Author Name: StartRight
Health is not cultivated in one day. Nor is the illness. We don’t suddenly wake up well or succumb to sickness. Life, illness, and wellness is a journey we cultivate. Our health becomes an expression, or a mirror, of the world we have exposed ourselves to. Exposure may be in the form of food, environment, or emotions. Health or sickness a consequence of life’s choices. The mid-point of a journey.
We are all familiar with the saying that Rome was not built in a day. Neither was your health or your sickness. So with this in mind, why would expect your health to be restored in one visit, one medication, or even one healing modality? The models of healing espoused by the integrative Wellness reflects a body in balance. No one pill, one supplement, one food, one exercise or one healing touch restores balance. Balance is a system you work towards – throughout life.
In today’s healing environment, health professionals are coming together to create integrative(connected) programs to restore your health. This requires a paradigm shift in how practitioners link services, and how consumers need to adopt the new healing experience.
Medicine is not a candy store in which your doctor suggests a series of medications to calm your ills or pains. Restorative health services are a compilation of services, which may include medication as one aspect of your healing program.
Here’s what you need to know if you are seeking services to restore your health and vitality:
• Healing is a journey and has many components or prongs
• One medication or supplement or food will not heal you
• An integrative approach to restoring your health is a requirement for your future.
• Forget visiting one practitioner and thinking that they can rebalance your system and heal your ills or pains. They can’t.
A healing plan may embrace some or all of these healing modalities: Rebalancing through nourishment Nutrition fuels your body. You cannot escape this notion or cheat on yourself. Whether you feel well or unwell, nourishment is your foundation. Without proper nourishment health Restoration or rebalancing is not possible.
Rebalancing through touch
The healing modalities of acupuncture and massage stimulate the body even more deeply. While nourishment provides the building blocks, acupuncture and massage encourage the body to do its job – get up and heal itself.
Rebalancing through emotional wellness, gratitude, and friendship
We do not heal well alone. Humans innately need touch, comfort, and friendship. Andrew Weil addresses these core needs in his recent work Spontaneous Happiness. Speak with your practitioner about support systems in your life and ask for help in building these structures as part of your wellness journey.
Rebalancing through Movement
Healing requires movement. If your movements are restricted, seek guidance from a Registered Yoga practitioner or a practitioner with expertise in movement (Kinesiology). If your limbs or body aches, or you cannot move your body, your healing plan must include healing touch from massage or acupuncture or the healing touch arts.
Rebalancing with Nature
Nature is a natural life force that surrounds us and embraces us. It is what Richard Louv (author of Last Child in the Woods), calls Vitamin N. So many of us are busy getting all our other Vitamin letter, but we omit the one that is very essential and free, Nature is a natural restorative, a massage for the senses, food for the soul. Pause awhile – feel it, enjoy it. It’s free therapy, take it every day.
It’s time to change our expectations for the healing or “medical” visit. Forget the one-stop shopping and “in and out burger” equivalent of healing. Look for a company or practice whose approach includes an in-depth consultation and a plan before you go anywhere. Your healing plan should include nourishment solutions, healing touch services, movement and flexibility recommendations, and resources or services that support your very essence. Expect to buy a package of services and not a one time fee for one visit. One visit cannot heal you, because it cannot embrace the very essence of who you are and who you want to be.