Board-certified in internal medicine, Nicola Finley, MD, a physician at Canyon Ranch Tucson, understands the importance of taking care of the whole person – mind, body and spirit. In her work as an integrative medicine physician, she focuses on the details of each guest and brings up topics that are often not discussed, such as spirituality and sexuality in addition to traditional medicine.
WHAT MAKES YOU A CANYON RANCH “WELLNESS ARCHITECT”?
As an integrative medicine physician, I focus on the details that are important to the health of the Canyon Ranch guests – with the goal of not omitting items that are big or small. Everyone has a story to tell. The Canyon Ranch approach of moving daily resonates with me. To that end, I offer a weekly walking lecture where I discuss a health-related topic as we walk around the property. It’s equally beneficial to both the guests and me as we are exercising together outdoors in a beautiful setting. In addition, I incorporate a healthy lifestyle into my social life with my family and friends. Instead of meeting up for a meal with them, we’ll go for a hike or walk dogs together. My personal routine is to get in some form of a cardio workout after work or on my days off – even if it’s just for 20 minutes.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE STRESS IN YOUR OWN LIFE?
My community of friends and family offer me a supportive foundation. When I’m feeling stress, I turn to them.
A simple way for me to de-stress is talking to my husband while walking our dogs. In addition, I appreciate the joy of vacationing with family and friends, especially if it involves water. We have a daughter and enjoy exposing her to new experiences through travel. Since my husband and I are scuba divers, we look forward to getting our daughter into scuba diving so we can do that all together.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CANYON RANCH PILLAR/PHILOSOPHY FOR YOU IN YOUR BUSY LIFE?
Even though health is a cornerstone of wellness, the most important Canyon Ranch philosophy for me is Mind and Spirit. Specifically, I embrace optimism. I practice positive thinking in my life, which allows me to have a greater sense of happiness.
Even on the busiest of days, my resiliency increases with just one positive thought. I practice positive thinking in my life, which allows me to have a greater sense of happiness. Even on the busiest of days, my resiliency increases with just one positive thought. Even on the busiest of days, my resiliency increases with just one positive thought.
HOW DO YOU TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF AND UNPLUG FROM WORK?
My favorite way to unplug from work is through dancing; it’s a fun, active way to express myself while engaging with others. I take dance classes at Canyon Ranch and in the Tucson community, and I even go on a Zumba cruise every year with my sister. It is 5 days of non-stop dancing without our husbands and daughters! Another way that I recharge is by hiking with a group of girlfriends at a trail by our houses. We share stories, give advice and laugh a lot while hiking. Our friendship, being outdoors and movement all work together to make a significant difference in relieving stress.