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.
 

Upcoming Classes

Healthy Steps: Moving You to Greater Health

Tuesdays
January 15 - February 26

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 Monday, Jan. 14.
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Centennial Hall, HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Lobby Level 
 

Mind-Body Skills for Reducing Stress

Wednesdays
January 16 – February 20

This six-week group program that provides a supportive environment for learning how to minimize stress and maximize a sense of health and well-being using a variety of mind-body medicine strategies. Participants learn:

  • relaxation skills including diaphragmatic breathing, guided imagery, mindfulness meditation
  • how to identify and challenge negative automatic thoughts
  • communication skills to decrease stress
  • a variety of coping strategies for meeting the challenges of life.

CDs/Audio Downloads of guided meditations will be available.

Suggested donation is $70. Feel free to offer more or less as you are able. Registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 14.
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Conference Room Q, HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital, lobby level 
 

Stop Smoking, Start Living

Wednesdays
March 13 - April 17

Quitting smoking is not about just breaking a “bad habit.” It is about changing your life so cigarettes are no longer a part of it. Our six week support group program “Stop Smoking ... Start Living” is designed to empower you to enjoy a smoke-free life. You are supported by a wellness coach and your classmates as you move through the 6 week program towards a smoke-free life.

Week I - Preparing for a Smoke-Free Life You will identify reasons for quitting, barriers to becoming smoke-free, a support network, and strategies to avoid triggers and deal with cravings.

Week II – Continuing to Prepare for a Smoke-Free Life You will review the steps you have taken to prepare for your quit date, identify any problem areas, choose a quit date, and begin working on a 24-hour action plan to get through your quit date.

Week III – Begin a Smoke-Free Life You will finalize your 24-hour action plan to get through your quit date and make a commitment to quit smoking cigarettes and start living smoke-free.

Week IV – Celebrate Successes and Overcome Obstacles You will report your successes, identify challenges/barriers you experienced, and create a plan for meeting and overcoming the obstacles.

Week V and VI – Living Smoke-Free You will give and receive support as you continue to identify supports for smoke-free living and create strategies to remove barriers.

Suggested donation is $60. Feel free to offer more or less as you are able. Registration deadline is Monday, March 11.
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Conference Room Q, HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital, lobby level 
 

Spring Retreat: Positive Pathways

Saturday, April 27, 2019
 

“Neurons that fire together, wire together.” Focusing on negative thoughts may contribute stress-related illnesses such as cardio-vascular disease, cancer, chronic back pain, obesity, and weakening of the immune system. Focusing on positive thoughts can lead to greater resilience in meeting the stresses of life.

The retreat will include explanation of the neuro-science underlying the power of thoughts, guided meditations, writing exercises, and discussion. Please dress in loose, comfortable layers. Bring a pillow and either a yoga mat or thick blanket for meditation done on the floor. These activities can also be adapted to sitting in a chair.

Suggested donation is $40 ($40 for HSHS colleagues). Feel free to offer more or less as you are able. Registration deadline is Friday, April 19.
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road in Springfield, IL