Imagine a healthcare system where the patient is treated, not just the disease. 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, self and family care. In 2009, the Urban Zen Foundation launched a new program designed to meet this vision: The Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) Program, a 500-hour advanced program focused on integrating multiple therapies into patient care.

The objective of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program is to provide integrative therapists in hospitals, outpatient care centers, support groups, private practices, corporate environments, yoga studios, and medical schools to transform healthcare to include eastern healing techniques with western medicine.

We train members of the healthcare and yoga communities in the healing modalities of yoga therapy, Reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition and contemplative care. This curriculum is uniquely designed to treat the classic symptoms of illness: PANIC™ (pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia and constipation) and exhaustion.

Restorative poses, breath awareness, guided meditation, in bed movement.
Reiki holistically treats the body, mind and spirit—creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being.
Essential oil therapy promotes relaxation, helps relieve nausea, insomnia, stress and has also been used to help treat a wide range of physical and emotional challenges. 
UZIT’s are trained to sit with a patient, without judgment or agenda. They are given skills that allow them to provide compassion for those in pain without internalizing suffering that can lead to emotional and physical burnout.
By educating caregivers on the healing properties of nutrition, they are provided with a powerful tool to care for themselves so they can continue to care for others.
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