When it comes to holistic health, it is important to pay attention to and honor the mind-body connection. Healing is not possible by focusing on just the mind or the body, as we need both to be in balance to experience wellness. Holistic healing is the pathway to health.
Role of the Mind-Body Connection in Healing
The mind-body connection is simplistic in essence but complex in how it plays out. It describes the role the mind, body, and their interconnectivity play when it comes to healing and restoring vitality and wellness. Imbalances in the mind directly impact the body, which could show up as physical ailments or somatic symptoms such as muscular tension, headaches, or stomachaches.
For example, anxiety can be felt in both the mind, through racing thoughts, and the body, through a racing heartbeat, sweaty palms, or a clenched jaw. The same is true of other mental health conditions such as depression, substance use disorder (SUD), eating disorders, and more.
Types of Mind-Body Practices
There are many ways to approach healing from a holistic lens, involving both mind and body. These include some specific practices you can lean into to increase the strength of your mind-body connection. Among these practices are:
- Guided imagery
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Energy therapy
- Massage therapy
- Tai Chi
All of these practices are just that—practices. To increase the strength of the mind-body connection, you must find practices that resonate with you and that you can practice daily. Just like a muscle cannot be built and strengthened in one day, improving the mind-body connection requires practice and patience.
Healing from various mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health concerns requires integrative treatment. If you have not yet experienced healing from mental illness, SUD, and other concerns, you may need an additional or different approach to support you holistically.
Holistic healing is necessary to honor the role the mind and body connection plays in recovery. What happens in the mind directly impacts physical experiences and vice versa. At Avalon Malibu, we recognize the importance of the mind-body connection, and it’s our goal to support you in approaching healing from a holistic lens that allows you to experience true, whole-body wellness. We are here to help you find mind-body connection practices that work for you as you move through a custom treatment plan based on your goals and needs. Call Avalon Malibu at (844) 857-5992.