by Cornelia Wathen
RVHHC was a recipient of the Signs of Sustainability awards,
given at the Common Ground Harvest Celebration in October
2014. Photo by Ilene Cutler.
The Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community is providing a new concept in healthcare on our local scene. It is dedicated to assisting the gradual shift in our country to an exciting new paradigm of healthcare, from a mechanistic paradigm based on treating symptoms with drugs and surgery to a holistic paradigm that considers the whole person—body, mind, emotions, and spirit—in the quest for radiant health and wellness. With the holistic philosophy, the health practitioner uses non-invasive modalities whenever possible, and treatment involves healing the underlying cause of the condition, not just the symptoms. At its core, holistic medicine is based on the unconditional love and support of the doctor/therapist and the full participation of the patient who is ultimately responsible for his or her own well being. The RVHHC is here to create a new model for the delivery of this paradigm.
Currently, the Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community includes 55 volunteer holistic practitioners and 16 administrative volunteers, and it is receiving new applications constantly. This is a community of loving people who understand the power and the benefits of giving on the deepest level. Every month, at the Community Holistic Healthcare Day (the third Tuesday of the month at the Marbletown Community Center) approximately 20 practitioners and 12 administrators provide free healthcare for all who choose to come. The modalities offered vary according to the practitioners available each month, and include the services of three holistic medical doctors, one naturopathic doctor, acupuncturists, massage therapists, homeopaths, a variety of psychological therapies (including Integrative Psychotherapy, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Naikan, and Neurofeedback), and a wide variety of energy healing modalities (including Brennan Healing Science, One Light Healing Touch, Matrix Energetics, Reconnective Healing, Reiki, Plant Spirit Healing, and Biophoton Therapy).
Before the doors are opened each month, two practitioners clear the space energetically, and then all the volunteers gather in an Opening Circle and consciously go into the Heart Space, allowing the energy of their love to intensify, merge, and fill the entire building. When the doors are opened, patients walk into this field of love.
When patients are ready to leave, they are asked to give anonymous feedback. Here are a few quotes: “Wow—I came in with a fair amount of pain and I am leaving with much less discomfort. I had a One Light Healing Touch session. Everyone makes me feel SO welcomed and valued—Thank you!!” “I had a massage. I do not have words enough to describe my deep appreciation for the work that this clinic performs—it is truly medicine for the community as well as the individual…As a landscaper of 25 years, my body craves the medicine and relief that massage provides. I cannot afford massage in ‘the real world.’ This clinic truly saved by body and spirit.” “I had an amazing experience today. My acupuncture was so awesome. I was very worried it would hurt, but she was so gentle and nice.”
In practicing the Economics of Generosity, RVHHC does not charge a fee for service. At the same time, RVHHC encourages all patients either to make a donation toward the operating expenses of the organization if they can, or to take the energy of love that they received from their practitioner and pay it forward, so that love and healing can ripple out into the greater community. Patients are given information on local opportunities to volunteer, and suggestions of personal service they can offer. In this way, patients contribute to their own healing, as recent research has shown that people who volunteer tend to be happier, healthier, and longer living!
The RVHHC also offers Free Self-Care Classes (the first Thursday of every month at the Marbletown Community Center), to educate the local community concerning holistic healthcare, and to provide training in a variety of self-healing practices that individuals can use to help themselves.
For more information, visit the RVHHC website at www.rvhhc.org.