Holistic Practitioners are holistic healing professionals with a gift in one or more healing areas. From bodybuilders to homeopaths to hypnotherapists, the term holistic practitioner has become one that is often challenging to describe or understand. Hopefully, this article will give you some clarity on what a holistic practitioner is and how to find one that meets your individual needs.
To say holistic practitioner is similar to saying doctor. Although there are GPs who cross paths along many paths, most specialize in one or more holistic methods or areas. The main areas of specialization are body-centered therapists, energy-centered therapists, mind-centered therapists, soul- and spirit-centered therapists, emotion-releasing therapists, and coaches / counselors. All of these therapists strive to provide a higher quality of life to their clients. It can happen through inner balance, self-reinforcement, physical lightness or even emotional self-confidence.
One thing to realize is that many holistic practitioners work in many areas. In fact, it is usually a challenge to limit a practitioner to one area. For example, a hypnotherapist can also be a chakra therapist, a bodybuilder can also be a spiritual counselor, etc. In addition, because the mind-body-soul connection is just that, connected, wherever you start, whether it is in energy work, body work, or even the mind, you will discover that you are all affected by the work.
Use this article as a guide to explore the realm of opportunity, rather than limiting your choices to one area.
Examples of body-centered therapists are bodybuilders, massage therapists, pilates and yoga therapists, rolfing professionals (often called rolfers), acupressure therapists, myofascial release and sports massage therapists, reflexologists, Thai massage therapists, watsu practitioners, provide an overview as there are at least 50 types of body-centered therapists).
While each body-centered therapist has his or her own way of working with clients, many use a combination of movement, breathing, and physical pressure (from massage to trigger points) to allow the body to release tension. This release of tension also allows the mind to find a relaxing state. Sometimes the state of relaxation is the goal of the sessions, other times it is the true starting point.
Examples of energy-centered therapists are integrative energy workers, reiki practitioners, healing touch practitioners, respiratory therapists, jin shin do and jin shin jytsu therapists, matrix therapists, applied kinesiologists, organ therapists, polarity workers, cranial chiqigong and ta, chiqigong. Master. Acupuncturists and homeopathic practitioners can also be considered as energy workers.
Energy workers often work with energetic “maps” of the body. They look at where the energy is stuck, depleted or overloaded in the body and work with the individual to get a level of balance to the body’s energy system. This balance also affects the mind and the whole body, which improves one’s condition on many levels.
Examples of mind-centered therapists are hypnotherapists, neurolinguistic programmers (NLPs), integrative release therapists (IRTs), regression therapists, and metaphysicians.
Mind-centered therapists look at the structures of one’s belief system and how they may conflict with and / or not support a client’s quality of life. Mind-centered therapists often find the original cause of what the stuck states are and work with the unconscious to reformulate limiting patterns and perceptions that provide greater resources and confidence for the client to live the life they desire.
Soul- and spirit-centered therapists
Examples of soul and spirit centered therapists are shamans, angel masters, psychic media,
intuitive guides and spiritual counselors (who would also fall into the category of coaching / counseling).
Soul- and spirit-centered therapists work with clients in a variety of ways. A shaman can work with a client who uses soul retrieval to regain a part of his soul that has been “lost” due to trauma. A psychic can offer individual information about what will happen to their current path if they do not make changes. An intuitive can help a client talk to a deceased loved one. As with the other categories, there are many ways in which soul- and spirit-centered therapists work with their clients.
Therapists for emotional liberation
Examples of emotional release therapists are integrative release therapists, somato-emotional therapists, psych-k therapists, and amanae therapists.
Emotional release therapists work with patterns of emotions that are stuck in the body / mind and help a client get through these blocks to greater joy and emotional freedom. Many other therapies, including neurolinguistic programming, yoga, shamanic work, and energy work, use methods of emotional release.
Holistic coaches and advisors
Examples of coaches and counselors are life coaches, empowerment coaches, spiritual and intuitive counselors, holistic psychologists and nutrition counselors.
Coaches and advisors help clients design and manifest the life, career, business and health situations they truly desire. A holistic coach or counselor often works with a client 1-4 times a month and sets goals, opens belief systems and works with the client to provide the support they need to move forward in their lives.
As you can see, the term holistic practitioner can be used to mean a holistic profession trained in a number of areas. Usually, a holistic practitioner will list their areas of expertise in one of their ads to help you decide if they would suit your unique situation.
For information on finding a holistic practitioner, see my article on “Choosing a Holistic Practitioner” or see Holistic Hometown (www.HolisticHometown.com) for holistic resources in your hometown and beyond.
Blessings on your journey.