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Mind, Body & Soul

The connection between our mind and body is produced by nerve impulses and biochemical reactions. There are approaches and therapies that allow you to take self-control of this invisible bond. Let’s get to know them.
By Luciana Aversa
28/11/2023

Mind

Noemí Tur

Using the mind to heal the body through emotions

Photo: © Alex Soto

Is it possible to avoid getting sick or to heal ourselves using our minds? Psychotherapist Noemí Tur responds on the basis of her 20 years of experience in individual and group psychotherapy for people with chronic illnesses. She also makes use of workshops and courses in clinical psychoneuroimmunology – “the area of medicine that relates the psyche to the body’s immune processes,” as she defines it.

“Today, neurosciences study in depth the ways we have of influencing ourselves from the mind to the body and from the body to the mind. The reality is that the two were never apart,” explains the expert, who is also a coach, commentator and retreat coordinator. Broadly speaking, the mind influences us on an emotional level and emotions govern “the functioning of the body”.

Tur advocates using the mind beyond “logic or memory”, by meditating and attributing importance to “intuition, connectivity and interoception”, which is the ability to perceive our interior.

Kike Mantecón

The Sattvic mind and an ancient technique using oil

Photo: © Tom Truty

“A happy, content person who is excited about life has a balanced mind”. That’s the simple way that Kike Mantecón defines it. He is an Ayurveda teacher and therapist who co-founded the Ayurvida Association in Ibiza nine years ago.

As he explains, traditional Indian medicine, which as far back as 5,000 years ago was seeking a balance between the mind and the body, works using Yoga for the body and also Yoga for the mind; “in particular making use of relaxation, breathing and a positive state of mind.”

Ayurveda calls a balanced mind “a Sattvic mind”, which is “a joyful, intuitive and positive mind”. To reach this state and achieve the balance that in turn “gives us health”, “getting a lot of rest and enjoying a good diet” rich in fruit and vegetables is also necessary.

But when the mind is blocked, Ayurveda proposes the Shirodhara technique: a drip of medicinal oil on the forehead that helps reduce states of anxiety.

Body

Kaori Kashiwagi

The creation of a method to restore the body and wellbeing

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For Kaori Kashiwagi, a difficult experience with motherhood illuminated the way to create her own method to recover her body, health and balance on a daily basis.

A practitioner of Yoga and Ayurveda for 25 years, initiated by Sadhguru (Isha Yoga), trained in the Iyengar method, and certified by Calm for Kids to teach Yoga to children, Kaori found herself alone raising her three daughters, two of whom are non-identical twins, and with her family living far away.

In search of wellbeing, she created the transformative CORE Restore method, which combines two different “but highly interrelated” areas of work.

“Firstly, by restoring the consciousness of our core muscles, and secondly by restoring our second brain, the intestinal microbiota”, she explains.

This experience uses techniques to release physical tension, restore our centre of balance and body movement, the Core, and a personalized accompaniment to take care of the microbiota.

Virginia Fernández

Listening to your body to promote self-healing

Photo: © Alex Soto

Virginia Fernández is an osteopath, and since 2007 she has been the director and founder of the center of Osteopathy and Holistic Health Can Oliver, located in Santa Gertrudis.

As she explains, “osteopathy emphasizes that health belongs to you,” so its mission is none other than “promoting the natural forces of self-healing”.

Among the ways in which her specialty achieves this goal, Virginia highlights biotensegrity, a technique that “uses a very subtle touch” to manage, above all, the fascia, to invite the body to “recover its natural physiology”.

It is an “accompaniment” that also provides proprioception tools, so that the body “perceives itself ” and “recognizes what is its own, what is right, its proper functioning”.

This combination of “subtle listening and biotensegrity” is what helps the body to deploy all its “strength and potential” to respond correctly, the specialist explains.

Soul

Neus Palerm

Energy management and the art of doing good

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Neus Palerm came to the world of spirituality via the practice of Chi Kung, which she defines as “mastery of knowing how to manage energy”. It focuses on “three very important aspects: the physical, emotional and mental planes”.

“When these three planes are synchronized and aligned, you can take the big step forward and start working on true spirituality, which is very simple: doing good”, Neus explains.

From the beautiful setting of sa Vinya d’en Palerm, Neus uses this ancient Chinese practice to “reach people”, but also energy techniques such as Buddha alignments, which “offer the possibility of connecting with what you are, with your essence, with your soul.”

It is from this space that she organizes the Munay-ki rites, “a very beautiful gift” from the Queros shamans of the Andes to awaken our inner seeds, as well as the rite of the womb of the Chilean Machis and meditation sessions, through workshops and meetings.

Angharad Owen

Ibiza’s Mind-Body Breathwork Expert

Given six months to live after a cancer diagnosis, Angharad embarked on a journey across the globe seeking unconventional methods to save herself; from questionable tantra retreats in northern India to embracing alternative practices such as yoni massage healing in Thailand and rebirthing breathwork – where she stumbled upon transformative teachings that defied her expectations. At that moment she gained clarity that her purpose in life was to bring these healing modalities to the modern-day human in a relatable and accessible way.

“I specialize in providing guidance and support to individuals who have experienced childhood trauma and are grappling with deep emotional blockages. Many of my clients are seeking relief from the lingering effects of these traumas, such as depression, a pervasive sense of feeling stuck, a lack of sexual desire, and challenges in forming intimate, loving connections with themselves and others. Healing trauma becomes a vital journey of restoration, allowing us to reclaim our innate vitality and re-establish a state of optimal wellbeing.

It is a transformative path that goes beyond surface-level healing, breathing new life into every fibre of our being. Instead of relying solely on cognitive approaches that target critical thinking, my Breathwork and Somatic Experiencing techniques address trauma using bottom-up strategies.

Through my guidance, individuals learn to cultivate resilience within their nervous systems, enabling them to navigate conflicts and ultimately find greater happiness and comfort within their own bodies. It is a privilege to witness the restoration of their exquisite wholeness and to offer them a path towards a brighter, healthier, happier future.” 

www.angharadowen.com

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