There is an increasing body of scientific evidence pointing to a strong link between physical health and mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Holistic, mind-body-emotions-spirit connection, complementary therapies, integrative medicine … are you feeling a bit overwhelmed by all these terms and what they mean?

If you are, welcome to the ever-growing group of people who are hearing these catch phrases and are lost in a fog of what they are all about.

It isn’t surprising that people are confused, as there is no single definition for this wide array of terms. Simply put, holistic is defined as a whole, made up of interdependent parts.

There is an increasing body of scientific evidence pointing to a strong link between physical health and mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. If one of these areas is out of balance in a person, then the evidence shows that other areas will also become out of balance, leading eventually to a breakdown in the whole system, triggering illness and disease.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking most of this stuff is new age jargon; many of these therapies pre-date traditional western medicine and are widely used around the globe as an accepted part of ongoing health and well-being.

Just what are some of these therapies? The list is evolving but the more common include massage therapy and other forms of body work, aromatherapy, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, Ayurvedic medicine, yoga, meditation, therapeutic touch, Reiki and far more than can be listed here.

Cayman resident Cindy Abrahams is a seventh-generation master Reiki instructor as well as an emotional freedom technique instructor, timeline therapy instructor, and neurolinguistics programming instructor.

She describes wellness as simply being in a state of balance in the mind, body, emotions and spirit, and says that anyone can experience this state of wellness no matter where they are in their journey (of life).

“People in the Cayman Islands do not realize how fortunate they are to have so many people focused on preventative care and wellness, overall,” she says. “It is quite unusual to see such a concentration of practitioners for such a small population base and it is very exciting.

“I can envision this embracing of the complementary healing arts and sciences as a great way to add to (the island’s) tourism product as more and more people around the globe embrace these ancient techniques in this modern world.

“We are so fortunate to find a medical community here that also embraces this integrative approach to health and well-being.”

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