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Whole Health

Our Whole Health approach empowers and equips you to take charge of your health, well-being, and quality of life. Whole Health goes beyond your illnesses, injuries, or disabilities, and focuses instead on your values, goals, and overall health. It includes self-care and complementary therapies along with conventional medical care.

Our Whole Health program includes:

Chiropractic care

The chiropractic approach to health care is holistic. Natural drugless, non-surgical methods of chiropractic treatment rely on the body's inherent recuperative abilities to promote healing. Chiropractic care restores, improves, and maintains your function, activity, and health. Acupuncture and massage therapy are also available within the chiropractic clinic.

Learn more about chiropractic care at VA Houston

Meditation and mindfulness training

Meditation class: Free virtual meditation class on Mondays  and Tuesdays. No appointment needed! For more information, please contact Jordyn Forsyth at 713-791-1414, ext. 26166.

When: Mondays, 8:00 a.m. and Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m.
WhereJoin ZoomGov meeting
Meeting ID: 161 356 5738
Passcode: 567159
Dial in: 1-669-254-5252

Mindfulness group: Virtual mindfulness group open to all Veterans by appointment, Tuesdays from 2:00-3:30 pm. For more information, please contact Sharanya Udipi at 281-578-4600.

MOVE! weight management

MOVE! is a weight-management program designed to help you live a longer, healthier life. With the help of your MOVE! care team, you can eat a healthier diet, get more exercise, reduce your health risks, and improve your quality of life. 

Learn more about MOVE! weight management at VA Houston

Whole Health education class: Taking charge of my life and health

This peer-led 9-week class provides an introduction to Whole Health. The weekly classes are designed to assist Veterans in:

  • Exploring their life mission, aspiration, and purpose
  • Learning the practice of mindful awareness
  • Goal setting, skill-building, and self-management of their health and health care
  • Support in a group setting through the process of change

For more information or to join, contact April Manuel, Peer Support Specialist, at 832-988-3856. The next round of classes is scheduled for January 2022.

Whole Health maternity care

Provides personalized health planning, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for pregnancy, a Resilient Relationships class, prenatal yoga and coming soon, prenatal nutrition classes. All offerings are virtual and open to any pregnant Veteran enrolled at MEDVAMC. Contact Shannon Sisco at 832-438-0454 for details.

Well-being program for Veterans

Beginning November 16, Veterans will be able to access virtual live streaming yoga, yoga therapy, and Tai Chi classes five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday. These classes are available to anyone able to participate in gentle, low-impact physical activity. Classes can be accessed through VA Video Connect.

To join a class, a Veteran can ask their healthcare team to enter a request to be contacted using the Whole Health Well-Being Program educational consult. Veterans will receive a call with information on the classes available and can choose to receive email invitations to weekly classes of their choosing. Weekly class schedules for Veterans can be found below. 

How are Tai Chi and Yoga different?

Yoga is a kind of mindful movement focused on sustaining various postures, whereas Tai Chi is a mindful movement practice that emphasizes continuous motion.

Yoga for wellness is a movement practice that brings together the mind and body. It incorporates breathing exercises, meditation, and poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress. There are several types of yoga. VA Houston offers gentle yoga classes, which are typically calming, relaxing, and less physically demanding than other classes. 

Tuesdays: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
Wednesdays: 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Thursdays: 1:30-2:30 p.m. 
Fridays: 5:00-6:00 p.m. 
Saturdays: 10:00-11:00 a.m. 

Tai Chi for wellness is an ancient Chinese tradition that today is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.

Tai Chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because Tai Chi is a low-impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you have mobility issues which interfere with other forms of exercise.

Tuesdays: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 8:00-9:00 a.m. (Will be 12:00-1:00 p.m. beginning Dec. 9)

Yoga Therapy is the application of yoga tools to address an individual’s physical and emotional needs. Those tools can include therapeutic movements, postures, breathing exercises, and meditation techniques. Yoga therapists have in-depth training in applying yoga for medical and mental health conditions, to help them assess and keep their clients safe. They work with you to address your specific goals, while also considering any limitations you might be experiencing.

Prenatal Yoga Therapy offers yoga practices tailored to your pregnancy trimester.  The facilitator will also provide links for video recordings of each weekly session, so you can return to complete the practice again on your own any time you like.

Prenatal Yoga Therapy is a part of the Whole Health Maternity Care program. Contact Shannon Sisco, Whole Health Coordinator, at 713-775-4394 to learn about other Whole Health Maternity Care offerings.

First trimester classes: Mondays: 6:00-7:00 p.m. 
Second trimester classes: Wednesdays: 12:00-1:00 p.m. 
Third trimester classes: Fridays: 8:00-9:00 a.m. November 19-December 17. 12:00-1:00 p.m. starting January 2022.

Trauma-informed yoga therapy is offered as a live streaming class once a week. This kind of yoga is based on the understanding that trauma impacts the entire mind-body system, as opposed to emotional processes happening separately from the physical body. Neuroscience and developmental psychology suggest that body-based therapies like trauma-informed yoga therapy can play an important role in healing from trauma in addition to traditional psychotherapies.

Fridays: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Contact us

For more information on Whole Health or enrolling in Whole Health services, contact: 

Shannon Sisco
Whole Health Coordinator

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