Our integrated healing approach: Seven pillars for your good health
IMI’s Integrated Healing Approach: Overview
Simple colds call for a simple cure, but chronic conditions call for more. We get it. The human body is a complex, interconnected system. Many factors within and around us, seemingly unrelated, are intimately connected. Our integrated healing approach looks at you as a whole person. Considering the seven pillars of your good health, we create holistic health plans to help you Heal. Balance. Evolve.
Mind: The power of the thinking and non-thinking mind for deeper healing
Our minds are continuously developing.
From the moment we’re conceived, experiences and relationships create and mould our minds. Genetics has a role to play but it’s our world, nature, technological environment and, most importantly, our interpersonal relationships that influence our mind’s neural connections and growth, throughout our life cycle.
We all have a ‘thinking’ mind. It’s the part that’s rational throughout our daily interactions. We also have an ‘non-thinking’ mind – the part that processes typically non-verbal communication, impressions and instinctive responses in our body faster than we can think. Tucked away inside our non-thinking mind are our deepest memories. Some we’re conscious of. Some we’re not. Our temperatures rise, our stomachs sink, our heart rates rocket. We act. We feel. We think. But we don’t always know why.
Our experiences, past and present, shape our every thought, belief, perception and even how our mind is continually created. They influence almost everything we come into contact with. Some of these experiences may have been difficult or traumatic. Whether we recall them or not, they leave a lasting impression affecting our responses to events and stresses in later life.
But our responses do not need to be forever locked in their initial form. When our thousands of neurons become active they have the potential to stimulate the growth of new neural connections with each other. Because our minds are constantly growing and changing, healing is possible by harnessing both our thinking and our non-thinking mind.
At IMI, we understand that the mind, in its entirety, plays a powerful role in our overall sense of wellbeing. We know that it controls multiple systems in our body – from our heart rate and hormonal responses to inflammation.
We offer a range of cognitive approaches and practices to calm and bring clarity to the mind. In cases of deep-rooted behavioural patterns or trauma, we now know that real healing – the creation of new neural pathways – is possible by working with the non-verbal, somatic and non-cognitive parts of the mind and brain. We have practitioners who are trained to work effectively in this way, and they may be found in specialist psychotherapy, counselling, osteopathy, cranio-sacral therapy, homeopathy and acupuncture.
Emotions: The powerful bridge from your experiences to your mind
Emotions give meaning to our daily experiences. They are life’s signposts, guiding us in the actions we take and the choices we make, whether we are aware of them or not.
Fear. Anger. Sadness. Love. We’ve all experienced these, and so have millions of others from around the world. We come from different cultures, we speak different languages, yet we’re all connected by our capacity to feel each other’s emotions. These are the emotions we’re consciously aware of that are developed by our relationships throughout life.
We also have emotions that exist at a mostly unconscious level. Known as primary emotions, they trigger our body’s knee-jerk reaction to its initial assessment of a situation.
Our internal emotional state is revealed and expressed through our non-verbal cues and behaviour. Often, they’re communicated faster than we can think. Our look. Our tone of voice. The way we pace our words. All these signs can tell a different story to the words we speak.
Our emotions are constantly communicating with us, sometimes through our body or gut feel and mostly through our brain and non-verbal parts of our minds. Often, they’re giving us important insight and cues. Listen to them. Feel them. And find ways to express them, whether it’s making sense of them internally or in your communication with others.
At IMI, we respect the importance of acknowledging the whole range of emotions that go with your unique life story. Accepting and meeting emotions – even those that we don’t want or that we’ve been conditioned to ignore – can make all the difference to our motivation, behaviours, actions, and sense of well-being.
Our counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and coaches can help you to become aware of and engage with all of your emotions that are influencing your health and wellbeing. Complementary therapies, such as craniosacral therapy and crystal healing, and classical homeopathy <link> can support emotional balance and healing.
Community: A strong sense of belonging and a good support network
We need to belong. To one another. To our friends and families. To our culture. To our country. To our world. Belonging is fundamental to our mind, emotions and physical wellbeing.
As Brene Brown, a specialist in social connection, puts it: “A deep sense of love and belonging is an irresistible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong.”
When we belong to a community, we laugh together and we cry together. We share our joys and our modern-day struggles.
Often, we belong to different communities to support our different needs. Personal. Professional. Spiritual. Life circumstances. Actions. Interests. We may be introverts seeking the support of a handful of close friends and family members. Or, extroverts connected to multiple people to meet our social and emotional needs.
Our interpersonal relationships are important, researchers say. Surveys show strong social connections lead to a 50% increased chance of longevity, strengthened immune systems, and lower rates of anxiety and depression. Meaningful relationships are known to influence our self-esteem, our empathy toward others, and our ability to trust.
On the flip side, lack of social connection is found to be of greater detriment to our health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure. When we feel like we don’t belong, we’re more likely to experience anxiety and depression. In fact, loneliness is known to be a leading reason why people seek psychological counselling.
Whether we’re introverts or extroverts, social connections can only serve us well when they’re positive and meaningful. The thoughts, beliefs and non-verbal communication of the people we connect with deeply affect our emotions. Our brains grow from connection with the brains of others. New neural pathways are created continuously from our experiences and particularly, our relationships. Positive connections heal. Negative connections harm.
In today’s hectic world, we’re rapidly losing the connections we crave. The disease of business is taking over. Loneliness is on the rise. Digital connections are replacing real-life connections. But virtual wishes are not handshakes or hugs. We need human-to-human connection to lead healthy, happy lives.
Spirit: Your soul’s unique connection to a source of healing
We respect spirituality is personal. What does spirit mean to you?
Your spirituality, your soul is yours. It’s your unique connection to a source of healing. Some people find spirituality through religion. Some find it through the arts, mindfulness, sports, voluntary work or a connection with nature. Others find it in their values.
Our chosen spiritual practices cultivate awareness. A sense of purpose and meaning to our lives greater than ourselves. A steady mind and a peaceful heart. They balance our inner needs with the needs of the world. At peace within, and aware of our connection with each other, we’re inclined to demonstrate kindness, compassion and wisdom.
But when the malaise of modern life squeezes spirituality out of our lives, when the daily grind upsets our rhythm and inner stability, we lose our awareness and sense of purpose. We lose our inner peace. We feel disconnected within and with those around us.
At IMI, we respect Spirit’s important influence on your overall sense of well-being. We offer a range of therapies and classes to develop awareness and to foster your personal connection to spirit.