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Mind-Body Intervention

Mind-body interventions (also known as mind-body practices or mind-body medicine) focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behaviour. The idea behind mind-body interventions is that the mind and the body can be used to affect physical functioning and to promote health

Mind-body practices include:

  • meditation-based activities such as deep-breathing exercises, guided imagery, hypnotherapy and progressive relaxation and yoga (activities which are also sometimes used within mindfulness training)
  • tradtional Chinese medicine/martial arts-based activities such as acupuncture, nei yang gong, qi gong, tai chi
  • other practices including the Feldenkrais method, the Alexander technique, pilates, Rolfing Structural Integration, and Trager psychophysical integration (activities which are also considered to be manipulative and body-based practices).

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