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.
|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.|