You may be thinking, 'What the hell is a holistic therapist and what do they do?' well before you consider investing in one, so let me help you get a little direction...
Holistic therapies have been used for centuries and have started to pick up some real traction in more recent years due to the pandemic and the fact that treatments can be performed by yourself in the comport of your own home, they can play an important role in maintaining good health and overall well-being on a daily basis.
Typically we have been accustomed to only treating symptoms with professional intervention rather than addressing individual problems that create these symptoms.
A holistic therapist will look for the underlying cause by considering a whole array of different areas within your body and lifestyle:
and of course Social.
The word ‘Holistic’ comes from the Greek word holos, meaning ‘whole’.
When we feel disconnected or fragmented from things we tend to lose focus, direction and often our purpose of why we are doing what we are doing.
So how does holistic therapies help...
Physically - chronic illnesses, aches & pains, exhaustion, injuries
Mentally - overwhelm, depression, anxiety, limiting beliefs
Emotionally - any feelings that cause chaos within your daily life - upset, anger, sadness
Spiritually - disconnection, confusion, lack of purpose
and of course the biggie:
Socially - FOMO, comparison, shiny sh*t syndrome, magpie madness...
Understanding that a Holistic therapist is a lot more than just a little bit of WOO, you can start to see why the demand for them has increased dramatically over the years.
So what sort of treatments can you expect to see being offered from a Holistic Therapist?
The list is endless when you consider that the therapist or practitioner is covering a much wider range of potential issues, but we can break them down in a more manageable way:
Massage - using several different types of manipulation, from hands on to machines to aid the treatment for maximum effect.
Reflexology - a session carried out on the hands, feet, or ears can be offered.
Acupuncture/Acupressure - where pressure is applied to main nerve/meridian points within the body.
Yoga - a session that allows you to decrease tension within the body.
Talking - having a conversation and learning to communicate is the biggest key objective.
Meditation - recognising that you can let go and create different path and a deeper sensation of relaxation.
Hypnosis - having a safe space to explore the hidden struggles, and being given support to face them head on.
Mindfulness with breath work - learning new breathing techniques to help calm the mind and slow things down.
Energy realignment - non-invasive frequencies to help your body to resonate on a higher frequency/ energy.
Coaching - having an expert guide you through the emotional disturbance and give you contemplation to resolve.
Nutritional - being able to recognise that hormones and emotions are directly connected to fuel you put in your body.
Trauma Therapy - accessing how your past and your families past can potential set up your emotional path going forward.
Reiki - treatment that allows you to reconnect with yourself on a deeper level.
Chakra unblocking - a process that helps unblock chakras which can release physical symptoms.
Grounding - techniques to allow tension to drain from the human body.
Crystal Healing - placement of crystals being placed on certain parts of the body to release energies.
Now these lists are far from Exhaustive, but they give you the starting point of what you can expect to find when searching for holistic treatments.
However when it comes to Holistic Therapies, there is a real expertise within the therapist/practitioner to allow the individual space to recognise they have the power to take responsibility for their own outcome. And with that respect the treatments tend to have a focus on helping the individual look at their lifestyle and choices they have made so far in, and how they can make small steps to help improve any area, going forward.
I hope you have found this interesting and perhaps found it a little thought-provoking in terms of how advanced most Holistic Therapists/practitioners are in their line of business.
Now all you have to do if pick a treatment and go enjoy the total bliss you will recieve.
SIDENOTE: At no point is holistic therapy negate or disregard Western medicine; holistic therapy can work alongside conventional medicine without any complications.
For this reason, the term holistic therapy is often used interchangeably with ‘complementary therapy’.
For instance, while medication may be part of a person’s treatment, a holistic approach may include other treatments such as acupuncture or reflexology to address unresolved issues and triggers, relaxation techniques, massage, and more.