Holistic Health: What is it and how can it help?

Holistic Approach

The word holistic is derived from the Greek ‘Holos’ which gives us both ‘Holy’ and ‘Whole’ in modern English. The association of health with wholeness and holiness expresses the concept of holism well. Holistic health essentially involves the unity of body, mind, and spirit, so it is taken to mean caring for the whole person.

Holism is a powerful means to develop and maintain a healthy body as part of the holistic approach. For the best results, ‘the whole’—mind, body and spirit which by nature are one—must be addressed. Some individuals consider their health in this way and experience a thriving life. This has often come about from having experienced a depth of suffering from which they have risen. However, many people require the guidance of a therapist to awaken to the importance of the mind/body/spirit connection.

Holistic Health Therapies

Many forms of therapy have their part to play according to an individuals requirements. These may include energy healing, aromatherapy, shiatsu, herbology, acupuncture, homeopathy, reflexology etc. During a therapy session, the whole lifestyle of a person is taken into consideration. Diet, exercise, habits—smoking, drinking, etc—relaxation, work and personal relationships, all contribute to building up a picture of health. A holistic therapist will bear these in mind and always keeps the health of the whole person as their aim.

A holistic therapist will help you get real with your overall situation. They guide you toward a better understanding of where there is imbalance, and show you a pathway through it. Therapists do not heal, they provide the space and the tools for you to heal yourself.  The outcome of your treatment lies solely in your hands, giving you the power to reclaim your health and wellbeing.

Taking Responsibility

Holistic health care is a preventative method of assuming personal responsibility for ones overall health. As this concept gradually enters the lives of more and more people, its effectiveness is better appreciated. Taking personal responsibility involves developing intuition and discrimination, cancelling old programs and re-balancing energy.

The holistic approach is a broadening and expanding of our scientific understanding of ourselves and our environment. Holistic procedures aim to address physical imbalances within the body, and indirectly, emotional imbalances. Positive attitude and an open mind are significant requirements on the part of the recipient.

Holistic health works indirectly with emotional aspects because, as therapy proceeds, it relaxes the patient and therefore the mind. Therefore, making it easier to replace negative thought by positive, and extremes by moderation. The benefits gained from understanding holistic health are tremendous. It may be necessary to modify long standing habits, be they to do with diet, drink, smoking etc. Your diet is not only what you eat. It is what you watch, what you listen to, what you read, and the people you have in your life. It is about all of the things you put into your body physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

The decision to make changes takes powerful commitment and dedicated intention. Yet, when the decision is made, the body/mind/spirit aligns to achieve a state of equilibrium conducive to a healthy and rewarding life.

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