Integrative Medicine Therapies are also termed mind-body therapies and focus on interactions among the mind, body and behavior. The goal is to develop personal harmony and balance and promote healthy living.
Mind And Body Therapy
Guests learn to cultivate greater awareness of the unity of mind and body, as well as, the ways that unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can undermine emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Through the use of alternative therapies guests learn how to connect with their inner self which promotes healing and improves their sense of well-being.
Integrative Medicine Therapies include the following:
- Yoga Therapy
- Diet and Nutrition
One form of meditation that guests learn is termed mindfulness meditation. Guests receive instructions in techniques of individual reflection and self-awareness of their present experiences in an open non-judgmental manner. This helps to respond better to health challenges and offset the adverse effects of stress. Guests are encouraged to incorporate these techniques in their lifestyles upon discharge from Arya Hospital Neuropsychiatry & Trauma Centre.
Music and Art Therapy
These are expressive art forms designed to help the individual move into harmony and balance. Through the use of music and art, individuals explore emotional, spiritual and behavioral issues. Musical and artistic skills are not necessary, as the process, rather than technique, is emphasized.
There are several approaches to influence the major energy centers of the body and the flow of energy around and through body fields. Practitioners aim to balance and strengthen the body’s energy field and open up energy channels so that healing occurs simultaneously on the physical and non-physical levels.
Guests learn to examine their own spirituality strengths and the deficits caused by the disease of addiction. In this regard is helpful to view spirituality not only as an attribute which we possess but also as an activity that we practice. Thus, spirituality becomes an expression of reflection and practice. In this context guests can practice activities that can regulate the spiritual self. These abilities are our capacity to make conscious choices, our ability to take growth producing risks, our facility to develop healthy relationships and our capacity to experience wonder and participate in awe. Our staff is respectful of personal beliefs and values of our guests and is sensitive to the diversity of culture, faith and world view of all our guests. There is no expectation or imposition of any faith or belief systems upon our guests and their families.
The mind and emotional states are recognized factors in stress and stress-related disorders. A variety of holistic approaches such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, yoga, meditation, and relaxation have been shown to relax and quiet the mind to relieve muscle tension and facilitate inner harmony. This positively affects a range of physiological processes, such as lowering blood pressure and reducing overall arousal and emotional reactivity generated by stress.
Yoga is a mind-body practice that originated in India more than 4,000 years ago. Yoga combines physical postures, controlled breathing and meditation. Yoga has many styles, forms and intensities and guests can learn the form they feel most comfortable with. The practice of yoga releases muscular and emotional tension, improves concentration, and assists the body in healing itself. Yoga can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Yoga might also help alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia.
Also known as “visualization”, Guided Imagery is a technique that involves achieving deep relaxation by imagining yourself in a peaceful place. Practitioners vividly capture your imagined location (by conjuring up the sights, sounds, smells, and textures, for instance) in order to maximize the healing effects of the technique. Together, guide and guests co-create an effective way to work with conflict resolution and self-empowerment issues.