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Ewa StelmasiakWellness coaching as an integral component of the evolutionary vision for medicine The Wellness Institute coaching & trainingEWA STELMASIAKWellness coaching as an integral component of the evolutionary vision for medicineWellness coaching jako integralna część ewolucyjnej wizji medycynyIs a world without disease at all possible? What would need to happen in orderfor it to become a realistic objective for all of humanity? According to wellness pio-neer John W. Travis “diseases and symptoms are (...) the body-mind-spirit’s attemptto solve a problem – they are a message from the subconscious to the conscious”[16, p. xvii]. How ready are we to read this message? How ready are we to keep ourbeing in a state of balance, so that health problems don’t even emerge? In order toanswer these questions, let us at first define health.ABOUT HEALTH AND DISEASEThe Iceberg Model of Health and Disease created by the same author presentsthe state of health as a tip of an iceberg. Fig. 1 The Iceberg Model of Health and Disease created by John W. TravisWhat can be observed on the surface are the symptoms of illness, but most of itsreasons are hidden under water. These may include reasons from the lifestyle/behav-167
HEALTHANDWELLNESS1/2013Healthand wellnessiorallevel,theculture/psychological/motivationallevelandthespiritual/being/meaning realm, consecutively. The first stands for eating, exercising,relaxing and letting go of stress, the second - for cultural norms that influence us andfor our psychological well-being, whereas the third is related – among others - to ourunconscious mind, the meaning of our life and our place in the universe. Since allthese layers impact our level of health, in order to understand the causes of illness orhealth, it is necessary to also look below the surface of water [16, pp. xx-xxi]. To-gether with the concept of body-mind-spirit relative to wellness first introduced byHalbert L. Dunn in 1961 [7], this model lays the foundation for a holistic approachto health. Similarly, the definition of health created in 1948 by the World Health Or-ganization states that it is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-be-ing, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” [as cited in 1, p. 31].HEALTH AND TRADITIONAL WESTERN MEDICINEDespite this fact “mainstream thinking in Western medicine has traditionallyconsidered the state of personal health (...) as independent of deeper levels and actedas if this were true” [15, p. xxii]. “Conventional healthcare tends to perceive healthin a linear way” writes Laurel Alexander and names the following stages in this lin-earity: “Let’s identify the problem through tests. Here are the science-based solu-tions (pharmaceutical, manipulative or surgical) which you take or we do. We evalu-ate the impact of the solution on the problem.” [1, p. 32]. This medical mindsetclearly stands in opposition to the above mentioned Iceberg Model of Health andDisease since it fails to take into account the underwater levels of being. Metaphori-

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