Holistic therapy; consultation and providing safe therapy

Hello everybody and good afternoon and welcome to this post where we are looking at lesson the holistic approach, consultation and safety. At this level of your learning we are looking at this subject in brief but as you go through the different levels of learning we go into it more deeply. What follows is a power point style recording.

In all holistic therapy modalities a professional therapist will undergo consultation, with the client, to identify any potential health issues, assess stress levels and areas of tension in life. A physical exam of the client’s posture can give indicators of problems that maybe occurring for the client. For example there may be tightness in the shoulders, shoulders maybe hugging the neck, there may be hunching or a lean to one side. These are indicators that inform the therapist of imbalance and this affects the overall function of the body.

Stress and tension affect the entire body, impact the mind and emotions and spiritually can lead to a disconnection between mind, body and spirit. Hazards that could be considered potentially harmful if a treatment was provided must be considered and this lends itself to the holistic approach to therapy practice as the whole person is considered as briefly outlined below;

Physical and medical ailments that cause pain and suffering and affect the mind and emotions

Psychological issues such as anxiety and grief arising from bereavement of a loved one, or where there is a long term chronic health condition and where there is a cocktail of medications involved – this can drain the entire system and cause toxicity.

Medication can contraindicate holistic therapy for example Aromatherapy and massage treatments and medical agreement could be required.

Social issues such stressful job role or relationship issues with a partner

Financial matters that contribute to increased mental health problems

Dietary and nutritional issues that can cause physical and mental symptoms of discomfort

Nutritional and dietary factors such as not drinking sufficient fluid leading to inadequate hydration and the potential for infections and pain because of this

Spiritual and soul issues around god, source, divinity, and where there is disconnect or anger towards a higher power or towards spirituality – this soul fragmentation can be painful in all areas of life and states of being.

In consultation the therapist will identify any contraindications which could be affected by the treatment and pose a risk of harm to the recipient and therefore no treatment should be provided and this is known as complete or absolute contraindication. Such contraindications to aromatherapy would lend itself to obtaining an agreement from the clients or persons medical provider. The medical personnel can examine their patient and assess their condition before aromatherapy.

A case study in brief; I received a new client who was receiving dialysis four times daily, he was a carer for his dad who had Parkinson’s’ disease. The client was deeply anxious as he was awaiting kidney transplant and each day came closer to death! I found myself struggling to maintain composure as I heard his experience and troubles. I explained I could not provide aromatherapy massage but offered an alternative therapy until he was able to see his consultant who agreed to Reiki but no aromatherapy however the client felt that diffusion of essential oils would benefit him and so he agreed to lavender and sweet orange which combined with Reiki he felt deeply relaxed, calm and it was some 6 weeks later he was called to receive his kidney transplant. As a therapist it was a wonderful feeling to have provided a supportive experience to the client that was safe and effective in relieving anxiety.

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