At the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, we offer several programs that encourage patients and community members to participate in fitness and self-care activities that engage both active individuals and those who experience chronic pain. Our interactive programs will show you how to harness the wellness benefits of mind-body practices, yoga incorporating movements that stretch and strengthen muscles, breathwork and mindfulness meditation for stress reduction, art for wellness, and nutrition through healthy meal planning and cooking with the doc, among others. Visit our calendar for monthly community activity offerings and discover what personal lifestyle modifications can help empower you achieve optimal health.
The activities below are currently being offered virtually for free but you must register to participate . Once registered, a member of our team will contact you with information on how to access the event.
Yoga is a mind-body and exercise practice that combines breath control, meditation, and movements to stretch and strengthen muscles. Unlike other exercise programs, yoga places as great an emphasis on mental fitness as it does on physical fitness. Yoga can also help relieve chronic pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine, low back pain, and many other types of chronic pain conditions. We offer both chair yoga and gentle mat yoga.
Breathwork refers to a meditation technique used to shift energy through the body. Breathwork involves powerful breathing techniques used to relieve stress and may also help lower your blood pressure, and improve your sleep. A variety of styles are practiced, including holotropic breathwork, which combines accelerated breathing with evocative music, cathartic pranayama, which focuses on clearing trauma from the body, and shamanic breathwork, which voluntarily induces a state of hyperventilation to reach an altered state. Our sessions begin with a class discussion and move into an interactive breath work session.
Mindfulness meditation includes mental training that empowers patients to slow their racing thoughts, let go of negativity, and invoke a sense of calmness in the body and mind. Mindfulness techniques can also help improve physical health in a number of ways. Mindfulness can help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties. Sessions include a discussion of the many wellness benefits of mindfulness and a guided meditation.