I am such a huge lover of HTMA and true holistic mineral balancing, but over the years I have learned about so many other awesome modalities to heal. HTMA is a great base- at the end of the day, your minerals HAVE to be balanced in order for the body to heal. We need a solid nutrition base in order to fix any health issues, period. So it works pretty well in tandem with a lot of other forms of natural healing.
I wanted to make a good list of other modalities because I have noticed that everyone can be so different with what forms work for them. Since we are ALL different, it is important to realize that not everything will work the same for all of us. For example, I know plenty of people that love EFT (tapping) but it never really helped me (whether I was on my own or with a practitioner). I do very well with acupuncture, but I’ve heard from many that did it for months and it didn’t help them. You have to learn about a few methods and go with what seems best to you.
I think that there is merit in picking a few modalities in your healing journey. Depending on what you are dealing with, you will NEED more than one thing to help you through this crazy path of healing! Read and research some of these methods and go with your gut on what sounds best to you. It is our responsibility to be our own best health advocate- there will not be one doctor or health care practitioner that can know or do it all so it’s best to keep looking for other options!
So here are some of the best natural modalities out there (I covered some of these in my post about emotional healing as well if you want to check that out for other ideas on healing emotional trauma specifically!):
HTMA stands for hair tissue mineral analysis. This is a simple, non-invasive test that looks at the mineral balance in about a heaping teaspoon of hair. We look at the ratios between these minerals to determine things like adrenal strength, poor nutrient absorption, how the body is responding to stress, and more.
When people first learn about HTMA, they usually think about the old school methods- lots of synthetic supplements (some recommend about 30 pills or more a day). This is NOT what we do here at Sassy Holistics. We try to take a true holistic method with our HTMA protocols- whole foods, food-based supplements when needed, stress management, herbs, and more. We work on healing the gut and liver for a majority of people because if these functions aren’t up to par then the entire body can suffer. We work on healing the ROOTS of our health issues. Nutrition is everything- we have to eat too so why not get it tailored to your specific needs?
According to the ACA: “Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic services are used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.”
Chiropractic care can help the whole body as well- there is a lot of evidence that different vertebrae correlate with different parts of the body. Here is a cool chart that outlines this! (I experienced this first hand when my little bubba was only a few months old- he was a gassy little monkey and his first adjustment allowed his little body to release all of that stuck gas. It was rather funny- my chiro adjusted him, we put him back in his car seat, he farted louder than he had in his whole life, and then went right to sleep! LOL)
Chiropractic care was one of the first natural healing modalities I ever used- I actually depended on it quite a bit for about a year or 2. It helped me SO much with my chronic pain issues- I was dealing with fibromyalgia, costochondritis, and countless other health issues at the time. I had only wished that I knew about mineral balancing back then because as I started balancing my minerals I needed the chiro less and less- it would have saved a lot of pain and money if I was instructed in nutrition back then! This is why multiple modalities can be so helpful- it seems like even in the natural health world, doctors and practitioners chose one “specialty” and neglect other systems. A copper imbalance is a huge reason why people have issues with holding chiropractic adjustments as well! For me, as I balanced my copper, I no longer had joint issues like I used to.
Homeopathy has been documented since 400BC, but became more popular in the 1800s when Samuel Hahnemann became the main founder of it and added a lot more research to it. This form of natural health is safe, gentle, and truly holistic. Kids, pregnant women, pets, and anyone else can safely benefit from homeopathy, whether it is an acute or chronic issue. Homeopathy is all about “Like cures like”: something that causes symptoms in one person can cure another. No one will end up with the same remedies even if they have the same symptoms- it is truly individualized and holistic. In the early 1900s, 20% of US docs were homeopaths. 500 million people worldwide practice homeopathy! So for those that think homeopathy is not effective or relevant can learn a bit from the rest of the world.
Working with a great homeopath is best- don’t go it alone for chronic conditions! I highly recommend Khush Mark– she is who I worked with and I found great healing with her recommendations. I was still keeping up with my HTMA protocol for myself as well- and it was huge proof that these 2 modalities can work very well together.
I’m pretty sure there is no need to explain what massage is- everyone knows it and most people love it. There are many forms of massage out there, but the best thing to look for is a legitimate massage therapist that knows what they are doing. Massage is quite trendy so there are a lot of people that just do it as an add-on service at salons or at the mall. Just do your research and find the best for you. Deep tissue, lymphatic drainage, relaxation- no matter what your purpose is, massage can help! Massage helps to increase circulation, can help to remove toxins from the body, stimulates the lymph system, reduces pain, and it also can help with releasing deep emotional trauma that is stored in tissues.
I recently invested in this home massager that I’m loving- it’s helping my lymph a lot and it’s been an invaluable tool during my recent healing of EBV. This massager specifically has almost 3000 reviews on Amazon and has a 4.5 rating- pretty amazing! It has several attachments for different spots of the body.
Acupuncture is another one of my favorite methods of healing. It basically just helps your body do what it is trying to do. It makes the healing process easier as it opens up the energy blockages. Acupuncture can pretty much help with any health issue- depression, infertility, chronic pain, obesity, digestive issues, and so much more. Length of treatment will depend on the severity of your issues- the most common recommendation I have seen is about 10 weeks of weekly appointments. Just like with anything else, make sure the acupuncturist you are seeing is properly trained. Even better if you can find someone that you found by a word-of-mouth recommendation from someone that had success with that particular acupuncturist.
Most people get a little scared of the needle aspect of acupuncture but they really are very small! There are many studies backing up the effectiveness of acupuncture as well- you can read a bit more about this here. For most people, acupuncture can create an almost immediate increase in energy and a boost in mood. For those that are actively trying to heal, it can take several sessions before you feel a huge difference. Healing reactions are absolutely possible with acupuncture (and any other modality out there). My first few sessions made me absolutely exhausted for a day or 2 but then I started to feel so amazing after each session.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This is a “psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. ” (source)
I’ve known many people that have had success with EMDR and absolutely love it. It has sparked my interest as well as it seems to be another method that is supposed to help you heal with the minimum amount of discomfort.
Emotional Freedom technique is not new, but it has been garnering a lot of attention over the last few years in the natural health field. This method used meridian tapping to harness your body’s energy to heal itself. Many people swear by this method. My suggestion for this is to find a good practitioner that knows all about EFT and how to properly do it because it seems to be much more powerful this way. Doing EFT on your own can help too, but some only notice the benefit if they speak with a practitioner. YouTube has plenty of how-to videos too!
No matter what healing therapy you choose, just remember that healing can take time. We don’t get sick overnight so it will take awhile before we regain our health completely. Don’t give up! Have patience, faith, and determination. Consistency is key as well!
My name is Kristin, and I've been on the path to help people achieve better health using whole food nutrition, mineral balancing, and holistic healing principles for almost 7 years now. The body is a whole and we must treat it as such! I have my Bachelor of Science in Natural Health Sciences, certificates in Herbal Studies from Herbal Academy, and I am constantly learning more about health to help my clients and followers.