The holistic wellness operator is a figure of alternative medicine who works according to the principles of holism. This expert acts as a facilitator of health and psychophysical balance, through natural techniques, massages, body movement exercises, energetic stimulation, meditation practices, counseling and more.
Who is and what does a holistic wellness practitioner do?
The term derives from the Greek “hòlos” (ὅλος), which means the whole, the whole. The holistic approach takes into consideration the totality of the aspects of an individual (mind and body, but also the environment, relationships and social context in which they live), which must be in a state of harmonic balance for the person to be well and be happy.
Therefore, the operator of holistic wellness and massage is not a doctor or a therapist: he does not make a diagnosis, he does not prescribe drugs and treatments aimed at healing.
Its task is to act with manual treatments, energy techniques and natural remedies that stimulate the reactive abilities of the “healthy” and vital part of the person, considered as a global entity. It can therefore offer supplementary support to medical care.
Let’s see in more detail what a holistic wellness operator does
The operator of holistic wellness and massages receives their clients in a space designed to be comfortable and relaxing: a studio, a massage room, the relaxation treatment area of a spa, a thermal establishment or a wellness center.
First, try to understand what the client’s health problems or discomfort are, the reasons for stress and tension, personal dissatisfaction and in general the elements that create body dysfunctions and a state of psycho-physical imbalance.
Based on this analysis and on his own area of specialization, the holistic operator then proposes practices or treatments to help the person restore the balance of body, mind and spirit and achieve a state of global well-being and harmony, adapting each intervention to the specific case.
For example, holistic disciplines include: holistic massages, reflexology, shiatsu, aromatherapy, pranotherapy, reiki, energy techniques with crystals, natural remedies with essential oils, Bach flowers, herbal infusions, natural nutrition, yoga, dance therapy, Qi Gong, breathing exercises, visualization and relaxation, meditation and mindfulness paths …
As you can see, it is undoubtedly a wide range of practices, which often have their roots in ancient traditions: traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), medicine Ayurvedic, naturopathy, homeopathy, anthroposophy.
The treatment usually includes several sessions, to accompany the client on a path of personal growth and self-discovery. The goal is to promote psycho-physical and relational well-being, drawing on the spiritual resources of the individual and the self-healing forces of the organism.
In this context, contact and relationship with the customer play a fundamental role: to identify the potential of the person as a whole and to stimulate self-determination to improve and change lifestyles.
The role of the holistic operator could therefore be described as that of a consultant or health coach, who follows his clients on the path towards self-awareness and the achievement of energy balance.
The holistic and wellness practitioner also performs an important educational and health promoting function: teaching clients to read body language, monitor signs of malaise, and provide advice for self-treatment.
How do you become a holistic practitioner?
To become a holistic practitioner you need an adequate professional qualification. There are several training institutions, academies and holistic schools that offer courses for holistic practitioners and issue diplomas recognized by the main professional trade associations. In Italy, among the most important are the SIAF (Italian Society of Family Harmonizers, Counselors, Holistic Counselors and Holistic Operators) and the Bionatural Disciplines Sector of CSEN (DBN CSEN).
Both people looking for a new job opportunity and professionals who already work in the field of health and well-being can access the courses.
The training courses for holistic professionals address basic scientific subjects such as anatomy, physiology, biology, biochemistry, pharmacodynamics of natural active ingredients, human nutrition, and then deepen different holistic disciplines, which may vary depending on the school’s address.