Mind-Body Health Services

The mind-body health classes are held Mondays throughout the year.

Bridget Rolens, MA, BSOT is the program facilitator and the Mind-Body Healthy Services Educator at HSHS St. Francis Hospital. She holds a bachelor of science in occupational therapy and a master of arts in theology. She has certifications as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and as a Healthy Steps trainer. She has completed the Core Coach Training program through Wellcoaches7 School of Coaching.

Over 40 of experience in traditional health care, mind-body medicine and a variety of meditation practices have given Bridget a strong understanding of the connection between body, mind and spirit in promoting health and well-being.

For more information or to register for a class, email meghan.bertolino@hshs.org or call (217)324-8206

Upcoming Classes and Events:

Title: Relax and Renew (Meditation Circle)
Dates:  Mondays, 12:30 – 1 PM (No class on May 28 or August 13)
Location:  Hospital Auditorium
Fee: free
Description:  Thirty minutes of gentle stretching, guided meditation and reflections to help calm the mind and relax the body. This is a “drop-in” class. No registration required.
Title: Healthy Steps: Moving You to Greater Health
Day/Time: Mondays, 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Dates:   April 9 – May 14
June 4 – July 9
July 16 – August 27 (No class on August 13)
Location:  Auditorium
Fee: $10
Description: This class uses therapeutic movement done to music to improve overall wellness, range of motion, balance, strength, endurance and self-image.  It is suitable for anyone regardless of health, age or ability level.  Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring water.  If you are being treated for a medical condition, please have your doctor give you written permission to participate in the class.

Title: Don’t Diet, Eat Mindfully
Day/Time: Mondays, 4:15 – 5:30 PM
Dates: May 14 – June 25 (No class on May 28)
Location:  Auditorium
Fee: $10
This program teaches mindful eating and helps you:
  • become more aware of the habits that drive your eating behaviors;
  • understand the difference between physical and emotional hunger;
  • learn to listen to the wisdom of your body for guidance about what and how much to eat;
  • and create strategies for eating mindfully.
Title: Harnessing the Power of the Positive
Day/Time: Mondays, 4:15 – 5:30 PM
Dates: July 16 – August 27
Location:  Auditorium
Fee: $10
The field of neuroscience has discovered that the thoughts people think and the experiences they focus on can actually change the shape of the brain and it’s neural pathways.  “Neurons that fire together, wire together.”  The bad news is that those who focus on negative experiences and negative patterns of thought may be setting themselves up for stress-related illnesses: cardio-vascular disease, cancer, chronic back pain, obesity, and weakening of the immune system. The good news is that it is possible “rewire” the brain so that one’s mental states are more positive. People who focus on the positive have greater resilience in the face of the stresses of life and move though life in a greater state of relaxation.