Integrative Wellness

Our Integrative Wellness Service follows an individualized approach that embraces personal responses to illness, death and loss.  It encompasses the whole 'being'.  Services presently offered are: Therapeutic Touch, Tai Chi, Acupuncture, Relaxation/Guided Imagery Meditation, Expressive Arts Therapy and a Legacy Program.

Integrative Wellness Programs are presently available:

  • In-home (or at community home/hospital)
  • In the Residential Care Program (for both residents and family members)
  • At the Wendy Julia Hiscox Day Program
  • On-site at Community Partner Agencies

The following Integrative Wellness Therapies are offered by specially trained staff and volunteers.

Therapeutic Touch (TT)
With Therapeutic Touch the practitioner moves his or her hands over an individual's "energy field" to direct the flow of energy. Therapeutic Touch is based on the belief that each living thing has a "life energy field" which extends beyond the surface of the body and generates an aura. With Therapeutic Touch, the practitioner attempts to influence the individual's energy imbalances by gently manipulating the body's energy flow and adjusting it as a whole. In this way, the Therapeutic Touch practitioner facilitates the individual's own healing processes, (For more information about Therapeutic Touch, click here to link to the Thereapeutic Touch Network of Ontario.).

As part of our Pathways to Wellness Program, we provide Therapeutic Touch Treatments during chemotherapy sessions at Trillium Health Centre.  To set up a Therapeutic Touch session during chemotherapy, please call Cher Curshon at 416-626-0116 ext. 228.

Tai Chi
The practice of Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise that aids relaxation and movement of our internal energy "chi" to create flow around the body.  At Day Program a beginner's level of movements and forms are taught in such a way as to keep the body relaxed and flowing. Movements are also taught for those who prefer a seated position.

Acupuncture
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points along the energy pathway to restore the balance of vital energy.  It is proven to be an effective and safe complement to medications and treatments for a variety of conditions and ailments.  The effectiveness of acupuncture for pain relief, nausea, anxiety and addiction is well recognized by medical professionals.  This clinic is offered onsite at DLH through a satellite clinic of the Traditional School of Chinese Medicine by advanced acupuncture student practitioners.

Relaxation / Guided Imagery Meditation 
A guided meditation practice that stimulates your imagination with the intention of bringing you to a relaxed and focused state. It is based on the concept that your body and mind are connected. Using all of your senses, your body seems to respond as though what you are imagining is real.

Expressive Art Therapy
Various creative projects are enjoyed individually and in group.  Expressive Arts involves mind, body and the emotions and brings forth the 'artists' intuitive imaginative abilities as well as logical, linear thought.  The use of imagery and nonverbal modes offers individuals an alternative path for self-exploration and communication.  This process is a powerful and highly therapeutic integrative force and one enjoyed by Day Program participants.

Legacy Program
The Legacy Program provides individuals an opportunity to create a tangible legacy for their loved ones.  It also facilitates the potential for personal resolution and growth as they reflect on their unique life story.  Legacy work offers an opportunity for creative flexibility when reminiscing on one's life story, with the use of collage, writing, audio recordings, video tape and other art projects, the dying are provided the tools to share what they wish to leave behind.  This program is provided by trained volunteers and arts therapists.