Mind-Body Health Services

The mind-body health classes are held Mondays throughout the year.

Bridget Rolens, MA, BSOT is the program facilitator and the Mind-Body Health Services Educator at HSHS St. Francis Hospital. She holds a bachelor of science in occupational therapy and a master of arts in theology. She has certifications as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and as a Healthy Steps trainer. She has completed the Core Coach Training program through Wellcoaches7 School of Coaching.

Over 40 of experience in traditional health care, mind-body medicine and a variety of meditation practices have given Bridget a strong understanding of the connection between body, mind and spirit in promoting health and well-being.

For more information or to register for a class, email bridget.rolens@hshs.org or call (217)544-LIVE (5483).

Upcoming Classes and Events:
Healthy Steps: Moving You to Greater Health
Day/Time: Mondays, 1:30 – 2:45 PM
Dates: Session 1, Mondays, September 9 – October 21 (No class on October 7)
            Session 2, Mondays, November 4 - December 16
Location:  Auditorium, Lower Level, HSHS St. Francis Hospital
Fee: The suggested donation is $20 each 7-week session
Regardless of health, age or ability level, the Healthy-Steps Lebed Method uses therapeutic movement done to music to improve overall wellness, range of motion, balance, strength, endurance and self-image.  Originally designed to help women recovering from breast cancer, Healthy Steps benefits those living with cancer, medical conditions or chronic illnesses, as well as anyone looking for a fun way to enhance physical and mental well-being.
Please note: If you are under a doctor’s care for a medical condition or you are recovering from surgery you must provide a doctor’s permission slip to participate.
Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring water.
Everyday Addictions
Dates: Mondays, September 9 – October 21 (No class on October 7)
Time:  5:30 - 6:45 PM
Location: Auditorium, HSHS St. Francis Hospital, Lower Level
Fee: The suggested donation is $20
Registration deadline: Friday, September 6

When we hear the word addiction we probably think of alcohol and drugs.  But the medical definition of addiction is much broader.  It refers to the continued use of any substance or behavior despite adverse consequences. 

Do you repeatedly do any of the following in spite of the adverse consequences?  Worry excessively; shop mindlessly; surf social media constantly; play games on your smartphone or computer obsessively; get angry or seek approval habitually; text while driving. 

We can call these "everyday addictions." They might not put you in the hospital, but how are they affecting the quality of your life?  Are they creating adverse consequences? Have you tried to stop engaging in the behavior without success?

Recent research shows that the practice of mindfulness is effective in helping people deal with the cravings that lead to compulsive behavior.  This class will focus on developing these mindfulness skills.

Reducing Stress with Mindfulness
Dates: Mondays, November 4 – December 9
Time:  5:30 – 6:45 PM
Location: Auditorium, HSHS St. Francis Hospital, Lower Level
Suggested donation: $20
Registration deadline: Friday, November 1
Description:  Medical research indicates that mindfulness – focusing attention on present moment experience in a non-judgmental way – can play an important role in reducing stress.  Mindfulness has been shown to strengthen the immune system, alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, increase productivity at work, manage chronic pain and generally decrease the harmful effects of stress on an individual’s overall health and well-being.  Mindfulness is a skill that requires commitment and practice. 

Participants will develop the skill of mindfulness by:
  • Understanding what mindfulness is and is not
  • Learning and practicing formal mindfulness meditation
  • Weaving mindfulness into the activities of daily living
  • Completing various homework assignments that support gaining the skill of mindfulness
  • Discussing their practice with the facilitator and classmates