Ayusha Wellbeing Center was created in the spirit of restoring harmony between the body, mind, and soul so that a long life can be fully enjoyed.
Functional medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Hallmarks of a functional medicine approach include:
• Patient-centered care •
The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. By listening to the patient and learning his or her story, the practitioner brings the patient into the discovery process and tailors treatments that address the individual’s unique needs
• An integrative, science-based healthcare approach •
Functional medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning.
• Integrating best medical practices •
Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.
Functional medicine practitioners promote wellness by focusing on the fundamental underlying factors that influence every patient’s experience of health and disease.
The Institute for Functional Medicine teaches practitioners how to assess the patient’s fundamental clinical imbalances through careful history-taking, physical examination, and laboratory testing. The functional medicine practitioner will consider multiple factors, including:
• Environmental inputs
The air you breathe and the water you drink, the particular diet you eat, the quality of the food available to you, your level of physical exercise, and toxic exposures or traumas you have experienced all affect your health.
• Mind-body elements
Psychological, spiritual and social factors all can have a profound influence on your health. Considering these areas helps the functional medicine practitioner see your health in the context of you as a whole person, not just your physical symptoms.
• Genetic make-up
Although individual genes may make you more susceptible to some diseases, your DNA is not an unchanging blueprint for your life. Emerging research shows that your genes may be influenced by everything in your environment, as well as your experiences, attitudes, and beliefs. That means it is possible to change the way genes are activated and expressed. (We don’t do this at our center)
Through assessment of these underlying causes and triggers of dysfunction, the functional medicine practitioner is able to understand how key processes are affected. These are the body’s processes that keep you alive. Some occur at the cellular level and involve how cells function, repair, and maintain themselves. These processes are related to larger biological functions, such as:
• How your body rids itself of toxins
• Regulation of hormones and neurotransmitters
• Immune system function
• Inflammatory responses
• Digestion and absorption of nutrients and the health of the digestive tract
• Structural integrity
• Psychological and spiritual equilibrium
• How you produce energy
All of these processes are influenced by both environmental factors and your genetic make-up; when they are disturbed or imbalanced, they lead to symptoms, which can lead to disease if effective interventions are not applied.
When addressing the emotional component of wellness it vital to understand that there is two vital levels that need to be explored with in the individual to achieve a healthy balance. We can start with the familiar as it’s easier to start with the (possible) known. This act is when we physically start to talk about our inner issues and emotional struggles with a professional therapist, a trusted friend, or loving family member.
1. Exploring support
Unravelling these struggles and triggers can go a long way in relieving the mental and emotional exhaustion that can weigh us down. Starting to speak out these human struggles helps us to sort out these emotions in new ways, we are then able to face these factors. We can make decisions, plans, courses of actions or decide to nothing at all. Simply talking about our struggles in a authentic way helps us to heal on a very basic level.
2. The next level is working with the unknown.
This experience is for those who wish to lean towards life more. Exploring the ways that we avoid life; self harmful, addictive, self defeating tendencies, fear of intimacy, disorders, compulsive behaviors and relational struggles. Which often show up in the body as weak cells, imbalanced organs & deregulated systems, inflammation or pain. The possible source of these struggles are a trauma or a held hurt.
Like Dr. Gabor Mate points out, “A hurt is at the centre of all addictive behaviours. It is present in the gambler, the Internet addict, the compulsive shopper and the workaholic. The wound may not be as deep and the ache not as excruciating, and it may even be entirely hidden but it’s there.”
So we start to build a bridge to what is hard to be with
Our way of reducing and changing these ways of avoiding life is by coming together in one to one therapy or in a group, making the unknown more known in our lives and working TOGETHER, to cultivate safety, connection, movement and self-regulation. This helps us to start to really live the life that’s more do-able and real and have the type of relationships with ourselves and others that are richer, a joining, kind and ordinary.
“The recovery of a past experience may be helpful, but the understanding of current ways of being with the other is the key of change. For this, both self and other representations may need to alter and this can only be done effectively in the here and now.” In other words, the actual moment-to-moment experience of the client, the group or therapist in this “therapeutic relationship” is the engine of change.
These are the therapy options:
– One to one therapy
– Group Therapy
– Residential retreat programs 1- 4 weeks
Whether you are looking for treatment for a serious disease, a Detox & Rejuvenation Program, a recovery program, feeling lost or just looking a Healthy Get-Away, Ayusha functional wellness is the place to come. Our beautiful, spotless facility is suited for all kinds of guests. Our striking tropical views, beautifully appointed buildings, Balinese gardens and sparkling pools, as well as our caring staff, offer an environment for peaceful, restful enjoyment as well as mind/body healing.
If you are coming seeking medical treatment, it will be comforting for you to know that our staff is comprised of fully certified professionals. This means that all the naturopathic consultants, psychotherapists, energy healers, massage therapists and fitness experts work collectively to help you heal. After all assessments are made, your team will meet together, and drawing upon our many options of proven treatments will customize a medical plan just for you.
Becoming a AYUSHA guest is easy. Your admissions coordinator/consultant will assist you along every step of the process to make it as easy as possible. First, we will answer any questions you may have and then guide you in choosing the perfect program to fit your particular health needs.
From start to finish, you can count on us to be there right by your side.