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"The class was truly transformational for me and came at the right time - a time when I seriously needed to develop skills in how to recognize the stress in my body. I am so thankful to have new tools to take with me."Rachel G.
Former Patient,
Medical Symptom Reduction Program
MEDICAL SYMPTOM REDUCTION PROGRAM
When the stress in our lives interferes with our ability to feel healthy, the Medical Symptom Reduction Program can work wonders. For more than 20 years, we have treated many hundreds of people who are either:

Experiencing medical problems caused or made worse by stress or
Suffering from chronic illness

The conditions we treat include asthma, headaches, insomnia, tinnitus, pain, anxiety, allergies, skin conditions, depression, and IBS and other gastrointestinal disorders. This program also is quite effective in increasing coping and improving symptoms of people living with chronic illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and arthritis.

Over 12 weekly two- and-one-half hour sessions, we will help you:

Understand how stress negatively affects physical and emotional health
Reduce physical symptoms
Accept and better cope with certain chronic conditions
Regain a sense of control and well-being

The program, led by a nurse practitioner with visits from our staff nutritionist, exercise therapist, and yoga teacher, combines lecture, skills training, symptom monitoring, and group sharing to equip patients to take an active role in managing their own health.

Elements of the program include:

Elicitation of the relaxation response through techniques, such as diaphragmatic breathing and mindfulness
Examination and reversal of negative thought patterns
Physical movement, including stretching and yoga
Healthy eating and other positive lifestyle behaviors
Goal setting

We think you'll find the group format especially beneficial; many of our patients stay connected to fellow group members after the program ends and some even return to retake the program and assist with subsequent groups.

A recent analysis of patient outcomes showed that more than 80% of our patients reported a decrease in frequency and intensity of physical symptoms and they continued to improve at six months post program.


More Information
In Boston, MA, the Mind/Body Program for Medical Symptom Reduction is directed by Peg Baim, NP and Leslee Kagan, MS, NP

To register, please contact Becky Grassi at 617.991.0102 X214
or email bgrassi@mbmi.org

This program is also offered by M/BMI affiliates in Virginia and Washington and at Harvard University Health Services.

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