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What a holistic approach really means

Carlyn Weiler October 11, 2016 0 comments 0

A holistic approach encompasses all areas of a person including their body, mind, spirit and emotions. True healing is about finding balance in the body because when one part of your body is not working, it can affect all of you.

People tend to focus on one or two areas of themselves whether it be physical, emotional, spiritual or intellectual. But a holistic approach can teach you that you need to focus on all areas of yourself in order for you to be whole. If you have an imbalance in one area, it very likely is affecting your overall health.

The practice of holistic medicine integrates conventional and complementary therapies to promote optimal health, and prevent and treat disease by addressing contributing factors, according to the American Holistic Medical Association. In practice, this means that each person is seen as a unique individual, rather than an example of a particular disease. Disease is understood to be the result of physical, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental imbalance. Healing, therefore, takes place naturally when these aspects of life are brought into proper balance.

Those complementary therapies include things like Pilates, kinesiology, fitness training, skincare and meditation. When taking a holistic approach, it is important to find the right person to help you balance yourself, but ultimately you are responsible for working to improve your health and wellness.

The role of the practitioner is as guide, mentor and role model; the patient must do the work changing lifestyle, beliefs and old habits in order to facilitate healing, said the AHMA. All appropriate methods may be used, from medication to meditation.

Like you’ll experience at Weiler Academy, holistic healthcare practitioners strive to meet clients with grace, kindness, acceptance, and spirit without condition, as love is life’s most powerful healer.

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