A Holistic Approach to Your Health and Well-being.
The belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable, only by reference to the whole. Characterised by treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just symptoms.
Taking care of something in all aspects…Body/Mind/Soul/Emotional, in the quest for optimal health and wellness.
It is an approach to life, rather than a treatment plan.It is taking responsibility for your own level of wellbeingand being in harmony with nature.As Socrates said, “For the part can never be well, unless the whole is well.”
20th Century Medicine has steered, particularly, Western Cultures away from the Holistic approach to health. With the development of antibiotics and a drug for every problem, real or invented, we are lead to believe that we could get away with making unhealthy choices and the “modern medicine” would FIX us.
Physical, emotional, mental, spiritual – when one part is not working at its best, it impacts all of the parts. As we are all aware, everything is intimately connected. The fascia encapsulates every fibre of our being and communicates electrical, kinetic, and sensory information. As such, to touch the surface, is to stir the depths.
Health, is more than just not being sick. We should be constantly striving to move from the absence of illness to Optimal Health. Do not be satisfied, with just not being sick.
Some examples of how our emotions can and do affect us physically include:
- Anxiety and stress, can lead to upset stomachs, IBS type symptoms and headaches, plus tightening in the thoracic spine and low back pain.
- Long term anger – migraines, emphysema or arthritis.
- Nerves – butterflies in the stomach.
- Fear – constipation and kidney problems
- Grief – lung and respiratory issues
We should be aiming to find “treatments” that support the whole body’s healing systems.
A symptom, is a message that something needs attention. Relieving symptoms, does not fix the real problem. Symptoms guide us to look below the surface for the root cause.
Inputs that are important to Holistic living:
* Social Media
* Social Interactions
the quality and content of all of these are important influences on us down to a cellular level. That is, the electronic translation of all above information, effects our brain chemistry and therefore us at a cellular level.
Mixing up the types of exercise we do, can serve as a holistic “treatment” plan for your total wellbeing.
* Cardio – cardiovascular health
* Metabolic training (hiit) – influence on endocrine system, fat burning, epoc, anaerobic system and more.
* Strength – build lean muscle mass, increase basal metabolic rate, etc.
* Functional training – mobility, flexibility, strength, stability, anaerobic training, heightened body awareness.
* Yoga – mental, emotional, strength, stability, flexibility, meditation
* Dance – endorphins, dopamine, fun, cardio, coordination
* Self nurture – (amazeballs/yin yoga) meditation, body awareness, mobility, heightened proprioception, pain relief, rehabilitation
Balancing the information and input we put into our body is vital to a Holistic Approach.
Other things we NEED…
Human Touch…physical contact is vital to our wellbeing.
Silence. Vital to mental peace.
High quality water.
Safety and shelter.
A sense of community and friendship.
I think Heart Body Soul Fitness nails all of the above.