woman meditating doing yoga between waterfallsOver 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.

Technique Description Potential Benefits For BU Faculty/Staff
Yoga Gentle exercise that incorporates a variety of practices,including postures or stretches, breathing exercises, and meditation. May relieve back pain, insomnia, and anxiety. Practicing yoga can also help relieve stress and tension. Free FitRec classes
Massage 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. Relaxes muscles and relieves painful, tense areas in the limbs, neck and back Free chair massage
Acupuncture Traditional Chinese medicine 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 Qigong (pronounced chi kung) is a Chinese meditative practice that incorporates slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques. to Promotes circulation of “qi” or the life force within the body.