As the third of four courses on Curanderismo, the art of Hispanic/Latino traditional medicine, this course focuses specifically on traditional healing of mind, energy and spirit. As an educational and cultural platform, this course will share a number of traditional body therapies. Trained traditional healers will share their knowledge of cleansings from different cultures such as spiritual, energetic and Tonalli Cleansing.
Learners will not become certified traditional healers at the completion of this course but will be able apply basic principles or traditional medicine for health and illnesses. They will become familiar specifically with the traditional therapy of the sweat lodge temazcal, laugh therapy risaterapia and they will learn about the creation of sacred spaces and healing grief through Día de los Muertos.
The Final Curanderismo course will be:
• Global and Cultural Influences of Traditional Healing: African traditional medicine from Uganda and Gabon; Afro-Latino from Cuba and Puerto Rico, Native American spiritual cleansings and Mayan acupuncture and other topics.
- Curanderismo: The Art of Traditional Medicine without Borders by Eliseo Torres
- Curandero: Traditional Healers of Mexico and the Southwest by Eliseo Torres with Imanol Miranda
Where to buy:
Curandero: A life in Mexican Folk Healing by Eliseo Torres & Tim Sawyer
Healing with Herbs & Rituals: A Mexican Tradition, Eliseo Torres, edited by Tim Sawyer
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In this module, students will recognize different types of limpias. Velia highlights the importance of people’s needs whether they are spiritual, mental or physical in this cleansing. In the Tonalli Cleansing, Patricia will explain how to open a power portal that travels through the energetic meridian in a patient.
BURNING INCENSE FOR HAMONIZING & LAUGH THERAPY (RISATERAPIA)
Rita explains the variety of incense burners used in traditional energetic cleansings and demonstrates her own type of cleansing with copal incense. She demonstrates how laughter reduces negativity and hostility and increases efficiency and morale.
Rita and others demonstrate the health benefits of the plants, vibrations of the drum, and other items and elements that are part of the sweatlodge temazcal, ceremony.
HEALING THROUGH SOUND & HEALING WITH MUSIC
Juan Carlos performs a traditional healing technique by using the vibrations of the conch shell sound in combination with the obsidian stone. Elena discusses the impact of music, sound, and song on our health.
CREATING SACRED SPACES FOR HEALING & HEALING GRIEF THROUGH DAY OF THE DEAD (DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS)
Rita and Tonita, discuss the creation of a sacred space (an altar) that they create with natural elements. This sacred space is part of a temazcal sweat lodge ceremony, which honors the four directions. Dr. Anselmo Torres provides insight on the meaning and significance of one Mexico’s most important celebrations, the Day of the Dead.