HOLISTIC HEALTH SERVICES
HOLISTIC HEALTH SERVICES
Holistic Health is the integration of healthy life practices that recognize the connection between the mind, body and spirit. What affects one part of a person, affects all parts of a person. Holistic Health provides a variety of free services to help patients on their journey to wellness.
In your life's journey, understand that being healthy does not necessarily mean the absence of disease or illness. The holistic health approach provides practices with a common goal of enhancing an individual's health and healing.
Therapeutic Massage is offered to our patients by board certified and Illinois state licensed massage therapists. Our therapists utilize various degrees of pressure and techniques, tailored to the individual patient and their condition. Massage helps reduce stress, decreases musculoskeletal aches and pains and provides comfort and support to our patients.
Holistic Nurse Consultation
Holistic Nurse Consultation by our board certified nurse is available by appointment. These consultations are geared towards helping an individual create a unique plan of care to address their specific needs. Education and other resources are shared to enable the individual to care for themselves on their journey to better health.
Aromatherapy is the use of pure essential oils. Oils have been proven to help reduce stress and increase physical, mental and emotional balance. We offer an uplifting lemon, peppermint to reduce nausea, or relaxing lavender essential oil.
Music as Therapy
Music as Therapy is supported by the C.A.R.E. Channel®, available on every patient TV. This evidence-based relaxation programming combines peaceful scenes of nature with beautiful music. Additionally, a professional harpist plays regularly for our hospital inpatients and oncology outpatients. Harp therapy has been proven to decrease pain and anxiety and create a soothing environment to support healing. A library of selected therapeutic music CDs are also available upon request.
SwedishAmerican is also a Music & Memory Certified Facility as a provider of our personalized music program. Our certification ensures families that their loved ones will have access to the transformative, therapeutic benefits of personalized music and marks the facility's commitment to person-centered care. We have several ipods, disposable ear phone and a huge library of donate CD along with access to iTUNES, so we can offer a customized play list as per the patient or family's preferences and requests. Research shows that personalized music playlists have the capacity to transform quality of life for individuals struggling with a wide range of physical and cognitive impairments. In addition musical memory is profoundly linked to emotions and can trigger almost miraculous changes in patients.
Guided Imagery is a narrated mind-body intervention that uses the power of the individual's imagination to affect change in physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions. It is available through specific therapists for a personal session or through our C.A.R.E. Channel® during your stay at SwedishAmerican Hospital. A selection of guided imagery CDs are also available upon your request.
Expressive Arts Therapy
Expressive Arts Therapy is a non-verbal way to express the emotions that an individual may be experiencing. Our ARTS-e, Active Recovery Through Self Expression, program is lead by a licensed clinical professional counselor. Through creative expression, our therapist helps patients and their families to process the physical, mental and emotional challenges of their healing journey.
Animal Assisted Therapy
Animal Assisted Therapy is provided by our Caring Canines program. Our certified registered therapy dogs and their handlers visit patients and their guests in the hospital and our Regional Cancer Center.
Energy Work is a broad category of body work that influences the flow of energy within and around a person. As the body's energy field is balanced, healing can occur on the physical and non-physical levels. There are many different modalities of energy work including Reiki and Energy Healing.