CREATING MINDFUL HEALTHCARE
Our goal is to integrate a culture of mindfulness within healthcare-focused organizations by offering training for patients, employees, staff, and medical professionals. We assist both service providers and patients with science-based mind-body practices that support healing, relaxation and pain management.
We partner with hospital communities to create custom programming that results in greater health for both patients and healthcare providers. Program options for patients include weekly drop-in meditation, one-on-one patient instruction, and family training. In each of these programs, our experienced teachers will lead guided meditations with step-by-step instruction focused on different techniques including visualization, breath work, and affirmation; all with the goal of aiding in stress reduction and promoting healing. In addition, we offer a six-week training program tailored to meet the unique challenges faced by healthcare providers. This program introduces caregivers to the benefits of mindfulness and teaches tools and techniques to cultivate relaxation, access inner calm, which helps with more insightful decision-making and ultimately establish deeper connections with the patients in their care.
Medical practitioners, much like patients, are susceptible to great stress based on the gravity of their work. Our six-week mindfulness training program is tailored to meet the unique challenges faced by healthcare providers. This program introduces caregivers to the benefits of mindfulness and teaches tools and techniques to cultivate relaxation and access their inner calm. By practicing stress-relief practitioners are prone to more insightful decision-making and even establish deeper connections with the patients in their care.
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Patients bear many burdens while receiving treatment, and often times these burdens create stress that detracts from the healing process. Our patient programs work to alleviate this stress. The programs include weekly drop-in meditation, one-on-one patient instruction, and family training. In each of these programs, our experienced teachers will introduce mindfulness concepts and lead guided meditations with step-by-step instruction focused on different techniques including visualization, breathwork, and affirmation to reduce stress and promote healing.
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As an Emergency Physician for over 30 years, I experienced a unique type of chaos firsthand. I had no control over what Emergency I was presented with or the volume in terms of patients per hour. Through meditation and learning the gift of mindfulness I learned how to be the calm in the storm. Delivering care in the Emergency Department is really a team effort. I greatly benefited from my experience with a mindfulness practice as I was able to use this skill to be a calm strong Physician leader and guide those who were assisting me to help our patients in the most beneficial manner. In addition, I was able to hear my patient’s needs, which helped me guide them in their healing process. I have discovered through my own personal experience the numerous benefits of mindfulness practice, which includes stress reduction, great clarity of focus, and being present for what my patients most need, an intelligent and compassionate healer.
Rhonda K, MD
What types of outcomes can our patients/staff expect through mindfulness practices?
Mindfulness practices have been shown to decrease stress and anxiety, promote peacefulness and a sense of calm, increase clarity and awareness, and, over time, improve the ability to work through challenging emotions with equanimity. Mindfulness practices can also increase empathy and compassion, and allow individuals to be more present to more positive emotions such as joy and happiness.
Do mindfulness practices cure illnesses?
While we do not claim mindfulness practices can cure an illness, there is substantial evidence and research showing links between stress reduction and overall improved physical and emotional health, which can promote healing and well-being. Please refer to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center Website and Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program as well as The University of Wisconsin Center for Healthy Minds as resources for more information.
Do your teachers have a medical background?
While not all of our practitioners have a medical background, all of our program providers have had instruction and/or experience in a variety of areas such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Schools Educator Essentials Program, Holistic Health and Wellness programs, study and exploration in meditation and mindfulness subjects and practice.
How does mindfulness and meditation work with medical approaches and medication?
Mindfulness, meditation, and alternative modalities such as Reiki are designed to enhance and complement an already existing medical plan. They are not designed to replace any ongoing medical treatment.
What are the basic components of your program?
The basic framework of our program explores areas such as mindfulness of the breath, body, emotions: development of the heart, interpersonal mindfulness and everyday mindfulness. Additionally, we provide guided meditations and alternative, holistic modalities to enhance well-being. Our program can be done on an individual or group basis, and can be adjusted to meet the specific needs of your patients and staff.