What is Holistic Energy?

Harriette Halepis

Practitioners of holistic healing believe that each person has a certain amount of holistic energy. This type of energy comes from the body, mind, and soul as a whole. Within the confines of holistic theory, a person cannot be split into body, mind, or soul, since all three parts function together in order for any person to live, breathe, or heal properly.

Reflexology is a type of holistic therapy which uses a system of reflex points on the hands, feet and ears to stimulate the nervous system and support health.
Reflexology is a type of holistic therapy which uses a system of reflex points on the hands, feet and ears to stimulate the nervous system and support health.

Even though the concept of holistic energy may seem like a relatively new creation, holism actually has its roots in ancient Tibetan culture. Many believe that the idea of holistic energy began more than 2500 years ago with the practice of reiki. Reiki is a type of holistic healing that focuses upon the spiritual aspect of human nature. In addition to reiki, many other forms of holistic healing exist.

Massage is one method in the holistic healing category.
Massage is one method in the holistic healing category.

Holistic healing is a non-invasive type of healing that concentrates on a person as a whole. Methods that can be placed within the holistic healing category include herbology, acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, homeopathy, tissue massage, and various others. In addition to any treatment performed by a holistic healer, all patients must be willing to heal from within. In fact, a large portion of holistic healing is dependent upon a patient's desire and will to heal.

Under the principles of reflexology, every organ is thought to have a corresponding pressure point on the foot or hand.
Under the principles of reflexology, every organ is thought to have a corresponding pressure point on the foot or hand.

While some holistic energy practitioners do not have any kind of formal training, more and more healers are enrolling in certification programs. Various holistic healing schools exist throughout the world, and these schools offer students a chance to discover the many different holistic therapies available. Upon graduating from a holistic program, healers can then work independently or within a healing center. Holistic energy, and the practices that follow this school of thought, is largely accepted in most part of the world. However, this is not always the case within North America.

Acupuncture fits under the category of holistic healing.
Acupuncture fits under the category of holistic healing.

Western medicine tends to forgo any kind of holistic healing. While certain holistic healing centers do exist within North America, these centers are almost never connected with conventional medicine. In fact, most types of holistic medicine within North America are considered "alternative medicines." Throughout some parts of Europe, alternative medicinal treatments are covered by insurance companies, though this is rarely the case within North America.

Many believe that holistic therapies work wonders, while others do not believe that these treatments work at all. Still, many people have found that when conventional medicine fails, holistic practices are worth exploring. Whether or not there is any merit to holistic energy is still up for debate, though many people across the world believe in this type of energy.

Acupressure utilizes the same set of points as acupuncture does along a line that runs along specific parts of the body, known as a meridian.
Acupressure utilizes the same set of points as acupuncture does along a line that runs along specific parts of the body, known as a meridian.

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