My "Wholistic" Approach Nurtures The Body And Its Rhythms
Bodywork is not a "fix!"
Bodies are not machines!
Fix it! = No!
Western Medical Theory supports a mechanistic view of nature that breaks the body into pieces and parts; organs, tissues, cells, molecules.
The image of a Doctor as a Mechanic is reflected in our language. A doctor is consulted when something in the body ceases to function adequately or “breaks down.” The doctor, then, is expected to “fix” it.
In this worldview, mechanical laws govern how the human, or in our case equine, machine works. This results in a cause and effect method of explaining the material universe that falls short of a "wholistic" approach.
Nurture it! = Yes!
The Eastern medical view is very different. It views the human being as a microcosm of nature. Humanity, and all creatures great or small, cannot be separated from nature. They are seen as manifestations of nature.
Here, we encounter the notion of the doctor as gardener in a role that is meant to cultivate life. The gardener does not make the garden grow, Nature does that. The gardener is an ally who observes and nurtures the interaction between the garden and the environment. The processes, cycles and conditions that exist in a garden can also be observed in the life of a human being or any living thing.