Motor Imagery & Cultural Sensitivity

February 8, 2020

Many ethnographic and traditional healing practices are based on noninvasive, complementary, and holistic medicinal arts that tend to the individual's mind, body, and spirit. Treatments often focus on easing emotional and/or psychological stresses, empowering the individual, alleviating pain, improving quality of life, and so much more.


Largely, modern or Westernized medicines stray from this holistic focus and implement treatments that are chemically or synthetically based. Further, Western medicine is often symptom-centered, rather than causative and concerned with the true origin and driving forces of illness and dis-ease. This is not to say that Western medicine is inferior in any way. Western medicine has promulgated the age of antibiotics, life-saving procedures, countless assistive devices, and scientific research that holds immeasurable benefit to living beings that fosters and nourishes lasting health.


However, there are societies and cultures around the world that bear preference for traditional, holistic healing practices. Sometimes these preferences may be for traditional healing implemented solo, OR the preferences may be to use holistic medicine in tandem with modern medicine. For instance, the following cultures are those that commonly select holistic medicine over the Western counterpart:


Native American & Indigenous Tribes

Traditional Chinese Holists

Aboriginal Peoples of the South Pacific and Africa

... not to mention various religious and spiritual sects that opt for more holistic and mindful healing practices


Based on the nature of Therapeutic Motor Imagery as a noninvasive, complementary, and individualized modality, the technique may be regarded as an accepted form of holistic healing and wellness. Imagery can be tailored to the specific task and environment that is meaningful to the recipient. The technique is translatable to the chosen vernacular and, most importantly, tends to the individual's body, mind, and emotional being. With brain training being the goal and target of imagery, the recipient is instructed in how to overcome pain and limitations in movement, and is empowered to restore functional abilities and even foster novel skill development. In short, Therapeutic Motor Imagery is an up and coming technique that ascribes to the values and practices of traditional, holistic medicine.



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