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. 

The Relax and Renew group 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. 

Tai Chi classes, provided through St. John's Mind-Body Health Services, are offered at FitClub South. A six-session class is $78 for individuals who are not FitClub members. Please call (217) 787-8348 to learn about upcoming class sessions and to register.
 

Upcoming Classes

Tuesdays, September 13 - October 25, 2016
Healthy Steps: Moving you to better health

‚ÄčPut on your comfy clothes and come experience a “Healthy-Steps” session of therapeutic movement done to great music, designed to help you thrive! Regardless of health, age or ability level, the Healthy-Steps program improves overall wellness, range-of-motion, balance, strength and endurance, as well as emotional well-being and self-image. Healthy Steps/The Lebed Method has even been proven to help enhance the well-being of those with cancer or other chronic illnesses or medical conditions.

Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring water. Important notice: If you are under a doctor's care for a medical condition or you are recovering from surgery you must provide a doctor's permission slip to participate.


Instructor: Bridget Rolens, MA, BSOT
Time: 6-7:30 pm
Location: Prairie Heart Institute Lobby
Fee: $70  HSHS colleague discount $52.50
Register below


Wednesdays, September 14  - October 19, 2016 
Mind-body skills for reducing stress   
This six-week group program 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. 

Instructor: Bridget Rolens, MA, BSOT
Time: 6–7:30 pm
Location: HSHS St. John’s Hospital – Assisi Conference Room
Suggested donation: $60
Register below
 
Saturday, October 22, 2016 
Finding peace in the present - a mindfulness retreat  
When we let go of thoughts about past and future and focus all our attention on what is happening in the present moment, we are being mindful. Mindfulness decreases stress because we let go of the disappointments of the past and worries about the future and rest in the simplicity of the present moment. When we are mind¬ful, we are better able to navigate the ups and downs of life with greater ease and resiliency. Through a variety of formal and informal mindfulness practices, personal reflection and group discussion participants will cultivate the skill of mindfulness and build the foundation for living mindfully. By replacing patterns of reactivity with the response of mindfulness, it is possible to reduce stress and increase happiness.

Please dress in loose, comfortable clothing. Several exercises can be done on the floor (sitting is also optional). Bring a pillow and some kind of padding for the floor (yoga mat, exercise mat, or thick blanket) if you plan to use the floor. 


Instructor: Bridget Rolens, MA, BSOT
Time: 9 am - 3 pm 
Location: Chiara Retreat and Conference Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, Springfield, IL 
Fee: $40 

 
Wednesdays, October 26 - November 30, 2016 
Mindfulness: Prescription for stress relief    
If you search the internet for “mindfulness meditation” you will find hundreds of articles about its effectiveness in relieving stress. Studies have indicated that mindfulness – focusing attention on present moment experience in a non-judgmental way – can play an important role in strengthening the immune system, alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety, increasing productivity at work, managing chronic pain and generally decreasing the harmful effects of stress on an individual’s overall health and well-being.

This six-week class will include:
  • Formal mindfulness practices: Mindful Body Scan, Mindful Movement, Sitting Meditation, Walking Meditation
  • Informal mindfulness practices: mindful eating, mindfulness of daily activities
  • Various reflection tools to explore one’s personal experience of stress and the impact of mindfulness
  • Group discussion

Instructor: Bridget Rolens, MA, BSOT
Time: 6–7:30 pm
Location: HSHS St. John’s Hospital – Assisi Conference Room
Suggested donation: $60
Register below

Wednesdays, December 7 - 21, 2016 
Meditation 101 
If you search the internet for “mindfulness meditation” you will find hundreds of articles about its effectiveness in relieving stress. Studies have indicated that mindfulness – focusing attention on present moment experience in a non-judgmental way – can play an important role in strengthening the immune system, alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety, increasing productivity at work, managing chronic pain and generally decreasing the harmful effects of stress on an individual’s overall health and well-being.

This six-week class will include:
  • Formal mindfulness practices: Mindful Body Scan, Mindful Movement, Sitting Meditation, Walking Meditation
  • Informal mindfulness practices: mindful eating, mindfulness of daily activities
  • Various reflection tools to explore one’s personal experience of stress and the impact of mindfulness
  • Group discussion

Instructor: Bridget Rolens, MA, BSOT
Time: 6–7:30 pm
Location: HSHS St. John’s Hospital – Assisi Conference Room
Suggested donation: $30
Register below

 

Register

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