Mind-Body Health Services

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

Spring Retreat

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The stresses of life can have a negative effect on both mind and body. This retreat will offer a variety of mind-body strategies to cope with stress and free up energy for what is important in your life.

Please dress in loose, comfortable layers. Bring a pillow and either a yoga/exercise mat or thick blanket/mat for meditation done on the floor.

Morning beverage bar and lunch provided.

Fee: $40, $45 after April 2.*  |  HSHS colleagues and Samaritans, $30, $35 after April 2.**
Time: 9 - 3 p.m.  Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
Location: Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, Springfield, IL 

*To register after April 2, complete the mail-in form found here
** HSHS colleagues and Samaritans should register via the mail-in form found here.

Healthy Steps: Moving You to Greater Health
May 8 - June 19, 2018  and  July 10 - August 28, 2018

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 payable at the door. Feel free to offer more or less as you are able.
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Centennial Hall, HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Lobby Level 

Mindfulness: Prescription for stress relief    
May 9 - June 20, 2018 (no class on June 13)

Medical research indicates that mindfulness – focusing attention on present moment experience in a non-judgmental way – can play an important role in reducing stress.  Mindfulness has been shown to strengthen the immune system, alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, increase productivity at work, manage chronic pain and generally decrease the harmful effects of stress on an individual’s overall health and well-being.  Mindfulness is a skill that requires commitment and practice. 
Participants will develop the skill of mindfulness by:
  • Understanding what mindfulness is and is not
  • Learning and practicing formal mindfulness meditation
  • Weaving mindfulness into the activities of daily living
  • Completing various homework assignments that support gaining the skill of mindfulness
  • Discussing their practice with the facilitator and classmates 
Dress in loose comfortable clothing and bring a blanket and pillow for practices done on the floor.

Time: 6–7:30 p.m.
Location: HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Conference Room Q
Suggested Donation: $60

Don't Diet, Eat Mindfully

July 11 - August 8, 2018

Most of us know what a healthy diet is – what kinds of foods to eat and how much.  Acting on that knowledge is another matter.  Despite our best intentions, we end up eating in ways that harm our health both physical and mental.  Developing the skill of mindfulness will help participants:
  • become more aware of the habits that drive their eating behaviors;
  • understand the difference between physical and emotional hunger;
  • learn to listen to the wisdom of their bodies for guidance about what and how much to eat;
  • meet cravings and urges to eat without giving into unhealthy eating; and
  • create strategies for eating mindfully.

Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: HSHS St. John's Hospital, Conference Room Q
Suggested Donation: $60

Cancellation policy: You must contact Mind-Body Health Services at (217) 544-5483 at least 24 hours before class start date to receive refund.