Holistic Practitioner is a term used to categorize a collective of Holistic Health Workers. What exactly does one do though and how do you know which one is right for you? This article illustrates various therapeutic services, while highlighting areas of specialization and expertise.
Holistic Practitioners provide services that help bring balance to mind, body, spirit and emotions. It’s not uncommon for a therapist specializing in one particular area, to draw upon the practices and techniques of another healing modality. For example, a Massage Therapist, or Bodyworker, may utilize Reiki or Aromatherapy during a therapy session, to bring about healing and restore balance. Holistic Practitioners recognize the interconnection of mind, body, spirit and emotions and implement natural wellness tools, to activate the body’s self healing abilities, to secure and maintain optimal health and wellness.
Bodywork therapists provide a variety of services and are known as:
Bodywork involves the manipulation of the musculoskeletal structure, to activate the body’s self healing abilities and bring balance to the physical, emotional and energetic bodies. Specific modalities, like Acupressure and Shiatsu address pain, stress and trauma of the physical and emotional bodies, paying particular attention to the flow of energy through meridians. Swedish, Deep Tissue and other massage techniques concentrate on easing muscle tension. Massage improves circulation and has both an energizing and relaxing effect on the body, while reducing physical and emotional stress.
Bodywork can help boost the immune system, reduce joint pain, aid detoxification and help re-balance hormones. An emphasis on breathwork is an important element of Bodywork, and a therapist, during a session, will make a connection with the client by matching the breath. This brings about a state called entrainment. When entrainment occurs, the client and therapist’s vibrations synchronize. As the therapist vibrations elevate, so does the client's.
Certain bodywork therapies involve the use of oils and massage creams and require the client to remove their outer garments. A certified or licensed therapists will practice draping, during every session, to make sure that the client retains his or her modesty. When draped, a client can expect to be covered with a sheet, with parts of the body, like an arm, leg or back exposed, in order for the therapist to carry out the massage or bodywork. No more than one body part is exposed at a time during a bodywork session. Other modalities, such as Shiatsu, can be performed with the client remaining fully clothed. A client always has to give permission in order for healing to be initiated and some bodywork therapies require the client to actively participate during sessions. Applied Kinesiology is an example of this. During a session, the client is instructed to push against the therapist, in order for the therapist to test muscles and energy strength and condition.
Spiritual Healers are made up of a range of Holistic Practitioners and generally view themselves as a vehicle, bringing about healing. These include:
Even though a therapist may use the title Healer, most acknowledge that healing truly comes from the Divine Source, the Universal Creator, or whichever name resonates, pertaining spiritual practice.
Diviners are another example of holistic practitioners that communicate with the Universal Creator, in order
to tap into information. Tools and methods used to perform Divinations include
Runes, Cowry Shells, Tarot Cards, Tea Leaves, Pendulums, I Ching, Numerology
and Scrying. However, divination tools can be anything you decide to use and
dreams can even assist in divination. African Traditional Religion have varying divination systems, such as Ifa, practised amongst the Yoruba traditionalists and Afa, practised by the Igbo traditionalists of Nigeria/West Africa.
Intuitive Healers utilize psychic, clairvoyant and empathic gifts to assist in the healing of the physical, mental and emotional bodies. Tools such as crystals, essential oils and tuning forks may be used to raise vibrations, help shift stagnant energy, unblock chakras and optimize the function of organs and glands. The empathic qualities that intuitive healers possess, allow them to tune into the physical and emotional pain of their clients. For example, if a client has a blocked throat chakra, an intuitive healer may feel tightness and constriction in her throat and physical ailments experienced by the client, might manifest as pain or discomfort in the healer’s own body. A healer might also perform intuitive body scans, when working with clients, to connect with energy patterns, emotions, organs and cellular tissue. This allows the healer to tap into possible diseases, emotional pain or trauma.
Holistic Consultants are classified as those working as Life Coaches, Intuitive Healers, Wellness Coaches, Nutritional Consultants and Holistic Psychologists. Holistic Consultants tend to specialize in areas pertaining to Career, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Diet and Physical Fitness. They aim to assist their clients in accomplishing and realizing goals, to secure the lifestyles they desire. Matters of concern commonly addressed, by Holistic Consultants tend to centre upon limiting thought patterns and belief systems, unresolved emotional issues, deep rooted fears and childhood traumas.
Life Coaches are another type of Holistic Practitioner that have become quite popular within the past few years. They aim to help clients realize dreams, goals and ambitions, whether they are in regards to career, relationships, a loss of confidence or law self esteem. Goals and targets are set and plans arranged, in order for the client to attain goals and live a more fulfilling and rewarding life.