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Holism is an approach to systemic thinking that states that the elements within a system influence each other in ways that cannot be explained or determined by understanding, measuring, or defining any individual unit within that system.
The word Holism comes from the ancient Greek word (ὅλος holos,
meaning total, all, or entire). The concept of holistic thinking has
ancient roots going back to Aristotle and was expanded upon by Jan Smuts and R. Buckminster Fuller. Jan Smuts named the concept Holism. He states that holism is “The tendency in nature to form wholes that are greater than the sum of the parts through creative evolution.”
The term Holistic did not come into common usage until the 1960’s. Since then, the words holism and holistic have become clichés of sorts for every “new age” idea to come along and this has lead to some resistance among scientists exploring a scientific interpretation of holism. However, respected visionaries like Buckminster Fuller understood the concept and wrote extensively on it, even naming the process of the sum being greater than the parts “Synergy.”
Today the term holism and holistic thinking in the academic world and in the world of professional massage is widespread. It is commonly used in the social sciences but is still considered a radical concept in the mainstream scientific community. Much of what is now known as “systems thinking” can be traced to holism and is core to the integration of traditional western massage, bodywork and “energetic” based hands-on-healing systems such as Swedish Massage, Shiatsu, reflexology, Polarity Therapy, Reiki, Rolfing, Aromatherapy Massage, Connective Tissue Massage, Rolfing, Cranial Sacral Techniques and many other approaches that integrate body, mind and spirit.
Holism has greater popularity in the social sciences than in the natural sciences. This has become more the case since scientists are encountering problems of ever-greater complexity, that though unsolvable by the traditional approach of deducing information from the properties of the basic parts of systems alone, can be explained by exploring the influence of certain units in a system upon other units in that same system. The massage professional has experienced the same trend in the last few decades with “chi” based touch producing positive results where tapping, kneading, cupping and other related techniques may fall short when used in isolation.
Holistic Theory has applications in fields as diverse as architecture, biology, economics, industrial design, linguistics, philosophy and sociology as it does in the integration of seemingly oppositional massage and bodywork techniques. There are many ways that a massage therapist can apply holistic models to touch based therapies. Many physicians recognize this and are willing to bring massage into Holistic medicine and Holistic healing practices. For the advanced massage therapist intuition can play an important role and this is where scientific holism can be invaluable. Scientific Holism holds that the behavior of a system cannot be perfectly predicted, no matter how much data is available.
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