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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Golden Threads: Shared Themes in Holistic Health and Healing Modalities
by DeRosa, Megan Sullivan, M.A., Prescott College, 2012, 117; 1530859
Abstract (Summary)

There is growing popularity and widespread use of holistic health and healing modalities, which emphasize a mind-body-spirit approach to supporting or restoring well-being and wholeness. Research shows that individuals who engage in these modalities experience many benefits. Further, these benefits may be enhanced with the combined use of multiple, complementary modalities. The use of multiple holistic health and healing modalities is further supported by the fact that common themes, or thematic threads, exist across many of these modalities. In this thesis, the author attempted to identify these common themes by utilizing Thematic Analysis to specifically explore the modalities of yoga therapy, energetic healing, holistic life coaching, and holistic nutrition. Across these modalities, the author identified five cogent, shared themes—expanding awareness, letting go, accessing inner guidance, moving toward balance, and experiencing empowerment—which suggest overarching themes that may exists across the entire field of holistic health and healing practices.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dally, Jane
Commitee: Amster, Randall, Loder, Vanessa
School: Prescott College
Department: Humanities
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Alternative Medicine, Spirituality
Keywords: Complementary and alternative medicine, Holistic healing, Mind-body-spirit
Publication Number: 1530859
ISBN: 978-1-267-80806-6
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