99. From Chronic Illness to Global Healing: A Therapist's Journey Through Panchakarma in India with Christina Kantzavelos

99. From Chronic Illness to Global Healing: A Therapist's Journey Through Panchakarma in India with Christina Kantzavelos

In this inspiring episode of The Traveling Therapist podcast, Christina shares her unique journey from being a humanitarian worker to becoming a therapist specializing in chronic illness, a path shaped by her own health challenges. She recounts how remote work trips not only offered her the flexibility to manage her health better but also sparked her transformation into a full-time traveling therapist. Christina's recent experience in India undergoing an intensive Panchakarma detox program stands out as a highlight of the episode. This transformative two-month journey involved a blend of ancient Ayurvedic treatments, spiritual practices, and continued remote therapy work, which led to significant personal restoration and wellness.

Christina's story is not just about professional evolution; it's also a testament to the power of integrating holistic health practices and travel into one's lifestyle. Despite the challenges, she found a way to balance her work commitments with her health needs, even while navigating the intense Panchakarma program. As she looks forward to future plans, including moving to Greece and continuing her work in therapy and gluten-free travel writing, Christina's story is an inspiring example for therapists and individuals looking to balance their professional ambitions with personal health and wellness goals.

Christina P. Kantzavelos is a licensed psychotherapist (LCSW) writer, artist, and citizen of the world, with a home-base in Joshua Tree, CA. She received her Bachelor’s and Master's of Social Welfare (MSW) from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and her Masters of Library and Information Sciences from San Jose California State University (SJSU). 

She’s a first-generation college student, and third culture kid (TCK) holding dual citizenship in Greece/ the EU. She has visited over 35 different countries and documented most of it on social media. However, it was in completing the Camino de Santiago (500-mile pilgrimage across Spain) at the end of 2015, where she realized her strong affinity with writing. She decided to start BuenQamino, an Award-Winning, gluten-free and health-conscious lifestyle, and travel publication. 

In her 100% remote clinical practice (@BeginWithinToday), she treats and is an advocate for those with chronic illness and C-PTSD, utilizing various modalities such as EMDR, CA, neural retraining, EFT and others. She recently published 'Begin Within - A Daily Healing Journal' (www.beginwithintoday.com) for those living life with chronic illness or other health-related challenges.

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