The wide variety of programs and services from Mind-Body Health Services can help you take control of your health. Formerly known as the Center for Living, our goal is to help people achieve optimal health and quality of life. Program facilitator is Bridget Rolens, MA, BSOT.

The Relax and Renew (Meditation Circle) meets weekly to calm your mind and refresh your body. The format includes gentle stretching, guided meditations and reflections that highlight using the mind-body connection to enhance health and well-being. This drop-in class is open to the public and is provided at no cost thanks to a generous grant from HSHS St. John's Foundation. It is held on Tuesdays from noon - 12:30 pm in the Chapel Annex at St. John's.

Our Stop Smoking, Start Living program empowers individuals to quit smoking with the help of a wellness coach. 

In keeping with our mission to extend Christ's healing love to all people we are happy to offer our classes on a donation basis.
 
To sign up for any of the classes below, go to Events & Classes. The class category is "Mind-Body Medicine."
 

Upcoming Classes

Healthy Steps: Moving You to Greater Health

Tuesdays
September 11 - October 30

Regardless of health, age or ability level, the Healthy-Steps Lebed Method uses therapeutic movement done to music to improve overall wellness, range of motion, balance, strength, endurance and self-image. Originally designed to help women recovering from breast cancer, Healthy Steps benefits those living with cancer, medical conditions or chronic illnesses, as well as anyone looking for a fun way to enhance physical and mental well-being.

Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring water.

Suggested donation is $70. Feel free to offer more or less as you are able. Registration deadline is Friday, September 7.
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Centennial Hall, HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Lobby Level 
 

Healthy Habits for the Holidays
Wednesdays
September 19 - October 24, 2018

Holidays can be a time when self-care goes by the wayside. We eat too much, exercise too little and fall victim to the stresses of the holidays. Based on the model of group wellness coaching, this class will give participants the opportunity to identify 1 or 2 healthy habits they want to form before the holidays arrive. With the support of the group participants will celebrate successes, identify obstacles, and find resources to help them establish these habits in their daily routine.

Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: HSHS St. John's Hospital, Conference Room Q
Suggested Donation: $60. Feel free to offer more or less as you are able. Registration deadline is Monday, September 17.
 
Fall Retreat: Slow Down the Pace of Life
Saturday, October 6, 2018

The poet Dana Faulds offers these wise words: “Breathe, relax and feel; take time to slow down the pace of life.”  Mindfulness makes it possible to slow down and give our minds and bodies the rest they need.  Participants will practice a variety of mindfulness skills under the guidance of a certified mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher. 
 
Please dress in loose, comfortable layers.  Bring a pillow and either a yoga/exercise mat or thick blanket for meditation done on the floor. These activities can also be adapted to sitting in a chair.
 
Morning beverage bar and lunch included in the registration fee.

Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Rd, Springfield, IL 
Fee: $40; $45 after September 24. Fee for HSHS colleagues and Samaritans is $30; $35 after September 24.
 
Harnessing the Power of the Positive
Wednesdays
November 7 – December 5, 2018

The field of neuroscience has discovered that the thoughts people think and the experiences they focus on can actually change the shape of the brain and it’s neural pathways. “Neurons that fire together, wire together.” The bad news is that those who focus on negative experiences and negative patterns of thought may be setting themselves up for stress-related illnesses: cardio-vascular disease, cancer, chronic back pain, obesity, and weakening of the immune system. The good news is that it is possible “rewire” the brain so that one’s mental states are more positive. People who focus on the positive have greater resilience in the face of the stresses of life and move though life in a greater state of relaxation.

Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Prairie Heart Institute at HSHS St. John's Hospital, Healing Garden 
Suggested Donation: $50. Feel free to offer more or less as you are able. Registration deadline is Monday, September 17.