What is holistic health?

Holistic healing is an approach to health that considers the whole picture: mental and physical well-being, diet, movement and lifestyle choices.

I fell in love with holistic health while living in Hawaii and studying traditional Hawaiian herbal medicine.  Traditionally, a kahuna a lapa’au (Hawaiian herbal medicine practitioner) would visit a sick patient and begin therapy by leading the patient and their family members in ho’oponopono (literally ‘to make all right’).  The process of ho’oponopono allows the sick patient to voice any anger and frustration they have toward their loved ones, and promotes resolution and forgiveness.  Often lifting this mental burden alleviated the physical symptoms of illness.  It was during this time that I personally became aware of the mind-body connection, and began to alleviate my own chronic physical symptoms by tapping into my emotional state. (You can read more about my journey in my BIO.)

A holistic health coach guides their clients through gentle adjustments to promote lifelong changes for optimal health.  Your work with a health coach should be flexible, fun, and free of denial and discipline.  The goal is positive reinforcement to help keep you on the path to health that you choose to be on.

A health coach can support you on your journey to:

  • reduce stress
  • increase energy
  • lose weight or maintain a healthy weight
  • make healthier food choices for yourself and your family
  • get “unstuck”
  • alleviate chronic health issues such as headaches, indigestion, menstrual problems, back pains, allergies, etc.
  • reduce or manage the signs of aging such as inflammation, poor digestion, lethargy, joint pain, etc.
  • connect to a spiritual practice that is right for you
  • foster more meaningful relationships
  • tap in to your “true self”

Holistic health coaches do not diagnose or prescribe.  Instead, they provide you with information and resources so that you may take charge of your own health.

Most doctors are not trained in nutrition, and most nutritionists don’t consider the individual’s unique needs.  Generally speaking, neither tend to consider the whole picture.  If you are fortunate enough to find a doctor that is well versed in nutrition and is sensitive to the mind-body connection, then good for you!  You’ve hit the jackpot!

To find out more about how I work with my clients, check out the Angie’s Approach page.

If you think you’d like to work with a holistic health coach, or you are interested in becoming one yourself, please contact me, or visit the website below: