The word holistic is derived from the Greek ‘Holos’ which gives us both ‘Holy’ and ‘Whole’ in modern English. This association of the idea of health with wholeness and holiness expresses well the concept of holism. Holistic health essentially involves the unity of body, mind and spirit so it is taken to mean caring for the whole person.
The whole life style of a person is taken into consideration, diet, exercise, habits – (smoking, drinking, etc), relaxation, relationships etc. and therapists bear this in mind and always keep the health of the whole person as their aim.
Holistic health care is a preventative treatment. As the idea of, assuming personal responsibility for ones health, developing intuition and discrimination, cancelling old programs and re-balancing energy, gradually enters the lives of more and more people their effectiveness is appreciated. The holistic approach is a broadening and expanding of our scientific understanding of ourselves and our environment.
Holism is a powerful means to develop and maintain a healthy body as part of the holistic approach. For the best results, ‘the whole’ – mind, body and soul which by nature are one – must be addressed where many forms of therapy have their part to play. According to individual requirements these may include aromatherapy, shiatsu, herbology, acupuncture, homeopathy, reflexology etc.
Holistic procedures aim directly to correct physical imbalances within the body and, indirectly, emotional imbalances. Positive attitude and an open mind is a significant part of the recipient.
Holistic health takes care of the emotional aspects because as the therapy proceeds it relaxes the patient and therefore the mind, making it easier to replace negative thought by positive and extremes by moderation.
The benefits gained from holistic health are tremendous. It may be necessary to modify long standing habits, be they to do with diet, drink, smoking etc. to achieve a state of equilibrium conducive to a healthy and rewarding life.