Jessica is a new massage therapist to The Vault who specializes in holistic health and truly values each and every client she sees.
Jessica says, “I have been asked, ‘What does it mean to be a Holistic Health Practitioner?’ You might be wondering, ‘What does Holistic even mean?’
Let’s take a look at the root word: Holism is the theory that parts of a whole are interconnected in such that they cannot exist independently of the whole. In terms of health, holism refers to treating the whole person, taking into account all factors (physical, mental, emotional and social) rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.”
When someone has imbalances in his or her life, it can negatively impact the overall health. In other words, rather than just focusing on specific parts of the body, a holistic approach considers the whole person, emphasizing the connection of the Mind, Body and Spirit. More than anything, the holistic method is an approach to life. It is the quest for optimal health & wellness. Here are some ways you can maintain balance within your mind, body and spirit:
- Remember that you are in control of your own thoughts.
- Maintain perspective! Not everyone has the same life experiences you do, and we are all just trying to get through life the best we can.
- Make the choice to be happy. If you aren’t feeling your best, using mantras such as “I choose to feel good now” or “I choose to feel better right now” may help!
- Eat well! Nourish your body with the fuel it needs to survive.
- Stay hydrated. Fun facts: The average adult human brain and heart are composed of 73% water, the lungs are about 83% water, the skin contains 64%, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are 31% water. Drink up!
- Daily physical activity. Something as simple as going for a walk has proven to keep our bodies and hearts healthy. Finding an activity that you enjoy doing, such as dancing or swimming, makes it even better!
- Do something you love to do! By doing so, you are freeing your mind of clutter, work and worry.
- Take at least 15 minutes out of your day to connect with yourself. Something as simple as sitting in silence for a few minutes and focusing on taking deep, diaphragmatic breaths can do wonders.
- Do something for others without expecting anything in return.
“I feel that my approach is unique because I keep in mind more than just the physical ailments that people have when they enter my treatment room. I like to consider myself a ‘wellness advocate’ rather than solely a massage therapist,” she says.
Jessica’s holistic approach ties in nicely with the BODYbythevault department at The Vault. Through thorough consultations and open dialogue, we work very closely with our clients in creating individual treatment paths that may also involve home care practices, and other lifestyle modifications.