Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) February 26, 2008
The Tao Holistic Healing Program, or THHP (http://www.taoholistichealing.com) announces that it has developed a profound healing alternative to conventional depression treatment. After two years, this 10-day intensive retreat experience -- which guides people to take total responsibility for their health and lives -- is offering a treatment approach that has been highly effective in facilitating recovery from depression.
Around 19 million Americans live with "major depression." This condition is characterized by a severe and persistent lowering of mood. It often affects one's family life, work, eating, sleeping, overall health and capacity to enjoy life. With depression, the risk of suicide goes up, as well as the risk of death from other causes. From a medical or psychiatric point of view, the usual treatment involves psychotherapy, antidepressants, or both.
These success stories of three people with histories of depression indicate how THHP benefited them:
John reflects, "Coming into this program, I felt like I was a beaten person -- my mind, body and spirit were nearly bankrupt. I had almost no hope or desire for anything. During the program, I learned and grew a lot. Now I can see a light shining that is going to lead me to happiness. Through hard work, focus and discipline, I finally feel like I can do anything I set my mind to."
Michael describes, "I came with a mixture of depression and uncontrollable mood swings, and a desire for love and acceptance. This had created a self-damaging and self-critical persona; I had attempted suicide. My goal was to gain self-confidence, and become less self-critical and more aware. My physical body is much stronger, and my mind has new patience and confidence."
Cynthia shares, "When I entered the program, I felt depressed, miserable, hopeless, and not in control of my life. My health was on a downward spiral. I learned that I needed to accept myself, including my pain. I needed to stop hating my body. I got that I can actually heal myself and love my body. I can create my life. I realized that I am a powerful woman with an amazing soul. My life is filled with purpose and vision."
J.S. Hong, the program's creator and principal instructor, believes, "Major depression starts when people want something in their lives that is important to them, such as a relationship, children, money, or freedom from a bad situation. When they feel that they cannot find out how to get what they want, usually unconsciously, the resulting negative emotions generate depression."
Regarding how THHP's approach works, Hong explains, "Recovery from depression starts with people realizing what they really desire, and identifying the obstacles to attaining the desire -- both steps are in the mental and emotional realm. The next task is figuring out how to achieve this desire. While this step involves mental and emotional activity, for taking action a strong body must be developed, through rigorous physical workouts."
The exercises are especially focused on strengthening the abdominal area, which in the 5,000-year-old Korean traditional health system is the primary source of life-force energy and blood circulation.
Hong adds, "When people accumulate enough power in their bodies, they can better overcome their obstacles to their desire, and thus end their depression."
THHP uses a step-by-step approach with various healing methods: (1) Watching oneself to increase awareness of one's current body-mind state. (2) Engaging in rigorous exercises, energy training, introspective work, and deep relaxation. (3) Receiving private healing sessions that promote one's self-healing capacity. (4) Choosing to drop the ego's problem-causing beliefs, instead following the 'true self' that heals with love, joy and peace. (5) Committing to post-program exercises to continue the healing and prevent a recurrence of the symptoms.
Hong points out, "All our problems come from the disconnection of our three bodies: spiritual (core information), energy (mind and emotions), and physical. By deeply feeling and strengthening the physical body, all three bodies can merge into a powerful self-healing you. Thus, you end up with a strong and flexible body, clear and creative mind, steady emotions, and passionate life purpose."
THHP is based on the holistic-healing and brain-functioning principles articulated by Ilchi Lee (http://www.ilchi.com), president of the University of Brain Education (South Korea). The program's methods were adapted from the integrated body-mind fitness exercises taught in Dahn Yoga (http://www.dahnyoga.com) classes worldwide.
THHP takes place at the Sedona Ilchi Meditation Center, Sedona, Arizona, a comfortable, scenic and peaceful 160-acre retreat setting ideally suited for powerful learning, meditation and healing. There are two 10-day programs every month.