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Holistic, preventative health

Yoga, Thai massage, and the articles on my site are about health.  Two key aspects of my approach are to be preventative and holistic - and it's the cornerstone of the Thai massage way.

Holistic means to regard the whole body, and make all parts of it as healthy as we can.  During a massage, I won't just focus on a tiny area where the pain is, but work more broadly, as the pain may be caused from tightness elsewhere.  Not only that, but if I release tension throughout the body, then that takes away a burden, and your body has more resources left to help the problem area.

Preventative means to act before the problem becomes severe - in fact ideally it's an ongoing process so that as few problems as possible emerge.  We can also be aware of early-warning signs such as stiffness or soreness, and take action at the first signs rather than waiting for pain or even ignoring it.  Gradually we can learn where are the weak areas of your body, and what we need to do to look after them.

Our bodies have amazing powers of healing.  You probably know some people you meet who never seem to get ill.  I feel that such people have excellent whole-body health, so their body is ready to fight any problems.  All of us have the potential to become more like that.

Western medicine, and our NHS tend to be more in reaction to things that are already problems, responding with interventions such as surgery and drugs.  The results can be amazing, but there can be complications such as tissue-damage from surgery and side-effects from drugs.

So you may think I am about to argue about which is best - but there's no need because we can have both!  My advice is to do your best to prevent problems and stay healthy, but be very glad there's a backup when things go wrong.

I know some of my readers are already committed to health, for example with a strong daily Yoga practice.  Others would like to be healthy, but struggle to find time.  My articles are written for all of you - simple, quick ideas to be healthy.