20 April 2010
In the mid 70’s I lived at the Himalayan Institute ashram outside of
I really enjoyed the opportunity to working with people with ongoing and chronic illnesses as well as with people who wanted to immerse themselves in holistic and spiritual activities. It made a lot of sense and I saw great transformation when people had both time and guidance to help integrate life changes and be able to incorporate these new discoveries into every day life, on their own. We also offered guidance on an ongoing outpatient basis after people would leave the in house program.
Established by Swami Rama of the
Combined Therapy was structured in a 14-day residential format and included daily health assessments, holistic medical counseling, biofeedback, homeopathic clinics, relaxation training, diet assessment and counseling, and other therapies, along with training in skills that promote self-healing and help to maintain health. One of the unique features of the program was its spiritual content in the form of methodical practices of self-observation, silence, solitude and guidance in meditation.
Over the years, I sometimes yearned for the opportunity to again have the luxury of spending longer periods of time with patients/clients. Everyday regular medical practice always gives me great satisfaction, but sometimes it doesn’t afford me the opportunity to really help people change bad habits and incorporate new lifestyle activities. So from this desire came the idea of spending longer periods of time with individuals, treating and teaching people about life from the many dimensions that characterize this amazing life journey..
Out of this desire came the idea of Five Dimensional Healing. Borrowed from yogic model of koshas, which describes how the individual lives on many dimensions simultaneously, came the overall structure of the program. Genomic and biomolecular discoveries have added a great deal to our understanding how physiology affects psychology, how mind, emotions and the energy of metabolism and breathing affect and interplay with the brain and autonomic nervous system activity and how all this affects immunity and inflammation.
Our group that initiated this program include myself, James Around-Thomas, Maria Sylvester, and Cinda Hocking. Below is some information on all of us.
I practice classical homeopathy in
My close friend and colleague, James A. Arond-Thomas, MD, MSc received his M.D. and a Masters of Science degree in Autonomic Psycho-Pharmacology from
My other good friends and co-workers working on 5DH with me are Maria Sylvester, MSW, CPC and Cinda Hocking, LMSW.
Maria is a Life & Wellness Coach here in