4 Alternative Healing Modalities to Try at Least Once

4 Alternative Healing Modalities to Try at Least Once

Natalie Buchwald, LMHCSelf Care

By Natalie Buchwald, LMHC | Last Updated: June 15th, 2023
Reviewed by Steven Buchwald

Mental, physical and emotional health are more intertwined that we realize. Talk therapy, which we provide here at Manhattan Mental Health Counseling is one potent tool to heal, grow and understand all parts of you.

Other modalities are helpful too. Coming from another perspective, they promote healing with different tools than talk therapy. Combining talk therapy along with one or more of these modalities can speed up healing and breakthrough. And allow you to identify and release the root causes of current issues.

1. Energy Healing

Energy healing is a type of healing that uses consciousness as the tool to move and release energy block which are present within our body. Emotions flow and get released when we feel them. When they are painful, we tend to close our energy centers to try to avoid feeling the bad feelings. This traps the emotional energy inside our body.

Energy healing can help release our energetic block present within our physical, emotional and mental bodies. The process is quite different than talk therapy. For starters, there is no talking during an energy healing session, which allows what is most ready to be released to arise without the interference of the mind and the many excuses and distractions the mind usually throws at us.

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Reiki is a popular form of energy healing and is a great place to start as the energy is very gentle.

Energy healing can help with a plethora of issues including anxiety, depression, pain relief, identifying and changing limited beliefs and subconscious patterns, and the experience of alternate states of consciousness.

Energy healing can be done in-person or over the phone.

New York Energy Healer Shalom Energy

Shalom Energy is an energy healing practitioner who uses different energy healing modalities including Reiki, Sat Nam Rasayan and 13th Octave LahoChi. He works with clients one-on-one to facilitate their healing, their growth and elevate their consciousness.

2. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the use of needles at strategic points on the body to facilitate healing. With the physical placement of needles inside the body, acupuncture uses pressure point for healing physical pain. But not just. Acupuncture, which stems from Chinese medicine sees the body, mind and emotions as one unified system.

Just like energy healing, acupuncture aims to balance the flow of energy which runs along pathways of the body.

Acupuncture can be understood as stimulating nerves, muscles and connective tissues which stimulates healing.

Acupuncture has been used mostly to alleviate physical pain although it is becoming used to treat non-physical issues as well including anxiety, depression, post-partum depression, and other non-physical symptoms.

New York Acupuncturist Rosenthal Acupuncture

Rosenthal Acupuncture is an acupuncture and Chinese herb medicine practice with two offices in Manhattan. They specialize in Women’s health & fertility (for both men and women) and treat all sorts of physical and emotional issues including post-partum depression and anxiety.

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3. Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic modality that is specifically designed to dialogue with the subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy can be a potent tool to let go of negative patterns by bypassing our conditioned defenses.

Most of our daily decisions are not conscious. They are rooted in the unconscious mind. This is partly why “bad habits” are so sticky and why there is so much resistance to change. By entering in dialogue with the subconscious mind, some issues and habits and the reasons behind them can become intelligible and can be dealt with more easily from a conscious place.  

New York Hypnotist Mia Mor

Mia Mor is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

4. Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini yoga is a type of yoga that incorporates meditation, the recitation of mantra, breathwork, kriyas (yogic movement) and mudras (hand movement).

In the same vein as energy healing and acupuncture, kundalini yoga is a holistic practice that aims to stimulate and align our energy centers, particular attention is placed to the energy center at the base of the spine, which is believed to contain the kundalini energy awaiting to be released and activated.

Kundalini yoga has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and improve cognitive functions. Kundalini yoga is considered helpful to clear the mind and break away from negative habits, among other benefits.

New York Kundalini Yoga Ra Ma Institute  

Kundalini yoga studio with daily sessions, which are opened to beginners.


For far too long we have kept the physical separate from the mental, emotional and spiritual. It is now clear that our individual systems of which the mental, the emotional, the spiritual and the physical are composed of are holistic in nature.

Thoughts and emotions affect us on a cellular level. The feedback loop between the physical, the mental and the emotional is very real.

Looking at healing from a holistic perspective and engaging with a variety of healing modalities promotes healing on all levels.

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