|Our Methods, Systems and Approach
We make use of every tool and process provided by Nature as a way toward
self-balance and self -healing.
A big part of our Natural Therapy practice revolves around the therapeutic
dimensions of the paths of Yoga (Ayurveda) and Tai Chi
Chuan, and these are further expanded by the use of Herbal (Botanical)
and Homeopathic remedies, Bodywork, work with the breath
(Pranayama), nutrition and fasting, hydrotherapy - the specifics of how
we apply these particular therapeutic tools and other specialised techniques
are beyond the scope of this short introduction.
In our practice, all these are guided - shaped - by a loose theoretical
framework which is roughly outlined below.
Our most important tool is personal contact, experienced within
the context of a therapeutic relationship; we value this as the most potent
and intense part of our work, and so we construct our Natural Therapy
practice with the personal /therapeutic relationship as an integral
- sine qua non - element of the service we offer.
We approach the building of this therapeutic relationship guided by
the priciples of the anti -authoritarian movement as applied to radical
therapy, meaning that we participate in the relationship so as to erase
and overcome patterns of authoritarian conditioning both for the person
in our care and also within our own selves.
We are fully cognisant of the limits of how much can be achieved by
individual therapy, and of how much this needs to be supplemented by a
re-structuring of social realities (political and social change
being higher forms of therapy).
We approach the personal process openly, especially when our therapy
work is aimed at personal changes which can only be achieved by a long
-term, many -years long involvement. This means that we are open to changes
of our own selves as well, respecting the therapeutic relationship as a
source of experiences through which we - the "know- it- all therapists"
- also will mature and grow emotionally.
In our Natural Therapy practice we make use of as many methods, materials
and supplies as possible.
Our approach is holistic, meaning that the choices and applications
of therapeutic methods and materials must be guided by a broader understanding
of each person's personal life, emotional, mental and physical realities,
placed within the context of one's lifestyle, professional life, love life,
family life, and spiritual life.
Given the multifaceted nature of Reality, and the many ways in which
a systematic knowledge of the Universe can be structured, we donít adhere
dogmatically to any one particular Cosmology to guide our work; we embrace
many and various paths of knowledge, utilising what works best for
the needs of each person in our care, as well as for our own personal and
We feel it's perfectly fine to use Chemistry to understand
a drug, to use Physiology to influence an organ system with herbs, and
an Ayurvedic analysis to understand an energy pattern.
At the same time we respect and we utilise the traditional, spiritually
-informed Sciences, which have addressed Humanity's healthcare needs
for millenia, especially in the triune shape which seems to be slowly becoming
in this recent decade a "globally- owned" Natural Therapy culture: Traditional
Chinese Medical theory; Western Alchemy Elemental (Humors)
theory; Ayurvedic (Samkhia - "Hindu") Cosmology.
We value the knowledge of Anatomy to orient us in Bodywork, and we value
the knowledge of energy meridians to guide us in making more effective
and higher quality therapeutic use of Bodywork.
We affirm all the findings of establishment science (we embrace the
appropriate use of life- saving medical technology and we reject unnecessary
interventions and we - think we can - tell the difference).
A careful and balanced application of each thought -system and body
of knowledge for each circumstance, gives us the abilty to be flexible
and to provide therapeutic care of many different qualities.