Integrative Therapy

Birchwood Senior Living is pleased to offer integrative therapy services to enhance your well-being. Integrative therapy, also known as healing art therapies, combines the fundamental principles of traditional and holistic medicine to promote healing on all levels of wellness: emotional, physical, mental and spiritual. The program uses techniques such as music therapy, guided imagery, essential oils, and massages to help alleviate pain and discomfort. This approach is intended to compliment traditional pharmaceutical and surgical treatments, and aims to create a healthy balance of mind and body. Due to proven results, use of alternative therapies is going rapidly and offered in our community free of charge.

Music Therapy: Music therapy is established to utilize music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each patient, the music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapy, the patient’s abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.

Guided Imagery is the practice of using your imagination to direct your thoughts towards healing. This therapy is clinically effective in reducing pain, anxiety, and promoting sleep. Listening to an audio CD created specifically for your conditions, you can relax and let your imagination take you on a journey towards better health and well-being.

Energy-Based Healing Modalities are gentle, noninvasive treatments that work to restore the natural flow and balance of the body’s energy system. In times of stress, injury or illness, this energy system can become congested, blocked or unbalanced. Specially trained practitioners in the use of the healing touch of Reiki use their hands to clear, energize and rebalance the subtle energy field of a person. This 15-30 minute treatment session, which may include light touch to the body, often creates a deep sense of relaxation, sleep, and/or a reduction in pain and nausea symptoms. This deep sense of relaxation allows the body to be in the best condition for healing.

Essentials Oils trigger the limbic system of the brain, which impacts mood, emotions, memory and learning. Essential oils also shift our physiology and have been shown to reduce anxiety, pain, and nausea symptoms and support post-surgical healing. Essential oils are extracts of plants used to restore balance to the body and emotions through the sense of smell.

Hand and Foot Massage: The gentle use of touch to massage the hands and feet is a therapeutic way to soothe the muscles and nerve endings and to bring about deeper relaxation for the whole body. Essential oils may be used based on the patient’s preference.