Right from the start of mankind touch has been a vital part of human interaction and communication. We use physical contact to reassure and comfort each other, or simply to rub a pain away. Hands on therapies have developed over hundreds and thousands of years, it has been recorded in ancient Egypt, India and China as early as 2000BC, also ancient Rome and Greece.

Hippocrates 460BC-377BC of ‘Cos or Hippokrates of Kos’ was an ancient greek physician of the age or Pericles, considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine and referred to as the “father of medicine”, but would be more fitting to dub him the father of holistic medicine.

He recommends bath for female disorders, he also promoted the benefits of massage,
“the physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly in rubbing…for rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose, and loosen a joint that is too rigid”

Conventional (orthodox) medicine
Defines ill health as specific, identifiable symptoms, cured by specific treatment and/or drugs and is purely concerned with treating symptoms rather than causes.

Complementary medicine
Defines illness as a primary imbalance and disharmony within the body, that manifests itself with physical symptoms and is purely concerned with treating the causes, rather than the symptoms.

Complementary/holistic therapists work with clients to restore balance and harmony, looking at the whole, the relationship between mind, body and soul.



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