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Mindfulness Therapies in Nashville
What is Mindfulness?
“Mindfulness is everywhere these days. Hundreds of books have been written about it. Major corporations offer programs on it to their employees. Top-tier universities, like Harvard and UCLA conduct rigorous research on it.”* So what is it?
According to renowned scientist and professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, who popularized the concept of mindfulness in the U.S., it is defined as “awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.”
The Feldenkrais Method® treatments use specific skilled touch and passive movement. These practices address muscular and neurological imbalances and improve function. Through guidance to move slowly and mindfully, you will discover new movement patterns. As a result, you will experience more efficient and organized movement, improved posture, reduced pain, and increased self-awareness.
Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is a gentle, evidence-based practice that can “reduce stress and help your body function at its best.”* Rooted in ancient Chinese medicine, qigong treatments work with your body’s energy, or qi, to help transform patterns of imbalance and create healthy flow. Studies* have shown that qigong can improve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and fatigue while supporting your immune system.
Mindfulness is a popular practice with proven benefits that is accessible to everyone. Coaching sessions include breath exercises, sensory activities, and simple guided meditations to help you tune into your body’s signals in the present moment. A wealth of research suggests that “mindfulness can make you physically and psychologically better”* by helping you sleep better; reducing depression, stress and anxiety; improving focus and impulse control; nurturing self-compassion; and boosting your immune system. Mindfulness “may even slow down aging.”*
Somatic processing relieves tension and encourages self-awareness. The term “somatic” means “relating to the body.” By exploring nourishing movements, treatments help with mobility, posture, chronic pain relief, and exhaustion. Somatic processing boosts self-empowerment and supports recovery from emotional stress, substance use disorders, and trauma.
*Psychology Today, Helene Brenner, Ph.D., and Larry Letich, LCSW-C; Focusing is a powerful method for working through our distressing emotions. Posted August 26, 2022