Bodymind Sessions

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The Programs We Offer

BodyMind Sessions provides everyone in your organization, and their families, with access to a streaming library of hundreds of hours of evidence-based mindfulness and meditation programs. These pre-recorded audio and video sessions are authored by medical doctors, psychologists, and other leaders in mind-body therapy to help your team reduce stress, sleep better, sharpen focus, enhance creativity, increase productivity and improve overall well-being.  Our guides lead users through each spoken moment of the meditations, making the sessions easy to follow and relaxing to listen to.  Users will feel like they are having their very own one-on-one BodyMind Session with a meditation expert.

Subscribing organizations can offer our streaming platform as a 24/7 health and wellness benefit for an extremely low cost.  Your team members can stream BodyMind Sessions from their tablet, smartphone, home and work computers to sharpen their focus in the morning, enhance their creativity at lunch, and connect again at night for a deep, refreshing sleep.  And BodyMind Sessions provides a whole section of meditations that take 5 minutes or less – perfect for quick breaks in the office to de-stress and re-boost productivity.  

BodyMind Sessions also includes Relax Radio with every subscription, providing listeners with background music that relaxes and alerts the mind as workers complete projects at their desks.  Listeners will also find support with health issues like anxiety, insomnia, pain, weight management, depression, and so much more.

BodyMind Sessions continuously updates programs based on user analysis and feedback to refresh and expand our selection.   We offer the most current programs and podcasts from leaders in the field that address important health concerns, help people strengthen their workplace experience, and promote overall well-being.

Benefits in the Workplace

The benefits of using BodyMind Sessions are immediate and significant, and require no lifestyle changes.  According to the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard University the National Institutes of Health, and the University of Massachusetts, the meditation programs we offer can help:

  • Reduce stress.
  • Deepen sleep.
  • Alleviate aches and pains.
  • Increase productivity.
  • Improve focus, memory and decision-making.
  • Enhance your creativity and intuition.

Mindfulness has also proven to strengthen your immune system, reduce emotional exhaustion, promote job satisfaction and increase happiness.

Companies worldwide are incorporating the use of mindfulness practices into their Human Resources toolbox.   Early adaptors recognize the value of workplace mindfulness programs to generate positive results in executive performance, leadership development, employee engagement, employee retention, customer service and bottom-line results.

Here are just a few of these companies:

  • AOL Time Warner Inc.
  • Aetna
  • Apple
  • AstraZeneca
  • Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
  • Deutsche Bank
  • General Mills
  • Google
  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
  • Hughes Aircraft
  • IBM
  • McKinsey
  • Medtronic
  • Nortel Networks
  • Pacific Investment Management Co.
  • Prentice Hall
  • Raytheon
  • Reebok
  • Starbucks
  • Target
  • United Online Inc.
  • Xerox
  • Yahoo!

Reverse the Impact of Stress

According to the World Health Organization, stress costs American businesses as much as $300 billion a year.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “70% of all illness, both physical and mental, is linked to stress.”

Brain scans of mindfulness meditators consistently show a shift in activation and gray-matter density from the areas of the brain associated with negative emotions like stress, anxiety, frustration, and dissatisfaction, to the areas associated with positive emotions like happiness and contentment.  

Also, mindfulness practice reduces levels of the primary stress hormone, cortisol.

Sleep Well, Work Well

70 million Americans report difficulty sleeping.  Statistics show that US industry loses about $150 billion each year because of sleep deprived workers.  This takes into account absenteeism and lost productivity.

Training in relaxation techniques has proven effective in helping people fall asleep.  Some common relaxation techniques include diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery.  In addition to being a method of meditation, mindfulness is also a relaxation technique used by many to reduce stress.

In fact, 75% of long-term insomniacs who have been trained in relaxation and meditation can fall asleep within 20 minutes of going to bed.

The Cost of Sick Days

Research shows us that we can lower healthcare costs and spending with mind-body approaches and prevention strategies, and save billions of dollars on medications, surgeries, and subsequent care.

Harvard researchers estimate that 60-90% of doctor’s visits are caused by stress.

Studies show that U.S. employers spend 200 to 300 percent more for the indirect costs of health care -- in the form of absenteeism, sick days, and lower productivity -- than they do on actual health care payments.  In the 2011 Absence Management Survey from CIPD (a global HR development organization), stress was the most common cause of long-term absence due to illness for both manual and non-manual employees.

A study at the University of Wisconsin demonstrated that mindfulness practitioners missed 76% fewer days of work than non-practitioners.

At an organizational level, improved mindfulness promotes greater staff engagement, reduces stress-related absenteeism, supports staff retention and enhances organizational performance.

Resilience

A 2011 study by Opinion Matters of 500 IT administrators from various firms revealed that 72% were stressed, 67% considered switching careers, 85% said their job intruded on their personal life, and 42% lost sleep over work.

The cluster of qualities that enable us to withstand stress and thrive in challenging situations is known as resilience--and every one of these qualities is cultivated and enhanced with mindfulness practice.  Mindfulness increases the ability to be open to new perspectives, to think creatively, to distinguish thoughts from feelings, and to respond to challenges rather than merely reacting.

“Studies have shown that specific application of mindful awareness improves the capacity to regulate emotion, combat emotional dysfunction, improve patterns of thinking, and reduce negative mindsets.

Research on mindful awareness practices reveals that they greatly enhance the body’s functioning:  Healing, immune response, stress reactivity, and a general sense of well-being are improved with mindfulness.”

Focus

Research at Emory University and elsewhere reveals that mindfulness activates and grows areas of the brain associated with cognitive processing, emotional regulation, and increased communication between attentional networks.

As meditation begins activity increases in the attention association area of the brain.  At the same time, activity in the frontal cortex regions surrounding the attention association area decreases.  This is the result of focused attention and reflects a filtering out of all information that is not deemed important.

How we focus attention helps directly shape the mind.  When we develop a certain form of attention to our here-and-now experiences and to the nature of our mind itself, we create the special form of awareness, mindfulness.

Instead of being on automatic and mindless, mindfulness helps us awaken, and we are thus able to make choices and change becomes possible.

A recent article in the American Psychological Association provides a summary of empirically supported benefits of mindfulness including: reduced stress, enhanced memory, improved focus, enhanced self-insight, and increased cognitive flexibility just to name a few.

Creativity

Stress, burnout, illness, inattention, and rigid, habitual ways of thinking inhibit creativity and stifle innovation.

Researchers from the University of Washington have found that meditation can help in smoother, and less-stressful multitasking.  They suggest that meditation can help in increasing concentration and memory and in reducing distraction.

Research in the Netherlands demonstrates that mindfulness reduces the intrusion of habitual thinking and facilitates insight-based problem solving.  Similarly, a study at Ben Gurion University in Israel found that mindfulness reduces cognitive rigidity and opens subjects to novel and adaptive ways of responding.  According to a survey by the Institute of Mindful Leadership, 93% of leaders report that mindfulness training helps them create space for innovation, and nearly 70% say it helps them to think strategically.

A useful definition of the mind, as supported by scientists from various disciplines, is “a process that regulates the flow of energy and information.”  Right now, this flow from me, the writer, to you, the reader, is shaping our minds.

Harmony

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. employees in 2008 spent 2.8 hours per week dealing with conflict, equating to approximately $359 billion in paid hours.

One estimate suggests that 27 percent of employees have witnessed conflict turn into a personal attack, and 25 percent say that the avoidance of conflict has resulted in sickness or absence from work.”

At the heart of harmonious workplace relationships is the ability to empathize with another’s experience and point of view.  In a study published in the journal, Psychological Science, and reported in the New York Times, subjects who practiced mindfulness were three times as likely to offer assistance to a person in need than those who didn’t.

The principal author of the study suggests that mindfulness increases empathy and altruism because it dissolves arbitrary social distinctions and encourages feelings of interconnectedness.

Dare we say?  Happiness on the Job

Psychologically, meditation and mindfulness in numerous studies have demonstrated effectiveness in:

  • Increasing feelings of happiness and joy.
  • Increasing positive thoughts.
  • Developing greater tolerance of a situation and acceptance of present conditions.

A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology shows that being mindful at work can reduce your level of emotional exhaustion, help keep your emotions on an even keel, and increase your job satisfaction.

Create A Mindful Culture

As Peter Drucker famously said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”  BodyMind Sessions gives you the tools to create a more mindful workplace culture.  We help you engage your users with education, motivational and entertaining options.

Research into the effects of mindfulness meditation programs along with an increasing number of hospitals, health centers, corporations, prisons, and universities all over the world agree that mindfulness meditation gets results - human resourcefulness and creativity is activated and enhanced in a state of inner calm and relaxation.  Memory improves, as does the ability to envision options, shift perspective, see opportunities, collaborate and discover solutions.

How We Help You Launch BodyMind Sessions in Your Organization

We provide a complete package of support materials to your organization to communicate the benefits and uses of BodyMind Sessions and to facilitate step-by-step registration and site-navigation.  We supply you with a PDF flyer to print and post around your offices, upload to your intranet, or distribute to your team via email.  We provide a series of introductory emails educating your team about BodyMind Sessions, and inspiring them to experience the service.  These emails can be delivered to each team member by us, or through your in-house system – we work with you to put together a customized plan.

BodyMind Sessions assigns an Account Manager to your team to provide you with personal attention.  This person will work with you to help identify key influencers in your organization to help build excitement and interest in BodyMind Sessions, and these key influencers will then participate in quick webinars & conference calls with your dedicated MBS Account Manager to facilitate the process through every step.  We supply you with Talking Points to present at your in-house meetings, answer questions from your employees, and/or distribute to your team via email.

How We Keep Your Users Engaged in BodyMind Sessions

We consider it our priority to keep your team engaged so they can reap the benefits of BodyMind Sessions.  Our weekly newsletters offer compelling copy, quick quotes, and links to our meditations.  Our site is updated regularly with new programs and podcasts based on current research and relevant findings.  We also feature videos and podcasts from star athletes, reputable business leaders, and integrative mind-body therapists who use meditation and mindfulness as their resource for excellence and well-being.

Custom Branded Portal

Your team will enter our site through a distinct URL featuring your organization’s logo.

Group Subscription Cost

We have two plan types.  A Flat Rate Plan for a monthly fee based on the size of your group, or a Variable Plan where the monthly cost is determined by the number of active users in any given month.  Our account managers will provide your organization with a customized quote.

Contact us at inquiry@mindbodysessions.com.

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