The Mindfulness Center
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About Mind-Body Week, D.C.

Background:

The Mindfulness Center (TMC) is the host to Mind-Body Week D.C. (MBW-D.C.) – a ground-breaking public health initiative designed to increase awareness about the science and practice of evidence-based mind-body therapies for health and well-being. The past two MBW-DC events, held in Oct 2011 and April 2013 were huge successes with over 1,000 attendees participating in lectures and classes, featuring pioneering researchers and practitioners in the field of mind-body medicine including Dr. Herbert Benson, Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine and Mr.John Schumacher, Founder and Director of Unity Woods, one of the first and highly respected local yoga studios in the D.C. Metro area. This movement has also drawn in Congressman Tim Ryan author of “A Mindful Nation.” On the heels of this success, TMC is looking forward to MBW-D.C. 2015 with a focus on the role of mind-body therapies in the management of pain.  

MBW-D.C. events have been inspired by earlier efforts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the 2008 NIH Yoga Week and 2009 NIH Conditioning and Relaxation Week events. MBW-D.C. is now a private venture that has been gaining momentum through partnerships with other academic and wellness centers and practitioners from the D.C. Metropolitan area including American University and Suburban Hospital of John’s Hopkins Medical Center. Equally important, the event has garnered significant community response in the past several years which we hope will continue to evolve.

Want to Get Involved? Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in working with us either as a sponsor, speaker, or participant. Together, we hope to help us build an alliance of mind-body researchers, practitioners, and consumers to further advance the field of mind-body medicine within the context of rapidly rising rates of chronic disease that are threatening the health and well-being of far too many individuals from our local, national and global communities.

2015 Topic: "Managing Pain with Mind-Body Therapies: Self Care Modalities of Meditation, Yoga & Tai Chi/Qigong"

One in three Americans suffers from chronic pain, at least 100 million adults; indicating a pervasive national healthcare concern. Yet nearly half of all of those who suffer with chronic pain report that their pain is inadequately treated. Chronic pain is especially prevalent in veterans and individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Up to 75 percent of military and civilian patients with TBI have chronic pain. TBI affects 20 percent of the over 1.6 million service members deployed to Afghanistan. Effective treatments for chronic pain and pain related to TBI have been identified, and are currently being implemented in Veterans Health Care. The new evidence-basis for the evolution of the standard of care supports the use of self-care therapies of meditation, yoga, and tai chi for treatment of chronic pain. Join Mind-Body Week D.C. 2015 to learn about the newest research and standards of care in the treatment of chronic pain! A portion of your admission price goes toward supporting veterans to attend for free. Click HERE for more info about sponsoring a veteran.  

Mission:

To consider evidence-based medical research and knowledge as the foundation for the appropriate application of mind-body therapies, and their role in the standard of medical care.

Goals:

Advance the evidence-based body of knowledge of mind-body by bringing together scientists, practitioners and interested health consumers, by facilitating the integration of research on mind-body-spirit therapies at all levels, and by encouraging transnational research and the application of new scientific knowledge to develop improved disease prevention, disease treatments, cures, and the capacity for optimal wellbeing.

Provide professional development activities, information, and educational resources for scientists at all stages of their careers, including undergraduates, graduates, and postdoctoral fellows, and increase participation of scientists from a diversity of therapeutic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Promote public information and general education about the nature of scientific discovery and the results and implications of the latest research in mind-body therapies. Support active and continuing discussions on ethical issues relating to the conduct and outcomes of mind-body research.

To contribute to the evolution of the legal and medical Standard of Care.

Inform Medical and other health care practitioners about scientific knowledge and recent developments in mind-body research, and their implications for the medical standard of care, societal benefit and continued progress in medical care and the health of our community and nation as a whole.

Inform legislators and other policymakers about new scientific knowledge and recent developments in mind-body research and their implications for public policy, medical standards, regulatory standards, societal benefit, and continued scientific progress.