Explore holistic healing methods such as reiki, sound bathing, and cacao ceremonies. By Ong Kay Yin.
Yoga and meditation may have played a big part in your mindfulness regime, but other alternative healing methods are making waves in Singapore and beyond. If you’re looking to explore new means of finding peace and calming your cluttered mind, why not consider sound bath and reiki? In the recent decade, there has been a renewed interest in holistic and natural healing therapies—often referred to as “alternative healing” as they are not mainstream medical practices.
While Singaporeans have always been a health-conscious bunch, COVID-19 has elevated their awareness of mental wellness, as well as opened their hearts and minds to holistic healing programmes. With so much going on in our lives, from a hectic work schedule to socialising, sometimes all we need is to shut out the world and re-connect with our inner self.
For those ready to expand their healing repertoire, here are some options to consider.
1. Sound bath
For thousands of years, sound bath has been used by many cultures in various forms, including the spiritual ceremonies of Tibetan monks. Today, sound practitioners use one or more instruments, including Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, gongs, and bells, to help participants reach a deep state of relaxation. There are no barriers to entry because all you need to do is lie down and listen, making it ideal for anyone seeking to ease their frenzied minds. The result? A deep sense of restoration at the end of a busy day or week, thanks to the soothing sounds and gentle physical vibrations.
Experience tranquillity at The Senses Therapy.
2. Dance Movement Therapy
Similar to other forms of creative arts therapy, Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) encourages participants to express their emotions freely through non-verbal means. Based on the idea that movement shapes our thinking, feelings, and behaviours, the therapist or facilitator uses movement to help participants connect with themselves, explore personal growth, and process difficult emotions. Through activities designed to build body awareness, DMT teaches one to connect the mind and body, and more importantly, break out of your comfort zone to enjoy self-expression via dance and movement.
Move therapeutically with Rejoice in Motion.
Reiki is a sort of energy healing, based on the philosophy that there is a “life force energy” that flows within our bodies. In a typical session, Reiki practitioners hover their hands over clients or lay their hands lightly on the skin to channel energy through their hands to one’s body to promote relaxation and balance, instill a sense of peace, and improve overall well-being. To adhere to current social distancing guidelines, most reiki sessions are now mostly touchless. Instead, it’s performed a slight distance away from the body in a studio setting or even virtually because it can be conducted remotely. As mystical as it sounds, Reiki is a healing art for people interested in natural healing and non-religious spirituality.
Recharge your life force energy at Mindful Movement.
4. Cacao ceremony
Not to be confused with chocolate, cacao is a mood-boosting superfood packed with antioxidants and minerals. In a cacao ceremony, the purest form of cacao is used and consumed to elevate the spirit. Some ceremonies involve dances, while some others feature meditation and introspection, though most start with intention setting and sipping a cacao drink. People experience joy, deep focus, love, and connection when they drink cacao ceremonially, whether by themselves or with a community. The session also provides a safe space for people to look inwards and gain clarity.
Join the cacao community at Cacao Singapore.
Feeling overwhelmed by all these alternative healing methods? Take your time to find out what best suits your needs. As with any new experience, keep an open mind and check in with the practitioners to better understand the benefits. While none of them are replacements for medication or therapy, they might be worth a shot if you’re seeking a sense of wellbeing through unique experiences.