Module Three comprises of three sub-modules
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, or acupuncture, or massage and/or chiropractic manipulation, or 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. Our graduate 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 know how to negotiate with her to ensure her WILLING PARTICIPATION in her ‘Integrative Health Treatment Plan’ 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:
- The daily use of relaxing essential oils
- A targeted anxiety reducing EFT Tapping routine
- 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 the follow up sessions, to support her stress levels and physical health profile
- A range of stress and weight management regenerative supplements that target the organs and body systems that show dysfunction
- Changes to her sleep patterns
- Useful software and aids to reduce computer and phone related stress on vision, which negatively impacts the stress managing organs in the body
- Introducing more physical movement into her lifestyle – exercise and ‘non-exercise’ – both at work and after hours
- Scheduling daily outdoor time with her bare feet in the grass and in the sunlight to recharge her energy levels
- Several Short Life Management Sessions to create practical and appropriate Emotional Tools for her to manage stressful situations
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 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 do not require a client to see a practitioner, as they can learn and apply easy techniques at home to support themselves 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 our practices.
It also gives our graduate practitioners a sense of achievement and joy at REALLY MAKING A DIFFERENCE in people’s lives.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) in Integrative Practice
EFT stands for “Emotional Freedom Techniques”
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, posttraumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems.
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’ when the intensity of (and damage caused by) the situation has already passed.
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 graduation. The added benefit therefore is that they acquire tools to support their studies, as well as any ‘life pressure’ they may experience.
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, herbs and spices help to improve both physical and emotional health and can help you maintain a healthy body weight, as many of them promote 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 the different ways that essential oils can be taken or used, be it cooking, inhaling,
Herbal/Essential oils are extremely therapeutic and can be fun to use as well. Knowledge of these outstanding oils is another outstanding self-help tool that our graduate practitioners can teach their clients.