Self Care Practices

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What is self care?

Self care practices are exercises, affirmations, and meditative practices that patients can perform without the aid of a practitioner.

What if I forget my self care routine for a few days? Will I undo all I have gained?

No. While self care practices are most effective when conducted daily or multiple times per day, skipping a few sessions will not undo any work that has been accomplished. Abstaining from self care for long periods of time, however, can provide opportunity for regression.

What is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)?

EFT is a sequence of acupoints that can be tapped with fingers in order to alleviate stress. Once learned, the tapping sequence can be self-administered any time when a patient feels stress or negative emotions. Using the sequence helps patients immediately dissipate negative emotions as they occur. While EFT is useful for everyone, studies have demonstrated EFT's efficacy for treating phobias, PTSD, and anxiety. An EFT guide sheet can be found here.

What are tai chi and qigong? Why should I practice them?

Tai chi and qigong are sequences of movement that increase and balance qi flow within the body. Tai chi is a martial art that is performed for both self defense and health benefits. Qigong is comprised of repeated movements that are strung together to enhance meditation. Many styles of tai chi and qigong exist. Holistic Pain Solutions teaches Yang style long form tai chi, and a Sheng Zhen, a form of seated qigong.


Both tai chi and qigong relieve stress, improve depression, lower blood pressure, improve overall health, and support recovery from disease. The mild movements involved in both activities can also improve balance, strength, and coordination.