The rise in popularity of complementary therapies over the last twenty years is undeniable. There are more therapists than ever and a real call for what they can offer people.
So this question could be answered on three levels:
- The importance of treating people as PEOPLE rather than as a medical object, concentrating solely on the health issue.
- Looking at people holistically. In order to help people stay as well as possible, it is imperative to treat the person not the illness. It’s a promotion of positive health as a method of illness prevention. (As far as possible!)
- The importance of alleviating stress. Ah, this is a big one!
More than 70% of illnesses are stress-related, and chronic long-term stress can have a hugely detrimental effect on health and wellbeing.
To put this into context, let’s imagine that Mrs Smith has a stressful job and a busy life looking after everybody else, with little ‘down-time’. She rarely stops and builds in time for herself. The stress continues. Her sleep becomes affected. She becomes tired. To cope with this and the consistently high level of pressure she turns to caffeine and junk food to keep going and mask the fatigue. Her immune system becomes depleted. She starts suffering from viruses and minor illnesses, frequent coughs and colds, digestive issues, muscle pain and headaches, insomnia. She resorts to asking her GP for antibiotics and other prescribed medications to alleviate her symptoms. She keeps going at the same pace. There may come a time when this becomes too much and she is forced to stop and rest. Mrs Smith is out of options. Her body can only cope with so much. Which is where natural therapies can support and help mind and body to cope and to rebalance.
The World Health Organisation have warned that antibiotics have become so widely prescribed that bacteria have begun to evolve and develop resistance to them. (Daily Mail 1/5/14).
In 2013, 41.7 million prescriptions were written, a rise from 37.2 million in 2006. The WHO’s warning that “deaths from cuts and grazes, diarrhoea and even flu will soon be common as antibiotics lose their power to fight infections” is a chilling one.
Is this time to look at ways of promoting and maintaining our own health, taking responsibility and looking at preventing, as far as possible, minor ill-health and stress-related issues? To coin a well-used phrase, it’s all about shutting the stable door BEFORE the horse has bolted and not afterwards. Which is where holistic therapies come in. Looking after ourselves the natural way will help keep us in good health. And ensure that we are able to care for others because we spend more time caring for ourselves. It’s not selfish, it’s just being as kind and as loving to yourself as you are to others.
The majority of our regular clients are now well and enjoy life with predominantly good health. Why do they still come for holistic treatments? Because they want it to stay that way!