What is (w)holistic health?
As the name implies, the philosophy of holistic health places emphasis on the whole person both for evaluation and healing. Holistic therapies tend to integrate the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of an individual.
How is (w)holistic health practiced?
Holistic health practitioners often specialize in a particular method while also paying attention to the entire person. The practitioner’s focus may be more centered on the body, energy, emotions, cognitive or soul/spirit. For example, some choose to focus on the bodywork aspect, herbal and nutritional therapies. Others emphasize the energetic modalities or work as counselors or teachers Often a practitioner like myself will utilize whatever modality is required at that time for optimum benefit. The common goal is to improve the quality of life for the client. This is often achieved by releasing the pain and/or facilitating inner balance, harmony and self-empowerment.
In general, holistic medicine is not focused on fixing the person. Instead, we recognize the inter-dependence of all parts and systems. The old paradigm of looking at the person like a car with parts that need to be fixed, removed or replaced is 20th century thinking. The new medical model seeks to reconnect us with our true selves, realign us with natural laws, and enable our innate healing.
As we move into health and wholeness more invasive therapies are often unnecessary. However, sometimes circumstances require a more 20th century approach, like surgery, as a result of an injury or as a result of the toxic environment we have grown up in. I can assist the healing process before and after surgery for a more rapid and thorough recovery.
Cleaning the environment and educating clients on reducing exposure to toxic chemicals, pesticides and preservatives, along with teaching detoxification methods is a priority for us at the Wellspring Valley. Here in southwestern Pennsylvania we have long been pioneers and even bioneers. It was here in southwest PA that the first Clean Air Act was initiated, which led to the Environmental Protection Act in 1965. At the Wellspring Valley we practice a way of being in the world that offers gratitude for the abundance of nature and respects life in all its forms. This is a way of being that generates harmony, health and co-operation. We hold a vision and practice a way of living that releases a need to have power-over, and embraces power-with. I invite you to come see us and experience it for yourself!
Tai Chi & Qi Gong
S.M.I.L.E. Qi Gong
Link to Therapy Descriptions and Dr Oz you tube video.