The Holistic approach comes from the Greek term “holos” meaning whole. Therefore, a holistic treatment will treat the person as whole, i.e. mind, body and spirit. If your mind, body and spirit are “balanced”, you are more likely to have a greater sense of well being. The Holistic practitioner believes that disease arises when your entire being, i.e., body, mind and spirit is out of balance. An example of this would be, that if you’re mind is “out of sorts”, it’s likely to show up somewhere in your body as a physical ailment. When completing a client consultation, the practitioner will take into account the person’s lifestyle, eating habits, environment, emotional make-up, social and spiritual values and activities.
Complementary therapies are used to support – not replace – conventional medical healthcare. Well being covers a person as a “whole”, i.e. your body, mind and spirit. It is about feeling good too, taking good care of you and your things which often tend to be easily neglected when trying to cope with the sometimes very stressful demands of a hectic day to day life.
Complementary therapies can promote the body’s self healing abilities, boost the immune system, help eliminate toxins, help relieve pain, improve circulation, improve sleep patterns, increase energy levels, provide deep relaxation, reduce stress and tension, restore balance to body systems, provide stress relief, and also promote general good health and well being.
“The greatest sense in our body is our touch sense. it’s probably the chief sense in processes of sleeping and waking; it gives us our knowledge of depth or thickness and form; we feel, we love and hate, are touchy and are touched, through … our skin”
(J Lionel Tayler “The Stages of Human Life” 1921)
The touch of someone’s hand, the closeness of hug and the connection of such person to person contact will signify caring and comforting. Feelings of security, safety, and easiness are amplified. Touching builds closeness, and gives a person sense of being nurtured, cared about and cared for. For the most vulnerable of clients, being touched or held can make them feel worthy, soothed and will boost their well being. Remember how you used to feel when your Mum hugged you after you fell over and hurt yourself!