Holistic Health Counselors and Coaches and What They Do

  • The concept of holistic medicinethat is, treating a patient as a whole entity, not only as a series of symptoms—can be traced back to the ancient healing practices of China and India, and to Socrates and Plato who advised doctors to acknowledge the connection between mind and body. Even Hippocrates emphasized the body’s ability to heal itself and cautioned doctors not to interfere with that process.

What is a Holistic Health Counselor or Alternative Health Coach

  • The term holism was introduced in 1926 by Jan Christian Smuts, a prominent South African and Commonwealth statesman, military leader, and philosopher.  It refers to a way of viewing living things as “entities greater than and different from the sum of their parts.” Holistic is a health term used by alternative medicine advocates to describe medical care that views mental, and spiritual aspects of life as closely interconnected and balanced.
  • The term “holistic” started to become part of the path towards wellness in the United States only 30-40 years ago, but today, holistic medicine has become a legitimate option for those seeking a comprehensive system of healthcare that considers every aspect of their lives.  Holistic and wellness programs are focused on achieving whole-body health through nutrition, exercise, meditation and preventive care.
  • Advocates of the holistic health philosophy typically seek or use a wide variety of alternative practices, the most common of which include dietary changes, massage, herbal supplements, acupuncture, ayurveda, Tai Chi, chiropractic, aromatherapy, detox, hypnosis, and yoga.

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What a Holistic Health Coach or Counselor can do for You

  • As a natural alternative and holistic health wellness and holistic nutrition counselor I will be your personal advocate for living an energized and inspired life. My goal is to create an art of balance in your life. I will work with you in a six-month personalized especially for you health counseling program, which I call BALANCING ACT women’s health and wellness program. This is a long term process in which I will guide you to reach your health and life goals by making step-by-step nutrition changes and lifestyle preferences. You will learn how important balance between primary foods (relationships, physical activity, career and spirituality) and secondary foods is. As a Certified Holistic Health Counselor I will help you to reach such a balance in your life. Whatever your concerns are, my job is to help you find which foods and lifestyle choices work best for you.   We will work together on finding the right foods for your body and on balancing Primary Foods, which are the other areas of your life that feed you on the deepest levels. This unique approach will provide meaningful, lasting results.
  • Other titles that describe holistic health counselors are: alternative health counselor, holistic healing counselor, holistic health coach, holistic healer, holistic counselor, holistic health practitioner, wellness counselor, holistic healing counselor, lifestyle coach, natural counselor, health counselor, holistic nutrition counselor, holistic health counselor, holistic wellness counselor, lifestyle coach, health and nutrition coach, and holistic health and nutrition expert.

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Health and Wellness Program Philosophy

  • I believe that whatever happens in your life, you can always bring yourself in balance.  One of the main texts of Ayurveda (the ancient Indian healing system, which translates as “science of life” in Sanscrit and was developed at least 3,000 years ago) offers 10 pairs of opposites as a key to restore balance.
wet dry
cold hot
heavy light
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dull sharp
soft hard
smooth rough
cloudy clear
  • The yogi sages who developed Ayurveda created these principles discovering that qualities of matter exist in pairs of opposites and that opposing qualities balance each other, for instance, adding heat to something warm increases the warmth, or adding heat to something cold results in something warmer, or less cold. Does it sound simple? Yes, it does. But even if you realize that to restore the balance you should apply the opposing qualities, it is still easier to say than to do – live in balance.
  • Everything is about balance so far, isn’t it?  Let’s take another example. Are you familiar with Yin-Yang theory? It is based on Chinese philosophy. It is a carefully designed system of opposites, used to describe and simplify all phenomena, including food and lifestyle. The original meaning of Yin-Yang was the bright side-dark side. Yang is the bright side and Yin is the dark side.

Yin qualities

Yang qualities

cool hot
dark light
moon/night sun/day
up down
female male
sensitive strong
expansive contractive
future past
intuition logic
  • When you sign up for my BALANCING ACT women’s health and wellness program, you will receive at a minimum: two one-hour sessions per month; food samples and other giveaways; recipes; tip sheets specific to your interests and concerns; a health food store tour; access to an internet support group; e-mail and other support as agreed upon by the two of us.
  • As you can see, the basic properties of darkness, coldness, stillness belong to Yin.  The basic properties of heat, brightness, activeness belong to Yang. Yin and Yang oppose each other and at the same time have an interdependent relationship. Without Yang there is no Yin, without Yin there is no Yang.  When the body is in balance between Yin and Yang health is predominant. When the Yin and Yang are imbalanced, disease occurs. Simple?  Not exactly, but we can see the same message: balance, balance and balance. As Catherine Pulsifer said once: “At times, it is difficult to keep a proper balance in our lives.  But, over time, an improper balance will lead to problems.”

Yin foods

Yang foods

yoga foods weight lifter foods
raw cooked
fruits chicken, eggs
sweeteners salt
alcohol meat
makes you happy makes you forceful
makes you spacey makes you focused
future past
intuition logic
  • Some Yin Yang balanced foods:

Brown rice
Whole grains: brown rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, oats
Vegetables: squash, carrots, parsnips, onions, broccoli, mushrooms, etc.
Dark, leafy greens
Beans and legumes

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Breathe, Smile and be Happy !

Irina Wardas HHC, Holistic Health Coach and Counselor

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