Wellness

Wellness

Wellness has traditionally been viewed as freedom from disease, and today it is seen as not just as the absence of disease, but rather a proactive and preventive approach designed to achieve optimum levels of health, social, mental and emotional functioning. Therefore, wellness is a holistic approach to living, as it emphasizes the whole person through integrating all aspects of the individual, along with the realization that everything you do, think, feel and believe has an impact on your state of health.

Wellness, as a state of health, is closely associated with one’s lifestyle. Each person has a responsibility to their health, thus becoming an active participant through which you become aware of and make choices toward a healthy lifestyle. A wellness-oriented lifestyle involves consistent self-care, encouraging students to adopt habits and behaviors that lead to an improved quality of life. It involves the recognition that every individual has physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs, with each dimension being necessary for optimal levels of functioning. Through supporting every student’s physical, mental and spiritual health, students are better prepared to achieve high academic success to reach their highest goals and aspirations.

The Counseling and Wellness Center has created goals to assist students with integrating wellness into their lives. The main goals are to promote health and wellness through education and awareness; improve the overall well-being of the college community; promote wellness services available on campus; collaborate with wellness professionals in the community; empower students to take charge of their health; and research best practices in the wellness field.

Wellness Consultations

Since lifestyle has been found to be the single most important factor determining patterns of general health, it is important to be educated, to take charge of our daily life, and to set healthy lifestyle goals. The choices we make have a dominant influence on our overall health and wellness. 

Wellness consultations are a practical holistic and educational approach to health and healing that address the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of individuals. Wellness consultations will help you clarify, strategize, prioritize, troubleshoot, problem solve and develop an action plan targeted toward your individual concerns and stressors. 

Through this process, students can clarify and prioritize healing initiatives to improve the overall quality of their lives. Wellness consultations encourage students to engage in self-care, educate themselves about their health and lifestyle choices, and to become an active participant in their own healing and transformation.

Wellness Groups 

Wellness groups are designed for students to come together and support each other in the positive lifestyle changes each student is trying to make. Oftentimes, even if we know the changes we need to make to improve our lives, it is a difficult process for many reasons and having the support of each other greatly assists the process of making positive choices, while facing the obstacles together.

Since wellness is an active process of change and growth, students get to see each other evolve through the semester, during the easy stages and during the hard stages. Being a witness for each other provides great insight and support for each member of the group.

Throughout the semester, various themes are explored, including physical wellness, mental wellness, emotional wellness, spiritual wellness, environmental wellness, social wellness, occupational wellness and much more. Optimal wellness is essential to live a life that is high in quality and worth living.

Alternative and Complimentary Services

Overall general benefits include:

  • Stress reduction
  • Emotional and mental stability
  • Enjoyment and appreciation of life
  • Confidence and control over one’s life
  • Improving relationships with self and others
  • Reducing severe and chronic pain
  • Aids in overall flexibility and strength
  • Alleviates daily stresses and tensions
  • Improves concentration and attention span
  • Balances and detoxifies the systems of the body
  • Develops balance, coordination, postural alignment and body awareness
  • Good for depression, anger, anxiety and various psychological ailments
  • Insight and understanding about one’s thoughts, feelings and actions
  • Good for chronic pain, pain management and various physiological symptoms
  • Improves self-awareness, self-knowledge, self-confidence, and overall vitality
  • Assists in positive changes in mood and helps to both ground and root the mind

Types of Alternative and Complimentary Services

Yoga Therapy

The Residence Hall at the St. George Towers (55 Clark Street in Brooklyn) will be open for occupancy in Fall 2020. All students wishing to reside in the residence hall should complete a housing application. It is important to note that roommates will be considered a “family unit” and expected to behave in ways that protect each other’s health.

Yoga therapy is a uniquely ancient and therapeutic approach that can address a broad range of physical, mental, and emotional concerns. It involves the process of adapting yoga very specifically to the various needs of each student. It is a multidimensional approach that empowers each student to feel comfortable in their own body.

Students can expect a yoga therapy session to be as follows:

  1. The first session is for assessment and consultation.
  2. By the second session, an appropriate home practice has been created and it is taught to the student step by step.
  3. The third session focuses on fine-tuning the home practice through question and answer.

After these three initial visits, weekly sessions will follow for practice refinement and maintenance.

Yoga therapy can be practiced alongside any other form of treatment and requires active participation by the student in their therapeutic plan. Both individual sessions and group sessions are offered.

Energy Medicine

Reiki is a form of therapy that uses simple hands-on, no-touch and visualization techniques, with the goal of improving the flow of life energy in a person. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) means "universal life energy" in Japanese, and Reiki practitioners are trained to detect and alleviate problems of energy flow on the physical, emotional and spiritual level.

Students can expect a Reiki session to be as follows:

  1. The first session is for assessment and consultation.
  2. The second session is for specific treatment.

After these two initial visits, weekly or monthly sessions will follow for good health.

Reiki can be practiced alongside any other form of treatment and requires active participation by the student in their therapeutic plan. 

Mindfulness and Meditation Training

Mindfulness and meditation training is offered by trained professionals. These sessions will teach you how to meditate and how to incorporate mindfulness​ into your daily life.

Students can expect a mindfulness meditation session to be as follows:

  1. The first session is for assessment and consultation.
  2. The second session is for training.

After these two initial visits, weekly sessions will follow for practice refinement and maintenance.

Mindfulness Meditation Training can be practiced alongside any other form of treatment and requires active participation by the student in their therapeutic plan.