Etiotherapy works at the intersection of your physical and emotional states. Drawing from traditional Chinese medicine and western methodologies: providing a unique new way to heal ourselves.
What is Etiotherapy?
Etiotherapy is a route to increased well being: helpful in treating a very wide range of physical, mental and emotional discomfort. It is a non-invasive process that uses no pharmaceutical intervention. As a collection of techniques, it aims to illuminate the root cause of an issue, allowing a natural healing process to take place. Etiotherapy considers that each element of a person contains within it information about the state of the of an individual as a whole. Sometimes referred to as a fractal description: we find that the patterns that make up the smallest units are seen repeated throughout the entirety of a larger collection of those parts. Seen throughout the natural world, reflecting on ourselves in this way and using methods to interpret such patterns can be used as a diagnostic tool to reveal the cause of physical and emotional misalignment. We each have a powerful natural ability to absorb, process and heal injuries (both emotional and physical) but this process can be blocked or interrupted, leaving us carrying around unresolved ailments. The effect of this ripples out through us a person, sometimes with profound consequences. Etiotherapy seeks to reveal any such unresolved healing, and ultimately allow the process to complete.
How does Etiotherapy work?
Though sessions will vary between individuals to suit their needs, there are some common methodologies that most treatments share. Throughout a session I will monitor your radial pulse. Subtle disturbances in the complex rhythms of this pulse convey detailed information about a person's condition. In conjunction with this, aspects of traditional Chinese meridional theory are used: here again I am able to interpret information about the whole of a person being reflected a part of them - the ear is often used to guide diagnosis. Additionally there is an empathetic aspect to the treatment. By focusing via discussion or even silent reflection on an unguided range of emotional concerns, I gather a comprehensive awareness of your state. Bringing together the understanding of these physiological, energetic and emotional patterns that make up an individual, I am able to illuminate and bring into focus the basis of any discomforts you are experiencing. This allows your body's natural ability to heal.
What you can expect from a treatment
Etio treatments are typically 60 to 90 minutes in length. You will remain clothed and relax in whatever way you are comfortable; most people choose to lie down. I will use various techniques to bring your attention to specific events or ages in your life, and it is usually helpful for you to share memories you have as well as your emotional state. The most common experience following a session is one of relief or lightness; however, feelings of sadness and frustration can also arise. I typically recommend at least a month between treatments, this pause is an important part of the therapy in which you have time to process everything brought up in the previous session. There is no requirement for multiple visits and people can benefit from single sessions, some people find it can be beneficial to return a few times a year.
Is Etiotherapy suitable for you?
One of the things that amazes me most about Etiotherapy is the breadth of its applicability. From anxiety, anger, depression and apathy to chronic back pain, there is so commonly an extra-physiological component to things we struggle with. Whatever your specific condition, it's likely that Etiotherapy can at least act in compliment to other therapies to improve your well being, if not make marked progress where other treatments may have been ineffective. There are no restrictions on the suitability of Etiotherapy with regard to age, sex or pregnancy. If you are curious as to how Etiotherapy may be able to help you, I'm always happy to discuss your particular case via email or on the phone ahead of any appointment being made. If you have any questions, please contact me to find out more.
Origins of Etiotherapy
Etiotherapy arose from the attempts of western mathematicians and physicians seeking to understand broad interpretations of all aspects of the human experience: accounting for emotional states and investigating ideas seen in traditional Chinese medicine. Dr. P. Nogier researched auriculomedicine, examining the interesting relationship between the meridians of the ear and the body, and working with a fractal model of physiology - seeing general aspects of health and well being represented in the condition of the ears. A student of Dr. Nogier, Dr. Brinette, extended these ideas and more generally described the relationship between emotional sates and physiological conditions. Elsewhere Dr. G Guiguen - a physiotherapist - sought to include the research of the mathematician Stephane Lupasco in creating a complete model of a person, accounting for the inter-connectivity of their physical emotional and psychological states.
Drawing on all aspects of these studies, Dr. Patrick Latour created a collection of practices and treatment that accounts for a complete understanding of the cause of ailments - finding success in his initial treatment models where other modalities had failed, he went on to refine the most effective of these practices as Etiotherapy.