Keyvan Golestaneh, born to a French mother and Persian father, grew up with a multicultural perspective, as a spiritual seeker and with a deeply inquisitive intellect. He also experienced health problems in his youth – and began searching for practical solutions to them and answers to the mysteries of life. He turned his attention to both the inner world and outer world. As a teenager in the early 1970’s he began practicing Yoga and meditation. His seeking and researches would eventually also involve anthropology, acupressure, acupuncture, herbal medicine, somatic therapies, bodywork, music, dance and a commented spiritual path. Because of his multicultural background and exposer to other cultures he became interested in how different cultures view the world and treat illness and disease, and if there was a connection between the two.
He studied anthropology and philosophy as an undergraduate and went on to pursue an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and Medical Anthropology. On the side he was involved in dance, performance and music. His search and studies brought him into contact with great Yogi’s, the Sage Adi Da and shamanic traditions – which resonated strongly with his own interests and inclinations. “It all opened my eyes to a new dimension of reality, to myself, working with people, and ultimately to the importance of awareness and consciousness” he recalls. “Traditional healers or shamans trust the imagination and psyche, and do not separate it from the body and environment. They know that it’s a way to accessing information about our inner world (the mind and soul) and the physical body, in ways normally not accessable.” His graduate thesis, Wild Analysis, explored a blueprint for bringing an understanding of the centrality of awareness and shamanic and spiritual practices to a new, cross-cultural paradigm and approach to health, healing and therapy – one that is compatible and balanced with contemporary science and ancient traditions. This work ultimately helped inform the development of a new therapeutic modality, Body-centered Internal Processing (TM) which he integrates with other systems to created an truly holistic approach to health.
Over time, he says, “I started to integrate a variety of means of expression, methods, and systems. I found that whether a treatment ultimately works really depended on the individual person and whether the key(s) unblocking the life-force was identified and consciously engaged. Its best to treat each person uniquely, since disease, health or life problems may have multiple causes. This point of view is very different from the Western biomedical and perspective.” He has noted that facilitating change to remove what he calls “obstructions to a person’s life-energy” is at the heart of healing and his work.
His multi-faceted unified approach has called upon his expertise in the areas of bioenergetic healing, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®, yoga (including Asian practices of Qi Gong and meditation), nutrition and diet, body-center psychotherapy, bodywork and other disciplines. What’s more, as Richard Mahler wrote, Keyvan acted on the understanding that “expression and creativity … lie at the heart of healing, well-being and a joyful life.”
In addition to working with clients in person, Keyvan consults with people the world over via Skype and the Internet. He also teaches classes, seminars and conducts group workshops internationally.
Having successfully helped so many individuals, Keyvan has also become increasingly interested in a platform to reach a mass audience. He founded the nonprofit Conscious Health Institute, with the mission to educate the public about what he considers the pillars of wellness – lifestyle, diet, stress reduction, exercise, and mental/emotional/spiritual health – and to help people develop a more critical, informed perspective about medical and health issues based on science and empirical results. “There’s a lot of junk out there – junk food, junk medicine and junk culture that creates all kinds of unhealthy appetites,” he says. “The CHI will work hard to counter that. Think of it as health food for thought and action.”