Holistic Health concerns the individual as a whole, as an integrated system rather than one or more separate parts including physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional. The practices and treatments are growing vastly and are now incorporated into many spa’s and clinics. If you are new to any area of healing, do your research and meet with the practitioner first to ask all of the necessary questions you may have. Be sure to always ask about your Practitioners qualifications, they should always have them on display for you to see in the consultation or treatment rooms and if you ever feel uneasy during a consultation or treatment you are free to speak up at any time. Don’t feel pressured or intimidated into any treatment.
.“We are all what we think. All that we are arises from our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world” Buddha
Acupressure: This treatment deals with the Body, Mind Spirit connection as one entity, hailing from Chinese Traditional Medicine, this is one of the oldest and most widespread healing methods in the world. Practitioner apply finger pressure, working along the meridians or energy channels that directly correspond to the organs and glands of the body where constrictions in the flow of energy stem from. These points are the root at which disease and discomfort occur. Pressure is applied to these points in order to reduce tension, increase blood circulation and aid in the removal of toxic wastes. It is commonly described as Acupuncture without the needles.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine: both of these practices have helped me immensely in the past after a horrendous car crash left me with a broken jaw in three places causing me recurring pain and T.M.J (temporo-mandibular joint) and digestive issues. Many acupuncturists are also experienced in Chinese Herbal Medicine and may combine both modalities in their daily practice.Both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine have been used successfully for many thousands of years in the treatment of a wide range of conditions. Because Chinese Medicine works on the whole body, the practitioner endeavors to restore balance on every level. Change can be generated emotionally as well as physically through the use of either Acupuncture or Chinese herbs alone or in combination.
After taking an extensive history, the practitioner will decide on the most appropriate course of treatment. In addition to Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, the practitioner may also use Moxibustion (the warming of acupuncture points using the herb Artemisia), dietary or lifestyle advice, and may recommend gentle exercise (tai chi) or breathing (qi gong) techniques.
A course of acupuncture treatment is generally considered to be between 8 – 10 treatments but this varies considerably depending on how long the condition has been present. With both Acupuncture and Chinese herbs, the longer the problem has existed, the greater the duration of the treatment. It would not be unexpected for a chronic condition to require treatment with Chinese Herbs over the course of many months.
Colon Hydrotherapy: Seeks to cleanse and hydrate the large intestine while flushing out undesirable toxic matter that can build up over time using purified filtered water at body temperature. The process lasts around 45 minutes and is said to aid in relieving constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, candida, yeast infections, food allergies/intolerance, skin disorders, body odour, gout, arthritis, pre-menstrual tension and chronic fatigue syndrome. It may increase energy stamina, assist in weight management and boost the immune system. Lifestyle, diet and exercise changes will also discussed in the consultation with management plans to encourage better bowel health.
Registered Herbalist: Medical Herbalist is a practitioner highly trained in the philosophies, principles and practice of western herbal medicine and medical science, who takes a holistic view towards health and illness and who will assess you as a person not a disease They prescribe and dispense plant medicines in a safe and effective manner, seeking to treat the underlying cause of the problem, while acknowledging the body’s innate ability to heal itself. They aim to prevent illness and restore health by providing dietary and lifestyle advice. Herbs and plants were our first medicines and food, and predate recorded history. Herbal medicine is the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. This medicine is made exclusively from plants and is used in all societies and cultures. Using plants as medicine provides significant advantages for treating many conditions. The therapeutic activity of a plant is due to its complex chemical nature with different parts of the plant providing certain therapeutic effects. Herbs and plants were our first medicines and food, and predate recorded history. Herbal medicine is the oldest and still the most widely used system of medicine in the world today. This medicine is made exclusively from plants and is used in all societies and cultures. Using plants as medicine provides significant advantages for treating many conditions. The therapeutic activity of a plant is due to its complex chemical nature with different parts of the plant providing certain therapeutic effects.Please do your research on the subject and the practitioners education, also find out if they belong to any registered associations.
Naturopathy: Both Homeopathy and Naturopathy believe in the healing powers of nature. There are 2 areas of focus in naturopathy: one is supporting the body’s own healing abilities, and the other is empowering people to make lifestyle changes necessary for the best possible health. Naturopaths treat short bouts of illness as well chronic conditions, their emphasis is on preventing disease and educating patients. A consultation and treatment plan with your Naturopath will see you discuss such things as detoxification, spirituality, nutrition, herbal medicines and behavioural change. Prevention through stress reduction and a healthy diet and lifestyle is paramount.
Shiatsu: Is a development of Chinese Acupuncture involving pressure applications. The Practitioner uses fingers, thumbs, knees and elbows, gentle stretching and joint articulation, treatments are done on clients wearing loose clothing. Shiatsu is beneficial in aiding joint pain and reduced mobility, menstrual problems, depression and anxiety, digestive problems, asthmatic symptoms and back pain.
Reiki: (Ray-Kee) is of Japanese origin and is a spiritual practice that has been adapted over time by various teachers of varying traditions. Japanese in origin. I have found Reiki to be surprisingly, very powerful and healing as initially I was a skeptic. Essentially it is a system of natural healing involving the laying-on of hands, and it works with Ki/Chi, or life-force energy of both client and practitioner.Treatments involve the client lying on a bed in loose clothing.
Homeopathy: works on the principle of ‘Like cure Like’. Homeopathic medicines stimulate the body to heal itself. They have been working effectively in clinical practice all over the world for 200 years.Homeopathy is essentially a natural healing process, providing remedies to assist the patient to regain health by stimulating the body’s natural healing forces. It concentrates on treating the patient, rather than the disease.Homeopathic remedies are made from plants, animal products, minerals and (occasionally) conventional drugs or disease matter. Homoeopathic remedies are not tested on animals.
When asking the patient to describe symptoms, the homeopath wants to go beyond such blanket terms as merely “rheumatism” or “asthma” and to discover how that particular problem presents in you as an individual in your own unique response to the disease process. Family history, past and present illness, emotional difficulties, individual sensitivities and many other aspects of the patient are discussed. The homeopath assists the patient to understand how seemingly separate symptoms can be related. The homeopath then chooses a homeopathic medicine that matches as closely as possible the symptoms.
Homeopathy is not herbalism or naturopathy. They do use many of the same natural substances homeopathic medicines are uniquely different from naturopathic products because of the way they are made.