What is Holistic Therapy?
Holistic Therapy treats the whole person.
‘Holistic’ comes from the Greek word holos, meaning ‘whole’. Rather than just addressing an immediate symptom, a holistic therapist will look for the underlying cause by considering current physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual states of health and wellbeing.
Holistic therapy considers the individual as Body, Mind and Soul rather than just a physical being.
The holistic therapist thus works to restore the body or psyche’s natural balance, leading to a more sustained and rewarding quality of life.
While it has been effectively used for centuries, the scientific community today is now recognizing the importance holistic therapy plays in maintaining good health and overall wellbeing.
The goal of a holistic approach is to balance all the different aspects of the person, so the entire person is addressed in treatment and not just one aspect. For instance, in the traditional Western medical approach, someone with arthritis would be treated by a specialist who would address their arthritis with medicines and other interventions. Using holistic therapy, instead of just treating someone’s arthritis, the person’s emotional aspects, attitudes and beliefs (mental), relationships and how they are affected by their illness, and spiritual aspects (deeper rooted meanings about one’s existence and future) would all be addressed in the treatment process.
Holistic Healing enables the client to get to the root of the problem, meaning why did the “dis-ease” occur in the first place, as every ailment is an outcome of a deeper lying issue. Once the root cause is established, the therapist tackles the underlying blockage at the source, thus eradicating the manifested ailment.