I have been asked this question many times since I began my journey with Alternative Medicine. I came up with my title of ‘Holistic Therapist’ to best describe what I do, but to some, that’s still pretty vague.
Holistic originates from the Greek root ‘holos’ which translates as ‘whole’. The Cambridge Dictionary describes holistic as relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just it’s parts. Specifically, in terms of medicine, it says Holistic Medicine attempts to treat the whole person, including mind and body, not just the injury or disease. This suggests that it’s any health therapy that treats the body as one.
I wanted to create a concept where one is ‘fixed’ under one roof and to achieve that I needed a four pronged attack. I looked at therapies that can help the physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological parts of our body and worked out how I can obtain the proper recognised training. I wanted to do things correctly so I enrolled in an HNC course in Complementary Therapies and exchanged my full time job for becoming a full time student.
Daunting as it was, the course would give me a base to build upon and I discovered how to address the physical body though the medium of Massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Head Massage. I had previously taken extra training courses in Reiki, Theta Healing and Sound Therapy so that completed the spiritual part. Addressing the final two parts, the emotional and the psychological, required training in Counselling and my chosen path of Shamanism. I will qualify in both modalities in 2021 so this will complete my holistic quadrant. Using my intuition and the skills I have acquired; I am now in a position to confidently deal with clients irrespective of their suffering.
With so many varied and transferable skills you can maybe understand how the easy option was to class myself as a Holistic Therapist. I have a lot of knowledge on alternative medicine and this became the easier option to trying to explain what it is I do.