Balanced Bodies

A Holistic Approach to Happiness

Non-Fiction - Self Help
222 Pages
Reviewed on 12/11/2017
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Balanced Bodies: A Holistic Approach to Happiness by Alexandra M Asirvadam is an uplifting and insightful book that gives a holistic and practical approach to mental health. The book creates more awareness of how nutrition and lack of self-care affect mental health. The author shares simple coping skills and ways to improve daily lives, thereby enabling one to have a balanced life with increased happiness. The book follows the Eastern concept that speaks about the four dimensions - physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual - and how a proper alignment of these dimensions will enable fine tuning to living a fulfilling and enriched life. The book adopts a holistic approach to treating mental health and achieving a complete healing in all areas of life.

The author’s approach to the topic is different and that makes the book unique and original. The author handles a relevant topic in a simple manner, making it easy to understand and practice. She handles the topic extensively and methodically. It is a good book to help readers to understand the connection between mental and physical health and how emotional disturbances can manifest as ill health. It is a good guide for readers on how to take care of themselves, have happy thoughts, eat simple and healthy food, and lead a simple life. Books that help to explore relationships in life and healthy boundaries are good as these help readers to adopt a holistic perspective so that they can live healthier and longer lives. This is definitely a book to have in one’s personal collection as it can be read again whenever there is a need to create a self-care routine.

Jack Magnus

Balanced Bodies: A Holistic Approach to Happiness is a non-fiction motivational self-help book written by Alexandra M Asirvadam. The author is a licensed professional counselor as well as a health coach, who is certified by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. While Asirvadam recognizes the traditional counseling approaches which focus on past experiences and other mental health issues, she prefers to approach her counseling in a more holistic way, taking a whole body approach to optimal mental health. A major cornerstone of that approach has to do with nutrition and the foods we eat. Outside stressors can affect one’s life, but establishing and maintaining a healthy core can assist in maintaining one’s equilibrium, despite the inevitable stresses and strains of life. Asirvadam shares her outlook on the four bodies each of us possess: the spiritual, mental, emotional and spiritual, and she shows how maintaining their proper balance can lead to a happier existence. She includes an extensive list of resources in her appendices.

Alexandra M Asirvadam’s non-fiction motivational self-help book, Balanced Bodies: A Holistic Approach to Happiness, is a well-written and persuasive guide to understanding the mind-body connection and how behavioral modifications can make a big difference in how one reacts to situations and one’s general outlook on life. Her discussions on balancing the four bodies are well-presented and easy to follow, and her suggestions on how to make changes in one’s nutritional choices make sense. Asirvadam also approaches ways for parents to help their children adapt to lifestyle changes that may be at odds with those of their peers, i.e. eating whole grain foods and fruits instead of sugary snacks. I was particularly interested in her promotion of healthcare approaches that treat physical conditions rather than masking them by treating symptoms or relieving pain. Some of her suggestions may seem challenging, but all are definitely worthwhile. Balanced Bodies: A Holistic Approach to Happiness is highly recommended.

Maria Beltran

Balanced Bodies: A Holistic Approach to Happiness by Alexandra M. Asirvadam is an inspirational and motivational book that should be read by everyone. With a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from the Argosy University in Dallas, a private practice, and work experience in a mental health hospital and a foster care agency, the author has been exposed to a number of approaches in healing mental illness. She has come up with a book that discusses just how much mental health is affected by the very food that we eat. Composed of seven chapters, Balanced Bodies certainly moves mental healing to another level. Entire chapters are devoted to the physical body, the emotional body, the mental body, and the spiritual body respectively. Understanding this health concept is significant to achieving balance in our bodies, and ultimately happiness, and this is exactly what the book is all about.

Alexandra M. Asirvadam's Balanced Bodies: A Holistic Approach to Happiness is a little book that can help people lead happy lives. What is really great about this book is that it is written in layman's terms and in a conversational style, in spite of the fact that its main topic is physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Asirvadam is obviously an expert on her subject, but what is most striking is that her heart is obviously in it. She puts forth a novel concept that to be truly healthy, one has to have a balanced body; physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. And in a world where suicide is a common occurrence and depression a prevailing condition, Balanced Bodies: A Holistic Approach to Happiness is a must-read!

Ray Simmons

Long before I heard the word 'holistic,' I knew it made sense to have a system of health and care that takes in every aspect of health and fitness. I intuitively combined several different health systems when I was a young man. I started first by learning Korean Taekwondo. I also used transcendental meditation so that both mental and physical health were taken care of. I did this as a young man. I’m fifty-eight years old now and the holistic approach that is the premise of Balanced Bodies: A Holistic Approach to Happiness by Alexandra M. Asirvadam just makes sense to me. Put it all together in a package or program that takes care of everything. Not anyone could do it, but Alexandra M. Asirvadam has done the research, and has the writing skills that can launch this new way to do things.

Balanced Bodies: A Holistic Approach to Happiness is based on a great idea. That is one reason it is such a great book. Another reason is the writing style of Alexandra M. Asirvadam. This is a cozy, intimate style that is both comforting and enlightening at the same time. Balanced Bodies: A Holistic Approach to Happiness is very well written and, just as importantly, it is a well-organized work. The content makes sense and all the parts are in the right places. I enjoyed the writing but again just as importantly, I enjoyed the concept that I could put these ideas into practice and take my physical and mental health to another level. A great, useful book whether you are young or old.