What does it mean to say something is a holistic health practice? The word holistic means whole, so in holistic health, the entire person (body, mind, spirit, and emotions) is considered. This is beneficial because our body is so connected. A physical injury can easily cause someone to be depressed because they can’t do the things they used to do.
But the opposite is also true. An emotional or mental issue can cause physical symptoms. Depression causes physical symptoms like fatigue, back pain, headaches, and even vision problems. With such an interconnected system like the human body, it just makes sense to treat the whole body.
So, without further ado, here are three of my favourite holistic health practices that I enjoy indulging in on a regular basis.
If you’ve never been for a massage, you definitely need to try it. There are many types of massage, such as Swedish, hot stone, deep tissue, trigger point, Shiatsu, reflexology, and many others. Be sure and do some research ahead of time to see which type is best for your situation.
Massage works by relaxing the muscles, tendons, and ligaments to reduce pain and inflammation. Some types of massage can also remove toxins from the lymph nodes.
The benefits of massage range from reducing pain and inflammation in the muscles to improving digestion and elevating your mood.
Reiki is a holistic approach that works on energy centres in the body called chakras. When a chakra is blocked, you will notice a variety of symptoms that can be physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional.
A good Reiki practitioner will know where you are blocked based on the information you share with them about what you are experiencing and feeling. They can also tell from your energy, which chakras they need to focus on clearing.
During the session, your Reiki practitioner will gently put their hands on you or just above you. They will use a number of hand positions to optimize the energy flowing through your chakras. Once your chakras are cleared and spinning at optimal speeds, you will notice an improvement in the way you feel. This can be physical and mental.
BEAM stands for Bioenergetic Emotional Access Method and it is a trauma-focused practice developed by Dr. J. K. Beattie. It is a safe and simple method of releasing emotional, spiritual, physical, and psychological trauma.
One of my favourite things about BEAM is that you don’t have to rehash old traumas. You don’t even have to remember what they were! The procedure uses simple phrases and chakra work to help you let go of the old traumas to alleviate your symptoms.
I was very depressed when I discovered BEAM, and it’s not an understatement for me to say that the BEAM treatments I received saved my life. They were the main reason I became certified to use BEAM.
Another benefit of both Reiki and BEAM is that because they work with your energy, they can be done as distance sessions which means you don’t have to be in the same room as the person who is treating you.
It’s not uncommon to feel physically and emotionally drained after having any of the above treatments. This is your body’s way of getting rid of what you don’t need. Be sure to drink lots of water and be gentle with yourself after the treatment. Get some rest, if that’s what you feel you need. In a day or two you will feel much better.
If you have concerns about the way you’re feeling after a session, contact your practitioner. They will have some tips for helping you to feel better or may determine that you need another session. I am proud to offer Reiki and BEAM as part of the services I offer.