The idea of health and well-being in the 21st century has moved far beyond just one’s physical health. The 5 main aspects of personal health are- physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual. The practice of holistic healing refers to the idea that each part of a person’s body is interconnected and dependent on one another. Thus, faulty running of one part, will affect the rest of a person’s well-being too.
The theory of Holism implies that systems that are complicated cannot be fully understood by just studying that system individually. They need to be understood by examining the other systems in place too. Parts of these systems would not exist without each other. Therefore, the idea that when we speak of health, we are only speaking of how well one’s physical self is functioning is a little too one dimensional. One could exercise for days on end but if they are not mentally at peace and spiritually healing, their overall well-being is still lacking.
A person is the summation of their body, mind, and spirit. A disturbance in any one of these aspects leads to an imbalance in the health and well-being of that person as a whole. So, a fluctuation in one of these features, leads us to feeling disintegrated.
When we turn our attention to physical health, it is of great import that mental and spiritual health do not go unnoticed and vice versa.
The question then arises- what is this Holistic Healing that we have been talking about?
Holistic healing is an approach that goes beyond just healing the current problem. It takes a holistic view- hence the name- and looks at all aspects- emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical, and how they work with each other. Holistic healing, therefore, becomes more effective because it seeks to bring about change at all levels. Because healing here occurs at every stage, the positive outcome is likely to endure for a longer time.
It is true that the modern world had often in the past scoffed at what is termed as “Alternative Medicine.” However, the world is gaining more and more information about holistic healing. As it gains steady popularity, the practice has also helped break the taboo that shrouds mental health problems and the best part is that these practices cover all bases- from body ache to anxiety.
Instead of prescribing just medical procedures and tablets, holistic healing seeks to bring about improvement by changing physical, emotional and spiritual alterations. Holistic healing incorporates alternative medicine to traditional medical practices.
A Holistic Healer treats their client in a way that is more personal. They will discuss all sorts of things- eating habits, lifestyle, personal ideologies, physical environment, etc. They aim to treat the person and not just the current problem.
The healer may also perform practices and therapies like acupuncture, aromatherapy, music therapy, Reiki, etc. Reiki is a healing technique that first emerged in Japan in the 19th century. It is based on the idea that the therapist can channel “universal energy” into the patient to bring about emotional and physical healing. This medicine aims to eliminate blocks of bad energy. It is believed that these blocks overtime accumulate and cause illness. Practitioners and healers say that by working with the energy and improving the energy flow pain and distress can be healed.
To summarize, holistic health is taking care of your entire being as a whole. Paying attention to your spiritual, psychological and emotional needs is just as important as a pressing need to ease a headache. Holistic healing incorporates a wide array of proven practices such as meditation, massage, acupuncture, etc. to bring about a change in you. This type of healing goes beyond just treating the symptom- it treats the underlying cause. As it is often said, the patient is not the disease. Holistic healing embraces this in its practice.