What is my role in a holistic healthcare approach?
The nature of holistic healthcare is to facilitate healing - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The relationship between any holistic practitioner and an individual is one of partnership. A holistic physician acts as an information source, a guide, a support person, and a conduit for the healing process. Healing is not something done to you, so it is impossible for you to be a passive recipient. This means taking responsibility, and power, in your natural healing process.
Your lifestyle choices are one important area in working with a holistic practitioner, but this means more than what you eat or how you exercise (or don’t). It also means learning to understand how you view the world and your role in it. What conscious choices do you make in your responses to stressful events, relationship challenges, physical pain, and other aspects of life?
Learning skills such as meditation, imagery, yoga, Tai Chi, or journaling, to name just a few, can help facilitate your healing process. Illness can be seen as a messenger - an indication that one or more aspects of your life may be out of harmony. Illness or injury can also be seen as a catalyst or guide to growth on your lifes' path. A holistic practitioner will walk with you on that path.