What is integrative (mind-body) medicine? We used to think that our mental, emotional, and physical health were completely separate. If you wanted to treat one, you didn’t have to consult with the others. Yet as our knowledge has advanced, we’ve learned that this old myth is far from true. This has led to the rise… read more
Studies suggest that Floral Essences are a powerful adjunct to traditional therapy; while their effects tend to be more subtle than those of prescription medications, FEs have been known to reduce stress, anxiety, and low mood.
Once a month, we hold what is called a Visionary Meeting: a gathering of the different practitioners who offer services and are part of the community here at The Viva Center. The focus of each meeting is brought forward by one of our practitioners who wants to share their experience with a particular client and… read more
Most of us do not fully appreciate the importance of our physical wellness until an accident or injury shines a spotlight on what we have been taking for granted. We’ve all been there: you don’t realize what your body does when you swallow until you get a sore throat; or how much you rely… read more
Recently there has been a lot of buzz about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR. It seems that every day there are more people reaching out to learn about and receive therapy supplemented with this technique. For example, just this week, ABC News reported on how a police precinct used EMDR… read more
In ancient Mesopotamia, people believed that mental illness was caused by an outside source–demonic possession. Exorcisms and incantations were performed to drive evil spirits out of the body, where they didn’t belong. Contemporary attitudes towards mental illness are quite different. Not only are exorcisms no longer a common form of treatment, but psychological disorders are… read more