A Compassionate Approach
Committed to caring for the whole person.
Hospitalization or prolonged treatment can be stressful. Integrative health modalities have been proven to reduce pain, relieve stress and create a sense of calm in those receiving medical care. Integrative medicine can support and enhance the healing power of conventional medicine, resulting in better outcomes, shorter hospital stays and greater patient satisfaction.
Integrative medicine services
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health offers you an impressive selection of integrative health services:
Complementary and alternative medicine
Complementary and alternative medicine provides supportive care that enhances your quality of life. Complementary and alternative medicine is a wider range of health practices and therapies that may not be part of traditional medicine but may offer additional healing effects.
Trained staff will help you choose essential oils that help alleviate pain, nausea, stress and sleep difficulties during treatment.
An art therapist will spend time with you choosing an appropriate activity to help express emotions and your journey toward healing.
A visit from our certified pet therapy dogs can bolster moods and ease stress levels.
Relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises, mindfulness and guided imagery help manage pain perception and stress.
Soft-touch hand rub
A trained volunteer will come to your bedside to offer a soft-touch hand rub. This helps you relax and emotionally unwind.
Therapeutic music and drumming
Our certified therapeutic musicians will come to your bedside and provide soothing music. Reverie harps are available for patients to play to experience deep vibration and healing sounds. Certified drum circle facilitators also provide therapeutic drumming to local support groups to reduce stress and improve health amongst a wide range of medical conditions.
The therapeutic application of yoga incorporates breathing techniques, gentle movement, mindfulness and meditation to optimize healing.
You’ll find a place of solace and healing beyond the hospital room in our beautiful healing gardens located in:
- Burien: Planetree Garden at Highline Medical Center
- Bremerton: The Les & Betty Krueger Family Healing Garden at Harrison Medical Center
- Enumclaw: St. Elizabeth Hospital
- Federal Way: St. Francis Hospital
- Gig Harbor: Snuffin Healing Garden at St. Anthony Hospital
- Lakewood: St. Clare Hospital healing garden
- Tacoma: St. Joseph Medical Center
Request integrative medicine services
For more information about the integrative medicine services available to you, talk to your health care provider, or call us. Certain programs are available at select locations; please contact us to confirm location and request services.
Support Integrative Health Services at St. Michael Medical Center by purchasing the Healing CD
St. Michael's Integrative Health team has created another "Healing Songs" CD with support from St. Michael Medical Center Foundation. Proceeds from the sale of the CD go to support Integrative Health services at St. Michael Medical Center.
It is available for purchase both in the St. Michael Gift Shop and digitally on the following sites: