In the new age the horizons in all spheres of life have been challenged. Impressive advancements have been made in the fields of science, medicine, and aesthetics resulting in a general improvement in the standards of life. So why health and lifestyle should be left out?
That is how new insights have been gained into the fields of health and wellbeing offering alternative ways to address old problems. A few methods that can be outlined here are aromatherapy, crystals, feng shui, naturopathy and many spiritually inclined practices. Many of these are not even new practices. They are seen as new age methods as they have come to provide powerful alternatives to mainstream medicine and lifestyle practices.
Aromatherapy is an old method of relaxation, rejuvenation and treatment. Essential oils extracted from flowers, fruits, leaves, stems and roots of flowers, shrubs and trees are used to treat common ailments like colds, burns, bruises, sunburns, headaches and skin related diseases. Aromatherapy has been used more as a mode of emotional relaxation and de-stressing than physical cure of diseases. However, the therapy is highly useful when it comes to treating sleep disorders and nasal congestion in addition to other ailments mentioned before.
Spiritual energy is at the root of numerous imbalances which result in ailments and physical manifestations. The cure lies in either directing this energy or recreating the energy balance that has been lost. Crystals aim at directing spiritual energy in a specific direction. Be it depression, love related problem, lack of motivation or any other personality disorder, crystals tap into the universal flow of energy and release it in a manner to bring about desired results.
Feng shui literally means wind and water. It is a spatial arrangement of objects which looks to combine geography, spirituality, astrology, religion and mathematical calculations. Feng shui views environmental imbalance as a source of disorder which pervades all other spheres of life.
Naturopathy seeks to cure diseases and physical ailments by activating bodyís innate capacities through the use of herbs, natural foods and other whole elements found in nature. It is a holistic method which believes in organismís innate symmetry with the environment and discourages acts of gross intervention, such as surgery and modern treatment. This does not imply naturopathy as an alternative to modern medicine. In fact, many practitioners advise naturopathy as an adjunct to modern medicine for best results.
Thus new age therapies and life styles span a wider gamut of practices. At time they provide alternatives to mainstream practices and in some cases add to the effects of it.