Participants report that using MBM techniques helps them to become calmer, more relaxed, and to avoid becoming overwhelmed. MBM helps them “stay in the moment.” For many, it reduces burnout and exhaustion. Many have incorporated MBM into a regular part of their routine to prepare themselves for their workday.
“I do the soft belly breathing if I feel myself overwhelmed by a task. I just try to take a moment to calm down or to get myself into different state of mind.”
Providers are Using Mind-Body Medicine to Help Clients, Patients, and Students
Many providers work with people who are experiencing severe trauma. They are using MBM to help the patients, clients, students, and others they work with to help them reduce stress and anxiety. Providers have used MBM to help people prepare for court appearances, cope with medical treatments, and deal with difficult family situations.
“They walk out of my door in a better state than when they walked in.”
Incorporating Indigenous Wisdom and Mind-Body Medicine
MIWRC has indigenized MBM training to incorporate indigenous wisdom, traditions, and culture, which resonates with many people who have been trained. Participants value that the training is led by indigenous trainers who incorporate ceremony and sacred traditions into the learnings.
“I think it’s key to the Native tradition and all a part of that sacred circle and how we take care of ourselves. How we can stay healthy or work towards being healthy, stay healthy, maintain healthy relationships. With family and community. I think it’s really key.”
“I really enjoyed a moment in the training where there was a group of us doing the dancing and shaking – and laughter of course came. And I thought it was just such an experience of peace that came over me. Being in a group of women laughing and dancing and reconnecting to my body in a healthy way.”