What are mind-body therapies?

Mind-body therapies focus on interactions among the brain, mind, body and behavior, according to the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Types of mind-body therapies include:

What are the benefits of mind-body therapies?

Mind-body practices use the mind to affect physical functioning and promote health.

Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t have a psychiatric diagnosis. Can I still benefit from mind-body therapies?

Yes. You do not need a diagnosis to learn new skills and new ways of managing your attention, thoughts and emotions. Almost everyone can benefit from learning and strengthening these skills.

I have a real disease. It’s not just “in my head.” Why would I benefit from mind-body therapy?

Real diseases cause suffering and stress. Mind-body therapies are excellent tools for helping reduce both suffering and stress and learning or strengthening resilience and coping skills. Many studies have shown the benefits of mind-body therapies for reducing pain and improving symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, itching and insomnia.

I am healthy, but my loved one is suffering. Could mind-body therapies help me?

Yes. Caring for a suffering loved one is stressful. It demands clarity, compassion, wisdom, mindfulness and careful attention to details of medical care and relationships. Mind-body therapies can strengthen your capacity to stay clear, calm and compassionate so you can be an even better caregiver.

Will insurance cover mind-body and stress management services?

Insurance coverage varies by carrier. Check with your health plan to see if these services are covered for you, and if you need your doctor to give you a referral. There is no insurance coverage at this time for any class, but many of our online resources are available at no cost.

Find A Class

See the classes page for information on upcoming learning opportunities, including yoga, tai chi, meditation, mindfulness and more.

Recordings

Ohio State offers downloadable resources related to mind-body health: guided imagery practices, heart-centered practices, mindfulness practices and relaxation response.

Why Choose Ohio State?

Why choose mind-body therapies and stress management services at Ohio State?

We provide the highest quality mind-body and stress management services to increase calm, confidence, clarity and comfort. We offer educational experiences related to stress-reduction, mindfulness, resilience and more. And we incorporate the latest research on mind-body therapies and their optimal role in health and healing into your personalized care. Ohio State’s Integrative Medicine Clinic offers:

  • Convenient and comprehensive care in one location
  • Health services in the same location, such as massage, acupuncture and chiropractic care
  • Additional Ohio State resources, such as cognitive behavioral therapy offered through the Department of Psychiatry, dialectical behavioral therapy offered through the Department of Psychology and the Stress Trauma and Resilience (STAR) program
  • Classes in yoga, tai chi, mindfulness, stress reduction and more
  • Free and convenient parking

Our Practitioners

RancourPatrice

Patrice Rancour, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Specialties: Behavioral and Mental Health Counseling, Mind-Body Therapies, Stress Management, Wellness Coaching

I integrate complementary practices such as guided imagery and biofeedback into counseling and wellness coaching. I have a special interest in working with patients and families facing chronic or life-threatening illness and end-of-life complications. Additionally, I’m interested in spirituality and healing and working with healthcare professionals to develop resilience.

Hari Sharma

Hari Sharma, MD, DABIHM, FACN

Specialties: Ayurveda, Mind-Body Therapies, Spontaneous Meditation, Pranayama breathing exercises

I specialize in Ayurveda, a comprehensive multi-strategy, prevention-oriented system of healthcare that originated in India. A member of the Division Cancer Prevention and Natural Products Research at Ohio State, I’ve been practicing Ayurveda at the OSU Integrative Medicine Clinic since its inception in 2005 and have published more than 150 research papers and five books. I also teach spontaneous meditation and Pranayama (breathing exercises).

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