Psychology & Spirituality

Heart Rate Variability

Heart Rate Variability, or HRV, is a measurement of variation in the heart rate. This measurement is taken from the activity of your autonomic nervous system (ANS). The two responses from the ANS are sympathetic (stress response) and parasympathetic (relaxation response), which we can measure to determine how stressed or relaxed you are in the moment.

This is a great tool for us to work with you to identify those things that can trigger stress and what relaxation tools can be effective for you to apply and support your healing. 

 Relaxation and Stress Management

One of the fundamental aspects of healing the mind, body and spirit is setting the tone for positive changes to occur. This happens when we are in a focused and relaxed state in our being. We dedicate much of our time here at Sanoviv teaching you how to create the physiologic process called relaxation.

While many things you might do in your life “feel” relaxing, you might not be stimulating the actual responses needed in your body to support healing. Sometimes this relaxation actually comes from being distracted from our stress.

We use many different tools to teach you how to create these changes and make this state more permanent through practice. We start every week by teaching you the basics in an evening class that will give you the information you need to start this process.

And all throughout the Psychology and Spirituality programs you will get to experience different ways of creating focus and relaxation in your life. So, in that way you can find the tools that will serve you the best. 


Exploring a person’s faith or spirituality in times of distress is an effective way of finding resources where there were none. We dialogue with people of all faiths in their own terms to find the balance between what might be occurring physically in their lives and what can be occurring spiritually. It is widely regarded that spirituality and religion are important factors in coping with and healing from chronic health issues. 

Mind Body Connection

We try to explore the connection between the thoughts, beliefs and attitudes of our guests and the manifestation of dis-ease in their body. Strong neurochemical imbalances can occur in the body when we are holding something that is not emotionally or mentally healthy for us. We often see a strong correlation between these mental or emotional aspects and some part of the healing journey that needs to be completed towards wellness. 

Individual Counseling

This is the main healing modality of this department. In these sessions we apply all the tools available to find the root cause of any emotional, mental and/or spiritual imbalance that might be affecting or even triggering health issues; then we create a strategy to bring these aspects back to balance, so the person can feel more empowered and capable of dealing with these issues that were a problem in the past. 


Focusing is a process through which you can have a more meaningful relationship with your experiences by being more attuned to the sensations in your body. When we are more aware of these felt senses we are open to undigested experiences or aspects of ourselves. These are some of the main processes that we put into place when dealing with chronic health issues. We find that people dealing with chronic health issues can feel very disconnected from their bodies or even feel disappointed, like their body has let them down. Paying attention to these sensations can be a bridge to a healthier, more effective relationship with ourselves. 

Energy Psychology

This is an experimental and rapidly growing field in psychology that is based on the principles of Quantum Physics and Eastern energy systems. The main focus of this healing modality is to work on releasing the emotional charge of thoughts, memories and beliefs that can be hinder our growth and healing. These changes often occur rapidly and are long lasting. 


Meditation is sometimes referred as the art of getting to know oneself. There are numerous studies that show us the benefits of meditation to help with high blood pressure, pain management and overall well-being.

We practice and teach meditation for the purpose of calming the mind and the body to reach a deeper state of relaxation.

Our meditations are not based on any specific religion or spiritual practice, rather these are intentionally generic so everyone can feel that their beliefs are being represented and honored and the purpose of being relaxed can be achieved.

We have meditation six times a week, with a different meditation every day, so you can find that one meditation that suits you the best in creating more balance, more relaxation and self-awareness in your life.