Integrative Wellness – A New Model For Well Being.
Health and Welfare. We are bombarded with news, statistics, and recommendations for improving our health. Health is a state of being is something we rarely think about until we have evidence that we are not healthy … cough … a laboratory test with high triglycerides … persistent pain. I realized I did not know what I felt healthy as others that the absence of symptoms. So what is a proactive person to do?
Recently I changed my approach to the second half of that phrase, “welfare.” I’ve heard the term often, but never thought about what it meant and had to Google it. This is a definition I found: Health is the interactive process of awareness of healthy choices and practice them to create a more balanced lifestyle. Our state of change that often … Sometimes I wake up happy and then heard bad news that saddens me, or I’m going to a long walk, only to feel pain and adjusted the next day. These fluctuations in our welfare state are a normal part of life, so why not the welfare of an interactive process?
Traditionally, doctors have been the main line of defense for our health problems. But why should we expect doctors to know the specific benefits of meditation, when we can not expect our meditation teacher to treat our health problems?
As we shift the focus towards awareness of healthy choices and learn to practice, we have the support of a team, each an expert in their own area of expertise. This is the concept of well-being … a team of professionals, each of whom is trained in conventional medicine or complementary modes – tools and techniques (eg, meditation, massage and yoga), which can be used safely in conjunction with conventional treatments.
A simple concept, but a strong as the result is a network of individualized support tailored to their specific health problems. A person with high blood pressure can seek support from a cardiologist and a teacher of meditation, while the overweight person can seek support from a nutritionist, a personal trainer and a therapist. Changing the approach to wellness recognizes that one of the symptoms can have multiple aspects to it, so that the quality of support we receive becomes more holistic … that each of us are much more than a symptom of today.