<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=1514203202045471&ev=PageView&noscript=1"/> Mind-and-Body Therapy: A Proven, Effective Approach to Your Wellbeing | Core Spirit

Mind-and-Body Therapy: A Proven, Effective Approach to Your Wellbeing

Oct 14, 2021

When most people hear the phrase "mind-and-body therapy," they get images of old yogis practicing anatomically-impossible moves, or shamans sitting in a crumbling hut and chanting some ancient hymn.

But the truth of the matter is: Mind-and-body medicine includes some of the most modern, up-to-date tools and techniques practiced by many leading psychologists and physicians (such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, biofeedback training,) as well as many ancient, time-tested healing practices (such as yoga, meditation, and relaxation techniques).

Hippocrates once wrote that "the natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well." Notice that this was the Father of Medicine, who wrote the Hippocratic Oath taken by every physician all over the world to this day, so we can safely assume that the man knew a thing or two about health and wellbeing.

Most ancient healing practices have always emphasized the links between the mind and the body – or what we usually call the "mind-body connection." But what does this actually mean?

Simply put, our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes can positively or negatively affect our biological functioning. At the same time, what we do with our physical body (what we eat, how much we exercise, and even our posture) can impact our mental state (again positively or negatively). This results in a complex interrelationship between our minds and bodies.

On the other hand, Western medical views were shaped by systems of thought that emphasized the opposite – that the mind and body are separate. This view, however, has been increasingly challenged by recent scientific discoveries, and mind-and-body programs are now established at prestigious medical schools in the United States and around the world.

Mind-and-body therapy is generally very safe and works well when combined with usual medical care. It has been used effectively with conditions ranging from anxiety and depression, to high blood pressure and coronary disease, diabetes, insomnia, and even cancer.

And the great news is that, while difficult cases would usually benefit most from the guidance of a competent mind-and-body therapist, some techniques can be used at the comfort of your home, such as visualization, journaling, and even gentle yoga.

In short, mind-and-body therapies are a great companion to modern medicine, and they present simple, proven, and highly effective tools for your overall health and wellbeing. After all, your body (and mind) deserve the best.

Leave your comments / questions



Be the first to post a message!

Book service of this author

Guided Meditation
Dina Omar
May 22, 2024, 05:00
$10
Meditation For Social Anxiety

Are your nervous about socializing again after the lock-downs have been lifted?

Over the last year and a half, our global community has become increasingly used to being in a state of lock-down. As a result, many people are naturally feeling nervous about socializing again, particularly in big groups or with strangers. For some people, this fear might even manifest as social anxiety.

It has become socially acceptable again to sit in the pub, do a group exercise class, and hug loved ones. But the easing of coronavirus rules isn't exciting for everyone – for those with social anxiety, life after lock-down is a scary prospect.

Social Anxiety Disorder is a fear of social situations, under which one worries about meeting strangers, how to act with groups of friends, and generally feeling self-conscious.

For this reason, Dina has designed a mindfulness and visualization practice to achieve a state of relaxation and to help decrease social anxiety, overcome shyness, and foster a greater sense of self-confidence.

325
By registered users: 7
Yin Yoga
Dina Omar
May 22, 2024, 05:00
$10
Yin Yoga to Boost and Manage Your Mood

With the rollercoaster ride that this last year has been, lots of things have been going on in the world and individually, which means that a lot is going on in the inside as well.

Every organ corresponds to the energy of a certain emotion, and every disease stems from an imbalance in an organ or its meridians (energy channels). This is a fundamental idea in Chinese Medicine. Many times a physical disorder linked to a certain organ actually stems from an imbalance in the emotion associated with that organ. The reverse is often true as well: an imbalanced organ can heighten the specific emotion experienced by an individual. It can easily become a vicious cycle.

All emotions are inevitable, physiologically normal, and will not necessarily cause disease when they arise in daily life. Chinese medicine only considers emotions as pathological when they are repressed, contained, or expressed intensely, often, without control, or out of context.

Yin yoga is a wonderful practice to release trapped emotions and take the time to really feel into current emotions. Including Yin yoga in your regular yoga practice can have a profound effect on your emotional well-being.

414
By registered users: 21
Yoga Therapy
Dina Omar
May 22, 2024, 05:00
$10
Heal Yourself Flow: (COVID Trauma Recovery)

We are living amid the first global mass trauma event in several decades. It's arguably the first of its kind since World War Two, and almost certainly the first of such severity in your lifetime.

Trauma is a far subtler concept than many of us realize. It isn't just a word for something extremely stressful. It doesn't always come from short, sharp shocks like car accidents, terrorist attacks, or firefights. And, trauma isn't the same thing as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

What trauma is about is events and their effect on the mind. But what separates it from something merely stressful is how we relate to these events on a deep level of belief.

Trauma can be understood as a rupture in "meaning-making," where the way you see yourself, the way you see the world, and the way you see other people, are all shocked and overturned by an event. Stress accumulates and the nervous system is forced on high-alert.

While yoga isn’t the first-line treatment for trauma, it definitely helps people to acquire a better habit of self-regulation and calm. Yoga has been proven time and again to have a positive impact on a variety of psychological and physiological conditions. It cultivates mindfulness through breathing exercises, intentional relaxation, and body movement.

In addition to helping certain medical conditions and somatic dissociation, yoga has also been shown to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, and eating disorders.

The Heal Yourself Flow is a gentle and comprehensive practice, in which we will utilize Yogic intentional breathing exercises to help gain control of emotional regulation, calm the sympathetic nervous system, trigger other biochemical and physiological relaxation mechanisms in the body, and improve our self-concept and coping skills.

366
By registered users: 8
Vinyasa yoga
Dina Omar
May 22, 2024, 05:00
$10
Fire It Up Flow

It’s easy to fall into the winter blues when temperatures plummet and it’s dark and dreary outside. You might find that you start feeling lethargic, and it might become harder and harder to get out of bed in the morning.

These are all symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, a seasonal form of depression triggered by the lack of sunshine in the wintertime. The source of the problem comes from a disturbance in your body’s circadian rhythm that changes your body’s levels of serotonin and melatonin.

Yoga practice is a great way to combat SAD by tapping into the mind-body connection. It is an incredible tool to reset the nervous system and help release tension and stress by increasing your serotonin levels. If you have a case of the winter blues, this Fire It Up Flow might be just what the doctor ordered.

Reignite your power with this fiery, all-systems-activated Vinyasa yoga flow. This class gets moving rapidly to clear energy and stoke the internal fire. Expect strong abdominal work, plenty of chair poses, and some swift Vinyasa. It’s a perfect opportunity to fire your winter blues away and kick lethargy in the a$$!

567
By registered users: 14