My holistic health journey: a map for helping others find balance & wisdom by Michelle Brass

I was just 21 when I embarked on a one-way trip to London where I began my journey in holistic healthcare. I had suffered with major anxiety as a young child leading to hospitalisation on a couple of occasions.

Whilst in the UK, I visited a health farm where I saw a sign advertising reflexology. Back in the 80s, this was relatively unheard of in the western world so I had no idea what to expect. I still recall the complete blissfulness I felt following this treatment, which is what led me to study reflexology.

Returning to Australia a few years later, I continued my training in Sydney. I graduated with diplomas in advanced naturopathy, herbal medicine, homeopathy, aromatherapy and remedial massage. All of which I did part-time over 10 years while raising my three beautiful children (somehow surviving!).

I’ve Iearnt that good health and well-being is to be balanced in mind, body and spirit. When there is imbalance, physical or emotional signs often present and anything less than optimum can lead to low energy, poor sleep patterns, poor immunity, general aches and pains and more.

I personally know my body is nourished and happy when I feel vital, positive and focused. If fatigue, poor concentration or negativity slips in, then I take this as a sign that something needs to be addressed. It’s listening to your body in this way that helps to keep your body balanced and disease free.

We all develop baggage through life whether it be through genetics, social impact on our psyche or plain ol’ life experiences. It leads to various amounts of psychological and physical stressors. But these incidents force us to look beyond the event itself and try to find the meaning. There will always be a lesson and it’s these lessons that allow our growth in wisdom. And it’s our wisdom that leads to true personal development.

I’m a firm believer in that nature provides. Water, carbohydrates, proteins and fats are the basic building blocks of a good diet. By choosing the healthiest forms of each of these nutrients, and eating them in the proper balance, you enable your body to function at its optimal level. Then we have our essential oils, which are powerful medicines and have become a big part of my clinical practice, which I use every day.

My aim as a therapist is to help determine the CAUSE of imbalance and work out a strategy to resume homeostasis. There will always be a cause, whether it’s physical, emotional or spiritual -or a combination- and then it’s important to educate the client and treat accordingly in the simplest and the safest way. It’s my role as a holistic therapist to endeavour to find this. Then lies true healing. Here lies the beauty of holistic healthcare.


Vanessa Finnigan is the founder, editor and publisher of Holistic Bliss.
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