There are multiple concepts of holistic healing which are complex,
social defined and culturally diverse (see our book for a fuller discussion). Holism usually focuses on the interrelations of at least four elements of healing: the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. However, some Indigenous thought conceptualizes the components of holism in far more complex ways, for example by adding elements of time and space: past, present, and future, and the four directions (east, south, west and north) (Absolon, 2011).
The principles that are usually emphasized in holistic healing include: wholeness, connection, interdependence, linkages/integration, reciprocity/mutuality, balance/harmony and change/social change.
Holistic healing can occur at the individual, family, community, nation and or global levels. It offers an alternative paradigm and methods of social change. Holistic practices include: Indigenous practices from around the world, meditative approaches, bodywork, energy work, connections with nature, transpersonal techniques, expressive arts, natural health and nutrition and/or broad community, national and global healing approaches (for more details see section on Concepts and Practices.)
What is Holistic Healing