By Club Northwest in Southern Oregon
There is no standard formula for wellness. And if any theory outlines the concept it may be the butterfly effect, because small simple acts of wellness ripple out into larger more powerful impacts elsewhere. We may not see these impacts as much as we can feel them contributing to our sense of well-being. Wellness is this holistic happiness. Aspects such as lifestyle, physical health, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being comprise the overall feeling of wellness we each experience.
Big moves aren’t necessary for wellness and little moves make triumphant strides. The wonderful thing about it is that you can support someone else’s wellness journey and in turn your own journey will blossom. Support can be something as easy as a smile, a hug or a listening ear. Wellness is contagious. Yes, an aspect of wellness includes attention to physical health, but physical health is not a stand-alone for what makes wellness possible. To achieve the greatest possibilities for well-being, there are other essentials to include other than simply supporting the health of the body. Just as in a loving home, support, encouragement and an atmosphere conducive to growth are equally as important.
To be well is not to find your way into a fixed state of being, it’s not a destination we have to reach, it is a lifestyle supportive of progression. It is a progression toward a healthier life in mind, body and spirit and for each of us that progression takes different forms. There is no prescription for wellness. Navigation of it requires self-awareness and the desire for better. Wellness is within us. It’s an ongoing journey of awakening and releasing positivity into your surroundings. In this act, you are supporting both your own and other’s wellness journeys.
Just as we all have our own routines, DNA, and favorite ice cream flavors, so we have our own maps for wellness. At Club Northwest, the phrase “Live Your Well” decorates an inside wall of the facility so that members and guests can be reminded that we are individuals and it’s okay that, for some of us, wellness is an impromptu dance on the treadmills and for others it is napping on the lounge chairs near the pool in the summer sun. In fact, it’s more than okay, it’s fantastic. It’s so important that we became centered around the idea, making our highest mission “our members and guests experience of wellness here, now.”
You are what makes wellness possible. The choices we all make that bring us closer to wellness as individuals which then bring us closer to wellness as a community are what makes wellness possible. Opportunity is one of the big game changers of wellness, a major contributor. Saying yes to opportunity is saying yes to progression. It propels the act of loving ourselves in full. The opportunity to be silly, to dance, to love, to find our purpose. And when our purpose becomes bigger than ourselves, when it becomes a support to other’s journeys in wellness, we may find that we are exactly where we want to be. We just may find that we are well.
Beginning (with our next) (in this) issue you will see a new column focused on the different facets of wellness and written by the staff of award-winning Club Northwest. Known for innovative programming and facilities, Club Northwest has been dubbed “…..ahead of the curve” by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association and has the distinction of being named one of the Top 100 Companies to Work For in Oregon by Oregon Business Magazine. For over 20 years, the staff of Club Northwest has been focused on the wellness of each and every club member and guest, providing a unique brand of wellness to the people of southern Oregon.
From the Club Northwest Lifestyle Statement: Club Northwest is at the center of a fitness and wellness revolution- a celebration of healthy living, welcoming people of all ages, wellness and recreation goals. A place where all can come together and enjoy a very special way of living. A lifestyle as comfortable, friendly and healthy as the Northwest itself. A lifestyle we call Club Northwest.
We hope you enjoy the column!