Intro to VHT
VHT was developed in 1997 by Jock Ruddock,a Bowen specialist and instructor. While it first was looked upon as an advanced form of Bowen it has since developed an identity and ethos of its own from the move to the address where it now stands on its own as a respected bodywork discipline in its own right.
On July 22, 2001 at the Foundation of Integrated Medicine in London a meeting of the Bowen Forum was held to decide upon the definition of Bowen, IASH was represented at this meeting and has adopted these principles within the definition of VHT for definition purposes.
At a recent meeting of IASH members and advisors it was unanimously agreed that under the legal definition of therapy, VHT is not a therapy and must not be referred to as one.
It was unanimously agreed that VHT was non-diagnostic and practitioners must not under any circumstances diagnose unless qualified to (e.g. if the practitioner was a qualified doctor, chiropractor or osteopath who held a license to diagnose).
It was agreed unanimously that VHT practitioners would not refer to themselves as therapists under the legal definition of the word therapist.
VHT is a holistic, non-diagnostic, discipline, consisting of a series of non- invasive gentle moves over connective soft tissue which assists the body to attain the state of homeostasis wherein the body is encouraged to address any problem that it may have.
The word diagnosis in this definition is deemed to be "medical diagnosis" as defined by law.
This definition summary has been accepted by IASH to cover Vibromuscular Harmonization Technique as well as the Equine Touch and Gentle Touch.
This definition may be advanced upon in certain areas however the above is the basis on which National Occupational Standards for the discipline must be created. The word cure must not be even be suggested or intimated. The ethos of this holistic discipline is simply that by balancing the body in this unique holistic, non-invasive method, we have helped the body attain the desirable state of homeostasis wherein we can help re-train, re-educate and coach the body to achieve somatic harmonization in which state it may be able to utilize its own innate wisdom and healing powers to their maximum potential in addressing positively any problem or state of dis-ease that it may be experiencing
VHT is not a therapy! VHT or Equine Touch practitioners are not therapists, contrary to what some groups would like to promote. VHT or ET practitioners are "Unlicensed Complementary Health Practitioners" as defined in the Complementary and Alternative Health Bill passed in Minnesota, May 1, 2000.
Licensed Complementary Health Practitioners are doctors or therapists who are recipients or holders of a degree, qualification or license, granted to them by a state or national government such as Doctors, Chiropractors, Osteopaths and physiotherapists.
VHT may be looked upon quite simply as a gift from the practitioner to the client. Much in the way that Reiki is a gift to the client. With this paradigm in mind it could be argued that VHT is perhaps a bridge or the missing link between energy healing work and hands on bodywork. The western world quite simply has no credible explanation for holistic energy bodywork, certainly not in a language that anyone could understand and, let us face facts, no one is going to pour millions and millions into research just to find out how a simple series of moves can affect the healing system of the body. Energy modalities are judged and defined only by their results, the undeniable fact is: VHT works.
VHT is different to other techniques
In identifying any discipline or modality as being 'different', one must take the sum of all points into consideration not just the physical but also the philosophy behind the discipline. The following points when collated give VHT its own total identity:
VHT: ALL YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW
PRACTITIONERS AND STUDENTS INSURANCE
VHT Practitioners who hold a current certificate are eligible for insurance with several insurance brokers in the UK. Our recommendation for price,coverage, friendliness to and service to suit your needs is :
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IASH holds regular accredited courses
on VHT throughout the world, Scotland, England, Ireland, Norway, Sweden,
Slovakia, Czech Republic, Zambia, Zimbabwe,South Africa, Spain, USA, Hawaii,
and New Zealand as well as teaching their syllabus on the Equine
Touch, VHT for Horses.