Becoming A Holistic Healer: A Brief Guide

Do you have a desire to help others and are looking for a way to make a living as a health professional? If so, one intriguing idea is to become a holistic health practitioner. Here is a detailed look at this exciting profession and how you can become involved.  

What It Is  

Holistic healing is a method of health care treatment that focuses on the whole individual, not just their specific health issue. It places an emphasis on all aspects of a person's well-being, including their mental and spiritual health as well as their physical health. Holistic healing methods typically emphasize natural practices, such as herbal medicine and stress management, instead of more modern treatments such as synthetic drugs.  


Many holistic healers enter the field by choosing a related specialty. These specialties include such areas as massage therapy, physical therapy, therapeutic touch and nutrition, among others. A holistic healer may also specializes in a healing tradition that uses a holistic approach, such as the Indian tradition of Ayurveda or traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture, herbal healing and counseling are related fields as well. 


The educational requirements for a holistic healer depend on whether he or she has chosen a special field of study and the background required to practice that specialty. For example, if you decide to become a physical therapist then you will need at least some colleges courses as well as training from a physical therapy instructor. The exact courses you will need to take can vary depending on your state of residence. 


States do not license anyone to be a holistic healer. You will receive a license based on your chosen area of study. If you decide to focus on holistic healing as a nutritionist, for example you might not need a license to practice in certain states. For other specialties, such as physical therapy, you will always need to obtain a license. 


You have a variety of options for where you will practice once you have established your credentials as a holistic health practitioner. For example, you can work in a hospital or clinical setting or set up your own facilities in your home or an office.

Holistic healing is a fascinating area of the health care profession that offers excellent opportunities for those who want to pursue alternative methods helping others achieve a state of wellness. It's a great career choice if you are the right fit.