Over the past few decades, traditional Eastern mind/body techniques have become mainstream in America. These include Yoga from India, Acupuncture and Qi-gong from China, and Massage from many traditions. These techniques can reduce stress and promote health. We are fortunate at Boston University to have a wealth of mind/body options available to faculty & staff. There are also numerous options available outside of BU.
Yoga is a gentle exercise that incorporates a variety of practices, including postures or stretches, breathing exercises, and meditation. Yoga may be helpful for a variety of health conditions including back pain, insomnia, and anxiety. Practicing yoga can also help relieve stress and tension.
Massage is the manipulation of muscles to improve healing, health and wellness, and relax the mind and body. A certified massage therapist uses different stroking and pressure techniques to help relax muscles and relieve painful, tense areas in the limbs, neck and back.
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that dates back more than 2,500 years. It is based on the belief that the body contains energy called Qi (sounds like chee). This energy flows throughout the body on pathways called meridians. When a person is healthy, the energy flows freely. When a person is ill, the energy may be weak or blocked. During acupuncture, the therapist tries to improve the energy flow along the meridians.
Qigong (pronounced chi kung) is a Chinese meditative practice that incorporates slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques to promote the circulation of “qi” or the life force within the body.