About the TriScale:
I use the Triscale to illustrate the relationship(s) that exist between the Physical, Intellectual, and Spiritual parts of our Being.
To me, balance is bot some abstract concept. It's observable and measurable. It may involve how we spend our time, or our efforts, or our money ... how much work versus how much play, or how much survival versus how much luxury and relaxation. Schedules and check-book registers are the surest way of founding out very quickly how 'balanced' we really are!
In the end, we want to live a balanced life. We want to spend appropriate amounts of time and energy in all areas of our Being. We need to take care of our Physical body through diet and exercise (preferably an exercise program that is based on Natural Movement). But we must also see to it that our Intellect is nourished. Intellectual diet is as important as Physical diet, as is Intellectual Exercise.
What's true for the Physical and Intellectual is no less true for our Spirit. That part of us associated with our goals, our hopes and dreams; our values and priorities and world view, must be exercised as well. It too requires nutrition. Prayer, meditation, reflection and worship are nutrition for the Spirit.
When each part of our being is in balance with the others and properly cared for, the whole Being (Soul) is healthy. But if one area is suffering or injured, the others must work harder to compensate.
The relationship of the Physical to the Intellectual to the Spiritual is triune. Each is a separate compartment, so-to-speak ... and yet each completes the other to the degree that it's difficult to say with any certainty where the one ends and the other begins. Therefore , whatever affects a part affects the whole
I believe that massage therapy, while focusing on the physical, indirectly affects the intellectual and spiritual as well.
Therefore, any therapist who wishes to call themselves holistic must be schooled in a variety of disciplines: not just anatomy and physiology, but intellectual and spiritual pursuits as well.
~ Wm. M. Bryan, LMT