More Techniques

A Meditative Journey Through Guided Imagery

Written by 
Pamela Newton
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Julie Haber, M.Div

Guided imagery, also called creative visualization, is a type of meditation that is generally practiced with the goal of achieving a state of relaxation, cultivating a more positive attitude, and gaining a sense of unity among mind, body and spirit.

Beneficial Breathing Techniques

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Katie Surridge

If you’re reading these words, you’re breathing—and probably not thinking too much of it. We do this naturally, of course, to make sure our bodies get the oxygen they need to survive. You can, however, learn to breathe in certain ways to re-energize and restore your body and mind.

Biofeedback: Listening to Your Body

Written by 
Pamela Newton

Biofeedback therapy (or biofeedback training, as it’s sometimes called) might sound a bit futuristic if you’re not familiar with it. Although it does involve some high-tech elements, the concept is pretty simple: learn how your body reacts in certain situations and then retrain it to respond differently—essentially the science of mind over matter.

Hypnotherapy: Guided Transformation

Written by 
Pamela Newton

If you’re unfamiliar with the meaningful uses of hypnosis, you might cast it off as a form of amusement; maybe you’ve witnessed someone else being hypnotized in a party setting and it was all for fun. The truth is, hypnotherapy is a serious practice that can help you make a specific lifestyle change, or work through a particular problem or obstacle you’d like to overcome.

Kaizen: Lessons for Everyday Life

Written by 
Cathy Garrard

Kaizen is a Japanese business philosophy—which may leave you wondering why we’re discussing it here in our Mind and Spirit section. The term loosely translates to “change for the better” and is a slow-and-steady method of encouraging success in workplaces.

Music Therapy: How Songs Can Heal

Written by 
Pamela Newton
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Sharon Alpert, M.A., L.I.C.S.W.

Consider all the areas of your life that involve music. At its most basic level, music can certainly make your commute or workout more pleasurable. But it goes deeper than that: Music can motivate and inspire, encouraging you to relax, let go and feel happier in the moment and more.

Neurofeedback: Retrain Your Brain

Written by 
Pamela Newton

Your brain is working around the clock (even while you sleep), affecting how you feel and function. At certain times, it works better that at others. Neurofeedback (also called neurotherapy) is a technique that allows you to see if your mind is working in your favor.

Start a Spiritual Journal

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Julie Haber, M.Div

Keeping a journal can be a spiritual practice that allows you to connect internally and express yourself. It can also be a healing experience during difficult times—one that can help you understand how you’re feeling in the moment. Not sure how to start? Consider these types of journals.

The Ancient Art of Feng Shui

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Julie Haber, M.Div

Where acupuncturists apply needles to areas of the body to encourage the flow of energy and promote harmony and healing, Feng Shui experts suggest the addition, removal or rearrangement of items (furniture, plants, wall hangings and so on) in a space to do the same.

The Mind and Body Benefits of Aromatherapy

Written by 
Nina Malkin
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Jordan Barton, L.M.T.

While scientists are still studying the effects of the ancient practice of aromatherapy, studies show that it has true healing benefits for both physical and emotional concerns.

The Power of Silence

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Julie Haber, M.Div

Think back to the last time you had a few free moments. Chances are, you filled that time—probably without even thinking about it—by answering a few emails, doing a little work, cleaning, or surfing the web. Most of us crave more down time, more stillness…so why don’t we make it happen?

Unplug from Your Life

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Julie Haber, M.Div

For most of us, technology has increasingly become an important part of our lives. While it may seem hard to unplug completely, it is possible—even for just a little while. Try this technique to help you find a balance between being connected externally and internally.

Using Your Breath as an Anchor

Written by 
Cathy Garrard

Many times, whether we’re trying to calm ourselves down or think twice before we speak, we take a deep breath. Sometimes it happens automatically, as if our bodies are telling us, “Wait, I need a minute.” Other times, we are more conscious about using our breath to ground us.