Mind-body therapies are treatments that are meant to help the mind’s ability to affect the functions and symptoms of the body. They are designed to enhance the mind’s positive impact on the body.
Types of Mind-Body Therapies
Mind-body therapies use various approaches. Some of them are:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Creative and expressive arts therapies (art, music, or dance)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy
- Guided imagery and self-hypnosis
- Heart-centered practices
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Support groups
- Tai chi
How does mind-body therapy works
When you are physically or emotionally stressed, your body releases stress hormones that can affect all your systems and organs. For example, stress related to hostility and anxiety can result in disruptions in heart and immune function. Similarly, depression and distress may diminish the body’s natural capacity to heal. The goal of mind-body techniques is to get the body and mind to relax and to reduce the levels of stress hormones in the body, so that your immune system is better able to fight off illness. Mind-Body Therapy enables you to cease the stress process, creating an empowered mind and body that become resilient to the effects of daily life. It enable you control of the autonomic nervous system to decrease the stress response. Many mind-body therapies focus on becoming more conscious of mental states.