Who doesn’t have too much stress? We all could use better ways to manage stress, and reduce its effect on our health and well-being. In a recent article in Parade magazine, author Michael Shea discusses Integrative Body-Mind Training, developed by Dr. Yi-Yuan Tang from China. The idea is to learn to develop a state of “restful alertness”. This is achieved through “a balance of posture, relaxation, body-mind harmony and deep breathing”, according to the article.
When a study of college students compared IBMT with conventional relaxation techniques over just 5 days of 20 minute sessions, they found significant physical and psychological effects. According to the article, students in the group using IBMT reported “reduced anxiety, depression, anger, and fatigue, as well as slower heart rates and deeper chest breathing than students in the relaxation-only group.
What I was able to find so far says that learning this method requires a coach to help with the postures and body movements, but it certainly sounds interesting as a stress-management technique.