3 Stages of Trauma Recovery to Find Inner Peace

3 Stages of Trauma Recovery to Find Inner Peace

Life can be beautiful, full of wonder, connection and love. But sometimes bad things happen that overwhelm us, shock our systems and turn our natural survival response systems into overdrive. Trauma can shock the brain, stun the mind and freeze the body. Our bodies are designed to heal but sometimes the overwhelming experience of trauma feels too great or there has been too much of an accumulation of different traumatic events over the course of a lifetime that we need help. EMDR helps us release the trauma so we can feel happy and whole again.

EMDR for Firefighters

EMDR for Firefighters

EMDR is a comprehensive treatment for on-the-job exposure to acute stress and trauma causing direct trauma or vicarious trauma.

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is the most researched and widely accepted psycho-therapeutic method for the treatment of PTSD. EMDR treatment works directly with the brain and the way memories, thoughts, feelings and body sensations are stored when we are traumatized.

Schedule with MARAL ZARANDI, Our new licensed naturopathic physician

Schedule with MARAL ZARANDI, Our new licensed naturopathic physician

Maral Zarandi is a licensed naturopathic physician, who earned her degree from Bastyr University. She is passionate about guiding clients through their healing journey and providing them with individualized treatment plans. Maral focuses on rebalancing the foundations of health and building meaningful connections to create a safe and effective healing environment. She primarily utilizes a functional medicine perspective to find the root cause of a condition and spends time educating clients to help them feel more confident and informed about their health. A strong advocate for integrative care, she is enthusiastic about collaborating with other health care providers.

Help us welcome Maral to the VWS community by sending her a friendly greeting and scheduling an appointment today!

Give the Gift of Healthcare

Give the Gift of Healthcare

Many of our clients come to VWS because traditional forms of medicine (Western Medicine) hasn’t worked well for their health needs, often long-term and complex. To better support them and help manage conditions, our practitioners surround their situation with teamwork, offering a variety of modalities to address root causes and treat their mind, body, and spirit wholistically.

Giving to the VWS Health and Wellness Scholarship means giving the gift of healthcare to our clients needing financial assistance to afford treatment.

Gratitude for First Responder's and Families

Gratitude for First Responder's and Families

It is always a great time to show gratitude and thankfulness to those heroes that work on a daily basis to keep our community and country safe. We know that if we need help a first responder will be there for us during our time of need. First responders put their lives on the line for us and they do it not just because it is their job but because they feel a calling to serve and protect others. We also know that first responders are not the only ones who make sacrifices, but their families are impacted too. Many first responders have long shifts, are gone overnight, sometimes several days at a time, or may have to leave town to help others. This time away can impact families, marriages and cause general stress.

Massage is a Way of Saying Thank You

Massage is a Way of Saying Thank You

Whether you’re sitting in front of a computer screen or doing intensive physical labor, your body is supporting you in all that you do. Every day. All of the time. We are often the last people we think about thanking for all the hard work we do! During the last massage I received I realized that bodywork is a long and thorough way of thanking myself for all that I do.

Finding an Abundance of Self-Compassion in Trauma Recovery

Finding an Abundance of Self-Compassion in Trauma Recovery

Self-compassion can be challenging for many people when hard times hit but, it is especially difficult for trauma survivors. For people who have experienced child abuse or neglect or more recent trauma such as the loss of a loved one, divorce, a life threatening accident or being a victim of a crime, it is common for negative beliefs to develop. Recovering from trauma should include a trauma-focused treatment that builds self-compassion in the process. Building self-compassion is an integral part of healing.

Supporting Our Wei Qi Energy

Supporting Our Wei Qi Energy

The Autumn equinox has just passed marking the beginning of fall. We begin seeing cooler temperatures and the changing colors of leaves. In Chinese medicine the fall is associated with the Metal Element. The Lung and the Large Intestine are the organs associated with the season and element. The Lungs help to create our Wei qi energy (protective energy). This Wei qi energy helps us…