Meditation and Integrative Health
At Mind Body Knox we will be offering a variety of meditation classes so that everyone from first time meditators and seasoned meditators' needs will be met. We are also offering massage therapy and other evidence-based practices for holistic health.
Our moon studio is a small space for reflection and contemplation for meditation and massage therapy. We have heated wood floors and plenty of props, including meditation chairs, cushions, and blankets to make your experience more comfortable. We will have classes available beginning October. Check back soon for a calendar of classes and events.
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What is Meditation?
Meditation is defined as a practice where an individual focuses their mind on a particular object, thought, or activity to achieve a mentally clear and an emotionally calm state. Meditation is not about stopping thoughts; rather, we practice observing our thinking without getting caught up in our thoughts and emotions. We learn to tame this restlessness by developing an awareness for those moments when our attention has wandered off. Each time we notice we are distracted, we build our awareness, and we bring our attention back to the breath. Through the process of meditation, the mind becomes more comfortable with this idea of sitting still, and we can begin to learn how to integrate the qualities experienced during meditation practice — calmness, focus, compassion, mindfulness into the rest of our day. We are training the mind to stop being easily distracted and instead be more focused in the present moment. Using the breath as our anchor in the moment, we simply sit and gradually learn to let thoughts and feelings come and go.
Benefits of Meditation Include:
- Meditation sharpens your attention, concentration, and memory. Studies have shown that improved attention lasts up to five years after training, suggesting trait-like changes are possible.
- Long-term, consistent meditation increases emotional regulation, self control, and resilience to stress.
- Practicing meditation lessens the inflammatory response in people exposed to psychological stressors, particularly for long-term meditators.
- Meditation practices dampens activity in our amygdala and increases the connections between the amygdala and prefrontal cortex. Both of these parts of the brain help us to be less reactive to stressors and to recover better from stress when we experience it.
- Meditation increases in thickness of the prefrontal cortex, a brain region associated with complex behavior, decision-making, and shaping personality.
- Meditation boosts your health as it’s been shown to increase immune function and decrease inflammation.
- Numerous studies have shown that meditation helps treat depression, anxiety, and chronic pain.