Holistic Health – A Short Introduction


What is Holistic Health?

Here at the Holistic List, we’re always talking about holistic health, and holistic practices. But its not always clear to the outside world exactly what holistic health is. So here’s a quick introduction to give you an idea.

Treating the whole person: body, mind, emotion and spirit

Holistic Health is an ancient approach to life which, rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, it considers the whole person and how they interact with their environment. It emphasises the connection between mind, body and spirit.

Holism is the theory that the parts of any whole cannot exist and cannot be understood except in their relation to the whole; “holism holds that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”; that parts of a whole are in intimate interconnection, such that they cannot exist or be understood independently of the whole.

The principles of holism have been around since the time of Hippocrates, 2500 years ago and even earlier then the eastern healing traditions of Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine.

What is a holistic practice?

Holistic health can also be referred to as complementary health, so in short it can be any practice, or therapy, that complements standard medical practices. These can be further segmented as follows:

Alternative and Medical

These are medical treatments that are used instead of traditional therapies and can include Bates Method, Ayurvedic techniques, colonic hydrotherapy and osteopathy.

Energy and Spiritual

Working with the various energy centres, these therapies can include crystal healing, angel, astropychology and reiki.

Fitness and Nutritional

Looking at the body and how to treat it with diet and fitness. Practices can include boxercise, allergy and intolerance testing, nutritional therapy, tai chi and yoga

Massage and Physical

Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, primarily by hand but also using different tools. Practices include aromatherapy massage, acupressure, shiatsu, chinese cupping and Tibetan massage.

Mind and Relaxation

The mind can often be treated with many types of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) which looks at a persons behaviours and the way they interpret events in their lives. Examples of this type of mind and relaxation practices include art therapy, hypnotherapy, though field therapy (TFT) and neuro linguistic programming (NLP).

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Andrew R
Author: Andrew R