HoHA began working in India in 2009 with participation in treatment camps.
Since this time HoHA has partnered with the non-government office (NGO) organisation Jagran Jan Vikas Samiti in Udaipur, Rajasthan to deliver Myotherapy training programs to local traditional healers (Gunis). The local term for this training program is Aiditherapy. The Gunis are trained in techniques to reduce musculoskeletal pain and discomfort. The HoHA initiated Sustainable Treatment and Training Program (STTEP) was implemented to treat and train the community, while providing a sustainable income source to graduates. This program will be in its 4th year in 2016.
Jagran hosts a variety of student groups and volunteers from Australia and other countries. RMIT chiropractic students have been visiting the project for 3 years, participating in a clinical training program with an Australian registered Chiropractic supervisor. Naturopathy, Herbal medicine and Nutrition students from Health Schools Australia, Australian College of Natural Therapies and Endeavour College also participate in the study intensives.
For updates study tour dates and costs, see: www.handsonhealthstudents.com.au
Aly Curd, Myotherapist and Naturopathy Student, Perth
I learnt about gaining clinical hours for Naturopathy students overseas through my school newsletter, and since I was busy managing a busy sports clinic as a Myotherapist in Perth, I thought some time away overseas to complete my hours was a brilliant idea.
When I arrived at HOHA partner organisation Jagran, I was impressed with the hospitality and the incredibly accommodating nature of the NGO. The staff are all compassionate, enthusiastic, motivated human beings and their passion is contagious. The work they do and the efforts they go to is truly inspiring.
After meeting Ganesh Ji and hearing his story about the initial struggles Jagran had faced, I began working alongside the Ayurvedic Doctor, Dr RK Deshwal, and the HOHA appointed Australian Myotherapist Gabby Lam. I had never encountered a Myotherapist being able to have the opportunity to work with an NGO before so listening to Gabby discuss her experiences and achievements with Jagran was very refreshing.
It has been 4 months now and I now work here at Jagran as a Myotherapist. I am loving the challenges laid before me. India is a country of contrasts but I am doing something I am passionate about and even though there are a lot of ups and downs I wouldn’t have it any other way.