Column: Encore class focuses on healing
Feel stressed? How about tense, worried, sad or irritable? Fatigued and discouraged by chronic pain or illness? Want relief? Want to feel calmer, happier, more energetic and strengthen your inner ability to cope, heal and live well? Starting Oct. 6, San Juan College’s Encore program is offering “Minding Your Body” to focus on the interactions between the mind and body. Students will discover powerful ways they can participate in their own healing.
“Everyone — absolutely everyone — can use these techniques,” said instructor Bronwyn Radcliffe. “They are easy, free, accessible anywhere and help each person develop insight to his or her own thoughts, feelings and issues. These techniques are the best way I know to help people help themselves.”
Radcliffe is a board certified family nurse practitioner, and she has been practicing family medicine for 14 years. She currently works in Urgent Care at San Juan Health Partners. Over the past eight years, she has been studying and utilizing functional medicine, energy medicine and mind body medicine in her practice. She is working on a certification in mind body medicine through the Center for Mind Body Medicine.
“There are no negative side effects,” Radcliffe said of mind body medicine. “Mind body techniques support relaxation and health. Practicing these techniques helps participants turn down the left brain activity of constant analysis and rapid thoughts. Instead, students access the creative, intuitive, inner knowing in the right brain.”
Past mind body medicine participants have experienced a decrease in depression and anxiety with a heightened sense of well-being and engagement in life; better coping skills by learning a dependable range of useful tools for managing pain, chronic stress, anxiety and depression; fewer physical symptoms of illness, less pain and fatigue and more energy; enhanced immune system functioning to help the body mobilize itself against illness; and greater self-awareness and positive perceptions about their own lives, making it easier to handle stress and illness.
“Minding Your Body” will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 6 to Dec. 15. This and all other Encore classes are designed for adults 50 and older but are open to all students 18 and older.
For more information on this and other fall Encore classes, visit sanjuancollege.edu/Encore or call San Juan College’s Community Learning Center at 505-566-3214.