About the services at Journey Within Wellness Center.

At Journey Within Wellness Center we do not diagnose, treat or cure any illness. We do not provide any medical treatments. All of our services and products are Wellness oriented. We provide services and products that are preventative and complimentary approaches to wellbeing.

What is Wellness Coaching?

Wellness Coaching, sometimes called Life Coaching, is an approach that empowers an individual to pursue lasting results in any given category. We are absolutely result-oriented and utilize a number of strategies in our course. Our Wellness course is an eight week program (at least once a week) that tackles a range of areas that cater to the individual client. The client has the option to focus on specific areas such as Life Structure and Planning, Leisure and Relaxation, Diet and Nutrition, Music and Art, School and Career, Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, Emotion Regulation and so on.

What is the difference between Wellness Coaching and Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy (generally CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is a specific approach implemented by a licensed Psychologist or Mental Health Professional and usually targets Mental illness. Wellness Coaching on the other hand is not therapy for illness but instead is a preventative approach and sometimes a complimentary approach. In addition, Wellness, unlike Psychotherapy, is a holistic Mind-Body-Spirit approach that looks at everything from diet and nutrition to stress reduction to physical fitness to relaxation to exploring potential. Coaching is more about empowering the client to pursue results and not about counseling or therapy for problems that require medical, clinical or professional mental health support.

Can I teach myself Meditation?

In theory, you can teach yourself a variety of things. You can teach yourself science, math, how to play soccer, how to play the piano or whatever you choose to learn. Having a teacher, tutor, mentor, or partner that helps you learn or study allows superior results. Conversation with, communication with, reflection with, and practical guidance from someone who is an expert in any given field is absolutely worth having.

Is Meditation just sitting quietly in one place?

Meditation eventually becomes effortless but in general meditation requires concentration, effort, learning and practice. In short, effective meditation is not just to sit quietly but is a process of learning how to calm the mind, observe the mind, control the mind, explore the mind and transcend the mind.

Are there different styles of Meditation? Which ones do you teach?

Mindfulness is a practice that allows one to be in the present moment and aware of what is arising in the spectrum of awareness without judgment or critical analysis.

Meditation is usually the process of quietening the mind. Stillness. Therefore, mindfulness and stillness are two areas of focus for our practice. There is a third aspect: Self Awareness. To be acquainted with awareness itself.

Meditation and contemplation are not the same thing. Meditation is clearing the mind of thought for the purpose of rejuvenation, clarity and expanded awareness. Contemplation is the process of thinking about relevant issues. Both strategies are valuable.

The goal initially is to use mindfulness with silence and then gradually bring mindfulness into everyday interactions and activity. We will also teach how to reach a state of tranquility with meditation in silence and then teach how to bring that same level of tranquility experienced in the meditative state into daily routine, interaction and activity.

We use an eclectic approach, which means we take from the best of meditation practices and incorporate that into our Wellness strategy. We focus on using techniques that work for individual clients. We are familiar with Meditation practices such as deep breathing, mantra, mindfulness, hypnosis, compassion focused meditation, silent meditation, guided meditation, chakra meditation and sound induced meditation (nature, primordial, trance, binaural etc). We will try different methods and see what works best for you. Our goal initially is to work with mindfulness and silence and then gradually use different approaches. We have a surround sound system and comfortable meditation cushions and chairs for our classes.

What is the difference between Meditation and Yoga?

While the mind-body connection is relevant to both practices, Hatha Yoga is primarily a physical exercise whereas Meditation is primarily a mental exercise. Shavasana – the lying posture inbetween and at the conclusion of a Yoga session is especially where meditation and pranayama or breathing techniques are emphasized, although one learns to meditate and breathe with each asana. At most Yoga studios (say affiliated with Yoga Alliance) the instructors are taught different asana (postures) for the purpose of physical exercise and fitness. Hatha Yoga is therefore concerned with stretching and balancing the body allowing oxygen, chemicals, blood, and energy to flow more efficiently.

Traditionally, Yoga is a Sanskrit term that means Union, and therefore is an elaborate philosophy that goes beyond physical exercise and posture. However, some Yoga instructors that learn and teach variations of Hatha Yoga could primarily be concerned with fitness and not so much spiritual philosophy.

Meditation also involves Yogic philosophy (that has very little to do with the physical exercise that most people associate with Yoga) in that it is a practice that helps a person reach Union with whatever the focus of their meditation might be. The main point to be recognized here is that Meditation and Yoga are unique practices that require unique training.

What is the difference between Meditation and Hypnotherapy?

Both meditation and hypnosis involve a ‘trance’, ‘hypnotic’ or ‘meditative’ state of consciousness but the goal and methodology of each is unique. Hypnotherapy can be looked at as ‘guided meditation’ and the goal is to condition or program the mind via subconscious suggestibility. Hypnotherapy involves imagery, memories, feelings, emotions, imagination and visualization. Whereas meditation, depending on what kind of meditation we are talking about, often involves clearing the mind in order to sharpen awareness, expand the mind’s potential and bring about mind-body homeostasis (but again, depending on what kind of meditation you are talking about).

With regards to hypnotherapy, hypnosis can be an effective tool if it is used within the scope of reasonable subconscious suggestibility. We do not incorporate any ‘stage hypnosis’ or ‘mind control’ into our practice or work. We value academia, research, science and evidence. See the following statement about Hypnotherapy  from the University of Maryland Medical Center.