Holistic comes from the term ‘whole’ and in this respect refers to treating the person as a whole – a beautiful and perfect fusing of the mind, body and spirit. If left to its own devices, your body would self-manage and look after itself perfectly well. However, the 21st Century brings with it lifestyles that are affected by poor nutrition, lack of exercise, sunshine and proper sleep, external factors such as pollution and viruses, and stress and worry. In fact, it is estimated that up to 70% of illnesses are caused by stress! That’s worrying.
Homeostasis is a term given to the state of well-being, where your body (by this I mean body, mind and spirit) are in perfect working order, in balance. Holistic therapies aim to stimulate your body’s natural resources to bring you to this state. Holistic therapies are also known as complementary therapies, complementary in that they do not replace orthodox medicine, but work alongside it. They can be very helpful in maintaining health and freedom from dis-ease, reducing symptoms, enhancing your positive state of mind and perhaps reducing the need to see the Doctor as often.