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Daily mind body medicine practice for 15-20 minutes has been demonstrated to lead to the following:

  •     Reduced heart rate, breathing rate and improved metabolic rate
  •     Improved attention and focus
  •     Reduced oxidative stress
  •     Reduced chronic inflammation and improved immune functioning

Mind Body Medicine improves medical conditions caused by or exacerbated by stress.  The end result is better self-care, leading to symptom reduction and enhanced well-being.

Common Mind-Body Medicine Practices

Meditation:  A process of concentration on a repetitive focus such as the breath or a word.

Mindfulness Meditation:  The practice of learning to pay attention to what is occurring within our field of experience from moment to moment.

Body Scan:  A meditative technique involving focusing your attention on different parts of the body in sequence.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation:  A relaxation technique involving sequentially tensing and relaxing various muscle groups.

Autogenic Training:  A meditative technique involving a series of brief phrases designed to focus the attention on various parts of the body to induce change in those parts.

Imagery:  A meditative practice that involves creating thoughts and pictures in your mind using all five senses.

Yoga Stretching:  Yoga works on the principles of holding the body steady and comfortable in specified postures and releasing body tension, using breathing techniques to deepen the relaxation.

Qigong:  A practice of aligning breath, movement and awareness for exercise, healing and meditation.

Tai Chi:  Traditionally a martial art, it involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.

Feldenkrais Method:  A form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve functioning.

Biofeedback:  The use of electronic monitoring of an automatic bodily function to train someone to acquire voluntary control of that function.

 

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