Mind-body medicine deals with how our thoughts and emotions connect with and influence our physical well-being. Mind-body techniques are useful for managing chronic pain and illness symptoms, and improving quality of life. Mind-body techniques can improve immune function, help manage stress, and enhance overall health.
The powerful connection between mind and body can be illustrated by a simple exercise. Read the following, then try: take a moment to close your eyes and imagine being in your kitchen. You have a lemon and you are going to slice it open. Imagine taking a lemon slice and bringing it up to your mouth, tasting the juice. What do you feel? What sensations are created by doing this exercise? Are you holding an actual lemon, or was this experience produced by merely thinking about slicing and eating a lemon?
Sessions may be covered/reimbursed by your health insurance depending upon benefits. Contact your insurance carrier to inquire about group psychotherapy coverage.
Topics taught in the group include:
Who might benefit from the group?
Individuals experiencing chronic pain, chronic illness, depression, anxiety, and generally healthy people who want to learn new ways of managing stress and living more optimally can all benefit from the group.
What are the requirements for participation?
No previous experience is necessary. The only requirements are that an individual commit to attending all eight sessions, and have an open mind to consider the topics and techniques taught in class. Practice outside of class helps to reinforce new techniques learned, and the more these new skills are practiced the greater the benefit gained.