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Next Step(R) Institute of Integrative Medicine, Inc. Takes Wellness to a New Level With 2008 Series of Wellness Weeks

Patients Take The Next Step To Enhance Body, Mind & Spirit

VAIL, Colo., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Embracing an innovative and integrative approach to healthcare, Next Step(R) Institute of Integrative Medicine, Inc., headquartered in the world-class resort destination of Vail, Colorado, has recently announced its 2008 series of life-changing Wellness Weeks scheduled now through December, 2008.

Next Step(R) Institute Wellness Weeks are six-night, five-day programs that promote physical, mental, and emotional well being to individuals, families, and groups throughout The United States and Canada, addressing the needs of patients suffering from physical illness, chronic pain, and for those wanting to establish and maintain healthy lifestyles. The organization offers healing experiences led by a team of four clinical directors, including renowned physicians and therapists, and more than 15 holistic practitioners. The organization's other locations include Palm Bay, Florida, and Ontario, Canada. Each program costs $8,900 per week, inclusive of accommodations at Two Thunderbirds Ranch.

"True wellness is best achieved when there is health and balance within the mind, body and spirit. Emotional health is key to this balance; it is what brings about true happiness, which we believe is achievable regardless of burden or physical challenges," says Executive Director Cathleen Brooks Weiss.

Each Wellness Week caters to no more than five or six patients with similar health challenges and goals. The program provides all patients with a review of medical records, more than ten hours of physician consultation, medical evaluations, a customized treatment plan, and follow up wellness plan. In addition to comprehensive sessions with medical doctors, patients are prescribed individual treatment plans that may integrate a spectrum of up to 25 holistic therapies, including the following:

-- Acupuncture

-- Breathwork

-- Chi Kung

-- Creative Therapy

-- Energy Healing

-- Equine Assisted Therapy

-- Herbal Therapies

-- Medication

-- Meditation

-- Native American Healing

-- Naturopathic Medicine

-- Nutritional Therapy

-- Pain Management

-- Personal Fitness Training

-- Physical Therapy

-- Pilates

-- Recreation

-- Spiritual Wellness

-- Sweat Lodge

-- Therapeutic Massage

-- Yoga

During the Wellness Week course, patients are transported via private car to their accommodation of choice and welcomed by Patient Services Coordinator, Robert Wagner. Each patient receives a welcome gift containing mountain-life essentials: lip balm, water bottle, sun block, a polar fleece, and a Next Step(R) Institute yoga mat.

Patients are encouraged to stay at Next Step(R) Institute's Two Thunderbirds Ranch in nearby Eagle, Colorado. The Ranch is nestled in a harmonious alpine landscape featuring glorious sunrises and stunning mountain vistas. Situated on five acres of rolling hills, sagebrush, and Colorado wild grasses, Two Thunderbirds Ranch's tranquil grounds nourish the healing process. Each of the five guest accommodations are designed to evoke a connection to nature, with guest rooms thematically named the "Canyon," "Forest," "Mountain," "River" and "Waterfall." The Ranch is also home to seven therapy horses and a traditional Native American Sweat Lodge. The organization's partner hotel, RockResorts, Vail Collection, also offers alternative accommodations at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, The Lodge at Vail, Austria Haus Hotel, and Vail's newest luxury hotel, Arrabelle at Vail Square.

As part of the Ranch experience, Chef Marc Rouse creates delicious and nutritious meals addressing the diverse dietary needs of patients. At the end of their stay, patients are given the necessary tools to continue their healing through holistic therapies integrated with medical management. A comprehensive wellness plan is developed by the patient and clinical directors, and the patient is encouraged to stay in contact with the Next Step team. Each participant also receives a Certificate of Completion and a gift from the Next Step(R) Institute team of clinical directors.

Next Step(R) Institute of Integrative Medicine, Inc. is a non-profit team of nationally recognized physicians, clinicians, and therapists who work together to create profound healing experiences for their patients. Situated in the restorative setting of the Colorado Rockies, Next Step(R) Institute helps patients achieve optimal wellness by integrating the best of modern and Eastern medicine, with Native American healing practices and holistic therapies.

The organization is located at 3971 Big Horn Road, Suite 7BB in Vail, Colorado. For information regarding Next Step(R) Institute's Wellness Weeks, contact Program Director Bonnie McDonald at 970-477-2800, e-mail or visit

March 3-7 -- Fibromyalgia

March 17-21 -- Wellness of Body, Mind, & Spirit

April 7-11 -- Chronic Illness

April 21-25 -- Chronic Pain

April 27-May 4 -- Cancer

May 5-9 -- Chronic Fatigue

May 11-17 -- Silicone-Induced Illness

May 19-23 -- Diabetes

June 2-6 -- Arthritis

June 16-20 -- Parkinson's Disease

July 7-11 -- Breast Cancer

July 21-25 -- Cancer

July 27-August 2 -- Smoking Cessation

August 11-15 -- Multiple Sclerosis

August 18-22 -- Overeating & Food Addiction

September 1-5 -- HIV/Aids

September 15-19 -- Chronic Illness

September 29-October 3 -- Chronic Pain

October 13-17 -- Chronic Headaches

October 20-24 -- Diabetes

November 3-7 -- Arthritis

November 17-21 -- Wellness of Body, Mind, & Spirit

December 1-5 -- Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma


Bonnie McDonald, Next Step Institute 970-477-2800,,

Susan Bejeckian, Novom Marketing, Inc. 626-570-1051,

SOURCE Next Step Institute of Integrative Medicine, Inc.
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