A major appeal of the natural care movement stems from the empowerment people feel as they learn about nutrition, exercise, hydration, sleep hygiene, medicinal herbs and begin to put it into practice.
A strong rhetoric that comes from this wave of thinking and living is the idea of ‘there are no victims’. By acknowledging the emotional and mental role of health it is possible to manipulate the body. The effects of positive thinking, visualization and meditation can be incredibly powerful. Many seek to understand the inner peace obtained by listening to the messages that come in the form of symptoms, seeking to master and control the body.
However, this can lead to two impediments: firstly, a misconception of auto-sufficiency and internalizing blame for illnesses. The interconnectedness that allows us to lead fulfilling lives depends upon wholesome participation in life. By accepting illness as a matter of life we can lift ourselves from a frame of mind of anger directed at ourselves or others and simply respond to our bodies as lovingly as possible, with the appropriate professional care.
Being a victim happens. The inability to control the world around us, our bodies, and how others treat us is part of being human. We can learn instead about the ability to take a step back to choose the most appropriate response, how to care for the unique needs of our bodies and how to set real boundaries.
Lifestyle Naturopathy supports the process of healing and health through each life stage and event. Naturopathic consulations can open the door to new ways of thinking and living. Reflexology sessions relax and support the body’s innate mending.