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What is a Holistic Health Practitioner?

written by Matt Marchant, HHP

     Health is a continuing property that is measured by how well an individual is able to fight off and overcome external or internal insults, whether physical, chemical, infectious, psychological or social. Another way of saying that is this: Health is maintained by keeping this balance between man and environment. Health values vitality before longevity. The human body works as a complete, whole unit, and a Holistic approach must be applied when striving to maintain true health. A Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP), follows this approach when working with clients, and works well together with the client’s current health care providers, whether doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists and nutritionists.

     A Holistic Health Practitioner’s role is not to treat or diagnose disease, but to teach health, and work towards restoring the natural balance inside and outside of the body.

     Holistic Health Care differs greatly from Allopathic (Conventional) Health Care in a number of ways. Their differences to not make one right or the other wrong, but for each type of person there is an approach that fits best with their goals and values. Here are the differences as I see them:

Holistic Model Allopathic/Conventional Model

Integrated view of the body: “The systems andparts of the body all work together and potentially affect each other in many unique ways.”

Reductionist view of the body: “Thesystems and parts of the body can be treated as separate and are not affected by one another.”

Correct the health imbalance. Treat the symptom.
Educate the person that has a dysfunction or disease. Health focused. Treat the dysfunction or disease that a patient has. Disease focused.
Start with the the obvious needs of the body - water, food, movement, etc. Start with prescription medication and/or surgery.
The client is taught how care for their own health needs. This is the “teach a man to fish” approach. The client is rarely if ever taught how to care for their own health needs. This is the “give a man a fish” approach.
The client is believed to be their own “healer”. The health professional is believed to be the “healer”.
The client is in control of which options are available or taken. The insurance company or doctor is in control of which options are available or taken.

A Holistic approach to health can be summed up by the following statement: It is necessary to consider the total human organism reacting as a whole to his/her total environment.

Look at the whole person: Physical, Mental, and Emotional.

By respecting the body as one whole system and searching for health and balance, I find the following to be true:

You are How you think: Our minds hold the key to unlock the potential for transformation and regeneration. As the Universal Law of Attraction states, “We attract the exact type of energy that we send out.”

You are What you eat: Food constitutes man’s most massive repetitive environmental exposure to which he has to adapt, and when given the appropriate sources, the body takes care of itself. As the Universal Law of Abundance states, “Our bodies have more than enough resources for health and healing.” (this is realized by our choices)

You are When you move: Our daily movements and activities lead us towards the fulfillment of and the planning of our next growth phase. Our nervous system craves the sophistication of movement. As the Universal Law of Awareness states, “As we increase our awareness of the body’s signals to us, we decrease the time it takes to heal and grow.”

A Holistic Health Practitioner, works at directing the client towards health through the following strategies:

1. Corrective Breathing and Hydration: Water and air are the essential ingredients for life. Oxygen is the most important nutrient on the planet and we must get sufficient amounts; not just everyday but every minute. Correct breathing mechanics help regulate the pH levels of the blood, strain on the muscles of the neck and shoulders, and the affect of mental and emotional stress.

2. Nutritional Alignment: The use of a personalized Eating Plan helps to point the client towards the correct meal plan and portion sizing for their genetic type and lifestyle type. An otpimal Eating Plan will cover much more than what to eat and when to eat, but how our eating changes over the month ad year, and look at why we eat. A Holistic Health Practitioner may use muscle testing to decipher the healing foods from the the foods that hinder digestion. Blood, urine, or stool samples by be requested to further determine a clients uniques biochemical and hormonal needs. Nutrition is thus aligned with the client’s needs, not the needs or desires of the health professional.

3. Sleep Enhancement: Growth is preceded by recovery. Hormone regulation is profoundly affected by our sleep quality and quantity. Many sleep challenges we face today are easily remedied. 

4. Stress Identification & Management: Correctly identifying negative stress and managing excessive stress load through the use of Tai Chi, Qi gong, yoga, and other “working-in” exercises. Many of the stress challenges we face today are able to be reduced with minimal amounts of energy building exercises.

5. Exercise prescription: The correct exercise for each client should be of appropriate intensity and volume and not over stimulate a person's sympathetic nervous system. A complete exercise program should add in mobility, stability, strength, and balance.

6. Thought & Goal Achievement: Every task starts or finishes within the mind. When our thoughts are aligned with our goals and dreams for life, we begin to live. It is within the mind that we start the process of thriving, rather than merely surviving.

It is my belief, that any approach that does not include the following six health strategies, and follow the Holistic model, is not Holistic by definition.

     Many health modalities may look Holistic, whether in their application or by the fact that they appear non-conventional. I invite you to consider this, an approach that is new, trendy, or non-conventional can be just as disease focused or doctor dominated as the methods that a client/patient is trying to avoid.

     To reiterate, Holistic health is founded on: correct breathing, adequate water, quality food, sufficient sleep, appropriate movement, and optimal thoughts. Holistic health teaches healthy living practices, it does not merely dispense vitamins, creams, lotions, and potions.

     I find this all very important to point out, as nature’s healing tools are usually free and abundant. Any method that costs an arm and a leg will usually heal neither, until the basic principles that Holistic health is founded on, are addressed.  In the end, each client/patient is responsible for choosing whatever method feels right to them, and gives them the results they are looking for. What approach one takes is secondary to the results. If it works, it works. The word of caution is this, in the midst of searching for the right approach for you, much time and money can be lost.

Holistic health is not a gimmick or a fad. It is a reasonable and respectful approach to the laws of nature.

     This has been my version of what it means to be a Holistic Health Practitioner. It is not meant to compare my view with other’s view of Holistic health. The purpose for me has been to share with you what I have found to be true for me.
     If you would like more information on the Holistic health principles and practices of Matt Marchant, please feel free to contact him by e-mail at or over the phone at (714) 342-0359.

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About Matt Marchant

Matt is a student of life and enjoys laughing, learning, and loving along with his wife and two year old son. He enjoys spending time in nature where he finds peace and rejuvenation, but most of all the simplicity that the outdoors provide. When he is not working he is playing, when he is playing he is working.


Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) Owner of Marchant Training Method, since 2001

Education & Certifications:

  • B.S. Degree in Kinesiology with a focus on Exercise Physiology from California State University at Fullerton in 2001
  • Holistic Lifestyle Coach (HLC) Level 3 from the C.H.E.K Institute
  • Exercise Coach from the C.H.E.K Institute
  • Circular Strength Training Coach (CST) from RMAX International
  • Circular Strength Training Kettlebell Specialist (CST-KS) Instructor from RMAX International
  • Holistic Coach from Journeys of Wisdom
  • PPS Success Practitioner from the C.H.E.K Institute

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