My husband Mark and I opened OCWC in 2016 with the mission statement, "Restoration for the Mind, Body and Spirit." For us, it is much more than something we wrote into a business plan or on our website header and business cards; we 100% believe that for one part of the person to heal, the rest of the person must be involved in the process.
As a therapist, research tells me that if the body is not cared for through nutritious diet and exercise than the mind and spirit can suffer just as if the mind or spirit is stressed, it can take a toll on the body. There are many physiological symptoms of stress but we will list 7 major symptoms:
- Tension or pain in the neck, shoulders or lower back
- Loss of sleep
- Irritability mood swings, and/or hormone problems
- Digestive troubles
- Allergies & sinus problems
In the book "The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma" Dr. Bessel van der Kolk discusses in great detail the importance of talk therapy, and, bodywork in the healing of the whole person. He shares an interesting story (p.233) how after 9/11 a group of 225 surveyed survivors, and first responders credited acupuncture, massage, yoga, and EMDR [a very specific type of talk therapy] with helping them the most in their recovery. Massage therapy was the preferred therapy of the first responders.
We are on a mission to help those who have suffered a trauma, are under anxiety-inducing stress, dealing with depression or other mental health disorders by offering healing to the whole person--body, mind and spirit. We encourage each member of our OCWC family to examine how you are feeling in your whole person, and to take the necessary steps, through talk therapy and bodywork to assure that you are functioning to your fullest potential.
May you be entirely well,