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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Mindful Moment: Apologies

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-thinking-business-woman-many-questions-image38199174Have you ever thought you apologize too much?  We all make mistakes and therefore at some point we all need to apologize.  But, apologizing or saying “I’m sorry” can sometimes be a mindless act of habit or even distraction.  Amy Schumer has an entertaining skit on women’s tendencies to over apologize.  As funny as it is, there’s some real truth to how often we apologize when we don’t need to or when it’s just to fill a void.

The next time you feel you need to make an apology, ask yourself if it is truly needed. If it is genuinely called for, bring mindfulness to that apology. Sit with the feelings that are being triggered.  Try not to get hooked or grasp the emotions, but notice with kindness.  Let the feelings and thoughts pass as you take stock of the situation.  You may notice discomfort which makes us want to mumble, turn our head or even ignore the whole situation.  Consider the intention of the apology.  What is you want to accomplish?  When you are prepared, apologize while being present staying true to your intention make amends versus glossing over a difficult situation.  See if you can notice the difference in a mindful apology versus the countless mindless apologies we throw around each day.  It may change how you view apologizing!


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.

To learn more about mindfulness meditation and how to establish a practice join us on Tuesdays at 5 PM or Fridays at 9 AM.  Formal sitting meditation follows at 5:30 PM on Tuesdays and 9:30 AM on Fridays.  Beginners and advanced practitioners are welcome.

 

Mindful Moment: Surrender

open hands desertIn many of the practices we embrace at Omaha Integrative Care there is a delicate balance between will and surrender, between change and acceptance.  The complementary therapies show us that by changing our behaviors, the way we think and even the way we eat can have profound impacts on our emotional and physical health. Yet, at the same time, there are many things we cannot control.  We cannot change our genetic makeup, our families, our boss or the weather.  And it some situations we cannot change the pain or the discomfort we are experiencing.

Mindfulness teaches us how to be present with pain and discomfort and to not resist the experience even when we really want to check out.  Ironically, the more we resist, the more suffering we experience.  Carl Jung said what we resist, persists. The more we try to avoid something the more we struggle and the longer it lasts.  It as at these times we can practice surrender.

One way to practice mindful surrender is to use a buddhist practice called Tonglen. In Tonglen, you notice your own suffering and instead of resisting it or numbing out you breathe it in.  Take 3 deep breaths for yourself and all the others who are also suffering in a similar way.  As you breathe out, feel the compassion for yourself and those around the world who may be experincing something akin to what you are feeling.  Allow that compassion to wash over the experience of the discomfort, breathe it in and out.

For more practice, Yoga International has a nice post on surrender here or watch a video of Pema Chodron leading Tonglen here.


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.

To learn more about mindfulness meditation and how to establish a practice join us on Tuesdays at 5 PM or Fridays at 9 AM.  Formal sitting meditation follows at 5:30 PM on Tuesdays and 9:30 AM on Fridays.  Beginners and advanced practitioners are welcome.

Mindful Moment: Walking Meditation

Walking MeditationWalking meditation is a beautiful practice and sometimes easier than sitting meditation or trying to be still.  Normally we walk to get from point A to point B; there is a purpose, a destination.  Throughout our day we may even be walking towards something way off in the future.  This takes our mind to the future.

In walking meditation your focus is simply on the transfering of weight from one foot to another as you slowly walk and observe your present path.  By slowing down and focusing on each step we ground ourselves and connect to the earth.

You might feel a little off balance when you walk slowly and with intention.  We usually walk without even thinking about it, so when you bring focus to the movement it can feel odd.  You will also notice that when you get lost in thought your pace will quicken.  This is a sign to come back to just walking.

Walking meditation can be a nice way to transition from work to home.  It is a valuable mindfulness tool and helps with balance too.  Mindful Magazine provides instructions to walking meditation here.  Experiment with walking meditation throughout the week and notice the effects.


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.

To learn more about mindfulness meditation and how to establish a practice join us on Tuesdays at 5 PM or Fridays at 9 AM.  Formal sitting meditation follows at 5:30 PM on Tuesdays and 9:30 AM on Fridays.  Beginners and advanced practitioners are welcome.

 

Core Yoga – not just about summer abs

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-bright-orange-mandala-svadhisthana-chakra-image17731619You may think that working on your core is just about getting those 6 pack abs. While that may be a nice side effect, we are really talking about developing core strength for both emotional and physical stability.

A strong core helps to prevent back pain and other chronic pain issues.  When you work with the core you develop muscles to support the rest of the body.  This ensures that other muscles are not over-compensating or doing more work than they need to do.

The physical core is not the only thing to think about.  We also want to focus on the energetic core or the third chakra.  One of our favorite experts on chakras, Anodea Judith writes about the third chakra:

This chakra represents our “get up and go,” our action, our will, our vitality, and our sense of personal power. Its name, Manipura, means “lustrous gem.” We can think of it as a glowing yellow Sun, radiating through the center of our body.  On the physical plane, the third chakra rules metabolism, the process whereby we turn food (matter) into energy and action.

Core strength helps us to stoke the fire and move into health and well-being.  Join us on Fridays at 8 AM for Core Yoga to strengthen, ground and balance!

 

Mindful Moment: Pulling weeds

Pulling Weeds

It’s that time of year when we are out in the garden and pulling weeds. Though this can be seen as a chore, it is a perfect opportunity to practice mindfulness.  So, instead of looking at this task with distaste, embrace it and use it as a way to be mindful to the earth and the present moment.

 

Use these tips the next time you are in the garden or doing yard work:

  • Leave the cell phone and radio behind.  Don’t bring additional distraction with you. Set yourself up to listen to the sounds around you.
  • Set your intention.  Instead of bringing work or your to-do list with you, give yourself permission to just work in the yard.  When you find that your mind wanders, bring it back to how the dirt feels, the strength of the weed’s roots and how grounding it feels to be working with the soil.
  • Watch your posture.  We don’t like weeding because it’s a “back-breaker.”  Use a bench or stool or sit as you would for meditation.  Work your way around and then mindfully move to your next spot.  Bring the integrity of a meditation posture to your “work” in the garden.
  • Bring the mind back to earth.  When your thoughts stray, take a breath and notice how your hands feel.  Smell the earth and the plants you are working with.  Notice the colors.  Use the senses to bring yourself back to the present moment.
  • Think of the weeds as unnecessary thoughts.  All of those pesky weeds are just like the thousands of thoughts that fly through our minds each day.  Make it a practice to pull and discard the weeds just like you would notice and discard a thought that is not serving you in the present moment.

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.

To learn more about mindfulness meditation and how to establish a practice join us on Tuesdays at 5 PM or Fridays at 9 AM.  Formal sitting meditation follows at 5:30 PM on Tuesdays and 9:30 AM on Fridays.  Beginners and advanced practitioners are welcome.