The idea that the mind and body are connected and interdependent is ancient wisdom. The idea of 'holism' has it's roots in ancient Greece; however, this term was coined in 1926 by Jan Christaan Smuts, author of Holism and Evolution. Holism is a theory that suggests the whole is regarded as greater than the sum of its parts (the parts being interconnected and viewed in the context of the whole). Hippocrates was a healer who treated patients as a whole, and cultivated the idea that the body really has a natural and innate ability to heal itself.
Holistic health arose out of the idea of holism. Holistic health implies focusing on the whole of a person--the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual parts of who we are, and also the interplay between these parts. Holistic healing is an approach that encompasses the whole of a person and that seeks to find the root causes of unwellness in order to help you live a more balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Holistic health is often associated with therapies, but it is not, in itself, a modality. Holistic health therapies include: chiropractic; naturopathic medicine; massage; yoga; meditation; reflexology; Reiki; nutrition counseling; meditation; accupuncture; accupressure; and, other similar therapies which are termed 'alternative' or 'complementary' to conventional and mainstream health practices.
While quick-fixes are appealing to many in the short-term, they rarely offer enduring relief. A holistic approach is one that empowers you to seek the root causes of what ails you; and, allows your innate healing abilities to help you find balance in mind, body, and spirit. Holistic healing is a lifestyle. It's about feeling good, living good, and finding wholeness in the healing process.
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