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.

Those who are able to donate at the suggested level or higher make it possible for us to provide for those with limited income. If you wish to donate an amount not listed, please use the mail-in Registration Form

Upcoming Classes

Healthy Steps: Moving You to Greater Health
September 12 - October 24, 2017 

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.

Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Centennial Hall, HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Lobby Level 


Online Registration/Suggested Donation Levels


Harnessing the Power of the Positive 
Wednedays, September 13 - October 4

Researchers in neuroscience are discovering the thoughts people think and the experiences they focus on can actually change the shape of the brain and its neural pathways. “Neurons that fire together, wire together.” The bad news is that those who focus on negative experiences and negative patterns of thought tend to relate to the circumstances and people in their lives in ways that trigger stress reactions in mind and body. And stress has been identified as a contributing factor to cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic back pain, obesity and weakening of the immune system. The good news is that it is possible “rewire” the brain so 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: St. Claire Annex (Chapel Annex) HSHS St. John’s Hospital 2nd Floor Lobby Level
Online Registration/Suggested Donation Levels:
Mind-Body Fall Retreat: The Healing Power of Mindfulness

Saturday, September 23

People suffering from stress-related diseases, including heart problems, high blood pressure, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, addictions and stomach problems report mindfulness gives them a greater ability to deal with or decrease their symptoms. Even those who don’t have health problems report mindfulness decreases their stress and increases their happiness. 

This retreat focuses on building the skills of mindfulness through guided formal mindfulness meditation, experiences of informal mindfulness practice and discussion of key concepts related to mindfulness–based stress reduction. This retreat is appropriate for those with no experience and for those wishing to deepen their mindfulness skills. 

​Participants are encouraged to wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a pillow and yoga mat or thick pad/blanket. A morning beverage bar and lunch are included.

Time: 9 a.m.  – 3 p.m.
Location: Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, Springfield, IL 62704
Suggested donation:
$40 ($45 after September 11)
$30 for HSHS colleagues/samaritans ($35 after September 11).

By phone using a credit card: (217) 544-LIVE (5483)
By mail: Registration Form