What is Integrative Wellness?

Dr. Jim Nicolai, integrative wellness specialist and author of “Integrative Wellness Rules: A Simple Guide to Healthy Living”, defines health as “wholeness, balance, and resilience”. He explains that while health is a destination, wellness is a journey; a continuous process in which we take small steps each day towards the larger dynamic of our mental, physical, and spiritual health. As humans, we are complex creatures that require specific needs – needs that don’t always get met because of imbalances we’ve even created (smart phones, busy schedules, materialism, etc.). The more we live in “do to” mode, or “autopilot” as some would say, the more we veer away from what we really need to live a happy, healthy, fulfilling life.

Integrative wellness combines what works best with conventional medicine and applies it to alternative based practices; in a healthcare sense, you get the best of both worlds. Medicine can help with physical ailments or chemical imbalances, but cannot treat the person as a whole. Alternative medicine picks up this half, by bringing in practices to boost the mind, body, and spirit, such as:

  • IV therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • Acupuncture
  • Breathwork
  • Massage
  • Cupping

Also known as “lifestyle medicine”, integrative wellness builds on the strengths of both conventional and unconventional medicine to treat the whole person. In this sense, disease isn’t the main focus – overall health is. Dr. Weil, a leader and physician, author, and spokesperson for holistic and integrative health, says, “…Right now we have a ‘find it, fix it’ medical system mentality…we’re also an over-supplemented society. This is a problem that speaks to the need for changes in our medical system so patients aren’t expecting that medication will solve all their problems.”

There are many benefits to medication, but there are some components of a person’s health that alternative medicines can better address. For instance, breathwork is a practice that can be used anytime, anywhere – and if a person can continue to practice this, they may find reduced symptoms of mental illness without side effects (such as medication may induce). Working from both sides, integrative wellness treats the whole person while trying to maximize the benefits that various treatments provide.

Avalon Integrative Wellness offers an innovative approach to wellness and the exciting brand shift of our program emphasizes the importance of integrative wellness through experiential frameworks. Clients at Avalon Integrative Wellness learn, act, experience, grow, heal, and evolve, concurrently. If you’re ready to optimize your health and well-being, call us today at 888-266-9048.







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