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Dictionary of Metaphysical Healthcare

Unnaturalistic Methods: F-G

© 1997 Jack Raso, M.S., R.D.

Face Modelling: Purported cosmetic technique invented by Arcadi Beliavtsev and promoted by the Arcadi Centre, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Its theory holds that many internal organs are "projected" on the skin of the face and that, therefore, "intensive" facial treatment results in receipt by these organs of a shower of "healing impulses."
facial diagnosis: Mode of macrobiotic diagnosis whose postulate is that cheeks, nostrils, ears, and other parts of the head represent the conditions of different internal organs.
Facial Rejuvenation®: "Deep" form of contact healing that combines energy work (see "vibrational medicine"), "head reflexology," and massage. It includes aromatherapy.
faith healing (spiritual healing): 1. Any method wherein one makes an appeal to God or a spirit to participate in healing others, typically a combination of intercessory prayer, meditation, and utilization of faith in God. 2. An ill-defined group of methods that encompasses absent healing, Christian Sci ence, the laying on of hands, mesmerism, and shamanism.
Feeling Light: "Holistic approach" to wellness and weight management. It encompasses ear acupuncture, Qigong, tai chi, and the use of "flower essences" (see "flower essence therapy").
Feldenkrais Method® (Feldenkrais technique): Mode of bodywork originated in Israel by physicist and engineer Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc. (1904-1984). It is a form of "movement reeducation" whose alleged results include "increased levels of vital energy" ("renewed inner vitality"). The method has two "aspects": (1) private, one-on-one instruction (Functional Integration), and (2) group instruction (Awareness Through Movement).
feng shui [foong shway, fung shway]: Ancient Chinese "art" of situating or orienting objects and towns to promote a "healthy" flow of chi ("vital energy"). Its postulate is that all areas, large and small, have a distinctive "energy" that is guidable by rearranging objects (e.g., removing an orna ment from an apartment, or adding one to a particular corner of a room). No-noes include clutter, dark corners, gloomy colors, low ceilings, and sharp, pointed objects. "Feng shui" literally means "wind and water" and is translatable as "vital energy" or "geomancy."
Ferreri Technique {"Applied Kinesiology (Ferreri Technique)," AK/F}: Variation of applied kinesiology developed by Carl A. Ferreri, D.C.
firewalking (the firewalk): Centuries-old practice of walking barefoot across: (a) a bed of hot cinders (usually coals) or stones, or (b) a pit of fire. It is typically a religious or quasireligious ritual (e.g., a "test of faith" or "mystical hunt") and is comparable to self-healing. Purported roots of the ability to accomplish the firewalk include a personal "bioelectric field," deities, and supernatural forces.
Fit for Life program: Variation of the pseudo-dietetics of Natural Hygiene developed by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. On page 120 of Fit for Life (1987), Harvey Diamond stated that every bodily cell "possesses its own intelligence," and that the body effects whatever the conscious desires.
FITONICS (Fitonics for Life): "Mind-body-spirit" program expounded by married couple Marilyn H. Diamond, the coauthor of Fit for Life (1987), and Dr. Donald Burton Schnell in Fitonics for Life (1996). Schnell obtained his Master of Science and doctoral degrees from nonaccredited organizations. Diamond originated Fitonics; Schnell named it. Fitonics includes BODYTONICS, Hypno-Meditation, and MINDTONICS. Its theory posits a radiant soul.
Five Animal Frolics: Form of dong gong.
Five Finger Kung Fu: Group of exercises whose purported design is to process the "cosmic force" so as to "nourish" chi and direct it to the hands.
five-minute focus: Form of verbal therapy that involves composing a statement that represents the condition one desires and repeating the statement for five minutes.
Five Minute Massage (Five Minute Massages): Form of massage advanced by author Robert Thé. It purportedly can "take years off" one and improve the flow of "energy" through the body. Its theory posits "Power Points": points on the skin whereby one can (a) stimulate "energy" that flows in channels (meridians) and (b) alleviate specific common ailments, such as asthma, chest pain, earache, and hearing problems.
Five Rites of rejuvenation (Five Rites, Five Tibetans, Tibetan Five Rites): Subject of Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth (Harbor Press Inc., 1989), first published in 1939. The "Rites" are bodily movements, reportedly of Tibetan origin, that resemble those of hatha yoga. Practicing them supposedly: ac celerates the flow of "vital energy" through chakras and encourages these alleged centers or vortices of "psychic energy" to function optimally.
flower essence therapy: Enlargement of Bach flower therapy pioneered in the 1970s by Richard Katz, who founded the Flower Essence Society in 1979. The system involves purported intake of "flower essences": "subtle liquid extracts" whose alleged active ingredients are "life forces" from wildflowers or "pristine" garden blossoms.
Focusing (Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, Focusing-Oriented Therapy, Focusing Process, Focusing Therapy): "Natural" stepwise system of "personal growth" based on the work of psychology professor Eugene (Gene) T. Gendlin, Ph.D., author of Focusing (1981), Let the Body Interpret Your Dreams (1986), and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: A Manual of the Experimental Method (Guilford Publications, Inc., 1996). It involves dream work and inner child work. The purported effects of Focusing include: direct contact with the (allegedly palpable) "wisdom" of one's body (prenatal "bodily meaning"); the flowing of "life's energy" in "new ways of being"; discovery of one's "genuine self"; and an increase in personal "whole[ness]."
foot analysis (Grinberg Method): Pseudodiagnostic method whose postulate is that "feet show us how we walk through life." It is the subject of Foot Analysis: The Foot Path to Self-Discovery (Samuel Weiser, 1993), by Avi Grinberg. Grinberg founded the method in 1991 in Amsterdam, Holland. Foot analysis purportedly helps one to diagnose spiritual and health problems that show up in one's body language.
Foot Reflexology: An ancient "cousin" of acupuncture. It involves pressing "reflex areas" on the feet. Its postulate is that these areas correspond to organs and systems of the body. Purportedly, Foot Reflexology "really cleanses" the mind and body and "revitalizes energy." A common theory of re flexology holds that massaging certain areas of the feet restores health by breaking up and dispersing "crystals."
Foot Reflexology Massage: Foot Reflexology in the form of a massage.
formative prayer: The "science" of making or "drawing" things by using "spiritual energy" ("Infinite source currents") directly.
form drawing: "Therapeutic artistic activity" of anthroposophy. A purported consequence of form drawing is "tracery" of "archetypes" and "unseen dimensions."
The Forum (Landmark Education's The Forum): Successor to est. Werner Erhard (John Paul Rosenberg) founded it in 1985.
Fountain of Youth Qigong (Fountain of Youth): Purported ancient secret to increasing "Original Qi Energy" ("Yuan Qi," "the Primordial Qi"). It allegedly restores youth.
French acupuncture: Style of acupuncture originated by George Soulie de Morant and pioneered by his student Dr. Chamfrault, a medical doctor. Its theory holds that "meridian energetics" is a framework for understanding the body and disorders thereof.
Functional Integration®: Form of the Feldenkrais Method that involves private, one-on-one instruction.
Fusion meditations (Fusion Meditation, Fusion practice, Fusion practices): Component of the Healing Tao System. The Fusion meditations are a purported means of transforming "negative energy" into a quality "neutral force" that fuses with "positive energy" into a "Chi ball." According to Fusion theory, the "Chi ball" opens and cleanses eight special bodily channels used for "psychic protection" and "nourishes" the soul ("higher energy body").
future-life progression (future progression, future-life progression hypnosis): Variation of past-life therapy developed by Helen Stewart Wambach, Ph.D. (1925-1985), author of Recalling Past Lives (Harper & Row, 1978) and Life Before Life (Bantam Books, 1979), and provided by Chet B. Snow, Ph.D. Future-life progression is an alleged means of viewing one's future and the potential lives of future incarnations of oneself. To accomplish this, one must "step into" spacetime.

Gandharv Ved (Gandharva therapy, Gandharva-Veda music therapy, Maharishi Gandharva-Veda): Hindu form of "music therapy," purportedly designed to restore physiological "harmony" and eliminate pathogenic "imbalances."
gem therapy: The wearing of precious and semiprecious stones for healing, for example, bloodstones for hemorrhages and rubies for chills.
Gentle Bioenergetics: Apparently, a variation of Reichian Therapy that allegedly prevents neurosis in infants. It involves massage.
geopathic therapy (geopathic medicine): Method that embraces dowsing, feng shui, and kinesiology (see below).
Gerson Therapy (Gerson dietary regime, GDR, Gerson method, Gerson treatment): "A state of the art, contemporary, wholistic and natural treatment which assists the body's own healing mechanism," according to the Gerson Institute, in Bonita, California. The Gerson Therapy involves sodium restriction, potassium supplementation, extreme fat restriction, periodic protein restriction, and coffee enemas. The institute promotes the Gerson Therapy as a preventative lifestyle and a virtual panacea. German-born Max B. Gerson, M.D. (1881-1959) originated the method in the 1920s. His book, A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases, first published shortly after his death, is the acknowledged "bible" of the Gerson Therapy. The fifth edition of the book in cludes the following statements.

Gestalt Somatic method (Gestalt Somatics): Apparent combination of Gestalt therapy and bodywork
Gestalt therapy (Gestalt, Gestalt Psychotherapy): "Holistic approach" cofounded by psychiatrist Fritz (Frederick) Perls (1893-1970), M.D., and Laura Perls. It shares little with Gestalt psychology (configurationism). Its theory posits five "personality layers." According thereto, one reaches the "death layer" when "blocked feelings" and "psychic energy" condense and knot, and the "life layer" through the release of "blocked energies." The purported aim of Gestalt therapy, which includes dreamwork, is to help clients achieve "wholeness."
G-Jo Acupressure (G-Jo [GEE-joh]): Strictly digital form of acupressure promoted by the G-Jo Institute. Certification by the institute as a "Master of G-Jo Acupressure" requires only one weekend of home study. The institute claims that G-Jo Acupressure is foolproof and that it instantly heals hundreds of ailments. "G-jo" is Chinese for "first aid."
glandular therapy: Method whose philosophy is: "Like cell helps like cells." According thereto, intake of a glandular substance quickly results in its use as nourishment for a similar gland.
Gnosis: The "philosophy of the universe," as old as the world, according to the Gnostic Association of Anthropology and Scientific Studies (AGEACAC), a bilingual (Spanish/English) organization whose National Center is in Elmhurst, New York. AGEACAC holds that humans cannot develop their faculties if they lose "sexual energy" in any way (e.g., masturbation), that religious principles are eternal and universal truths, that there are no false religions, and that "Cosmic Religion" vibrates in every atom. Gnosis supposedly permits the "harmonious" development of "infinite human possibilities."
Going Home: Twelve-audiotape derivative of Hemi-Sync introduced in 1994 by The Monroe Institute. It purportedly offers "extraordinary opportunities" to people who want to overcome their fear of death.
Golden Light Solar Meditation: Part of Taoist Healing Imagery that is a purported means of absorbing "life energy from nature."
Gong Yoga (Gong Shui): Purported means of rejuvenating one's "physical tone power." Its theory posits an "intuitional body," and, apparently, chakras and "Meridians."
Grape Cure (grape diet): Mono-diet advanced by Johanna Brandt, N.D., "Ph.N.," author of The Grape Cure (© 1928). The front matter of the 1967 edition, a paperback published by Benedict Lust Publications, quotes the author: "My discovery of the Grape diet is the direct result of Divine Illumination." The grape diet consists of grapes or grape juice. Brandt held that the mind operated through "magnetism" and that the Grape Cure contributed to the purification and buildup of "magnetism." She recommended it for appendicitis, cancer, diabetes, gout, pyorrhea, rheumatism, scurvy, "sex problems," tuberculosis, "unnatural cravings" (as for alcoholic beverages, coffee, tea, and tobacco), and other conditions. Under the heading "Sex Problems," she stated: "By the magical purification of the blood the nerves are stabilized, self-control is established and our God-given heritage of sense and desire is transmitted into divine creative power."
graphochromopathy: Form of sympathetic magick (image magick) and variation of color therapy and absent healing. It involves exposure of a photograph of the patient to sunlight, or artificial light, that has passed through an "appropriately" colored filter. The photograph should not include anyone besides the patient, and the diseased area of the patient's body should be distinct and uncovered therein.
graphotherapy: Application of medical graphology to psychological problems.
Great Swimming Dragon ta'i chi form (Great Swimming Dragon): Subject of the videocassette, "Healing Movements: The Great Swimming Dragon T'ai Chi Form" (Rudra Press, 1996). It is an ancient form of Qigong.
guided imagery (guided visualization): Method akin to creative visualization and led meditation. Its purported design is to promote physical healing, or attitudinal or behavioral changes. Acting as a "prompter," the practitioner orally outlines a scene. Otherwise, the practitioner gives the client in structions on using imagery for self-help.


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