Therapeutic Alliance is Important for Success in Treating Cancer Patients with Mindfulness

  Therapeutic Alliance is Important for Success in Treating Cancer Patients with Mindfulness   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Compared with [treatment as usual], MBCT and eMBCT were similarly effective in reducing psychological distress in a sample of distressed heterogeneous patients with cancer.” – Felix Compen   Receiving a diagnosis of cancer has […]

Improve Mobility and Quality of Life in Patients with Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy with Yoga

Improve Mobility and Quality of Life in Patients with Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy with Yoga   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Exercise can increase blood flow to the hands and feet and may offer temporary relief from pain. People should discuss the exercises that are best for them with their doctor. Low-impact activities, such as […]

Enhance Flow in Athletes with Mindfulness

Enhance Flow in Athletes with Mindfulness   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “mindfulness-based interventions for sports are effective because they help athletes direct their attention to the current athletic task, while minimizing external distractions.” – Mitch Plemmons   Athletic performance requires the harmony of mind and body. Excellence is in part physical and […]

Improve Connectivity of Brain Areas Underlying Executive Cognitive Function with Mindfulness

Improve Connectivity of Brain Areas Underlying Executive Cognitive Function with Mindfulness   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “Think of mindfulness practices as short routines or “gym” sessions that exercise your executive functions. Performed consistently, mindfulness practices strengthen your executive function muscles and help you to be more mindful when you need to be. “ […]

Different Types of Meditation Techniques Affect Neural Activity Differently

Different Types of Meditation Techniques Affect Neural Activity Differently   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “The picture we have is that mindfulness practice increases one’s ability to recruit higher order, pre-frontal cortex regions in order to down-regulate lower-order brain activity.” – Adrienne Taren   Meditation training has been shown to improve health and well-being. It has also […]

Improve Heart Disease with Mindfulness

Improve Heart Disease with Mindfulness   By John M. de Castro, Ph.D.   “it is not the stress in our life, but the reaction to stress that is so potentially harmful to our health, including cardiovascular health. Hence, being in a potentially very stressful profession, meditation and relaxation techniques are extremely important and useful to minimize […]