The term ‘holistic’ comes from the Greek word ‘holos’ meaning whole.
The philosophy of holistic massage is to approach each person as a whole, taking into consideration a person’s complete physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. The goal is to restore balance within the body.
A holistic philosophy considers everything to be interconnected, including a persons’ physical body, along with their mental, emotional and spiritual health.
This means that if a person is experiencing neck pain, it may be the result of physical issues elsewhere in the body, tight back muscles or overused forearm muscles for example. Or it could be a result of mental or emotional stress due to a person or situation in one’s life that is literally “a pain in the neck!” Another example could be a person experiencing low back pain. This could be the result of tight hamstrings, or of emotional or mental stress due to a feeling of carrying a heavy load or burden in life.
These examples can also be taken to a deeper level of spiritual or energetic balance. Imbalances in the chakras, or energetic centers in the body, can be associated with physical pain. For example, neck pain can be associated with an imbalance in the throat (fifth) chakra, which is connected to communicating and expressing oneself clearly. Or, low back pain can be associated with an imbalance in the root (first) chakra, which is connected to feelings of belonging, security, and survival needs. Read more about chakras here.
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