The wide variety of programs and services from Mind-Body Health Services can help you take control of your health. Formerly known as the Center for Living, our goal is to help people achieve optimal health and quality of life. Program facilitator is Bridget Rolens, MA, BSOT.

The Relax and Renew group meets weekly to calm your mind and refresh your body. The format includes gentle stretching, guided meditations and reflections that highlight using the mind-body connection to enhance health and well-being. This drop-in class is open to the public and is provided at no cost thanks to a generous grant from HSHS St. John's Foundation. It is held on Tuesdays from noon - 12:30 pm in the Chapel Annex at St. John's.

Our Stop Smoking, Start Living program empowers individuals to quit smoking with the help of a wellness coach. 

In keeping with our mission to extend Christ's healing love to all people we are happy to offer our classes on a donation basis.

Those who are able to donate at the suggested level or higher make it possible for us to provide for those with limited income. If you wish to donate an amount not listed, please use the mail-in Registration Form

Upcoming Classes

Mindfulness: Prescription for stress relief    
Wednesdays, May 3 - June 21
If you search the internet for “mindfulness meditation” you will find hundreds of articles about its effectiveness in relieving stress. Studies have indicated that mindfulness – focusing attention on present moment experience in a non-judgmental way – can play an important role in strengthening the immune system, alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety, increasing productivity at work, managing chronic pain and generally decreasing the harmful effects of stress on an individual’s overall health and well-being.

This six-week class will include:
  • Formal mindfulness practices: Mindful Body Scan, Mindful Movement, Sitting Meditation, Walking Meditation (with CDs for guided meditation)
  • Informal mindfulness practices: mindful eating, mindfulness of daily activities
  • Various reflection tools to explore one’s personal experience of stress and the impact of mindfulness
  • Group discussion

Instructor: Bridget Rolens, MA, BSOT
Time: 6–7:30 pm
Location: HSHS St. John’s Hospital – Chapel Annex 

Online registration/Suggested donation levels


Healthy Steps: Moving You to Greater Health
May 2 - June 20, 2017 (No class on May 16)  
June 27 - August 15, 2017 (No class on July 4)

Regardless of health, age or ability level, the Healthy-Steps Lebed Method uses therapeutic movement done to music to improve overall wellness, range of motion, balance, strength, endurance and self-image. Originally designed to help women recovering from breast cancer, Healthy Steps benefits those living with cancer, medical conditions or chronic illnesses, as well as anyone looking for a fun way to enhance physical and mental well-being.

Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring water.

Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Centennial Hall, HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Lobby Level 

Online Registration/Suggested Donation Levels


Mind-Body Spring Retreat: Envisioning Your Health
Saturday, May 20

Think about what make your life fulfilling. Then, think how a lack of energy and well-being can impact the life you value. Have you ever considered you could do more to take charge of your health?

This retreat will help you connect with the vision and energy you need to move toward greater health and well-being. The day includes relaxation exercises, guided meditation, personal reflection and group discussion. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, Springfield, IL 62704
Fee: $40; $45 after May 9 ($30 for HSHS Colleagues; $35 after May 9)
Register online here
Registration deadline May 14. No refunds after May 14.

Breaking Through Barriers to Happiness
Wednesdays, July 12 - August 16

The way we go about trying to find happiness might just be preventing us from the happiness we seek and leading to greater stress, anxiety and depression. This six-week class will support participants in clarifying their values and using the practice of mindfulness to remove barriers to living in harmony with those values.

Material from "The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living" by Russ Harris will be used in the class. Copies of the book may be purchased at the first class for $9.50. Or the book may be borrowed for a deposit of $9.50 which will be returned at the end of the class.

Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Clare Annex (Chapel Annex), HSHS St. John’s Hospital, 2nd Floor (Lobby Level)

Online Registration/Suggested Donation Levels


By phone using a credit card: (217) 544-LIVE (5483)
By mail: Registration Form