The Role of a Holistic Therapist
For years I have dreaded the question “so what do you do for a living then?” knowing that the response to my answer will always be “ok so what does that involve?”
Although I meet many people in London whose professional role means nothing to me, I am still surprised that the majority of people are not familiar with the term ‘holistic therapist’. The spa industry is booming and thanks to online sites such as Wahanda, SpaFinder and festivals such as Mind Body and Spirit more people are beginning to take an interest which is fantastic. So it’s now about time people became familiar with the term ‘Holistic Therapist’
Everybody knows what a Beauty Therapist does, so the purpose of this post is to make a clear distinction between the two professions and educate those who are interested in the benefits of Holistic Therapies.
When you visit a doctor he will ask certain questions noting your physical symptoms to diagnose the problem and prescribe drugs or in extreme cases recommend surgery. A holistic therapist takes an interest in the whole person, mind, body and soul both physically and emotionally. They will take into account your diet, alcohol consumption, exercise, home life, relationships, career, sleep patterns, stress and emotional levels as well as your medical history.
The purpose of any holistic treatment is to create balance and harmony in order to prevent illness or disease. Holistic Therapists may work with the auric field and chakras otherwise known as spinning wheels of energy which are connected to your physical organs. These energy centres can become unbalanced leading to physical symptoms and in extreme cases resulting in illness or disease. Reiki is a popular treatment used to unblock chakras and reduce physical and emotional pain. Therapists may use natural products such as aromatherapy oils to boost the immune system, reduce aches and pains or promote natural sleep. A combination of massage techniques may also be employed including traditional stimulating Swedish movements excellent to improve blood circulation, deep tissue pressure working on the fascia to reduce muscular pain, soothing Hawaiian Lomi Lomi to calm the mind, hot stone therapy to deeply relax the muscles or gentle stretching to improve flexibility. Reflexology is another beneficial holistic treatment which works using pressure points on the feet to stimulate and balance all the body organs and promote natural healing.
A Beauty Therapist or an Esthetician as they are more commonly known as in the States will focus on the cosmetic appearance of the skin and enhance your own beauty. They perform treatments such as various facials sometimes using electrical machines, waxing, eye lash and brow enhancements. In the UK Beauty Therapists are also trained during the two/three years of their course to do body massage, manicures and pedicures. Their skills take a lot of practice and their hard work deserves respect.
A good professional Holistic Therapist will take the time to ask questions and understand your concerns; they will skilfully use a combination of holistic treatments to promote balance physically and emotionally but most importantly they will genuinely care about your health and wellbeing and wish nothing but the very best for you.
Everybody benefits from having regular holistic therapies including those suffering from muscular aches and pains, headaches, migraines, IBS, arthritis, fertility issues, PMS, anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, low self esteem, skin problems. Its worth noting that Reiki is also beneficial for cancer patients who are contraindicated from having other treatments.
Perhaps if we were to choose a more Holistic approach to our health then there wouldn’t be as much as a demand to visit our local GP and pop some pills in the hope of quickly curing only our physical symptoms which can sometimes be caused by our negative thoughts and emotions. Of course it’s important to note that I’m not suggesting there is no need for medicine and I would never advice anybody to stop taking their prescribed drugs for the sake of being holistic. What I am suggesting is that science and holistic treatments can work very well together. Having a massage should not be something we do once in a blue moon as a special treat; it should become part of our lifestyle. So for those with a normal financial income, don’t worry you can skip the luxury of a five star hotel spa which involves splashing the cash and instead find a good affordable holistic therapist near you to visit regularly.