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Meet with others who wish to learn more about bodywork, breathework, massage, somatics, movement and becoming more present and connected in mind-body. The focus here is education, stress reduction, healing and awareness.

The focus is about coming back into our bodies, our senses, enrich our experience in our lives. Being more present in each moment in time.

This is not a sensual massage site. And it is not a dating or a bonding site. We ask that you use other meetup groups for those purposes. We reserve the right to remove members from the group who we believe are acting inappropriately or not staying w/in the parameters of the group.

This group is dedicated to having ongoing conversations for all topics related to the mind-body connection.

There are two major conversations about the Mind Body Connection:

1) Mind–body interventions is the name of a U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) classification that covers a variety of techniques designed to enhance the mind's capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms. Many of these techniques are best described as alternative medicine, including meditation, prayer, mental healing, movement re-education, and therapies that use creative outlets such as art, music, or dance. Others have now become mainstream (for example, patient support groups and cognitive-behavioral therapy).

2) The biopsychosocial model (abbreviated "BPS") is a general model or approach that posits that biological, psychological (which entails thoughts, emotions, and behaviors), and social factors, all play a significant role in human functioning in the context of disease or illness. Indeed, health is best understood in terms of a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors rather than purely in biological terms.[1] This is in contrast to the traditional, reductionist biomedical model of medicine that suggests every disease process can be explained in terms of an underlying deviation from normal function such as a pathogen, genetic or developmental abnormality, or injury.[2] The concept is used in fields such as medicine, nursing, health psychology and sociology, and particularly in more specialist fields such as psychiatry, health psychology, family therapy, chiropractic, clinical social work, and clinical psychology. The biopsychosocial paradigm is also a technical term for the popular concept of the "mind–body connection", which addresses more philosophical arguments between the biopsychosocial and biomedical models, rather than their empirical exploration and clinical application.[3] The model was theorized by psychiatrist George L. Engel at the University of Rochester, and putatively discussed in a 1977 article in Science,[2] where he posited "the need for a new medical model"; however no single definitive, irreducible model has been published.[4] However, the general BPS model has guided formulation and testing of models within each professional field. Interestingly, evidence for the application of the biopsychosocial model was found in ancient Asian (2600 B.C.) and Greek (500 B.C.) civilizations prior to Engel's introduction of the theory in 1977. The novelty, acceptance, and prevalence of the biopsychosocial model varies across cultures.[1] Theodore Millon has extensively researched the Biopsychosocial model and has developed a systematic approach to understanding the clinical presentations found in many treatment settings.

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