Module Three

MODULE THREE

 

THE ROLE OF

HOLISTIC THERAPIES  

                        AS INTEGRATIVE SUPPORT STRATEGIES                     

 

At The Academy of Wellness we believe in teaching our students to support themselves, and subsequently their clients after they graduate, to greater Self-Empowerment, both through developing strategies for them to support themselves physically, and also by helping them to change the stress triggers and stuck emotional beliefs they hold about life, themselves, and their roles in the community, that do not serve them positively.

A knowledge of a range of Holistic Therapies affords our Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners an excellent additional set of resources to support their clients to greater self-empowerment. The human being often responds best to a combination of useful support strategies, as opposed to the traditional ‘single modality’ approach, e.g. nutrition, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic manipulation, medical drug intervention, or psychology/counselling sessions. Stress has such a complex impact on both physiology and psychology, and these aspects typically feed into dysfunction in both areas. Our students will have a practical knowledge of various supportive Holistic Therapies, to support the Whole client profile when they graduate. An example of this is a stressed out 30 year old, overweight woman trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant.  As our Graduate Practitioner, you would assess all her body systems by understanding how her symptoms and lifestyle relate to, and impact, the functioning of her various organs and body systems.  Her emotional status as well as nutritional profile will be assessed, and her personalized programme will be discussed with her and agreed upon. Our graduates will know how to negotiate with her to ensure her WILLING PARTICIPATION in her ‘Integrative Health Treatment Strategy’ which could include recommending the following Top Ten Health Improvement Strategies to be introduced gently, over a paced time period during supportive follow up sessions:

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Top Ten Health Improvement Strategies

1.The daily use of relaxing essential oils

2. A targeted anxiety reducing  EFT Tapping routine and Reflexology points to self massage   

3. A diverse range of stress busting Therapeutic Foods, spices and culinary herbs to introduce into her food programme 

Food and Drink burdens to be reduced gently over follow up sessions, to support her stress levels and physical health profile

4. Introduction of a range of relaxing massages and spa days into her lifestyle at reasonable intervals

5. Introduction of a range of stress and weight management regenerative supplements that target the organs and body systems that show dysfunction.

6. Implementing useful software and aids, like blue light filter glasses, to reduce computer and phone related stress on vision, which negatively impacts the stress managing organs in the body

 

7. Changes to her sleep patterns

8. Several Short Life Management Skills Sessions to create practical and appropriate Emotional Tools for her to manage stressful situations and improve self-confidence.

9. Introducing more physical movement into her lifestyle – exercise and ‘non-exercise’ – both at work and after hours

10. Building in Lazy days and daily outdoor time with her bare feet in the grass, and around half an hour a day minimum, spent in sunlight, to recharge her energy levels.

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Sub-Module One 

Meridian Therapies in an Integrative Practice

‘Meridian Therapies’ is an umbrella term that refers to various treatment support strategies. Reflexology, Massage, Acupuncture, and Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) are but a few examples of Meridian based Supports. The body has pressure points from top to toe, that relate to organ and body system function, as well as to support emotional well being, whether the point is gently massaged or stimulated, or an acupuncture needle or small therapeutic electro stimulus, or magnet, is applied.

Many of these Self-help techniques do not require a client to see a practitioner, as they can learn and apply these easy techniques at home, to support themselves as and when they need immediate support. This gives the client a greater sense of Self-empowerment over their physical and emotional health, as they do not need to rush off to a practitioner every time they have a crisis. It is the clinical experience of the partners of the Academy of Wellness that this does not reduce business to our graduate practitioners. It has the very opposite effect, as it encourages many and ongoing referrals – the very best, least expensive, and most joy-filled marketing tool to grow your practice. It also gives our graduate practitioners a sense of achievement and joy at REALLY MAKING A DIFFERENCE in people’s lives.

 

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Sub-Module Two 

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) in Integrative Practice

EFT stands for “Emotional Freedom Technique”

As our student, you will learn how to support your clients by educating them in self help techniques where they tap on various acupuncture derived meridian points on the body. EFT has shown to release energy blockages that cause negative emotions, which are known to create health imbalances throughout the body.

Over 100 papers published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals, including dozens of clinical trials, have shown that emotional trauma contributes greatly to both minor and major negative physical health symptoms and disease. Research has also confirmed that once distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing.  Clinical trials have shown that EFT tapping is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress.

By using the elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combining them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points, EFT has demonstrated that it is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pain, and other problems.

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It is a powerful self-help method that our graduates can teach their clients to use privately and immediately, as and when they need it, as opposed to having to ‘schedule in a session’ which is usually after the intensity of (and damage caused by) the situation has already passed – a bit like ‘closing the stable door after the horse has already bolted’!

Experience is always the very best way to learn anything.  Our students learn and practice these techniques on themselves throughout the duration of their course, before they teach them to clients after their graduation.  The added benefit therefore is that they acquire tools to support their studies, as well as any ‘life pressure’ they may experience.

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Sub-Module Three 

Essential (Herbal) Oils in an Integrative Practice

Herbs offer us such an abundance of support in our daily lives.

From enhancing the taste and texture of our food, to being an outstanding source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and unique medicinal properties, the health benefits of herbs fill volumes of scientific and medical literature. Whether consumed in food or tea form, applied as a compress or in a massage oil, or breathed in as an essential oil on a tissue or in a diffuser, herbs and spices help to improve both physical and emotional health and can help you maintain a healthy body weight, as many of them have the additional benefit of promoting weight loss.

“Herbs” and “spices” are often used interchangeably. However, there are key differences between them.  Roots, flowers, fruits, seeds or bark, are the sources of spices. Spices have a higher potency and a stronger flavor than herbs, and are therefore usually used more sparingly. On the other hand, herbs are commonly used in larger amounts than spices. as they are less potent and not as intensely flavoured as spices. Herbs are obtained from the leaves of herbaceous or non-woody plants and come in various forms, including dried leaves and teas. These oils have their own set of uses and benefits, including skin therapy, food preparation, home hygiene, insect repellants, and many other practical uses.

This module focuses on herbal, otherwise referred to as essential, oils.  Our graduates will be able to teach their clients which oils they can purchase, or safely make and combine at home, to best support their clients’ health profiles. Our Integrative Health & Wellness Practitioners will be able to recommend and teach the different ways that essential oils can be taken or used, be it through cooking and  drinks, applied on the skin, or through inhalation.

Herbal/Essential oils are extremely therapeutic and can be fun to use as well. Knowledge of these outstanding oils is another excellent self-help tool that our graduate practitioners can teach their clients.

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