St. Francis Hospital offers new mind-body health services

St. Francis Hospital offers new mind-body health services

LITCHFIELD (Jan. 4, 2018) – HSHS St. Francis Hospital will offer a variety of new mind-body health programs and services beginning Monday, Jan. 15, to help patients take control of their health, with the goal of helping people achieve optimal health and quality of life.

The program facilitator is Bridget Rolens, who holds a bachelor of science in occupational therapy and a master’s in theology. She also has formal training in mindfulness-based stress reduction  and wellness coaching and is a certified Healthy Steps trainer.

“Bridget has 30 years of experience in traditional health care, mind-body medicine and a variety of meditation practices,” said Meghan Bertolino, community outreach coordinator at the hospital. “She has a strong understanding of the connection between body, mind and spirit in promoting health and well-being.”

Rolens will facilitate a series of three new classes which will begin on Jan. 15: the “Relax and Renew” meditation circle, the “Healthy Steps: Moving You to Greater Health” class and the “Mindfulness-Stress Management” class.

The meditation circle will be held from 12:30-1 p.m. each Monday in the hospital chapel and will include gentle stretching, guided meditations and reflections that use the mind-body connection to enhance health and well-being; it is a drop-in class that is free and open to the public.

“Healthy Steps” will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. on Mondays from Jan. 15 through Feb. 19 in the hospital auditorium. The series costs $10 and is for anyone, regardless of health, age or ability level; participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring water to the class. The class uses the “Healthy-Steps Lebed Method,” which incorporates therapeutic movement done to music to improve overall wellness, range of motion, balance, strength, endurance and self-image. It was originally designed to help women recovering from breast cancer but benefits those living with cancer, medical conditions or chronic illness, as well as anyone looking for a fun way to enhance physical and mental well-being.

The stress management class will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. on Mondays from Jan. 15 through Feb. 19 in the hospital auditorium and costs $10. It will help individuals practice good self-care by taking time out to stop, breathe, reflect and choose — to develop skills to decrease stress and increase joy.