What Is A Typical Workday For A Holistic Health Practitioner?

"I am curious about the day-to-day life of someone in a holistic health field. Are they really busy? How much time is spent with people, and how much doing other stuff?"

asked by Fred from Kansas City, MO

The typical workday of a holistic health practitioner is as varied as the people who are drawn to this field. As with any care-giving, people in this field tend to do the best when they look at everything they do as service and don’t get too caught up in the hourly breakdown.

Where a holistic health practitioner works depends on the specialty. Yoga and movement teachers work in studios, gyms, and other large facilities. They are usually barefoot and in comfortable clothes, speaking, demonstrating, and adjusting their students. It is very physical work that requires a lot of energy, but also helps to keep the teachers healthy.

They can offer anywhere from one to ten classes a week or more, though a healthy balance is usually maintained by teaching about as often as one practices – five to six classes per week. These classes can be anytime in the day depending on the preferences of the teacher and the needs of the area where he or she is teaching. Though the teacher may only be in class for two to four hours a day, it requires a great deal of mental preparation to teach, as well as downtime to integrate. There is also the time required to do one’s own personal practice and pursue continuing education.

Massage therapists and energyworkers usually work in private office settings, though sometimes they may set up massage chairs in public events, they will most often work one-on-one with clients. The day will consist of setting up the massage table, greeting each client, offering the massage or energywork session, and changing the sheets and refreshing supplies between clients. If the therapist does outcalls, then there is driving and transporting the massage table between clients.

It is also wise to have some form of mind-body awareness practice to balance the effects of moving and stroking bodies for hours each day. While some massage therapists see five to six clients four or five days a week, a healthy balance can be maintained by seeing two to three clients, three or four days per week.

Nutritionists and dieticians usually see clients in their office or the client’s home. There may be some time spent in the kitchen preparing food and juices, but most of the practitioner’s work time will be spent with the clients. There is also some time spent researching particular remedies and coming up with protocols that address a client’s needs, as well as maintaining records.

Herbalists, Naturopaths, Medical Qigong practitioners, Acupuncturists, and most other holistic health practitioners work primarily in office or clinic settings. They can see anywhere from three to ten clients per day, three to five days a week. The appointments range from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the treatment. These practitioners will usually see a few clients back-to-back in the morning and afternoon, and take a long lunch in between to restore. There is a mix between spending time with clients and researching, maintaining records, and continuing education.

For all holistic health careers, it is important to maintain one’s personal mind-body-spirit practice to stay healthy and be the most effective practitioner possible. It is a field where passion combines with integrity, where service and curiosity meet. There is often a great deal of flexibility in one’s day-to-day schedule, and this path lends itself well to people of a variety of temperaments and preferences.

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