What does it mean when we talk about Holistic Health?
You’ve got a random long term pain in your [insert relevant body part!] but you don’t remember doing anything to cause it. You’ve tried a few things – some panadol, a stretch your neighbor suggested, a hot water bottle – but nothing is working and that pain is still there, and has been now for months.
Making your life fit your pain
What often happens in chronic pain situations – even if it is just a niggling ‘little’ pain – is that we adjust our life around the pain! To see that in writing makes it seem totally ludicrous doesn’t it?! So what can happen is that you stop going to an exercise class that you love because it aggravates the pain, or even worse, you are just scared that it might aggravate the pain. You stop eating that healthy thing because you read an article saying that it can have a bad affect on your joints. You buy a whole new bed/ chair/ sofa because your pain means that you can’t get comfy like you used to.
Now before I go any further, I would like to make it clear that what activities your do, the food you eat, and furniture you have CAN indeed have an impact on your body. I am not saying that they don’t. But where there has been no correlation between the two things and you are just taking random curative measures in the hope that they make a difference, well that is ignoring the powerful concept of holistic health.
What does ‘holistic’ mean?
The dictionary definition of ‘holistic’ when it is used in relation to health and wellbeing is “characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.” A beautiful addition to this is the philosophical definition of holistic: “characterized by the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole”.
Holistic health is all about prevention, causation, and treatment and focuses on the ‘body’ as having other energetic levels in addition to the physical one, which are all connected. You have energies that affect your overall wellbeing at the spiritual, emotional, and mental levels as well. At the highest – spiritual – level is where we first deal with a trauma. If we don’t deal with it effectively at this level then it moves through the other levels. We may suffer emotional symptoms, and then physical ones.
Non physical causes of pain
So, have you ever thought about the fact that your sore [insert body part] may be due to the fact that you have an unresolved emotional issue or even just a negative thought pattern? Be aware that these things can be completely unconscious and that you may be dealing with something from a very long time ago.
Here are some common ones:
- headache: self criticism
- back pain: feeling supported (financial, emotional, guilt)
- neck pain: flexibility
- hip pain: fear of moving forward
- knee pain: stubborn pride, inability to bend
- stomach problems: fear of assimilating the new, digesting ideas
- ulcers: fear of not being good enough, eating away at you
So how can you ‘cure’ something when the ‘cause’ is emotional or spiritual?
Our bodies are amazing and are designed to heal themselves but of course we need to allow them to do that and the many stressors in modern life, including from our diet and environment, can make this very difficult. Reiki is a fantastic tool to allow all levels of your energies to become rebalanced and enable healing to occur.
Reiki and Physical conditions
The beauty of Reiki is that it is not a cognitive therapy. You don’t need to be thinking about anything in particular. You do not need to be verbalizing all the background information that may possibly be causing the physical (or emotional) problem/s that you have. All you need to do is be open to accept the balancing energy that will be directed to you. The more relaxed you are during this process the better because naturally further negative thoughts and feelings can block or unbalance energy.
The majority of the time people seek out Reiki for an emotional issue, or a sense that they are gnerally imbalanced or fatigued. It is fantastic that they do this because Reiki can be immensely powerful for all of these things. But time and time again when a client comes to see me they also have a physical pain or symptom that they have not been able to shift, despite trying numerous other modalities or treatments. Then usually, even after just one Reiki session, they can report back to me – often in astonishment – that the pain or symptom has significantly reduced, if not completely disappeared. The reason for this is that Reiki is working on all energetic levels and even if my client was completely unable (or unwilling) to articulate, for example, what it is that they are being inflexible about, which is causing their neck pain, the Reiki can bring the body to an energetic balance in which it can heal itself.
If you would like any further information about holistic wellbeing and how Reiki can help – or anything else! – then please contact me.
So if you would like to access holistic wellbeing through energetic balance, book now for a powerful, personalized session with me.