We hear the words alternative and holistic health often these days. What is holistic health exactly? If I choose an alternative way to heal what does that mean?
I feel so grateful to be living in a time where information is so readily available. When I had certain challenges in my life, like depression, back pain and sleep issues I was able to immediately go to my doctor and they had suggestions such as drugs and surgery. I was not fortunate enough to go to a physician that recommended more natural ways of healing. Some are more open to that today.
I have had a pretty strong intuition my whole life. Each time I had a challenge I was always drawn to discovering how I could heal in a natural or holistic way. So what does that mean exactly? Well, for me it meant no drugs and no surgery if possible. It meant that I would work at making some changes in my daily habits towards healthier options. I want to be empowered in my own health choices.
It doesn’t mean I am anti-doctor or drugs. There are times when one or both may be necessary. My first choice of defense though will always be a more natural approach. Our bodies want to be in balance. They want to be healthy and when given a chance they are AMAZING at healing. But we need to give them a chance.
There are many healing modalities out there. Finding one that works for you can be a bit of an adventure. With options like acupuncture, massage, cranial sacral, Reiki, Yoga, Ayurveda, chiropractic and many, many others, you have to try them and see what is most effective for YOU. Connecting with the practitioner is also vitally important to our healing. If you like the modality but not the practitioner then try another. Our teachers/mentors/coaches/therapists should be 100% supportive of our choices.
Your body is yours to decide how you want to treat it. For me, I believe it is truly a gift to be in this physical form on earth at this time. I don’t know if I will have another chance and want to take care of myself as best I can each day. I don’t want to take it for granted. I choose to live in gratitude each and every day for this life I’ve been given, even through difficult times.
For me, Yoga and Ayurveda have been my saving grace. Together they are a complete system of health. These tools provide an amazing array of options to choose from for prevention as well as healing. Breathing techniques, meditation, movement, diet, herbs, lifestyle choices, tools for better sleep and even daily eating habits are a small part of what these ancient traditions offer. And the best part of all is, that once you have been given these tools, they are yours to use when ever you need them. They are always there for you. How empowering is that?!!
I would love to hear about what healing traditions you may be using that have helped you. The more we share we help others.