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Integrative Medicine School

How do people choose a bodywork modality to integrate into their integrative medical practice?

Deciding which alternative methods of bodywork to embrace as part of an integrative medical practice is a very personal decision based on an exploration of various modalities. Many modalities are culturally derived, and can be more appealing to practitioners who either come from or relate to a certain cultural background. Integrative medicine programs may help aspiring students arrive at a decision by offering an opportunity to gain exposure to a number of different modalities.


Dr. Hall’s personal journey included the study of Ayurvedic bodywork, Chinese medicine, homeopathy, and chiropractic work. After exploring these and many other alternative methods of healing through various forms of bodywork, Dr. Hall found Craniosacral Therapy to be the modality that best suited him: “When I found cranial work I just had this strong sense that I had come home after wandering in the desert for seven years. I had learned a lot about the different alternative modalities, but no one thing could hold it all. I’ve been able to find a nesting place within the cranial worldview for every concept of healing that I learned about from all these different things.”

What alternative methods might physicians include in their integrative medical practice?

Dr. Hall works with patients to help them recognize the emotional component of physical sensation by helping to foster a deeper awareness of the mind and body, specifically the body part or body system that is in a state of imbalance. By simply having his patients place their conscious awareness into the body part or body system that is giving them trouble they are able to tune into the sensory information that is available there. In some cases this is able to provide the doctor with information that is more relevant than an x-ray or EKG could provide. This is because placing conscious awareness into the body reveals the emotion associated with an injury or ailment and the block in the flow of energy that may have caused the ailment, rather than just providing a visual representation of an injury.


Functional medicine makes use of advanced metabolic testing to identify chemical imbalances in the body. The purpose of functional medicine is to restore balance to the chemical interactions that take place within the body so as to eliminate fatigue, allergies, hormonal imbalance, and digestive dysfunction. Restoring this balance will promote overall health and vitality, which is the body’s natural homeostasis.

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