What Are Holistic Therapies?

What Are Holistic Therapies

Holistic Therapy is the treatment of the mind, soul and body. It takes a whole person approach to your physical and mental health, considering all aspects of your physical and emotional wellbeing. 

‘Holistic’ comes from the Greek word ‘holos’, meaning ‘whole’ and is generally known as a complementary and alternative medicine. Put simply, holistic therapies assist in regaining the physical and energy balances of the body.

So why is holistic therapy beneficial?

It’s no surprise that more people are wanting to find more balance and harmony within themselves. From the stress of lockdown to more awareness of mental health, finding a way of caring for your whole self is more important than ever. A therapist can help to restore the body’s natural balance leading to a more rewarding quality of life. A happy and meaningful life is made by looking at all elements of our health. 

Holistic therapy is effective in addressing countless physical and psychological concerns from muscular aches and pains to hormonal imbalances, improved sleep and mental clarity. As well providing relief from the everyday stresses, holistic therapy treatments can also be a treat for individuals who enjoy pure relaxation and pampering themselves. 

Holistic therapies can provide support with:

  1. Physical health: chronic pain, illness, ashes, tension, fatigue and disease.
  2. Emotional health: feelings such as sadness, worry or anger.
  3. Mental health: depression, anxiety and stress.
  4. Spiritual health: feeling empty, lost, incomplete, disconnected and fragmented.

Holistic therapies have been effectively used for millennia and maintain good health and overall wellbeing. The role of a holistic therapist is to look for the underlying cause of a condition by considering physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual states of health and wellbeing. 

Many complementary therapies are traditional healing methods used widely before the development of the treatments currently used by the NHS. Others focus on the mind, body and spirit, or on the flow of energy through your body, and have roots in ancient Eastern philosophies of health. They can help to reduce feelings of depression and anxiety and can help with sleep problems, relaxation and feelings of stress.

In holistic therapy, a lot of focus is placed on the individual taking responsibility for their own wellbeing and concentrates on educating people about lifestyle and self-care practices that promote balance and wellness. Holistic therapy is used alongside, or as well as, conventional or mainstream medicine and has become widely accepted within the medical profession with more and more doctors prescribing complementary medicine. 

For some, these therapies are a great way to manage symptoms when they are on an NHS waiting list or want more options to try in addition to the treatments offered by their doctors.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides guidance to the NHS on effective treatments that are value for money and has recommended the use of complementary therapy in a number of circumstances. For example, The Alexander technique for Parkinson’s disease, ginger and acupressure for reducing morning sickness, and manual therapy for lower back pain.

Holistic therapy is a completely natural and non-invasive treatment, suitable for all ages so anyone can benefit whether sick or healthy. Every person will respond differently to each product or practice and, depending on which holistic treatment you choose, therapy can help you to relax, alleviate stress and ease a wide range of physical or emotional symptoms.

Recognised therapies with benefits include:

  • Acupressure
  • Acupuncture
  • Alexander Technique
  • Aromatherapy
  • Autogenic Training
  • Ayurveda
  • Bowen Technique
  • Chiropody/Podiatry
  • Chiropractic
  • Colonic Hydrotherapy
  • Colour Therapy
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Crystal Healing
  • Cupping
  • Ear candling/Thermo-auricular Therapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Herbalism
  • Homeopathy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Kinesiology
  • Massage Therapy
  • Meditation
  • Naturopathy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Osteopathy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pilates
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Shiatsu
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Sports therapy
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga

Before starting a new treatment, talk through any safety concerns with your doctor or pharmacist and the treatment provider, particularly if you are already receiving treatment or taking medication/supplements; you are pregnant or breastfeeding; or you have underlying physical or mental health problems.

At Moonbeams, we believe in the virtue of holistic therapies, especially aromatherapy. You can find out more about aromatherapy on our Aromatherapy page.

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