The Blueprint for Vibrant Health: A Guide to Healing the Mind, Body, and Spirit
by Gina L. Spielman, LCSW, C.H.
I love reviewing books and to review a book by a fellow trained social worker even more! Gina Spielman’s book is very good. It combines social work and the mind-body connection into one. Healing whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual are all connected and this book features examples along with resource information, and personal anecdotes.
Gina’s philosophy and practice are very much inline with my own. A mixing of traditional Western medicine and Eastern medicine along with alternatives that include herbs, natural supplements, eating well…
Autoimmune diseases, psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, trauma, mindfulness, detoxifying the body, and other healing therapy or options are mentioned.
Gina discusses her own health issues and what worked and did not work and to this I can relate. Modern Western medicine is great and beneficial to a point, until there is nothing the medical professionals can do, prescribe, change or they just do not know or have the answers to your specific symptoms. Eastern medicine and traditions have been around for centuries and compliment traditional medicine well.
She provides information and stories about the benefits to massage therapy, hypnotherapy, affirmations and meditations, reiki, dream work, guided imagery, deep breathing, leaky gut, hormonal balancing, tai chi, naturopathy, and also discusses psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, solution-focused techniques, Emotional Freedom Techniques, EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy.
Emotional stress causes long term physical symptoms and this requires self-care, changes in one’s life and traditional Western medicine can assist to a point with checking your blood levels, making sure there are no undiagnosed medical conditions or diseases and recommending medications if there are high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.
Now add massage therapy, a visit to a sauna, eating healthy, taking walks in nature, and slowing your lifestyle down.
She describes that slowing down and acknowledging what is taking place within from all viewpoints of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, along with being willing to recognize any past traumas, admitting if you are feeling sad or depressed, have physical symptoms that do not fit any traditional diagnosis, and agreeing to make changes in your life is the start of healing on all levels.
A book that combines so much into one is always a good thing to me. Purchase one book instead of five!
Great book I highly recommend! The wording is good and comfortable, not overly academic and she provides definitions one can easily comprehend for potential unknown words, therapies, and treatments whether Western medicine or Eastern alternatives. It is comprehensive and covers so much and really addresses the mind, body, and spirit!