Chiang Mai, Thailand
Photo by Francisco Oliveira
When the patient becomes the teacher
Francisco Oliveira is creating a profound new paradigm for health care that goes far beyond any known approach from anywhere in the world. I write not as an observer but as one who has personally worked with Francisco for 4 years to overcome serious disorders and suffering that no doctors, clinics or hospitals could alleviate in many prior years. My wife and son have also been helped beyond any expectation. The results he is achieving are simply unparalleled.
I was born in 1946 (I am now 68) and lived in the USA for 60 years before moving to Europe. My father was Dr. D.J. Levinson, assistant professor of psychology at Harvard for 16 years and professor of psychology at Yale for 24 years, and author of influential books in the field of adult development including “Season’s of a Man’s Life” and Seasons of a Woman’s Life.” My mother is M.H. Levinson, a research psychologist. For 40 years, I have been interested in healing via both Western and Asian approaches and thought I knew a bit about them. But after encountering Francisco, I realized that for most of my life I knew practically nothing about health at all.
Francisco is the founder of Elevation Therapy, a holistic approach to health care based on the deepest and most scientific material and research from Western and Asian cultures. Elevation Therapy is the result of Francisco’s 13 years of constant immersion and study of different therapies with established masters of each one. By carefully selecting from these disciplines and blending them, Francisco finds ways of enabling people to heal on all levels, with a process that must be experienced to fully appreciate.
In 2001, I went through a divorce and business disaster. A doctor recommended I take benzodiazapenes for anxiety and I became addicted. For six years, the benzos caused my mental and physical health to deteriorate. No doctor or clinic could find a way for me to stop taking them. My own brother, Dr. D.F. Levinson, a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University (CA USA), a specialist in prescribing psychiatric pharmaceuticals, tried everything he knew with no success. I was only becoming worse and worse. Finally, I asked to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital in France. The director of the hospital, knowing I am Doug’s brother, suggested that I take a natural amino acid to build up my dopamine level. With this and a liquid benzo, I was able to start to decrease the amount of benzos in very small increments. At this time, I was introduced to Francisco and we started treatments which enabled me to stop benzos entirely in six months. It became clear to me that I needed to find out why I took benzos in the first place and why I made poor decisions that led to various failures in personal and work life.
After 4 years of work with Francisco, my life had changed on every level. It is unrealistic to expect that anyone who had not experienced the Elevation Therapy process can grasp its significance. I would like to say only that my ability to work, create, love, be a good parent, play music, and function overall is transformed.
Even though Elevation Therapy is based on principles that are totally scientific, it will take most people some time to grasp the depth of the process. Elevation therapy reflects the culmination of thousands of years of research and development in different countries and cultures combined with recent findings from many different disciplines. It is hard enough to grasp one of them, let alone what happens when they are combined in the Elevation Therapy process.
I suggested to Francisco that he start a foundation to bring his work to the wider audience and develop it as fully as possible as the health care of the future. It is hard for most people to imagine the significance of Elevation Therapy because it goes beyond what we know and assume.
People tend to like to rally around a flag such as that of a particular political party, school of psychiatry, or religion. Elevation Therapy has no flag. It is about awareness, which leads to results based on true understandings, positive intention, and compassion.
I encourage everyone who is committed to health to respect, encourage and support Elevation Therapy.
What can I say about Francisco ???
It's so hard to describe his magic, his human contact surrounded with mysticism even without all his knowledge, wisdom and experience that he had gathered, just his presence alone brings peace, well being like we are delivering ourselves into the hands of God !
I met Francisco some years ago, out of the blue and the doors were open to him immediately ! The clientele loves him and his therapies.
What a pity we don’t have him no longer around !
But I know that apart of being a citizen of the world and even more he is a researcher and an eternal scholar for the good of the ones who search for his help and care.
When I first met Francisco, I must confess that it was my spouse who pushed me to meet him. She had previously some great experiences with Francisco and his “healing” capacities.
During that time, I was confronted to terrible headaches due to the stress in my working life, wrong nutrition, not enough sporting activities and so on. Well I guess, it was this kind of problems stressed managing partners of companies are confronted to.
But even if I tried to change my life by having a better nutrition and more sports, my headaches did not disappear and even became worse. My personal doctors did not find a way of getting rid of this pain and even the strong chemistry did not help.
Bearing in my mind that I had nothing to lose, Francisco made his first acupuncture treatment with me. During this treatment, for the first time for months, I became completely relaxed and I think I even fell asleep while he was treating me. We repeated this treatment 5 or 6 times and, what scholar medicine did not succeed during months, Francisco succeeded: my permanent headaches were blown away.
This happened now nearly 5 years ago and my headaches really completely disappeared. I think we are not talking about a little headache after to much red wine, we are talking here about serious migraine attacks. His acupuncture treatment helped me out of a disastrous situation. Since that time, I’ve had regular sessions with Francisco and his relaxing and distressing treatments are helping me in the meantime every day…
Par leur profondeur et leur approche du corps comme un ensemble, les thérapies de Francisco confèrent un sentiment prolongé de mieux-être et d'éliminer durablement des problèmes qu'on a trainé longtemps et que la médecine traditionnelle n'a pas pu résoudre."
My journey started eight years ago when a lower back pain brought me to my first Pilates lesson and a few months later to my very first Yoga class.
Up to then I did a lot of cardio training but no core strengthening exercises and definitely not enough muscle relaxation.
So, I started having Shiatsu and Thai Yoga massages with Francisco.
The deeper I got into my Yoga and Pilates practice and the more amazing massages I got, the stronger and the more flexible my body became. The last time I had a miner backache was more than two years ago!
Today I have treatments with Francisco on a regular basis, an acupuncture session followed by a massage and I always feel deeply relaxed afterwards and fully energized after a good night’s sleep.
Francisco is a true healer. I have received both massage and acupuncture from Francisco and I felt the effects on the first treatment. He is gifted with his hands and his energy is pure and good. Francisco is committed to his healthcare practice and his patients. I highly recommend him - he helps to heal the soul as well as the body!
I met Francisco by chance (...) through a therapist friend and found him immediately impressively knowledgeable and trustworthy. He emanates kindness and good intentions. I felt from the very beginning at ease with him, and sharing my issues with him and seeking his advice came naturally.
Some years back, I lost my partner in a tragic way. It was a big blow for me, and even today, I am not sure whether I am completely healed. I was 28 years old at the time. Already before, I suffered from deep, disabling sadness and lack of trust, doubled by severe anxiety at times. I had been prescribed medication for depression and anxiety, which only worsened my situation. I developed hyperthyroidism, a tormenting condition which was drug-treated as well...
With Francisco I understood a lot about disease causes and about natural, non-intrusive, nonharmful ways of dealing with disfunctions. I have 100% trust in him and his methods. I am immensely grateful for having met him and for having been treated by him. My own interest in natural therapies has exposed me over the years to various methods and approaches. Still, I never met anyone quite like Francisco. His whole presence radiates consistency, awareness, clarity. One feels at once in good hands. Moreover, he has an incredible array of tools at his disposal, his approach is amazingly rich and embraces in a most coherent way effective elements from various healing techniques and disciplines. Francisco doesn't hold back from sharing useful details about his techniques. Speaking with him is illuminating and empowering.
Francisco is a most inspiring and loving person, an amazing therapist! I am very happy and very grateful that our paths crossed, and I want to thank him for having shared some of his precious time with me. I hope he knows the depth of my appreciation.
Before meeting Francisco I was a very nervous person, studying medecine that made me go through a lot of stressful moments.
After several acupuncture treatments, deep abdominal massage work and breathing exercices, Francisco managed to make me overcome those problems and I become a calmer and more selfconfident person. All his therapies combined
with mental coaching gave me the opportunity to find my inner peace and to keep my mind clearer in stressful situations."
The day Francisco entered into my spa-business, I knew he was on his way to a life-long-learning process in order to develop his own concept of longevity.
His connection to ancient techniques and philosophies from all around the world combined with a contemporary approach of the current knowledge about longevity, allow him a global view on the body-mind and soul.
Francisco is a healing person, a shining light for all those who are temporary on the search for a better “inner peace and harmony” He not only helps the complex human body to find back its energy flow, but most of all he will stay your friend for a lifetime
I have been living in Asia during 14 years, during this period I had been receiving all sorts of therapies and massages to keep my body healthy and relax. After Francisco did only one treatment I felt how my body and my mind was completely in balance, light, relax and full of energy... I never experience before this sensation. Francisco apply a very unique technique using a combination of several therapeutic holistic techniques. No doubt his treatment goes beyond any other kind of treatment I got before.
Beside his knowledge, skills and work he is an inspiration for anyone who wants to become a better person. He is able to spread awareness with humility and with consistent effort to keep learning for the benefit of others...
On first meeting with Francisco for my treatment he very much put me at ease throughout - even at times it was a little painful I felt completely relaxed and in capable hands on a physical and emotional level. He has a gentle manner and very understanding of female issues. I know that if I lived closer to Francisco I would have carried on further treatments for a greater effect.
Since our meeting he has always been a very good support.
I would highly recommend any treatment by Francisco as he's a unique being with an immense array of depth and knowledge with a wide range of therapeutic qualifications and arenas.
I met Francisco a few years ago. At that time, and I was depressed and had complicated family relationships.
Almost from the start, we began intensive therapy that included a huge variety of natural therapies. Each time Francisco add new types and combinations. As a result, it changed everything, starting from the appearance and well-being, and going into the depths of my consciousness and subconsciousness.
It seemed to me that everything around me had changed, but in fact I was the one changing. Of course there were different moments, ups and downs. Thanks to that, because of this I learned to understand myself.
During therapy, I found the wonderful world of natural therapies. And all of this is combined by one person ! It's unbelievable, but it's a fact!
Until recently I did not know who I was and what I wanted. Life seemed to me black and white. Francisco was able to break all the barriers and get me out of this nightmare.
Yes, I am only at the beginning of my new and brighter way. But at least I know what I want, and I wish this with all my heart, I live with more awareness and with an open heart. I am a different person and never will be the same.
Words can not express the gratitude that I have for Francisco.
Thank you for your patience, care and love.