Holistic Therapy – Types of Therapies


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Introduction:

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Holistic therapy is a type of therapy that considers the entire person – body, mind, and spirit – in the treatment of any disorder or illness. It is a relatively new field that is gaining in popularity, as more and more people are looking for alternatives to traditional medicine.

As holistic therapists, we are concerned with the health of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. Our work is based on an individual approach to each person in all his or her uniqueness. The treatment choices we make take into account your specific needs and your physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental states at this moment in time. We aim to create balance across these seven dimensions so that you can be healthy in every aspect of your life.

It is Different From Others:

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Holistic therapy is different from conventional medicine because it treats the whole person rather than just the symptoms of disease or disorder. It does not look for an exact cause to explain illness but rather sees patterns amongst all aspects of a person’s life which influence their wellbeing.

Some other therapies are as follows:

Shiatsu:

is a type of massage that uses finger pressure to stimulate acupressure points on the body. It claims to be more effective than acupressure & deep-tissue massage and is used as a way to relieve stress and pain in muscles and joints, especially backaches and headaches. It also claims to release energy blockages that cause illnesses.

Aromatherapy:

it involves using essential oils for healing purposes such as treating ailments such as stress, sleeping problems, fatigue, depression, acne, or anything else you may have some issues with. They can be inhaled, applied to the body, or used as a massage oil. It claims the scent of the oils triggers a response in brain chemistry that balances mood and lifts spirits.

Meditation:

it’s a process for relaxing your mind and body by focusing on your breath or specific thoughts (often spiritual) & is said to help those who suffer from anxiety, depression, stress, or those who simply want to improve their health and well-being.

Biofeedback:

is a technique that uses electronic monitoring devices such as computers and special sensors to show you how to control certain bodily functions like blood pressure, heart & breathing rates & skin temperature; often resulting in reduced pain levels and lower stress levels; though it does not treat the problem itself.

Herbalism:

is a practice that uses herbs for healing as well as other purposes such as cleaning, beauty, or contraception; it includes herbalism that’s used in cooking and food preparation. Often people use green tea as an effective way to lose weight & detoxify their bodies & drink aloe vera juice daily to strengthen the immune system.

Naturopathy:

combines treatments from herbalism, homeopathy, naturopathic physical manipulation (similar to Shiatsu but with more intense pressure) acupuncture, massage therapy & chiropractic care. It aims to help heal your body & spirit by helping you find harmony between mind/body/spirit through natural remedies rather than medications or invasive surgery.

Osteopathy:

is a form of alternative medicine that uses manual manipulation of bones & joints with the idea of improving overall health. People get treated for pain or injuries but also get treated for more general problems of muscles being out of balance resulting in aches and pains throughout the body.

Mindfulness Meditation:

is a type of meditation practiced by Buddhist monks that has many benefits including reducing stress levels, lowering high blood pressure, preventing heart attacks by releasing tension related to stress, encouraging a healthier weight & a higher immune system.

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