A Wellness Program for Caregivers

The In-Dwell Wellness Program is dedicated to optimizing the lives of full-time caregivers. Research has shown that family members who provide care to individuals with chronic or disabling conditions are themselves at higher risk of depression, anxiety, diminished immune response, and substance abuse.

This wellness program combats these conditions by providing a toolkit for boosting immunity, increasing physical mobility, and enhancing emotional well-being. It does so through a three-phase program that utilizes a unique combination of yoga, qigong, tai chi, and dance.

By drawing on the distinct strengths of each tradition, this program creates a focused and personalized set of skills that are targeted to the needs of caregivers. These simple and pain free exercises are appropriate for people of any age or level of physical ability.

Services

  • Full 10 week program (in person ongoing weekly classes)
  • A series of 2-3 hour workshops (in person condensed program)
  • Introductory workshop (in person sampler of program)
  • Private Skype sessions (In-Dwell instructor will develop a personalized toolkit to suit your own individual needs)

Move | Breathe | Create

The In-Dwell Wellness Program services individuals, small groups, and large group settings.

The Wellness Program for Caregivers course outline is available below.

In-Dwell Wellness Program: A Rest and Respite Toolkit

Immune Health

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The Lymphatic System

It is important for caregivers to maintain a strong immune system in order to maintain the energy to care for loved ones.

Lesson 1 teaches Chinese qigong exercises, massage techniques, and acupressure points that help to strengthen the lymphatic system—the part of our immune system that cleans out toxins and disease-causing organisms.

Many of these exercises also facilitate relaxation and rejuvenation.

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The Digestive System

A healthy digestive system is essential for absorbing the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals we need to stay healthy, as well as to eliminate hazardous waste and toxins.

Lesson 2 teaches yoga and qigong exercises to help irrigate, replenish, and detoxify the digestive tract. These exercises also support spinal health.

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The Cardiovascular System

The cardiovascular system is our body’s lifeline and has three very important functions.

First, it transports blood that is rich in essential nutrients, oxygen, and hormones to our tissues and also helps to filter waste and carbon dioxide out of our bodies. Second, it provides antibodies and white blood cells to protect us from disease-causing pathogens. Third, it regulates and maintains stable body temperature.

Lesson 3 teaches yoga and dance movements that strengthen cardiovascular health.

Physical Health

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Earth: Stability

One of the biggest concerns about aging is the need to maintain balance and stability in order to prevent falls. These issues are especially important for caregivers who must lift, push, bathe, dress, or provide transportation for their loved ones.

Lesson 4 teaches yoga, qigong, dance, and tai chi exercises that increase stability and balance in the body by developing strength and dexterity in the feet and legs. They will help to prevent falls and allow for maximum freedom of expression throughout the entire body.

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Fire: Openness

Keeping an open upper chest and back region is important for supporting breathing and lung expansion.

Lesson 5 teaches yoga, qigong, and dance exercises that tackle our natural tendency to slouch by safely opening up the upper chest and back regions. Backbends are also incorporated for their energizing and mood-elevating effects.

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Water: Flow

The spine is home to the central nervous system, which is the hub of communication between our bodies and minds. The more fluidly our spines move, the healthier they are. Moreover, when our spine health is improved, the signals between our brains and bodies are exchanged more efficiently.

Lesson 6 teaches yoga and dance exercises that focus on fluid movement of the spine to increase spinal health and prevent injury, support the central nervous system, and to help bodies move with grace and flow.

Emotional Well-Being

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Compassion

Lesson 7 focuses on movement based activities that help people to develop self-compassion and care. These will further enable caregivers to develop deep compassion and allow them to better serve their loved ones.

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Gratitude

Lesson 8 focuses on movement based activities that create more gratitude and appreciation in one’s life. Activities focus on helping individuals to maintain a sense of joy despite frustrations and daily challenges.

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Communication

Lesson 9 focuses on movementbased activities that develop greater listening and communication skills. They aim at helping people relate to others in a more peaceful and effective way.

These skills are essential for navigating through complex familial dynamics, the medical system, and other emotionally charged situations that occur within the process of caregiving.

Lesson 10 – Final Integration

Putting it all Together

Lesson 10 integrates all of the lessons by bringing together the three spheres of immune health, physical health, and emotional well-being.

It gives you the opportunity to practice and put together a personalized toolkit of specific exercises that are most beneficial to your personal situation.