Holistic health is a movement that believes the mind, body and spirit are intricately interconnected and aims to nurture the collaboration between all three, particularly the connection between mind and body, according to Dr. Stephanie Rimka, a holistic health practitioner and advocate. She says the field goes beyond the conventional health landscape, helping to unlock your body’s innate capacity for healing and cultivate self-love and authenticity.
With her father incarcerated her entire life, Rimka grew up familiar with the prison environment—an experience she says taught her to “care for and ‘see’ the ones everyone else wants to ignore and make invisible.” Driven by her desire to help people forgotten by society, including her own family members, she started her career working with patients diagnosed with schizophrenia at a psychiatric hospital in Michigan.
However, Rimka became frustrated with what she saw as failures in the medical model, inspiring her to attend chiropractic school. During her studies, her nephew was diagnosed with autism. This development encouraged Rimka to focus her work on autism recovery along with mental illness. Since earning her doctor of chiropractic degree from Life University, she strives to help people of all backgrounds navigate the mind-body connection and undergo a journey of self-discovery and personal growth, elevating their external and internal lives.
From Rimka’s perspective, it’s a myth that health is simply the absence of disease. Understanding your mind-body connection provides you with agency and the ability to tap into the all-encompassing healing potential you already possess, she says. This movement toward holistic health has been a revolution that encourages people to take full control of their health.
There are some who have become disillusioned with traditional health education and practices, viewing them as unnecessarily complicated, boring and impossible to understand. Holistic health is an alternative means that aims to make complex health concepts relatable, inviting you to embrace your inner strength. Rimka says it does this by recognizing your innate abilities, boosting mental resilience, conquering fears and embracing quirks—all enabling your mind and body to work in harmony.
According to the practitioner, a foundational understanding in the holistic health field is that brain health is central to overall well-being and emotional stability. This is why, in a time where she feels overreliance on pharmaceutical solutions is widespread, holistic health can offer alternatives that challenge societal norms and emphasize the mind-body connection for improved health.
To embark on this holistic health journey for personal transformation and empowerment, laughter and lightheartedness are vital ingredients, Rimka says. Releasing stress and the need for perfection makes it easier to find joy in the little things and positively impacts your mind, body and spirit. She hopes to bridge the gap between conventional and alternative health practices and focuses on the power of the mind-body connection in her work, with her methods including the optimization of brain function through natural means, such as diet and non-invasive therapies.
In Rimka’s experience, health is about more than diets and exercise; it also requires you to embrace your uniqueness, find joy and unleash hidden abilities. She believes optimizing your brain functions like this can lead to improved mental clarity, emotional balance and physical health. Individuals who are seeking comprehensive and empowering wellness can benefit from the innovative concepts surrounding holistic health, as they offer a refreshing approach to well-being and open the door to a more vibrant life, Rimka says.
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