Complementary and Holistic therapies.
- The origins of holistic therapy
- The Founding Fathers of Western Holistic Healthcare
- Developments in the uderstanding and practice of holistic therapies in the 20th Century
- The origins of kinesiology
- How Health Kinesiology works
Holistic therapy is a generic term for any treatment / therapy session that is intended to treat the individual as a whole on all levels – mind, body and spirit. Most complementary or alternative therapies could be regarded as holistic.
When an alternative medicine or therapy is used alone or instead of conventional medicine, it is called “alternative”. Alternative medicine or therapy is outside the realm of conventional modern medicine.
When treatment or therapy is done alongside or in addition to conventional medicine, it is referred to as “Complementary Medicine” as the two practices complement each other.
Conventional allopathic medicine is particularly successful for acute conditions and surgical repair or removal where a particular body part or organ receives specific attention. Drugs may be used as part of the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions although patients may sometimes suffer side effects which vary in intensity. In chronic as well as acute conditions the drugs alleviate the symptoms the patient is experiencing.
What is the role of complementary therapy beside conventional medicine?
Complementary therapies work with conventional allopathic medicine to ensure that the client/patient receives the best possible energy work to bring the client into a place of vibrant well-being. Allopathic medicine tends to work with ‘what has happened’ whereas complementary therapies, such as health kinesiology works with ‘why it’s happened/is happening’.
Holistic Therapies have been around for thousands of years. The Chinese have known about the energy flowing through the meridians for over 4,000 years and developed acu-puncture to tap into and unblock the energy flows. Chinese Medicine uses acu-puncture and herbal remedies while from the Indian sub-continent we have Ayurveda – ‘the Science of Life’ – a system that has been around for 5,000 years.
The Chakras, wheels of light linked to sound, light and colour are ‘hubs’ of intense prana energy. They act as transducers or gearing to step down the energy from the higher universal energy down through the subtle bodies into the physical body. They were first mentioned in the Vedas, ancient Hindu texts of knowledge.
Ayurveda deals with the principles for maintaining good energy balance and has developed a wide range of therapeutic measures to manage disturbances within the body. These principles relate to mind, body and spirit of human beings.
Both the North American Indians and the healers or “wise” women throughout Europe have known about the healing properties of flowers, trees and natural herbs to use as medicines to help those seeking their help.
In Germany, Dr Samuel Hahnemann working in late 18th Century was the originator of Homoeopathic Medicine – the system of ‘Like Cures Like’ but in diluted forms. Basically this means that a remedy that produces symptoms in a healthy person will cure the same symptoms in a sick person. He also realized the great importance of the inorganic cell salts but it was Dr. Schussler, who further developed Hahnemann’s ideas and produced the 12 Tissue Salts.
Radionics, as a healing modality was started by an American, Dr Albert Abrams, who discovered that under certain conditions a patient’s nervous system reacted to the energy fields of substances placed on the patient and resulted in a change of muscle tone when the patient’s abdominal wall was palpated. He found that the same substance would affect whole muscle groups. Dr Ruth Drown furthered Abram’s work by establishing the vibrational rates of healthy cells, organs and tissues. She found that by broadcasting the perfect vibrational rate to a sick person healing would occur.
During the 20th Century many new holistic therapies emerged – Dr Edward Bach, a Welshman who was one of the leading homoeopathic doctors at the London Homoeopathic Hospital was the first to realise the link between dis-ease and emotional imbalances. Although the homoeopathic treatments offered at the hospital helped many patients to complete health, some patients returned again and again to the Hospital.
Dr Bach found the solution to the complete healing of his patients in the vibrational properties of flowers and so opened the way for other gifted sensitive people to intuit the healing powers of so many aspects of nature. Vibrational essences can now be found made from flowers, trees, crystals, light, sound and the sea. All these essences work to strengthen existing energy pathways.
Sound and colour therapies have come into prominence during the last 20 years.
Kinesiology stems from work done by an Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr Robert W.Lovett, from Boston, Massachusetts in 1920′s, although kinesiology itself originates with Aristotle (384- 322 B.C.) who is named the ”Father of Kinesiology”.
One of the most exciting developments for holistic therapies occurred in the USA in the 1950s when Dr. George Goodheart established the link between meridian flow and muscle function and became the father of Kinesiology as we know it today. He developed Applied Kinesiology and from that Dr. John Thie developed Touch for Health.
Kinesiology means “the study of movement”. As a treatment system, it involves testing muscles through their range of movement and correcting any weaknesses detected. Because muscles are linked to internal organs and to meridians in the Chinese model of medicine, disturbances in muscle function will flag up problems in internal function and energy flow round the body.Correcting this disturbance and so strengthening a weak muscle will improve energy flow in the related meridian and improve the function of the related organ.
There are several types of Kinesiology and they vary mainly according to how corrections are carried out when a muscle is found to unlock when monitored.
Dr. Jimmy Scott started developing the Health Kinesiology System of Bio-Energetic Kinesiology in 1978. He expanded on the procedures from Applied Kinesiology, Touch for Health and his knowledge and work as a Psychologist and nutritionist. Health Kinesiology continues to expand as Dr Scott, along with input from his HK tutors and clients worldwide, is constantly researching the most effective protocols to use to promote the client’s well-being and help them realise their full potential.
In Health Kinesiology (HK) BioEnergy corrections are done by gently holding or tapping acupuncture points with the fingertips.
HK uses muscle testing and verbal questioning to pinpoint what is stressing and unbalancing the BioEnergy System of the body sufficiently enough to cause energy disturbances and subsequent symptoms of ill health and disturbed emotional or mental states.
The stressors that cause dis-ease in the physical, emotional or mental states of clients can be bio-energetic disturbed reactions to contact substances, toxic substances like heavy metals and solvents which the body is failing to eliminate, electro-magnetic fields, micro-organisms, the body’s misreading of its own bio-chemicals, and psychological factors such as worries, fears, or limiting assumptions and beliefs a person may have about themselves or other people.
When the body is in contact with a factor that stresses it, a muscle being monitored will lose toneslightly and unlock. This unlocking of the monitored muscle indicates that some part of the body is being deprived of its BioEnergy supply in terms of nerve impulses, blood flow carrying oxygen and nutrients to specific cells and tissues, the lymph drainage functioning effectively or it may simply have become confused in some way about how it should function.
The effect of a stress can be likened to the shorting of an electrical circuit which results in a power failure or over energising resulting in a fire.
The stress or linked group of stresses is defined by muscle monitoring. The body has the intelligence to flag up the imbalances that most need to be dealt with in the order it is most capable of addressing them. Muscle monitoring is then used to identify which acupuncture points to gently hold or tap while the person is under the influence of the relevant stressor.
Holding the appropriate points on the body re-tunes the BioEnergy flow and instructs the body to correct the BioEnergy supply to the relevant part of the BioEnergy system that is struggling so that it can regain normal, healthy functioning. The corrective process may continue for some days and when complete, makes for a permanent improvement in health and wellness.
Sometimes the body benefits from small changes in habit to do with rest, sleep, work, recreation and fluid or food intake. HK calls these “adjunctive factors” and they are identified via muscle monitoring. They can be as important as the corrections done during the session by holding or tapping the appropriate acupuncture points and they should be taken seriously to achieve the full health-improving results.
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