Topic: Discovering the Health Benefits of Mindfulness
Discovering the Health Benefits of Mindfulness
One of the difficulties with having Chiari/syringomyelia is the uncertain future – Will surgery help? Will symptoms get worse? Will I be able to continue working? Will my children be affected? There's no magic pill for this "symptom", but Dr. Greeson is going to show us how we can help ourselves by using meditation and mindfulness.
Join us to learn about the mental and physical health benefits of mindfulness. During this evening presentation by Dr. Jeff Greeson from Duke Integrative Medicine, you will learn about the latest research on how mindfulness and meditation practice can reduce stress, help manage pain, enhance positive emotions like gratitude and compassion, and even change the brain! The session will include experiential, guided meditation exercises and ample time for Q&A.
About Dr. Greeson: Dr. Greeson has conducted research in the fields of integrative medicine, mindfulness meditation, and stress physiology since 1998. His current research on mechanisms linking mindfulness, stress, sleep, and cardiovascular disease risk is funded by a Career Development Award from the National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His work has been recognized at national and international conferences, and his studies have been published in multiple scientific journals, including Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine; Brain, Behavior, and Immunity; and The Journal of Neuroscience. Dr. Greeson is currently collaborating with neuroscientists and "omics" scientists to better understand how mindfulness practice can benefit mental & physical health through changes in the brain and biochemical pathways.
Dr. Greeson also has a clinical practice. He specializes in integrating mind-body skills like meditation and hypnosis with cognitive-behavioral therapy to help clients treat and prevent stress-related health problems - from high blood pressure, chronic pain, and obesity, to depression, anxiety and insomnia. He also specializes in helping patients prepare for successful surgery. Dr. Greeson holds a PhD in Clinical Health Psychology (University of Miami, 2006) and a Masters degree in Biomedical Chemistry (Thomas Jefferson University, 2001). He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke, and a Licensed Psychologist and Health Services Provider in the state of North Carolina.