Holistic healing is all about connecting with your body on a deeper level to get to the underlying root of pain. It addresses wellness from the inside out and puts just as much emphasis on the mind as on the body. From mainstream modalities like acupuncture to more woo-woo practices like flower essences and crystal therapy, there's a whole sampling of holistic techniques to choose from these days. Here's a fun way to find one that fits your personality à la zodiac.
1. Aries (March 21 - April 20): Meditation
Your fiery energy keeps your body moving a million miles a minute—and your mind even quicker. As the ambitious trailblazer of the horoscope, you find it tricky to slow down and look within. Give yourself permission to dedicate a few minutes to meditation every day and watch a calmer, more centered you emerge.
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2. Taurus (April 21 - May 21): Forest bathing
Your practicality, stability, and patience make you a great provider for the rest of the horoscope. But sometimes you can be a bit too set in your ways and you have trouble adjusting to change. Forest bathing (yes, it's a thing) can make your next trip into nature a more mindful experience—one that reminds you that Mother Earth is never stagnant, and you shouldn't be either.
Here's the primer on forest bathing you never knew you needed.
3. Gemini (May 22 - June 21): Essential oils
You're of two minds on just about everything, which makes it difficult for you to make a decision and stick with it. Thankfully, the hundreds upon hundreds of natural scents out there can speak to whatever mood you happen to be in on any given day. Feeling stressed out? Give some sweet orange a try. Can't seem to calm your racing mind? Vetiver to the rescue.
Start your aromatic repertoire with these ultra-healing scents.
4. Cancer (June 22 - July 22): Yoga
Intuitive and sensitive, you're the one your friends turn to during hard times. Though you're incredibly nurturing and maternal, sometimes you have trouble taking care of yourself as much as you take care of others. Yoga to the rescue. Get to the mat, look within, and connect with your body on a deeper, more intuitive level.
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5. Leo (July 23 - August 21): Flower essences
Animated doesn't even begin to the describe you, and you love storytelling and sharing your effusive energy with others. Though they may land a little high on the "woo-woo" scale, flower essences don't scare you away since you're willing to give just about anything a try once. So cook up some passionflower essence the next time your mental chatter is spinning out of control. Even if it doesn't work, at least you'll get a good story out of it.
This will tell you everything you need to know about the history and purpose of floral rituals.
6. Virgo (August 22 - September 23): Acupuncture
The perfectionist of the zodiac, your attention to detail can leave you stressed, anxious, and overworked. Acupuncture is an incredibly powerful alternative medicine practice that has been shown to lower cortisol levels in the body and encourage a zen-like state of tranquility.
Check out why this M.D. recommends the practice to all of her patients.
7. Libra (September 24 - October 23): Ayurveda
You're always trying to even out the scales and find harmony in everything you do—whether it's by solving a two-sided disagreement or finding a perfect work-life balance. Ayurveda can help you bring that sense of equity within since it's an ancient practice founded on the idea that the human body is composed of three energy centers that must be brought into balance for optimal health.
Incorporate Ayurvedic wisdom into your routine with these tips.
8. Scorpio (October 24 - November 22): Shaman consult
You're always searching for deeper meaning, and you're not concerned with surface explanations. Life's unknowns fascinate you, and for this reason you tend to be highly spiritual. Shamanism speaks to this unyielding curiosity. Shamans call on herbs, energy clearing techniques, and indigenous ceremonies to communicate with the spirit realm and help the living tap into the deeper depths of their personality.
Learn more about modern-day shamanism with this investigative feature.
9. Sagittarius (November 23 - December 22): Sound healing
You are the ultimate free spirit and you're always chasing wild, boundless adventure. Never one to shy away from new experiences, you won't be happy until you explore every corner of the world (or at least, your immediate surroundings). Like therapy with music, sound healing is a great way to travel to new places without even leaving a room.
See what the modality is all about here.
10. Capricorn (December 23 - January 20): Reiki
Goal-oriented with a brain for business, you're not afraid of hard work and you have big aspirations for the future. However, your drive can make you a bit overly practical, and you could use some more faith in the unknown. Reiki practitioners can influence your energy without even laying a finger on your body, and the ancient technique is sure to leave you a holistic convert.
Check out this skeptic-turned-reiki-enthusiast tale to learn what the practice is really like.
11. Aquarius (January 21 - February 19): Crystals
The mad scientist of the zodiac, you're charming, intelligent, and a little quirky. Nothing is too out there for you and you see the world through a more idealistic lens. The rainbow of crystals out there speaks to your bright, bold personality, and the healing stones can help you manifest that dream life you have stored away in your mind.
This class will answer your questions on all things gemstone.
12. Pisces (February 20 - March 20): Floating therapy
A dreamer who often has your head in the clouds, your perfect day is one spent out exploring nature or making art. Float therapy is a form of sensory deprivation that gives you a chance to be alone with your thoughts while submerged in 12 inches of water—and 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt. One hour in a tank is thought to have the same impact on the brain as a full day of sleep, giving you plenty of time to explore those big, mystical dreams.
Explore more benefits of this unconventional therapy on overall well-being here.