Mind-body medicine incorporates the latest research in medicine, neuroscience, and psychology to create a highly personalized healing approach.
Mind body medicine is based on the scientific understanding of the connection between our mind and body – our thoughts, our feelings, and our emotions – and the interplay between these factors and our mental and physical health.
The mind-body approach to wellness is grounded in the science of neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to modify, change, and adapt in response to experience) and the evidence-based skills of self-care and stress management. Mind-body medicine uses the conscious mind and the power of our thoughts and emotions to positively influence our physical health.
Mind-body medicine can involve a variety of approaches such as acupuncture, breathwork, mindfulness, yoga, psychotherapy, massage, and any other skill that helps us to get in touch with ourselves. Practicing these skills unlocks our ability to influence some of the seemingly “automatic” processes in our brain and body (for example, our heart rate and our digestion). Research shows that mind-body techniques lead to measurable neurohormonal and physiologic changes in our brains and bodies.
By their very nature, mind-body practices teach the power of self-awareness and self-care. These practices are part of an integrative model of health care — one in which treatment is balanced with teaching and in which prevention and self-care are given as much importance as medical procedures and pharmacological prescriptions.
Mind-body approaches can be helpful in addressing many different medical conditions including:
- Back and Neck Pain
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Migraine and Tension Headaches
Interested in learning more about mind-body medicine?
Read more about our 4-week Mind-Body Immersion – offered in-person in Rochester, NY as well as online