What is Holistic Healing?
Holistic comes from the word “whole” and considers the complete person – not just the condition or symptom that is being presented. The holistic approach aims to address the entire person – body, mind and spirit. It aims at balancing the individual and healing the person not only physically, but energetically.
The therapist will aim to identify the root cause of the symptoms. This thought process acknowledges that the physical symptoms are always an indicator of a higher imbalance. Symptoms are recognized as the physical manifestation of imbalances and the body’s attempt to return to homeostasis.
A holistic therapist recognise that learning is possible in all of life’s circumstances, however challenging they appear to be. They understand the healing power of belief, love, hope and humour. It should be the goal of every therapist to demonstrate these values when relating to every client.
Holistic healing therapy acknowledges the key role of the individual in their own healing and wellbeing, and their acceptance of this responsibility. Treatment considers the individual in relationship to all things around them – family, friends, work environment, diet, social attitudes and their worldview.
Holistic therapists recognize each person as an important individual. Advice is always tailored to the individual; specific to that one person and their circumstances. Treatment is always aimed at being complementary, meant to go alongside any prescribed medication. They recognize the client as being the director of their own health choices and decision making.
Rather than identify a discrete condition (with associated name) and treat that in isolation, a more comprehensive approach is adopted. Factors such as energy imbalances, dietary concerns, emotional stresses and relationship concerns, are all considered when “building a picture”. The appropriate response may be a change in beliefs, circumstance, diet or any other contributing cause.
A true holistic therapist will demonstrate the effectiveness of the holistic approach in their own lives. The holistic thought process is often described as prevention, exploration and wellness.