Wellness is generally used to mean a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being. Wellness can also be described as "the constant, conscious pursuit of living life to its fullest potential."
It is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence. This is consistent with a shift in focus away from treating illness as a core goal and promoting Wellness, and thus improving your quality of life. Following a Wellness program allows you to take increased responsibility for your health behaviors. People often enroll in a private wellness program to improve fitness, stop smoking, or to learn how to manage their weight. The behaviors in the pursuit of wellness often include many health related practices, such as natural therapies.
Wellness is a state that combines health and happiness, to have more energy and feel better. Thus, those factors that contribute to being healthy and happy will also likely contribute to being well. Factors that contribute to health and happiness have long been recognized, at least since the time of Ancient Greeks. To achieve a state of wellness, one has to work on its determinants. The determinants of wellness are: better understanding of concepts like destiny, health practices, spirituality, family, environment, work, money and security, health services, social support and leisure.
Wellness enhancement focuses on minimizing the effects of the three dimensions of stress:
- Physical Stress which causes nervous system irritation
Chemical Stress causing body toxicity
Mental Stress which can induce hormonal changes such as in the Adrenal Glands
Wellness, as a luxury pursuit, is found obviously in the more affluent societies because it involves managing the body state after the basic needs of food, shelter and basic medical care have already been met. Many of the practices applied in the pursuit of wellness, in fact, are aimed at controlling the side effects of affluence, such as obesity and inactivity. Wellness grew as a popular concept starting in the 19th century, just as the middle class began emerging in the industrialized world, and a time when a newly prosperous public had the time and the resources to pursue wellness and other forms of self-improvement.
Fundamental to our philosophy is that we no longer want to see segregation but integration of modern medical practices with complementary and alternative approaches to health care. We want to put our energy into cooperation between our amazing ranges of disciplines to provide the best possible outcomes for our patients.
Wellness Medicine has pulled together a multidisciplinary team that is committed to offering an optimal blend of health care to fit individual needs.
At The Centre of Wellness, the Doctor will do a full assessment, including completion of questionnaires to ascertain where your Wellness needs are greatest. A program will be created tailored to your individual needs which will aim to take you closer to your health goals. The Doctor draws on the expertise of many Professionals to assist in the process. These include Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Relationship Counsellors, Physicians, Dieticians, Personal Trainers, Biokineticists, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Kinesiologists, Plastic Surgeons, Homeopaths, Yoga and Meditation Instructors, and many more as needed. Alternative and other therapies are prescribed to aid the process as necessary, including Bio-identical hormone replacement if indicated.
The ultimate goal is creating a sustainable, enjoyable program that fits in with your lifestyle. You as the individual will in the long run take over and drive the process, and reach a level where you continue to use and practise the processes which best suit you.
Wellness is within your grasp. Sustained Wellness is your responsibility.