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THE HEALING CULTURE

Culture and Healing in Greece were inseparable from ancient times till present and this is sealed by Apollo, the God of Light, Music and Healing. Early Greeks focus on mind, body, and spirit.

Light, Music, and Love had healing qualities and the sun is a life-giving force. Since ancient times, great importance has been attached to the qualities that the theatre brought into the psychological state of the person. Τheater was a catalyst for maintaining unity and social peace. Even today continues to play an important role in the psychological treatment of the individual, whether it is a spectator or is on a stage and interprets a role. Greek tragedy was a popular and influential form of drama performed in theatres across ancient Greece from the late 6th century BCE. The most popular theatre in Ancient Greece was the one of Epidaurus, which had educational character. Up to now, the annual Athens and Epidaurus Festival is one of the major cultural events in Greece.

A Greek chorus, or simply chorus in the context of Ancient Greek tragedy, comedy, satyr plays, and modern works inspired by them, is a homogeneous, non-individualised group of performers, who comment with a collective voice on the dramatic action.

Aristotle said that the main function of the tragedy was to cause emotional clearance to viewers.

He believed that by empathizing and matching the spectators with the characters of the theatrical work embodied by the actors, the opportunity was given to the first was to come into contact with the negative oppressed feelings of fear, anger, self-love, and anguish and release them.
The term “purification” sometimes translated purgation (catharsis) means that tragedy first raises (it does not create) the emotions of pity and fear, then purifies or purges them.

Tragedy purifies “whatever is ‘filthy’ or ‘polluted’ in the pathos, the tragic act”. The play arouses emotions of pity and fear in the spectator and then purifies them (reduces them to beneficent order and proportion) or purges them

Ancient Greek believed that gods caused and cured diseases. One of the most emblematic examples of the role of Greek religion in medicine is the opening of Homer’s Iliad. The temple (naos) was the place where, on special occasions, religion took on a more formal tone. Τemples were often visited in order to seek healing, especially at those sites associated with Asclepios of medicine, notably at Epidaurus

For the ancient Greeks, philosophy was a practical tool that could be used to guide one’s course through life. By discerning truth from error and illusion, philosophy helped them make wiser, sounder decisions. 
Plato saw in philosophy a healing balm for the soul.

“The human race is sick and needs philosophy as medicine”

Women have always been healers. They were the unlicensed doctors and anatomists of western history. They were pharmacists, cultivating healing herbs and exchanging the secrets of their uses. They were midwives, traveling from home to home and village to village. For centuries women were doctors without degrees, barred from books and lectures, learning from each other, and passing on experience from neighbor to neighbor and mother to daughter. They were called “wise women” by the people, witches or charlatans by the authorities. Artemis was the patroness of midwives.
However, healing takes the form of a journey whether it is real or not.

In Greece, since ancient times, traveling had an influence in our soul as it was a common way to accomplish the curiosity and broaden the horizons. Because through it, we have the opportunity to strengthen our sense of self. In addition to this, we can distance ourselves from our everyday life and to be born again. The distance helps us to see more clearly how the situation we are concerned with, what we need to be better and how we can do that, to claim it. Travelling beyond its recreational and cultural character, have a direct impact on our psychological state and personality. But sometimes the journey happens not to be real but imaginary, through the Arts and in particular music and poetry.Art has a psychotherapeutic power for both artist and viewer who comes in contact with his vivid senses. It can lead to self-improvement and to be a way of redefining, reflecting, and even training for an evolutionary path. It breaks stereotypes and brings out social groups that belong to the margins, it changes consciousness and socializes.
According to the above, music is powerful because it imitates the movements of the soul. Music, in the ancient Greek understanding, has two faces. On the one hand, it can suppress human passions and desires, making it a powerful moral and educational tool. On the other hand, it can influence the “animal” part of the soul when that is disturbed, and act as a calming, therapeutic influence. Accordingly, the Greeks of the Classical period attributed the gift of music both to Apollo, for its educational value, and to Dionysus, for its cathartic and therapeutic power. 

In Greek Medicine, evolved a healing tradition called the “Water Cure”. It is the common term for a collection of therapies which make skillful and ingenious use of the healing virtues of water. It includes:
Hydrotherapy: techniques of therapeutic bathing and use of water
therapeutic bathing in medicinal and thermal springs
Thalassotherapy: the therapeutic use of ocean bathing and marine products
Herbal medicine is the use of plants and other natural substances in healing. Greek Medicine is a constitutionally based healing system that treats the person, not the disease. The origins of herbal medicine lie in the common empirical experience of the human race, in observing which plants the animals ate when they were feeling sick, and following their example.

Aromatic Herbs have been used since ancient times as a seductive ritual, one washing away sorrow, ailments, death. Today, pharmaceutical companies show a marked preference for Greek herbs in order to exploit the hemostatic properties of the plant that healed the wounds of Achilles and seek for all aromatic herbs described by Hippocrates, Theophrastus, Dioskorides, and Galen. The concept of a synthesis of overall harmony with nature-mind-body-spirit.
Teas have miraculous effects on health including anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial action…Mountain tea, Fascomilo, sage ,Chamomile, Oregano, Basil, Dill, Mint, Fennel, Parsley, Daphne.

Due to the varied environment, the development of amazing varieties of teas with countless of beneficial effects on human body. Thousands of cosmetics and recipes worldwide are based on Greek ingredients.
Laughter is a part of human behavior regulated by the brain, helping humans clarify their intentions in social interaction and providing an emotional context to conversations. 

Baubo, the Greek Goddess of mirth, is a fun-loved and sexually liberated goddess, who plays a crucial role in the Eleusian mysteries in ancient Greece. She reminds us that laughter is one of her greatest gifts.Humor and laughter can make you feel good and take the edge off of seemingly difficult situations. Humor is a great communication tool to relieve tension between people and facilitate relationship-building. As a coping mechanism, humor helps people diffuse difficult emotions such as anger, fear, grief, and sadness.
Hugs may help protect against infection. The hunger for touch is a real human need. Babies have a deep need for touch and if not forthcoming healthy development is interfered with. As adults we have a strong need to hold hands, be held in someone’s arms, to hug, receive a non-sexual massage, have our face or arms stroked, be cuddled. All of these things have actual physiological effects on our biochemical and bio-energetic systems. Brain wave activity is increased resulting in increased alertness for instance.

Touch is physically necessary and beneficial to our entire sense of well-being. Through touch, multiple neuronal messages are transmitted to our brains stimulating the production of hormones that provide physical and emotional good feelings.
The notion of love has its dual ability to cure and destroy underscored the practices of medicine and the understandings of human anatomy. Greeks saw Love as the substance of all matter, and therefore, at the center of their own living bodies. love and kindness strengthen the immunize system and lead to a long-term life. Mother’s love equips us for the journey of life, as it builds high levels of self-confidence. The hormone of love…hocytokini!

Friendships great and small have the potential to leave long-lasting impressions on our lives—imprints of the experiences and emotions that shape who we are and how we relate to the world around us. You can learn how to find, choose, and establish friends of your own who will provide you with the support and encouragement you need to grow and change. The sensory experiences of being surrounded by healthy, loving, supportive friends will also support your childlike mind in maintaining healthy, new ways of thinking.

in the journey of dreams, beyond the possible, beyond the acquaintance in the untried and the from else brought.Poetry is a wandering …either tragic or dramatic a beautiful play a cathartic play is a healing

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