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Holistic Wellness

What is holistic wellness? Holistic wellness is an approach to wellness that recognizes that an integration, and care for, the mind, body, and spirit of a person are essential to their well-being. When we talk about holistic wellness, we’re not just talking about a person’s physical health, but also their mental/emotional and spiritual health as well. When there is an imbalance or pain in one area of a person’s life, that is most likely going to end up impacting at least one of those other areas. In other words, if someone has physical pain in their back, that will most likely end up impacting their state of mind. And if someone is dealing with a lot of emotional stress, they will probably end up feeling that stress somewhere in their body (this could be felt with physical tension, or it could be experienced as a cold or the flu, for example).

 

Holistic health care providers begin by asking about numerous factors in a patient’s life before “prescribing” anything, because they understand that sleep, diet, exercise, home life, relationships, work environment, etc. all impact a person’s wellness. Once they have a big picture understanding of what’s going on in the patient’s life, they tend to focus on treatments that involve the patient making lifestyle changes and incorporating alternative medical care (such as massages, cupping, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, therapy, essential oils, reiki, chiropractic care, etc).

 

Holistic wellness treats a whole person, not a single disease or issue. And it believes that the human body has incredible potential to heal itself. This is one of the most empowering parts of holistic wellness, because it teaches us that with lifestyle changes and daily shifts (coupled with alternative wellness work), we can start to heal ourselves without medication. For holistic wellness, short term solutions are not the goal. Rather than seeing an issue as a solitary event, holistic wellness understands that all parts of us are connected, and therefore we must receive care from many different angles to truly heal.

 

If you, or someone you know, has a chronic health condition (such as stress, chronic physical pain, or anxiety), consider consulting a holistic wellness practitioner. To find a clinic near you that offers holistic wellness services, search “Holistic Wellness Practitioner [city].” The day that we learn that our bodies have the capacity to heal themselves is a pretty empowering day.

This article was written by Haley Lovejoy of A.G.A.P.E. Wellness

Photo Cred: Chelsea Shapouri

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