The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines health as: the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit.
Some healing modalities view health as a top-down process. This is the theory that many physical ailments show up from imbalances that started in the mind and spirit. When it comes to many alternative therapies, there's a focus on getting to the root of the cause, rather than simply treating the physical symptom, to ensure lasting health. This holistic, multi-faceted approach to health is what's meant when you hear about people treating the whole person.
Both western and eastern medicines have merits, and there is no one “cure for all.” In fact, two people presenting the same symptoms or imbalances may require totally different treatments, with one responding to medication and the other responding to massage. This is not an anomaly. If we understand people have a unique vibrational/energetic code, it then follows that they would respond to different healing methods, which also hold their own energetic stamp.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged the importance of traditional, complementary and integrative medicine, and the WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014–2023 aims to support WHO Member States in developing proactive policies and implementing action plans that will strengthen the role traditional medicine plays in keeping populations healthy.
As technology advances, so does the number of people who are suffering from depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), self-image issues, eating disorders, and so on. Alternative health practitioners understand healing can be found in looking at the wisdom and teaching of ancient cultures to not only quiet the mind, but to achieve holistic healing.
This does not negate the validity and vast importance of western medicine. Modern technology and medicine can work in harmony with alternative medicine and healing practices to ensure the body, mind and spirit is in a state of harmony. When people see themselves as a multi-faceted and honour what each part of their being requires, they enable themselves to be at their best.
Featured on the cover are modern healers who offer their talents and wisdom through a variety of practices.
Stacey Love promotes the natural healing benefits of cannabis oil for a myriad of different conditions, and is dedicated to breaking down the stigma attached to it, understanding it in a new way, and helping others accept it as an alternative to pharmacology.
Angela Gehl is a psychic medium who connects with the deceased to help people find closure, connect with missing loved ones through their personal effects, guides, and assists business people trying to make important decisions about growth, timing and barriers they may face.
Jana Danielson is the founder and creator of the first Pilates studio in Saskatoon, and now owns a whole wellness centre that offers massage therapy, chiropractic services, reflexology, bodytalk, and pelvic floor health.
Cara Lee Rast is modern sex therapist focused on removing emotional blocks that prevent pleasure, healing past trauma, and looking at sexual activity as a natural, healthy form of expression and love for self.
Jessica Smith is a licensed esthetician who uses meditation, sound and energy healing in her treatment room. She uses only natural organic products on her clients to heal their skin and accentuate their inner blissful glow.