What is Holistic Health? It’s a wellness approach that addresses the body, mind and spirit, or the physical, emotional/mental and spiritual aspects of a person. Just to clarify, when I use the words spirit or spiritual, I am not making a reference to anything religious. We’re talking about the essence of who you are – your core self, that little light inside, your still small voice, you can insert here whatever words feel most comfortable for you.
This article may seem a bit serious, and you know we like to keep things fun, but it’s important to us that you have the low down on all the juicy facts, so bear with me and enjoy the ride!
Traditional medical doctors treat the body and sometimes ignore the mind, conventional mental health professionals often treat the mind and ignore the body. Neither one of them address the spiritual. Both of them treat symptoms with drugs or surgery rather than looking for what causes the symptom.
A holistic health approach doesn’t view the body, mind and spirit as separate entities, and promotes medications or surgery only when absolutely essential, and after other solutions have been looked into. It looks for the underlying causes of symptoms, rather than just covering up the symptoms with a pill or script.
News flash! The body, mind and spirit are not independent of one another. They are intertwined, interlinked, relating to, and affecting each other. This is such an exciting concept when we understand the fullness of what it means! (At least I find it exciting)…
What affects one, affects the others.
A philosophy that focuses on only one aspect is an incomplete approach.
The definition of holistic health may encompass many different elements depending on which field of thought you’re dealing with. It is sometimes referred to as complementary health, alternative health or natural health.
These terms are often, but not always, interchangeable. A treatment approach can be complementary, alternative, or natural without necessarily being holistic. However, most holistic approaches are considered to be complementary, alternative or natural. Was that as confusing for you to read as it was for me to write? I hope not!
When used as a form of healing, holistic treatment approaches are highly tailored for the unique needs of each person, and the patient, and their practitioner, make decisions together, as partners, to develop the health care plan. Yup, thats right – you get to play a vital role in the choices that affect you! Great isn’t it!
Many different kinds of health practitioners embrace a holistic health approach. Mental health counsellors, educators, chiropractors, naturopaths, doctors of environmental medicine, homeopaths, dentists and even some medical doctors are becoming enlightened. The more of us that realise that this truly is the way forward, (you know by going BACK to what we used to do), the more options we will have! *yay*
There are loads of different treatments or services that you can tap into for holistic health! You could try acupressure, nutritional counselling, massage, energy healing, bodywork, homeopathy, meditation, dietary changes, food allergy testing, vitamin supplementation, exercise, oxygen therapies, herbs, and organic living just to name a few. The list is ever expanding!
A definition of holistic health, could not possibly be complete, without highlighting the fact that wellness approaches in the holistic field are considered to be wholesome, healthy and not harmful or toxic to a person, their family or the environment. They promote balance and harmony for people, society and the planet.
A holistic approach encourages you to engage in self care, and educate yourself about your wellness journey. It urges you be an active participant in your own personal care, rather than giving all the power to fate or someone outside yourself.
I encourage you to step up to the challenge of taking back your own personal power, and making small, incremental changes to your habits…
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Love Zane xx
Ps. Thanks to Helen from Amazing Oils (they sell awesome magnesium products) for the last quote – I loved it so much I had to share…