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What is Holistic Therapy?

July 21, 2018

Holistic is a term that refers to a philosophical idea in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In holistic therapy this idea manifests in healing as a focus on harmonizing and healing all aspects of an individual’s life. Consisting of many healing practices, holistic therapy is rooted in the human quest for well-being and health. The practices balance and heal the various parts of the individual’s life: social, family, career, emotions, spirituality and so on. Therefore, it is grounded in seeing the interconnectedness between various branches of our lives. Holistic Therapy explores the concepts of wellness through practices rooted in the human need for spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical growth.

 

Creating no binaries between the mind and body, the practice of holistic therapy is rooted in an understanding that each part of our psyche plays a role in other parts; physical pain can bring about depression, grief and mental suffering can bring about pain. The body and mind are seen as intertwined. Instead of emphasizing talk-therapy, where a dialectic conversation with a psychologist leads to insights, holistic therapy gives people the power to discover their own insights through self-exploration and healing of the mind and body.

 

By giving you the tools to bring emotional intelligence and wisdom into your life, the practice of holistic therapy provides personal empowerment so that you can be your own therapist. Spirituality and healing practices based in self-love are emphasized, so it promotes all around self-healing and self-care helping you to live a flourishing life. Simply put, it points people on a lifelong journey of healing, thriving, and self-discovery. The goal is to discover your true sense of self and recover the ability to heal. Weaving together practical insights and wisdom, it rests in a belief that all people have a self-healing power. Unlike traditional therapy, it does not rely on mind altering medications or the DSM, yet it provides practical care in an affordable and accessible way.  

 

Society is becoming more open to alternative practices, such as holistic therapy, as we discover our ancestral healing traditions that have existed for thousands of years such as ayurvedic medicine and ancient chinese medicine. Some have pointed out that modern talk therapy and western medicine are rooted in a disease oriented mindset focused on treating symptoms. Indeed, modern talk-therapy is focused on the individual and their mind, yet it does not address the hardships of the environment which we live in driven by consumerism, productivity, and ever more fast-paced technologies. Our culture is suffering which is why many have turned to alternative practices that are rooted in ancient healing traditions from various cultures. Traditional healing practices have relied on diverse methods such as community ritual and herbal remedies. They are rooted in the rich culture and history of ancient places throughout the world. Holistic Therapy understands the importance of bringing these ancient practices into the modern world.

 

Holistic Therapy offers a viable alternative to the modern talk therapy framework based on psychotherapy and medication. Permeated by a philosophy of holism, it recognizes the need for healing in various aspects of a person’s life to bring about all-around, lasting spiritual growth and both mental and physical wellbeing. Breaking down the mind-body dualism that has permeated western medicine, it works to promote true self-care and empowerment.

 

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