Over the past few decades, traditional Eastern techniques have become mainstream in America. These include Yoga from India, Acupuncture and Qi-gong from China, and Massage from many traditions. These techniques can reduce stress and promote health. We are fortunate at Boston Medical Center to have a wealth of options available to staff and patients. There are also numerous options outside of work to experience them as well.
Yoga is a gentle exercise that incorporates a variety of practices, including postures or stretches, breathing exercises, and meditation. Yoga may be helpful for a variety of health conditions including back pain, insomnia, and anxiety. Practicing yoga can also help relieve stress and tension. The yoga taught at BMC is a gentle form of hatha yoga suitable for all levels of yoga practitioners, including beginners.
When are yoga classes held at Boston Medical Center?
Yoga classes are held each Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:00-7:15pm in the lower level of the Moakley building. All BMC patients and employee are eligible to attend. Classes are led by Betsy Simmons, MPH, Registered and Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor.
Massage is the manipulation of muscles to improve healing, health and wellness and relax the mind and body. A certified massage therapist uses different stroking and pressure techniques to help relax muscles and relieve painful, tense areas in the limbs, neck and back.
When is massage available at Boston Medical Center?
Massage Therapy is offered on Wednesday and Thursday by appointment only in the Family Medicine Clinic. Paula Nesoff, LMT, provides a consultation to all new patients and works to create a massage experience that fits each person’s needs. Hour-long massages are available for a modest fee. A limited number of massage appointments are reserved for BMC staff. Hour-long massages are available for only $50. You can email Breighl.Mobley@bmc.org for more information or to reserve an appointment.
Chair massage is offered at Occupational Health every Thursday, 11:00am-1:00pm. Please email Valerie.Murphy@bmc.org for more information or to reserve an appointment.
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that dates back more than 2,500 years. It is based on the belief that the body contains energy called Qi (sounds like chee). This energy flows throughout the body on pathways called meridians. When a person is healthy, the energy flows freely. When a person is ill, the energy may be weak or blocked. During acupuncture, the therapist tries to improve the energy flow along the meridians.
When is the acupuncture clinic held at Boston Medical Center?
Acupuncture is offered in the Family Medicine clinic as well as the Adolescent Medicine Center. For more information call 617.414.6795. We will offer a staff only acupuncture clinic in Family Medicine beginning January 27. Every Monday, 5-8 pm. Email Breighl.Mobley@bmc.org for appointments.
Other sites with Acupuncture:
PATHWAYS TO WELLNESS
1601 Washington Street, 3rd Floor
South End, Boston, MA 02118
(617) 859-3036 http://www.pathwaysboston.org/
$20-40/session student intern clinic
NEW ENGLAND SCHOOL OF ACUPUNCTURE (NESA) STUDENT CLINIC
150 California St., 1st Floor
Newton, MA 02458
(617) 558-1788 x117 www.nesa.edu/nesa_satellites.html
ACUPUNCTURE FOR EVERYONE
581 Boylston St., Suite 407
Boston, MA 02115
Anne: (617) 875-1143
Midgie: (617) 645-0073
Joyce: (617) 510-0559
$15-40 sliding scale
Qigong (pronounced chi kung) is a Chinese meditative practice that incorporates slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques to promote the circulation of “qi” or the life force within the body.
When are Qigong classes held at Boston Medical Center?
Qigong is taught by Ramel Rones. Classes are held on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 pm in the lower level of the Moakley building. To learn more about our class schedule, contact Bob David at (617) 638-7540.
- Yoga at BMC – All BMC patients and employee are eligible to attend.
- Massage at BMC – Massage Therapy is offered on Wednesday and Thursday by appointment only in the Family Medicine Clinic
- Chair massage is offered at Occupational Health every Thursday, 11:00am-1:00pm. Please email Valerie.Murphy@bmc.org for more information or to reserve an appointment.
- Acupuncture at BMC – We will offer a staff only acupuncture clinic in Family Medicine beginning January 27. Every Monday, 5-8 pm. Email Breighl.Mobley@bmc.org for appointments.
- The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) – NCCAM is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on CAM. Includes Herbs at a Glance, a series of 42 patient information sheets.
- Video courses from NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine – Overview of CAM, Herbs and Other Dietary Supplements, Mind-Body Medicine, Acupuncture, Manipulative and Body-Based Therapies: Chiropractic and Spinal Manipulation, CAM and Aging, Integrative Medicine, Health and Spirituality
- Center for Mind Body Medicine – Comprehensive materials and hands-on experience to prepare you to integrate a mind-body model into your work in a wide variety of settings, including private practice with individuals and groups When/where: Multiple throughout year
- Benson-Henry Institute – you can find help if you’re experiencing the negative effects of stress, learn how to elicit the relaxation response, review courses for health professionals
- The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society – the oldest and largest academic medical center-based stress reduction program in the world.
- Dietary Supplements Labels Database – information about label ingredients, enabling users to compare label ingredients in different brands. Each dietary supplement has additional links to other government created HDS resources such as Medline, Clinical Trials.gov, and NCCAM.
- MedlinePlus – This consumer health database from the National Library of Medicine offers extensive information on integrative medicine.
- UMASS Medical School Mindfulness Resources – a collection of resources on mindfulness, as well as education/training and research publications on mindfulness.