The Term *Wholistic* can be defined to describe the perspective of looking at “The Whole” of Life, living things, Human existence and the inter-relationship between the relevant parts of something. This is a term that is not exclusively used in relation to health, but its common usage relates to Health as being affected by the many aspects of our lives such as The Environment, our Social structure, family interactions, our physical activity, Nutritional intake, our Thoughts and beliefs and much more.
In the bigger picture of things – everything in Nature, on Earth and throughout The Universe, whether in the microcosm (the smallest scale) or macrocosm (the biggest scale) has an effect on “other things” and indirectly everything else.
Wikipedia reports Wholistic in relation to its original Term: Holism and states: “Holism (from holos, a Greek word meaning all, whole, entire, total) is the idea that all the properties of a given system (physical, biological, chemical, social, economic, mental, linguistic, etc.) cannot be determined or explained by its component parts alone. Instead, the system as a whole determines in an important way how the parts behave.” and “The term holism was introduced by the South African statesman Jan Smuts in his 1926 book, Holism and Evolution. Smuts defined holism as “The tendency in nature to form wholes that are greater than the sum of the parts through creative evolution.“
In the 1980’s the term holistic evolved into the term wholistic in order to clarify the concept even further and incorporating the word: “Whole”. For example schools refer to wholistic learning styles and medicine refers to the wholistic model that considers the mind, body, spirit in diagnosis and treatment.
The whole website at www.WholisticHealing.org.au is focused on further defining What Wholistic IS and deals with the many facets of Wholistic Health, Wellness and Wholistic Healing approaches.
We promote an “Wholistic Approach to Health” and consider that ALL parts of you are important and that your Well-being on all levels is influenced by not only your environment, nutrition and exercise – but also by everything that you do, say and think. You will often hear of Mind – Body – Spirit as the keynotes to an wholistic health approach. We can extend that even further by understanding that we exist within the context of our environment (planetary, country, social, local, climate, home, work etc) and everything we do makes a difference.
Our Bodies are complex. Every Organ and System of your Body is inter-related to each other and what affects one system will have an influence on the others. When an organ or tissue region is under stress, experiencing metabolic toxicity, is under or over stimulated by the biochemical or nervous systems – this inevitably has an affect on the other parts of your Body as well as your feelings, emotions and state of mind. To “bring the Body back into Balance” we must deal with more that the focal point of disease or stress and look at how we can encourage The Whole Body to be healthier and to support the natural healing processes of the affected parts.
One scientific principle on biology & physiology is that of “Homeostasis“. This is a very important principle to understand and work with (instead of against). Essentially this means that the Human Body Systems and right down to the Cellular and genetic levels – all have inbuilt processes of detecting and correcting ANY imbalance of its functioning.
When there is stress, disease, toxicity, infection, overuse or underuse, chemical imbalance, nutritional deficiency or anything else that may impinge on the normal functioning of the Body Systems – then the Homeostatic “self-correcting” mechanisms come into play. This natural inherent “self-balancing” mechanism is a scientific fact and yet is at the basis of Wholistic Healing and many of the Complementary Medicine modalities being used worldwide.
When seeking to improve our Health & Well-being using Wholistic Health Principles, the first areas to work on are the immediate things that can be modified with a bit of attention and perseverance. These areas include Nutrition and Dietary modifications, Exercise and physical activity, Stress management, relaxation and healthy lifestyle recreation. By examining each area of our life and looking into where the most significant stresses to our Body and Mind is coming from, we can discover what changes are needed to bring about Wellness Improvement and stimulate the Body to Heal itself.
There are many facets to an Wholistic Approach to Health as it includes everything from Music, Aromas, Sunshine, Water and Air quality, food spices, feng shui, gardens & plants and much more! In addition, wholistic systems such as Yoga can form a beneficial part of developing a healthy lifestyle.
The whole website at www.WholisticHealing.org.au is focused on further defining What Wholistic Health IS and deals with the many facets of Wholistics, Wellness and Wholistic Healing approaches.
Wholistic Healing extends the ideas of Wholistic Health. Healing is an on-going process of working with our Body, Mind, Energy and environmental factors to create change from an Illness state to a dynamic Wellness state of Health. Often a “health challenged” person will need the guidance of a suitably trained “Wholistic Practitioner” such as a Naturopath, Kinesiologist or highly trained (wholistic) Body Therapist or Yoga Practitioner. Contact Us if you need support in finding a suitable Practitioner.
Wholistic Healing takes into account all of the important facets of Wellness and Wholistic Health, then goes further. An individual may have their primary dysfunction on the level of Emotions, an Energy imbalance or a negative conditioned state of Mind.
The Practitioner will use various wholistic analytical or diagnostic tools to determine what healing techniques, therapeutic modalities or support systems are required at that time for that unique individual. Kinesiology is one incredible system that is used and is very effective when performed by a well-trained Practitioner. Other practitioners use Counseling, Questionnaires, symptom analysis, iris analysis, Intuition, pulse testing or other methods to assess the individual’s needs.
In Wholistic Healing circles, we place importance on that “other level” of our Lives – ENERGY. Energy has many aspects and is what provides our Body with Life. When there is dis-ease or any type of stress – we would consider there to also be an “Energy Imbalance”. In fact, we often see the energy imbalance as being primary in its effect on the Human Body and consider that true Healing will not occur unless the causes on the energy level have been corrected. In some cases this is quite simple, but in others it is a complexity to be unravelled and other levels of cause need to be discovered before a shift in energy can create a triggering of the Healing Process. The deeper causes may be some emotions, some past experiences, or a negative attitude – or it may be from aspects that relate to one’s environment whether in the home, work or locality.
Some of the “hands-on” Therapies such as Massage, Polarity Therapy, Cranio-sacral Therapy, Acupuncture, Reflexology, Shiatsu, etc.. can make a significant difference in helping to unblock both physical and energetic pathways. The Practitioner helps by releasing both physical stress and blocked energy and works with stimulating the Body’s Natural Healing processes. The Author Bruce Gibson ND. practices some of these techniques and specialises in a gentle yet effective form of Polarity Therapy & Reflexology known as “Vitality Balancing“. During Vitality Balancing, the person relaxes comfortably while The Practitioner positions his hands onto specific body areas (through clothing) and assists to unblock the energy flow through the zones, chakras and nadis (intricate energy connections through the entire body). Specific points are also stimulated on the feet, back, neck and hands.
The Body is also influenced by the Elemental Principles of Earth, Water, Fire, Air & Ether (from the ancient Ayur-Vedic medical systems and Yoga) and the Practitioner works with “balancing” these elements as it affects the person’s body. The typical result is one of deep relaxation, stress release, deeper breathing and a better sense of Well-being.
The important thing for the Wholistic Practitioner is to assist the individual to understand the role they play in creating their Health vs. Dis-ease and to guide them to create the necessary changes that will unblock the energies and allow the various Systems of the Person to function optimally and stimulate Healing.
The Person is no longer a Patient in the hands of a Doctor, but rather a Co-Creator of Health and Vitality in their Life. They may need to work on developing long term goals toward improving and maintaining their Wellness through the rest of their life and the more this is understood – the better. The Wholistic Practitioner is a guide on the journey toward a better state of health, greater vitality and a happier more balanced life.
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Author: Bruce Gibson. This Article was written for WholisticHealing.org.au by Bruce Gibson ND. The whole website at www.WholisticHealing.org.au is focused on further defining What Wholistic Healing IS and deals with the many facets of Wholistics, Wellness and Wholistic Health approaches.