Holistic healing is a form of alternative health care that integrates the whole person in the healing process: body, mind, emotion, spirit and life force (chi) energy. It is a non-invasive treatment that utilizes natural healing techniques and remedies, such as herbology, acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, homeopathy, Reiki, muscle and tissue massage, chiropractic, Zenith, color and sound healing, chakra balancing, and many others.
A major focus of holistic healing is the involvement of the patient's personal desire, intent, and follow-through in the healing process. Accordingly, holistic healing is as much dependent upon self-healing as it is upon the direct treatment by a practitioner. Patients are encouraged to eat a balanced diet, exercise, get adequate rest, utilize stress-release techniques, express themselves in some form of creative endeavor, gain and maintain a positive self-image, and become involved in spiritual activities of some sort.
Below are descriptions of some holistic healing methodologies that have proven to be effective in alleviating stress and bringing the body, mind, emotions and spirit into balance. It is in such a state of balance that healing may occur.
The word "chakra" is a Sanskrit word meaning "wheel." The ancient Hindus discovered that are seven major energy wheels spinning along the spine, matching every major nerve or endocrine center in the human body. The chakras, when blocked, make us feel sick or out of balance. If the blockage continues, the imbalance can lead to illness. Chakra balancing and cleansing helps to bring the
chakras back to their normal functioning and the body back into balance and harmony with the All.
Acupressure is based on the same principles, points and meridians as acupuncture. This ancient Chinese technique involves the use of finger pressure (rather than needles) on specific points along the body to treat ailments such as tension and stress, aches and pains, arthritis, etc. By applying focused pressure on a point on a meridian, the associated muscle is compressed much like a sponge and blood is sent rushing into the tissue as the muscle lets go of its tension and stress. This process also clears the blockage of energy in the meridians, promoting health throughout the body, stimulating the body's immune system, and promoting the release of endorphins. During an acupressure treatment, the patient remains fully clothed, suffers no side-effects from drugs, and experiences a totally safe and relaxing session.
Foot and Hand Reflexology is based on the scientific knowledge that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all areas of the body. Disease is created by stress. Reflexology reduces stress in all parts of the body by generating deep, calm relaxation. By applying direct pressure to points on the feet or hands corresponding to stressed body areas, the tension is reduced and there is a resulting physiological change in the body. Stress and tension also restrain the cardiovascular system and restrict blood flow, resulting in sluggish circulation. By reducing the stress and tension, Reflexology allows the cardiovascular vessels to conduct the flow of blood naturally and easily.