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We are indebted to Kenton Johnson MSc, Director & Publisher of Complementary Wellness for allowing us to reproduce his copyright material in our Complementary Therapies explained. Complementary Wellness is based in Colorado, USA which explains the numerous American references.


You are in charge of your own health, and Complementary Healing practitioners are here to help you. The body is a self-healing, self-maintaining mechanism as long as there are no interferences in its ability to function normally. Your body has patterns in which it learns to operate. If the patterns are good for the body, the result is good health. If not, the accommodation of the patterns can cause discomfort, pain, illness or worse. Establishing new patterns of health is often the best defence against minor and major illnesses and unhealthy conditions.

We've all been admonished to eat right, exercise regularly and keep stresses to a minimum – very important to any health program. However, we often do not know what the right foods are, what is optimum exercise for us, or how to reduce or soothe the stresses. Complementary Healing eGuide modalities help in all these areas.

Complementary means acting as a complement to, or completing, one another. Complementary Healing eGuide is an inclusive term that recognises the interaction of many modalities in assisting an individual to healing. It implies a holistic approach that encourages a co-operative spirit among healing practitioners and is preferred to the term alternative, which creates a separation among healing modalities. Alternative Healing eGuide means not conventional, that is, not using the procedures that are common to Western allopathic medicine.

An Alternative to Western Medicine
Western allopathic medicine – conventional medicine – is associated with therapies that frequently require prescriptions for drugs and sometimes surgery. Conventional medicine holds a valuable place in the total spectrum of healthcare, especially for emergency situations and catastrophic illnesses.

Complementary Healing eGuide is a holistic approach to healing which integrates with conventional medicine, and does not replace it. Holistic means treating the whole person: body, mind, emotion, energy and spirit. Treating only the physical body allows many of the unhealthy patterns to continue. Therefore, many more conventional practitioners are learning and practising holistic methods.

The goal is for all healing practitioners to work together, assisting you with recovery and prevention and using the least-aggressive therapies available to treat injuries, illness and other conditions. This will lead to a complete Wellness plan.


  • Wellness is the state of reaching a healthy level and staying there in an active manner. It is a four-part program to assure health throughout life:
  • Nutrition – what and how much you consume effects how you feel, how long you'll live and how you deal with illness and disease, and includes: healthy foods, supplements and the all-important water.
  • Fitness – your body needs 20-30 minutes of exercise about 5 days per week. 60% of US adults do not exercise enough.
  • Attitude – regular non-physical exercise of the mind and spirit effects your mental and emotional state, integrating your nutrition and fitness efforts.
  • Help – regular visits to complementary healthcare professionals who assist you to a healthy state as well as customise your wellness plan.

Complementary Healing Movement
There is a strong Complementary Healing movement in Colorado and the rest of the United States. The press, radio, television and the legislature, as well as companies, unions, associations and insurance companies are beginning to understand that Complementary Healing is as equally effective as exclusively conventional medicine for the majority of our health conditions, with the bonus that Complementary Healing is usually less expensive. Doors are opening, information is becoming more public, and activity is increasing to accelerate this Movement.

In March of 1997, the Colorado Legislature passed a milestone bill, HB1183, called the Alternative Medicine bill. It was signed into law in April, and went into effect in August. It allows Medical Doctors to practice Complementary Healing modalities without having to worry about disciplinary actions by the Colorado Medical Board, solely on the grounds that an MD practices Complementary Medicine. Historically, Medical Boards in all states have taken aggressive action against MDs practising outside conventional standards of practice.

Since that legal worry is behind MDs, they can not only practice Complementary modalities, but feel more comfortable discussing and recommending Complementary modalities to their patients. It will take some time to see a major change in the attitudes and practices of MDs, but now the door is open. This creates several opportunities on which we can all capitalise:

More Cupertino between the conventional medical community – MDs, nurses, physical therapists, clinics, hospitals and journals – and the Complementary Healing community.

More Wellness Programs implemented in small, medium and large organisations – corporations, unions, associations, school districts and family businesses – which combine conventional and Complementary modalities for prevention and cure.
  • Reduced healthcare costs.
  • More insurance coverage for Complementary modalities
  • Creative insurance plans covering conventional medicine at much lower rates – initially with higher deductibles and co-payments – leaving 50%-60% of normal insurance outlay available for using Complementary Healing modalities.

This will not come easily, but it will come naturally as both the public, the media and our health infrastructures discover – first hand – that Complementary Healing works, and works well(ness).

Please join us in this movement. Show others this book-on-the-web and encourage them to learn more about and the use of Complementary Healing modalities for themselves, their families and their organisations.

Recommended Practitioners
There are many Complementary Healing modalities and practitioners to help you in your quest for good health. Many modalities are discussed in the following chapters, in which highly-recommended practitioners are featured.

We have strict standards for the practitioners. They must be:

  • Highly recommended by a trusted source, in our group or in our professional relationships
  • Properly educated in their modality, with appropriate credentials
  • Registered or licensed in their locality, as available
  • Housed in suitable office space, at home or in an office building

These practitioners have contributed:

  • Time – to author, contribute or review their chapter(s)
  • Money – to support our projects
  • Energy, enthusiasm and some more time – to carry the Complementary Healing concept to other practitioners and professionals, influencing our health information and delivery systems.

With the recommended practitioners, you will find the modalities and the practitioners that work best for you.

The healing art of Acupressure is at least 5,000 years old and remains the third most popular method for pain and illness relief in the world... full explanation.

Aromatherapy is a gentle, non-toxic, yet powerful tool for healing...
full explanation.

Aquatic Therapy
Aquatics, or Water Therapy, provides a multi-disciplinary approach to therapy and rehabilitation... full explanation.

Craniosacral Therapy
Much like the petals of a flower, the twenty-two bones of the cranium expand and contract with the pumping action of the cerebrospinal fluid...
full explanation.

Are you, like many people, searching for a way to move with more ease, efficiency and comfort?... full explanation.

Healing Touch
Healing Touch (HT) is an energy-based therapeutic approach to healing...
full explanation.

The subconscious is the repository of all memories, as well as our conditioned beliefs, values and feelings... full explanation.

Iridology is the practice of looking at the fibre, colour, texture and pattern in the iris of the eye... full explanation.

Jin Shin Jyutsu
An ancient art of harmonising life energy within the body, Jin Shin Jyutsu® is dynamic and powerful in its ability to restore harmony... full explanation.

Sometimes used as a form of therapy, Journaling is a program to enhance creativity, a discipline to support a writing practice, a method of spiritual devotion and more... full explanation.

Applied Kinesiology, commonly known as muscle testing, is a method that some practitioners use to determine the root cause of a particular symptom...
full explanation

Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy is technically defined as the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body – muscles, skin and connective tissues – for therapeutic purposes... full explanation.

Myofascial Release
Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on technique that provides sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion... full explanation.

Neuromuscular Therapy
NMT is designed to relieve pain by balancing the central nervous system with the structure and form of the musculoskeletal system... full explanation.

Osteopathic Physicians practice medicine, surgery, obstetrics and manipulation... full explanation.

Oxygen Therapies
Unlike healthy human cells that love oxygen, bacteria, fungi and parasites – including HIV and others, are almost all anaerobic. full explanation.

Polarity Therapy
Polarity Therapy is a comprehensive health system involving bodywork, diet, exercise and self-awareness... full explanation.

Reflexology is an ancient Oriental technique that enhances the flow of energy and circulation, and restores the harmony of our essence to the body, mind and spirit... full explanation.

Reiki – pronounced 'ray-key' – is a Japanese word used to describe any type of healing work based on life-force energy... full explanation.

Shamanic Healing
"The luminous energy field informs and organises the physical body in the same way that the energy fields of a magnet organise iron filings on a piece of glass,"... full explanation.

Shiatsu is a Japanese healing art deeply rooted in the philosophy and practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine... full explanation.

Sound Therapy
Sound Therapy is an innovative program of sound stimulation, audio-vocal activities and consultation... full explanation.

Therapeutic Touch
Therapeutic Touch (TT) is a well-established form of energetic therapy, practised by professional nurses since the early seventies... full explanation.

Thought Field Therapy
Thought Field Therapy is the study of the structure of thought fields and the body's energy system as they pertain to the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders... full explanation.

Trager is experienced as gentle rhythmic movements of the limbs and a soothing rocking of the torso which loosens all of the joints and muscles...
full explanation.

Zero Balancing
Zero Balancing (ZB®) is a hands-on bodywork system designed to align the energy body with the physical structure... full explanation.

Kenton Johnson, Director

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