Mind Body Medicine
Home Base has established a partnership with the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine (BHI), which offers comprehensive outpatient clinical care, education, and research into the physiological basis of mind body medicine.
The curriculum of the Resilient Warrior Program is based on what BHI founder and director emeritus Dr. Herbert Benson, MD first described more than 35 years ago as the “Relaxation Response,” a coordinated and reproducible state of deep rest that can be elicited in a number of ways including meditation and deep breathing.
The fundamental principle of mind body medicine and the Relaxation Response is that while people may not be able to control stressful events, they can learn to control their response to stress and, in turn, to build their resilience.
Resilience means building the body’s ability to adapt to challenging life situations.
Building resilience is critically important for Military Service Members, Veterans and their Families given the extreme stress that they are often exposed to as part of their service. Thus, resilience skills are vital in combating the effects of post-traumatic stress and other Invisible Wounds of War.
Home Base, working together with BHI, has developed a series of free courses for Veterans and their Families to help build resilience and reduce the impact of stress. Resilient Warrior targets Service Members and Veterans, while Resilient Family is focused on serving the multi-general family who supports the Service Member or Veteran.
These programs are designed to:
- Understand the link between stress and physical/emotional problems, and its relationship to Military deployment
- Reduce physical symptoms
- Appreciate the role of positive thoughts and beliefs in support of mind body healing
- Learn to turn off stress through new behaviors and attitudes
- Develop skills in a variety of techniques that elicit the relaxation response
- Learn the importance of healthy eating and physical activity to overall health and well-being