Xylina Session, Editor-n-Chief

Therapy is any form of spiritual or physiological healing meant to improve mood, cognition, or behavior. A diversity in branches of therapy provide aid in meeting the needs of an entire scope of human ailments.

One of the most popular and  forms of natural healing, the practice involves ingesting, inhaling, or rubbing the “essential oils” extracted from herbs and plants for mood enhancement and brain stimulation. The official term was coined in the early 1900’s.

Reflexology is the application of pressure on joints to relieve tension and release inhibiting distress, improving organ function in the process. Acupuncture and acupressure are often an accompaniment of the practice. Typical exercises consist of applying pressure on feet. Pressure on the center of the sole is connected to improving the liver, the outer edge of the foot improves the heart, shoulders, and digestive tracts and pressure to the heel improves the bladder.

Outside India, yoga was not a popular concept until around the 1960s.  Various asanas –stretching positions– are held for several moments accompanied by breathing techniques meant to improve posture, breathing, blood circulation, and overall health. Instead of music, which is usually present in physical exercises, prayer, and affirming meditation is encouraged to enhance emotional harmony. Relaxation techniques may include inhaling for a count of seven, holding for a count of one, and then exhaling for another count of seven.

    Laughter therapy, or ‘Humorisme’ therapy in France is a natural painkiller linked to releasing muscle tension, reducing work-related stress, activating aerobic exercise, treating depression, strengthening the immune system, and enhancing confidence. Awareness of laughter’s relation to healing, popular therapies and cures are often accompanied with Humorisme therapy. If not the best medicine, it seems to have the most benefits.