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 session on September 24)
Location:  Hospital Auditorium
Fee: Free
Description:  Thirty minutes of gentle stretching, guided meditation and reflections to help calm the mind and relax the body.

 
Title: Healthy Steps: Moving You to Greater Health
Day/Time: Mondays, 1:30 – 2:45 PM
Dates:  November 5 - December 17
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.
 
Reduce Your Stress WIth Mindfulness
 Day/Time:  Mondays, 4:15 – 5:30 PM
Dates: October 29 – December 3
Location:  Hospital Auditorium
Fee: $10
Description: Medical research indicates that mindfulness – focusing attention on present moment experience in a non-judgmental way – can play an important role in reducing stress.  Mindfulness has been shown to strengthen the immune system, alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, increase productivity at work, manage chronic pain and generally decrease the harmful effects of stress on an individual’s overall health and well-being.  Mindfulness is a skill that requires commitment and practice. 
Participants will develop the skill of mindfulness by:
  • Understanding what mindfulness is and is not
  • Learning and practicing formal mindfulness meditation
  • Weaving mindfulness into the activities of daily living
  • Completing various homework assignments that support gaining the skill of mindfulness
  • Discussing their practice with the facilitator and classmates
 
Please wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a thick blanket or exercise mat and a pillow for mindfulness practices done on the floor.  All techniques can also be adapted to sitting in a chair.
 
Holiday Stress Busters

Day/Time:  Mondays, 4:15 – 5:15 PM
Dates: December 10 & 17
Location:  Hospital Auditorium
Fee: $10
Description:  Holidays are wonderful times for celebration and connection.  And they can also be stressful.  Practice good self-care this holiday season by taking time out to practice mind-body skills that can relax your body and calm your mind. 
 
Please wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a thick blanket or exercise mat and a pillow for mindfulness practices done on the floor.  All techniques can also be adapted to sitting in a chair.