The Mind Body Connection
There are numerous studies that show that our minds and bodies are interconnected and that emotional, mental, social, spiritual and behavioral factors can directly affect our health. This isn’t a new phenomenon; many Ancient healing systems emphasize the mind body connection. Even, Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, taught that good health depends on a balance of the mind, body and environment.
At MBK Senior Living communities we promote a healthy mind-body relationship through our signature program MBKonnection. Building on the substantial body of scientific research illuminating the mind-body connection to health and well-being, our Mind Body Konnection wellness approach provides residents the opportunity to choose from a number of activities, classes and programs that enrich the whole person - mind, body and spirit.
Our diverse and evolving wellness calendars are designed with the specific preferences and needs of the residents living in each of our communities. Our Directors of Activities are trained and supported by experienced specialists who are adept at developing and implementing innovative whole person wellness programming.
The positive effects on the body from participating in activities such as song, dance, painting, meditation, exercise, etc. are numerous and profound on one’s health and overall wellbeing. Take for example the feedback we received from Barbara Clark, a resident at our Creekside community.
She has been actively participating in strengthening classes. In addition to greater independence, balance, agility and a positive mentality, she feels stronger.
“I can tell my legs are getting stronger and that’s why I like to come to class,” said Barbara.
At MBK, we are committed to offering one mind/spirit activity, one intellectual activity and one body activity every day of the week to encourage our residents to integrate all aspects of wellness in to their lives on a regular basis. Some of the activities we offer are also techniques and practices suggested by The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, and include:
- Prayer groups
- Creative art (music, art and dance) activities and therapies
- Yoga classes
- Tai Chi and Qigong classes
- Support groups
- Wellness classes
- Guided imagery
These activities, and the lessons we are learning about the mind-body connection, have significant impact. Not only do they aid in improving sleep, lowering stress and cultivating engaging relationships and connectivity, they also provide support seniors suffering from grief, depression or trauma; and are know to support the treatment of heart disease, cancer and other serious illness.
So it seems, what’s good for the body is good for the mind, body and soul!