Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Health and Wellness from a Holistic Perspective

Most people are familiar with the term CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine). You may think that holistic health therapies falls into those categories. It is that plus so much more. The International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Holistic health therapies defines energy medicine or holistic therapies as that which “includes all energetic and informational interactions resulting from self-regulation or brought about through other energy linkages to mind and body.”

A new field of science is emerging called ‘psychoneuroimmunology’ or PNI. This means that what happens at the psychological level occurs simultaneously throughout the body and immune system and the reverse is also true. What happens in every cell of the body translates into thoughts and emotions. Learning about holistic health therapies and how to manage your health ‘well’ can be a positive turning point in how you view health and wellness.

Some of the therapies that have evolved into holistic health therapies are known as CAM therapies. These may seem quite different than the solutions and information that you receive in your doctor’s office. It can be very confusing because CAM is different in the sense that the focus of CAM isn’t symptom management or finding a cure. Rather the focus is on searching for the cause and, in the process of creating a healing environment, activating each person’s ‘inner healer.’ You have the opportunity to learn to empower yourself and then play the central role in your unique healing process. Healthy living and illness prevention are positive side effects.

When a person becomes an active participant in their energy system management and are truly committed to it, they give themselves an opportunity to experience fully what is going on at the level of the physical body in a whole new way, with new and constantly evolving meanings. Using both conventional and holistic health therapies means having a complete array from which to choose. It is important to find a level of comfort to understand when a doctor is needed or when holistic health therapies is needed (or both) to reestablish your physical and emotional balance.

Some CAM practitioners are known as acupuncturists, energy practitioners, massage therapists, bio energetic practitioners, intuitive healers, BARS practitioners, and Reiki practitioners, just to name a few. There are many CAM practitioners in the valley. Come see many of our local practitioners at the Health and Wellness Expo in Glenwood Springs on April 27, 2013 at the Ramada Inn.

The committee members for the Expo are: Stephanie Stanfield, Ph.,D., Suzette Skidmore, Carmen Iacino, Conor Johnson, Kimberly Henrie, Dean Pappas. Contact any of us or go to the website for more information. www.healthandwellnessexpogws.com.

Article provided by: Stephanie Stanfield, Ph.,D., at Live Your Present Moment