Emergency Service Professions (police, fire, EMS) face a variety of demands and intense stress placing them at risk for chronic disease, stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and burn-out. The fast paced, demanding and often unpredictable nature of these roles requires these professionals to develop a high degree of resiliency, stress management and self-mastery.
An inspired group program for Emergency Service Professions designed to….
Teach and integrate powerful and simple Mind-Body Medicine tools and techniques for resiliency, wellness, stress management and self-mastery including:
- Stress response and coping strategies
- Relaxation techniques
- Guided imagery
- Breathing techniques for vitality and relaxation
- Healthy eating
- Physical activity
- Sleep strategies
- Self-expression and reflection
Did you know that up to 80% of all illnesses are related to chronic stress?
Numerous studies published since 1960 demonstrate the efficacy of mind-body medicine techniques in lowering blood pressure and stress hormone levels, relieving pain and improving immune functioning, as well as improvements in clinical conditions such as HIV, cancer, insomnia, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
What is Mind-Body Medicine?
Using scientifically-validated techniques based on the research and teachings of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, this program taught by Erika Caspersen is designed to enhance each person’s capacity for self-care and self-awareness. These techniques include meditation, guided imagery, mindful eating, biofeedback, and the use of drawings, journals and movement to express thoughts and feelings.
Program is delivered in small group format (maximum 10 participants) 2 hours weekly over a 10 week period. The program is modeled after the successful Mind-Body Skills Group Program created by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) www.cmbm.org. The program allows participants to discuss difficult lifestyle challenges in a supportive, non-pressured, non-stigmatized environment.
NOTE: Canada Revenue Agency (Cra) – lists Kinesiologists as Authorized Medical Practitioners for the Purposes of Claiming Medical Expenses: Persons receiving services of a Registered Kinesiologist in Ontario can claim it as an eligible medical expense. Patients/clients can only claim the part of an expense for which they have not been or will not be reimbursed. However, they can claim the full expense if the reimbursement is included in their income, such as a benefit shown on a T4 slip, and they did not deduct the reimbursement anywhere else on their income tax and benefit return.