Holistic health, the state of physical, spiritual, emotional, and psychological harmony, is a phenomenon widely embraced by those who are open to alternative modalities in healing. A clinical nurse specialist is available to provide holistic healing therapies to students in the School of Arts & Sciences and School of Nursing.
Students may receive these therapies to complement a proactive health self-care regimen or as a healthful adjunct in the treatment of episodic or chronic illnesses.
Modalities include the following:
- Reflexology – In this modality the practitioner uses the thumb and fingers to stimulate more than 7,000 nerve endings in each foot. These nerve endings correspond to all parts of the body, including organs and glands. Reflexology can help to reduce stress and tension, improve circulation, and bring about a sense of calm being.
- Therapeutic Touch – This therapy is an intentionally directed process of energy exchange in which the practitioner’s hands are short distances from the client’s body to balance energy fields and create harmony.
- Hand Massage – Massage of the hands provides stimulation of the nerve endings in the hands, thus improving circulation, relieving tension, and promoting energy balance.
- Meditation and Imagery – The practitioner assists the student in the intentional directing of attention to the clear aspect of one’s own inner nature.
- Aromatherapy – The use of oils for therapeutic purposes. Aromatherapy treats body and mind together. The scent has a profound effect on the mind and emotions while the chemistry of the oil affects the body.