Wellness Services at Whitman-Walker Health actively seek to help our medical, mental health, addictions, and dental patients meet their goals for long-term health. As an adjunct to traditional health services, Wellness Services can help you maximize your quality of life even while managing chronic illnesses.
Please contact Joanne Sincero, our Coordinator of Wellness and Peer Support at 202.745.6130 or JSincero@whitman-walker.org to request an up-to-date Wellness Services calendar or ask questions about our different Wellness Services. All Wellness Services require a referral from a health care provider at Whitman-Walker Health. Some Wellness Services are billable under certain insurance plans, some are free of charge, and some have a flat fee. For Wellness Services that have a flat fee, patients must pay the flat fee in order to participate in those services unless they have been previously screened as falling below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). These patients will be eligible to have their flat fees for Wellness Services waived.
Wellness Services at Whitman-Walker Health
- Freedom From Smoking® features 8-week clinics designed to help smokers in any stage of the quitting process. The program is evidence-based and structured with a focus on positive behavior change.
- Reiki is a Japanese mindfulness technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. It can be used as a complement to other medical and therapeutic techniques to relieve symptoms and support recovery.
- Mindfulness Meditation is the practice of cultivating nonjudgmental awareness in everyday life. Practicing meditation can help you maximize your life and experience, even in the midst of stress, pain, and chronic illness.
- Therapeutic Massage includes both Swedish and deep tissue massage. Massage has been shown to improve immune function and helps with managing stress and anxiety.
- Yoga practice synchronizes movement with the breath and helps to relax both mind and body while increasing strength and flexibility. Yoga helps to create a mind/body connection and calms the central nervous system.
- Functional Fitness incorporates basic exercises to strengthen major muscle groups in the upper and lower body, improve balance and flexibility, and improve overall functional performance. Improving your functional performance enables you to adopt a more active lifestyle and enhances your quality of life.
- Acupuncture is a practice used in traditional Chinese medicine that involves inserting thin needles through the skin to stimulate healing within the body. Acupuncture has been shown to ease many types of chronic pain and relieve symptoms of some mental health disorders. This technique can also be used to treat a variety of physical and emotional conditions that may not be responding to medication.
- Nutrition Counseling helps you manage chronic illnesses with diet and safely and effectively lose weight if that is your goal. You will learn how to properly read food labels, understand the differences between fats, carbohydrates and protein, and discover how to put together a balanced meal.
- Diabetes Self-Management Education groups encourage healthy lifestyle habits while helping you learn how to manage your Type 2 diabetes independently.