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 bridget.rolens@hshs.org or call (217)544-LIVE (5483).

Upcoming Classes and Events:

Title: Healthy Steps: Moving You to Greater Health
Day/Time: Mondays, 1:30 – 2:45 PM
Dates:  January 14 - February 25 and March 11 - April 22
Location:  Auditorium, Lower Level, HSHS St. Francis Hospital
Fee: $10
Regardless of health, age or ability level, the Healthy-Steps Lebed Method uses therapeutic movement done to music to improve overall wellness, range of motion, balance, strength, endurance and self-image.  Originally designed to help women recovering from breast cancer, Healthy Steps benefits those living with cancer, medical conditions or chronic illnesses, as well as anyone looking for a fun way to enhance physical and mental well-being.
Please note: If you are under a doctor’s care for a medical condition or you are recovering from surgery you must provide a doctor’s permission slip to participate.
Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring water.
Mind-Body Spring Retreat
Title:  Positive Pathways
Date:  Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location:  Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, Springfield, IL 62707
Fee:     $40; $45 after April 12 ($30 for HSHS colleagues; $35 after April 12)
            Registration Deadline: April 19
            No refunds after April 19
“Neurons that fire together, wire together.”  Focusing on negative thoughts may contribute stress-related illnesses such as cardio-vascular disease, cancer, chronic back pain, obesity, and weakening of the immune system. Focusing on positive thoughts can lead to greater resilience in meeting the stresses of life.  
The retreat will include explanation of the neuro-science underlying the power of thoughts, guided meditations, writing exercises, and discussion.  Please dress in loose, comfortable layers.  Bring a pillow and either a yoga mat or thick blanket for meditation done on the floor.  These activities can also be adapted to sitting in a chair.
To register, please visit st-johns.org/mindbody or call (217) 544-LIVE (5483).
Morning beverage bar and lunch are included.

Stress Busters

Day/Time: Mondays, 5:30 – 6:45 PM
Dates:  March 11 – April 15
Location:  Auditorium – Lower Level, HSHS St. Francis Hospital
Fee: $10
This six week group program that provides a supportive environment for learning how to minimize stress and maximize a sense of health and well-being using a variety of mind-body medicine strategies.  Participants learn:
  • relaxation skills including diaphragmatic breathing, guided imagery, mindfulness meditation
  • how to identify and challenge negative automatic thoughts
  • how to care for difficult emotions
  • a variety of coping strategies for meeting the challenges of life.
CDs/Audio Downloads of guided meditations will be available.