The Scientific Way to Wellness
By Martin Kipping General Manager, Viceroy Zihuatanejo | July 23, 2017
Co-authored by Edward A. Taub, M.D., F.A.A.P., who directs the "Way to Wellness" initiative at Viceroy Zihuatanejo
At Viceroy Zihuatanejo, in 2015, I began forming a new vision for our resort spa to help guests achieve true wellness. I knew we needed to offer much more than just providing traditional spa treatments and services because achieving true wellness would require a resilient attitude and rejuvenating lifestyle to help balance our guests' physical, mental and spiritual energy. In other words, true wellness encompasses an on-going vibrant, stress-reducing way of living that leads to happiness and contentment. I also realized that just dispensing healthy facts would not necessarily lead guests to adopt healthier, wellness-oriented lifestyles. Instead, guests seeking wellness would need to feel inspired and empowered as well as being educated.
Consequently, I turned to Edward A. Taub, M.D., a wellness pioneer and authority of the discipline, to infuse scientific Integrative Medicine into our effort. Dr. Taub founded and introduced this new medical field to the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C in 1978 in a lecture to physicians entitled: Integrative Medicine: A Biosocial And Psychospiritual Approach To Health and Wellness.
The following were among principles of Integrative Medicine he presented:
- Our patients' health is primarily determined by their own self-value, personal responsibility and reverence for life.
- Our patients' health is too important to be left up to science, but also too important to be unscientific about.
- Our patients' natural Healing Force (also called Ch'i or Prana) begins flowing freely to nurture and nourish their whole being when their physical, mental and spiritual energies become balanced.
Of special note is the fact that Integrative Medicine--a scientific yet holistic blend of the healing wisdom of many cultures--is now taught in virtually all United States' medical schools.
Our three-year collaboration with Dr. Taub led to the "Way To Wellness" program at Viceroy Zihuatanejo. It demonstrates that an effective way to bridge the gap between spa culture and mainstream medicine is by featuring dedicated physicians who are leaders and effective communicators able to educate as well as inspire and empower guests to realize how much they can help determine their own health destiny.