There are four interconnected elements of wellness creation; Nourish, Move, Heal and Evolve. This is a holistic approach to wellness. It doesn’t matter which one you start at, all roads lead to Rome: Optimal Wellness.
Nourish might sound self-explanatory. The foods we choose to eat can have a dramatic effect on whether we create wellness or dis-ease within the body. But more than that, nourish can apply to our mental health. The sources of information that we choose to nourish our minds with can impact upon our experience of wellness too.
How much we Move is crucial for our biological human machinery to function. Movement isn’t only required to keep us fit and healthy but is needed for the nutrients we take in through the food we eat to get to the cells needed for them to be used. Movement is essential for optimal digestion otherwise digestion slows down and so does the entire detoxification process. A sedentary lifestyle can be linked to many chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Our ability to Heal is a phenomenal part of our human biology. When we cut ourselves or suffer an injury it is the intricate processes of the human biology that facilitates this healing. The nutrients required for healing are taken from the food that we eat and the environment we create from the thoughts we think to the amount of sleep we achieve.
Evolve means to change and develop over time. Your experience as you move toward optimal wellness by definition means that you will move through a process of evolution within your body, mind and spirit. Your body will heal and regenerate creating a new experience of vitality for you. It is likely that your goals and aspiration will unfold as you move forward.
The biopsychosocial- spiritual perspective to optimal wellness
A holistic approach to optimal wellness also takes into account the biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective of each person. This approach recognises that each person is unique and experiences life differently meaning that the route towards optimal wellness must be tailored to each person’s unique life experience:
Biological - age, genetics, physical health, neurochemistry, immune resilience, pollution, toxins, diet, lifestyle and medication.
Psychological – thoughts, feelings, attitudes and beliefs, perceptions, mental resilience, temperament, personality, adverse experiences, habits and routines.
Social – family support system, friends, work, personal circumstances, socio-economic status, culture and society.
Spiritual - faith, spiritual experiences, higher levels of consciousness, values, authenticity, self-enquiry and inner alignment.
By now you will hopefully see that that this is more than just eating carrots and broccoli (although those are still important!) This approach means that every single aspect of your life is taken into account and considered as the foundational elements of your wellness strategy. Together we are taking a 360 degree view of you in the context of your life.
I understand first-hand how challenging it can be to navigate daily life and still have enough energy left at the end of the day to move towards those long held plans, dreams and goals. I deeply understand how it feels to repeatedly make poor food and lifestyle choices and then suffer the backlash of those decisions on sleep, energy, skin, digestion and ultimately, state of mind. I also know how hard it can be to break those habits but know this, it is absolutely possible with the relevant knowledge used in the appropriate context and with the application of key naturopathic principles.
My absolute passion is helping clients to see the interplay between emotional wellness, digestive issues and mental resilience and I can often “read” what’s going on for clients at an emotional level. With honesty, kindness and compassion I meet my clients where they are at so that they feel at ease and fully guided through the necessary diet and lifestyle changes. At the heart of my practice I deeply believe that the human body is designed to function without limitation and given the optimal environment, the body can return to a state of balance.
I hold a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from the College of Naturopathic Medicine and I am a referral practitioner with the Chrysalis Effect; an established step-by-step programme to help support sufferers of M.E/CFS and Fibromyalgia on their journey to regain health and well-being.
I would be delighted to work with you to help you regain your optimal wellness.
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