NEW Series intro: Holistic therapies at the spa
Welcome to “A TOUCH OF WELLNESS”, a new series of articles guaranteed to stimulate the minds of healers, therapists and spa owners. That old adage; everything old becomes new again, rings true when we have been seeing holistic therapies making their way into our spas. These treatments offer traditional and classical ways to rejuvenate, empower and heal the body.
There are literally thousands of treatments that can heal* the mind-body. My intention in this series of articles is to provide effective and powerful treatments that will benefit therapists within their practice. “Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain” Carl G Jung.
Centuries of power: Holistic wisdom and therapies come from various cultures from around the world. Civilizations maintained prosperity and good health for centuries using such healing modalities. Healing practices based in Ayurveda, Chinese, Tibetan, Middle Eastern and Native North Americans have been ongoing for over 5,000 years. Chinese call energy qi or chi, and in India prana; the Sufis, qawa. All theories conclude that if energy flows, good health will follow.
The journeys shared will expand your spa tool box and amplify your compassion as professionals. Each therapy requires you to follow a code of ethics using these two determining guidelines.
Follow these basic rules when providing holistic treatments:
1. Being responsible: Wellness and providing treatments to others, begins with self responsibility. Taking accountability for every movement and decision we make in life may seem huge, but being liable to somebody else’s well being is monumental. We are all professionals that work within our means and abilities. Follow your instincts, and never rush into any environment or situation. Like a pebble in the pond, the consequences may ripple into a treatment that we are providing, and the chaotic energy infused into your session. If you do not have adequate time to administrate a treatment properly, then don’t!
2. When to seek professional advice: These therapies and treatments are not intended to be a course in healing miracles. Serious medical concerns and health problems may need the attention of professionals in specific areas. Even the wisest of sages never diagnose, diplomacy and knowing ones limits can be most prudent in being of assistance.
MIND-BODY: I subscribe to the belief that the mind and the body are not to be treated separately. Science now witnesses such facts. The shifting or changing of the bodies position may and can alter the state of health. Releasing tension in areas such as fascia or tendons, mobilizing joints and adjusting ones way of breathing (pranayama) may have profound physiological and psychological changes. So let us begin.
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*Writers note: The term heal or healing in these articles refers to bliss, joy and happiness and not to heal actual diseases of the body.
Proofed by: Andrea Blake