Welcome to Omaha Integrative Care

At Omaha Integrative Care, we offer counseling or coaching, yoga, massage, nutritional services, acupuncture, and meditation or mind / body medicine classes.

One of the things that sets Omaha Integrative Care apart is that we're the only location in the region that has all of those services under one roof.

One of the things we hear often from our clients is that when People come in, they feel like they're coming into a Sanctuary.

We're very picky about, not only who works here, but what we offer. All of the products we offer, right now, are through Pulling Down the Moon, and their products are triple-tested and the highest quality.

We really just want to help you to enjoy life to the fullest.

What is integrative care?

Integrative care combines traditional western medicine with complementary therapies such as yoga, nutrition, acupuncture, massage and counseling. A defining component to integrative care is that the complementary treatments are research-based and not meant to take the place of traditional medicine, but to support the whole person during treatment. Most importantly, integrative care is about treating the whole person and looking at all aspects of life – physical, emotional and spiritual.

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OIC_logoWeb (2)The practitioners at Omaha Integrative Care (OIC) ared dedicated to helping people cope with everyday challenges and navigate transitions in their life – mind, body and spirit – through practicing the principles of integrative medicine.  In addition, we believe in providing a space for healing and holding that space for those who come.  Membership at OIC includes unlimited access to meditation classes and space as well as discounts on services and products.

Monthly membership fee is $30 for a minimum of 6 months

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Mindful Moment: Mindfulness in the presence of loss

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We all experience loss at one point or another.  Each moment is lost to the next, never to be had again.  On the most basic, cellular level billions of our bodies’ cells die and generate on a second to second basis.  Loss is an inevitable part of life.

Charles Feidelson wrote, “life is a series of little deaths out of which life always returns.” We may not notice this as much in the dying of daffodils or the end of each day.  The loss of stages in our life start to blend together making it hard to put words to what we may grieve.  We more easily identify with goodbyes such as the loss of a relationship, job or even a state of health or being that seems to change overnight without our permission.

When these losses — the daily little deaths or bigger life events — occur our unconscious reaction is to avoid the pain as much as possible.  We numb out with distraction or get hooked by the story of what was or what could have been.  However, numbing out or taking a mental vacation to the past or present  is not selective.  When we check out, we check out all together, missing the life that returns or is born anew with the next moment.

This week, see if you can notice the “little deaths” around us.  Acknowledge the passings of the moment; the spring bloom that is no longer, the kiss goodbye or the setting sun marking the end of the day.  You may even be experiencing a larger, more painful loss.  Either way; touch it, smell it, feel it.  When the feelings arise, uncomfortable as they may be, honor them, name them.  Then, with a mindful breath, let the moment become the next and notice what it may bring with it.


Mindful moments are short exercises to be used throughout your week to relax, integrate and center yourself.  Inspired by the wisdom traditions and science, mindful moments are meant to be accessible and simple enough for anyone to practice.  Many teachers and leaders in integrative medicine have influenced our approach to mindful moments. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”  Look for the weekly mindful moment every Monday.  May it support you in finding your center to live life to the fullest.

 

Holistic Q & A: Seasonal Allergies

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The Bravewell Collaborative describes integrative medicine as “a movement whose time has come.”  We agree wholeheartedly.  At Omaha Integrative Care (OIC), we offer integrative therapies to support your health and wellness. The time has come, yet where do you start?

 

 

Q: I love spring but feel like I can’t go outside without getting stuffy, sneezy and itchy.  What can I do about seasonal allergies?

A: About 40 million people suffer from some form of allergies.  Untreated they can be miserable.  There are many ways to treat allergies including over the counter medications and prescriptions as well as integrative approaches to getting some relief.  Many people find a combination of lifestyle modifications and other approaches can help you breathe easy even when the flowers are blooming.

Acupuncture and Holistic Care:  There is some promising evidence that acupuncture can be helpful in relieving symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis and help with seasonal allergies.  There are also modifications to diet and nutritional supplements that can help with inflammation and other allergy symptoms.  We recommend meeting with a holistic practitioner who can help develop a diet and treatment plan personalized for you.  If you need more of a boost, Dr. Heidel-Arnold can recommend herbal and/or homeopathic formulas specifically designed for those dreaded histamine reactions to spring blossoms!

Essential Oils: Lavendar, peppermint and lemon are cleansing oils which can help with seasonal allergies.  You can difuse these in your home or at your desk.  This article from Mind Body Green gives instructions on using essential oils in a decongestant gargle rinse. Just be sure to use high quality essential oils proven for safety and efficacy such as the DoTerra Intro Kit which has all three of these oils.  You can purchase this at OIC or online.

Massage: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again.  Stress is an underlying culprit for almost everything.  Stress doesn’t cause seasonal allergies, but it does create a chicken and egg scenario. If you don’t feel well, you get stressed and stress complicates any type of inflammation or disease.  Using essential oils in a stress reducing massage can do wonders for the fatigue of allergies.  You may also want to consider a Spring Cleanse massage to detoxify and move energy.

Yoga: Finally, there are specific yoga asanas (postures) and pranayamas (breathing practices) which can be very helfpul for keeping the breath moving and energy up. Kapalabhati is a vigorous breathing practice used to move excess mucus and stagnation.  We recommend meeting with a registered yoga teacher who can review your unique set of circumstances and develop a safe and effective plan for working with allergies.

Breathe easy!


 

Our integrative practitioners want to answer your questions through the lens of integrative care.  Want to know how to boost your mood?  How about some thoughts on chronic pain or insomnia? Ask us!

Submit your questions and they may be included in our monthly Holistic Q&A Blog.  Our practitioners will give you some thoughts from a holistic perspective.  We will give you suggestions from a yogic view; tell you what our massage therapist thinks as well as what our nutritionist, acupuncturist and counseling professionals have to say on the subject.

Send your questions to us!

 

 

Mindful Moment: Spring

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Spring is a wonderful time employ the 5 senses as a way to practice mindfulness.  We can become so accustomed to our surroundings, we often ignore even the most pleasant sensations.  Consider using your senses in the following ways each day this week to be mindful to Spring.  You might want to try this when you first wake up in the morning or before you go to bed at night.  Step outside or open the windows to capture a moment of spring and notice how it can both lift and ground you!

 

 

  • Sight: Sight may be the easiest sense to take for granted.  We simply gloss over things and forget to pay attention to the nuances of what are eyes can see.  When practicing mindfulness, seeing is not just about taking in information about the objects around you, but noticing shadow and light; looking for the varying colors; and noticing whether the colors are warm or cool.  It may be observing how color changes in nature.  Try looking at the sky during dusk or dawn and notice how beautifully the sky can change in just a few moments.
  • Hearing: One of my favorite things about this time of year is waking up to the cacophony of birds calling to each other.  Even if you don’t find this to be pleasurable (as many do not!), notice what new sounds you hear with the coming of spring.  It may be lawn mowers, the breeze through budding trees or frogs singing as the sun sets.  Take a few moments to really hear what you can.
  • Touch: Kick your shoes off and walk in the spring grass and notice how this feels. The grass is cooler in the morning and may even have some dew on it.  The afternoon may be warmer and evening cool again.  Notice how the breeze feels warmer and instead of creating a chill, tickles the skin and creates an energizing feeling.
  • Smell: There is nothing like the smell of spring in the air.  There are so many scents from new flowers, budding trees and fresh grass.  Even spring rain on warm pavement has a scent most of us can identify.  Whatever it is that you notice, see if you can really be with the scent for the moment.  (Note: If you suffer from seasonal allergies, pick times of the day when pollen is less of an irritant or practice this indoors.)
  • Taste: Sometimes a smell can be so strong and so enticing it creates a taste in our mouth.  Think of lemons or the smell of a grill.  You can also practice using this sense for mindfulness by enjoying your favorite spring fruits and vegetables, savoring the taste and bringing mindfulness to eating.

Mindful moments are short exercises to be used throughout your week to relax, integrate and center yourself.  Inspired by the wisdom traditions and science, mindful moments are meant to be accessible and simple enough for anyone to practice.  Many teachers and leaders in integrative medicine have influenced our approach to mindful moments. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”  Look for the weekly mindful moment every Monday.  May it support you in finding your center to live life to the fullest.

Massage of the Month: Spring Cleanse

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But it’s not just our homes that deserve a thorough cleanse.  Our bodies also need a little internal dusting and sweeping.  The winter months can leave us feeling stagnant and sluggish from toxins that have accumulated over time.  Budding trees and plants may also be disrupting respiratory functions and kicking up seasonal allergies.  Either way, spring is a good time to consider a good cleansing and detoxifying massage.

A spring cleanse massage at Omaha Integrative Care can you help you let go of the old and open up to the fresh and new – body, mind and spirit.  Cleansing massages  incorporate essential oils chosen for you based on your needs.  Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds specifically harvested and distilled for their medicinal and healing benefits.  Our massage therapists use essential oils in many of their massages and have specific training in Raindrop and Aroma Touch Technique.  They can also customize or integrate the use of oils into a spring cleanse massage to meet your unique needs.

Email us below to schedule your $10 off spring cleanse massage this month.