An integrative perspective includes the whole person, as in emotionally, physically, socially, spiritually. Emphasis is placed on a persons conciousness in combination with higher awareness, bringing about deeper self awareness, self esteem and self acceptance.
Therapy begins in the physical realm first with exercises such as massage that when trust is built between therapist and client, tension in the body is released allowing for all types of emotions to surface. Then, emotions are explored. Emphasis is placed on the encouragement of the client to take responsibility of their emotions, there may be some resistance but when both conscious and unconscious emotions have been recognised it can be beneficial, moving towards rientegration of the clients emotions with the body. Often used for ailments such as stress, abuse, anxiety, depression and mood regulation.
Wellness practices are encouraged, both physically and emotionally. Spiritual practices are also included. ultimately, treating the 8 dimensions of wellness:
In this way the whole person can function and live life abiding in the following: Surround oneself with positive and supportive people. Weed out things and relationships that are not supportive. Practice appreciation and gratitude. Care for your body: eat well, sleep well, exercise. Know your values, and live them. Find activities that give you a sense of purpose and connectedness. This can take some time!
By Anita Lennox