Reflections: Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Cycle 3 at UCLA
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 04:43 Written by nicole Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:49
BY GILLIAN CILIBRASI
“Imagine a healthcare system where the patient is treated, not just the disease. Imagine a system where eastern healing techniques, yoga therapy, essential oil therapy, nutrition and contemplative care are used in combination with western medicine in a holistic approach to patient care.”
In 2009 I was drawn to the UZIT Program as a practitioner and especially drawn to the notion that drove the program… to imagine. I love being a part of something new, something innovative. Donna Karan’s words inspired me to join a movement to revamp patient-care as we know it- especially since we will all likely be patients at one point in our lives.
Some time ago, I heard someone say that the word imagination means image in action. These words are especially resonant now with the work we are doing in the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program. As I sit here watching the 50 trainees in the current training at the UCLA Health System move through the integration of the UZIT modalities I realize that we know no longer have to imagine, we have acted. We are in this new paradigm of blending east and west. At UCLA Health they call it “East Meets Best”, signifying the arrival of the UZIT eastern modalities into the finest medical institution on the west coast. These trainees are telling me of the profound experience they are having- simply by being able to offer their patients a body scan or propping them in a more comfortable and efficient position for healing- drugless offerings that allow their patients to relax without having to administer additional medication.
While observing these practitioners, I visualize a pebble being thrown into a pond- concentric circles radiating outward to encompass all of their patients, loved ones, and the staff that they will touch with this newfound knowledge. Many of them are just beginning their journey using the UZIT modalities of yoga therapy, Reiki, essential oil therapy, contemplative care and nutrition for self-care. For this, all of the patients at UCLA are blessed with the opportunity for an enhanced care plan and an invitation to become an active participant in their own healing. I am honored and grateful to be here to witness the realization of Donna’s vision.
Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program Director
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Zen at Kerckhoff Hall
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:52 Written by Donna Karan Tuesday, 16 April 2013 04:43
Currently in session is the 3rd cycle of Urban Zen Integrative Therapy at UCLA‘s Kerckhoff Hall. This training is an introduction to the 5 modalities, guiding each trainee toward creating an embodied experience of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapies. Comprised of 50 trainees, cycle 3 includes the in-house staff training of doctors, nurses and allied health care professionals from UCLA. Each trainee has committed to accomplishing 50 hours of clinical rotation hours and on-site visits with a wonderful advantage of having access to patients.
The outcome of this cycle is to prepare the trainees for next month, when they will be practicing the UZIT Self-Care modality integrating their practice inwardly before working with patients throughout the UCLA Health System. Clinical coordinators who are UZITs are on campus at both of UCLA’s hospitals to support the trainees. Because of their vast clinical experience, trainees are also being taught a shortened version of the UZIT program designed specifically for in-hospital staff trainings.
Faculty members currently on-site at UCLA include Master Trainers Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman along with Mary Taylor teaching Contemplative Self Care. UZIT and UCLA faculty member Mary Beth Charno, RN, BSN, OCB, HNB-BC is also attending and supporting this session. All oils used for this training were generously donated by Young Living Essential Oils. Find out more about the UZIT program and where you can take a class here.Learn More
The Power to Heal Yourself
Last Updated on Monday, 14 January 2013 03:46 Written by Urban Zen Tuesday, 4 December 2012 04:28
“You have the power to heal yourself,” said Dr. Martin Erlich, clinical director of Continuum Center for Health and Healing, to a sell-out crowd of moviegoers and healthcare advocates last Monday night. The movie screened was award-winning documentary “ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare,” which, according to the film’s director and producer, Matthew Heineman, was inspired by Urban Zen founder Donna Karan and “her leadership in the integrative medicine movement.” ESCAPE FIRE identifies the illnesses pervasive in our healthcare system while at once acknowledging opportunities for creative solutions to emerge and become the force that drives this conversation to change.
At the Q&A, Donna called ESCAPE FIRE “a call to action for all of us,” following that statement with a string of thought provoking questions on how we can collectively “join forces to really change the healthcare system and put the care back in healthcare.” Ever ready to spread the gospel of Urban Zen, Karan spoke on how the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program uses yoga and other healing modalities to care for a patient’s mind, body and spirit in conjunction with the care they are receiving in hospitals.
After the screening, which was hosted by Donna Karan and Roadside Attractions, Dr. Erlich praised the film as “an incredibly powerful examination of our current healthcare system.” ESCAPE FIRE provides answers and new ways to address questions surrounding a glaring increase of American endemics despite a booming growth in industries surroundi
ng healthcare. The film “follows dramatic human stories as well as leaders in fighting to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government and even the US Military,” said Heineman. This is the story of a nation calling for a more human way to deal with our health. ESCAPE FIRE is available on iTunes and Video on Demand and you can learn more about the film here.
If you’re curious about Donna’s other projects and inspirations take a peek at her diary.