Yoga & Complementary Therapy

Connecting the mind, body & spirit

“Healing brings health, wholeness, and peace.”

Maria Mooney, 2013.

Here the Complementary Therapy branch splits

A range of specialist therapies, including Special Yoga therapy, for children & adults living with developmental disability (special needs).

Black & The Wild

The holistic therapies branch dedicated to supporting personal development.

What are holistic, complementary, alternative and healing therapies?

Although “holistic, complementary and alternative” are often used together as a ‘catch all’ general term, it can be useful to understand a distinction.

  • A practice is holistic when it considers the whole person. Often holistic therapies focus on nourishing the mind, body & spirit to achieve balance and wellness.
  • When a practice is used alongside ‘conventional’ or ‘modern’ medicine, it’s considered ‘complementary’.
  • When a practice is used instead of ‘conventional’ or ‘modern’ medicine, it’s considered ‘alternative’.

The holistic perspective towards health & wellbeing acknowledges that a person is the sum of their parts; when one part is not working at its best, all the other parts which equal the whole, are impacted; our parts are interconnected, for example, a physical difficulty may in turn cause an emotional difficulty or an emotional difficulty may in fact be the true root cause of a physical difficulty. Such physical manifestations of emotional challenges are commonly seen in our society associated with stress.

“Complementary and alternative therapies typically take a holistic approach to your physical and mental health. This means that they consider all aspects of your physical and emotional wellbeing as a whole, rather than treating particular symptoms separately. For example, some complementary therapies focus on the mind, body and spirit or on the flow of energy through your body.”

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What does ‘healing’ mean?

  • Healing in the context of holistic therapies usually refers to spiritual or energy healing.
  • Healing techniques facilitate a deep state of relaxation; it is in this state that our own natural healing abilities (including the immune system) are stimulated and can optimally function to ‘heal’, repair and grow. 
  • Spiritual or energy healing is growing in recognition with scientific studies being produced and inclusion of such services within the NHS; for example reiki to compliment medical cancer treatments and mental health challenges. 

“Healing can be described as a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual process of coming home”

Micheal Lerner, PhD @

“Healing takes time… because personal development has no real end.”

Maria Mooney @

“The words “healing” and “curing” are used interchangeably, but their definitions could not be more different. Curing is a restoration of health, an absence of symptoms, and a remedy of disease. Healing, on the other hand, is a restoration of wholeness — not the level of wholeness before the diagnosis, but a restoration of wholeness that is new, different, and comparatively better than before the onset of disease.Healing is not the removal or cessation of symptoms, but rather an integrative process that transcends the physical and includes mental, emotional, and spiritual vitality and wellness.”

Maria Mooney @

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