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Holistic Medicine: An Introduction


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Workshop based on my 20 years of Holistic Health experience. Presented at Feel Well 4 Life January 12, 2011

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Holistic Medicine: An Introduction

  1. 1. Holistic Medicine: An Introduction January 12, 2011 Montgomery Norton
  2. 2. Holistic Medicine: Definition <ul><li>Holistic |hō ˈ listik| </li></ul><ul><li>characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole. </li></ul><ul><li>Holistic Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease. </li></ul>Source: New Oxford American Dictionary. Retrieved January 11, 2011 from:
  3. 3. Consciousness <ul><li>Michael Bernard Beckwith ; Quotes ; </li></ul><ul><li>Jim Carrey </li></ul><ul><li>The Context : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Civilizational </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planetary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cosmological </li></ul></ul>Amanda Sage
  4. 4. Meditation <ul><li>Breath </li></ul><ul><li>Vipassana </li></ul><ul><li>Daily action </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Communion </li></ul><ul><li>Intention </li></ul><ul><li>Fundamental to Holistic Medicine </li></ul>
  5. 5. Breath <ul><li>What does this mean? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we breath? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is this important? </li></ul><ul><li>Breath in Holistic Medicine </li></ul>
  6. 6. Boundaries <ul><li>Why are they important? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are they such an issue? </li></ul><ul><li>What are boundaries? In the context of holistic medicine? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this a taboo subject? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you have boundaries? As a therapist? As a client? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Attention <ul><li>Definition: the mental faculty of considering or taking notice of someone or something; the action of dealing with or taking special care of someone or something. </li></ul><ul><li>How do we cultivate Attention? </li></ul><ul><li>The Power of attention - the most valuable faculty that we have; our primary spiritual force. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Super Attention” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Intention <ul><li>Definition: plan that (something) function in a particular way; plan that speech should have (a particular meaning). Design or destine (someone or something) for a particular purpose or end. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Power of Intention” - Dr. Wayne Dyer </li></ul><ul><li>Jim Carrey </li></ul><ul><li>Setting Intention </li></ul>
  9. 9. Awareness <ul><li>The first step to change </li></ul><ul><li>Definition: having knowledge or perception of a situation or fact. C oncerned and well-informed about a particular situation or development : “unless everyone becomes more environmentally aware, catastrophe is inevitable.” </li></ul><ul><li>External (events, conditions); Internal (feelings, sensations, ‘whole body’) </li></ul>Source: The New Oxford American Dictionary
  10. 10. Intuition <ul><li>Definition: the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. </li></ul><ul><li>The Art of Listening </li></ul><ul><li>Guides & Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch in High School </li></ul>
  11. 11. Modalities <ul><li>Acupressure </li></ul><ul><li>Massage Therapy (Swedish, Sports, Esalen) </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Massage </li></ul><ul><li>Reiki / Energy Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Shamanic Healing </li></ul><ul><li>Astrology </li></ul><ul><li>Shiatsu </li></ul><ul><li>Watsu / Jahara </li></ul><ul><li>Yoga </li></ul><ul><li>Tai Chi </li></ul>
  12. 12. Modalities cont’d. <ul><li>Chiropractic </li></ul><ul><li>Cranio-Sacral Therapy </li></ul><ul><li>Feldenkrais </li></ul><ul><li>Gestalt Therapy </li></ul><ul><li>Hellerwork </li></ul><ul><li>Myofascial Release </li></ul><ul><li>Rolfing </li></ul><ul><li>Trauma Release </li></ul><ul><li>Kinesiology/Applied/Specialized Kinesiology </li></ul><ul><li>Glossary </li></ul>
  13. 13. Mentorship / Apprenticeship <ul><li>Artistry </li></ul><ul><li>Passion - Cooking </li></ul><ul><li>What is the Mentor/Apprentice relationship? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we cultivate such relationships? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you find a mentor? </li></ul><ul><li>Certifications </li></ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Gurus </li></ul>
  14. 14. Integrity <ul><li>Definition: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. The state of being whole and undivided. The condition of being unified. Internal consistency or lack of corruption. </li></ul><ul><li>“ the final stage of individual psychosocial development is integrity.” - Erik Erikson </li></ul><ul><li>body + mind + soul + relationships + community - Integral Health </li></ul><ul><li>What does this mean? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is this important? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Rights of Passage <ul><li>Initiations </li></ul><ul><li>Indigenous Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Adolescence </li></ul><ul><li>Injuries </li></ul><ul><li>The Swim </li></ul><ul><li>Winter Solstice </li></ul><ul><li>Context </li></ul>
  16. 16. Communication <ul><li>The power of communication </li></ul><ul><li>What is the intention? </li></ul><ul><li>The Esalen fire experience </li></ul><ul><li>Psychic Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Transcendent communication </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional Processing </li></ul><ul><li>As a healing modality - Psychology </li></ul>
  17. 17. Purpose <ul><li>Service </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing our Gifts </li></ul><ul><li>Care </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling </li></ul><ul><li>Compassion </li></ul><ul><li>Empathy </li></ul><ul><li>Love </li></ul>
  18. 18. The Beginning <ul><li>Deep Breath </li></ul><ul><li>Surrender </li></ul><ul><li>Intuition </li></ul><ul><li>The process </li></ul><ul><li>The journey </li></ul><ul><li>Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Joy </li></ul>