When it comes to health we often hear the word holistic. Unfortunately most people don’t think about what it actually means. For some it brings up thoughts of hippy’s or that it must be something weird or “out there”. I often have a bit of a laugh when I hear peoples reaction when someone mentions holistic health or when they describe the word holistic.
So, what does holistic health actually mean? It’s what it literally says – ‘holistic’, whole. The practitioner looks at as much information as they can, taking into account ALL aspects of the person and their health. This includes the obvious symptoms they present to the practitioner plus posture, their emotional state, nutritional intake, pain (the body’s way of saying something is wrong), the persons present and past health history, family health and even the environment they live and work in. After all, each and every one of these pieces make up the puzzle of who they are and how they work.
Is your practitioner holistic?
Many practitioners like to consider themselves holistic but are they really? Even some Kinesiologists aren’t. Let’s take a quick generalised look at some of the various health modalities. Please remember this is generalised and some practitioners do extra training which has not been taken into account in this article.
Naturopath: diet, nutritional intake or lack of, digestion, environment
Chiropractor and Osteopath: structural alignment, nerves, reflexes, joints and ligaments
Physiotherapy: movement and strength of the muscles and tendons
Reiki: Energy surrounding an area of the body
Doctor: chemical interactions from neurological feedback, physiological workings of the organ (how the organs work)
Psychologist and Counsellor: emotional thoughts and reactions to life’s stresses
Acupuncturist: energy movement via the meridian system and how it affects the organs and feedback systems
Kinesiology: structural alignment, nerves, reflexes, joints, tendons and ligaments. Digestion and nutritional intake or lack of, environmental factors, the movement of energy via the meridians, charkas and other vibrational energies such as flower essences. Emotional awareness and defusing of negative thought patterns affecting reactions to life’s stresses. Learning difficulties.
Not All Modalities Are Holistic
As you can see, most health modalities focus on just two or three aspects of our ‘being.’ Sometimes there may be a positive flow on affect to other areas of health depending on the original source of the problem however, better health may be slow if the original source of the problem is not identified.
Over the last 10-20 years Kinesiology has been earning an excellent reputation in many ways. One is its true holistic approach to health. Kinesiology has a multitude of techniques, many of which are similar to other modalities, that are identified by muscle testing. In simple terms muscle testing is direct feedback from the nervous system. (I will do another article to explain muscle testing some time in the future.)
There are many styles (sub modalities) of Kinesiology and some of these only focus on one or two areas such as learning difficulties, or emotions, or pain and reflexes or sensitivities. Other Kinesiology modalities such as PKP (Professional Kinesiology Practitioner) are more holistic and look at all aspects of health.
Using PKP as an example. PKP has a powerful protocol (systemised format) that by using muscle testing not only helps the practitioner identify whether the clients presented problem requires structural, nutritional, emotional or energy interaction but it also helps identify the priority order the body requires it. As we are an integrated ‘person’ the integration of the emotions, structure etc is very important in not only helping the person but also in the speed at which better health and quality of life is achieved.
Although no money is available for research to prove the effectiveness of Kinesiology and many other health modalities I suggest you look at the results people have achieved when using natural health.
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