« To make the sick well is NOT the duty of the operator, but to ADJUST a part or the whole of the system, in order that the rivers of life may flow in & irrigate the famishing fields. » A.T. STILL
Thus, what is the best & true way for the osteopath to be able to assist the body in establishing health? What should the physician’s knowledge be? What inner state of mind should the osteopath cultivate in order to allow « the life forces » to flow throughout the body & to help the coordination of the vital processes in the physical body of his patient?
I‘d like to emphasize & demonstrate the importance of paying a particular attention to the relationship between the physician & his patient. The importance too of the fact that in a more metaphysical vein, the spirit & the emotional forces are influential in the physical body. In this context, osteopathic coordination & homeostatic regulation take on a more expansive & holistic meaning.
The attitude of the osteopath is to develop a vast knowledge of anatomy, physiology & pathology but also it is crucial to cultivate our capacities of empathy, to develop our ability of feeling the emotions of another person as if they were ours. Our ability to understand the complexity of the subtil body (needs – memories – attitudes in life – relational patterns – potentiels to develop) is a fine mixture of years of practice being in a humble disposition, giving specific attention, aware of the importance of learning how to listen & how to be « still & know » (A.T. Still). Then the science or let say the art of osteopathy is not merely the punching in certain segments or the cracking of the bones but it is the keeping of a balance – by the touch – between not only the physical & the mental activities but also with the spiritual activities.
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