Mind-Body Health Program Description A structured, 7-week group program that teaches stress reduction and self-care mind-body skills. Intended Participants: Clients seeking training in mind techniques to manage brain/body stress reactions for disease prevention and health maintenance. Clients with stress from or stress-influenced physical conditions. Clients in ongoing insight-oriented therapy with other mental health professionals who would benefit from learning behavioral skills that enhance non-judgmental self-observation, de-centering, and grounding in the present. Clients with chronic pain who would benefit from learning techniques to facilitate turning down central pain generators that perpetuate chronic pain conditions. Clients with addictive disorders who would benefit from learning mind techniques to regulate brain/body pulls toward compulsive substance use. Clients with other conditions such as anxiety and depression (especially with negative ruminative thinkin g) who would benefit from learning mind techniques designed to help them manage these automatic brain/body thoughts, feelings and physical sensations. Program Overview All sessions are 1.5 hours long and consist of 45 minutes of lecture information and discussion and 45 minutes of skills practice Overview of the brain/body stress reaction and information on how life s experiences can shape the developing brain's reactions to stress. Skill Introduction to breath-work. Overview of Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) and information about how muscle tension increases the body s stress response. Skill Guided experience in PMR. Relaxation response and information about the benefits of modulating the adrenaline charged stress system with the capacity to induce a parasympathetic system relaxation response by a concentrative meditation practice. Skill Guided experience with the Relaxation Response. Overview of self-observation. Introduces the importance of self observation as a means of regulating automatic brain stress reactions. Describes self-observation as a core goal of all psychotherapies,which has been called differe nt names according to the type of therapy. In traditional psychoanalysis,this is called the development of an Observing Ego ; in mentalization-psychodynamic therapy,it s been called Reflecting Capacity,and in Mindfulness Meditation it has been described as De-centering and Non-judgmental Observation. Skills Introduction to body scan as a means of enhancing mindfulness of the body in the here and now.