The old saying goes, “Your health is your wealth” and nothing can be truer. There are many aspects of health and wellness that go well beyond the doctor, psychiatrist, pharmacy, or clinic that we have long relied on in western medicine, and whatever is the reason some people are successful, if something works, it’s worth sharing. Alternative wellness can take many forms that can affect people to varying degrees; physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually and intellectually. The driftless region has many alternative wellness providers who have kindly shared their top tips for a higher level of wellness.
When we talk about wellness, it is important to remember that every body is different; with different goals, needs, abilities and skills. Achieving and maintaining wellness depends on two fundamental concepts: our choices and our ability to embrace change.
Choices. It is directly related to our decisions and the feedback from our body. Most Americans do not achieve ideal health due to unhealthy choices that bioaccumulate over time. A cheeseburger on white bread won’t clog your arteries. However, decisions pile up and affect your overall quality of life. Focus on making healthier choices and making them habits. The path to optimal health is not an overnight journey.
Embrace of Change. Why do people find it difficult to accept change? It is in human nature where we look for physiological, safety, and social certainty. Some feel fear when certainty is taken away; others are not in the mood for change. Without change, however, we stagnate. To improve health and wellbeing, we must continue to proactively adapt. Yes, it would have been easier to start years ago, but now is the next best time. Start with a few things that you can realistically address and then move on.
Visit Dr. Scott Gamm at Natural Spine, 704 Commerce Drive in Decorah. Make the decision to change and give yourself the chance to live the life you deserve.
Oneota health solutions
Dr. Steven Wilke of Oneota Health Solutions encourages you to invest in your “network”: your nervous system. This system supports everything you do every day. Take a deep breath. Think. Move. Literally your life depends on it. Your spinal cord is the hub between the brain and nerves throughout your body. Take care, and your body will be better able to do what you want. Chiropractic, which focuses on how information flows through your nervous system, is important for everyone, whether you are in pain or not.
Listen to your pain It’s trying to tell you something, but it’s probably not what you’re thinking. Wherever you feel pain is often not the cause. The area that hurts is just a failed compensation for the actual, deeper cause. Until the real cause is corrected, symptoms will return. Routine chiropractic care not only helps eliminate the cause of pain, it also helps your body become more resilient and better able to cope with anything life gets in your way.
Decide what you are looking for. Is your wellness goal to bring you back to your pre-symptom status, or is it true wellness that goes beyond that and allows you to live your life as your best self?
Find Dr. Wilke at Oneota Health Solutions, 211 College Drive in Decorah.
Studio K skin care boutique
Kylie Kelly of Decorah’s studio K Skincare Boutique said it was important to have a daily ritual. “I do a million things every day and no day is the same except for my skin care ritual. I recently started calling it a ritual to make it feel less of a chore and more like something I wanted to do every day. It is my “me time” and I look forward to it every day. It may only take me five minutes, but now is the time to relieve stress and ‘wash away the day’. ”
Start your skincare journey with a visit to Studio K on 911 S. Mill Street in Decorah.
Thea Satrom, LMT
Thea Satrom, Decorah-based LMT and Sacred Womb Healer encourages you to create a new awareness in your body.
“Our body remembers everything that happened. By restoring the five circulatory systems through massage (Qi or life force, arterial and venous, lymph and nerve flow) trauma from horror, falls, incidents and injuries is reduced. Often the solution is to add simple ingredients to our daily routine, like drinking lukewarm water or applying magnesium and iodine topically. “
The key to maintaining wellbeing lies in the balance of our connection of body, mind and spirit. Neglect of a person’s mental health or spirit and separation from the spirit can cause illness. Yoga can help bridge these connections.
Kundalini yoga is a type of hatha yoga that focuses more on meditation and breath work than on physical exercise. Kundalini Yoga works with our own body’s energy system to help heal and rebalance the nervous system. It helps to rewire our brains so we don’t always get stuck in the same repetitive patterns in life. According to instructor Michelle Gauer: “This practice enables the practitioner to deepen his connection with himself, with the divine, and enables him to take control of his mind. Our relationship with wellbeing rises and flows throughout our lives. It is our acceptance of ourselves, our ability to hold loving space for our own body, that increases our ability to age with dignity. ”
Kundalini yoga classes are different from what we normally see in a yoga class. It can be done while sitting on a chair since most of the kriyas (exercises) are done while seated. Meditation, sound therapy with gong and fire breath are just some of the unique aspects of Kundalini Yoga.
Find Michelle Gauer, LMT, at the Dharma Retreat at 61 North 4th St. in Lansing.