Zen Time – Holistic Therapy Working Magic
Since ancient times, scientists and philosophers have been admitting the vitality of connection of human physical and mental conditions. In the V century BC Socrates argued that there is no physical illness, separated from the soul. Plato lamented that a big mistake is made where bodily and mental illnesses are treated by different doctors – the body can not be separated from the soul.
One of the founders of the Russian school of clinical medicine Matthew Mudrov clearly pointed out that ‘some people get sick from physical causes, others from emotional disturbances’. As an experienced doctor, he admits the important role of psychological factors in the treatment of patients. In the XIX century the classics of domestic medicine unanimously acknowledged the influence of the psychic life of man: the way of thinking and emotional was tightly interrelated with the occurrence of diseases and local pain in the back, neck, lower back, and so on.
The unity of body and soul
It is already widely recognized that a human body is a system with complex dependencies, requiring an integrated approach in therapy. Previously science was focusing on splitting mental and physical states for the convenience of study, but now there is a clear trend towards unification of concepts and a more holistic vision. Perhaps that is the reason for a recently observed surge of interest in the phenomenon of psychosomatic medicine (from the Greek. Ψυχή – soul and Greek. Σομα – body) – the direction in medicine and psychology that study the influence of psychological factors on the occurrence of somatic (bodily) diseases (and their course of action). Importantly, the list of diseases ascribed to psychosomatic is growing on a constant basis year after year.
Modern medicine, and psychology in particular, offer a variety of methods and techniques to work with the person as a single interconnected system of the body-psyche. Holistic therapy is one of such methods. The name of this method is directly reflected, ‘holistic’ comes from the English words ‘whole’, ‘holistic’.
Investigating the connection
Interesting, but what is the connection of body and mind? Well, the connection is bi-directional: pain, physical ailments and injuries leave their mark on the state of mind. It may just be a manifestation of fear, as, for example, if a person suffered a car accident, then later the fear of suffering another accident follows him or her. On the other hand, the existing psychological problems, complexes and experienced stress also leave imprints in our body.
Emotionally experienced events grow in the memory of the body and are recorded in it. Thus, the body finds muscular armor – areas of chronic stress and clips (called blocks). They block the vital energy, emotions, strengths, abilities; limit the mobility of resources of the body; reduce the quality of life and performance; lead to diseases and aging.
So what do we mean by a block? This area represents a tension in the body, chronic tension in the muscles, which a persona does not realize. These muscles do not relax, even during sleep, and often people are not able to relax them if they wanted to. If a person has many clamps and the presence of a muscular armor is obvious, the social ‘classification’, a ‘hard man’ corresponds to the real situation – flexibility or stiffness of the body.
From the point of view of psychology, a block is a steady tension in the body, representing an actual problem of man. From the point of view of the functional anatomy, the block is a state of the tissue, characterized by shortening, an increase in density and hardness. In terms of bio-energy, the block is encapsulation of of energy in a certain part of the body.
Holistic therapy approach
Holistic therapy helps to study and address the causes of such blocks and contributes to the harmonization of both physical and psychological levels. Holistic therapy sessions are deprived of ‘violence’ and coercion (you answer only the questions you like), while the therapist tries to create a comfortable and safe atmosphere. The confidentiality of the information is essentially respected. Used during holistic therapy session pulsation massage technique is pleasant and painless. The duration of the treatment procedure usually ranges from 45 minutes to 1 hour, while the recommended frequency of procedures is 1-2 times per week.
This method is effective in solving a wide range of problems of both physical and psychological nature, including:
- diseases of the musculoskeletal system;
- diseases of the nervous system;
- diseases of ENT organs;
- diseases of view;
- depressive and asthenic conditions, chronic fatigue syndrome;
- headaches of various origins;
- autonomic dysfunction (often called “vegetative dystonia”);
- fears, depression, neurosis and neurotic conditions;
- stressful conditions and tension;
- so-called ‘age crises’;
- relations crises, and many
Contraindications: postinfarction, post stroke conditions, thrombosis and varicose veins with trophic disorders, infectious diseases in the acute phase, mental illnesses (psychotic sensitive). It is also recommended to avoid holistic therapy sessions immediately after the procedure of leech therapy – may increase bleeding.