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Mind/Body Basics
 
"Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness."Edward Stanley
15th Earl of Derby
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Equally important as the mind in the mind/body connection is, of course, the body. Thoughts affect our bodies and, conversely, changes in the body can shape our thoughts, feelings, and even body chemistry.

For example, trying smiling for a few seconds. The simple posture of these facial muscles can initiate changes in your mood, that in turn trigger feelings and emotions. These linked reactions show us the impact of being aware of your body and the phenomenon of the mind/body connection.

Body awareness, stretching and yoga, and exercise are integral parts of our mind/body programs as they provide many benefits to our patients:

Recognizing muscle tension helps us know when we are stressed
Yoga and stretching can lessen pain and elicit the relaxation response
Daily exercise keeps weight down and helps us maintain physical and emotional health


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James S. Huddleston, MS, PT is a staff physical therapist and exercise specialist. Mimi Bowie, BS, EP, is an exercise physiologist and personal trainer.

For exercise or personal training appointments, contact Mimi Bowie at 617.991.0102 X232 or mbowie@mbmi.org

Relax Your Body
Herbert Benson, MD President,
Mind Body Medical Institute and
Mind Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School.