• Eric Hughes

MindBody Medicine: Impacting Stress and Safety in Our Perceived World

What is MindBody Medicine?

Mindbody Medicine serves to address how we orient to daily stressors in such a way where we can start to live our life in ease and safety. This, in effect, allows us to essentially rewire our nervous system, break old habits of stress responses, and ultimately impact our health on a deeper and more foundational level. Within MBM, we can achieve this goal with a number of unique modalities including:

  • Biofeedback

  • Mindfulness Training

  • Meditation

  • Breathwork

  • Somatic Exercise

  • Guided Imagery

  • Autogenic Training/Hypnosis

  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation

  • Cognitive Reframing

Modalities are individually selected for each client depending on how they orient to stress. Within a session, one or more may be used in combination to achieve our goals.

​More about Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a non-invasive modality within MBM that uses sensors to measure one’s physiological state in real time. Markers such as heart rate, respiration, sweat gland activity, temperature, and more are used to give us insight on how we respond to stress. This presents an opportunity to not only understand what these sensations feel like in our bodies in times of stress, but also make subtle changes that will influence a state of calmness and ease.

Other effects of biofeedback may include:

  • Better sleep

  • Pain reduction

  • Blood pressure regulation

  • Improved mood

  • Increased focus and concentration.

The Importance of Stress

Stress is a response that occurs when we perceive something as a threat or generally feel unsafe. This response functions as a means of survival — to do what we must in this moment so we can continue living later. In nature, this is very useful if, say, an animal was being hunted down by a predator; either that animal would “mobilize” and run for their life, or “immobilize” and play dead. This is exactly the same kind of reaction we experience on a daily basis, but the bear (I.e., stressor) is instead swerving to avoid an accident, or having endless work to do in an unfulfilling job, or dealing with a stack of unpaid bills at home, so on and so forth.

Over years of conditioning, we have developed set neurological patterns and behaviors to help us deal with these stressful situations (I.e,. Neurobiological adaptive response). Although these patterns may have served us in those particular moments, they may not necessarily help us in the long run. Chronic stress affects our entire body, and this is why we become subject to chronic disease across all systems whether this be hypertension, heart disease, asthma, celiac, irritable bowel disease, peptic ulcers, GERD, anxiety/depression, muscle pain, tension headaches, migraines, autoimmune diseases... the list is endless. With MBM, we can break these patterns and begin to lay the foundation of restoring function and longevity back into our bodies as well as our lives.

What to Expect

As stated before, we have had years of reinforcement and neurological hardwiring in relation to how we respond to stress. That said, rewriting these pathways is a process that takes time, practice, and patience. We are here to help guide, support, and coach you as you continue your practice both in and out of the office. Together we will establish a plan and set goals that will help you along your journey of living a life in peace and ease. The more you practice, the better the results. Weekly sessions are recommended for new patients, in which it is highly encouraged to sign up for either 3, 5, or 8 week packages. The first appointment will consist of a comprehensive evaluation and assessment (1.5 hours). Subsequent appointments are 50 minutes.

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