The holistic nurse: experience of using complementary therapies

By | November 19, 2019

Today I would like to tell you about my approach with care in the holistic field and my experience with the use of complementary therapies that, even today more than ever, are part of my work environment.

I know that many colleagues, like me, have decided to deepen their knowledge in this area and are super passionate about it, but unfortunately, many areas of work limit or block the use of anything that is unconventional. This is quite frustrating for a professional who has skills he cannot use even though he knows that they could be of great help to the patient’s health.

My holistic vision was born at the time of university, when I had the opportunity to know the Harmonic Touch. I was immediately fascinated by this technique and decided to do the first experimental study on the use of this technique to bring it into my graduation thesis. I did the course to be able to apply it during the study for my thesis and I used it in Analgesic Therapy on patients with chronic pain. The study went great and I had a lot of positive results.

After that experience, I began to understand how powerful that instrument was accompanied by an empathetic relationship with the patient. I understood how the Contact and care of a person from a holistic point of view changed the state of health and healing of the sick people. Care was much more effective, patients felt welcomed, treatment compliance increased exponentially, and there was a marked improvement in symptoms and an increase in positive emotions.

It gave me great satisfaction to be able to do something very good using my knowledge, my hands and my head. Surely you have to get involved, it’s not always easy. Often emotional states and very strong situations come out. Getting in touch with another person’s body means getting in touch with his experience, his emotions, his soul. This requires twice as much strength as using a precise and instrumental nursing technique.

I have never stopped practicing the Harmonic Touch, not even in my short experiences in hospital or in Rsa. I will always remember with pleasure the episode of when I worked in orthopedics. During the night shift there was a young patient who could not sleep because of hospitalization. It was my colleague who answered the doorbell. She was ready to call the doctor on call to give him a hypnoinducent but I stopped her and with five minutes of Tocco Armonico I managed to get him to sleep and slept all night. Everyone was impressed by this thing and began to call me in similar situations or whenever it might be necessary. Fortunately, I was in an environment where I was not hindered and this also allowed me to document in my nursing record the use of this technique, but still the use was always quite small because of the limited time available. My experience in orthopaedics then ended and as many people know, after various work experiences, in 2016 I opened the CSB Turin, the place of the highest expression of the integrated use of nursing and complementary therapies.

In these years I have always tried to deepen my knowledge as much as possible, so, I learned the fundamentals of Shiatsu, I did the course of Hypnotic Induction and I graduated from the Master of Complementary Therapies and Integrated Medicine at the University of Siena, a master that confirmed my idea of health and taught me to have new eyes on the person and the disease. Knowing the Psychoneuroimmunology and understanding how strong the power of the mind is, and being able to read how it affects the body, I think is surprising and enlightening.

As far as my experience is concerned, my knowledge of complementary therapies has allowed me and still allows me to work on different objectives set on the basis of the needs of the client. To relax the patient because he has phobia of needles; to prepare the patient in the pre-operative and to welcome him in the post-operative so that he will have a faster and quieter recovery; to help the reduction of pain and the induction of sleep in case of insomnia and so on. The modalities of application are endless, and fortunately I have had the opportunity to use these modalities in hospital wards during the work shift as in more tranquil outpatient situations. This type of use can be defined as effectively integrated with nursing practice.

The use of complementary techniques through targeted treatments is different. We go to work directly on the psycho-physical well-being of the person, the reduction and/or resolution of symptoms and we try to give the person the tools to find a bio-psycho-social balance. The person generally makes paths that lead to gradual improvements until the achievement of an optimal well-being compatible with any diseases. At the CSB Torino I have total freedom to take advantage of my various skills and sometimes use them at the same time according to the objective to be achieved. The objectives are defined together with the person because he is the center of his path and is an active part of it. In addition, a relationship of trust and care is generally created that strengthens the achievement of the objectives.

At the CSB Torino, I can integrate my knowledge with that of my colleagues. Often, the client’s passage is directly from the outpatient clinic as a result of nursing services or as a result of a simple chat. Less frequently, however, is the direct arrival towards a holistic path. People who generally choose holistic therapy immediately, are people who have really tried them all or who already have a holistic view of health in themselves.

The holistic path is a path from which there is always to learn because each person is different and each time you have different results, but still, always positive. It is a very useful and powerful tool that completes our professionalism, giving us alternatives. Sometimes we have the most powerful tools in our hands, you just need to know how to use them.

There is not much ‘in which to believe’… because everything is physiologically explained by the body and this is also explained by PNEI. The body has within itself all the tools to achieve a certain capacity for self-healing, sometimes you just have to help the body to restore it. Therefore, I invite my colleagues and people who work in the health sector to deepen and use their knowledge in their working environments. Because I am sure that even the most reluctant people will learn to appreciate its value.