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What is Wellness?

If I were to ask 10 different people on the street to define wellness for me, I believe I would get at least 7 different definitions, if not 10.

Did you know that in some of their hotels, Marriott now offers a "wellness suite" complete with organic cotton bedding, aromatherapy dream sachets, and a healthy minibar? Or how about applying for the "wellness" program with the American Student Assistance's Association if you are having a difficult time making your student loan payments? If your dog's coat isn't quite as shiny as you would like it to be may I suggest "wellness" pet food supplements containing broccoli, cauliflower, kelp and garlic...yummy?

Too often wellness is associated primarily with physical health. It is confused with holistic health, disease prevention or health education. It is so much more than that. It is a choice to assume responsibility for the quality of your life. If you want to be wellyou will need to take responsibility in multiple areas of your life, such as, exercise and fitness, nutrition, stress management, critical thinking, purpose, spirituality, emotional maturity, humor, play, and effective, healthy relationships.

A Six-Point Model of Wellness

Take a moment and draw a picture of a tire on a piece of paper. Now divide that tire into six equal pie shaped divisions starting at the hub of the tire and extending to the outer edge. Label each one of these divisions with one of the following: Physical, Spiritual, Occupational, Emotional, Social, and Intellectual. This is the wellness model used by The National Wellness Institute to emphasize harmony, balance and interdependence between the major areas of your life.

Now draw a line from one side of each division to the other measuring how much responsibility you are taking in that specific area using the above paragraph's list of exercise, fitness, nutrition,....and effective healthy relationships as your guide.

Is your tire nice and round and balanced so it can take you on your life's journey or is it a little lopsided or have a couple of bulges on it? When general wellness is missing from your life it is usually because of being out of balance. So how can NHWC help you re-balance your tire and continue on your journey?

Are you not exercising because it is painful? Then you probably need to have your body aligned with either chiropractic care or muscle therapy. Pain when exercising isn't normal.

Are you not making healthy choices because you don't have the energy? Could that be a result of hormonal imbalances or perhaps eating foods your allergic to? Maybe your toxic load is just too high that all your energy is being used to simply exist. Our naturopath or primary care doctor can help you balance those hormones. Allergy Elimination technique does wonders on food allergies. Manual Lymph Drainage, a good liver cleanse or Colonic Therapy can help decrease the toxic load in your body.

Maybe your responding to life and the people in it out of habit dictated by "your story." Hypnotherapy and Emotional Release Therapy can help you uncover unhealthy patterns and behaviors and move beyond the guilt, the shame or the anger so you can forgive.

Hopefully, this helps demystify the word "wellness" and puts meaning into living a life of well being. We would be honored to help you along this path. So please call and let us know how we can help you.

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