If you are interested in health, perhaps considering a career move or a new sideline, or are just willing to learn new things; becoming a qualified therapist or specialising in a holistic therapy for your own personal gain is easier than you think.
Since I began writing this blog for the School of Natural health Sciences, I have found that I have so much more to learn in terms of wellness and healthcare. It has always been a great interest of mine and since having children I have been adamant to maintain an excellent level of health for them, and myself, via diet, nutrition, exercise, hydration and sleep. To achieve optimum energy and overall wellness has become a life goal, as of course our health is paramount.
Since researching into all the courses offered by the SNHS I have found so much more depth and interesting angles related to health that I had either never heard of or had only a basic understanding of. I am now far more connected to the understanding of the human body and its relationship with nature, and how there is a vast array of healing and prevention of illness that we can achieve by knowledge of such things.
One big life change which my family and I have incorporated since writing the blog, has been to switch our diets more towards a plant-based whole food diet. As wide a variety of fruits and vegetables as possible, nuts and seeds, plenty of whole grains, legumes and beans and healthy oils. We eat very little meat, and only organic, locally sourced, free range…etc, if any, and occasionally fish from sustainable sources or farmed in good conditions. We avoid anything processed, sugary, high in salt, or with trans-fats. Our skin has improved, our energy levels are far greater, and focus is not a problem. We feel well. We rarely get any sort of sickness, and if we do we recover extremely quickly. We do not currently take any medication for anything, our bodies are filled with natural goodness. We slip, because we are human and succumb to temptation, but our general aim is to be well. We also aspire to educate the children on the importance of nutrition so they realise that to feel good and grow strong they need to control what they eat in order to give themselves the gift of wellness, and that it does not come in a packet or a pill!
We recognise that as we take care of our bodies we also need to take care of our minds, our mental state is just as important. This is all part of the inherent balance required for wellness. And so further life alterations or additions of ours are that we now all practice yoga, meditation, and get regular massages. I have also become extremely interested in Chinese medicine and our meridian lines, as well as investigating chakra systems in relation to our overall health.
We need to treat ourselves as a whole, to listen to our bodies and when something is not balanced we can recognise it and realign things accordingly; generally without the need for pharmaceutical medicine.
We have learned that modern medicine tends to treat a problem with drugs. These drugs may well work for the issue in question, but they do not provide a reason as to why the problem happened in the first place and what we could have done to prevent it. I feel that it is necessary to investigate the root cause of a problem as opposed to annihilate it with pharmaceuticals which can often have knock on effects and disrupt our natural balance; often people end up taking new medications to counteract the side-effects of their other medicine!
For me, delving deeper into the world of natural therapies and treatments is the way forward. For so many ailments there is a natural remedy; look at aromatherapy, homeopathy, herbalism, flower remedies, etc. We can literally make potions out of herbs, flowers and plants to relieve illnesses, diseases, common ailments and physical and mental discomfort as well as prevent illnesses from arising. The first thing I do when there is a complaint in our house is look online for a natural remedy and attempt to relieve it this way. To study any of these natural therapies would give me deeper insight and knowledge and qualify me to practice within this field.
For other physical ailments, which can also affect our mental state, there are therapeutic relief methods such as massage, acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology, shiatsu, meditation, relaxation therapy, holistic nutrition, kinesiology.
For our daily physical and mental balance there is mindfulness, meditation, yoga, reiki, shiatsu, relaxation therapy, meridian therapy.
Having shifted our lives to incorporate far more natural health practices, as inspired by the courses offered by SNHS, I am currently experiencing the desire to qualify in order to pass on this knowledge to others, or at the very least be informed properly on certain topics which will assist me in our family goal to maintain health and wellbeing, both physically and mentally.
There are so many ways to keep ourselves healthy, focussed and balanced – all provided by mother nature and refined by centuries of human study – I feel like I want to try them all and find what works for us as a family. But I’m taking it one step at a time by beginning my quest with further knowledge of nutrition. For this SNHS offers a detailed course in Holistic Clinical Nutrition, which can be followed by an advanced course. Who knows where this could lead me, perhaps to a whole new career path as a Nutritional Therapist (a practitioner/therapist level qualification is awarded on successful completion of this course), but for now it is going to be a stepping stone in my path to educating my family on the relationship between food and health.
Take a look at the extensive list of courses on offer by the School of Natural Health Sciences, I am sure you will find more than one or two that interest you and maybe inspire you to learn more about natural health therapies and benefit your life just as it has mine.