture and tenderness. When a…
Guided meditation in either a group or one-on-one setting. Meditation is the act or action of meditating - engage in mental exercise for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness.
Halotherapy is the use of salt vapor to treat respiratory ailments, skin irritations, and combat mental lethargy. For centuries, monks used naturally-occurring salt caverns to treat respiratory ailments. Halotherapy is a drug-free treatment that uses salt's anti-bacterial anti-inflammatory properties to promote natural healing.
A business or location that offers multiple healing services.
Also known as wellness coaching, health coaching is a process that facilitates healthy, sustainable behavior change by challenging a client to listen to their inner wisdom, identify their values and transform their goals into action.
Products that promote good health or impact health in a positive way.
Hypnotherapy is a method in which a practitioner performs hypnotherapy. It has been studied for a number of conditions. Hypnotherapy is an alternative healing method to create subconscious change in a patient in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitude, feelings or behaviors.
Infrared light therapy is a treatment with infrared light, an electromagnetic radiation that has a wavelength just greater than that of the red end of the visible light spectrum, but less than that of microwaves. Infrared radiation has a wavelength from about 800 nm to 1 mm, and is emitted…
An ionic foot bath, also known as ionic foot detox, is said to work by pulling the toxins out of your body through your feet. The ions in the foot bath water supposedly hold a charge that enables them bind to any heavy metals and toxins in your body and…
The treatment of physical, emotional or mental conditions by the controlled application of light.
Massage therapy is manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person's health and well-being. There are dozens of types of massage therapy methods/modalities.
The capacity, function or profession of a spiritualistic medium.
The word metaphysics translated means over and beyond physics. Metaphysical practitioners may have many different specialties, but in general they search for truth, purpose and meaning in life.
An officiant or leading representative of religious and/or spiritual organizations. May be a member of the clergy for a certain church or religious organization, who is authorized to perform functions such as teaching belief systems and leading services such as weddings, baptisms or funerals.
Pilates is a system of exercises which focus on strengthening the body's core and uses a special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture and enhance mental awareness. It was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese body-mind-spirit practice and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises.
Retreats and Workshops
Single or multi-day retreats can offer a variety of activities, including: wellness coaching, exercise classes/activities, yoga, meditation, detox and healing services, etc.
Salt therapy is the use of salt vapor to treat respiratory ailments, skin irritations, and combat mental lethargy. For centuries, monks used naturally-occurring salt caverns to treat respiratory ailments. Salt therapy is a drug-free treatment that uses salt’s anti-bacterial anti-inflammatory properties to promote natural healing.
Shamanism is a spiritual practice found in cultures around the world. Shamanism is not a formalized belief system or an ideology. It is a group of activities and experiences shared by shamans in cultures around the world. Shamans use a variety of healing methods for the purpose of healing the…
Sound healing adherents say that listening to percussive instruments like gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, and tuning forks reduces stress and can place the listener in a meditative state. Practitioners offer their services as an alternative treatment for problems like anxiety, chronic pain, sleep disorders, and PTSD. It is also known…
A commercial establishment providing facilities devoted especially to health, fitness, weight loss, beauty and relaxation.
Starseed connection is a wonderfully cleansing and balancing therapy, which redirects otherwise lost vibrations on the body by correcting the vibrational state of the body. The healing modality and is intended to totally energetically cleanse the system, including the chakras and layers of energy on the body.
A group of people with common experiences or concerns who provide each other with encouragement, comfort and advice.
Training and Education
Training and education for alternative, complimentary and integrative medicine and health and wellness fields.
a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, which includes breath control, meditation and the adoption of specific bodily postures. Yoga is widely practiced for health and relaxation. A system of exercises for attaining bodily or mental control and well-being.
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How Wildfire Smoke Affects Your Health
Do you live in an area that is affected by wildfire smoke? If so, your health may be negatively impa
Healing and Therapeutic Benefits of Thai Massage
If you want to get something out of your massage beyond temporary relaxation, Thai massage is for yo