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Before Noon Glossary

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Before Noon Glossary

We get it - terms such as “healing,” “healer,” “wellness,” etc. are used interchangeably for such a variety of things today that it can often be hard to understand exactly what they mean. Luckily, we love definitions to make sure our language is grounded and true. 

 

Before Noon Glossary

Alternative healing:

defined as healing therapies outside of conventional western medicine. While they are called “alternative”, however, there isn’t anything new or novel about them - most alternative healing therapies have been around for thousands of years. 

Breathwork:

Breath-centered practices and meditations can be found in many ancient cultures and religions including Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Yoga, Qigong, Shamanism, Sufism, and martial arts. It was and is used to alter consciousness for spiritual purposes, self-discovery and healing. 

Disease: 

a lack of ease; trouble discomfort, uneasiness, distress 

Energy Healing:

Reiki is the Japanese tradition of energy healing and dates back to the early 20th century. The seven chakras (energy centers of the body) were first described in ancient Hindu texts. Meridians (the energy superhighways of the body) helped lead traditional Chinese medicine practitioners to develop acupuncture. 

Healer: 

an agent that supports the movement of the system towards wholeness; a person who recognizes that human flourishing, and not simply the eradication of disease, is the ultimate destination for both the healer and the healed

Healing:

movement towards wholeness and balance

Journaling:  

The history of journaling dates back 2,000 years ago to the Han dynasty, and possibly even further. The therapeutic potential of reflective writing came into public awareness in the 1960s with Dr. Ira Progoff’s Intensive Journal method. 

Sound Baths:

Greek physicians used musical instruments to heal patients, tapping into the power of vibration to aid in digestion, treat mental disturbance, and promote sleep. Ancient Egyptians used musical incantations to help heal the sick. Early Native Americans used singing, chanting, and drums as part of the sound healing process. 

Suffering: 

subjective distress generated by the experience of being out of balance

Wellness: 

a healthy balance of mind, body, and spirit

 

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