Architectures of Healing – Cure through Sleep, Touch, and Travel

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  • kyklàda press
  • 2021
  • ISBN 9789464202854
  • 96 pages
  • Softcover
  • 16 × 10 × 1 cm

Today, many feel fettered by insomnia, untouchability, and restrictions on movement. Looking for a more holistic approach to bodily and mental health, this book explores architectures and elementary forms of care and healing in different time periods: from the powers of sleep, touch, and travel in Asklepieia, the ancient healing temples for divine dream encounters alleviating the pain of the ailing pilgrim; to the attentiveness carried through the healing touch from the establishment of Byzantine hospitals till our times; to a pilgrimage center in modern-day Lesbos on a personal search for healing from the traumas of war and patriarchy; to the liberating and self-preserving powers of sleep as a healing response to past and current systems of oppression.

contents
Asklepieia:
Architectures of Healing, 400 BC to 200
by David Bergé

The Healing Power of Sleep
by Milica Ivić

The Healing Touch
by Antigone Samellas

My Grandmother’s Desire to Heal:
A Pilgrimage to Lesbos
by Valentina Karga

managing editor
Dimitra Kondylatou

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