therap-, -therapeutic[s], -therapeutically, -therapy, -therapies, -therapist
(Greek: heal, cure; treatment; service done to the sick, [a waiting on])
2. A term used for treatment of illness and maintenance of general physical health using essential oils distilled from such plants as camomile, camphor, peppermint, rosemary, lavender, and eucalyptus.
Such treatments were known in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and other civilizations, while early Arabian physicians developed the distillation of aromatic oils through experiments in alchemy.
The term aromatherapy derives from the writings of the French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, whose book Aromatherpie was published in 1928. Aromatherapy is more than simply a department of herbalism, since it postulates subtle energies of aromatic plants related to life force, which can be correlated with ancient Chinese concepts of Yin and Yang.
2. A relaxation technique utilizing self-suggestion, and meditation.
Autogenic Therapy is a research based relaxation technique that promotes self empowerment and peace of mind.
"Autogenic" means generated from within and once learned, Autogenic Therapy becomes a skill for life which can help to reduce stress and increase well being.
Autogenic Training (AT) is a relaxation technique, a psycho-physiologically-based form of autonomic self-regulation, and a self-help resource for health.
It is a method of inducing the relaxation response which is opposite to the stress response, bringing about a healthy balance between the sympathetic (fight or flight) and the parasympathetic (rest renewal and repair) activities of the body's autonomic nervous system.
Autogenic training, devised in the early 1900s by German psychiatrist and neurologist, J. H. Schultz, first published in 1932, is a way of using suggestive words or phrases; such as, "I feel calm" or "I feel heavy" to passively encourage your body to relax.
Dr. Schultz' method, known as autogenous training, teaches a people to create a feeling of warmth and heaviness throughout their bodies; thereby experiencing a profound state of physical relaxation, bodily health, and mental peace.
Once you become proficient at it, you can use autogenics to overcome addictions (such as smoking or gambling), change unwanted behaviors (such as nail biting), and resolve anxieties (such as fear of flying).
In fact, you can use autogenics to help overcome just about any psychological or physiological problem; and the results will vary (a) according to the severity of the problem and (b) according to your own discipline and confidence.
2. The treatment of a disease with filtrates from a patient’s secretions.
3. Treatment of one’s own infirmity (illness).
2. Immersion of part or all of the body in a mineral water bath as a form of therapy.
3. The treatment of diseases, injuries, and other physical ailments with baths and bathing; especially, in natural mineral waters.
Balneotherapy involves the treatment of diseases by bathing. It may involve hot or cold water, massage via moving water, relaxation or stimulation. Many mineral waters at spas are rich in particular minerals (silica, sulfur, selenium, radium) which can be absorbed via the skin.
The term balneotherapy has gradually come to be applied to everything relating to health-spa treatment, including the drinking of waters and the use of hot baths and natural vapor baths, as well as of the various kinds of mud and sand used for hot applications.
2. A medic who utilizes reading as part of his/her treatment.
"The use of reading material in bibliotherapy is also utilized for nervous diseases."