What is an Integrative Wellness Program?
Wellness is about physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological well-being. Our Integrative Wellness Program aims for well-coordinated care among different in-house providers by bringing conventional and complementary approaches together to care for the whole person. At Rhode Island Oak Counseling and Wellness, we promote healing using client-centered treatments and evidence-based interventions. We use a model of wellness that includes attending to six key points of wellness:
Counseling: This addresses the mental and emotional side of healing. By talking with an objective, licensed professional, clients are able to gain awareness, and develop coping skills that can help reduce symptoms and improve psychological well-being.
Acupuncture: This involves the insertion of very thin needles through the skin at strategic points on the body. Common benefits include reduced stress, reduced back and neck pain, relieved joint tension, reduced pain in hands and arms, headache relief, enhanced mental clarity and increased energy. It can also provide relief from insomnia, anxiety, depression and migraines.
Massage: A massage therapist manipulates the soft tissue of the body by using varying degrees of pressure in order to release knots and tension. Massage therapy reduces stress, promotes relaxation, improves circulation, releases tension, and often improves sleep patterns.
Diet: Learn how proper nutrition, and consuming bioavailable food sources impacts daily life; explore how potential changes in diet can have a positive impact on physiology and psychological well-being.
Exercise/Yoga: Our bodies are meant to move. Research has demonstrated time and again the important relationship between physical activity and wellness. We are fortunate to have an amazing Yoga Studio at our Wellness Center. Yoga helps the physical body by increasing flexibility, muscle strength and tone, maintaining a balanced metabolism, reducing weight, aiding in cardio and circulatory health, improved athletic performance and protection from injury. A recent publication by the Harvard Medical School noted that yoga can boost your mood by lowering levels of stress hormones, increasing the production of feel-good chemicals known as endorphins, and bringing more oxygenated blood to your brain.
Herbalism/Herbology: Herbal medicine is the art and science of using herbs for promoting health and preventing and treating illness. In terms of its general benefits, they can be restorative, support the body and allow for a natural first port of call for minor ailments without immediately reaching for conventional drugs in a world where we are all more mindful about over use. Methods of consumption: herbal teas, skincare routine, essential oils, herbal steam inhalation when you have a cold. Or add particular herbs and spices to foods for their healing properties. Herbology products in wellness programs are a good way to introduce herbology into your wellbeing.