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  • Health is not seen as the absence of disease, but as a process by which individuals maintain their ability to develop meaning systems that allow them to function, heal, and grow in the face of changes in themselves, their relationships, and the world (Schlitz, Amorok, & Micozzi, 2005).
  • Developed by Herbert Benson to create emotional balance (2000).
  • Used for changing habits or improving performance (Thygerson, Larson, 2006).
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    • 1. Mental Fitness = Physical Wellness Gina Costello HW420-03
    • 2.
      • Part One
      • Proven Research Studies
      • Part Two
      • Examples of Ways to Improve Mental Fitness
      • Summary
      • Reviewing Main Points
      • References
      • Contact Page
    • 3. Introduction
      • Mind and body exercises can consist of many cognitive processes to obtain optimal health and well-being. The inward focus can bring healing to all areas of ones body and soul. No matter what age, health status, nationality, or fitness level a person is, this type of relaxation exercise will thoroughly enhance the quality of life.
    • 4. Creating Wellness
    • 5. A Research Study on the Benefits of Mental Fitness
      • George Engel’s philosophy was social and psychological factors directly affect biological processes, leading to the study of PNI or psychoneuroimmunology. Later studies revealed that higher cognitive and limbic emotional centers regulate the immune system and can cause illness and disease (Micozzi, 2006)
    • 6. Proven Research for the Benefits of Mental Fitness
      • Research-Supported Medical Benefits of Qigong
      • Reduction in Bronchospasms
      • Increased Cerebral Blood Flow
      • Reduction in Chronic Pain
      • Reduction in Mental Tension/Anxiety
      • Lowered Blood Pressure (Howley, Franks, 2007)
      • From K. Sancier and D. Holman, 2004. “Multifaceted Health Benefits of Qigong”. JACM 10: 163-166.
    • 7. Proven Research for the Benefits of Mental Fitness
      • Dr. Dean Ornish, while studying alternative ways to treat certain types of heart disease, found that people could be motivated to heal themselves. By teaching and allowing them to become involved in their own treatment regimen, they were transformed into active participants on the way to healthy living (Schlitz, Amorok, & Micozzi, 2005)
    • 8. The Relaxation Response
      • Select a focus word or phrase
      • Sit comfortable in a quiet setting
      • Breathe slow and natural, repeating as you inhale, the focus word or phrase
      • Be passive and avoid all incoming thoughts
      • Perform 10-20 minutes daily (Thygerson, Larson, 2006)
    • 9. Mental Imagery
      • Mental Imagery consists of images that have a calming effect
      • Visualization consists of mental imagery conducted by yourself
      • Guided mental imagery consists of another, live or on tape conducting the exercise (Thygerson, Larson, 2006)
    • 10. Summary
      • When one is working in an integrated field of Health and Wellness they must know that clients and patients need to be seen as a whole and not just parts. Illness and disease can be caused by many reasons, and the inner healing must not be overlooked or ignored. Begin on the inside and then look on the outside, use testing to rule out major issues, and then begin slowly toward whole health.
    • 11. References
      • Howley, Edward T., Franks, B. Don. (2007). Fitness Professionals Handbook. Fifth Edition. (p. 350)
      • Micozzi, Marc S. (2006). Fundamentals of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Third Edition. (p. 275)
      • Schlitz, Marilyn, Amorok, Tina, & Micozzi, Marc S. (2005). Consciousness & Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine. (pp. 40;preface, 16-17)
    • 12. References (continued)
      • Thygerson, Alton L., Larson, Karl L. (2006). Fit to be Well. (p. 164)
      • Thygerson, Alton L., Larson, Karl L. (2006). Fit to be Well. Lab Manual. (p. 95)
    • 13. Contact Page
      • Gina Costello
      • [email_address]
      • Blog: http://gmcoptimal