20 Things to Look for in a Great Holistic Practitioner

Posted by Maria on May 19, 2014 under Aromatherapy, Ayurveda & Elemental Nature, Energy Healing, Nutrition, Photo gallery, Self-Care, Skin Care, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Weight Management, Wellness | Read the First Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
A holistic practioner's healing hands.

A holistic practioner's healing hands.

Are you interested in healing a health concern in your life? Would you like to work with a holistic practitioner? If yes, you may also be wondering, “How on earth am I going to find a qualified holistic practitioner” and “where do I start?”

First, decide on what kind of treatment modalities you’d feel comfortable with. If you’re not sure about needles or acupuncture, for example, maybe you might like to find an acupressure clinic instead.

Do an online search using the keywords “holistic practitioner” plus a modality like “acupressure” or “massage” plus “your city.” Also, ask your friends and co-workers for a referral — maybe they may know someone who does a good job.

Come up with a list of at least three names, (my brother told my mother to find three bids on her home renovations and I think that’s good advice when you’re thinking about hiring any professional services).

Once you have your list, take the time to review their websites and then call them to see if you can set up a consultation appointment to meet them — preferably in person — to see what they’re all about.

Consultation Appointment

Once you meet a prospective holistic practitioner face to face and before making your actual appointments, look for the following qualities:

  1. Interpersonal skills: Do they make you feel comfortable? Do they establish a good connection with you? Do you like them enough to spend time with them?
  2. Communication skills: Are they explaining their work in a way that makes sense? Are they actively listening to what you have to say?
  3. Professional: Are they presenting themselves in a professional manner? Do they take pride in their appearance?
  4. Caring Personality: Do they have a friendly, calm, patient and caring nature?
  5. Practice Self-Care: Are they walking their talk, practicing what they preach and taking good care of themselves?
  6. Empathetic and Compassionate: Can you tell if they have an understanding of what it’s like to be in your shoes?
  7. “Magic Touch:” Do they have the “Magic Touch” and intuitively know your needs and how much pressure to apply during treatments?
  8. Knowledgeable: Are they knowledgeable in their field of practice?
  9. Self Confidence: Are they assertive enough? Are they good at solving problems and making decisions?
  10. Physical Stamina: Do they have the energy and stamina needed to keep up with the demands of their profession?
  11. Flexibility: Do they have the physical dexterity to do their treatment techniques properly and are they are willing to be flexible to accommodate your needs?
  12. Trustworthy: Do they come across as honest, trustworthy, respectful, and reliable?
  13. Like their work: Do they enjoy what they do and do they genuinely smile often?

Hopefully, you’ll have a check mark next to all of the above. Feel free to add you’re your own preferences to this list as well. You’ll also want to keep your eye out for any of the following red flags:

Red Flags

  1. Distracted by drama: Are they focusing on you, the client, or are they busy with something else?
  2. Closed Communication: Is it hard to reach them by phone or email? Are they dismissive or rude?
  3. Burnout: Are they showing signs of fatigue, depression, stress and burn out?
  4. Frazzled: Are they unkempt? Are they organized? Are they running late?
  5. Arrogance & Snobbiness: Is their nose in the air? Is their ego in the way?
  6. Judginess: Do they make you feel bad about yourself by judging your appearance, age, state of health, lifestyle choices, marital status, etc?
  7. Gut Instinct: Do you have a bad feeling when you’re talking to them?

If the consultation goes well, go ahead and book your appointment. But if any of these red flags show up, then find someone else.

Taking the time to arrange a consultation appointment and meeting a prospective holistic practitioner in person is a great way to see if you click before you make any long-term commitments.

If you’d like to meet me for a complimentary, no-obligation, 30-minute face to face consultation appointment to discover which facials and spa treatments would be best for your specific needs, please call or email me. I’d be happy to meet you in your home or chat with you on Skype at your convenience.

I hope you find a great holistic practitioner!

What is a Holistic Practitioner?

Posted by Maria on May 8, 2014 under Aromatherapy, Energy Healing, Fitness, Homespunspa, Mobile Spa, Nutrition, Pedicures, Spa and Sleep Dictionary, Spirituality, Stress Management and Relaxation, Uncategorized, Wellness | Be the First to Comment

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa Owner

On my Homespunspa Mobile Spa business card it says, “Maria Koropecky, Owner, Holistic Practitioner, & Speaker, based in Victoria, BC, Canada.”

You may be asking, “What does Holistic Practitioner mean, exactly?”

Go ahead and watch my video or continue reading the post below to find my answer.

Well, in a nutshell, the job title of “Holistic Practitioner,” also known as “holistic healer” or “holistic health practitioner” or “wholistic – with a w – practitioner,” refers to a person who works in the health and wellness field, who considers the “whole” person (in other words, the body, mind and spirit) in their treatment plan, rather than just the physical symptoms.

Holistic practitioners understand that the body, mind and spirit are interconnected. We focus on the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual dimensions of a person in tandem when treating our clients’ health concerns.

I find it interesting that the word, “Holistic” starts with the sound, “holy” and one of the definitions of “holy” is “having a spiritually pure quality.”

I doubt the words “holistic” and “holy” are actually related, but there is a spiritual element involved in many holistic therapies, so I like to think they are.

You’ll find Holistic Practitioners in spas, health clinics, resorts, retreat centres, wellness centres, hair salons, and cruise ships or they might be running their own business like me.

We use a variety of techniques and therapies to compliment, not replace, traditional or conventional medicine.

Some holistic health care modalities include: acupressure, aromatherapy, herbology, hypnotherapy, nutrition, personal training, reflexology, and Reiki to name just a few out of hundreds.

Personally, on my business card, I could have written, “esthetician, massage therapist, energy healer and soon-to-be NLP coach,” but I think “Holistic Practitioner” is a neat and tidy umbrella term for all that I have to offer.

I consider myself a holistic practitioner because when I give someone a pedicure for example, I’m not just giving a pedicure. I’m also helping you relax, manage stress and balance your energy.

Having your feet look better is great, a fresh coat of polish can do wonders, but I’m hoping that not only will you look better, you’ll also feel better too.

Regardless of our individual training and scope of practice, holistic practitioners support their clients toward optimal wellness.

I hope that helps clarify what holistic practitioner means. Next time we’ll talk about “what to look for in a great holistic practitioner.”

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